Santa Cruz Island
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 20 Nov 2019

Santa Cruz Island

  • Aboard the National Geographic Islander
  • Galápagos

Today was very special for all naturalists on National Geographic Islander because we not only got to show guests our home island, we also had a great “giant tortoise day.” Santa Cruz is home to the National Park and Charles Darwin Foundation Headquarters. Our first visit this morning was to the breeding center, a very successful project which is the result of the collaborative efforts between these two entities. Our home island houses a very healthy population of tortoises, with roads to access tortoise migration routes. On our way to one of these routes, we stopped at the largest lava tube on the island - 700 meters long! We also visited a local family owned sugar cane and coffee farm and learned about their products. We ended our day on a migration route, fulfilling lifetime dreams of seeing beautiful Galapagos giant tortoises in the wild!

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