Today we visited Santa Cruz Island, and we have been exploring all day in search of giant tortoises. Early morning we visited the Galapagos Breeding Center and learned about the conservation efforts of the Galapagos National Park Authority and the Charles Darwin Research Station for the conservation for this species. Afterwards, we visited the farms where we learned about the sugarcane process, how to make moonshine, and lots of details about coffee production and plantation. We had the best lunch surrounded by giant tortoises; they were literally everywhere.
National Geographic Endeavour II
Early in the morning, expedition leader Carlos Romero was waiting at the disembarkation deck for early risers who wanted to hike up to the top of Bartolome Island. This was an extraordinary walk that transported us back in time right to the beginning of it all in the Galapagos. In the afternoon, we explored the waters of Sombrero Chino Island. Our guests saw many tropical fish and the elusive Galapagos penguin up close. It was a wonderful experience in yet another beautiful location. Later in the afternoon, we went exploring with our Zodiacs and spotted several penguins fishing along with blue-footed boobies and pelicans.