Today we explored Santa Cruz Island, home to many of our naturalists and home to the most beautiful giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands. It was a fantastic day for close encounters with all kinds of giants: massive craters, 10-meter-tall daisies, and of course the giant tortoises.
National Geographic Endeavour II
Floreana was the first island in the Galapagos colonized by people. Ecuador took possession of the Galapagos in 1832 and established a penal colony on Floreana. When Charles Darwin visited in 1835, he met with some convicts and explored the highlands.