Santa Crus Island

Nov 08, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today we visited Santa Cruz Island’s northwestern side searching for land iguanas. We disembarked at Cerro Dragon where we encounter many surprises like a solitary pink flamingo as we walked over three dramatic different ecologies.

Then we came back and got ready for our water activities, snorkeling today was impressive as we went around the island with also different ecologies.

We reposition our ship while we had a variety of tastes form our Ecuadorian lunch - spices galore.

Zodiac ride at Eden and water activities enjoying the landscape and its wildlife.

Afterwards, one of the most impressive talks about evolution from our visiting professors.

Then we circumnavigated Daphne Major Island while wine testing.

Our recapitulation for the day, dinner and a last presentation about physiology of diving from our naturalist Gianna.

Our expedition has reached its peak and we are already bounded as a family.

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About the Author

Celso Montalvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Celso was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. At the age of nine he arrived in the Galápagos for the first time and he was profoundly touched by nature, observation, and isolation.  When he saw the sharks, rays and turtles swimming in the bay, he was triggered by a sense of wonder that he did not feel before.  Celso believes education is key to preservation. After graduating from the Naval Academy at the age of 17 he moved to New York to continue his education.

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