Santa Cruz Island

Feb 22, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

Visiting Santa Cruz Island today, guests got to see a more operational view of life in the Galapagos. In the morning we visited the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center. It was an unforgettable moment for those getting to see the (not-yet) giant tortoise infants, and learning in turn about the tremendous conservation efforts undertaken to protect the Galapagos Archipelago and its ecology. We afterward headed toward the highlands by bus. First, however, we stopped to survey a lava tunnel, an amazing geological formation to witness, and then visited a local farm known as “El Trapiche.” Santa Cruz offers the best opportunity to see the giant tortoises up front, in their own environment, and here we were: observing the gentle giants immediately before us.

The Galapagos Archipelago holds nothing back in keeping her visitors enchanted and eager to return!

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Vanessa Gallo


Vanessa Gallo’s grandparents arrived in the Galápagos Islands in 1936, making her the third generation of her family to live and work in this magical archipelago. She left the islands for the capital city of Quito for high school, where she discovered that learning foreign languages was one of her main interests. Coming from a family of naturalist guides, it was not a surprise that she also became one at the age of 17. Vanessa left the islands once again for Switzerland, where she earned a diploma in tourism and strengthened her language skills and knowledge of the travel industry. She has also travelled extensively to destinations including as Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Canada, the Canary Islands, Mauritius, and many European countries.

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