This morning we wake up at anchor off Puerto Ayora, now home to approximately 22,000 inhabitants and the economic hub of the archipelago. After breakfast we land at the main jetty and take buses to the Charles Darwin Research Station, where scientists gather information for the conservation of the Galapagos Islands. Accompanied by our guides we visit the giant tourtoise breeding project, one of the most successful captive breeding programmes in the world. Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta Island tortoises, lived here until he died. From here we walk into town and meet up at a popular café called The Rock. A refreshing juice is served before we join our local buses for the drive up to the highlands of Santa Cruz island. Our first stop is an interesting family owned farm called El Trapiche. We learn about coffee and sugar cane production and we taste some samples – including moon shine!
Next stop is a restaurant called Narwhal. Lunch comprises a very tasty chicken dish followed by carrot cake, with complimentary drinks all round. After lunch we drive a little further into the highlands to spot for giant tortoise in the wild. And we are very successful!
Back on board ship at Puerto Ayora we are delighted to welcome award winning photographer, Tui De Roy. We hear about her life in Galapagos and get to see some of her amazing photographs.