Today we arrived at Santa Cruz, the second largest island in the archipelago. Here we found the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity to increase wild populations.
After walking through the breeding center, we went into town to explore the streets, visit the cafes, and purchase local handcrafts.
Towards the end of the morning, we went to the highlands. We spent time at two farms, where local people grow coffee, sugarcane, cocoa, and other crops.
In the afternoon, we looked for the giant tortoises that pass by the local farms on their way to breeding and nesting areas. We found several males, females, and juveniles in the area.