Today National Geographic Endeavour II anchored at Academy Bay on the southeast side of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy a day full of amazing experiences. We started with a visit to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center at the Charles Darwin Station and National Park Headquarters. Afterwards some of our guests chose to explore the hydroponic farm of the Ochoa family, while others went to El Trapiche, a sugar cane farm of the Cabrera family in the highlands.

In the afternoon we enjoyed a walk among the Galapagos giant tortoises along their migration route through the farming area. Afterward, we explored the town of Ayora before returning to the ship.

Back on board we enjoyed meeting artisans from the islands, an interesting presentation on conservation work by one of the scientists from the Darwin Station, and a great performance by musicians and dancers. We had such a wonderful time!