Santa Cruz Island
Disembark at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, the social heart of the Galápagos. As you travel by bus to the highlands, you will pass through all seven of the vegetation zones found in the islands. Visit a tortoise reserve on a private farm that protects giant tortoises in their natural habitat.
Stop at the Tunnels, the largest lava tubes in the archipelago, and visit Los Gemelos, (The Twins), a pair of large craters. Return to the M/V Origin for lunch on board.
This afternoon, you will visit the Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena (formerly known as the Charles Darwin Research Station). Scientists arrive here from all over the globe conduct biological research, from anatomy to zoology. Visit the tortoise corals and the breeding center with hatchlings and miniature tortoises that will be repatriated when grown. Visit the new exhibit honoring Lonesome George, the last surviving tortoise from Pinta Island and a worldwide icon of conservation, who died of natural causes in 2012.
Stroll through town to shop for souvenirs or stop at an internet café. Return to the M/V Origin for dinner or, if you wish, remain ashore for dinner on your own. Panga shuttles to and from the M/V Origin to the main dock will be offered throughout the evening.
M/V Origin Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner