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travel42 Port Guide: Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island travel42 Port of Call Guide

A stop on Santa Cruz Island is often the highlight of visits to the Galapagos because it is the place to see giant tortoises, both in the wild and in captivity. At the Charles Darwin Research Station (phone 5-252-6146,, you can observe baby tortoises being bred for release on their native islands. You can also travel to the Highlands, as the center of the island is known, and view the giant tortoises in the wild—usually wallowing in a shallow pond or plodding thr...
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