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, visitors can observe baby tortoises being bred for release on their native islands. The station's most famous resident, Lonesome George, died in June 2012 at around 100 years old. George was the last known member of the Isla Pinta subspecies.

In addition to the tortoises, the station has a land ...

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