Saturday – Tuesday
Saturday AM: Arrival to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in San Cristobal Island. Reception and Assistance at the airport by our members and transportation to the Elite.
Saturday PM: the Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Center, San Cristobal
The Jacinto Gordillo breeding center, named for a renowned environmentalist, is one of a handful of breeding centers in the Galapagos Islands. Located about an hour from the town, the center is home to hundreds of tortoises of different species and ages.
The staff at the center have a favorite tortoise: “Genesis,” one of the first ones hatched there in 2005. The tortoises are raised in a protected environment and eventually released into the wild when they are old enough to be safe from predators and forage for themselves.
Through the efforts of the staff at the Jacinto Gordillo center and others like it, hundreds of tortoises have been released and the Galapagos tortoise population is healthier than it has been in decades.
The center is located in an area of low, dense forest, and in addition to the tortoises at the center it is possible to see several small species of birds flitting about in the vegetation. Look for finches, Yellow Warblers and Galapagos Doves.