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Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Even storm clouds have silver linings and having an extra day to explore in the vicinity of Puerto Madryn turned out to be just such an occasion.  The landscape of Patagonia has become a cultural artifact that sells a large volume of outdoor clothing and inspires a host of gap-year adventures. We may point a finger of blame here at Pigafetta , the Venetian intellectual who accompanied Ferdinand Magellan in these southern latitudes and who wrote a fantastical account of his experiences, including accounts of the giant- footed natives, Pata Gones, after whom the territory is now named. So fanciful was Pigafetta’s log, published in 1524, that Gabriel García Márquez acknowledged it as inspiration for his own magical realism and romanticized accounts of Patagonia have been in continuous production through to Bruce Chatwin and beyond. There were other views. Read More>

Oct 29, 2014 National Geographic Explorer in Patagonia

Santa Cruz Island

We now have arrived to Santa Cruz Island, where the largest Galápagos town is located. Here, one can find the headquarters of the Galápagos National Park, as well as the facilities of the Charles Darwin Foundation. Since 1959 both institutions have been working on the conservation of the islands, now focusing on the giant tortoise population, which in the 1950s and 1960s had a dim future. As we walked further into the corrals at the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, we were able to observe the two distinctive shell shapes of tortoise in the many individuals that are kept in the center, both the saddle-backed shape and the dome-type.   After visiting the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center we headed towards Puerto Ayora. Read More>

Oct 29, 2014 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Santa Cruz Island

This is a special week for us. Every year we have two photo-specific trips in Galapagos and this expedition is the first one. In addition to a team of Galapagos naturalist guides, we also have on board four photo experts from National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions.   Today we started our day very early in morning with both a photography group and a natural history group visiting Dragon Hill. Read More>

Oct 29, 2014 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Syuru Village, The Asmat, Indonesia

One thing for certain – we are glad that we are honored guests, not enemies, and the entire village came out to greet us. The National Geographic Orion anchors just after sunrise in Flamingo Bay. Read More>

Oct 29, 2014 National Geographic Orion in Borneo & Indonesia

Peninsula Valdes & Puerto Piramides

We have officially entered the realm of Patagonia. Positioned 300 kilometers south of Rio Colorado, Patagonia’s northernmost boundary, we awoke to the glow of first light bathing the skyline of Puerto Madryn, the economic lifeline of Peninsula Valdes. Eager to take our first steps in this fabled region we boarded buses early, off on a day dedicated to watching whales and peering at penguins.    Peninsula Valdes is an anvil shaped extension of the Argentine coastline, 1,200 kilometers south of Buenos Aires via ship. Read More>

Oct 28, 2014 National Geographic Explorer in Patagonia

Floreana Island

Located in the southern part of the Galápagos, Floreana was the first island to be colonized and is home to about 130 people. The landscape is hilly all over, and dry and rocky around the shore. The green highlands are fertile for farming and cattle ranching. This island is mostly a national park and the wild life is superb!  Right before landing we saw a pair of green sea turtles mating! Minutes into our walk at Punta Cormorant, we came across a gorgeous beach that happens to be a nesting ground for the Pacific green sea turtles. Read More>

Oct 28, 2014 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Santa Cruz Island

When people visit the Galapagos, almost without fail, people ask when they will see blue-footed boobies. Certainly the boobies are colorful in both the coloration of their feet and their behavior, so it’s no wonder everyone is excited about seeing them. With that said, however, if there is one animal that symbolizes the Galapagos, it is the giant tortoise. Today was a day that we might say was dedicated to this iconic animal of the Enchanted Isles.   Our first stop was the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant tortoise rearing center. Read More>

Oct 28, 2014 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Kajumera Bay, West Papua, Indonesia

Real exploration is at the heart of the Lindblad-National Geographic style of expedition travel. Many good experiences can be planned, but the best and most exciting days are those when we head into unknown territory, all plans flexible, eyes wide open, ready for anything. Today National Geographic Orion anchored in the mouth of Kajumera Bay, on the southern coast of the narrow neck of the Bird’s Head, the huge peninsula that forms the western end of New Guinea. Read More>

Oct 28, 2014 National Geographic Orion in Borneo & Indonesia

Astoria, Oregon

“Ocian in View! O! the joy. Great joy in camp we are in view of the Ocian, this great Paciific Ocian which we have been so long anxious to see.” —Captain William Clark, November 7th, 1805 We arrived in Astoria in much the same weather conditions that Lewis and Clark and the “Corps of Volunteers for Northwestern Discovery” (which is the official name given to the Expedition by President Thomas Jefferson on August 26th, 1804) experienced in early November, 1805, “weather disagreeable. Read More>

Oct 27, 2014 National Geographic Sea Bird in Pacific Northwest

Triton Bay, West Papua, Indonesia

Triton Bay is a small bay on the west side of the island of New Guinea, in the southern end of the peninsula known as the Bird’s Head. This area was first “discovered” by the famous explorer Sir Thomas Ritchieford sometime around 1832. It was not scientifically investigated until 2006, and what results did they find! On the first expedition of scientists, at least 14 new species of fish were discovered, and 330 species of reef fish were found on one dive site alone. That is amongst the highest in the world!  Around lunch time we entered another world. Read More>

Oct 27, 2014 National Geographic Orion in Borneo & Indonesia

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