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Santa Cruz Island

Today we explored the island of Santa Cruz in the central realm of Galapagos, our day started by going to the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, where we observed the continuous efforts to reproduce Galapagos giant tortoises in captivity. As we walked through the different areas of the center, we found babies, juveniles and adults from the different islands in their corrals, as well as Galapagos land iguanas. When the juveniles reach four years of age, they will be released on the same islands that their parents came from. Their populations are still threatened by introduced animals, so this is a very important program to save the tortoises from extinction. After the walk around the breeding center, we headed to town to explore the community, and to contribute with the local economy by doing some shopping. Read More>

Jul 30, 2015 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Le Conte Glacier & Petersburg

Water. It is what makes the temperate forests in Southeast Alaska rain forests, it is what freezes into snowflakes and compacts into glacial ice, it is what supports the web of life that lives in the oceans. Today we got to see, feel, smell, and touch all the waters of Southeast Alaska. We awoke this morning cruising south in Frederick Sound, on our way to Le Conte Bay. Read More>

Jul 30, 2015 National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska

Lake Eva, Chatham Strait

As the National Geographic Sea Lion cruised southward down Chatham Strait, it was unclear what the day would hold as far as weather. The forecast was for “small-craft” warnings, but so far it seemed like a normal day in Southeast Alaska, light rain and overcast. Of course that would not affect our activities scheduled for the morning, so we continued on toward our anchorage at Lake Eva! During breakfast we arrived, dropped anchor, and prepared to head for the landing site on Baranof Island. Read More>

Jul 30, 2015 National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska

Sisimiut, Greenland

What a perfect place to start. From first thing this morning we were alongside the pier in this West Greenlandic town. Read More>

Jul 30, 2015 National Geographic Explorer in Arctic

Santiago Island

Our journey continues on the island where the well-known naturalist Charles Darwin collected the largest specimen collection while visiting the Galapagos Archipelago in 1835. Our morning outing took place on a golden beach known as Espumilla. Read More>

Jul 30, 2015 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Glacier Bay National Park

On Tuesday, July 29, the guests aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion awoke in Glacier Bay National Park. The park, a UNESCO world heritage site, is a phenomenally beautiful 5,000 square mile area in Southeast Alaska’s wilderness. Made spectacular for its vast variety in terrain and wildlife, this section of land is dramatic and plentiful. For the morning the ship cruised around South Marble Island, Gloomy Knob, and up to Lamplugh Glacier. Read More>

Jul 29, 2015 National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska

Santiago Island

Today the National Geographic Endeavour navigated through some of the most historic parts of the archipelago. The national park at Santiago Island became our visitor’s site for the day. This island was highly explored in the past by buccaneers and whalers, who were delighted to find such green and lush vegetation in the highlands, with a great amount of giant tortoises and fresh water. These important resources that helped them survive for years, sailing the Galápagos waters. Another important visitor of Santiago was Charles Darwin, who happened to explore almost the same areas that we explored today during our outings. The day began with pre-breakfast walk on Espumilla beach, a beautiful mangrove ecosystem that lies along a red sandy beach with unique landscapes and a great diversity of land birds. Read More>

Jul 29, 2015 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Horizontal Waterfall & Cyclone Bay

The National Geographic Orion sailed into Narrows of Talbots Bay as the first rays of sun ignited the lime stone escarpments. An early breakfast was served to a spectacular vista of Slug Island alongside. As the Indian Ocean flooded into the narrows we embarked on our Zodiacs into the spectacle that is the Horizontal Waterfalls. The falls are created by gaps in two parallel ridges separating two valleys now flooded by the sea. These gaps are so narrow that the tide cannot fill the space on the opposite side fast enough creating a differential in the water level. Eddies and whirlpools whip the water through the gaps as the expedition team negotiated our intrepid Zodiacs forward to capture the perfect camera angles. Venturing on from the Horizontal Waterfalls we scoured the shoreline of cyclone bay for wildlife. Read More>

Jul 29, 2015 National Geographic Orion in Pacific Islands & Australia

Fort Augustus to Corpach

Our journey down the Caledonian Canal continued as we set off at breakfast time, departing from the small town of Fort Augustus under skies holding hopeful patches of blue. The Lord of the Glens carried us southwest through a series of locks that lifted the boat through a system of gates and rising/lowering water to reach the canal’s high point at Loch Oich at 106 ft (32m) above sea level. Above the banks of Loch Oich, the ruins of Glengarry Castle provided another glimpse of Scotland’s deep history. From Loch Oich, the ship gradually descended through other locks and passed through Moy Bridge, constructed in 1828. Read More>

Jul 29, 2015 Lord of the Glens in Scotland

Isabela Island

Today we visited the Island of Isabela and two beautiful visitor sites-Urbina bay and Tagus Cove. During the morning we woke up anchored next to Alcedo volcano in a place that is famous in the Galapagos. Read More>

Jul 29, 2015 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

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