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Agats, Asmat, West Papua, Indonesia

Our second full day in the Asmat began with many of us exploring the mangrove ecosystem at sunrise. This region of New Guinea is a massive tidally flooded area consisting of a huge diversity of mangroves. Many bird species were seen, with quite a good variety of parrots. Mudskippers lined the muddy banks and were entertaining as they skimmed the mud.  Exploring this area at sunrise by Zodiac is the perfect start to the day.    After breakfast, we visited the town of Agats, the capital of the Asmat region. Read More>

Oct 30, 2014 National Geographic Orion in Borneo & Indonesia

South Plaza and Santa Fe Islands

Today, we woke up to a beautiful sunny day. After breakfast, we had a dry landing on an uplifted island called South Plaza. The place was covered with yellow land iguanas all over—these cold blooded animals had successfully colonized the island millions of years ago. Some of these reptiles are bigger, more colorful and more attractive than others, due to the difference in age. In the case of the land iguanas, there are three species within the islands. One species is located only in Santa Fe Island, the other one inhabits on six different islands, and the recently-discovered pink land iguana is only on one volcano within Isabela Island. Every one of them found its niche and had to adapt to their home island, surviving out of succulent prickly pear cacti and other greenery as well as sometimes being scavengers.    There are two islands where life inhabits within a unique and astonishing landscape. Read More>

Oct 30, 2014 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Bartolomé and Chinese Hat Island

Today we started our day anchored near the southeast corner of Santiago Island, right next to one of the most emblematic places of the Galapagos Island—Bartolome Island. Our first outing happened before breakfast, with the sun rising behind the spectacular cinder and tuff formation of Bartolome. The light was perfect for our photo group, out looking for their perfect shot. On our way to the summit we learned about the geology of the place, while surrounded by different kinds of parasitic cones and lava tubes. it was a great experience. From the top of the Island we were able to recognize more than 10 different islands, including the famous Pinnacle Rock.  After recharging our batteries with our breakfast aboard National Geographic Endeavour, we continued with our activities at Bartolome. Read More>

Oct 30, 2014 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

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

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