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Bartolome Island and Chinese hat

The week is ending. Every day has been an adventure for our intrepid guests, with each island a new experience. Today we woke up early to walk to the top of Bartolome, an iconic place in Galapagos. Once we got to the summit the view is astonishing—many geological formations are visible, from a big “father volcano” to several parasitic cones, cinder cones, or just petrified lava flows. Everything smells of geology here. It is what we call a “moonscape.” So, our early adventure brought happy guests back on board. Read More>

Nov 26, 2015 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Neko Harbor

Happy Thanksgiving! It doesn’t really feel like it Thanksgiving much here, more like an early winter wonderland with the stunning scenery that surrounds us in Neko Harbor. This is our last chance to go ashore and we made the most of it with the official continental landing. Read More>

Nov 26, 2015 National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica

South Plazas and Santa Fé Island

This morning we arrived at a small island on the eastern realm of Santa Cruz Island called South Plazas Island. Our walk took us along a rocky trail where Galapagos land iguanas were found in large numbers and most were displaying territorial and mating behavior. There were also females Galapagos sea lions with their newborn pups and the large territorial males barking along the coast. As we reached the cliffs we observed several swallow-tailed gulls and magnificent frigate birds flying above our heads. From the cliffs we saw several schools of yellow-tailed mullets and king angel fish. At the end of the morning we left this island and navigated to Santa Fé Island. Read More>

Nov 26, 2015 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

At Sea, Heading for Easter Island

With the Pitcairn Group in our wake we have set out across the wide stretch of the Pacific that lies between Ducie Atoll and Easter Island. Once again the greatest ocean in the world surrounds us and we are the center of our own world, isolated and alone, yet never disconnected from all that lies over our horizons. There are so many ways to spend our time as we near the end of our voyage through remote southeastern Polynesia the day has raced by and some plans have had to be put off—maybe tomorrow. Read More>

Nov 26, 2015 National Geographic Orion in Pacific Islands & Australia

Cerro Dragon & Daphne Major Islet

This day in our expedition around this magical archipelago found us anchored in front of Cerro Dragon. Located in the northwestern side of Santa Cruz Island, Cerro Dragon, Spanish for Dragon’s Hill, is famous for the healthy population of Galápagos land iguanas that live there. After breakfast, early in the morning, avoiding the heat of the day, we went for a hike looking for these so-called “dragon-like” iguanas. Read More>

Nov 25, 2015 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Lemaire Channel, Booth Island, & The Penola Strait

With great anticipation many of us woke up early, as today was the day we entered the Lemaire Channel, one of the most scenic areas in all of Antarctica. To the chart room we clamored ready to fill our coffee cups and behold a spectacle that would leave us all in awe. As we gazed out the windows our eyes opened to sight of something we had not even thought would greet us, snow! As hearts sunk, a gentle voice over the PA confirmed our worst fears—no visibility. But wait, we are an expedition and no mere snowstorm can stay us from our chosen adventure. We pushed ahead and continue to our next destination for the morning, Booth Island. At Booth Island, as at many of our landings, we separated into two groups. Read More>

Nov 25, 2015 National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica

Santa Cruz Island

We navigated north through the wee hours of the morning, and at sunrise found ourselves anchored off the southeastern coast of Santa Cruz Island in Academy Bay. After two days of pristine islands and wildlife it felt a little odd to see yachts and ships at anchor and houses and roads on shore! However, with the prospect of seeing the giant tortoises today, for which these enchanted islands were named, this morning we were as always eager to get on shore and experience another aspect of Galapagos. The Zodiacs took us into the main town dock where we boarded buses for a short drive to the headquarters of the National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station. Read More>

Nov 25, 2015 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Ducie Atoll, Pitcairn Group

As the first dawn light breaks across the horizon the National Geographic Orion sails east through the worlds largest marine park.  Our destination is Ducie Atoll, the last island in the Pitcairn group. The seas in this remote part of the Pacific are untamed and we have made slow progress against the confused swell. We press toward the leeward side of atoll seeking refuge after our voyage from Henderson Island overnight. As we drew closer to the atoll sea birds engulf the air above us. Read More>

Nov 25, 2015 National Geographic Orion in Pacific Islands & Australia

Floreana Island

Today we started our expedition early in the morning at Punta Cormorant, Floreana Island. Floreana was the first island to hold permanent residents, whose presence made history. This morning however, it was just a tranquil place with only the unique animals found here. We passed by a brackish lagoon where we spotted a good number of Great flamingos. On the windward side of the point there is a beautiful white sandy beach, where sting rays were spotted. The landscape is unique and although it was early, the sun started to show how strong it can be on the equator. We went back on board for a well-deserved breakfast. Read More>

Nov 24, 2015 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Charles Darwin Research Station, Highlands, Santa Cruz Island

As we arrived to the dock of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, the home of the largest tortoises that inhabit Galapagos, we are were surprised by the activity of the town. It seemed like everyone on the streets had something to do and most people were rushing to their jobs. It pretty much felt like a big city anywhere in the world. We boarded our bus and headed off for the Charles Darwin Research Station. Several Darwin’s finches moved from tree to tree, perhaps looking for a mate, or maybe for food. Read More>

Nov 24, 2015 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

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