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Isabela and Fernandina Islands

Entering the western waters of Galapagos is like passing into another world, a realm of brooding volcanoes and snorting dragons, of wandering whales and resident penguins.  And today we were not disappointed.  Even before making landfall, the excitement began with several orcas crisscrossing ahead of the ship, two of them ducking twice under our bows. Read More>

Nov 30, 2015 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Bartholomew and Rábida Island

Today we started early and landed on Bartholomew Island while it was overcast and cloudy, perfect for climbing a mountain. The walk offered the opportunity to identify four endemic settler plants and to explain their importance in the succession of life on newly formed islands. These are the pioneers that establish life and start the slow process of soil formation. As we walked up the mountain on a wooden walkway we identified spatter cones and lava tubes that form spectacular scenery.   From the top of the mountain we observed the islands around this region. After the walk and breakfast we went snorkeling where we saw penguins, rays, sea stars and tropical fish. Read More>

Nov 30, 2015 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

We began today’s journey by heading straight into the tropical rainforest.  The Osa Peninsula is located on the southernmost side of the Pacific coastline and is amongst most pristine rainforests in the region.  Being somewhat isolated from the mainland of the country, it is very far from the cities (eight hours away by car). The region’s hot and humid climate made it a less desirable place for people to establish cities. We have the opportunity to spend the day here. We set out for an early morning exploration of the Agujitas River on our loyal exploration landing crafts. Read More>

Nov 30, 2015 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

North Seymour & Rabida

We had an early start to the day as we disembarked on North Seymour Island. There was an abundance of activity in every direction. Rays were jumping out of the water in the distance, schools of razor surgeonfish swirled in the clear waters by our landing point, sea lions lumbered across our path, frigatebirds swooped above our heads—and that was all in the first ten minutes. As we made our way along the beach, we had the opportunity to photograph frigate birds feeding their young with fish from the mother’s gullet and males with their red pouches inflated to attract females. Read More>

Nov 29, 2015 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Manuel Antonio National Park

Welcome back, National Geographic Sea Lion, to southern Central America! This week is the beginning of our 2015-2016 season and last night, we sailed around 55 nautical miles from Herradura Bay in order to reach the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica. Our day started in one of our most beautiful protected areas of Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio National Park. Read More>

Nov 29, 2015 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Zapote and Supay

Our Saturday started with a 6:00 a.m. boat ride up Zapote Creek off the Ucayali River. The skies were overcast and the temperature was perfect for exploring.  As we entered the creek we were greeted by a pink river dolphin fishing and a snowy egret standing regally at the river’s edge. Kingfishers were already out fishing and horned screamers could be heard in the distance. A green iguana was sprawled at the top of a tree attempting to warm up. The Amazonian world was waking up too! After breakfast, some of us headed back up Zapote Creek in the skiffs while others went kayaking. Read More>

Nov 28, 2015 Delfin II in Amazon

Genovesa Island

Today we anchored inside a caldera known as Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island. We walked on a sandy trail where we saw several swallow tailed gulls, red footed boobies in their nesting area and got to observe them being chased by Great frigate birds. The morning was very sunny and some of our guests stayed on the beach after the walk while others went snorkeling along the cliffs of the bay. This snorkeling site had great visibility and we saw lots of fish, green sea turtles and even a red spiny lobster by the rocks. At the end of the morning we all returned aboard for a well-deserved lunch. Read More>

Nov 28, 2015 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Beagle Channel, Patagonia, Argentina

The expedition we have enjoyed for the past three weeks is closing a rather large loop around the Scotia Sea.  When we left Ushuaia, Argentina the path our ship National Geographic Explorer would take was fairly well known, but what wonders we would see along that path were not. First the Falklands with magnificent black-browed albatross colonies mixed with pugnacious rockhopper penguins. Read More>

Nov 28, 2015 National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica

Pacaya River

Today Delfin II reached the most remote part of the Ucayali River for our journey. We took off on our search for wildlife at six thirty in the morning. As we crossed the entrance from the Ucayali into Pacaya River, a number of pink river dolphins were seen feeding in the rich convergence of the white water of the Ucayali, and the black water of the Pacaya. We experienced light rain and pleasant temperature. Read More>

Nov 27, 2015 Delfin II in Amazon

Sombrero Chino & Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island

Today we were anchored next to the southern coast of Santiago Island close to Sombrero Chino Islet. Our morning adventure started after breakfast with a Zodiac ride to admire the geology and wildlife of this area.  It is an amazing, active landscape which makes its geology fascinating! Along the shoreline we spotted striated herons fishing next to the coast, while the gracious Sally light foot crabs were looking for algae. In a little cove there was a yellow crowned night heron looking for shade and not too far away Galapagos shear waters were landing at a small cliff. It was a great outing. We went back on board the National Geographic Islander to get ready for the next activities of the morning- deep water snorkeling, a very interesting hike or just relaxing at the small, white sandy beach of Sombrero Chino. Our guests were delighted with the snorkeling opportunity. The water was very clear and large schools of colorful fish were spotted, white tipped reef sharks made their appearance together with one Galapagos Penguin! The hike at Sombrero Chino was spectacular also. Our guests observed playful young sea lions, marine iguanas, shore birds and a unique geological formation. After snorkeling many guests decided to visit the beach to enjoy the pristine and unique landscape. As soon as we were on board we changed and got ready for the next activity, the National Geographic Islander was repositioned and we went by the Bainbridge Islets where our Captain Patricio Jaramillo was leading the maneuvers to get close to the Islet. Read More>

Nov 27, 2015 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

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