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Fernandina and Isabela Islands

We started early to enjoy amazing scenery. We had entered Bolivar Channel and finally after a long navigation we had reached the western side of the Galapagos. Six and a half volcanoes were around us. The shield volcanoes are young, majestic and dormant for now. The cold winds that are bringing Humboldt Current to the islands mixed with the upwelling of Cromwell current to produce a very rich marine environment. With this incredible landscape we anchored at Fernandina Island to explore Punta Espinoza, a pristine area full of life from the first step we set on the island. It was low tide, so we had to disembark on the lava field while we observed hundreds of marine iguanas feeding on the algae. Read More>

Sep 19, 2016 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Bartolomé and Rábida Islands

It was a fantastic morning to spend on Bartolomé Island. We visited this small island that has an amazing landscape. We went for an exploratory walk along the trail that led us to the top. It was fascinating to encounter small volcanos dotting the landscape. As we walked we also climbed the slopes of this island all the way to the outlook. There we had the most amazing views of the volcanic landscape. Bartolomé is a cool place to spend time snorkeling, so after breakfast we headed to the snorkeling site. Read More>

Sep 19, 2016 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Gros Morne

Imagine if you will, the collision of continents, the earth itself moving beneath you as one continent swallows another. Fiery eruptions, catastrophic earthquakes, and the sea around you churning with tidal waves the size of which are indescribable. Then, in an about face, the massive continents began to separate again, creating the present day Atlantic Ocean. Such was the scene at the area of Newfoundland we visited today. Of course, all of this took a mere hundreds of millions of years, so the drama I described might have been a bit more, shall we say, low key. The continents did collide, and the sea floor did get pushed to the surface to create the mountains known as the Tablelands, and the landforms separated again causing the Atlantic Ocean to form, but if you had lived long enough to witness the whole thing you might not have noticed the change for some time. There is a reason the term “geologic time scale” means a very long time. We may not have been thinking about all that had happened here so many years ago, but, by the time we finish our day this place of remarkable beauty would mean so much more to us. Read More>

Sep 19, 2016 National Geographic Explorer in Canada

North Seymour Island

Today we woke up anchored in the canal between Baltra and North Seymour islands, at sunrise the day was overcast and the temperature quite pleasant. As we disembarked Swallow-tailed gulls were at the landing site to greet us. They are the only nocturnal feeding gull in the world and are unique to Galapagos although they have a wondering phase in the open ocean before reaching sexual maturity. Immediately inland we encountered several California Sea Lions pubs that were just born and the placentas were still to be seen. Pupping season is here as female mammals tend to synchronize their ovulation. Further along the trail we spotted lava lizards, land iguanas, blue footed boobies and both species of frigate birds nesting. Read More>

Sep 18, 2016 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Îles de la Madeleine, Quebec, Canada

Today we added yet another layer to our experiences here in The Maritime Provinces of Canada by visiting the archipelago of Îles de la Madeleine, or Magdalen Islands. Situated in the middle of The Gulf of St. Lawrence this seemingly improbable string of islands harbors a rich history, first explored in 1524 and later settled in 1765. The early Amerindian cultures for thousands of years had come to these islands to harvest walrus, seals and other sea life. Though we're clearly in Canada it doesn't take long to notice that these islands are French, and more specifically Acadian French. In the middle 1700s British control of this region resulted in the forced removal of a majority of the French occupants of Acadia.  Resettling as far south as Louisiana, these French subjects would eventually return and reestablish themselves in Quebec, Nova Scotia, and here on the Magdalen Islands. The waters around here have long been the source of bounty, from the abundant cod fishery of the past to today’s healthy lobster harvest. Read More>

Sep 18, 2016 National Geographic Explorer in Canada

Iracahua Trail & Yarapa River

Our last day of exploration in the Upper Amazon of Peru, and one more day to remember. Our day has started with a hike along the Iracahua trail, a magical place full of flora and fauna just ready to be discovered, our naturalist made from this a learning experience by sharing with us all their vast knowledge. Tropical plants, amazing trees, gorgeous butterflies and the songs of colorful birds remind us that we were at the mighty Amazon jungle, a privilege to all us I must say. Read More>

Sep 17, 2016 Delfin II in Amazon

Ile D’Aix and La Rochelle

Today was the last day of this voyage and as per usual it was jam packed with exciting activities to make sure it would be one to remember. Early morning all of us jumped on a tender to be transported ashore to the lovely Ile D’Aix. Read More>

Sep 17, 2016 National Geographic Orion in Europe aboard NG Orion

Fortress of Louisbourg & Baddeck, Nova Scotia

Having struck the weather lottery, we awoke to our second day of pure sunshine, certainly a gift in a land legendary for its fog. With much to do, our guests left early to board the provided transport, quickly finding themselves within the historic landscape of the Fortress of Louisbourg. With a grand effort of budget and skill, the fortress’ historic quality has not only been preserved, but rebuilt. Providing a window into the way of life that earlier colonial times endured, complete with their staff members dressed in the garb of the day. We were told the value of cocoa, how it was transported, and even allowed to sample the delicacy of their version of hot chocolate. Gardeners and soldiers waxed poetic about what their duties would have been, including a most thorough demonstration of the rifles function, loading procedure and errant accuracy. Next up was the historic town of Baddeck, which boasts the Alexander Graham Bell museum. Read More>

Sep 17, 2016 National Geographic Explorer in Canada

Genovesa Island

Today was the last day of an amazing expedition on board the National Geographic Islander. We anchored early in the morning inside a sunken caldera far north at Genovesa Island. This morning there was a kayak opportunity for early risers in a beautiful area along the cliffs protected from the wind. It was overcast which are perfect conditions to enjoy this unique landscape and its wildlife, as Genovesa is known as a bird paradise. What a delight to observe the sea birds and activity in the early hours. After breakfast we went out for a wet landing at Darwin’s bay. Read More>

Sep 17, 2016 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Elafonisos Island & Sailing

After a full day on Santorini, today was a day to relax and enjoy. At dawn Sea Cloud approached the town of Neaopolis, at the very southern tip of the Peloponnesus peninsula. The sun rose over the local hills to our north, and the sea was flat calm. As with most ports in Greece, we had to clear in for permission to go anchor off our morning destination of Elafonisos Island. Read More>

Sep 17, 2016 Sea Cloud in Mediterranean

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