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  • The Drake Passage

    We spent the day in a very forgiving Drake Passage on our way back to Ushuaia from an unforgettable adventure in Antarctica. The day at sea gave us time to reflect on all of the experiences we shared together on this incredible journey. We looked through our photos, enjoyed more meals, attended more presentations, and even ventured out on deck to enjoy the last bit of Antarctic sun.. Read More

    • Dec 07, 2016
    • National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica
  • Academy Bay and Santa Cruz

    The National Geographic Islander pulled into our anchorage in Academy Bay early this morning. Next to us could be seen the buildings and lights of civilization. Wasn’t sure if we were ready for this – but there we were! The wild and pristine national park land is 97% of all terrestrial area in Galapagos, but of the 3% developed and settled by humans, Santa Cruz Island has a big part. Coming here for one day offers us opportunities impossible on uninhabited islands; namely access to the lush highlands, wild giant tortoises, and the tortoise rearing center operated by the Galapagos National Park Service.The morning was used to learn about the program that rears hatchlings from these endangered giant tortoises, later released into the wilds of their native islands. Read More

    • Dec 07, 2016
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Gold Harbour and Drygalski Fjord

    A thundering avalanche and the tremendous tang of penguin mixed with seal provided us with an early morning wake up quite unlike any other we have experienced thus far during our explorations of South Georgia. It was barely 4:45 a.m., but we were anchored in Gold Harbour – one of South Georgia’s highlight destinations – and it has to be made the absolute most of. Our early morning start would ensure we could enjoy every minute of this wildlife-packed bay with its towering cliffs topped with the sheer glacier. The face of this glacier provided us with a number of dramatic calving and avalanche events as the morning unfolded. Read More

    • Dec 07, 2016
    • National Geographic Orion in Antarctica
  • Golfito, Rio Tigre and Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden

    A day inside the Golfo Dulce of Costa Rica, an area that combines gorgeous mangrove forest, rainforest and lots of wildlife.

  • Port Lockroy & Dallmann Bay, Antarctica

    In January of 1904, the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot was in urgent need of quiet water where the damaged boiler of his expedition ship Français could be repaired.  Fortunately, he discovered a well-protected anchorage tucked into Wienke Island. He named it Port Lockroy to honor the French Minister of Marine, and there he made the needed repairs. Port Lockroy was subsequently an important anchorage for whaling factory ships in the early 20th century.  In 1944, the British established "Base A" here.  Its mission is not entirely clear, but watching over the British Antarctic Territories was clearly part of it. After the war, the station became a base to support scientific research. Then in 1962 it was abandoned and it lay falling into ruin until the British Antarctic Heritage Trust restored it as an Antarctic museum and the world's southernmost gift shop and post office. It is now the most visited site in Antarctica, and home to the world's most visited gentoo penguins. This morning we, too, visited Port Lockroy, supported its gift shop, wandered in the museum, and paid our respects to the penguins perched on their stone nests, each pair, in alternation, incubating two eggs. It was a snowy Antarctic day, and it only added to the mystique of this, the final landing of our trip to the southern continent. With some reluctance we departed, wondering if that landing marked the end of our trip; or might there be just one more rabbit in the hat. Read More

    • Dec 06, 2016
    • National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica
  • Santa Cruz Island

    We journeyed into the highlands of Santa Cruz to spend the entire morning photographing the beloved Galapágos giant tortoise at Rancho el Manzanillo. Tortoises of all sizes were roaming freely across the ranch, dipping in muddy ponds and grazing across the grassy landscape. After a delicious buffet lunch, the group split into two with some opting to return to Puerto Ayora for exploration and others visiting the Los Gemelos pit craters.. Read More

    • Dec 06, 2016
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • Floreana Island

    The early start to the day did not deter many – so out the door we left at 6:30 am sharp. The soft brown inorganic beach with tiny green peridots was the setting for some unexpected, but hoped for, blue-footed boobies! These sea birds are tremendously notorious for their fickle choice of nesting sites. The last decade has seen them move about the various islands of the archipelago, but breeding hasn’t been constant in any one location.But here they were! On top of a low bluff of cinder, the remnants of an explosion millennia ago. Read More

    • Dec 06, 2016
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Grytviken, South Georgia, 54° 15’S, 36° 45’W

    We awoke this morning to another crystal clear day. Overnight we had relocated to King Edward Cove, at the head of which lies the abandoned whaling station of Grytviken. This is the only abandoned whaling station on the island that may be visited. It has been cleansed of hazardous materials and the fabric of the buildings has been stabilized.It is, however, most notable as the site of a small whalers graveyard in which the remains of Ernest Shackleton and his right hand man, Frank Wild lie. Read More

    • Dec 06, 2016
    • National Geographic Orion in Antarctica
  • Coiba Island and Granito de Oro, Panama

    After sailing 190 nautical miles on board National Geographic Sea Lion, we reached a paradisiac island towards the west of Panama, Coiba National Park. This remote diamond covers the largest reef formation on the Eastern Pacific, an important component of an international effort made by four nations. Read More

  • Punta Cormorant, Champion Islet and Post Office Bay

    We awoke early today to take advantage of the astonishing light conditions of Floreana Island. As soon as we arrived, a group of ruddy turn-stones and sanderlings welcomed us at a black beach made out of olivine crystals. The trail took us to an area where a single flamingo was spotted, feeding in a brackish lagoon surrounded by incense trees, reflecting in the golden waters to make up a stunning and surreal landscape. Later on, we visited a white sandy beach to compare the distinct kinds of sands that can exist on the same island. After such rewarding early morning walk, we came back to the National Geographic Endeavour II for an energizing breakfast. After breakfast, we explored Champion islet, where we were lucky to spot two of the elusive endangered Floreana mockingbirds. Read More

    • Dec 05, 2016
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
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