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  • South Plaza and Santa Fe Island

    We started the day early with a visit to small South Plaza Island, where a multitude of wildlife sighting opportunities are presented. Read More

    • Apr 27, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Santa Cruz Island & Eden Islet

    We spent a second day on Santa Cruz Island, the second largest island of the Galápagos Archipelago. Read More

    • Apr 26, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • Marayali, Piranha Creek and Clavero Lake

    Our third day exploring the Upper Amazon started with a fresh and overcast morning. Right before breakfast, we explored Marayali Creek by skiff. In this creek, different species of birds were foraging in the grass land, unruffled by our presence.After breakfast, we explored another area called Piranha Creek. Read More

    • Apr 26, 2017
    • Delfin II in Amazon
  • Santa Cruz, or Indefatigable Island

    Today we disembarked at the pier of Puerto Ayora and made our way to the Darwin Research Station to visit the Giant Tortoise Rearing Center. This complex is located close to the sea and amid a forest of centenary giant cacti, some of them 30 feet high. The place has a beautiful wooden trail and next to it some “corrals,” where baby tortoises are well protected. Read More

    • Apr 26, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Tallinn, Estonia

    It doesn't seem right that slushy hail should be pelting down just shy of May, but that's the kind of day it was during our brief visit to Tallinn, Estonia. Just minutes earlier, the sun had peaked through the cloudy skies, raising hope that the unseasonably cold weather would pass, but alas … it was not yet to be. The weather may have dampened our hair and clothing, but it did not lessen the beauty of this well-preserved medieval old town. Tallinn is truly a magical place, and no amount of bad weather can change that.After having spent the morning exploring the picturesque stone walls, buildings and cobblestone streets of this ancient Baltic city, we arrived at the St. Read More

    • Apr 26, 2017
    • National Geographic Orion in Baltics
  • Isla San Pedro Mártir & At Sea

    After a mostly calm night at sea we awakened aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird on approach to Isla San Pedro Mártir, a 1,000-foot-high volcanic island decorated with guano and cardón cactuses. The island is home to California sea lions and many seabirds, including brown and blue-footed boobies roosting in the nooks and crannies of outcroppings and ledges, and brown pelicans roosting along the shoreline. Flying above us were yellow-footed gulls, Heermann’s gulls, pelagic cormorants, elegant terns and red-billed tropicbirds. Our morning was dedicated to exploring the perimeter and waters around the island on expedition landing craft.I spent some quiet time on the bow, communing with the elements. Read More

  • San Jorge Community and Amazon Natural Park

    The exploration of the Upper Amazon is more than just wildlife and biodiversity. It’s also about its people, their culture and what they do to survive in this remote area.During the morning, we had the opportunity to visit a small community called San Jorge. Read More

    • Apr 25, 2017
    • Delfin II in Amazon
  • Santa Cruz Island

    Today, our expedition began after an early breakfast, as we went ashore at 7:30am in search of the giant tortoises of Santa Cruz. First, we walked to the Charles Darwin Research Center, where the Lindblad natural history staff explained the extensive work being done to preserve the giant tortoise. We watched the next generation of tiny baby tortoises scrambling over the rocky terrain at the breeding center. We then set out for the highlands, stopping along the way at a local farm to see how Galapageño farmers lived before the onset of the tourism industry— from grinding sugar cane, roasting coffee, and distilling spirits, our hosts showed us a small glimpse of their traditions. Read More

    • Apr 25, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • Floreana Island

    Today we disembarked at Punta Cormorant before breakfast to see Blue-footed boobies doing their mating dance by the beach.  Afterwards we went inland to spot several flamingoes feeding peacefully on the krill of the lagoon. Then we went on a trail to a white sandy beach where evidence of Pacific green sea turtles nesting was plentiful. After breakfast we snorkeled off Champion Island.In the afternoon we visited Post Office Bay where our guests left some post cards and took others with them to deliver once at home. Read More

    • Apr 25, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • San Esteban & Rasa Islands

    Today the National Geographic Sea Bird arrived to a very special part of the Sea of Cortez known as the Midriff Islands region, where several islands—including Mexico’s two biggest—act as a bottleneck for the tidal currents that create strong upwellings. Here, the waters are highly productive and life flourishes everywhere. We had the chance to explore two of those islands, San Esteban and Rasa, each one totally different than the other, encountered several unique and charismatic species, and even met a true environmental heroine. What a wonderful day!. Read More

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