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  • Fernandina and Isabela Island

    We started our exploration of the “wild west” of the Galapagos today. Rounding the Cape Albermarle at first light, we made our way into Banks Bay, where less than an hour out of Espinoza Point on Fernadina Island, we encountered over a dozen feeding Bryde’s whales. After having visited Fernandina, the most well-preserved oceanic island in the world, we backtracked north for a rendezvous with the equatorial line, but not without first stopping at Vicente Roca Point on Isabela Island.

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  • Bartolome and Rabida Islands

    Early in the morning we climbed to the summit of Bartolome Island. This is a spectacular site to learn about the geology of the archipelago. The great light of the day enhanced the contrast of colors and it looked like we were on Mars!Our guests enjoyed snorkeling at the golden, sandy beach. Then a great blue heron got our attention, until a young Galapagos sea lion arrived at the beach and stole the show! In the afternoon we visited Rabida Island, the red island, which has a lot to offer. From deep water snorkeling to kayaking along the coastal area, and an easy stroll along the red sandy beach. The tameness of the animals amazed our guests and great photos were taken here. Galapagos is magic!

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  • Coronation Island, South Orkney Islands

    After a very calm crossing from South Georgia, we were fortunate to be able to make a landing at Coronation Island, which is home to a large amount of chinstrap penguin colonies. It is evident that we are that much closer to Antarctica as we spent most of the day navigating through and around various shapes and sizes of ice. Dozens of fulmars and petrels followed the ship, splitting off occasionally to steal some food from the surface of the ocean. Upon reaching our morning destination, we bundled up and embarked our trusty Zodiacs to the landing. We were greeted by hundreds of chinstrap penguins, with an occasional gentoo or Adelie in amongst the mix. 

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  • Pacheca and Pachequita Island, Pearl Islands, Gulf of Panama

    Today we had a great opportunity to explore the waters of the Gulf of Panama, which experiences an upwelling of nutrient-rich cold water – and a related explosion of marine life -- at this time of the year. The upwelling is created when northern trade winds blow all the way across the isthmus and into the gulf, replacing warm sterile water with cold water from the bottom leading to an explosion of life. 

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  • Bay of Pigs (Bahia de Cochinos), Cuba

    The Bay of Pigs offers everything from history to natural history, and an amazing cultural experience mixed in as well. Many of us started with an early morning hike around Zapata National Park with local guides admiring many of the endemic and native birds of Cuba. We found the West Indian woodpecker (Melanerpes superciliaris), the Cuban trogon (Priotelus temnurus), the Cuban tody (Todus multicolor), the Cuban emerald hummingbird (Chlorostilbon ricordii), and several others. Afterwards, we visited a tree that offered amazing views of the world’s smallest bird, the bee hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae).

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  • Barro Colorado Island, The Panama Canal

    A cup of coffee on deck in the cool of the pre-dawn tropics, listening to the resonant calls of howler monkeys on Barro Colorado Island (BCI) is close to the perfect beginning to a day.  Add in a golden sunrise and the incongruity of massive, heavily laden container ships passing silently through the nearby navigation channel of the Panama Canal, and it reaches perfection.

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  • Seymour and Rabida Island, Galápagos, Ecuador

    This morning the National Geographic Endeavour II is anchored just in front of Seymour Island. Nothing can be guaranteed when it comes to wildlife sightings, but we had a very successful day and spotted all of the creatures that we were hoping to see! Starting with the nocturnal swallowtail gulls having a rest before going to hunt at night; then lots of frigatebirds nesting on the branches, some of them with chicks or juveniles; also land iguanas resting on the ground, getting energy from the sun or having a tuna cactus bite, also blue-footed boobies hanging around, marine iguanas posing for ours photographers, and if that was not enough, we saw baby sea lions nursing on her mothers. Seymour it is a small place with lots things to enjoy.

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  • Robert Point, South Shetland Islands

    We had just a few more things to do to prepare for our arrival in Antarctica and this morning, we ensured that everyone was on the same page about the IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators) guidelines for safe and sustainable visits to the seventh continent. Just after the IAATO briefing, all guests and new crew joined us in the mudroom for a full biosecurity decontamination. All outer gear, camera bags, walking sticks and backpacks were inspected by the expedition staff for possible seeds, soil, plants, and any other potential items that could bring introduced species to a rapidly warming and increasingly more inhospitable environment. The individual inspection and cleaning of gear is, perhaps, not the most enjoyable activity but it is one that is vital to the future of this pristine landscape.

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  • Supay Caño & Puerto Miguel Ucayali River

    Our last day of outings started with a delightful sunrise that gave way to a cool and fresh, therefore magnificent, morning.  We quickly boarded our skiffs for a ride in which wildlife was truly abundant from the very beginning. We recorded some 70 species of birds in only a couple of hours plus a few mammals! When the sun started to heat up and activity went low it was also time for us to turn in and have or well-deserved breakfast. After our now fundamental and mandatory siesta, we set to visit the markets of Puerto Miguel and explore a bit of the wildlife and plants around this community that a few years ago after the river had carved the very ground over which it was built, simply dismantled and picked up the houses and moved to the other side of the river. Talk about tenacity!

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  • At Sea, Drake Passage

    Although not quite the fabled “Drake Lake”, day one of our Drake Passage crossing was very gentle. Light winds and a mere three-meter swell on our tails made for very comfortable sailing indeed. Activities for today included three presentations and a practical bird photography session on the aft deck in pleasant, even warm, sunshine.

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