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  • At Sea and Puerto Gato, Baja California Peninsula

    We enjoyed a nice morning at sea with a green flash at sunrise, scenic views of the Sierra de La Giganta, and glimpses of sharks, rays, and dolphins as we proceeded to our afternoon destination. David and Carlos supplemented our sightings with presentations on geology and foods of Mexico, respectively, in the lounge. We arrived at Puerto Gato after lunch. It was a beautiful setting for snorkeling and other water activities, hiking in the desert, and a sumptuous barbecue dinner and bonfire on shore.  . Read More

  • St. Petersburg, Russia

    After a couple of cold, overcast days, Saint Petersburg welcomed us with sunny weather and blue skies. On the first of our two days at Russia’s cultural capital, our guests visited the Catherine Palace and the new Fabergé Museum, and we also had the opportunity to watch a performance of Alexander Krein’s Laurencia, a ballet based on the work of Lope de Vega. . Read More

  • 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

  • Riga, Latvia

    The benefit of an overnight stop in port is the option of an early start in an already familiar city. After a series of excellent tours and a pleasant evening in a local hostelry yesterday, we were ready to enjoy a morning’s activities before our lunchtime departure for Tallinn.The first excursion to depart took to the canals of Riga. 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
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