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  • North Seymour and Rabida Island

    The calm has come to the ocean again, it is the season in Galapagos where the trade winds stop influencing the weather, and the warm waters from the north have extended a wet layer of loaded clouds over the horizons. Now a light but steady rain drips along the rocks, soaks into the ground and brings plants to life again. Very soon, the landscape of ashes, burnt by a year of sun, will dress in a fresh green forest.

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  • At Sea, Drake Passage

    When we stood on deck today and peered out the windows, it was hard to believe that we are in the middle of the Drake Passage, usually one of the most notorious stretches of sea on earth. With just 2-3 m of well and light easterly winds, the surface of the ocean has been quite calm, making for a very pleasant crossing so far. Although it is quiet for birds and mammals, we have been busy on board, decontaminating our boots and hiking gear, as well as enjoying a cocktail party hosted by the Captain. Tomorrow we hope to have our first glimpse of Antarctica: the South Shetland Islands.

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  • Bahia Santa Maria and Canal de la Magdalena

    The first day of our exploration aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird started in the quiet waters of the Magdalena Coastal Lagoon, right in front of San Carlos town. Guests and naturalists disembarked and walked on the dunes of the long, sandy, wonderful, and 60-miles long barrier island called Magdalena. We observed a multitude of tracks form jackrabbits, coyotes, white-footed mice, hermit and ghost crabs, and found the marvelous dune plants clustered in green and red carpets all over the place. On the Pacific side, thousands of different shells were awaiting for us to enjoy and photographing them. Some of our guest met scallops, pen shells, fig snails, tivela clams, white Venus and other types of the amazing mollusks, whose antiquity as a group is about 500 million years. Later, a local navigation adviser named Sergio joined us to cruise northward along the narrow canal, and all aboard observed mangroves, and sea and shore birds under a light refreshing rain. As we crossed the nursery area of the gray whales, called La Florida, we started to see the first mothers and calves. At the end of the day in this ecosystem, our guests and staff landed in the little, fancy pier of Adolfo Lopez Mateos, and explored part of this little town.

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  • Whale waters and Puerto Gato

    When on a trip entitled “Among the great whales”, you know it is a great start when you have a mother and calf blue whale right after breakfast on day one. Our morning continued with many seabirds and a big pod of dolphins.  In addition, we finished with a full range of activities at a beautiful bay on the Baja Peninsula.  The trip is off to a flying start!

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  • Havana and Cienfuegos

    Morning dawned a clear, pleasant, day in Havana, and after breakfast some of the group went to the famous Columbus Cemetery for a historical tour of the famous Cubans interred there. The rest of us went to the Museum of the Revolution, and the Presidential Palace, where we learned more about the revolution and saw evidence of the attack in the bullet holes on the building’s façade and in the vehicle used to make the charge on the presidential palace. Inside the palace, we visited the room where many discussions and decisions were made by Bautista and his staff. Bautista left by way of a secret door in the palace and went up to the rooftop.  The interior of the palace is a beautiful example of the grand architecture of that time.

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  • Supay Caño & Puerto Miguel/Yarapa Caño

    Our last full day of exploration of the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve in the Upper Amazon in Peru was filled with all the required ingredients that have made this expedition a successful one with great animal sightings, intercultural experiences with the local inhabitants of the area, wonderful company and excellent meals with regional flavors.  In the morning while exploring Supay Caño we had several great sightings.  Wildlife is usually very active in this location, we were very lucky for we saw many bird species like flycatchers, nighthawks, herons, kites, tanagers, parrots, etc.

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  • Drake Passage

    The early hours of this morning aboard the National Geographic Explorer were animated as we experienced a rendition of the ‘Drake Shake”. Undeterred, we pressed South bound for the Antarctic Circle. As the day progressed and our sea legs began to grow the seas mercifully subsided. Some brave souls ventured to the back deck with our year of the bird ambassadors and were rewarded with amazing views of soaring sea birds who were seemingly playing in the wind and waves. Prions, giant petrels and the majestic wandering albatross were all sighted. These interactions were documented using ebird and iNaturalist apps as we continue to harness citizen scientists to describe the distribution patterns of sea birds on our Drake Passage crossings.

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  • Genovesa Island

    Today we are visiting the northern most visitor site in the Galapagos. An extraordinary island known as Genovesa. Some of us woke up early to a pre breakfast kayaking outing along the cliffs on this island. Birds of all sorts were spotted while kayaking; some of us got to spot a few red footed boobies and red billed tropic birds flying around the area.

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  • Atun Poza and Pacaya River

    We started the morning with some drizzle but that didn’t stop us from going exploring, we protected all our camera gear and wore some ponchos to immediately start our morning skiff ride in the flooded forest of Atun Poza.

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  • Genovesa Island

    The golden finale of this expedition around the Galapagos Island, on board the National Geographic Islander was to visit the famous Genovesa Island. Here there are several species of seabirds with thousands of individuals of each. Both in the morning and afternoon we landed on two places to find boobies, frigates, petrels just to name a few of the unique species of Genovesa.

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