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  • Santiago Island

    In the early hours of the morning before breakfast, we landed at Espumilla Beach for a hike along the shoreline. The abundant soft sand and the mangrove forest provide the perfect nesting conditions for green sea turtles; many of the nests still have eggs from the last breeding season. Sea turtles will come in larger numbers to nest on this beach as the end of the year approaches, for their next breeding cycle.

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  • Passing Fernando de Noronha

    Bird in the pale blue sky

    Glides, watchful for fish darting eyes

    Dives into the water.

  • Palouse Falls and River Valley

    Today offered a great opportunity to admire the splendor of the Washington scablands. With the benefit of understanding the underlying geologic story, this place exudes an incomparable magic.

  • Clarkston, Washington & Hells Canyon

    At 0630 National Geographic Sea Lion was making her way on the dark waters of the Snake River toward the dock at Clarkston, Washington, where we were greeted by a spectacular sunrise with the sky flaming orange and pink. Soon we were off on jet boats for an exciting journey up the Snake River and into Hells Canyon. Rugged and remote, Hells Canyon is the deepest river-cut canyon in North America.

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  • Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

    Having the opportunity to visit this icon of Patagonia for the day is one of the many highlights of our expedition, and it didn’t disappoint. This landscape has been shaped by glaciers thousands of years ago with the vestiges of that era still clinging to the surrounding peaks. Winds and water have been putting the finishing touches on it since the last Ice Age ended, and one can only expect that when exploring the Patagonia steppe, or Pampa, you’ll be touched by both. At just under 500,000 acres or 700 square miles, Paine (blue) sees almost a quarter million visitors each year. The Paine Cordillera is the central feature with its torres (towers) of granite reaching over 2,500 meters. Not part of the Andes Mountains, the Paine massif is only 80 million years old and is a distinctive geologic formation. Today we set out to get the most of our time here. Half set out on a near 5 mile hike through the steppe, where guanaco roamed along the trail, Andean condors soared overhead, and even an elusive puma was spotted rested under a granite cliff face observing its domain. The remainder of our guests set out to see more of the park, stopping at the various points of interest to take it all in.  

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  • St. Peter & St. Paul’s Rocks and the King Neptune Equator Ceremony

    To say today was a busy day would be an understatement! From the volcanic Mid-Atlantic Ridge Rocks of Saints Peter and Paul, to the sacred approval ceremony of the Sea King himself, to a plethora of pilot whales and boobies that ushered us across the equator - today was a beautiful day of high sea adventure!

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  • The Snake River, Lower Monumental Dam and Palouse River

    Our wake-up call this morning aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion came moments before we began our ascent to sunrise out of Ice-Harbor lock. As unseen water raced in from beneath the doors of the lock, the ship raised and our view of the pink clouds and ever brighter sky came more and more into view. This beautiful scene continued as we traveled out of the lock up the Snake River on our way to the Palouse River.

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  • The Dalles, Oregon

    We spent our day exploring both the Columbia River Discovery Center and the Maryhill Museum. Both of these excellent facilities boasted a wealth of historical artifacts and eclectic finds. The afternoon presented a chance to visit a local winery and sample the bounty of the region. Our evening concluded with an engrossing presentation and the traverse of two locks on the beautiful Columbia River.

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  • Fernandina & Isabela Island

    We woke up early in the morning to search for cetaceans along the waters of western Isabela Island. As we explored, we spotted a couple of Minke whales in the far distance. We encountered the whales a bit closer eventually, and were able to confirm the species of marine mammal we were looking at.

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