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  • North Seymour & Rabida Islands

    Galapagos is a place of contrasts, and this first full day delivered a perfect introduction to the interesting diversity that exists here. Starting our day at North Seymour Island, we headed out for hikes to explore the inland territories of this small, central island. We encountered an incredible amount of air traffic, as magnificent and great frigatebirds soared overhead on the updrafts of wind coming off the ocean. Brown pelicans were plunge diving, as blue-footed boobies gracefully entered the water with hardly a splash. As we made our way inland among an incense tree forest, we saw multiple land iguanas searching for sustenance—it is currently the peak of the dry season, and food can be difficult to come by.

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  • At Sea

    This morning, National Geographic Explorer continued its crossing from the Falklands to South Georgia. Settled seas and the occasional sun made for pleasant conditions on deck and good photo opportunities of myriad seabirds in our wake. Between meals, we were entertained by informative talks on whales and penguins as well as the mandatory South Georgia briefing, which prepared us for our arrival.

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  • Gypsy Cove and Stanly Harbor

    After a day in the Falkland wilderness, we were ready to explore the capital city Stanley, today. There were various activities offered to highlight the best of this remote town. Wildlife enthusiasts were able to visit Gypsy Cove and see Magellanic penguins, South American sea lions, rock cormorants, black-crowned night herons, long-tailed meadowlarks, and flightless steamer ducks.

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  • San Jose de Paranupura /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 so successful. We have had great animal sightings, intercultural experiences with the local inhabitants of the area, wonderful company and excellent meals with regional flavors.

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  • At Sea, the Southern Ocean

    The ocean is really big. Sometimes when you leave one place and sail on the ocean to get to the next place, it can take a long time. In today’s modern world, we generally think of time spent traveling as downtime. This is not the case when traveling on the ocean. When you’re lucky enough to find yourself on an ocean voyage, you have the luxury of time. And when you’re extra lucky and sailing aboard National Geographic Explorer, you also have many options on how to spend that time. 

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  • Genovesa Island

    Genovesa is one of the last, near-pristine islands on Earth. It is located north of the equatorial line of the Galapagos, and it is the remains of an extinct volcano. The southeastern rim has given way to winds and ocean waves, so it is possible for the National Geographic Endeavour II to anchor inside its main caldera. This tiny island is sometimes referred to as Hitchcock Island because it is the home to thousands of birds which can thrive here surrounded by rich, productive waters and a total lack of introduced predators. The total innocence and fearlessness in the eyes of the seabirds that welcomed us human visitors is a memory that will last forever.

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  • Pacaya River and Dorado trail.

    Today we explored a very special area, the Pacaya River. Located deep in the heart of the Pacaya-Samiria Nature Reserve, the Pacaya is a marvelous and truly wild place. In order to take full advantage of this opportunity, we boarded our skiffs shortly after sunrise and headed out, looking for adventure. This is also the realm of the lowland flooded forest, and the scenery around us was a bit more open than the rainforest of previous days. Besides many familiar faces, we also had a great time finding and watching numerous new species that we hadn’t seen before. One of the most notorious was the unique-looking hoatzin, a true Amazonian icon. Well known for its striking resemblance to the prehistoric feathered reptile Archaeopteryx -no relationship, though- as a young chick, they have a clawed thumb. Hoatzin is one of those species that everyone should see in the wild at least once in their lifetime. It is also a very pretty bird, and today we had the pleasure of finding big groups of them. We saw numerous other interesting bird species like the muscovy duck, which is one of the few animals domesticated in the Americas in pre-Columbian times, and the horned screamer, which possesses a long spur on each wing to defend its nest from predators. Neotropical cormorants, anhingas and all kinds of herons and egrets were seen flying around. But the prize to the noisiest birds went to the macaws, of which we saw several species including the chestnut-fronted, the scarlet and the blue and yellow. Their abundance here in the Pacaya River is a sure sign of how wild this place is, as their numbers have diminished everywhere else due to poaching for the pet trade. Another species that is also an indicator of the well-being of the environment is the black caiman. This largest of the caimans, capable of reaching up to 18 ft. in length, is found nowadays only in the least disturbed areas and today we had the opportunity to see many of them, including some that we estimated to be 9 and 12 ft. long. We all opted to stay on board the skiff, of course!

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  • Saunders and West Point, Falklands

    Today we visited two of the outlying islands in West Falklands, both steeped in history and teeming with wildlife. Saunders Island, the site of the first British settlement of Port Egmont and established in 1765, sits northwest of West Falklands and is today an active sheep and cattle farm.

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  • West Point and Carcass Islands

    Our first day in the Falkland Islands was absolutely spectacular.   Two different islands with two very different experiences, both equally as mind-blowing.  Abundant wildlife with gorgeous weather, it certainly was a wildlife enthusiast and photographers’ dream.

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  • Belluda Caño & El Dorado River

    A full day of our exploration of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve in the Upper Amazon of Peru took us to two remote locations, Belluda Caño in the morning and El Dorado River in the afternoon.  

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