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  • Upper Amazon Peru, Amazon Natural Park

    With a 6 a.m. wake up call, we headed for a fantastic breakfast full of fresh fruit, French toast, and many other delicious delicacies. We needed our energy for a jungle walk through the forest private reserve known as the Amazon Natural Park. We spotted many interesting things along the walk, and tried our hand at extracting rubber from the rubber tree, which everyone enjoyed. The trail winds through the forest until it reaches the treetop walkways and suspension bridges that provided an incredible treetop view of this amazingly preserved forest.Back on board, we ate a nice lunch and then enjoyed a presentation of the Amazon region that provided a fantastic overview of where we are and why this region is so special. Read More

    • Mar 28, 2017
    • Delfin II in Amazon
  • Santa Cruz Island

    Last night we anchored in Academy Bay on the south end of Santa Cruz Island. This morning we headed ashore and disembarked onto the public dock. A Galapagos sea lion was resting on a bench and although people were around it, this sea lion did not pay any attention and kept sleeping.After a short bus ride to “Fausto Llerena Giant tortoises Breeding Center”, we started to look at some of the tortoises that are bred in captivity. Read More

    • Mar 28, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • Floreana Island

    Today we visited the famous Floreana Island. This was the first colonized island in the Galapagos, and home to many navigators who needed a stop in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. We visited three locations that gave us insights about the northern shore of the Island. We started the day with a colony of flamingos, followed by a spectacular snorkelling site and ending with kayaking around the Post Office bay.. Read More

    • Mar 28, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Off Isla de la Juventud, Cuba

    The DER below is from the expedition to Cuba that began on March 22, 2017.Today we spent the full day aboard Panorama II sailing west after departing the port of Casilda last night bound for Isla de la Juventud, off the southern coast of Cuba. Read More

    • Mar 28, 2017
    • Panorama II in Cuba
  • Pahuachiro creek, Casual rain forest trail and Yanayacu-Pucate Rivers

    Our first day within the Pacaya-Samiria reserve was a total success! After a well rested night, we eagerly started our first skiff ride by six in the morning. It might sound a bit early, but here in the Amazon is the right way to do it! All animals start their foraging activities as early as possible, and it was a real advantage to be there to observe the first flocks of birds crossing the sky heading to their foraging grounds. As heat and humidity builds up, both prey and predators are incline to become lethargic and usually look for hidden areas to avoid these intense, harsh conditions. Fortunately for us, the morning was quite fresh –according to Amazon standards-, and we enjoyed searching for wildlife along the Pahuachiro creek mud banks. Read More

    • Mar 27, 2017
    • Delfin II in Amazon
  • Floreana Island

    Today on the National Geographic Endeavour II, we spent the day exploring the northwestern end of Floreana Island. During an early morning pre-breakfast excursion, we landed on Cormorant Point where we hiked around a brackish water lagoon and had a chance to observe American flamingoes and blue-footed boobies up close. Later on in the morning after our ship repositioned, we snorkeled around Champions Islet after exploring the shoreline aboard our Zodiacs. During the afternoon we repositioned to Post Office Bay, where we had the opportunity to participate in the old tradition, established by whalers, of hand-delivering mail to and from the islands. After delivering our postcards, we had a chance to kayak and paddle board in a mangrove area teeming with young sharks, rays and sea turtles. Some of our guests even had the opportunity to spot the first Galapagos penguins of the trip.. Read More

    • Mar 27, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • Hood Island

    We woke up anchored near Gardner Bay on Hood Island. After stretching exercises on the Sun deck we visited Gardner Beach, a white sandy beach where sea lions and Hood mockingbirds were easy to find. Some of us snorkeled from the beach while the more advanced went to Gardner Island for deep water snorkeling. Read More

    • Mar 27, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Trinidad, Cuba

    The DER below is from the expedition to Cuba that began on March 22, 2017. We arrive at Trinidad, an area steeped in an infamous history based on slavery and sugar cane plantations. Read More

    • Mar 27, 2017
    • Panorama II in Cuba
  • San Ildefonso Island

    Some days are simply special and today was just that; we encountered a large group of long-beaked common dolphins while cruising over glassy waters at sunrise. Many blue-footed and brown boobies followed the dolphins as they chased the schools of baitfish around. The whole scene couldn’t have been more magical, the archetypal Sea of Cortez at its best! Sometimes the dolphins accelerated in dramatic bursts that made our captain speed the National Geographic Sea Bird up in order to catch up with them, while those birds floating in the water hurried to take off and continue their pursuit of breakfast. Whenever the dolphins–and perhaps large predatory fish like yellowtails—managed to push the baitfish against the only barrier in their pelagic world, the surface, both species of boobies plunged into the water, throwing their wings back at the last moment and transforming into real arrows that penetrated a couple of dozen feet deep. What an exuberance of life! After having our fill of the feeding frenzy we arrived to San Ildefonso Island and explored it by expedition landing craft; we admired the big magnificent frigatebird and brown pelican nesting colonies there and even had the chance to follow a couple of blue whales that kept circling the same area very close to the island’s northern end. Read More

  • Española Island

    Located in the southeastern corner of the Galápagos Archipelago, Española is one of the oldest islands. A former shield volcano, it has now been eroded to a flattened island with tall cliffs on its southern side. It is in the path of the South Equatorial Current and its highly productive, cold waters, therefore the sea life thrives here. Española is the home to various marine seabird colonies, like the elegant Nazca boobies, the klepto-parasitic great and magnificent frigate birds, the nocturnal swallow-tailed gull and the unique waved albatross. Although still very early into their breeding season, we were very fortunate to witness the return of the first albatrosses today, which have spent approximately three months in the open seas of the Southern Pacific ocean.. Read More

    • Mar 26, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
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