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  • San Cristobal Island

    The last full day was spent at San Cristobal Island. We started the day at the most eastern point of the Galapagos Archipelago knowns as Punta Pitt. Our guests enjoyed a great hike and a Zodiac ride; it was a delight for our guests this close encounter with the blue footed boobies; all nesting in our trail. Another highlight were the red-footed boobies and the spectacular landscape of this eroded tuff cone. In the afternoon, the National Geographic Endeavour II was repositioned towards Cerro Brujo. One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, you have to be there in order to enjoy the pristine place, its powdery white sandy beach and our eager companions the Galapagos sea lions. A phenomenal week ended and the magic of Galapagos will stay in the heart of our guests forever!

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  • Clarkston, Washington & Hells Canyon

    On the first day of our journey we are at Clarkston, Washington, on the Snake River. Right after breakfast we set 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. Our first stop is at Asotin (Place of Eels). Here we marveled at a beautiful outcrop of complex columnar basalt where perfectly formed columns rise above the river. Soon we were on the free-flowing Snake River. High cliffs formed by layer after layer of basaltic lava flows rose high above us. As we proceeded upstream on this cloudy morning, fall colors brightened the landscape as mulberry trees glowed golden and sumac smoldered crimson on the rocky slopes.

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  • Santa Cruz Island

    Santa Cruz Island it is the second largest Island of the Galapagos and the headquarters of the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galapagos National Park. In the morning, we visited both institutions and learned about the conservation efforts and the management actions orientated to restore species, populations and ecosystems.

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  • At Sea

    Today was our first day of the expedition where we had no major sightings of fish or fowl or marine mammals or land - so it seemed a perfect time to explore the countless beautiful details of the National Geographic Orion herself. And since today we also had a class on Techniques for Embellishing Your Photography, I thought, what a perfect opportunity to do both. All these images were taken with an iPhone 7+ and enhanced with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Enjoy.

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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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