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  • At Sea

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  • At Sea off Northeastern Brazil

    We left Devil’s Island last night and began our sail from French Guyana to our first landfall in Brazil. We welcomed another sea day which gave us a chance to catch up on our photographs and correspondence.

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  • French Guiana

    Today we arrived at the last of our easterly sequence of the three Guianas, finding ourselves in French territory. And how immediately obvious that always is: here we were served delicious tartes aux pommes by elegant young ladies who poured good strong coffee with a chaser of Perrier frappé. In La France Outre Mer, it is always the metropolitan culture that dominates, tartes aux pommes as though we were in Normandy and not on a tropical island with an abundance of fruits, save for apples. The local music too, played on board by Chris Combette and his band, might have come straight from Paris; indeed rumors have it that it did just that!   

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  • Paramaribo, Suriname

    We arrived to the port and capital city of Paramaribo in the wee hours last night, docked just downriver from the large bridge which offers road access connecting this country to French Guiana. Once daylight broke, our ship’s party split into three different groups, with very different agendas.

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  • At Sea, En Route to Suriname

    This morning we sailed over the bar of the Essequibo River in Guyana. We had to time our departure to coincide with the highest tide because the bar is very shallow. We made it over without much water under the keel—but enough. All along the way we were dodging fishing gear which had been set right in the middle of the channel and which made the transit even more interesting than it would have been otherwise. As we reached the ocean we sailed for miles in the muddy river water, which extends far out to sea, floating on top of the more dense salt water. Finally we reached the blue ocean water and then began to see more fishing activity. The ship traffic in the river water was comprised primarily of small ships bringing in fuel oil from Venezuela as Guyana has no local petroleum supply.

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  • Essequibo River, Guyana

    We entered the murky brown waters of the mouth of the Essequibo River just before sunrise marking a first for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic visiting the small country of Guyana. Our visit here will be centered around this magnificent river ecosystem as well as exploring far into the interior the next day. It would be safe to say that not too long ago a visit here, even in expedition fashion, would have been quite difficult due to the near complete lack of infrastructure to support even moderate tourism.

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  • At Sea Between Venezuela & Guyana

    Today was a day of transitions. Early in the morning we exited the Orinoco River and headed out to sea.  We left behind the muddy brown shallow river and entered the deep blue ocean. We left behind trees, monkeys, and parrots, and searched for the sparse wildlife of the tropical ocean. We wrapped up our thoughts on Venezuela and the Orinoco, and began to think ahead to Guyana and farther south.  

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  • Orinoco River, Tres Caños

    Today was our first daylight outing to the northern coast of South America as we made our way down the mighty Orinoco River. We started off in true expedition style, up at 4:30 am and in the Zodiacs by 5:15 am. We headed directly for a narrow channel spotted on the charts, exactly the surroundings and habitat one looks for on the wide rivers. As the sun broke through the dense jungle we were immediately gratified with views of over-flying large Amazon parrots, neotropical cormorants, herons, and black-bellied whiling ducks—this compounded with the symphony of multiple bird calls.

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  • Orinoco River

    We experienced a very relaxing morning at sea, which allowed us to recuperate from the past two or three days of excursions in Trinidad and Tobago. Because of our late departure last night from Port of Spain, Trinidad, we decided to wait until this morning before conducting our Lifeboat Muster exercise. This also gave us a chance to introduce the full compliment of Lindblad Expeditions staff naturalists and National Geographic lecturers and photographers. There wasn’t a lot of marine life to be seen this morning, apart from a few bottlenose dolphins, flying fish, a magnificent frigatebird, and a lone masked booby.

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