Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field

  • Cerro Dragon and Daphne Islet

    Today we visited Santa Cruz Island for a second time, and spent the morning in the northern region of the Island. The visitor site is known as Cerro Dragon, or Dragon Hill. During the hike, we got to see Galapagos marine iguanas, and we even observed Galapagos land iguanas fighting. After this, we prepared for snorkeling at the bigger Islet of Guy Fawkes, where we saw big schools of colorful fish, sharks and some sea lions that were playing with the guests: an amazing experience! During the afternoon, we enjoyed a boat ride around Daphne Mayor Islet and celebrated the sunset with a wine tasting, . Read More

    • Jan 18, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • Santa Cruz Island

    We awoke this morning at anchor in Academy Bay, located at the south end of Santa Cruz Island. It was a beautiful morning and by 8:15 all of our guests had already landed ashore and were on their way to visit and learn about one of the most successful and iconic programs on ecological restoration of the islands, the Giant Tortoise Rearing Center. This is a program that is jointly run by the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) and the Charles Darwin Research Station, which works to breed these endangered animals in captivity, with the intention of eventually repatriating them to their islands of origin. After this visit, our guests had the chance to walk through the community of Puerto Ayora, where some of them did some souvenir shopping, others went for ice creams and others spent some time at a cyber café. At 11:00 am our guests boarded buses and headed to the high lands of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy a visit to a sugar cane mill called El Trapiche. Read More

    • Jan 17, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • Floreana Island

    Floreana is considered the island with the richest human history in the Galapagos.  From the beginning of commercial sperm whaling to the time of Darwin´s exploration, Floreana has been the supply center of giant tortoises and fresh water. Due to its importance and strategic position, it was declared the first political capital of the new province of Galapagos back in 1832, when Ecuador took possession of the archipelago.We left behind Espanola and after a long navigation to the west, the National Geographic Islander dropped anchor at Punta Cormorant, Floreana Island. Read More

    • Jan 17, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Floreana Island

    Our journey brings us to the mystery island, Floreana has been visited for the last 400 years by pirates, whales and settlers, it is one of the few islands with a natural spring of fresh water and used to have a healthy population of giant tortoises, these two important factors brought all these people to visit this beautiful island.. Read More

    • Jan 16, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • Española Island

    Our expedition continued today as we visited one of the most fascinating Islands of the Galapagos archipelago, Española Island. This island has a spectacular combination of splendorous landscapes and a fantastic display of wildlife. After we had a briefing on snorkeling and distributed snorkeling gear we were ready to explore the underwater world. Read More

    • Jan 16, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Española

    As we landed on the island this morning, we were amazed to see how many baby sea lions had been born in the last few months. Babies were just everywhere, some were with their moms and some had been left behind while their mothers went into the ocean to fish. It is important to understand that these babies are very demanding when it comes to nursing, so the females normally leave the babies on the beaches while they go out to look for fish.Española or Hood Island is the oldest one in Galapagos, at approximately 4 million years of age, which has allowed the local species more time to evolve in isolation. Read More

    • Jan 15, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • San Cristobal Island, Pitt Point

    This morning we visited San Cristobal Island, Pitt Point. It’s a very beautiful site on the north eastern tip of the island. This is the only place where we saw all three species of boobies- the Nazca, blue footed and red footed.In the afternoon we visited Cerro Brujo on San Cristobal Island. Read More

    • Jan 14, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • San Cristobal Island

    Today we explored the eastern most point in Galapagos. This morning we arrived to San Cristobal Island and a visitor’s site known as Punta Pitt, where the scenery was breathtaking. After an enjoyable hike, we headed to the next site for the afternoon. We had a great time in Cerro Brujo on a picturesque white sandy beach bathed by turquoise blue waters. . Read More

    • Jan 13, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • Santa Cruz Island

    This morning we visited Academy Bay where the largest town of Puerto Ayora is located, population 18.000. At 6:00 a.m. the highlands looked overcast and rainy, while in the opposite direction the sun started to rise into the sky, making a beautiful rainbow at the horizon. At 8:00 a.m. we disembarked on the municipal dock to start our explorations of the day. We headed first to visit the Darwin Foundation and the National Park breeding program of Galápagos giant tortoises. There we had the chance to see them in several corrals for breeding and studying from the time they come out of the egg until they grow enough to be taken back to their original island to restore their dynasty. In the past these incredible reptiles were food for pirates and visitors and nowadays they face other threats such as feral pigs and black rats that decimate their population.In this area our explorers got to see and to identify many of the species of Darwin's finches, such as common cactus finches, vegetarian finches, small, medium, and large ground finches. Read More

    • Jan 13, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Santa Cruz Island

    Today we visited the second largest island in the Galapagos. The hub of tourism and conservation. Today is giant tortoise day.Early in the morning we started the days disembarking at Puerto Ayora. Read More

    • Jan 12, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos

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