Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field

  • Isabela Island

    Today we woke up in the center of the archipelago, at Lindblad Expeditions adopted island, Santiago. This island has an interesting story of introduced animals eradicated with the help of Lindblad Expeditions and the Galapagos National Park, making it today one of the most beautiful places to visit on earth.

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  • Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove at Isabela Island.

    Today aboard National Geographic Endeavor II we had the opportunity to start the day with our morning walk at Urbina Bay, a black sandy beach located on the rim of Alcedo volcano on Isabela Island. As we walked along the trail, we had close encounters with yellow land iguanas and giant Alcedo tortoises! After the hike, some guests returned to the ship by Zodiac, and others had a refreshing swim at Urbina Bay beach, sharing the space with pelican birds that were feeding at the coast. Today we had a delicious and traditional Ecuadorian buffet lunch where we learned the proper way to eat ceviche.

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  • North Seymour and Rabida Islands

    Today National Geographic Endeavour II dropped anchor in the channel between Baltra Island and North Seymour Island. The weather conditions were superb, clear skies and calm seas, our guests truly enjoyed the incredible nature hike on North Seymour Island that featured seabirds, reptiles, sea lions and a very colorful volcanic landscape.

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  • Bartholomew and Chinese Hat

    We disembarked on a pre-breakfast outing to hike on Bartholomew Island. The hike consists on an uphill stairway to the summit of the island. Along the way we learned about the geology of the place, featuring some spatter cones and collapsed lava tubes. Some of the species of flora here are pioneers and all highly adapted to the area’s drier climate.

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  • Dragon Hill and El Eden

    After visiting southern Santa Cruz and the highlands yesterday, this morning began with sunny skies and a hike on the north side of Santa Cruz. We arrived to step onto black lava rocks and then observed the lush green vegetation and a brackish pond with a Galapagos marine iguana basking in the sun pond side. But today, we were in search of a species we hadn’t seen yet – the Galapagos land iguana. We had to leave the breezy oceanside environment and traverse to the dry habitat of this terrestrial species. The land iguanas were hard to spot among the dry grasses and volcanic ash, but we were eventually able to glimpse their bright yellow markings and spotted several of them. We also had to be careful not to disturb their underground burrows.

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  • Floreana Island

    We woke up at Punta Cormorant and enjoyed an early outing here. We observed the unique vegetation of the island along the trail. Close to the shore there were blue-footed boobies courting and further inland by the brackish water lagoon we got to see flamingos. After a well-deserved breakfast, there were options for Zodiac rides around Champion Islet as well as deep water snorkeling with Galapagos sea lions and colorful fish. Glass bottom boat outings were a delight for our guests; a great opportunity to observe the underwater world of the Galapagos without getting wet!

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  • Española Island

    The highest rates of endemic species are found in the eastern and southern islands. This is due to the fact that they are the first islands on the path of the prevailing winds and currents which flow from the southeast. This means that creatures have been established here for longer, giving them time to evolve into new forms. Amongst the endemic species unique to Española we can find the mockingbirds, lava lizards and the Española ground finch. The island is also home to the only tropical albatross in the world: the waved albatross. The white coralline beaches and bays of the island make the perfect habitat for one of the most charismatic species of the islands, the Galapagos sea lion.

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  • San Cristobal Island

    This is our last full day in the magical Galapagos Archipelago, and early this morning National Geographic Endeavour II dropped anchor off the island of San Cristobal. Typically, the eastern and southern island have a higher rate of endemic species, among them the mockingbirds and the lava lizards. In the morning, we visited stunning Punta Pitt, with its tall, highly-eroded cliffs and gorgeous olive-green sands; this spot is inhabited by a colony of red-footed boobies, which unlike the other two booby species prefer to nest and rest on bushes and trees.

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  • Santa Cruz Island

    Today National Geographic Endeavour II arrived early in the morning with the first light of the day to the southern part of Santa Cruz Island, called Academy Bay, in front of the charming town of Puerto Ayora.

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