Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field

  • Bartolome Island

    Located just off the east coast of Santiago Island, Bartolome is one of the most famous islands in the Galápagos archipelago. It received its name after naturalist and lifelong friend of Charles Darwin, Sir Bartholomew James Sullivan, who was a lieutenant aboard the HMS Beagle

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  • North Seymour & Rabida Islands

    On our second day of exploring the Galapagos Islands, we visited two interesting sites. In the morning, we did North Seymour Island, which is a big sea bird colony. When our guest were exploring the island, they learned about the natural history of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. In the afternoon, we explored Rabida Island that from the distance appears red because of the iron oxide that covers the rocks.  As well on Rabida Island, our guest had the chance to snorkel in the Galapagos waters. 

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  • Genovesa Island

    Our last full day in the Galapagos will be spent on the spectacular northern island of Genovesa, also known by the English name of Tower. It is one of the most pristine islands in the archipelago and home of great colonies of sea and land birds--frigate birds, red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, storm petrels, rare Darwin finches, and tropicbirds. This low, brushy island serves as a beacon to winged ocean wanderers.

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  • Genovesa Island, Darwin Bay and Prince Phillip's Steps

    Today we visited the wonderful island of Genovesa, it is one of the pristine islands of the Galapagos Archipelago. In the morning we developed a wet landing on a white sand beach, and we followed a short trail, and close to it, we saw lots of sea birds such as Nazca boobies, frigate birds, swallowed tailed gulls and red footed boobies. This island has thousands of sea birds, and some of them are nesting during this them of the year. In the afternoon, we landed at Prince Philip´s steps, and on the way to the landing site, we spot several flocks of red billed tropic birds and by the shoreline fur sea lions for the very first time during this week.  After looking at boobies and frigates, close to the end of the trail, we were able to see a couple of short eared owls, they were hunting storm petrels, which were flying all over the cliff in very large numbers.

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  • Sombrero Chino and Santiago Islands

    We left our anchorage at Santa Fe Island and navigated north and then westward, heading to the large central island of Santiago. When we awoke it was to a beautiful, sunny day and a black barren lava field stretched as far as we could see. This lava flow resulted from and eruption in 1897 and was reported in the logs of whaling vessels that were in the vicinity.

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  • Plazas Sur & Santa Fe Island

    In the morning Isla Plaza Sur gave us a great start to the day as we walked among land iguanas and sea lions. In the afternoon Santa Fe offered place to kayak, snorkel and walk. Two islands packed with wildlife!

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  • Bartholomew Islet, Sombrero Chino Islet, Santiago Island

    At sunrise we woke up at anchor on the northern shores of Bartholomew Island.

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  • Santa Cruz & Daphne Major

    Today at sunrise, the National Geographic Endeavour II was already anchored at the northwestern side of Santa Cruz Island. This morning our guests explored Cerro Dragon, which translates to Dragon Hill.  This is the habitat of the iconic Galapagos land iguana. For the afternoon, our Captain and his crew repositioned the National Geographic Endeavour II to Eden Islet on the northwestern side of Santa Cruz, where our guests had the chance to explore the area by Zodiac.

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  • Santa Cruz Island

    Santa Cruz is the second largest Island in the Archipelago and home of the largest town. Here we got a general idea of what it means to live on harmony with nature, thanks to the Galapagos National Park conservation rules and respectful vision for this special place.

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  • Santa Cruz

    Santa Cruz is a large island with a population of about 20,000 people and incredible landscapes. It is an obligatory stop for all tourists that come to visit this beautiful corner of the world. The renowned Charles Darwin Station is based here, and has been running conservations projects to protect the unique local resources, together with the Galapagos National Park. One of the most prominent projects is the Giant Tortoise Breeding and Rearing Center, which houses several island tortoise species with the intention of bringing numbers up from decline, due mainly to predation by introduced species over the last two centuries.

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