Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field

  • South Plaza and Santa Fe Island

    We started the day early with a visit to small South Plaza Island, where a multitude of wildlife sighting opportunities are presented. Read More

    • Apr 27, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Santa Cruz Island & Eden Islet

    We spent a second day on Santa Cruz Island, the second largest island of the Galápagos Archipelago. Read More

    • Apr 26, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • Santa Cruz, or Indefatigable Island

    Today we disembarked at the pier of Puerto Ayora and made our way to the Darwin Research Station to visit the Giant Tortoise Rearing Center. This complex is located close to the sea and amid a forest of centenary giant cacti, some of them 30 feet high. The place has a beautiful wooden trail and next to it some “corrals,” where baby tortoises are well protected. Read More

    • Apr 26, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Santa Cruz Island

    Today, our expedition began after an early breakfast, as we went ashore at 7:30am in search of the giant tortoises of Santa Cruz. First, we walked to the Charles Darwin Research Center, where the Lindblad natural history staff explained the extensive work being done to preserve the giant tortoise. We watched the next generation of tiny baby tortoises scrambling over the rocky terrain at the breeding center. We then set out for the highlands, stopping along the way at a local farm to see how Galapageño farmers lived before the onset of the tourism industry— from grinding sugar cane, roasting coffee, and distilling spirits, our hosts showed us a small glimpse of their traditions. Read More

    • Apr 25, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • Floreana Island

    Today we disembarked at Punta Cormorant before breakfast to see Blue-footed boobies doing their mating dance by the beach.  Afterwards we went inland to spot several flamingoes feeding peacefully on the krill of the lagoon. Then we went on a trail to a white sandy beach where evidence of Pacific green sea turtles nesting was plentiful. After breakfast we snorkeled off Champion Island.In the afternoon we visited Post Office Bay where our guests left some post cards and took others with them to deliver once at home. Read More

    • Apr 25, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Floreana Island

    In the morning before breakfast we had an early excursion at Punta Cormorant. We landed on a beach with greenish sand, and we had the advantage of the first light of the day for great pictures. There were many flamingos feeding in the brackish water lagoon, and furthermore we were very fortunate to observe a few couples of blue-footed boobies nesting, as well as sally light foot crabs, and Floreana lava lizards. Afterwards we enjoyed a Zodiac ride around Champion Islet, and luckily we got to see the very elusive Floreana mockingbird, among other birds such as lava herons, swallow-tailed gulls, Nazca boobies and blue-footed boobies. In the afternoon we visited a historical site known as Post Office Bay; this is the oldest post office system in the Americas, and our guests had the opportunity to keep the tradition alive by dropping and collecting postcards to be hand delivered.. Read More

    • Apr 24, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • Isla Española

    In just a couple weeks, I can feel a change in the climate. Instead of flat calm seas at daybreak here in the protected Gardner Bay, there were light waves dancing around the ship. Although it is still hot and humid, it is more comfortable than it has been these past few months. The waved albatross have returned from their peregrinations around the Pacific Ocean over the last three months, and are now residing on their preferred island for the breeding season. Snorkeling was outstanding today, with young sea lions cavorting with the guests on the white sandy beach, and in the turquoise water. A warm afternoon breeze helped to reduce the mosquitoes of Punta Suarez.. Read More

    • Apr 24, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Española (Hood) Island

    Española Island is the oldest Galapagos Island as it sits on the southeastern end of the archipelago. All of the islands are the result of the activity of a stationary volcano producing area located to the northwest of the islands.  As an extinct volcano Española Island is now expose to the elements and little by little it will deteriorate to the point that it will go back to the ocean. . Read More

    • Apr 23, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • San Cristobal Island

    We anchored at Punta Pitt on a cloudy and rainy morning. It cleared up just in time for our walk on the island, exploring and searching for Red footed boobies, the one spices we had not seen yet! Our expedition ended with a beautiful walk along Cerro Brujo beach. . Read More

    • Apr 22, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • San Cristobal Island

    We have been traveling backwards through time during this expedition, from the youngest island in the Galapagos, Fernandina, to the oldest island above sea level, San Cristobal. The site for the morning outing, Punta Pitt, is painted in the bright colors of the rainy season. It’s only for a couple of months that we get to see the tiny white flowers of holy tress or the green succulent leaves of sesuvium, all on a light brown rock decorated in layers. This is a tuff volcano, actually, where several cones have come together to form a bay. Here we offered the option to hike, to swim, to use the glass-bottom boat, and the younger explorers had the opportunity to learn to drive the Zodiacs. Punta Pitt has unique wildlife as well. Read More

    • Apr 21, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos

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