Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field


  • San Cristobal Island

    The last full day was spent at San Cristobal Island. We started the day at the most eastern point of the Galapagos Archipelago knowns as Punta Pitt. Our guests enjoyed a great hike and a Zodiac ride; it was a delight for our guests this close encounter with the blue footed boobies; all nesting in our trail. Another highlight were the red-footed boobies and the spectacular landscape of this eroded tuff cone. In the afternoon, the National Geographic Endeavour II was repositioned towards Cerro Brujo. One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, you have to be there in order to enjoy the pristine place, its powdery white sandy beach and our eager companions the Galapagos sea lions. A phenomenal week ended and the magic of Galapagos will stay in the heart of our guests forever!

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  • Santa Cruz Island

    Santa Cruz Island it is the second largest Island of the Galapagos and the headquarters of the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galapagos National Park. In the morning, we visited both institutions and learned about the conservation efforts and the management actions orientated to restore species, populations and ecosystems.

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  • Santiago Island

    In the early hours of the morning before breakfast, we landed at Espumilla Beach for a hike along the shoreline. The abundant soft sand and the mangrove forest provide the perfect nesting conditions for green sea turtles; many of the nests still have eggs from the last breeding season. Sea turtles will come in larger numbers to nest on this beach as the end of the year approaches, for their next breeding cycle.

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  • Fernandina & Isabela Island

    We woke up early in the morning to search for cetaceans along the waters of western Isabela Island. As we explored, we spotted a couple of Minke whales in the far distance. We encountered the whales a bit closer eventually, and were able to confirm the species of marine mammal we were looking at.

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  • North Seymour & Rabida Islands

    This day started with a matted grey overcast at North Seymour Island. As the sun started to illuminate our path, we noticed that this island was very different from the previous. Frigatebirds tended to their nesting areas and soared high above us. Lava lizards flitted about, and large land iguanas became active as they started to warm themselves in the equatorial sun. The sun was high in the sky when we returned to the ship to begin our navigation to our next destination for the day.

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  • Genovesa Island

    Genovesa is home to over one million seabirds. There were so many highlights today—the diversity of sea birds, unique landscape, the only diurnal owl in the planet,  Nazca, red-footed & blue-footed boobies and gulls nesting in close proximity, fur seals, hammerheads sharks, turtles and manta rays.

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  • Batholomew and Chinese Hat

     We woke up early in the morning to go on a pre-breakfast hike onto the summit of Bartholomew Island. While on the hike, we explored all the volcanic features of this young island and the process of primary successions all species are going through to stablish their prints here and fulfill their niches within the ecosystem.

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  • Santa Cruz Island, Dragon’s hill

    Santa Cruz Island it is the second largest island in Galapagos that is the reason it has many different vegetation zones from sea level to the highlands.

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  • Santa Cruz Island

    Today the day we had been waiting for—our opportunity to see giant tortoises. Early morning, we admired the beauty of Academy Bay, where the main attraction is the gorgeous landscape and the variety of different boats and ships. We disembarked onto the town’s principal dock and took a short ride to Galapagos National Park Headquarters and Charles Darwin Research Station. During the ride across town, we could see how the regular activities of local people contrasted with the endemic nature of the islands.

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