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  • Rincon de la Vieja Volcano & Hacienda Guachipelin

    On this beautiful morning, we anchored in front of Playa del Coco and took a bus ride to Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park and Hacienda Guachipelín. Our guests had the choice to go horseback riding or ziplining in the hacienda or to take a hike in the volcano area.

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  • Coiba Island National Park | Panama

    Today was our first day in Panama. As a way to begin our exploration of this leg of our journey, we visited Coiba Island Marine National Park. Coiba was the grand entrance to this diverse and intricate country. The very low tide that welcomed us, gave us the uncommon opportunity to get closer views to the richest and endemic species rich coral reef of Granito de Oro Isle.

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  • Faring Drake Passage

    After a long day travelling down to the ship it was good to have a day at sea to unpack and take in where we were and where we were sailing to. After breakfast the day started with an introduction to the expedition team covering specialities from birds to whales and scuba diving to photography. We then had a presentation and breakout session to help with photography during the trip with an aim to help people figure out their own specific settings and which settings to use for specific situations. Lunchtime followed and then the busiest part of the day: the Antarctic briefing and decontamination. This is done to avoid introducing invasive species and bacteria to the area. We then had a presentation on the Antarctic treaty – one that has allowed Antarctica to stay as a continent for international cooperation and science. The finally we got to meet our captain of the voyage during his hosted cocktail session in the evening. First day of the trip here! At sea but still plenty busy!

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  • Espumilla Beach and Buccaneer’s Cove at Santiago Island

    Today we started our activities at 7:00 am to explore a pristine Espumilla Beach full of interesting creatures including ghost crabs, mating sea turtles, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, mockingbirds and lots of Galapagos hawks. A small group went for some kayaking along the coast of the island of Santiago.

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  • Curu Wildlife Refuge and Tortuga island

    In our first day of exploration, National Geographic Sea Lion took us to Curu Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Golfo Dulce, Casa Orquidea and Golfito

    The last day in Costa Rica found us docked to the Golfito pier where we went through customs to leave the country. A small gulf within a large gulf, Golfito was once an important banana plantation area that went into a drastic economic crisis when the Banana Fruit Company was invited to leave the country. Nowadays, it is important locally because of the duty-free zone and the high degree of tourism. Just 30 minutes north from Golfito, we repositioned the ship to the amazing home of Ron and Trudy McAllister, Casa Orquidea Botanical Garden. Embedded in the green lush forests of the Golfito Preserve and Peñas Blancas National Park, this garden is for sure a highlight of the trip. Flowers, hummingbirds, palm and cannonball trees, basilisk lizards and the very rare sight of a couple of great curassows welcomed us into their realm; great opportunities of photos and unforgettable memories.

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  • Isabela Island

    Isabela is one of the largest islands of Galapagos. It is comprised of five active volcanoes, with the last eruption having occurred a year and a half ago at the Sierra Negra Volcano. This is near the area we disembarked to this morning to explore an incredible uplifted area five kilometers off the coast of Urbina bay which rose some ten feet above the water’s surface.

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  • The Drake Passage and Elephant Island

    South we go, into the realm of ice and sea.

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  • Departing the Southern Ocean

    In the final days of our voyage, we think of the great Southern Ocean and all the denizens thereof. No better summary could be than the simple words of Pablo Neruda, poet laureate of Chile, and his poem, “Ode to the Wandering Albatross.”

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  • Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove

    The island of Isabela was formed after several volcanic eruptions in the last thousand years, into a seahorse-shaped island composed of five large volcanos and a small one, which forms the snout of the sea horse. It has been very active in the last years, geologically speaking. The last official eruption took place in June 2018, Sierra Negra Volcano on the northern coast, and lasted for couple of months.

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