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  • Cabo Pulmo National Park

    All along the coastline of Baja California Sur, we have been graced with exhilarating ocean encounters ranging from long-beaked common dolphins riding the bow of National Geographic Venture, thousands of various seabirds soaring over the dunes of Bahia Magdalena, and a pair of humpback whales dancing below the ship for over an hour. But today, with warmer water temperatures and a world-renowned National Park in our favor, we finally took the chance to dip below the surface and experience Mexico’s marine biodiversity up close.  Guests donned wetsuits, masks, fins, and snorkels before jumping into a bustling underwater landscape of Cabo Pulmo National Park.

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  • Gardner Bay and Española (Hood) Island

    Today we woke up on the northern side of Española Island, also known as Hood Island for our first full day of the expedition. We kayaked before breakfast and after, had a wet landing on Gardner, a white sandy beach where, due to their lack of fear, sea lions and mockingbirds greeted us with a relaxed attitude.

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  • Floreana Island

    We started the day with an early walk in Punta Cormorant, Floreana Island. To our surprise, we found a group of flamingoes feeding in the brackish pond. We could also observe tracks of green sea turtles that are starting to visit the beaches as the nesting season approaches. After breakfast, we went for a Zodiac ride and snorkeling along the coast of Champion, a tiny but beautiful islet. Here, we were lucky to see white-tipped reef sharks and many other species of fishes. While Captain Eduardo Neira navigated towards our next destination, we enjoyed a delicious lunch.

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  • San Jose del Cabo, Baja California

    Our voyage thus far has transited the entire Pacific coast of Baja California, and today we rounded the corner to reach the Sea of Cortez. Along the way, we’ve experienced shrubby chaparral, succulent-filled deserts, sand dunes, and lagoons. The Cape region receives more annual rainfall and therefore appears vibrant green in comparison to previous sites.

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  • At Sea, Drake Passage

    Today we awoke to waves, as we charted our course north through the Drake Passage. Huge walls of water stood around us, with sizable swells. Our guests had become hardened seafarers and took the turbulence in stride. A gaggle of us spent the morning in the bridge, “oohing” and “ahhing” at some of the larger waves.

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  • Drake Passage

    It was our first full day at sea since we departed the white continent of Antarctica on our journey home. Although a bittersweet return, a relatively kind transit through the Drake Passage so far has our spirits up. The day was full of rest and recuperation from a very full schedule in Antarctica. As we sailed northward, we enjoyed interesting lectures on history, photography, and natural science.

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  • Española

    As we landed today on Española island, it was amazing to see how many baby sea lions had been born in the last few days. Babies were just everywhere, some were with their mothers and some had been left behind while their mothers went into the ocean to find fish. It is important to understand that these babies are very demanding when it comes to nursing, so the females normally leave the babies on the beaches while they go out to look for fish.

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  • San Jose de Paranupura and Exploration

    Our last full day of exploration of the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve in the Upper Amazon in Peru was filled with all of the ingredients that have made this expedition a successful one, with great animal sightings, intercultural experiences, wonderful company, and excellent meals with regional flavors.

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  • Magdalena Bay

    As the sun came up over National Geographic Venture, the ship pulled into Magdalena Bay on the Pacific coast of Baja Mexico. The bay is nestled into the lower half of the peninsula and home to a variety of marine mammals and seabirds. As the guests boarded Zodiacs to go ashore, they were greeted by hundreds of flying cormorants and brown pelicans.

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  • At Sea

    Heading home! Last evening National Geographic Orion left the South Shetland Islands and entered the Drake Passage as we made our way toward Ushuaia, and the end of our incredible journey to Antarctica. It was a day to get caught up on some sleep, listen to a number of presentations, and get to see some of those amazing seabirds that patrol the Southern Ocean, which they call home! The seas were kind to us in general, a little bumpy in the morning, but settled down later in the day. All-in-all a pretty relaxing day after a very busy time on the Antarctic Peninsula!

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