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San Cristobal Island is Lindblad Endeavour’s Final Stop

A day of contrasts To the west of us, Isabela Island is one of the Galapagos’ youngest islands and among the first we visited. San Cristobal Island, on the other hand, is the eastern most island in the entire archipelago and ranks among the oldest. San Cristobal also is the first island Charles Darwin visited […]

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Galapagos Tortoises in the Santa Cruz Highlands

Photographing giant tortoises in the wild After our visit to the Los Gemelos craters, it’s back on the bus for what I hope is an exciting afternoon with giant Galapagos tortoises in the wild. Our Lindblad Endeavour naturalist for the afternoon, Walter Perez, doesn’t share my confidence as he continually cautions us “all we can […]

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Lindblad Endeavour Santa Cruz Highlands Tour

A triple header shore lunch Before we set out to find Galapagos tortoises in the Santa Cruz highlands, the Lindblad Endeavour has an extended lunch break planned that is surprisingly varied. One stop I did not anticipate: a visit to a still–what we Southern boys would call a moonshine still–and the option to sample its […]

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Lindblad Endeavour Cruise: Puerto Ayora Walking Tour

Your one & only Galapagos shopping stop The stop at Santa Cruz Island by the Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Endeavour is an unusually full, busy day. Following our tour of the Darwin Research Station and seeing Lonesome George and Diego, the station’s most famous tortoises, we’re given a little over an hour to tour the […]

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Lindblad Endeavour Takes Us To World’s Rarest Animal

Poor old “Lonesome George” When Lindblad’s National Geographic Endeavour anchors off Santa Cruz Island, we go ashore for the entire day to spend much of our time with the Galapagos’ iconic giant tortoises. And to meet a world-famous tortoise estimated at 100 years old known as “Lonesome George,” perhaps the last of his race. Of […]

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Cruise Review: Dining on the Lindblad Endeavour

Sustainability guides the dining choices—yum yum! Lindblad Expeditions takes its dedication to conservation seriously, extending it even to the Endeavour’s dining room. Although seafood is a staple on the ship’s menus, you’ll never find a shrimp cocktail, fried shrimp or shrimp of any sort on the ship. Lindblad banned shrimp from its kitchens more than […]

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Lindblad Endeavour’s floating massage offers a view of the sea

One thing I don’t expect to find onboard Lindblad’s National Geographic Endeavour is a wellness specialist as well as a mini spa. Alexandra Cueva, the wellness specialist for our voyage, puts in a long day, beginning around 6:30 a.m. with a yoga, stretching or water aerobics class just before breakfast. The rest of the day […]

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Lindblad Endeavour arrives at Puerto Egas in the Galapagos Islands

  Everyone who takes a Galapagos cruise usually has a favorite shore landing. Mine comes unexpectedly almost midway through the trip when Lindblad’s National Geographic Endeavour takes us to Puerto Egas on Isla Santiago (also known as JamesIsland and Isla San Salvador). On our afternoon stop there, everything comes together: the sunlight is gorgeous, we […]

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More About Daily Life On Board Lindblad’s Endeavour

More thoughts and observations about daily life on the Lindblad National Geographic Endeavour to follow-up to a recent post. Kayaking According to Carlos Romero, our expedition leader, Lindblad Expeditions is the only cruise company to offer kayaking, That isn’t surprising since, according to the National Park, most other boats carry only 16 passengers. The kayaks […]

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Life On Board Lindblad’s National Geographic Endeavour

Who’s In Charge Every Lindblad Endeavour Galapagos cruise has three supervisors: The Captain, who hopefully you won’t see except at social functions. You don’t want to see him in a public area with a megaphone in hand or hear his voice over your cabin speaker during the distress signal while someone is pounding on your […]

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