The Charles Darwin Research Station

Friday, March 26th, 2010

An enthusiastic mate for Lonesome George? Perhaps the most famous institution in Ecuador is here in the Galapagos. It is a must see for every visitor and for those travelling aboard Queen of Galapagos it is the highlight of our first day. The Charles Darwin Foundation was inaugurated in 1959 and five years later the […]

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Touring the Island of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

We meet one of the islands top guides Juan Carlos Sosa, or JC as he prefers to be known, is one of those wonderful characters it is a delight to meet and converse with. Witty, charismatic and hugely knowledgeable about a wide variety of subjects. He is an award-winning guide with the Galapagos National Park […]

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Galapagos Beaches

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Miles of deserted beach occupied only by sleeping Iguanas A little way outside the town of Puerto Ayora a small pedestrian pathway leads into the National Park and, once clear of the registration hut, runs for 3 kilometres through woods towards one of the world’s most beautiful white sand beaches. The Pacific swell causes waves […]

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Puerto Ayado, The Galapagos

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Where the sealions come to lunch We flew into the Galapgaos with Aerogal directly from Guayaqul in Ecuador and are on our way to join the yacht Queen of the Galapgos whose cruising area is one of the world’s most famous preserves of nature. We landed on the small island of Baltra, just off the […]

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Farewell Atmosphere, Goodbye Chile

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

The hardest word to use aboard a luxury charter yacht is goodbye There comes a time on every superyacht charter when we have to use the G word. It is always a sad occasion especially when, as been aboard Atmosphere, we have been looked after so very well. The excitement of being on board a […]

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The Tic Toc Islands

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Whale Watching in Chile’s Bay of Tic Toc We are not hiking today, instead we plan a day of on-water exploration using Atmosphere as our base. We launch the big Zodiac Hurricane 920 RIB and get ready to set off for a day of excitement afloat in which we plan to circumnavigate the uninhabited islands […]

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Walking in the Bonsai Forest in Chile

Friday, March 19th, 2010

On the side of the volcano it pays to be small Overnight Atmosphere has moved around 22 miles from Piti Palena to the Bay of Tictoc into which the Tictoc River flows. Here she anchored off Punta Escondido deep inside Bahia de Pescadores. We wake from our sleep surrounded by seabirds feeding from the fish […]

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Small Boats at Peti Palena, Chile

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Was it Mr Toad, in Wind and Willows who said, “There is nothing quite like messing about in boats on the river”? Here in a quite and sheltered part of the Palena River is a stretch of water quite literally littered with islands just waiting to be messed with and the abundance of kayaks carried […]

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Glaciers and Swimming with Icebergs at 3000 feet

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Early helicopter flights ferry those seeking to catch yet more trout off to the lakes of Trebol. Two of our group leave the yacht as soon as dawn breaks and the helicopter returns to take a second group of four out to a lake at Rodriguez where they have chosen to camp overnight in what […]

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How Not to Watch Whales in Chile

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

We get in close to Dolphins and Sealions but the Whales stay away The Gulf of Corcovado is a wide stretch of Pacific between mainland Chile and Chiloe one of the county’s largest offshore islands and one made famous by the fifteen different species of exotic potatoes it exports around the world. This Gulf is […]

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