Silver Explorer: Barbados to Panama

 

 

Day 1 - October 9, 2013 - Bridgetown, Barbados

 

After a long day, I’m here finishing the log and getting ready for our first day of expedition in Trinidad and Tobago. All in all, it was a fantastic day in Barbados.

 


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Day 2 - October 10, 2013 -  Scarborough, Tobago 

 

A short coach ride took us to Pigeon Point along the leeward side of the island where we boarded two glass-bottom boats and headed for Buccoo Reef, the largest such reef around Tobago.

 


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Day 3 - October 11, 2013 -  Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 

 

The second tour, on which I was accompanying our guests with my colleagues, was a visit to the Asa Wright Nature Center, a nature lodge and scientific research center in the Arima Valley in the Northern Range of Trinidad. It is most known by bird watchers for its unbelievable richness of bird species, but not only birds can be observed here. There are also reptiles, amphibians and a great variety of butterflies.

 


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Day 4 - October 12, 2013 - At Sea

Out on deck, the birders were in paradise. These islands were home to many species of sea birds and they were flying all around the ship. I recognized masked and brown boobies, frigates and a species of tern. We watched the boobies diving for fish and looked at the birds’ rooting areas on the islands through binoculars. 


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Day 5 - October 13, 2013 - Los Roques, Venezuela

I spent my morning driving zodiacs while the weather was building up a bit. Some of our guests rather opted for a relaxing morning in the other landing site planned for today at Madriski Kay, a spot with turquoise warm waters, lovely beach, and nice refreshments, drinks and ceviche served by the locals.


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Day 6 - October 14, 2013 - At sea, on road to Santa Marta (Colombia)

Before breakfast some of our early bird guests even saw a group of about 50 dolphins swimming along Silver Explorer. Later during lunch a couple of dolphins were following our ship, and during the ice cream social I saw another three of them that, we appeared as fast as they disappeared - what a beautiful welcome to Colombian waters!


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Day 7 - October 15, 2013 - Santa Marta, Colombia

The park, from sea level to 900 meters, protects a high diversity of animal and plant species, many of them endemic due to the fact that the isolated Sierra de Santa Marta provides an exquisite laboratory for evolution. The number of species called “Santa Marta” thus-and-such is remarkable and I felt very lucky to be able to visit this special place.


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