Álvaro zarpa desde la isla de Santa Marta, Florida (Cayo Vizcaíno / Key Biscayne)


Maritime expedition celebrating the FIFTH-CENTENNIAL of the FIRST Circumnavigation of the World.



Spanish explorer and environmentalist Álvaro de Marichalar Sáenz de Tejada, is Solo touring the world aboard the smallest vessel ever.


The main stop in the current Miami-Panama stage will be in PENSACOLA, Florida the First European settlement in the USA founded in 1559 by Tristán de Luna, an ancestor of Álvaro de Marichalar.

Marichalar departed on Saturday, February 19, 2022 from Miami, Florida in order to resume his current Round the World expedition.

Alvaro is on course to Panama, which is 3700 nautical miles away from Miami.

He will follow the U.S., Mexican and Central American coast lines.

Álvaro will cross the Canal of Panamá and set sail to Alaska along the West coast of the American continent.
Then he will cross to Kamchatka and will navigate all of Asia, the Mediterranean until Seville, Kingdom of Spain.

Remaining expected navigation time is 15 months.

Alvaro navigates on his feet and solo aboard his tiny 3 meters / 11 feet vessel named NUMANCIA (a water scooter)

He crossed the Atlantic from Southern Spain (Gibraltar) to the Caribbean island of Guadalupe with a support explorer vessel named YERSIN

Other than the Atlantic crossing Alvaro has no support boat or assistance from land.
He refuels and sleeps wherever he finds a place along the coast line..
The maximum range of his tiny vessel is 200 nautical miles.

He is now struggling to find a support vessel to accompany him along some of the most dangerous laps and waters in order to improve security and logistics. In case he would have a support boat a cameraman could film along the way improving the quality of the documentaries Alvaro is already producing now along his World Tour.

Alvaro is commemorating and celebrating the Fifth Centennial of the First Circumnavigation of the Earth, which was completed 500 years ago by Juan Sebastian Elcano in 1522,
initiated in 1519 by Ferdinand Magellan, and promoted by HM King Charles I of Spain.

Álvaro departed from Seville, Spain on the 10th of August 2019 on the Historic Date 500 years later.

Alvaro arrived in Miami 23 months ago, on March 17, 2020 all the way from Europe after solo touring all Spain, Portugal, Monaco and all the French Mediterranean coast line, crossing the Atlantic ocean and solo navigating along all the Caribbean sea.

The pandemic forced this waiting time in which Álvaro has given more than a hundred conferences around the world promoting the Fifth-Centennial of the First Tour of the World we are now celebrating from 2019 to 2022.
He has spoken at universities, yacht clubs and schools in the United States, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Saint Barthélemy, Guadeloupe, Spain, Portugal, France, Monaco, Italy, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Austria, England and Greece.

In his lectures, Álvaro always shows together the flags of Spain and Portugal next to that of the Fifth Centenary.
He also shows the Flag of Monaco.

Álvaro de Marichalar Sáenz de Tejada is an Academic of the Royal Academy of the Sea.
He is also a member of the Explorers Club of New York and the Exploration Club of the Yacht Club of Monaco.

Álvaro and Mr. Al Borrego, descendant of the legendary Indian Gerónimo, will meet in Pensacola at the monument of Tristán de Luna in order to highlight the harmonic first indigenous and Spanish roots of the USA

More information:


1519-1522 FIRST WorldTour 2019-2022

Celebrating the First Circumnavigation.
Following the watermark of Elcano and Magellan.

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