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Beyond the Destination: Your World. Our Perspective.

Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions Blog! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. You may filter this content by geographic region or by type, including blog post, field report—daily recap of a past expedition with photos—video, or image slideshow. Explore your world, from our perspective.

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Bogota, Colombia
August 4, 2015
Blog Post

Our Colombia expedition is underway! The journey has begun in Bogota; at an elevation of 8,500 feet, the cool, thin air is in sharp contrast to what I have been experiencing on our recent Galápagos sojourn. Our first day in Colombia’s capital city included the largest gold museum in the world with 35,000 pieces on display. We also paid a visit to the Botero Art Gallery and Museum. Next up, Lake Guatavita and the El Dorado legend!

Cappadocia
July 29, 2015
Blog Post

In some ways the truly ancient history of Asia Minor resides in the plains of central Anatolia and the mountain ranges of Eastern Turkey. Here ruled the great civilizations of the Hittites and Urartians, followed by Greeks, Commageneans, Romans, Byzantines, Armenians, Selçuks, Ilkhanids, Karmanids, and many other dynasties. It is in eastern Turkey that one gets an authentic sense of Asia Minor as a crossroads of empires. Villages and towns unspoiled by tourism still exist,...

Humpback Whale, Fernandina Island, Galapagos
July 27, 2015
Blog Post

To experience the exhilaration of a humpback whale breeching is an experience of a lifetime, a moment never to be forgotten. But to see this awe inspiring behavior near the shores of Fernandina Island, one of the few truly virgin islands in the world…. is in fact other-worldly. Perhaps the encounter this morning at Punta Espinosa was even more inspirational for me since I am celebrating two anniversaries; 25 years since we founded Zegrahm Expeditions and 40 years since my first expedition to...

Plymouth, England
July 23, 2015
Blog Post

Monday, May 18, 2015 - London, England / Plymouth / Dartmoor / Embark Sea Adventurer: Our adventure began in the surroundings of the Hilton Hotel at London’s Paddington Station where we had gathered yesterday to meet our fellow travelers and some of the expedition team. This morning we were shepherded through the rush hour crowds to catch our train which took us through some lovely English countryside and along the...

Esfahan, Iran
July 23, 2015
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That question has been on the minds of many intrepid travelers, whose desire to visit this friendly and fascinating country is tempered by concerns over personal safety. Over the past few years in particular, the region surrounding Iran has been a hotbed of political and revolutionary turmoil; graphic images on television and elsewhere do little to quell the concern.

Yet as recent news events have sadly shown, isolated tragedies can happen anywhere. So for those adventurers whose...

Sao Miguel, Azores
July 22, 2015
Field Report

Tuesday & Wednesday, April 28 & 29, 2015 - Depart USA / Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores: From a diverse array of states and nations, 68 intrepid adventurers set out to celebrate a quarter of a century in the adventure travel industry. All arrived at the charming island of São Miguel in the Azores and checked in at the Hotel Marina Atlantico. In the early evening we joined our fellow travelers for our welcome reception and dinner at the...

Nazca Lines, Peru
July 20, 2015
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Since 2006, a team of Japanese archaeologists, using a 3D imaging scanner, has uncovered nearly 25 previously hidden geoglyphs in the high desert of southern Peru. These new aerial photographs add yet another chapter to the mystery of the millennia-old Nazca Lines.

So, what are the Nazca Lines? A series of giant animal and geometic figures etched into the high plateaus of Peru’s Nazca Desert, the Nazca Lines are by far the world’s most impressive collection of ancient...

Complimentary Kayaking
July 9, 2015
Blog Post

“It’s not that kayakers see anything different than the rest of the participants; it’s that they see it in a different way.”

I always say this to my small groups who have signed up for one of our onboard kayaking programs. But it’s not always true. Sometimes we do see things that others don’t.

On our recent cruise through the Norwegian fjords and on to Spitsbergen, we stopped in Reine, in the Lofoten Islands, renowned as the most beautiful village in all of Norway...

Belem, Brazil
July 8, 2015
Field Report

Saturday, April 4, 2015 - Belém, Brazil: We converged on the city of Belém at the mouth of the Amazon River, to explore one of the most biologically diverse regions on the planet. This incredible river, which discharges more water than any other river in the world, accounts for nearly 1/5 of all river outflow on the planet! The Amazon basin represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests, and comprises the largest and most biodiverse tract...

Remote Tanzania
July 7, 2015
Blog Post

Although best known for incredible game viewing—particularly during the Great Migration, one of Nature’s grandest spectacles—Tanzania attracts its fair share of twitchers*, as well. The country is one of Africa’s best bird-watching destinations, with more than 1,100 species including a host of endemic and near endemics, as well as hundreds of migrants that visit between November and April each year. (To put that into perspective, there are around 750 species in the U.S. and Canada combined...

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