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 of tropical rainforest in the world.
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - Broome, Australia: Located in the far northwest of Australia, our independent journeys to this remote part of the island-continent finally ended in Broome. Staying at the beautiful Cable Beach Club Resort overlooking the Indian Ocean, we met our fellow travelers, renewed old acquaintances, and made new friends over sunset cocktails. At the welcome dinner our Expedition Leader Jeff Gneiser introduced himself and set out the plan for the following day. Dinner over, most of us retired early for some much needed horizontal time!
Friday, July 11, 2014 - Home / Anchorage, Alaska
Following our independent arrival, we transferred to the Anchorage Marriott Hotel. There, we gathered with our fellow Zegrahm Expeditions and Victor Emanuel Nature Tours travelers for cocktails and a welcome dinner. Expedition Leader Mike Moore introduced us to the staff that would be accompanying us throughout our journey, and gave us our first briefing about the exciting voyage ahead, along the Aleutian Island arc to Kamchatka.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - Sandakan, Malaysia / Embark Caledonian Sky: We all converged in the city of Sandakan from distant reaches of the planet for the same reason—to embark on an expedition to experience the culture, wildlife, and landscapes of the Philippines. Having gathered the previous night for our welcome cocktail party, we checked out of our hotel this morning and made our way up to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center.
Tuesday & Wednesday, September 30 & October 1, 2014 - Papeete, Tahiti / Embark Caledonian Sky / Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands: After long flights over the Pacific, we took day rooms at the InterContinental Resort Tahiti for some much-needed rest. Once up, we relished views of the saw-toothed silhouette of the island of Moorea. In Polynesian, the name "Moorea" refers to a yellow lizard found on the island. After brunch, we boarded buses and began our tour of Tahiti.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - Nadi, Viti Levu, Fiji / Lautoka / Embark Caledonian Sky: After a long flight across the Pacific, we arrived in Fiji. We enjoyed a morning at leisure, sleeping, strolling, or swimming at our hotel on the beach, the Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa. Red-faced parrotbills were quite tame near the pool, hopping in the lawn and eating grass seeds, showing off their emerald and scarlet plumage. After lunch, we set out in buses to explore the island.
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Istanbul, Turkey: Converging in Istanbul, our flights touched down at the busy Ataturk International Airport from many different parts of the world. Seven different nationalities were brought together for the start of our odyssey around the Black Sea, and a happy buzz filled the opulent Pera Palace Hotel. We enjoyed introductions of our expedition team during dinner, before we all adjourned for a welcome night’s rest, as our exploration of Istanbul was to begin the following morning.
Our recently completed Ultimate Galapagos expedition returned with some incredible images from Las Islas Encantadas. Check out these pictures from the archipelago, courtesy of Zegrahm cofounder Jack Grove, leader Greg Estes, and several adventurers along for the ride.
Saturday, February 8, 2014 - Belize City, Belize / Lamanai Ruins / Embark Island Sky: Our adventure began with a visit to the beautiful ancient Mayan site of Lamanai. Leaving our hotel early, we headed north toward Orange Walk where we climbed into powerful motorboats for the exciting 24-mile cruise up the New River.
Monday, January 6, 2014 - Buenos Aires, Argentina / Ushuaia: Most of us arrived in Buenos Aries and continued on to Ushuaia to join our fellow explorers at the Las Hoyas Hotel. We unpacked and enjoyed a welcome dinner where our Expedition Leader, Russ Evans, and Zegrahm cofounder Peter Harrison greeted us and welcomed us to the trip of a lifetime. After our long day’s traveling, most of us headed for an early bedtime.