Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - Quito, Ecuador: Wherever you were coming from, or where your flight originated, it’s a safe bet that when your plane made its descent into Quito, it didn’t have to descend as far as it originally climbed. This is because Quito sits at 9,350 feet, on the lower slopes of the volcano Pichincha. If you were near a window during that descent, your first image of Quito was of a whitewashed colonial-style city with few tall buildings, sprawling across emerald green slopes and canyons.
Sunday, September 15, 2013 - Broome, Australia / Embark Caledonian Sky: We converged on the far-away outpost of Broome from distant reaches of the planet for the same reason—to embark on an expedition to experience the culture, wildlife, and landscapes of Australia’s Kimberley region. Following breakfast at the hotel, our birdwatching group headed out for an introduction to the birds of the region.
Sunday, September 15, 2013 - Broome, Australia / Embark Caledonian Sky: We converged on the far-away outpost of Broome from distant reaches of the planet for the same reason—to embark on an expedition to experience the culture, wildlife, and landscapes of Australia’s Kimberley region. Following breakfast at the hotel, our birdwatching group headed out for an introduction to the birds of the region. The shorelines around Broome are of international importance for the millions of shorebirds that use it seasonally for migration.
Thursday & Friday, September 5 & 6, 2013 - Istanbul, Turkey / Embark Island Sky: Welcome to Istanbul! On arrival at the historic Pera Palace Hotel, some of us opted to unwind in the luxury of this newly renovated landmark. Others chose to relax at a nearby hamman, the ultimate Turkish bath experience, or to set out to explore the city. In the evening we gathered to meet our fellow travelers, some arriving from a pre-extension to Cappadocia in central Turkey, and our expedition staff over welcome cocktails.
Monday, May 6, 2013 - Osaka, Honshu, Japan / Kyoto: Upon arriving at Kansai Airport Osaka, we transferred to Kyoto where we checked in to the elegant Kyoto Hotel Okura.
Friday, March 8, 2013 - Belize City, Belize: For most of us arriving from colder climates, the weather provided a warm welcome to Belize at our hotel in the historic district, the Radisson Fort George and Marina Hotel. With an afternoon at leisure, some of us settled in and relaxed while other intrepid souls headed off to explore the town. As the sun set we assembled for drinks and hors d’oeuvres hosted by Zegrahm Expeditions and Stanford Travel/Study, and we met some of the staff and our fellow traveling companions, before a traditional buffet dinner.
Monday, March 25, 2013 - En Route / Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: We all converged on the city of Port Moresby from distant reaches of the planet for the same reason: to embark on an expedition to experience the culture, wildlife, and landscapes of Melanesia. We gathered at the Airways Hotel, where we met our fellow adventurers at the welcome cocktail party, followed by dinner.
Monday, March 11, 2013 - Manado, Sulawesi / Embark Clipper Odyssey: Those of us who had just arrived in Indonesia began our time here with a relaxing lunch, before we had time to wander the aisles of a local market, which sold everything from fresh produce to shampoo.
Thursday, January 3, 2013 - Buenos Aires, Argentina: After arriving in Buenos Aires earlier this morning, we enjoyed a most welcome buffet at our lovely hotel, the Emperador. We then had the afternoon to either relax or sight-see in this colorful Argentinean capital. In the evening we attended a reception, dinner, and short briefing to prepare us for our adventures to come. Most of us retired early to catch up on as much sleep as possible before our frightfully early check-out the next morning.
Monday, December 3, 2012 - Male, Maldives: We arrived in the Maldives, and transferred to the Hulhule Island Hotel, just a few minutes from the airport. There we gathered with our fellow travelers for cocktails, dinner and an introduction to some of the staff.