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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions resources page! 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. From blog posts and field reports (daily recaps of a past expeditions with images) to photo galleries and videos, explore your world from our perspective.

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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...

Macaroni Penguin, South Georgia
June 8, 2015
Blog Post

Always looking dapper in their natural tuxedos, penguins are amazing little creatures. The dashing appearance of these flightless birds—evolved from sky-bound birds some 40 million years ago and found solely in the Southern Hemisphere—is quite strategic: their black backs provide camouflage to predators from above, while their white bellies blend into the water’s bright surface.

Most penguins mate for life, joining up to a thousand others in large breeding colonies. They return year...

Zapata Swamp
June 1, 2015
Blog Post

While the Cuban people are known for their rich musical stylings, perhaps no voice in the Caribbean island nation emits such a harmonious sound as that of the Cuban solitaire. Also known as the Cuban nightingale, this elusive, endemic bird, although rather unassuming in its dull, gray plumage, mesmerizes all who hear its melodious song, which echoes through the forest of Ciénaga de Zapata or Zapata Swamp.

The largest wetlands in Cuba, the great Zapata Swamp encompasses more than 1,...

Baltra Island, Galapagos
August 22, 2014
Field Report

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.  

Capybara
May 27, 2015
Blog Post

While it’s the mighty Amazon itself that attracts most wildlife lovers and would-be explorers, Brazil’s Pantanal, a World Heritage Site since 2000, is actually the best place to see animals in the wild in South America. Think of your images of the Amazon—dense, thick foliage, the deepest jungle you can imagine. Turns out, it’s fairly difficult to observe wildlife through it all. Yet in the open marshlands of the Pantanal, well, the whole neighborhood is on display.

The Pantanal is...

April 25, 2015
Blog Post

For 25 years, we have been taking inquisitve travelers to the ends of the earth; in 2016, our trend continues. We're offering 35 unique adventures next year, 11 of which are brand-new itineraries! We think our line-up will inspire even the most well-traveled explorers; take a look at our new expeditions below and contact us at info@zegrahm.com or 206.285.4000, for any questions or to book today.

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Jaguar
April 25, 2015
Blog Post

Brazil's Pantanal, 2009

Traveling the length of the dusty Transpantaneira Road, which was only completed in 1976, wildlife is everywhere and usually quite visible. Arriving in Porto Jofre at the end of the road, another type of adventure begins—exploring the main channels and quiet tributaries of the Cuiaba and Piciri Riversby boat . Here as well, the wildlife is phenomenal —capybaras and caimans, black-collared hawks perched along the channels looking for fishing opportunities,...

Lamanai Ruins, Belize
March 30, 2014
Field Report

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.

Lamanai, which means ‘submerged crocodile,’ was first settled around 1500 B.C. Once home to over 20,000 people, the cleared and reconstructed...

Lamanai Ruins, Belize
May 15, 2013
Field Report

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...

Lamanai Ruins, Belize
February 22, 2010
Field Report

Sunday, January 3, 2010 - Belize City, Belize: Welcome to Belize! As we exited the airport and wound our way through the narrow streets of the older parts of Belize City, our first impression was that of moldering wooden shanties lining the streets. Upon closer inspection it becomes apparent that these merely reflect a tropical existence on a hurricane-prone coast.

When we reached our hotel in the historic district, the Radisson Fort George and Marina Hotel,...

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