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Zegrahm Expeditions Travel Resources

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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Dharamsala, India
June 22, 2017
Blog Post

In March of 1959, a young, bespectacled Buddhist monk born under the name Lhamo Thondup secretly escaped from his home among the snowcapped Himalayas. Leaving “the rooftop of the world,” he disguised himself as a soldier and, along with a retinue of supporters, traveled through the rugged mountain terrain towards freedom and safety.

For two weeks, the world wondered and waited, not knowing whether he was dead or alive. On March 31, he reached Arunachal Pradesh in...

 Tortuguero Canals, Costa Rica
June 20, 2017
Blog Post

After nearly 20 years of traveling professionally, I’ve found very few countries that I would gladly visit over and over again. Costa Rica is the rare exception, thanks in large part to its friendly people, stunning natural beauty, and impressive biodiversity. And few places represent the best the country has to offer better than Tortuguero National Park, which Zegrahm visits as a...

Berber Drummer, Morocco
June 19, 2017
Blog Post

Morocco is often lumped into the Middle East (rather than North Africa) and classified as an Arabic country. But the indigenous people of Morocco—the Berbers—are the area’s original inhabitants. The majority of the country’s population of around 34 million is Berber, not Arab.

To experience Berber culture in Morocco, one doesn’t have to look far. But you may soon realize that there is no single defining characteristic of Berber culture. The sheer diversity of it is...

Havana, Cuba
June 13, 2017
Field Report

Wednesday & Thursday, March 29 & 30, 2017 - Depart Home / Miami / Havana, Cuba

Hot sun moderated by soft breeze greeted us in Miami, a preview for conditions on the two-week voyage awaiting us. Many of us were already acquainted from previous Zegrahm trips, and Expedition Leader Nadia Eckhardt soon began introductions and a briefing.

The next morning, our flight path followed the fragile low-lying...

June 13, 2017
Blog Post

Traveling to Iran means immersing yourself in a millenary culture, appreciating some of the finest Islamic architecture on the planet, tasting delicious food, and enjoying heartfelt hospitality.

If you follow a good Iran travel guide, one day you’ll be seeking out hidden gems in the urban jungle of Tehran, then the next you’ll be climbing over sand dunes, touring the ancient ruins of Persepolis, or watching the sunshine stream through the stunning Nasir Ol Molk...

Miyajima Island, Japan
June 8, 2018
Blog Post

Japan is a timeless travel destination, blending ancient cultural traditions with a love of forward-thinking technology. You would be forgiven for thinking that the nation is one big landmass, but it’s actually a volcanic archipelago made up of 6,852 Japanese islands. Of these, only 420 are inhabited.

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Hokkaido: Japan's Wild Island
October 16, 2018
Blog Post

In the land of major metropolises and futuristic technology, there is still an oasis of calm and nature. Away from overcrowded subways, robot waiters, and neon intersections, Japan’s island of Hokkaido offers respite from the hustle and bustle of the cities.

The island offers mountain ranges and active volcanoes in its center, as well as dense forests, rushing rivers, coastal plains, and dramatic shores. Not only does Hokkaido have the largest reserves of untouched...

Esfahan, Iran
May 31, 2017
Blog Post

Travel to Iran is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. The country will blow you away with its natural beauty, millenary historical heritage, and especially the friendliness of its locals. The Persian people will lavish you with smiles and warm welcomes from the moment you step off the plane in Tehran.

However, life in Iran is quite different from what we’re used to in the West; it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the local customs before you travel...

Narsaq, Greenland
May 31, 2017
Blog Post

If you’re only casually familiar with the history of the Vikings, you might think of them as the fearsome seafaring warriors who left their Scandinavian homes in search of wealth, raiding countless coastal sites along the way. Since history is usually written by the victors, perhaps it’s no surprise that the Norsemen have been portrayed as savage heathens...

Manila, Philippines
May 9, 2017
Field Report

Sunday & Monday, March 12 & 13, 2017 - Manila, Philippines / Embark Caledonian Sky

Arriving into Manila, we gathered from a diverse array of states and nations to celebrate the beginning of our exciting subtropical adventure with welcome drinks and dinner at the Marriott Airport Hotel. With a day to explore the capital city of the Philippines, we opted to go beyond the destination and learn about some of the...

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