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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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Wild Galapagos
April 25, 2015
Blog Post

In 2012 Zegrahm cofounder, Jack Grove, led our annual journey to Las Islas Encantadas, Ultimate Galápagos. The trip was spectacular in every way, but Jack made a special connection with one of our passengers—10-year-old Ben Perez.

Ben had an incredible time learning about various marine life and all that the Galápagos Islands have to offer. A few months ago, he even wrote a play that takes place in the archipelago, for the Young Playwrights’ Theater. Out of over 850 entries...
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,...

Quito, Ecuador
December 1, 2013
Field Report

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...

Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
May 27, 2012
Field Report

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - Miami, USA / Belém, Brazil: Upon arrival in Brazil, we transferred to coaches for our drive to the Hilton and a delicious buffet dinner, before retiring to rest up for our adventures ahead.

Wednesday, March 28 - Belém / Embark Clipper Adventurer: Our morning tour of Belém provided us with an introduction to the ‘rain’ part of the rainforest adventures awaiting us. A passing shower at the...

James Island, Galapagos Islands
July 10, 2012
Blog Post

Can't say enough good things about the trip. Jack, Socratese, and Antonio were fantastic guides. They went out of their way to make our experience the best it could possibly have been. Jack and I even did a rendition of Ernie Ford's 16 Tons, though truth be told we may have enjoyed it even more than our audience! We didn't come for the food but it was outstanding, and the snorkeling was out of sight; my wife has never been comfortable snorkeling but she found her groove in the...

Ultimate Galapagos
June 25, 2010
Blog Post

As a person who identifies as a non-birder, I don't usually go over-the-top when it comes to seeing a bird for the first time. I've seen magnificent frigatebirds on the covers of brochures, and in our image library. I've seen them in books and on Blu-ray DVD. But I had never seen the bird in the wild until yesterday on our first Galapagos My Way expedition. Extremely nimble flyers, with graceful lines (and, even if they didn't have those big red gular sacs, they would still...

Bolivian Saltflats
June 21, 2009
Blog Post

From the luxuriant rainforest of the Amazon basin to the stark puna grasslands of the altiplano, the blinding whiteness of the Uyuni salt flats to the impossibly blue expanse of Lake Titicaca, our exploration of this little known South American nation proved to be that perfect blend of culture, nature, and unexpected highlights, including our time in the Amazon . . .

Returning to La Paz, we flew down to the frontier town of Rurrenabaque, for a first taste of the...

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