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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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Tortuguero Canals, Costa Rica
October 23, 2017
Infographics

The Wildlife of Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica

Located in the northeasten province of Limón, Tortuguero is a shining example of ecotourism in Costa Rica. Spanning 120 square miles and accessible only by boat or small airplane, the park is bound by 22 miles of Caribbean coastline. Inside its boundaries you'll find 11 different ecosystems. The park boasts a stunning array of flora and fauna; its most famous attraction is the nesting...

Canal to Cuba with Panama, Costa Rica & Colombia
July 21, 2017
Blog Post

We’ve been traveling to Central America—including Panama, Costa Rica, and Cuba—for nearly two decades; in that time, we’ve honed an incredible itinerary, filled with stunning sights both above and below the waterline. Even our expedition staff is eager to return! Find out why, below:

 

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 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...

Jaguar, Pantanal, Brazil | Mark Brazil
December 28, 2016
Blog Post

We recently reached out to our field staff, to find out what their favorite wildlife experiences of 2016 were. From South America to Australia’s Kimberley, our staff have traveled the world this year. Below, enjoy their stories.  

 

Mark Brazil, Ornithologist

“What is your favorite wildlife destination?” It’s a common question, but a tough one to answer as there are so many great places. However, one springs to mind; each year I am fortunate to re-visit my...

Casa Orquideas, Costa Rica
July 5, 2016
Field Report

Wednesday & Thursday, April 13 & 14, 2016 - San José, Costa Rica / Puerto Caldera / Embark Sea Adventurer / Golfo Dulce

We converged in San José for the same reason: to embark on an expedition to experience the culture, wildlife, and landscapes of both the Pacific and Caribbean sides of Central America. We stopped first at a coffee plantation, where we roamed through the grounds, learned...

Nazca Lines, Peru
July 20, 2015
Blog Post

Since 2006, a team of Japanese archaeologists, using a 3D imaging scanner, has uncovered nearly 25 previously hidden geoglyphs in the high desert of southern Peru. These new aerial photographs add yet another chapter to the mystery of the millennia-old Nazca Lines.

So, what are the Nazca Lines? A series of giant animal and geometic figures etched into the high plateaus of Peru’s Nazca Desert, the Nazca Lines are by far the world’s most impressive collection of...

Easter Island
May 27, 2015
Blog Post

Quietly, but surely, some 1,200 years ago, a double-hulled canoe of intrepid seafarers landed on the shores of Easter Island—a Chilean island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Here, over the course of several centuries, a whole society was formed, isolated from the rest of the world in spirit, and proximity. Today, Easter Island is renowned for its 887 extant monumental statues, or moai, created by these early Rapa Nui people.

If you’re among those fortunate enough to view...

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...

Isla de Providencia, Colombia
January 22, 2009
Blog Post

We spent our brief time in Colombia on English-speaking Isla de Providencia. Zodiacs took us ashore where we were welcomed with the sounds of island music. The birders were off first and had the great fortune to site thick-billed vireo, white crowned pigeons, and green breasted mangos. The rest of us enjoyed an island tour, visiting a small school where we presented school supplies donated by Zegrahm and our passengers. The tour continued to a lookout with stunning views of the island and...

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