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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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Best Snorkeling & Diving Destinations
June 3, 2019
Blog Post

Our Top 10 Picks 

In early 2012, while staying at a glamping resort on a private island off the coast of Panama, my wife and I did a one-day scuba training session.

Within a few hours, we were diving in Coiba National Park, a UNESCO-protected marine reserve that forms part of the Tropical Eastern Pacific Marine Corridor. After years of snorkeling, it was an incredible introduction to scuba diving. We saw massive pods of dolphins and tuna en route...

Portobelo, Panama
October 2, 2017
Blog Post

Guests joining our Canal to Cuba journey spend a day exploring the colonial town of Portobelo, including its UNESCO-designated San Jerònimo (Geronimo) Fort and Castle of Santiago de la Gloria. While recognized as some of the finest examples of 17th-century Spanish military architecture, the fortifications...

San Blas Archipelago, Panama
September 1, 2017
Blog Post

Snorkeling and scuba diving rank among the world’s most popular travel activities, particularly in tropical regions such as Central America and the Caribbean. But as mass tourism increases and global warming impacts our oceans, it’s becoming harder to...

Isla Coiba, Panama
August 21, 2017
Blog Post

According to a story in USA Today, some 85 million Americans enjoy watching and/or photographing birds, ranking it 15th on the list of the most popular activities. A 2011 survey by the US Fish and Wildlife Service found that around 18 million people each year take trips exclusively for birdwatching, with many...

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...

Vinales Valley, Cuba
September 28, 2016
Video

Our conversation with Expedition Leaders Nadia Eckhardt and Rich Pagen continues! Watch as they describe the incredible wildlife you'll see, including the Cuban bee hummingbird and the endemic Cuban trogon, as well as some of the accommodations you'll be staying in. And, be sure to stay tuned for Part 4: Cuba's Friendly Locals, Culture & Currency.

 

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Cuban Emerald, Cuba
September 28, 2016
Blog Post

It is a condition found among many birdwatchers: the seemingly uncontrollable need to twitch. We’re not speaking here of the sudden, jerking motion—although the term is believed to have originated in the 1950s with a British birdwatcher known for his nervous demeanor. Rather, for serious birders, the act of twitching (also called chasing) is the willingness to travel vast distances for the chance to spot rare and elusive avian species, along with the bragging rights such sightings...

Cuba Under Sail
September 27, 2016
Video

Our conversation with Expedition Leaders Nadia Eckhardt and Rich Pagen continues! Watch as they describe some of the activities you'll be able to participate in during our expeditions to Cuba, including snorkeling and diving, and visits to local museums. And, be sure to stay tuned for Part 3: Cuba's Natural History & Inviting Accommodations....

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