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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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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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Cartagena, Colombia
May 3, 2017
Blog Post

Latin America is a collection of countries encompassing everything between the northern end of Mexico and the southern end of South America, as well as numerous Caribbean islands. The history of Latin America is remarkably rich, with colonialism creating regionally unique blends of traditional indigenous cultures and European influences.

Latin...

Discover Cuba
September 29, 2016
Blog Post

Columbus left Spain in 1492 and, after first landing in the Bahamas, continued on to visit Cuba’s shores. There he found thick vegetation and peaceful Taino Indians, who had inhabited the island for at least 3,000 years. Within the next two decades, the Spanish Empire would wipe out most of the indigenous population and, in turn, transport upwards of 30,000 slaves from Africa to work vast plantations of cash crops, most notably sugar cane.

Between the late-...

Cuba
September 28, 2016
Blog Post

With a diverse culture that includes African, Spanish, French, and Asian influences, Cuba has left its mark on everything from world music and literature to major league sports. Here is just a short list of famous Cubans:

 

Desi Arnaz

Best known for his role as Ricky Ricardo on the TV series I Love Lucy, in which he starred opposite real-life wife Lucille Ball, Arnaz—who hailed from Santiago de Cuba—was also an...

Havana, Cuba
September 28, 2016
Blog Post

For an island smaller in size than the state of Pennsylvania, Cuba looms large on the world heritage stage with nine UNESCO-designated sites—more than Egypt, Vietnam, or all of Indonesia. Fortunately for Zegrahm travelers, we visit more than half of them on upcoming excursions to the Caribbean nation.

 

Old Havana

The city’s entire old center, as well as its fortifications, was named to the list for its mix of Baroque and neoclassical...

Gibara, Cuba
September 27, 2016
Blog Post

Since the United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations in 2015, it seems just about everyone is clamoring to escort Americans around the enigmatic Caribbean island; even mega cruise lines have gotten on the act. Yet while others might offer the chance to sample tasty Torticas de Moron (Cuban sugar cookies), you’ll never get a cookie-cutter itinerary traveling with us.

Consider our upcoming...

Havana, Cuba
September 26, 2016
Video

Expedition Leaders Nadia Eckhardt and Rich Pagen joined us in the Zegrahm office recently to discuss all things Cuba. Watch as they describe our upcoming expeditions to the island country, the local cuisine, and why NOW is the time to discover Cuba. And, be sure to stay tuned for Part 2: Cuba's Art Scene, Underwater World, and More.

 

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Cuba
February 29, 2016
Blog Post

Many an American has been practicing the salsa and merengue lately. That's because, for the first time in 50 years, US citizens are once again able to travel to Cuba. And, while they still are not able to visit the island nation on their own, educational, “people-to-people” expeditions—such as those offered by Zegrahm—provide travelers the chance to engage with locals while experiencing the country's distinctive character before it changes.

For those who wish to...

Havana, Cuba
June 1, 2015
Blog Post

After 50 years of being off-limits to most Americans, Cuba is once again rolling out the welcome mat. Recently normalized relations between the U.S. and its Caribbean neighbor mean some travel restrictions have been lifted, making it easier for prospective travelers to visit this enigmatic country, located just 90 miles off Florida’s coast.

While regular leisure travel to Cuba still lies in the future, there are plenty of reasons to visit now before the high-rises and luxury hotels...

June 1, 2015
Blog Post

Back in the late 1990s, seemingly every music collection included the album Buena Vista Social Club. The Afro-Cuban sound was fresh and new, and hips just naturally started swaying to its deep, sensual rhythms. The album went on to sell more than eight million copies, win a Grammy, and be ranked among Rolling Stone’s greatest albums of all time.

Yet it was the film of the same name, directed by Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire), that introduced the legendary members club...

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