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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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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...

Macaroni Penguin, South Georgia
June 8, 2015
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Always looking dapper in their natural tuxedos, penguins are amazing little creatures. The dashing appearance of these flightless birds—evolved from sky-bound birds some 40 million years ago and found solely in the Southern Hemisphere—is quite strategic: their black backs provide camouflage to predators from above, while their white bellies blend into the water’s bright surface.

Most penguins mate for life, joining up to a thousand others in large breeding colonies. They return year...

June 8, 2015
Blog Post

A study in superlatives, the Great Migration is Africa at its biggest and best. So what IS the Great Migration? Here, the What, Where, When, Why, and How of the greatest commute on earth.

Iconic Africa

WHAT: ...

Qeqertarsuaq
June 3, 2015
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Sisimiut. Ilulissat. Kangerlussuaq. Qeqertarsuaq

Their names don’t exactly roll off the tongue; yet these coastal towns in western Greenland share a traditional Inuit culture that reaches back nearly 5,000 years, as well one of the main Eskaleut or Eskimo-Aleut languages.

According to the Alaska Native Language Center, somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago there was a common language among the Eskimo and the Aleut peoples. A few thousand years later, Eskimo speakers...

What is the Silk Road?
June 3, 2015
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The Silk Road—most of us have heard of it, and many of us can explain where it was located and what it was used for. But often, people are left wondering, ‘What is the Silk Road?’ Here are five intriguing facts that will help you understand the history of this legendary route. Going on our 18-day Silk Road expedition, which...

Traditional Kula Outrigger Canoe
June 2, 2015
Blog Post

Shirley Campbell is a social anthropologist with a special interest in the indigenous peoples of Australia, Melanesia, and the Pacific. After growing up in California, she has widely traveled and experienced firsthand the ways in which communities form and develop distinct, yet interrelated cultures. 

“The islands of love,” as they were known by...

The Culture of Japan
August 15, 2018
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“R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me.”

Aretha Franklin’s soulful anthem to deference offers a valuable tip for first-time visitors to Japan. Following the country’s traditional customs—particularly that of bowing—is a way to show, and garner, respect with locals. It also shows that you truly understand, or are trying to, the culture of Japan.

 

Bowing in Japan

Ojigi, or bowing, is the way Japanese...

Easter Island
May 27, 2015
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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...

Mountain Gorilla
April 25, 2015
Blog Post

Mountain gorillas are one of the rarest animals on earth; fewer than 700 remain and there are none in captivity. To visit them on the forested slopes of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest  ranks as one of life’s all-time greatest moments, an experience to be cherished long after the event.

There are about 340 mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, almost half the world’s population of these huge, yet gentle and endearing primates. Typically, they are found in family groups of...

Russian Far East
September 19, 2013
Blog Post

At Zegrahm, we pride ourselves on taking our explorers to the ends of the Earth, be it the continent of Antarctica, or an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean with seven syllables—we're looking at you, Thiruvananthapuram. Here is a list of our favorite, if hard to pronounce, off-the-beaten-path destinations you simply can’t miss:

 

Sea of Okhotsk

The expansive region bordering the Sea of Okhotsk is one of the planet’s least-explored and most...

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