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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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Best Snorkeling & Diving Destinations
June 3, 2019
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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...

Snorkeling & Diving the Maldives
May 31, 2019
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The Ultimate Underwater Adventure

Stretches of white, powdery beaches surrounding crystalline waters, shallow sandbanks surrounded by the ocean, coral reefs perfect for snorkeling and diving… This is just a small sample of what the islands of the Maldives have...

Oberammergau Bavaria Germany
October 29, 2018
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The life and death of Jesus Christ – the religious leader who was said to be born of a virgin, performed miracles throughout his life, and whom the Romans ultimately crucified for his beliefs – is one of the world’s most widely known stories.

Jesus of Nazareth became the central figure of Christianity, in which he is believed to have been the long-awaited Messiah (Christ) that the Old Testament had prophesied. After his tragic, untimely death, his spiritually driven life inspired...

The Bay of Bengal: India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar
September 27, 2018
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It’s the largest bay in the world, and at its widest stretches some 1,000 miles, from Myanmar in the east to India in the west. Maritime traders and migrants created a colorful tapestry of cultures. Rivers, including the sacred Ganges and legendary Irrawaddy, empty into the bay and create dramatic landscapes and wildlife habitats for migratory birds and even swimming tigers. With ports of call ranging from remote villages and nature reserves to bustling cities and vast Buddhist ruins,...

Egyptian historical sites
June 26, 2018
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From Abu Simbel to the Valley of the Kings

If you’ve ever dreamed of traveling to Egypt, there’s never been a better time. The country has suffered a long-lasting tourism drought due in large part to the Arab Spring. But nowadays, though the political situation is stable and the country is once again open for business, western tourists remain few and far between.

Those who do choose to tour Egypt will be rewarded far beyond their expectations....

Culture, history, and things to do in China
June 18, 2018
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China is home to some of the oldest cultures in the world, and its rich history is a deep well from which to draw.

Chinese farmers have been growing grains and domesticating animals for over 7,000 years now. Artisans have been making distinctive pottery, baskets, and woven hemp cloth for nearly as long. The wheel was actually invented in China, as were paper, gunpowder, compasses, and alcohol. The umbrella. Silk. Cultivated tea. Porcelain. Bronze. The kite. The list goes on…

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Culture of Sri Lanka
May 21, 2018
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Before it was known as Sri Lanka, the country was called Ceylon. Before Ceylon, Arab traders called it Serendip. It’s a lovely name for a beautiful country that is also referred to as, “The pearl of the Indian Ocean.”

Located just south of India, on the path of maritime trading routes that traversed the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka has long been exposed to diverse cultural and religious influences. Today,...

Ethiopian Birds
May 15, 2018
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When most people think of Ethiopia, usually it’s the ancient rock-hewn churches of Lalibela or the indigenous tribes of the Omo Valley (including the Hamar and Karo people) that spring to mind.

But did you know that the birds of Ethiopia include a total of 924...

worlds best cultural festivals
May 1, 2018
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If you want to get an overview of a destination’s traditions, cultural festivals are often a great place to start.

Whether it’s art, dance, food and wine, music, or religion you’re most interested in, festivals offer a great chance to mingle with the locals and get a taste of the region’s culture in the process. Check out our guide to 10 of the world’s best cultural festivals, from South America and the South Pacific to Africa, Asia, and Europe: 

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Foodie Travel
April 25, 2018
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Are you a cultural traveler? Always interested in history, art, architecture, music, and, of course, food?

There’s no better way to delve into a place than through its culture and cuisine. Here are our top 10 foodie travel destinations for cultural connoisseurs:

1. ALASKA

Alaska is known for its deep history and majestic landscapes. The state’s cultural history includes indigenous Alaskans (229 tribes, including the...

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