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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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Ultimate Galapagos
May 18, 2020
Blog Post

Lately we've heard a lot about the negative impacts mass tourism has had on beloved destinations such as Barcelona, Venice, and Scotland’s Isle of Skye.

So perhaps it’s no surprise that more and more people are looking for intimate, immersive travel experiences that get them away from the crowds...

Vinales Valley, Cuba
January 15, 2018
Blog Post

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Nadia Eckhardt has been one of Zegrahm’s most popular expedition leaders since she started working for the company in 1992.

Her outdoor adventures have taken her all around the world, from Africa and Antarctica to Australia and Indonesia. But Cuba has had a special place in her heart ever since her first...

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...

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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Havana, Cuba
June 13, 2017
Field Report

Wednesday & Thursday, March 29 & 30, 2017 - Depart Home / Miami / Havana, Cuba

Hot sun moderated by soft breeze greeted us in Miami, a preview for conditions on the two-week voyage awaiting us. Many of us were already acquainted from previous Zegrahm trips, and Expedition Leader Nadia Eckhardt soon began introductions and a briefing.

The next morning, our flight path followed the fragile low-lying...

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-...

Zapata Swamp
September 28, 2016
Blog Post

Since Cuba has remained relatively untouched by tourism and most modern industries, expedition travelers are able to explore pristine natural environments ranging from coral reefs and white-sand beaches to flourishing wetlands and tropical forests. A few natural sites not to be missed:

 

Zapata Wetlands

Comprising five separate protected areas spread across more than 1,600 square miles, Zapata’s mangroves, tidal pools, coastal lagoons, and...

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
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...

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