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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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Broome, Australia
June 28, 2017
Field Report

Sunday & Monday, April 16 & 17, 2017 - Broome, Australia / Embark Coral Discoverer

Broome was hot and humid, but a most welcome respite from the unseasonably cold and wet winters most of us have been experiencing. As we settled into the beautiful Cable Beach Club Resort, we acclimatized, rested, and met our fellow travelers. Some of us walked down to the renowned Cable Beach, while others stayed in the resort and...

arctic and antarctic wildlife
January 11, 2019
Blog Post

From Alaska and northern Canada to Greenland and Scandinavia, exploring the Arctic ranks among the world’s greatest adventures. For us, one of the most rewarding aspects was seeing the incredible array of Arctic animals that manage to survive in these harsh landscapes.

As the global threats of climate change increase, the wildlife that calls the...

Dharamsala, India
June 22, 2017
Blog Post

In March of 1959, a young, bespectacled Buddhist monk born under the name Lhamo Thondup secretly escaped from his home among the snowcapped Himalayas. Leaving “the rooftop of the world,” he disguised himself as a soldier and, along with a retinue of supporters, traveled through the rugged mountain terrain towards freedom and safety.

For two weeks, the world wondered and waited, not knowing whether he was dead or alive. On March 31, he reached Arunachal Pradesh in...

 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...

Berber Drummer, Morocco
June 19, 2017
Blog Post

Morocco is often lumped into the Middle East (rather than North Africa) and classified as an Arabic country. But the indigenous people of Morocco—the Berbers—are the area’s original inhabitants. The majority of the country’s population of around 34 million is Berber, not Arab.

To experience Berber culture in Morocco, one doesn’t have to look far. But you may soon realize that there is no single defining characteristic of Berber culture. The sheer diversity of it is...

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...

June 13, 2017
Blog Post

Traveling to Iran means immersing yourself in a millenary culture, appreciating some of the finest Islamic architecture on the planet, tasting delicious food, and enjoying heartfelt hospitality.

If you follow a good Iran travel guide, one day you’ll be seeking out hidden gems in the urban jungle of Tehran, then the next you’ll be climbing over sand dunes, touring the ancient ruins of Persepolis, or watching the sunshine stream through the stunning Nasir Ol Molk...

Mont Saint-Michel, France
June 12, 2017
Blog Post

In 2014 a new footbridge opened between the French mainland and Mont Saint-Michel. The 2,500-foot-long bridge, which replaced a century-year-old causeway that would disappear during high tide, was built upon 40-foot-high stilts so that the...

Panama Canal, Panama
June 8, 2017
Blog Post

Panama City’s Biomuseo is a perfect starting point for learning about Panama Canal history.

This informative, Frank Gehry-designed biodiversity museum places the Central American isthmus of Panama at the center of…well, everything. It leaves no doubt that this narrow land bridge uniting the Americas has played a unique, perhaps outsized role in the natural, social...

Lake Toya, Japan
June 7, 2017
Blog Post

Each evening between May and October, colorful pyrotechnics illuminate the skies over Lake Toya, as hundreds of fireworks are set off from boats on the still waters. The spectacular event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually to the scenic lake, which lends its name to the surrounding Shikotsu-Toya National Park on Japan’s northernmost main island, Hokkaido.

Yet at numerous points in history, a different kind of fireworks have reflected off Lake Toya...

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