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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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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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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...

Berber Drummer, Morocco
June 19, 2017
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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...

June 13, 2017
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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
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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
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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...

Narsaq, Greenland
May 31, 2017
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If you’re only casually familiar with the history of the Vikings, you might think of them as the fearsome seafaring warriors who left their Scandinavian homes in search of wealth, raiding countless coastal sites along the way. Since history is usually written by the victors, perhaps it’s no surprise that the Norsemen have been portrayed as savage heathens...

Embera Girls, Darien Province, Panama
May 9, 2017
Blog Post

Thanks to the country’s role as a bridge between North and South America, people have always come from all over the world to settle in Panama. As a result, the cultures of Panama are striking in terms of their sheer diversity. 

There are seven unique indigenous cultures of Panama, which make up about 13% of the country’s population (currently around 4 million). These cultures are typically divided into four major groups based on language, traditions, and locations...

Cartagena, Colombia
May 3, 2017
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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.

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