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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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Sapporo, Japan
October 19, 2017
Blog Post

Sake may be Japan’s national drink, but locals left the rice wine behind long ago in favor of an ice-cold brew. Although Japanese beer consumption has been on the decline in the last few years—as modern tastes migrate to grape wines, whiskeys, and crafted cocktails—beer still accounts for more than half of the alcoholic beverages consumed in the country.

Beer’s dominance of the Japanese market begins with the island-nation’s oldest brand, Sapporo. Brewed in its...

Portobelo, Panama
October 2, 2017
Blog Post

Guests joining our Canal to Cuba journey spend a day exploring the colonial town of Portobelo, including its UNESCO-designated San Jerònimo (Geronimo) Fort and Castle of Santiago de la Gloria. While recognized as some of the finest examples of 17th-century Spanish military architecture, the fortifications...

Easter Island
September 6, 2017
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In 2013, new digital imaging technology allowed scientists from the University of Southampton to more closely study the Hoa Hakana­nai'a statue in London’s British Museum. Taken to England in 1868, the 4.5-ton stone statue’s block face and furrowed brow exemplify the even more massive moai scattered around...

Local Boy, Essequibo River, Guyana
September 5, 2017
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They settled in Guyana upward of 3,000 years ago, producing masterful carvings, ceramics, and reed basketwork. They were known as fierce warriors, aggressively protecting their territory in northern South America, as well as the island region that now bears their name, the Caribbean.

The Caribs are just one of nine Amerindians or Indigenous Nations found across Guyana, as guests on our ...

Portal Point, Antarctica
August 1, 2018
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The Antarctic Circle is one of the most isolated and remote destinations in the world. So naturally, it’s many a traveler’s dream to explore the vast white wilderness of the Antarctic islands. This is Earth’s final frontier—a pristine continent of elemental forces. Less than a century ago, only a handful of humans had experienced its dynamic environment of ice, snow, rock, and water.

Nowadays, cruises to the Antarctic islands generally depart from South America,...

Georgetown, Guyana
August 18, 2017
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If the third time’s a charm, then Christopher Columbus’s third voyage to the “New World” definitely delivered one of the Caribbean’s most captivating discoveries: Guyana. Columbus spotted Guyana’s coast during his 1498 journey, although Spanish conquistador Alonso de Ojeda would be the first European to set foot in the country a year later. It would be another century before any returned.

Blame it on the gold, or at least the lust thereof. While the Spaniards found...

Borneo beach
August 4, 2017
Blog Post

Like a bowl of its popular Sarawak laksa soup, Borneo is a complex concoction that is rich with flavor and rapidly addictive. The third-largest island in the world behind Greenland and New Guinea, Borneo spans some 287,000 square miles—more than Texas and twice the size of Germany. It boasts Southeast Asia’s tallest peak, 13,435-foot-high Mount Kinabalu; one of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests; and perhaps the highest diversity of flora on the planet. Among its ...

Samoa & Tonga
July 27, 2017
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As a people, Samoans share a common language, a warm, generous spirit, a love of tattoos, and a 3,000-year-old cultural code. Fa’a Samoa, the Samoan Way, emphasizes loyalty to family, respect for one’s elders, and a commitment to serving the community, which is considered all-important. But one thing Samoans no longer share? The same time zone.

It is just one of the differences guests on our 14-day...

Kenya & Tanzania Under Canvas
July 24, 2017
Blog Post

The traveler who goes on safari in Kenya is a bit like a golfer hitting the links at St. Andrews. Beyond the sheer enjoyment of their experience, there is an ever-present awareness of the history and heritage surrounding them.

Kenya’s vast savannas were, after all, where the African wildlife adventure was veritably born—in fact, safari is a Swahili word for “journey,” adapted from the Arabic safar. Guests joining our ...

Canal to Cuba with Panama, Costa Rica & Colombia
July 21, 2017
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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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