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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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Mekong River Cruise
May 22, 2019
Blog Post

The Mekong River is the longest river in Southeast Asia, the seventh longest in Asia, and the twelfth longest river in the world. It’s a significant avenue of trade for six different countries and serves as a border between nations.

The Mekong is also the drainage basin for over 300,000 square miles of land, an area larger than Texas (268,581). Its banks are home to two...

Where to see penguins in the wild
May 14, 2019
Blog Post

The 17 different species of penguins can be found on every continent in the Southern Hemisphere—Africa, Antarctica, Australia, and South America.

While most people associate these funny flightless waterfowl with the cold climate of Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands, they’re also seen as far north as the coasts of Namibia, Brazil, and the Galapagos Islands. 

Here’s a look at the broad variety of places around the world where penguins live, as well as...

Things To Do In Ethiopia
May 8, 2019
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One of the earliest cradles of Christianity (and widely considered the original birthplace of coffee), Ethiopia has an ancient heritage that still lives on today.

This East African nation is packed with interesting landmarks and attractions, a variety of endemic animals, rich cultural festivals, and, of course, delicious coffee. So much so that travelers may have a difficult time narrowing down all the different areas they’d like to explore.

To that end, check out our top 10...

Melanesia travel guide
March 19, 2019
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Stretching from New Guinea to the Arafura Sea and eastward to Fiji, the archipelagos that make up Melanesia are almost unimaginably idyllic. Traveling to the Melanesian Islands offers an endless supply of clear blue waters and palm-fringed beaches, not to mention a diverse Melanesian culture.

Spread across a vast span of Oceania, Melanesia encompasses island...

Australia's Kimberley
March 11, 2019
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Northwestern Australia is home to the Kimberley region, a place of untamed beauty that feels far removed from busy coastal cities such as Sydney and Melbourne.

The Kimberley became one of the first settled parts of Australia when the earliest seafarers arrived from Indonesia around 40,000 years ago. But the region remains remote and largely undeveloped today. This is a place where the...

Istanbul, Turkey
February 12, 2019
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 The Black Sea arguably ranks among the world’s most unique bodies of water. This inland sea, which consists of layers of both fresh and salt water, touches the shores of six different countries (Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine).

There is much to see during a Black Sea cruise, from history to natural wonders, food to gold, and art to...

New Zealand Animals
January 21, 2019
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New Zealand’s remote location has made its wildlife exceptional. The outlying sub-Antarctic islands are amongst the wildest, least disturbed, places on Earth.  In fact, the collection of archipelagos remained unsettled by humans (and other mammals) for so long that its native animals often have characteristics unlike any others on the planet.

Because New Zealand stayed free of land-based...

Kamchatka Islands, Kuril Islands
January 7, 2019
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Located off the eastern coast of Russia, the Kuril Islands are the definition of the word “untamed.” Stretching 700 nautical miles in an arc from the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Sakhalin Oblast province of Russia to Japan’s Hokkaido, this volcanic archipelago is essentially like the Galápagos Islands of the...

History of Porto
January 4, 2019
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Founded in the 8th century BC by Phoenicians, the town of Porto, Portugal has a long and fascinating history. Before eventually coming under Castilian oversight, its rulers included the Swabians, Visigoths, Romans, Normans, and Moors.

Portugal’s second largest city, Porto is optimally located at the intersection of the sea and the Douro River and has long been a commercial hub for the country. Over the centuries, Porto became known for its rich traditional culture and deliciously...

Alhambra History
January 4, 2019
Blog Post

Perched atop a rocky hill along the banks of the River Darro, the high-walled Alhambra complex is a focal point of the city of Granada. It is located just west of the Andalusian city, on about 35 hilly acres in southern Spain.

The mere mention of the Alhambra has evoked history, beauty, and stunning art and architecture for centuries. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this medieval complex encompasses a palace, fortress,...

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