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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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Portal Point, Antarctica
August 1, 2018
Blog Post

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,...

European Crested Tit
August 28, 2017
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The birds of Europe include around 700 different species, many of which are similar to those found in northern Asia and North America. In fact, there are only 10 endemic species of European birds that you won’t see anywhere else in the world.

There are six other European birds which could possibly be classified as unique endemic species by taxonomists in the future. These include the Balearic warbler (found in the Balearic Islands), brant goose (from western...

Island Sky
August 24, 2017
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The cruise industry tends to favor a “bigger is better” approach, with behemoth 5,000 to 6,000-guest ships becoming the new norm. But small-ship cruises offer a very different sort of experience; the best small-ship cruises carry less than 300 guests, allowing for better interaction with the crew (and fellow guests), and provide exclusive experiences that larger ships don’t have access to. From cruising the Amazon and Nile Rivers to ocean voyages in the Antarctic, Galápagos, and...

Isla Coiba, Panama
August 21, 2017
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According to a story in USA Today, some 85 million Americans enjoy watching and/or photographing birds, ranking it 15th on the list of the most popular activities. A 2011 survey by the US Fish and Wildlife Service found that around 18 million people each year take trips exclusively for birdwatching, with many participating in competitions...

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...

San Blas Archipelago, Panama
August 15, 2017
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Mass tourism can be a major buzzkill. Many Caribbean destinations have been tainted by overdevelopment, with major cruise lines unleashing thousands of travelers swarming their bustling colonial cities. But the best Caribbean islands offer visitors a chance to get away from the crowds and savor the peaceful tranquility of unspoiled nature. Here’s a look at 10 of our favorite islands, many of which can be visited on our upcoming...

The Himalayas
August 14, 2017
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It was a dream come true: I was in Bhutan, hiking up a steep incline to one of the world’s most coveted destinations. Taktsang, also known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery, clings precariously to the ledge of a cliff face 10,240 feet above sea level, and 3,000 feet above the Paro Valley. I began to feel tired, dizzy, and nauseous, which are sure signs of...

Jaguar
August 10, 2017
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It has been clocked at astonishing speeds, particularly on long straightaways. A hugely successful racing model, its compact, sturdy frame is a marvel of efficiency that puts the competition to shame.

The largest cat in South and Central America, the jaguar—like the luxury sports car that bears its name—boasts a superior body design and one of the fastest accelerations in nature: up to 65 miles per hour in mere seconds! (Although it can only maintain that speed for...

Lanzarote Island, Canary Islands, Spain
August 7, 2017
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From lush forests to daunting volcanoes, Canary Islands holidays offer unexpected variety and dramatic, dynamic landscapes.

While their seaside resorts might get the most attention from international travelers, delving deeper into the Canary Islands allows you to discover a fascinating history of both culture and nature...

Borneo beach
August 4, 2017
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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 ...

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