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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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A traditional Japanese dinner
May 23, 2019
Field Report

Sunday, April 14, 2019  
Kyoto, Japan
After a long day of travel and a quick night’s sleep, we began our first full day in Japan with the delicious breakfast of Kyoto’s Hotel Okura, which suitably blended East and West. From hash browns and French toast to smoked mackerel and creamed burdock root, there was something for every taste and degree of immersion into Japan. Thus fortified, we boarded our buses and set out to explore the cultural...

Manila, Philippines
May 9, 2017
Field Report

Sunday & Monday, March 12 & 13, 2017 - Manila, Philippines / Embark Caledonian Sky

Arriving into Manila, we gathered from a diverse array of states and nations to celebrate the beginning of our exciting subtropical adventure with welcome drinks and dinner at the Marriott Airport Hotel. With a day to explore the capital city of the Philippines, we opted to go beyond the destination and learn about some of the...

Hanoi
March 31, 2017
Field Report

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - Hanoi, Vietnam

After some long hours (or days) of travel, we arrived in Vietnam at last! The Hotel de l’Opera’s lovely breakfast served as the meeting place for our group, as we gathered together for the first time before quickly scattering on our first day’s adventures. One group set off for the morning Hanoi City tour, beginning at the Ethnography Museum, where we learned about Vietnam’s 54 ethnic...

Tokyo, Japan
July 13, 2016
Field Report

Sunday & Monday, May 1 & 2, 2016 - Tokyo, Japan / Niigata / Embark Caledonian Sky

We gathered as one group for a sumptuous Japanese meal at our hotel. Our Expedition Leader, Mark Brazil, introduced our expedition team, including our local guides, before we all headed for bed, ready for a full day and a fresh start tomorrow!

The...

Casa Orquideas, Costa Rica
July 5, 2016
Field Report

Wednesday & Thursday, April 13 & 14, 2016 - San José, Costa Rica / Puerto Caldera / Embark Sea Adventurer / Golfo Dulce

We converged in San José for the same reason: to embark on an expedition to experience the culture, wildlife, and landscapes of both the Pacific and Caribbean sides of Central America. We stopped first at a coffee plantation, where we roamed through the grounds, learned...

Sandakan, Malaysia
May 17, 2016
Field Report

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - Sandakan, Malaysia / Embark Caledonian Sky

Our morning in Sandakan began at the Sun Bear Sanctuary at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, built in 2014. The bears were active and we observed them playing with one another and climbing the trees around the viewing platform. A short walk led us to the orangutan sanctuary and we made it in time...

Mumbai, India
February 9, 2016
Field Report

Saturday & Sunday, November 28 & 29, 2015 - Mumbai, India / Embark Island Sky

Mumbai, the Bollywood capital of India, is a bustling city of 22 million people. We assembled at the Hyatt Regency, conveniently located near the airport, for our overnight stay. After our long journeys, we were able to refresh before an early dinner and much needed sleep....

Sandakan, Malaysia
May 15, 2015
Field Report

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - Sandakan, Malaysia / Embark Caledonian Sky: We all converged in the city of Sandakan from distant reaches of the planet for the same reason—to embark on an expedition to experience the culture, wildlife, and landscapes of the Philippines. Having gathered the previous night for our welcome cocktail party, we checked out of our hotel this morning and made our way up to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center. We watched...

Kyoto, Japan
July 1, 2013
Field Report

Monday, May 6, 2013 - Osaka, Honshu, Japan / Kyoto: Upon arriving at Kansai Airport Osaka, we transferred to Kyoto where we checked in to the elegant Kyoto Hotel Okura.

Tuesday, May 7 - Kyoto: Founded in the 8th century, Kyoto was the capital of Japan and the Emperors’ residence for more than one thousand years. Our wonderful guides—Cheikosan, Mineko-san, and Akiko-san, who would be with us throughout our time in Japan—began our tour at the...

Lamanai Ruins, Belize
March 30, 2014
Field Report

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - Belize City, Belize / Lamanai Ruins / Embark Island Sky: Our adventure began with a visit to the beautiful ancient Mayan site of Lamanai. Leaving our hotel early, we headed north toward Orange Walk where we climbed into powerful motorboats for the exciting 24-mile cruise up the New River.

Lamanai, which means ‘submerged crocodile,’ was first settled around 1500 B.C. Once home to over 20,000 people, the cleared and reconstructed...

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