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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions Blog! 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. You may filter this content by geographic region, by typeincluding blog post, field report (a daily recap of a past expedition with images), photo gallery, or video—or by topic. Explore your world, from our perspective.

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Demoiselle Cranes, India
May 28, 2015
Blog Post

Imagine a landscape of pale sand expanding before you in all directions, a dome of cobalt sky overhead. As you gaze across the desert horizon you might, at first, not quite understand what you observe. A sea of gray and black appears to move across the land in a fluid-like motion, yet there is no flowing water here. You catch your breath as you realize that you have come to just the right spot, at just the right time—spread out before you are thousands of demoiselle cranes, gathered together...

Blackbucks
May 28, 2015
Blog Post

If you find you’ve been feeling a bit of wanderlust and you’re craving to connect with nature in its wildest form, we have a 19-day expedition that will satisfy your need for adventure as you traverse two of western India’s wildest landscapes: Gir and Velavadar National Parks.

The natural wonders are so abundant in western India that the region comprises two national parks, each with their own distinct personalities. As each park boasts different fauna, flora, and landscapes,...

Capybara
May 27, 2015
Blog Post

While it’s the mighty Amazon itself that attracts most wildlife lovers and would-be explorers, Brazil’s Pantanal, a World Heritage Site since 2000, is actually the best place to see animals in the wild in South America. Think of your images of the Amazon—dense, thick foliage, the deepest jungle you can imagine. Turns out, it’s fairly difficult to observe wildlife through it all. Yet in the open marshlands of the Pantanal, well, the whole neighborhood is on display.

The Pantanal is...

Chan Chan, Peru
May 27, 2015
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You’re exploring some of the most wildlife-rich regions of Mother Earth, in particular the nutrient-rich Humboldt Current, and have been schooled in the remarkable research and discoveries of Alexander von Humboldt. So, how about that other guy we hear so much about in biology courses, or whenever we’re tempted by travel to remote lands to get up close and personal with the local (wild) residents? Charles Darwin made quite a name for himself, but did you know even he struggled with his own...

Sea Arch, Chile
May 27, 2015
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As you take in the marvels of Chile and Peru—from the pre-Columbian ruins of Chan Chán to the Andean wonderland of Lauca National Park, replete with volcanoes and glacier lakes—you’ll also be introduced to the nutrient-rich Humboldt Current. Just what is it and who is Humboldt? Let’s review…

Supporting an amazing concentration of seabirds, fish, and marine mammals, the Humboldt Current is a cold ocean current flowing north along South America’s west coast, from Chile to northern Peru...

Pitcairn, Pitcairn Islands
May 27, 2015
Blog Post

Rest assured, any voyage to the South Pacific will be less dramatic than that of the HMS Bounty in the 1700s, the story of the mutinous journey of this small vessel which originally set out for a botanical mission in the Pacific Ocean.

As the story goes, the HMS Bounty—also known as the HM Armed Vessel Bounty—was bought by the Royal Navy and sent out under the command of William Bligh to search for breadfruit plants on the islands of the Pacific, and return them...

Easter Island
May 27, 2015
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Quietly, but surely, some 1,200 years ago, a double-hulled canoe of intrepid seafarers landed on the shores of Easter Island—a Chilean island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Here, over the course of several centuries, a whole society was formed, isolated from the rest of the world in spirit, and proximity. Today, Easter Island is renowned for its 887 extant monumental statues, or moai, created by these early Rapa Nui people.

If you’re among those fortunate enough to view...

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...

India, Sri Lanka & the Maldives
May 13, 2015
Blog Post

Long-time adventurers, Gary and Kathleen, have traveled the world (several times!) over with Zegrahm. One destination they had yet to explore with us was the pristine atolls that comprise the Maldives. With the help of Private Travel, they were able to check this amazing destination off their list with a three-week adventure that not only afforded them wonderful views of spinner dolphins and opportunities to snorkel with manta rays, but stays in some of the region’s best accommodations. The...

Camels in the Wahibi Desert
May 13, 2015
Blog Post

Oman is emerging as a must-see adventure destination, and Zegrahm travelers, Bob and Janet, wanted to be among the first to explore this enigmatic country. We recently set up a two-week private adventure for the couple to soak up the Sultanate. And, while they raved about the itinerary and the many unexpected surprises it offered—from observing the humane treatment of the region’s well-loved camels to devouring authentic Indian cuisine—their favorite highlight was their guide, Tony Walsh. “...

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