July 2010

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With school back in session and two full-time gardeners, a lot is happening at the IE-funded Las Malvinas urban garden project in Iquitos, Peru! During a typical week, over 300 students regularly come and go for classes in the gazebo and hands-on work in the garden. Our in-country partner sent this update.

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Paleontologists digging near the coast of Peru have uncovered the 12-million-year-old skull of a now-extinct species of sperm whale.

The skull, which measures nearly 10 feet across, belonged to a genus and species of sperm whale that may have been up to 57 feet long and includes the longest documented sperm whale teeth, measuring more than 14 fearsome inches.

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This is the third installment in a series by Wayne Zanardelli, an IE guest who generously shared notes from his recent Amazon adventure aboard La Amatista. Get caught up with Part I and Part II here.

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The readers of Travel + Leisure chose International Expeditions as one of the “Top 10 Tour Operators & Safari Outfitters” in the magazine’s 2010 World’s Best Awards survey.  This is the seventh consecutive year IE has been named to the prestigious “World’s Best” list.

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Laos in particular requests visitors to show the proper respect when visiting their country. As with anywhere, visitors and locals alike should pay attention to basic rules of politeness. Making a good first impression will be greatly appreciated by the Lao people, who are often seen as shy and gentle.  These quick tips are useful in ensuring the best cultural experience possible.

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This is the fourth installment in a series by Wayne Zanardelli, an IE guest who generously shared notes from his recent Amazon adventure aboard La Amatista.

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One of our past guests, Bob Safay, has been generous enough to share this video of Brazil's majestic Iguazú Falls. The Iguazú Falls lie on the border of Brazil and Argentina and are a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. A native of Atlanta, GA, Bob is a passionate traveler, as well as a skillful nature photographer and videographer. Bob and his wife, Nancy, have been on five trips with IE, including several pre- and post-trip extensions.

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A species of otter that has not been seen in Malaysia for more than 100 years, was recently seen in a photograph snapped on Borneo and has raised hopes that there's still time to save the creature. The photograph was taken in Malaysia's Sabah state in the second half of 2008, but international scientists needed nearly two years to study it before confirming it was indeed the hairy-nosed otter.

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These expert Peru travel tips were given by our Peruvian Expedition Leader, Jorge Salas-Guevara. Expedition Leader Jorge is a favorite among International Expeditions guests, having led expeditions to the Amazon and Papua New Guinea.