October 2010

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Scientists at the Paracas National Reserve in Peru have discovered the fossil of a penguin that was five feet tall and weighed nearly twice as much as the Emperor penguin, the largest living penguin species.

The Inkayacu paracasenis, or Water King, sported a long black beak and brown and gray features — unique compared to the "tuxedo" appearance of modern penguins. The Water King lived in the Paracas region, on the Pacific coast south of Lima, 36 million years ago during the Eocene period.

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Scientists with Conservation International have discovered 200 species in the remote Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, including 24 frog species and 100 insect species that have never been described before in scientific literature.

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One of our past guests and loyal travelers, Bob Safay, has been generous enough to share this video of his Galapagos photo expedition. 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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IE was fortunate to welcome guest Kathryn Lamb and her father, both from London, aboard our Galapagos cruise. Kathryn was good enough to share her daily diary and photos from their Galapagos vacation.

Catch up with the rest of Kathryn’s Trip Diary:

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This tips for safe and savvy travel is brought to you by MedjetAssist's own World Wide Will.

If you are headed out for night-time festivities like dinner and dancing and you're in a new town, be sure to go find your destination during the day. I always do this and on many occasions I have changed my plans due to a scary neighborhood that I would not want to be in after dark.

Don't forget: Travel safe, travel smart and always carry your Medjet card!

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International Expeditions' Amazon mini water treatment plants in the remote villages of San Jose de Paranapura, Irlanda and Santa Teresa, Peru are already making a big impact on the health of villagers! According to Dr. Linnea Smith, who operates the Amazon Medical Clinic, she is treating far fewer cases of intestinal parasites and common diarrhea now that the water treatment plants are providing clean drinking water.

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Anyone who has traveled with International Expeditions will tell you that our guides absolutely make their journey! We're thrilled to help you get to know Galapagos Islands guide and naturalist Cristina Rivadeneira.

1. If you could be any animal, what would you be?
A  dolphin. I  would be able to be in my favorite environment, the ocean, and enjoy its freedom.

October 22, 2010

An Amazon Shaman Experience

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We found the following story about one man's encounter with a shaman deep in the Amazon River Basin fascinating. Although not near as "off the grid" as this man's singular journey, day 6 of our own Amazon River trip includes a visit to a well-respected Amazon village shaman, and is always considered a highlight by guests.

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IE was fortunate to welcome guest Kathryn Lamb and her father, both from London, aboard our Galapagos Islands cruise. Kathryn was generous enough to share her daily travel diary and photos from their Galapagos experience.

Catch up with the rest of Kathryn’s Trip Diary:

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International Expeditions' Director of Product Developement Bill Robison is always on the go. In the past five years, Bill has traveled to the Peruvian Amazon, Trinidad, Guyana, Bali, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Egypt, Jordan, Brazil's Pantanal, Chile, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Dubai, Holland, Sweden, Poland, Latvia, Belarus, Estonia, Lithuania, Ireland, Scotland, Russia and China. So when we asked for his tips for staying healthy when you travel, Bill had a lot to share!

Bill's Top 5 tips for staying healthy when you travel are: