September 2011

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Dear Traveler,

There are so many different ways to explore the world! I hope you'll take a moment to flip through our online version of the 2012 ENVIRONS nature travel brochure or watch your mailbox for your copy. In those pages, you’ll discover all the ways IE can help you personalize travel to fit your individual style and sense of adventure. You’ll find that discovering even the remote reaches of the wilderness can be easy with International Expeditions.

September 06, 2011

Sponge Treasures in Symi

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Greece's rich history as one of the world's earliest civilizations sometimes overshadows the smaller details of the country's landscape that offer incredible nature travel opportunities.

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Whether visitors want to try the spicy sweet specialties of the region or experience fine French dining, Luang Prabang offers quality cuisine for many different taste buds.

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Although nature travel to the island of Borneo can allow visitors to see beautiful turquoise waters and hundreds of technicolor birds in the sky, venturing underground gives explorers a whole new world to discover. According to Bat Conservation International, the island is home to more than 100 species of bats, many of which live in the vast cave system there.

September 12, 2011

Tips for Greener Grilling

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Something about the hint of smoke in the fall air compels many of us to spend hours in front of a hot grill. Whether you’re slow-smoking pork ribs or sautéing fresh vegetables, consider choosing more eco-friendly options for your cook-outs.

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Wildlife enthusiasts on a Costa Rica tour often hope to glimpse sea turtles, but the country is also home to a bright green lizard that can run across the surface of water at the rate of five feet per second.

While it was named for its resemblance to the legendary monster, the green basilisk lizard is more commonly known for its ability to run across streams and puddles, earning its evocative nickname.

September 16, 2011

Packing Tips for a Nile Cruise

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Cruising down the Nile is the adventure of a lifetime - the route past this living museum offers hundreds of opportunities to observe the historical and cultural wonders of this ancient land. However, a surefire way to ruin the trip is to pack incorrectly or inadequately.

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Not many people go to the Galapagos Islands for a show, but that is exactly what they may get if they run into an albatross pair along the craggy cliffs of Española (Hood) Island. Between April and December, the critically endangered birds nest on this island, the only place in the world where they nest, providing visitors who stop off during Galapagos Island cruises with plenty of entertainment.

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Although Uganda is known for its remarkable gorilla population and hosts opportunities to come face to face with these giants, those looking for a diverse nature travel experience should also look for vervet monkeys while visiting the Entebbe Botanical Gardens in Kampala.

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The sites of pure biodiversity found in the tropical Bijagós archipelago remain pristine today thanks to the local tribe's history of preservation and respect for nature.

In fact, despite the regional industrial threats, on the majority of the 88 islands — only 23 of which are inhabited — the ethnic Bijagós people have maintained land-based values in their religion.

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The Iwokrama Rainforest is home to many exotic and diverse bird, reptile, amphibian and mammal species. But it also represents one of the few protected forests in the country of Guyana and one of the last pristine tropical forests left in the world.

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Brazilian scientists reported finding a new river in the Amazon basin that they estimate is the same length but nearly 100 times as wide, The Guardian reports. Lead researchers Valiya Hamza and Elizabeth Tavares Pimentel of Brazil's National Observatory presented their findings at the International Congress of the Society Brasiliera Geophysical in Rio de Janeiro.

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The hot, arid bushland that visitors traverse on a Kenya safari is exactly the type of habitat the Beisa oryx likes. Once found all across the drier regions of Africa, about 33,000 oryx are now found in Eastern Africa from Ethiopia to northeastern Uganda and Kenya, 25,000 of which are Beisa oryx.