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July 19, 2013

Tempted by Trinidad

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While Havana is the major city on many travelers' minds when envisioning a trip to Cuba, the town of Trinidad on the southern side of the island offers an alternative to the hustle and bustle of the Cuban capital. Trinidad has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and those who travel to Cuba on International Expeditions’ people-to-people spend two nights exploring.

There are only an estimated 10,000-25,000 blue whales believed to be still swimming the world's oceans, and lucky guests on International Expeditions Galapagos Islands cruise last week had a memorable encounter with these giant creatures. Blue whales are the largest known animals to have ever lived on Earth, so there was no doubt what they were seeing when guests observed this whale’s huge spout.

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If you’re looking for the perfect adventure to expose your children to nature travel, Costa Rica should be at the top of your family travel bucket list. The combination of a short flight, comfortable resorts and ecolodges, adventure activities and rich biodiversity make Costa Rica an ideal first international trip for families. To test out the kid-friendly potential of this small country, one of the IE staff spent a week-long Costa Rica tour with her nine-year-old son.

Each time I see this photo, captured by Expedition Leader Jorge Salas along Peru's Salkantay Trail, I'm reminded of one famous travel quote in particular:

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

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Since Art Director Charlie Boyd started working for International Expeditions more than a decade ago, this nature lover has traveled to the Brazilian Amazon, Machu Picchu, Costa Rica, India, Cuba, Pantanal, the Galapagos Islands and Nicaragua. And like most of the IE staff, Charlie loves all things travel, but here are a few of his favorites.

 

This fun photo was submitted this morning by IE Kenya and Tanzania Safari guest John Christie, who was good enough to email us from Amboseli National Park.

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Travel to Cuba impacts everyone differently and it inspired IE guest Jim Smith to write a series of poems documenting his experience.

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Travel to Cuba impacts everyone differently and it inspired IE guest Jim Smith to write a series of poems documenting his experience. Read more here.

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