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Travelers with their hearts set on travel to Machu Picchu and Cusco will find the South American nation to be a hub of culture, art and history. While there is a plethora of attractions that vacationers will want to visit during their stay in the Incan capital of Cusco, one stop at the top of the list will have to be the historic temple of Koricancha.

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The amazing indigenous cultures of Africa are a compelling draws for international travelers, yet many people booking a Kenya and Tanzania safari are hoping to catch a glimpse of continent's much celebrated animal population. Be it the majestic elephant, the regal lion or the graceful gazelle, adventurers hope to see some of East Africa's amazing animals on their journey – and there are few more picturesque destinations to do so than the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya.

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There are few destinations that truly capture the imaginations of travelers from across the globe quite like the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu. Travel to Machu Picchu dates back to the 15th century, the ancient site is one of the biggest draws to the South American continent, and travelers looking for an excuse to actually visit the amazing site may have just found the push that they need.

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Whether it's crossing the Serengeti on a Kenya and Tanzania safari or flying through the canopy on a zip line tour of Costa Rica, travelers visiting exotic natural environments are going to want to take a few snapshots to help them remember their journey. Yet while booking nature travel is simple, getting a toco toucan to pose for a photo can be exceedingly difficult.

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Thanks to an increased representation in pop culture spurred by the popularity of films like Slumdog Millionaire and Eat Pray Love, India tours have emerged in popularity western travelers. While these films portray the ins and outs of urban cultural centers like Mumbai and Delhi, not much is seen of India's more natural settings. Vacationers hoping to see the untamed side of the Indian subcontinent will definitely want to spend some time exploring the epic beauty of Kanha National Park.

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One of the key factors that attracts travelers to book Galapagos Islands cruises is the archipelago's celebrated wildlife. Indeed, the illustrious chain of islands has entranced many animal enthusiasts over the years, even inspiring the great Charles Darwin to conceive the theory of evolution. Yet while the much-vaunted theory preaches a doctrine of "survival of the fittest," scientists in the Galapagos have launched a new conservation program designed to protect many of the islands' weakest inhabitants from imported predators.

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A quick survey of our Travel Planners has uncovered the most popular question they get about our Amazon tour: When is the best time to go?

In truth, though it may sound cliche, there really is no bad time to visit the Amazon River; however, your personal preferences and activities will play a big part in choosing which time of the year you should take an Amazon cruise.

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When University President Richard Levin signed Friday’s agreement establishing future plans for the Machu Picchu artifacts in the Yale's Woodbridge Hall, it finalized a shift in Yale’s tone from one of resistance to one of cooperation. The message is one he has tried to achieve over the past decade and one that has required many rounds of negotiations; ultimately it was only possible through a newfound willingness on Yale’s part to relinquish all the artifacts.

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For the past seven years, Travel + Leisure readers and our guests have named IE one of the "World’s Best" Tour Operators and Safari Outfitters! To qualify for the awards, tour operators were judged on six criteria: staff/guides, itineraries/destinations, activities, accommodations, food and value — everything that goes into creating the experience of a lifetime for you!

February 09, 2011

Peruvian Penguin Lost in Lima

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Considering that most of us only associate penguins with the frozen tundra, imagine how surprised people were in Lima, Peru, recently when a penguin lost its way and took to the city streets. The endangered Humboldt penguin, waddled from the beach into Peru’s bustling capital. Police have taken the penguin into custody and he is now a local celebrity.

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