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Dear Traveler,

Just a few days ago, someone asked me to really define what kind of journeys International Expeditions offers. The terms we so commonly use — like nature travel and ecotourism — did not seem descriptive enough. So I came up with a statement focusing less on who WE are and more on what YOU experience.

IE guests discover the world through small group experiences where they are immersed in the nature and local culture of Earth’s greatest wilderness regions.

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The vast expanse of Brazil's Pantanal is fascinating for nature travel enthusiasts. This is especially true when the bounty of the land makes its way into the kitchen.

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Amazon River cruises are ideal for bird watchers and anyone else who enjoys nature travel. When you think of jungle birds, you may first picture toucans and parrots, but there are many other winged creatures living among the trees in the Amazon, including the hoatzin. This bird's many distinct characteristics have caused scientists to reclassify the species in different orders, since it doesn't seem to quite fit into any one group in particular.

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When Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos, he was repulsed by the marine iguanas, famously referring to them in his journal as “imps of darkness.” But these “disgusting, clumsy lizards” were one of the keys that helped Darwin unlock the secrets of his theory of evolution. Galapagos marine iguanas are the only aquatic lizards in the world, and Darwin surmised they were able to adapt their ability to swim and dive for food to suit their habitat.

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International Expeditions’ Kenya & Tanzania safari affords you the chance to see some of the world’s most iconic creatures, from elephants and giraffes to hippos and many different bird species. The lilac-breasted roller is one of the most colorful creatures flying soaring above East Africa, and its stunning hues make this bird a great addition to any birding list.

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The landscapes of Chilean Patagonia are so impressive and brimming with sights that nature travel enthusiasts can’t absorb everything in just one trip. After you’ve explored the famed glaciers and landscapes of Torres del Paine, adventurers should consider venturing off of the beaten path to the Marble Cathedral near General Carrera glacial lake on the border of Chile and Argentina. The remoteness of this location makes it a bit complicated to reach, but once you get there, you'll be glad you made the effort.

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Tortuguero National Park, one of Costa Rica's most famous wildlife refuges, is best known for the thousands of turtles that flock to the beaches to lay their eggs each summer. However, there are also many other unique species of animals and plants living in the region. Many trails wind their way through the park, and the El Gavilan Trail is just the ticket if you want to catch a glimpse of the park's wildlife and still get a chance to see turtles nesting on the Caribbean shore.

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Judith Schenck has just returned from our February Costa Rica ecotour — her first journey with International Expeditions. Ms. Schenck had some definite expectations about her travels. So how did IE fare against her checklist?

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Ruma National Park recently welcomed a new group of familiar residents. This month, 20 black rhinos were reintroduced to the Kenyan wildlife reserve, a move which aims to attract more travelers interested in going on a custom Kenya and Tanzania safari.

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In remote jungles of northern India, researchers recently discovered a previously unknown family of creatures — legless amphibians called chikilidae. The Associated Press reports that the creature was once thought to be a deadly mini-snake, but now much more is known about this amphibian that looks more like a worm than the primitive group to which it belongs, the caecilian group.

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