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Seeing the Panama Canal is a dream for many guests on IE'’s Panama tours. While the canal is currently being expanded, here are four interesting facts that you may not know about one of mankind’'s greatest feats of engineering.

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Welcome to Lake Nicaragua. When it comes to Latin America, you probably think raging rivers and large ocean bodies like the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. However, while both of these oceans are an important part of the coastline of Nicaragua, Lake Nicaragua exists as the country's largest lake and one of the most unique lakes in Central America.

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Although not the most natural of attractions in Central America, the Miraflores Locks are still an important part of society in Panama and have important implications there. It is hard to imagine a time before the Panama Canal, even though it was not too long ago that it was dug out. Finished in the early 20th century, it forever changed the face of shipping in North and South America. Locks are a crucial aspect of the canal, lifting ships up 85 feet to the main elevation of the canal.

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While much of the Western world has shed the religious associations of Halloween in favor of focusing on pranks, costumes and copious amounts of candy, as you travel around the globe you can find a number of fascinating ways to celebrate one of the world’s oldest holidays.

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Floating in the Dead Sea is a relaxing end to a journey through Egypt and Jordan. After sailing upriver on a Nile cruise and crossing the sands of the Sinai, time to relax in these rejuvenating waters is ideal for both the body and soul.

January 19, 2010

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The howler monkey's large vocal organ is hidden by long black hair on its throat. Using their loud, distinctive call - which can be heard up to two miles away - howler monkeys warn other animals away from their territory.

Learn more about wildlife of the Amazon rainforest and listen to howler monkeys with a virtual visit by WWF.

October 02, 2009

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Did you know that the giraffe was actually named for its speed rather than its height? Giraffes were once believed to by a mixture of a leopard and a camel. Although they may look rather slow-motioned, giraffes can actually reach speeds of around 30 mph.

September 08, 2009

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The longest elephant tusk ever recorded measured 11 feet, 1¼ inches, and the heaviest ever recorded tusk was 230 pounds.

If  you want to photograph wild African elephants (and the rest of the famed "Big Five"), be sure to check out IE's Africa tours.

July 16, 2009

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Gerenuk means “giraffe necked” in the Somali language. So it’s not surprising that the gerenuk is relatively easy to identify on game drives because of its most prominent feature — a long neck!

If spotting a gerenuk is at the top of your wildlife wish list, head to Tanzania's Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Parks in the Masai Steppe or Kenya's Samburu Reserve.

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