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The Amazon rainforest is one of the most biologically diverse regions of the world, but the delicate balance of the ecosystem is threatened every day by deforestation and industrialization. The ever-changing climate may also present issues when it comes to preserving the rainforests, but indigenous people living in the Amazon are adjusting their practices to accommodate the changes.

This week’s travel inspiration comes courtesy of Outside magazine founder Tim Cahill. Over the past 33 years, International Expeditions has learned that some of the most enriching part of our small-group tours is the people our guests meet along the road – from our guides to the warm, welcoming locals who invite us into their homes and lives every week.

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It is Endangered Species Day and we’re turning our focus to some of the critically engendered wildlife that you may spot on International Expeditions’ nature-focused journeys. We hope that by seeing wildlife in its precious habitat, you’ll be inspired to protect and improve the world we share.

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When nature travel enthusiasts head to Brazil, they are usually Amazon-bound, looking for the famous wildlife that the massive rainforest and river have to offer. However fascinating travel on the Amazon can be, the Pantanal in Brazil is perhaps a better place to see wildlife.

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Everyone knows lions are the kings of the jungle, but their reign is in danger of coming to an end. These majestic cats once roamed all over Eurasia and Africa, but these days their empire has been restricted mainly to sub-Saharan Africa.

The fall of the lion empire

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Mother nature and South America just seem to go hand in hand. South America is home to some of the greatest natural wonders in the world, and waterfalls are no exception. Some of the world’s greatest waterfalls can be found in South America and there’s many unique ways to see them, from hiking to flying over in a helicopter or airplane.

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The island of Bali in the south Pacific is considered to be one of the best places to relax in the world. While sitting on the beach and working on your tan can be a great way to spend the day, more active travelers are going to want to get out and explore at some point. Fortunately, Bali is also home to many snorkeling spots with plenty of aquatic life for you to see.

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Every four years, the International Union for Conservation of Nature evaluates the status of animal species and determines if they belong on the Red List of Threatened Species, and the latest list has many conservationists worried. The number of bird species on the Red List jumped from 1,253 to 1,331 and the majority of the newly added species are found in the Amazon, specifically in the Brazilian Amazon Basin where the new Forest Code loosens protections on the Amazon.

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While planning your summer vacation, you have probably put some thought into what to pack. While you are stuffing suitcases, now may also be a good time to purge – your wallet, that is. Open up your wallet right now and you may be surprised when you realize you carry a window to your entire life – credit cards, store cards, old receipts, extra house keys, family photos. Our friends at Medjet have put together this great list of items that should be in your wallet.

What you should carry:

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On your next Kenya & Tanzania safari, be sure to carefully scan the surfaces of rivers and lakes for hints of hippos gliding in the depths below. These giants may lumber about a bit clumsily on the land, but once they are in the water they find a natural grace that is best explained by example. Whenever your safari exploration leads you along the river banks in Africa, you should watch for these creatures.

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