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International Expeditions co-founder Richard Ryel is headlining our October 4 Amazon River cruise aboard the new La Estrella Amazonica riverboat. As he prepares to return to the Peruvian Amazon, a destination that he pioneered travel to 33 years ago, we asked Richard to talk to us about his deep passion for the Amazon rainforest.

IE Director of Program Development, Bill Robison has been checking in from Colombia, where he has spent a week finding the best naturalist guides, hotels and nature travel experiences for our guests. How do you feel about travel to Colombia and other previously "taboo" places - let us know.

Bill Robison, IE Director of Program Development, often has the “difficult” task of scouting a county for the best naturalist guides, hotels and to uncover extraordinary nature travel experiences for our guests. This week he is researching a Colombia tour, part of International Expeditions' 2014 line-up.

As International Expeditions searches for the next great nature travel adventure, Bill Robison, IE Director of Program Development, often has the “difficult” task of scouting a county for the best naturalist guides, hotels and to uncover extraordinary experiences for our guests. This week he is researching a Colombia tour.

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.

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Look out! Not every plant on the Galapagos is safe to touch. This is almost true in any area of the world as there always seems to be a plant of two or even more that can cause severe dermatitis when simply touched. Most people in the U.S. are very much aware of the poison ivy, oaks and sumac. We learn to recognize these plants, especially after a reaction from exposure to these plants. But as I’ve always said, while learning by experience may sometimes be the best method of learning, it is certainly not the most comfortable way. 

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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Chewing on ginger root or mint leaves can ease an upset stomach, and hemp can be used as a source of fuel or to make clothing. These are just a few examples of the benefits plants can provide, and scientists are discovering more advantages of new plants in places like the Amazon rainforests every day.

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