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British researchers from the University of Southampton have found several new species of life – and some that were thought to be extinct – during an in-depth study documenting some of the world’s rarest and most fragile coral reefs in the Galapagos Islands.

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Caral is the newest addition to Peru’s collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Found on the northern coast, south of Trujillo, the 5,000 year-old archaeological marvel sits on a dry desert terrace overlooking the green Supe River valley.

Dating to 2900 B.C., Caral is the oldest city in the Americas. The center of an area featuring large, truncated pyramids, archaeologists believe around 3,000 people lived in Caral.

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By Expedition Leader Jorge Salas

During our Amazon Voyage, we explore the Pacaya River, in the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, the heart of the Amazon. International Expeditions supports a Yellow Spotted River Turtle project in the reserve. This project protects the eggs of these endangered turtles until they are hatched, then reintroduces the turtles in the Pacaya-Samiria.

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Expedition Leader Zapa reports:

"July in Brazil's Pantanal is good for spotting mammals. It is still green, even during this dry season, so our group saw many cool things.

"This week guests saw a jaguar near our truck during a spotlighting safari (pictured right), a tapir swimming past our canoes and an anteater taking a bath!"

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What was it like last month in the Amazon? International Expeditions Expedition Leader Jorge Salas shares the sights and sounds of the June 12 Amazon Voyage in this new video!

Not only did guests spot monk sakis, great black hawks, jabiru storks, horned screamers and more wildlife, they also got to glimpse life along the river with visits to a Ribereño village.

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Travel Planner Charlie Weaver (shown here in Patagonia) has spent the past seven days on International Expeditions' Amazon River cruise and has cell service as La Amatista heads back toward Iquitos (go figure!).

11:00 a.m.: Our excursions are amazing! We have  seen lots of pink dolphins, blue-and-gold macaws, hoatzins, a chestnut-eared araçari, an emerald tree boa, a fer-de-lance and numerous other birds.

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IE’s staff doesn’t just plan journeys to these islands, Galapagos is one of our favorite places to experience Earth’s greatest wonders! Here’s what Destination Manager Amber Rowland had to say about the islands.

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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 cliché, 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.

June 16, 2009

Did You Know?

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Living on the Equator makes keeping cool a big priority for Galapagos penguins! Not only do they hold their flippers out to help the heat escape their bodies, to protect their feet from sunburn, Galapagos penguins hold their flippers over their feet when on land.

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