Small-Ship Cruises

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South America's Amazon region is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, and Amazon river tours can give travelers a chance to see the natural beauty of the region first-hand. The entire region is considered to be endangered, primarily due to industrial companies clearing the land of forests to use it for profit, but the positive effects of preservation efforts are starting to be seen.

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The Galapagos Islands are perhaps best known for their curious and approachable wildlife, but there are 560 native species of plants in the islands—plants which arrived in the islands by natural means. And of these, 180 are endemic to the islands, meaning they are found nowhere else. The islands, formed by volcanoes, have a wide variety of climates and vegetative zones each hosting a unique set of flora and fauna. The desert-like lowland areas between the coasts and the higher-altitude areas are home to the aptly named lava cactus and lava morning glory.

November 08, 2011

Stargazing on the Amazon River

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South America is different from its northern counterpart in many ways, but this will be especially apparent to stargazers or amateur astrologists searching the night skies. Nights on IE’s Amazon River tours offer plenty of time to admire the stars of the Southern Hemisphere. Some of the constellations seen in these areas are seasonal but others are circumpolar, so they can always be spotted.

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IE Galapagos Islands cruise guest and journalist Julie Hatfield spent a week exploring the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with our knowledgeable guides, and was good enough to share her impressions of Santa Cruz Island, the most populated island in the archipelago.

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Avid traveler Wayne Zanardelli has chronicled his adventures to 83 countries in a series of more than 30 journals. Highlights of Mr. Zanardelli's travels include meeting the sons of both Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay; a private train trip between Beijing and Moscow; and sleeping in a tented oasis in Tunisia. Now Mr. Zanardelli shares journal excerpts from his Amazon River cruise with IE.

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Our guide Jorge Salas shares his thoughts and photos on Papua New Guinea. After multiple tours of the island, he shares why he thinks a Papua New Guinea vacation is the world's most exotic and interesting adventure.

February 09, 2010

5 Questions for Jorge Salas

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Expedition Leader Jorge Salas is a star among IE guests, having led small-ship cruises to the Amazon, Orinoco, Antarctica, Patagonia and Papua New Guinea.

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By Josh Akers of Jemison, Alabama

My Galapagos Islands tour is one vacation that I will never forget. It is a difficult task to explain to people the wonders of the unique wildlife and beautiful landscape occupying these islands.

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