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Birders have long explored the Amazon River and its tributaries, as theses waterways are home to a diverse collection of avian species, many of which are rarely glimpsed outside of the region.

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The island of Elephanta offers the epitome of Hindu cave culture and nature travel. Even its name refers to the rock art practiced by people as far back as the 6th century. When Portugese navigators landed on the island, they found a massive stone elephant commonly called Gharapuri, which is an alternate name for the island, according to UNESCO.

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Meals are an aspect of Egyptian culture that American travelers may be unprepared for. Learning about Egypt’s dining culture will whet any visitor’s appetite for some local fare before exploring the Pyramids or relaxing on a Nile cruise.

While Egyptians are generally very enthusiastic about food and meals, their formal meals are structured differently than the traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner format of the West.

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Once thought to be a cross between a camel and a leopard, the giraffe is now a commonly recognized animal in its own right. However, spotting one on a Kenya and Tanzania safari is still a treat for nature enthusiasts.

The giraffe is the tallest living animal, measuring as high as 20 feet. Their long necks allow them to reach into trees to maintain their herbivorous diet, and their legs — usually measuring about six feet high — allow them to run at speeds of 35 miles per hour at a gallop.

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Salt mined in Maras, Peru, just north of Cusco, has always been popular among the Andean people, but markets as far away as Switzerland, Japan and the Philippines are now demanding the special mineral.

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Camouflaged and immense, Komodo dragons will eat almost anything, including the deer, pigs and smaller lizards found on their native islands. In rare instances, these ancient dragons have even eaten humans, according to National Geographic. Their massive 300-pound scaly, muscular bodies are an exciting aspect of nature travel to Komodo National Park during International Expeditions’ new Bali to Komodo expedition cruise.

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Nature travel in Tanzania offers hundreds of opportunities to see animals that most have only gotten to know through textbooks and magazines. In the Ngorongoro Crater, visitors will have the best chance on a Kenya and Tanzania safari to spot a black rhino, a critically endangered species.

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The Mekong River is a perfect place to sail at sunset and unwind after a long day. But for the Lao, Vietnamese, Cambodian and Thai communities that surround it, the river is more than a relaxing excursion during a Laos and Vietnam expedition — it is a livelihood.

The Mekong flows nearly 3,000 miles from Southeast China to drain in the South China Sea in a delta beneath Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, draining more than 313,000 square miles across Southeast Asia.

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Traveling can take a lot out of a person, and vacationers may be wondering how to stay healthy on an ecological adventure. While every trip will be different based on region and time of year, there are a few things that you can do to make your nature travel expedition as healthy and pleasurable as possible.

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