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The Northern horned screamer is a large bird that doesn’t quite fit in with other species…in fact; there are only three species in their family Anhimidae. Northern horned screamers live in aquatic areas with lots of emergent vegetation and when walking on water lettuce or hyacinth, look like a very large goose.  Their feet, however are not webbed, but they have fairly heavy long toes that support their weight on the floating mats of vegetation. 

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Travel to Cuba impacts everyone differently and it inspired IE guest Jim Smith to write a series of poems documenting his experience.

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Travel to Cuba impacts everyone differently and it inspired IE guest Jim Smith to write a series of poems documenting his experience. Read more here.

cultural insight
slave traditions, priestly white
santaría rite

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When I was young, family travel was a simple endeavor. Three generations of family, crisscrossing the eastern US and periodically venturing farther north. As minor travelers, my parents were not even required to show photo ID for us, much less spend months applying for passports and acquiring notarized permission letters from other custodial parents. Travel has always held a special place in my soul, and working with International Expeditions has afforded me an opportunity to share my wanderlust with my own child. For us, travel isn’t just vacation.

June 07, 2013

Island Life: Española

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This week IE’s president Van Perry has been checking-in via satellite phone from his Galapagos Islands cruise. (Be sure to see the highlights here). During the journey, Van learned that Española, the archipelago’s southernmost island, is our naturalist Boli’s favorite island. Here are just a few things you’ll find on Española.

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The white-faced capuchin is a medium sized primate with a white or sometimes yellowish head neck and lower shoulders and a black body and tail. Occasionally, the face may be bright yellow, reddish or any other color depending on the color of the flowers and pollen that the monkey may have been feeding on. 

June 05, 2013

Updates from Galapagos

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This week International Expeditions President Van Perry is back aboard the M/V Evolution. His entire family is joining him for an amazing 10-day Galapagos cruise! Thanks to modern technology, being on a remote archipelago 600 miles in the Pacific doesn't mean he can't still check-in with the office. Here are Van's updates.

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Having grandchildren and watching the movie Finding Nemo more times than I have counted, always brings to mind the numerous animated sea turtles riding the Gulf Stream, at a tremendous rate of speed.  In watching this, I can’t help but think of the tremendous distances that some species of sea turtles travel in the course of a year — even more astounding the distance traveled over their life time. 

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Jim Smith, a guest who joined IE to travel to Cuba in January 2013 commemorated his experience with a series of poems, which he has graciously agreed to share.

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