May 06, 2013

Beware of the Boto?

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The enigmatic pink river dolphin, aka Boto, of the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers is an aquatic creature that many guests to the region can’t wait to observe. Most guests on IE’s Amazon River cruises do not come away disappointed as these lovely creatures are fairly abundant in many areas of the Peruvian Amazon.

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Warthogs are certainly one of Africa’s most bizarre creatures. At first glance, the warthog looks somewhat like a pig of “some sort.” However, when viewed closely or through binoculars, they are actually much stranger than just a type of pig. 

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In January, Jim Smith joined IE to travel to Cuba. Jim commemorated his experience with a series of haikus, which he has graciously agreed to share. Read other entries here

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International Expeditions' staff member Emily Harley talks about her "happy place" - a small spit of white-sand beach on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, where she went on a custom Costa Rica tour 

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While Earth Day may only be celebrated on April 22, everyone at International Expeditions is a firm believer in celebrating the world EVERY day. And while many people may still think that adding Earth-friendly practices into your daily life can cost both time and money, our staff compiled a list of six tips that will help our planet without costing you a dime.
 

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If you travel on one of IE's Kenya and Tanzania safaris during April or May, bring an extra pair of shoes for inside your tent at our mobile tented camp. Flip-flops are perfect! Shoes can get muddy in East Africa's green season and a pair of shoes for inside help keep mud out of your tent. So, you might be asking, why travel on an East Africa safari during the green season if it is muddy? Easy! During the green season, safaris are less expensive AND the parks and reserves are less crowded!

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The green iguana is one of the iconic species of the neotropical rainforest. This species has an extensive range stretching from Northern Central America southward throughout the Amazon Basin. They’ve also been introduced in South Florida, as well as the lower Rio Grande area of South Texas. Green iguanas are the largest lizard in the Amazon Basin, including the Peruvian Amazon, and large males may reach six feet in length. Females are considerably smaller, reaching about four feet in length. 

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While part of IE's Cuba travel program in January, Jim Smith wrote a series of poems about his experience. Read other poems in the series here.

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International Expeditions' Director of Operations Tara Ellison took a moment to check-in from Iquitos, Peru, where she is spending a week on our Amazon River cruise.

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The Sally Lightfoot crab is one of the world’s most beautiful crabs. Wow, how often does one hear the two words “beautiful” and “crab” in the same sentence? Well, this is certainly deserved as this hand-sized crab is ornately colored with red, orange, purple and blue coloration. These gorgeous creatures abound throughout the Galapagos Islands, and their typical niche is right at the tide’s edge on lava rocks. It does not matter if it is high tide, low tide, daylight or dark these crabs are at work feeding on algae.

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