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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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Often when traveling abroad, the packing list suggestions are primarily related to plug adaptors and the right shoes. But after months of offering people-to-people Cuba travel programs, International Expeditions’ experts put together this helpful list of the five most important things to bring with you to this historic place. As you might imagine, legal travel to Cuba has a very specialized list of things to “pack.”
 

April 05, 2013

3 Must-Use Travel Apps

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The days of printed guidebooks seem to have gone the way of cassettes, and smart phones have made us more savvy travelers. Check out these free popular apps - each recommended by the experts at MedjetAssist - to make your travels easier.

 

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Leaf-mimic katydids are one of the marvelous designs of nature that IE guests typically observe during nocturnal walks on Amazon rainforest trails. These insects, which are comprised of a number of at least 13 different genera and over 100 species, have been described from Central and South America.

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

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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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As part of International Expeditions' people-to-people Cuba travel experience, guests visit the eco-community of Las Terrazas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. While in the planned community, we make a stop at Cafe de Maria for a cup of locally grown coffee. From the outdoor terrace, guests can gaze on the Cuban countryside while sipping cappuccino with a famous face or a signature iced coffee drink.

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Everyone at IE loves hearing feedback from our guests! And while many travelers know that they'll love the wildlife and landscapes they encounter on one of our adventures, it is most often the staff who earns the highest praise. So it was no surprise when Februrary 22, 2013 Galapagos Islands cruise guests Mary & Giff Ewing shared this note about how much they were touched by the naturalist guides and crew aboard the M/V Evolution.

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International Expeditions' Director of Program Development Bill Robison is currently in Indonesia researching travel options. He sent us this photo and story from the road. You can see his other photos on IE's Facebook page.

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