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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. Read his first piece here.

creatures of the night
hanging bats’, screech owls’ abode
cavern depths disclose 


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If you've seen the movie “The Ghost and the Darkness,” you’ll know the strength and ferocity of the African lion when they are so inclined to harm people. This movie is based on a true historical event that took place in the Tsavo area during the late 1800’s. Two male lions killed 130 people over a period of nine months. Of course, with modern transportation and weapons, this type of long-term killing of people by an animal predator is a thing of the past. Today, there certainly are many human deaths caused by lions in Africa and tigers in India, but they are isolated instances.

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 International Expeditions was honored to learn the The Active Times has chosen our Guyana adventure as one of the "Best Tours of 2013." Ranging from trekking 100 miles through Africa to view the "Big Five" to flyfishing in Russia's wildest waters, these adventure tours highlight the very best in new destinations opening up for exploration. 

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Jim Smith, a guest on IE's people-to-people Cuba travel program in January 2013 commemorated his experience with a series of poems, which he has graciously agreed to share.
 

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The giant Amazon water lily is the world’s largest water lily of the family Nymphaeaceae. Its massive leaves may exceed seven feet in diameter and visitors to the Peruvian Amazon are always greatly impressed by these absolutely amazing plants. There are a number of characteristics of this huge lily that most people are not aware of. For example, the leaves are extremely durable and the underside veins are lined with very large spines. The spines are strong enough to prevent their being food for aquatic and semi-aquatic animals like manatees and capybara. 

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Director of Program Development Bill Robison spent part of last year in Ecuador scouting IE's new Ecuador tour and shares some of the interesting sites from his journey.

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We asked IE Director of Peruvian Operations Jorge Salas to talk to us about one of his true passions - Peruvian food!

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At least once a day, International Expeditions’ travel planners field the question “When is the best time for a Galapagos cruise?” So, our favorite naturalist Greg Greer sat down to tackle this popular question.

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Our friend, the World Wide Will at MedjetAssist is an expert on all things travel related. This is the second in a series on making the best buying decision when purchasing luggage.

February 14, 2013

Cuba: Feel the Beat of Bolero

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While traveling to Cuba during IE’s people-to-people journey, music will be an ever-present companion. If you hear melodic guitar, a romantic tune and a beat that makes you want to sway your hips, there's a good chance that you're listening to bolero music, a genre of song and dance that originated in Cuba.

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