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Whether visitors want to try the spicy sweet specialties of the region or experience fine French dining, Luang Prabang offers quality cuisine for many different taste buds.

September 06, 2011

Sponge Treasures in Symi

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Greece's rich history as one of the world's earliest civilizations sometimes overshadows the smaller details of the country's landscape that offer incredible nature travel opportunities.

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Dear Traveler,

There are so many different ways to explore the world! I hope you'll take a moment to flip through our online version of the 2012 ENVIRONS nature travel brochure or watch your mailbox for your copy. In those pages, you’ll discover all the ways IE can help you personalize travel to fit your individual style and sense of adventure. You’ll find that discovering even the remote reaches of the wilderness can be easy with International Expeditions.

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Floating in the Dead Sea is a relaxing end to a journey through Egypt and Jordan. After sailing upriver on a Nile cruise and crossing the sands of the Sinai, time to relax in these rejuvenating waters is ideal for both the body and soul.

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Brazil’s Pantanal can be humid, and while it’s great that the air conditioning at the Araras Ecolodge works so well you’re always cool, sometimes that means your glasses and camera lens can fog up. While you’re getting dressed in the morning, place your glasses and camera outside your room so that they adjust to the temperature change. That way, they’ll be fog-free when you are ready to snap the morning’s first photo.

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 While the Amazon River may be home to larger aquatic animals, piranhas are perhaps some of the best-known residents — primarily for the lore associate with their sharp teeth and voracious appetites.

Travelers who venture into a tributary with slower-moving waters on International Expeditions’ Amazon River cruise will likely find red-bellied, white or black piranhas. Of these three species, the red-bellied variety had the strongest jaws and sharpest teeth of all of these carnivorous fish.

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Pilgrims once flocked to the Egyptian island of Philae, coming from all over the ancient world to worship Isis, a goddess who is commemorated with a massive temple that was re-erected from beneath the Nile River. Isis was mysterious to most who worshipped her, but was believed to have healing powers for those who sought her counsel.

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Strolling along the powdery, white sand of Cerro Brujo - one first stops on International Expeditions’ Galapagos Islands cruises - visitors can expect to spot blue-footed boobies and finches as they hop about on the beach. However, it is likely that the most memorable encounter they will have will be with a Galapagos sea lion.

"Swimming with the sea lions was one of the most unforgettable highlights of the Galapagos trip,” said recent Galapagos traveler John Newman.

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Eco-travel has been allowing vacationers to explore the world in search of natural beauty and unspoiled wilderness for years, and though some travelers have their heart set on scenic vistas and natural formations, others are searching to commune with some of the native wildlife in these distant regions. If rare and exotic animals are at the top of your "must-see" list, then an Amazon River cruise will be right up your alley.

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Each year, IE Production Manager Kelli Eldridge is charged with helping our staff create Environs, the quintessential guide to nature travel. The latest version will be in the mail on August 31, but you can get a sneak peek online here. Kelli took a few minutes to let us know what’s new for 2012.

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