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Part of the allure of international nature travel is the ability to see new and interesting species of animals not commonly found back home. Yet while some travelers may have an eye for birds or be in love with larger mammals, others fancy themselves as amateur entomologists and prefer to study the intricacies of the endemic insect populations.

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Galapagos Islands cruises allow adventurers the opportunity to observe some of the most impressive and unique animal species on the planet. While the entire archipelago has been celebrated for its rich biodiversity, recent years have seen a select group of travelers choosing to explore the southernmost landmass, Española Island, to bear witness to the location's final stages of evolution.

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When booking a Kenya and Tanzania safari, there are a wealth of excellent locations to explore the endemic flora and fauna, but one of the most underrated destinations for nature travelers in East Africa is Tarangire National Park in northern Tanzania.

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IE Galapagos Islands cruise guest and journalist Julie Hatfield spent the last week exploring the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with our knowledgeable guides, and was good enough to share her impressions of Santiago, Darwin’s favorite island.

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The pyramids of Egypt have long captivated the world with both their mysteries and their beauty. While the nation boasts several important landmarks, few have the allure and prestige of the Great Pyramids of Giza. Before leaving Cairo for other destinations or a Nile cruise, guests in the city of Giza would never forgive themselves for missing the opportunity to explore the only surviving structure of the original Seven Wonders of the World.

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For many vacationers interested in travel to Kenya, a safari is the quintessential African experience. That’s because these once-in-a-lifetime journeys allow travelers to witness both the epic beauty of the African countryside and the majestic grace of some of the most beautiful animals on the planet.

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Recent years have seen birdwatching emerge as one of the most popular nature travel activities. Yet while some vacationers are eager to catch a glimpse of our feathered friends, simple mistakes can make a birding adventure an exercise in frustration.

Fortunately, there are a few things that amateur birdwatchers should keep in mind whenever they enter the brush in search of an elusive species.

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IE Galapagos Islands cruise guest and journalist Julie Hatfield spent the last week exploring the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with our knowledgeable guides, and was good enough to share her impressions of "Darwin's Enchanted Isles."

"They loll around the harbors and spoon together the same way we do when we sleep, even to the same way we belch and cough. But it’s obvious that in the Galapagos, sea lions rule.

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There are a handful of destinations that individuals across the globe have longed to explore, and few have the prestige and allure of the Nile River basin. A Nile cruise will allow travelers to explore some of the greatest sites of the ancient world, and after leaving bustling Cairo, a Nile journey offers ample time to see extraordinary temples and tombs.

Located on the West Bank of the storied waterway, Edfu is a cultural hub that offers all of the history and mystique that travelers have come to expect from an Egyptian excursion.

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