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Look out! Not every plant on the Galapagos is safe to touch. This is almost true in any area of the world as there always seems to be a plant of two or even more that can cause severe dermatitis when simply touched. Most people in the U.S. are very much aware of the poison ivy, oaks and sumac. We learn to recognize these plants, especially after a reaction from exposure to these plants. But as I’ve always said, while learning by experience may sometimes be the best method of learning, it is certainly not the most comfortable way. 

Each time I see this photo, captured by Expedition Leader Jorge Salas along Peru's Salkantay Trail, I'm reminded of one famous travel quote in particular:

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

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The cheetah is an attractive cat found over much of the savannah regions of Africa but also in some of the desert areas of Africa and the Mideast. The cheetah is the fastest land animal on Earth. To witness their incredible speed during a hunt is a sight to behold and will amaze even the most seasoned scientist, naturalist and guide. 

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Since Art Director Charlie Boyd started working for International Expeditions more than a decade ago, this nature lover has traveled to the Brazilian Amazon, Machu Picchu, Costa Rica, India, Cuba, Pantanal, the Galapagos Islands and Nicaragua. And like most of the IE staff, Charlie loves all things travel, but here are a few of his favorites.

 

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The Northern horned screamer is a large bird that doesn’t quite fit in with other species…in fact; there are only three species in their family Anhimidae. Northern horned screamers live in aquatic areas with lots of emergent vegetation and when walking on water lettuce or hyacinth, look like a very large goose.  Their feet, however are not webbed, but they have fairly heavy long toes that support their weight on the floating mats of vegetation. 

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Travel to Cuba impacts everyone differently and it inspired IE guest Jim Smith to write a series of poems documenting his experience.

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Travel to Cuba impacts everyone differently and it inspired IE guest Jim Smith to write a series of poems documenting his experience. Read more here.

cultural insight
slave traditions, priestly white
santaría rite

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When I was young, family travel was a simple endeavor. Three generations of family, crisscrossing the eastern US and periodically venturing farther north. As minor travelers, my parents were not even required to show photo ID for us, much less spend months applying for passports and acquiring notarized permission letters from other custodial parents. Travel has always held a special place in my soul, and working with International Expeditions has afforded me an opportunity to share my wanderlust with my own child. For us, travel isn’t just vacation.

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