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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

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Home to some of the most prolific wildlife in Africa, Zambia offers the perfect combination of exhilarating safaris and sumptuous accommodations.  It was here in Zambia where walking safaris were developed.

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In defense of lingering longer in Lima

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While almost every visitor to Peru is anxious to see the spectacular Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, we advocate strongly in favor of taking the time to savor the sights, sounds and flavors of Lima, Peru's vibrant capital.

We've found three guilty pleasures that will leave you wanting to linger longer.

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New Galapagos Tour for 2016: Darwin's Isles

New for 2016, a slimmed down Galapagos option for those still seeking a rich educational experience. 

Using the deluxe yacht Reina Silvia and simple, comfortable hotels to facilitate airport transits and connections,Darwin's Isles provides a rewarding exploration of the Galapagos on an 8-day / 7-night cruise of either the western or eastern islands.  

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Nine things you may not know about Charles Darwin

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How well do you know Charles Darwin?  Do you know why he really was aboard the HMS Beagle? One of the most influential figures in history, Darwin spent five years traveling around the world, studying geology and nature, including extensive exploration of Patagonia and the Galapagos.

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Floating over Cappadocia

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We had been hiking the valleys and canyons of Cappadocia for two days and this morning we were going to see this magical landscape from a different perspective.

As our guide Bihtar explained, eons ago this region in central Turkey saw many volcanic eruptions.  Later over time, the thick ash solidified into a soft rock called tuff (Tuffa in Turkish)

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New Adventure: Crossing the Altiplano (Northern Chile & Bolivia)

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This new rugged adventure explores some of the most remote and rugged terrain in South America. 

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Ecuadorian country charm at Hacienda Zuleta

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Nestled in the Andes about 2 hours north of Quito, Hacienda Zuleta has a certain serenity that draws you in. It is the kind of place you immediately want to explore. The grounds are lined by weathered stone walls adorned with exotic vines and vibrant flowers.  

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Juneau to Sitka aboard the MV Liseron

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Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I always imagined Alaska would be a natural paradise. To my delight, my first visit to Alaska—a voyage from Juneau to Sitka aboard the MV Liseron—proved my imagination true.

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Sitka to Juneau aboard the MV Mist Cove

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Dawn comes early in Alaska this time of year—3:30am to be precise—but the steep hills surrounding our quiet cove keep the sun from streaming in my stateroom window for just a while longer.

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Atacama: Survival in Chile's high desert

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In a region known as the driest place on earth, flora and fauna fight for survival against a backdrop of barren slopes, rocky flats and steaming geysers.

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Galapagos Update: Wolf Volcano erupts after 33 years

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Wolf Volcano on the northern end of Isabela Island began erupting Monday, May 25th, for the first time in 33 years. Wolf is the tallest of Isabela's six major volcanoes, and the highest peak in the Galápagos

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INTEGRITY celebrating 10 years of uninterrupted excellence

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Known for its luxurious accommodations and outstanding naturalist guides, INTEGRITY celebrates 10 years of uninterrupted service this month.

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The Woolly Residents of the Andes

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All members of the Camelid family, the Guanaco and Vicuña are the wild ancestors of the Llama and Alpaca, respectively. Originating from a common ancestor in North America some 45 million years ago, the Camelid family branched into Camelius tribe who migrated to Asia and Africa to become Bactrian Camels and Dromedaries, and Lamini tribe who migrated south to the Andes.

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The Clown Princes of the Galapagos

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Taking its name from Bobo, Spanish for clown, the Galapagos Islands are home to three species of Booby, the iconic Blue-footed Booby with its intricate and comical courtship display, the striking black and white Nazca Booby and the colorful Red-footed Booby.

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The Biggest Bubble Blowers in the Sea

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Not all humpback whales are alike.  The humpback whales of Alaska have developed an ingenious way to catch herring: they use nets made of bubbles in a unique cooperative strategy.   As few as 100 whales have learned how to bubble-net, cooperatively, and Southeast Alaska is the only place on earth where they do it.*

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The blue-eyed fishermen of Isabela and Fernandina

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With glossy black feathers and piercing blue eyes, the Galápagos Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harisi) is a striking oddity. Only found in the Galapagos, this cormorant species has lost the ability to fly. 

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What is your Antarctica cruise style? New options make it easy to customize.

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Antarctica is now more accessible than ever and there is an expedition to suit you. Take advantage of our new air-cruise options, sail a true research vessel, or enjoy unparalleled luxury to the land of ultimate adventure.

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Springtime in Turkey

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Cappadocia is spectacular any time of the year, but in Spring the unique geological formations come alive with a blaze of color.

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Rumi and the Whirling Dervishes

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Rumi, the great Persian Sufi mystic and poet settled in Konya, Turkey where his legacy is maintained by the intensely spiritual dance of the Whirling Dervishes.

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Preserving the art of the Turkish towel

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The art of hand-weaving a Turkish towel on a traditional loom is rapidly vanishing. One Istanbul store owner however is doing her utmost to preserve this art.

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