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Focus on Photography: Capturing the magnificent wildlife of Zambia.

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For several years noted British wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas has been capturing Zambia's stunning wildlife in breathtaking images, including his innovative use of camera traps and his remote control "Beetle-cam".. He is one of our favorite photographers, and one of Zambia's best ambassadors for wildlife photography.  

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Peru's wild orchids: a special new tour for 2016

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In a land home to 82 percent of the world's ecosystems, Peru is one of the most ecologically diverse destinations. It is home to approximately 3,000 of the world's estimated 30,000 species of orchids.  

For 2016, INCA is introducing a very special tour combining rich cultural heritage of the Incan Empire with the spectacular array of wild orchid species found in the Sacred Valley, the high Andean jungle and among the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu.

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What's next for tortoises in 2016?

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The Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative is a project undertaken by Galapagos Conservancy in partnership with the Galapagos National Parks Directorate and the Charles Darwin Foundation.

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Casa Gangotena: Luxury in the heart of colonial Quito

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Nestled in the heart of Quito's colonial center, lies an oasis of tranquility and elegance.  Casa Gangotena is a special retreat for visitors seeking to extend their stay in Quito and explore the historic colonial district. Situated on the southwest corner of Plaza San Francisco, Casa Gangotena shares much of the rich history of the plaza. 

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Chocolate: Ecuador's dark, sweet success

Although its name and history comes to us by way of Mexico, scientists now believe chocolate's true origins lie in South America. 

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Christmas in Cusco

Christmas traditions are a rich part of the tapestry of life in Latin America, and Cusco enjoys one of the more colorful festivities.

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Patagonia Spotlight: Awasi Lodge

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Nestled into gentle hills on a private reserve just west of Torres del Paine national park, Awasi Patagonia Lodge is the sine qua non of Patagonian luxury adventures.  

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Galápagos Fur Seals vs. Sea Lions: What's in a name?

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The world of Pinnipeds (carnivorous, fin-footed, semi-aquatic marine mammals) is divided into walrus (odobenidae), seals (phocidae) and sea lions (otariidae). The Galápagos Fur Seal however is not a true seal. It would be more accurately described as a Galapagos fur sea-lion. So why call it a seal and what's the difference?

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Rapa Nui's Tapati Festival

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Easter Island (Rapa Nui) may be best known for its stone head monoliths (moai), but for two weeks every February, the island stages its most important cultural event—The Tapati Festival.

Tapati began in 1969, as a simple summer festival that celebrated Polynesian pride. It has grown into the Polynesian community's most important cultural event. 

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Nature, conservation & community on safari

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African safaris are an exhilarating experience, face to face with nature at its finest. Throw in a little hands-on conservation and community interaction, and you have a recipe for a truly rewarding travel experience.

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New species of giant tortoise discovered on Santa Cruz

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Recent research conducted by an international team of scientists from Yale University have yielded surprising results on the island of Santa Cruz. Genetic analyses revealed that two populations of giant tortoises are in fact two distinct species.

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Booking the ultimate Galápagos cruise

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Can't decide between the eastern and western routes for your Galápagos cruise? If time allows, why not do both? 

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Traveling in the Footsteps of Giants

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As the sun slowly sets over the African savannah, the temperature starts to cool and animals slowly gather at the water hole.  The largest of these, in fact the largest terrestrial living being on the planet, is the African elephant (Loxodonta africana).  

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The Life of a Galapagos Lava Lizard

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In a world where Giant Tortoises, Birds with bright blue feet, and swimming iguanas garner most of the attention, the little Lava Lizard goes all but unnoticed. Despite its diminutive size, the Lava Lizard plays a vital role in regulating the insect population of the Galapagos, including that of the Painted Locust.

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Galapagos Conservancy on the front lines

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Working closely with the Galápagos National Park Directorate, Galapagos Conservancy fulfills a vital role in the preservation, protection and restoration of the unique and fragile ecosystems of the Galapagos Islands. 

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Countryside elegance of La Mirage

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Gracefully perched on a hilltop in the town of Cotacachi, the elegant La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa provides a tranquil respite from the hustle and bustle of travel. Only three hours from Quito, La Mirage is an ideal way to wind down from your Galapagos cruise.

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Exploring the Amazon headwaters of Ecuador and Peru

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Home to the largest rainforest on earth, the headwaters or the Amazon originate high in the Andes. We've singled out three compelling reasons why it's worth the effort to include a visit to the Amazon on your next trip to Ecuador or Peru.

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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

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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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