International Expeditions has announced four new small-ship cruise offerings led by knowledgeable expedition leaders and guides, adding options in Ecuador, Cuba, Patagonia's Northern Archipelago and Raja Ampat for 2016.
“Each IE journey is carefully planned to let curious, adventurous travelers delve deep into nature, history and culture,” said Bill Robison, Director of Program Development. “The new small-ship cruises we are introducing allow our guests a chance to discover natural wonders in a really personal, authentic manner, while enjoying extraordinary accommodations aboard well-appointed yachts.”
IE's 12-day Northern Archipelago & Chiloe Island tour was crafted to help travelers discover a seldom-visited region connecting the Andes and Pacific with daily excursions surveying volcanoes, forests and glacial lakes interspersed along the Andean foothills. From the temperate rainforests of Tepuhueico Park to the enormous, 30,000-year-old San Rafael Glacier, northern Patagonia blends extraordinary wildlife and natural beauty with the charming culture of the Chilotes. Under the guidance of local guides, guests discover distinct Chiloé Island, a small isle populated by scattered villages where homes, boats and the famed churches — a collective UNESCO World Heritage Site — are still built using the techniques taught by generations past. Serving as a delightful base for five nights is the family-owned Skorpios II.
International Expeditions has specialized in small-group nature journeys to Earth’s most exhilarating destinations.
A pioneer of environmentally responsible travel, IE is committed to preserving natural habitats and improving the welfare of the people and communities it visits.
International Expeditions has been named to Travel + Leisure's list of “World's Best” tour operators & safari outfitters seven times and to National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine's list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”
Information courtesy of Emily Harley, International
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier