For Sale: Blue Lagoon, slightly used, good condition

Published on July 7, 2017

 Iceland Magazine reports in its May issue that the Blue Lagoon — one of the nation’s premier tourist attractions — is up for sale. Or at least a third of it is. HS Orka, the power utility that has owned a large…

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Ethiopia: Gondar Castle and World War Two

Published on June 22, 2017

As we celebrate the 73rd anniversary of D-Day and the Normandy landings this month, it’s worthwhile to note that Ethiopia also played a role in World War Two. The so-called Abyssinian Campaign — which played out between June of 1940 and November…

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The Northern Five — Kenya’s Alternative Wildlife Bucket List

Published on June 21, 2017

We’ve already told you about the “Ugly Five” and “Tiny Five” of Kenya wildlife. But did you know there is also a “Northern Five” of iconic creatures that are primarily found in the national parks and conservancies north of Nairobi? While traveling…

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Jessie’s Trip Report: Hotel Las Torres

Published on June 19, 2017

Our own Jessie Bligh recently had a chance to visit Hotel Las Torres in southern Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. She filed this trip report: Location, location, location. You simply can’t beat it. The 80-room hotel is the only private estancia…

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EcoTraining Joins Emerging Destinations

Published on June 15, 2017

Emerging Destinations is pleased to announce a brand new client — EcoTraining Guides & Guardians — a South African company that offers inspirational wildlife courses, accredited wildlife career courses, gap year opportunities and high school programs. The company traces its roots to…

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Sussing Out Santa Lucia Hill

Published on June 12, 2017

What’s that heavily wooded hill sticking up in the middle of downtown Santiago? It’s called Cerro Santa Lucia and it’s the geographical feature around which the young city took shape 500 years ago. Located less than a ten-minute walk from both the…

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Torres del Paine for Fashionistas

Published on June 11, 2017

Whether you’re trekking the “W” Circuit with Fantastico Sur or taking day hikes from your comfy digs at the Hotel Las Torres, it’s important to pack and wear the right type of clothing. And, of course, look cool while you’re doing it….

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Tucking into the Tuckers

Published on June 10, 2017

They’re mighty tiny but very important — both the Tuckers Islets and the small penguins that call them home for half of the year. Located near the western end of Admiralty Sound (Seno Almirantazgo) in the Fuegan Archipelago, the remote islands sustain…

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Captain Söderholm’s Amazing Feat

Published on June 4, 2017

is proud to announce that Captain Hans Söderholm of the MV Ocean Diamond  is the first non-Icelandic skipper to earn an official piloting permit for an Icelandic harbor. He can now navigate in the narrow, shallow waters of Isafjördur without the help…

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Beware Iceland’s Hidden People: Trolls, Elves and Fairies

Published on June 3, 2017

Huldufólk is what they call them in Iceland — the “hidden” or “secret” people. Not human beings per se, but rather fairies, elves and especially trolls. While the legendary creatures are part of general Scandinavian culture, their legacy is especially strong in…

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They Really Should Have Called it “Greens” Land

Published on June 2, 2017

With more than 60 golf courses catering to a native population of only 330,000, Iceland boasts the highest number of links per capita of any nation in the world and even more courses per person than American golf hubs like Palm Springs,…

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Innsæi: The Icelandic Art of Intuition

Published on June 1, 2017

Before you’re cruise this summer, be sure to catch the new documentary InnSaei – The Power of Intuition about an Icelandic concept that allows humans to connect with one another through empathy and intuition. Produced by Zeitgeist Films and directed by Icelanders…

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The Queen of Uganda’s National Parks

Published on May 30, 2017

Primates aside, Uganda’s most spectacular game viewing experience is Queen Elizabeth National Park. Unlike Bwindi and Kibale — which are both densely forested — QENP features a typical East African savannah landscape and the creatures that relish that mix of grasslands and…

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Kwibuka 23 — Rwanda’s 100-Day Remembrance

Published on May 25, 2017

Twenty-three years after the genocide against the Tutsi, Adventure Consults joined the rest of the world to remember and honor the more than one million lives lost in Rwanda during the internal strife of 7th April to 15th July 1994. Kwibuka is…

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Rwanda Welcomes Eastern Black Rhinos

Published on May 23, 2017

Although Rwanda is more renowned for mountain gorillas, the East African country is once again home to critically endangered black rhinos. More than 50 black rhinos — which can weigh up to two metric tons — roamed Rwanda in the 1970s. But…

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Art at Lake Tana

Monasteries and Monarchs

Published on May 8, 2017

Besides Lake Tana being the source of the Blue Nile and the water that thunders over nearby Blue Nile Falls, the deep-blue body of water is also renowned for being home to ancient monasteries, many of them on islands and peninsulas scattered across the…

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Father de Agostini with witch doctor Selk'nam Pachek (1921). Courtesy Museo Salesiano Maggiorino Borgatello, Punta Arenas.

Father De Agostini’s Legacy

Published on May 8, 2017

During all of their voyages through the islands at the bottom end of Patagonia, the Australis expedition ships pass through Alberto de Agostini National Park. Sprawling across numerous islands and more than 5,600 square miles of wilderness, the park is larger than…

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Andes Anthology: Best Movies About the Big Mountains

Published on May 8, 2017

From Clint Eastwood dangling from the Swiss Alps in The Eiger Sanction to Gregory Peck reflecting on The Snows of Kilimanjaro, mountains have featured prominently in movies over the years and the Andes have  “co-starred” in many of these. Before your stay…

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Person on edge of rock in Torres del Paine

Savor Spring in Torres Del Paine

Published on May 8, 2017

Why wait until the southern hemisphere summer when you can savor the majesty of Chile’s Torres del Paine during the spring, thanks to a new special rate at Hotel Las Torres at the base of the legendary mountain range. Anyone who books…

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Bwabwata: Namibia’s Other Great Game Park

Published on May 8, 2017

It’s not nearly as famous at Etosha—primarily because the region was off-limits to tourists and other outsiders for nearly half a century—but Namibia’s Bwabwata National Park may be even more impressive both in terms of the number of species and the resident populations…

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