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Lewa Ventures into Virtual Reality

Published on April 24, 2017

It was bound to happen eventually — the virtual safari. The ability to kick back in your own living room with a pair of VR goggles pulled down over your face and cruise the African bush in search of big game. But…

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Less Room at the Inn

Published on April 24, 2017

As if amazing itineraries, great food and incredible guides wasn’t enough to book an Iceland ProCruises journey this summer, consider the fact that hotel rooms are getting harder and harder to find on the island. An article in The Guardian newspaper revealed…

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Good to the Last Drop: Icelandic Coffee

Published on April 22, 2017

Iceland has been much in the news lately for – believe it not – it’s national coffee culture. The International Coffee Organization recently released a ranking and map of the countries that drink the most coffee. It seems Icelanders drink the third…

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Road Warriors Take Note!

Published on April 21, 2017

If you’re planning on driving yourself around Iceland this summer – on your own or via an Air and Ground combo arranged by Iceland ProCruises – then you should know about an online travel tool that will help you navigate around the…

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Gorilla in the Midst . . . of London

Published on April 7, 2017

There’s lots of talk these days about robots taking over many functions from humans. But we also know of a recent case where an animatronic animal stood in for the real thing — a robotic mountain gorilla the Uganda Tourism Board brought…

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Land & Life for East Africa

Published on April 6, 2017

Fully realizing that conservation cannot flourish unless it also supports the people who live in and around wildlife areas, the Elewana Collection and Cheli & Peacock support environmental and community development projects throughout East Africa through the Land & Life Foundation. Anyone…

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Geladas – Not Your Average Primates

Published on April 6, 2017

Did you know that Ethiopia’s geladas are the world’s most terrestrial (land dwelling) primate other than our own species? The fascinating fact and others comes courtesy of National Geographic, which has recently published an article and produced a video on the iconic…

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Raving About RAV . . . at Torres del Paine

Published on April 5, 2017

Toyota traveled all the way to southern Chile to film the automaker’s latest television commercial for the RAV4. Entitled Parasailing, the colorful and fast-moving advert features one of the spiffy little SUVs pulling a young woman and her parasail into the air…

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Chile’s Eco Triumph

Published on April 4, 2017

Making a huge statement to the entire world about environmental conservation, Chile has announced that it will expand its national park lands by around 11 million acres, an area equivalent to more than four Yellowstones. An article in the Huffington Post outlined…

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Lastarria Boutique: A Walk in the Woods

Published on April 3, 2017

Sylvan paradise awaits a mere 160 feet (50 meters) from the front door of the Lastarria Boutique hotel in Santiago, a luscious green zone called the Parque Forestal. Stretching nearly half a mile along the south bank of the Río Mapocho, the…

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GOT Climate Change? Google and Greenland Do

Published on March 29, 2017

Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has joined forces with Google Maps to document and publicize how climate change is impacting Greenland. In a recent blog and video, the Danish-born actor and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador teamed up with the Google Street…

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Iceland ProCruises 2018 Brochure Preview

Published on March 28, 2017

  Can’t sail with us this summer? Take a look at what we are offering next season in the Iceland ProCruises 2018 Brochure Preview.  

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Sagas and Saddles in Borgarnes

Published on March 28, 2017

A unique way to learn about Icelandic sagas (epic stories) is visiting the Settlement Center in Borgarnes in West Iceland. Tucked into two of the town’s oldest buildings, the museum recreates Iceland’s earliest days and introduces visitors to Egil Skalla-Grimsson, one of…

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Arctic Big Five

Published on March 27, 2017

Africa may have its “Big Five” of wildlife, but Greenland has an equally compelling Big Five adventures that every visitor should have during a visit to the giant North Atlantic island. Greenland’s Big Five includes a round of dog sledding, viewing the…

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Cruising in Style

Published on March 19, 2017

All safari vehicles are not created equal, a fact that becomes readily apparent to anyone who has tried to drive the African bush in anything other than a Land Rover or Land Cruiser. The Elewana Collection uses six different types of Rover and…

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Patagonia in Miniature

Published on March 17, 2017

BBC Travel recently ran a wonderful story on the flora of Patagonia called A Tiny Forest on the Tip of the World. Gideon Long traveled to the Omora Ethnobotanical Park on the north coast of Isla Navarino in Tierra del Fuego to…

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Get Cultured in Santiago

Published on March 13, 2017

If you’re staying at the Lastarria Boutique or Luciano K Hotel in Santiago, remember there are a number of leading cultural institutions within short walking distance of your digs including the Centro Gabriela Mistral. Named after the Chilean poet who was the…

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The Ubiquitous Bajaj

Published on March 13, 2017

  Anyone who’s explored Ethiopia beyond Addis Ababa — either with Jacaranda Tours or on your own —has no doubt come in contact with a strange creature called the “bajaj”. For those of you who don’t recognize the term, a bajaj is…

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Not As Crazy As You Might Think

Published on March 7, 2017

If you’ve seen the classic African film The Gods Must Be Crazy, you already know that Namibia’s San or Bushmen people have quite a well-honed sense of humor. You can experience the comical side of life in the bush firsthand at Fiume…

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Wicked Witches of the West

Published on March 4, 2017

For hundreds of years, the West Fjords harbored one of Iceland’s darkest secrets – sorcery. Given the area’s long winters, extreme isolation and dire poverty, locals turned to witchcraft to solve their everyday troubles. By the 17th century, West Fjords was the…

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