Horsing Around In Africa

Published on August 25, 2017

Are you already an “old Africa hand” and looking for something new to do on safari? How about an equine safari in some of Kenya’s best wildlife parks with Cheli & Peacock? Kenya’s horseback heritage dates back to the first European explorers…

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Eye in the Sky: New Photo Tour with Luke Massey

Published on August 24, 2017

          SkySafari has launched a new photography tour hosted by award-winning wildlife photographer, cameraman and Leica ambassador Luke Massey. Massey has been honored as both the global Wildlife Photographer of the Year and European Wildlife Photographer of the…

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Trip Report: Ultimate Uganda & Rwanda (Part One)

Published on August 24, 2017

I (Jessie) recently joined Adventure Consults for an “Ultimate Uganda & Rwanda” safari in East Africa. This is the first installment of my trip report — on the places I stayed in urban Uganda. This was one of the most educational, amazing…

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Exploring East Africa with Cheli & Peacock – A Webinar

Published on August 22, 2017

Gary Segal, the new general manager of Cheli & Peacock Safaris, joins company co-founder Liz Cheli for a webinar on traveling to East Africa. Focusing on our programs in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda, Explore East Africa with Cheli & Peacock Safaris…

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Arusha Coffee Lodge Spa Perks Up

Published on August 22, 2017

Located in the lush gardens of Arusha Coffee Lodge, Peaberries Spa is open again following a major refurbishment that makes it one of the top luxury health and beauty retreats in East Africa. To celebrate the relaunch, Peaberries has introduced a brand…

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Leader of the Pack: Marcelo Gallo

Published on August 11, 2017

During his recent visit to the US — and just before he headed back to Patagonia to prepare for the upcoming cruise season — we recorded a webinar with Marcelo Gallo. As expedition leader on the brand new Ventus Australis, Marcelo is…

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The Park at the End of the World

Published on August 10, 2017

It’s not the southernmost national park on our planet — that honor goes to nearby Cape Horn in Chile — but Tierra del Fuego National Park at the bottom end of Argentina comes in a close second. Located just 20 minutes west…

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Coiron Crowned King

Published on August 10, 2017

With more than 220 user reviews, Coiron restaurant has been crowned the number one restaurant in Torres del Paine National Park on TripAdvisor. The gourmet eatery at Hotel Las Torres bested 16 other restaurants in the park. It garnered top marks for…

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What in the World is a Refugio?

Published on August 10, 2017

For anyone who’s hiked in the Spanish-speaking world, refugio is a familiar term, a place you come across on trails both short and long. There isn’t an exact English equivalent. The literal translation is “refuge” — as in mountain refuge. Which could…

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We Make Greenland Easy

Published on July 31, 2017

One of that biggest issues that travelers have with Greenland is the fact that the huge North Atlantic island is difficult to reach from just about anywhere but Copenhagen — capital of the country (Denmark) that has nominally ruled the territory for…

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Walking Reykjavik: The Viking Trail

Published on July 31, 2017

With a small and compact city center, meandering coastline and lots of parks, the Icelandic capital is ready-made for walking. Here’s the first of our favorite urban hikes, what we like to call the Viking Trail: Grab a bird’s-eye-view of Reykjavik from…

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Trekking the “W” in Winter? You Betcha!

Published on July 17, 2017

If you thought the southern hemisphere summer was the only time to hike Patagonia, think again. Because Fantastico Sur has launched an incredible winter trekking program at Torres del Paine. Spread across six days and five nights, the brand new “Winter W”…

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Jessie’s Trip Report: Hotel Las Torres (Part Deux)

Published on July 17, 2017

Did you miss Part One? Read it here. I recently visited Hotel Las Torres in southern Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. This is the second installment of my trip report. With Hotel Las Torres as my base camp, I struck out…

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Patagonian Glaciers: Bucking the Trend

Published on July 17, 2017

Bucking the global trend, some of Patagonia’s 50 plus glaciers are expanding rather than retreating — including at least one that can be easily visited before or after a cruise with Australis. In keeping with global climate change, most of the region’s…

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The 360 on Stella Australis

Published on July 17, 2017

Determined not to be left behind in the technology race, Stella Australis recently introduced 360-degree views of cabins and common areas on the Australis website. The twirl-around images include seven different cabin categories (gotta love those huge picture windows) as well as…

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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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