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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Bussom Buddies

Published on March 3, 2017

The “Free the Nipple” movement continues to make headlines (and raise eyebrows) in Iceland. Launched in the U.S. in 2012, the high-profile pushback against prudery reached Icelandic shores two years ago when an 18-year-old activist Adda Þóreyjardóttir Smáradóttir took up the cause…

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Segue Into . . . Iceland as a Television Hot Spot

Published on March 3, 2017

For years, Hollywood has been seeking out Iceland as the backdrop to films about outer space, ancient Vikings and fantasy worlds. More recently, the North Atlantic island has become a hotspot for television production too. Iceland’s specialty is murder mysteries including several…

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Iceland on the Rocks

Published on March 3, 2017

Like so many northern countries, Iceland produces its own vodka — Reyka — which is handcrafted and made only in small batches at a distillery in Borgarnes, a small coastal town 43 miles north of Reykjavik. According to the company website, “It’s…

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Queen of Katwe

Published on March 1, 2017

From the immortal African Queen (1951) to the giant gorilla flick Mighty Joe Young (1998) and Academy Award-winning Last King of Scotland (2006), many movies have been either set in or filmed on location in Uganda. The latest box office sensation is…

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The Queen of Uganda’s National Parks

Published on March 1, 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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Gorilla Birth Caught on Camera

Published on March 1, 2017

Keeping close watch on the gorilla baby boom in East Africa, Adventure Consults reports that American traveler Dina Tamimi was able to witness and video the birth of a baby gorilla in Mgahinga National Park. On her first-ever gorilla trek, Tamimi and…

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Ultimate Uganda and Rwanda

Published on March 1, 2017

For travelers who want to experience all of the highlights of East Africa’s incredible Lakes Region, Adventure Consults offers a nine-day/eight-night adventure called Ultimate Uganda and Rwanda. Starting from Entebbe, the journey includes chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park and gorilla…

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Grand Tour Namibia

Published on February 21, 2017

  Given the fact that African Profile Safaris has long been the air safari of choice among Hollywood types visiting Namibia, it wasn’t surprising that former Top Gear stars Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May chose APS to fly them around…

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They Love Lucy

Published on February 17, 2017

Maybe they’ve never seen I Love Lucy in Ethiopia, but the feminine moniker has great significance nonetheless. Two meanings as a matter of fact. Lucy No. 1 is the famed “missing link” discovered in Ethiopia’s Afar region in 1974 by an archeological…

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