Experience Alaska Up Close and Outdoors, from an Insider’s Perspective

Experience Alaska Up Close and Outdoors, from an Insider’s Perspective
​Most of us know someone who has taken a  trip to Alaska  only to see The Great State from the deck of a cruise ship and through the looking glass of a Gray Line tour bus. Indeed, the view from high up top of a cruise ship is spectacular, but it's not experiencing Alaska up close, outdoors, and from an insider's perspective. The Great Lan...
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State Memorial for Tigress Machli of Ranthambore National Park, India

State Memorial for Tigress Machli of Ranthambore National Park, India
The legendary tigress Machli was given a state memorial service yesterday recognizing the deep respect Indian government officials have for their endangered Bengal tiger population. Machli was 19 years old, far beyond the average age of 12-15 years. She was perhaps the most photographed tiger of all time as she became accustomed to the presence of humans in the park often revealing herself to park vistors and conservationists studying her movement and behaviors.  The territory of Rathanbore National Park that she ruled included several lakes around the Ranthambore Fort where crocodiles dominated the shore. Macheli was also we'll known for this 2008 video where she attacks and kills a 14 foot long crocodile!  She was featured in the National Geographic documentary  Tiger Queen , and also honored on a postal stamp.    As we recently reported in a recent blog tiger populartions in India are growing: Good News of the Day:...
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Why You Should Be Planning Your Trip to Brazil Now

Why You Should Be Planning Your Trip to Brazil Now
During the past year, I had the mind-blowing opportunity to spend almost two collective months on adventure trips in Brazil . Between sleeping in the Amazon canopy, working with local communities, trail running with monkeys, experiencing the Pantaneiro (cowboy) lifestyle in the wetlands, spelunking into caves, snorkeling in crystal clear rivers, admiring vibrant street art over a few cold cervejas with locals in the hip urban centers and trekking through ancient mountains and small villages lost in time, Brazil quickly stole my heart and has become one of my new personal favorite destinations. This massive country has so much to offer and has somehow managed to fly under the radar for far too long. This summer (June-September) is the ultimate chance for travelers hungry for unrivaled adventure to come and see what Brazil is all about (and it’s a lot more than Carnival and Rio de Janeiro!). Whether you travel to Brazil...
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Redefining Adventure in Brazil’s Wild West (Part 1)

Redefining Adventure in Brazil’s Wild West (Part 1)
Vibrant sunsets, pastel sunrises, crystal clear waters, scuba diving, caving, country cycling, wildlife spotting and a real taste of the Pantaneiro (Brazilian cowboy) way of life: welcome to Brazil’s Wild West. Last month, I had the extraordinary opportunity to explore Mato Grosso do Sul on the Adventure Travel and Trade Association’s Adventure Week in Brazil . In ten days we covered two spectacular areas brimming with adventure, unique landscapes, quaint colonial towns, rustic ranches, charismatic people and the most tantalizing food! Our journey began in Corumba, a charming frontier town in the South Pantanal, seated on the mighty Paraguay River. The Pantanal , the largest continuous wetland on the planet, declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, is South America's primary wildlife sanctuary. With a total area of approximately 58,000 square miles, the Pantanal marks the heart of the South American continent and brings together several diverse regions:...
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Still So Excited by the Huge Variety of Birds We Were Able to Capture on Film

Still So Excited by the Huge Variety of Birds We Were Able to Capture on Film
This adventurous couple just returned from a 17-day customized Manu Wildlife Safari Overland Adventure . After visiting Cusco, The Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, several areas of the Amazon, the Colca Canyon and Arequipa, see what wisdom they have to share! “The trip was amazing; it enabled us to see many aspects of Peru--from Machu Picchu that we had heard so much about to the huge variety of animals (especially birds!) We really enjoyed the overall impression of Peru--so many aspects! We loved all the ruins and terraces that illustrated how vast the Inca influence was and surprisingly how much was pre-Inca. Fascinating to see how much remains the same. Two of our favorite experiences were: 1) The Amazonia Lodge en route to Manu National Park- there were so many great birds! 2) In Arequipa, we saw "juanita", the ice maiden: definitely worth it—fascinating!   Our guides were good! Vignor was...
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