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Exploring Peru and Argentina for 30 Days Beginning with a trip to visit family and friends in Stockholm, Berlin and Bulgaria, 2014 commenced with a festive bang! This was just the warm up though, for what was yet to come. In August, I set out to Peru for four weeks of exploring the contrasting, ancient-modern urban centers, trekking the Inca Trail, piranha fishing and swimming in the Amazon, boating on Lake Titicaca, and eating the best ceviche of my life in a quiet fishing village on the sea. All the while surrounded by warm, inviting and inspiring people. After having lived between Seattle and Argentina for almost nine years, Peru was an exciting window to another invigorating facet of Latin America’s rich diversity. Peru is a land of contrast as much geographically, as it is culturally, architecturally, visually, and gastronomically. In the west, the coast is dry, tracing its way north and south along the Pacific. To...

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10 photos and a video you won't Belize The highlight of my year was just last week on a last minute trip to Belize. Belize has always been on my list, but it was more than I could have even dreamed for! The people, history, culture, music, wildlife, BEACHES.... How can you not be stoked when within two hours of being in a new country you are swimming with green sea turtles, spotted eagle rays and nurse sharks. Belize it! Here are a 10 photos and a video from my unBelizeable adventure: 1. Nightlife: I left my camera shutter open and to my amazement this is what came out, just goes to show how deep our connections in Belize are. 2. My alarm clock: The only thing better than waking up to a Mayan sunrise is waking up to howler monkeys with a Mayan sunrise as the backdrop. Not only did I get to wake up to howler monkeys, but...

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Catching Tigers in Africa This past year I traveled to Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa on an action packed three week long adventure. In addition to scouting a mind numbing total of 35 camps/lodges and ravaging my vocal chords networking at the largest travel trade show on the continent, I had several jaw dropping moments in the wild that reminded me exactly why I do what I do.  I’ll never forget the inquisitive stare down I had with an elephant in the Okavango Delta; the silhouette of a new moon rising over the mighty Zambezi River in Mana Pools; the earth rumbling roar or a male lion at Thanda;  tracking rhino on foot in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park; being blasted by the thunderous spray of the Victoria Falls; boogie boarding just south of Mozambique on a deserted stretch of beach at Rocktail; and of course all of the amazing people and conversations I had...

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These Islands Humble Me It’s that time of year to look back, reflect on where we’ve been, what the year brought, what lies ahead. This past Spring, I spent two-plus weeks between the Galapagos Islands onboard the M/Y Eric with a number of other adventure travel professionals and journalists, then onto Ecuador’s Yasuni Reserve in the Amazon watershed. Even though I have visited the Galapagos an average of once every two years since 2001, the islands never fail to humble me. The simplicity and clarity of life, carried on without human intervention (or at least as much as possible in today’s world) is both exhilarating and frightening…what if we screw it up?? Where can we find another Galapagos, a place this unaffected by…US? Sure, there are a few population settlements there, and the human presence is growing. But most of the outer islands maintain that magical isolation, the animals are still unafraid of us...

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YOU Can Save the Charles Darwin Foundation As the oldest, largest and most respected research institution in the Galapagos Islands, as well as the key scientific advisor to the Galapagos National Park, the Charles Darwin Foundation has had an immense impact on the conservation and management of the Galapagos Islands for over 50 years.  Among the CDF’s major accomplishments are bringing Espanola Island’s giant tortoise population back from the brink of extinction, along with numerous other endemic species.  The Foundation was also instrumental in establishing the Galapagos Marine Reserve, and spearheading ambitious projects to rid these iconic islands of invasive species. Now, the Charles Darwin Foundation itself is facing extinction due to severe financial pressures forced upon it by the vagaries of island politics and the forced closure of their small local Puerto Ayora gift shop, a store that generated valuable income for the Foundation during lean times.  “I think the correct expression is the situation is...
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