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Victoria Falls: Zambia vs. Zimbabwe My expectations were shattered when I got to Victoria Falls; they were absolutely spectacular! I was a bit skeptical of the area due to the amount of travelers it receives annually but these feelings were physically washed away by a torrent of rain while walking the Falls trail. The common name for the falls (Mosi oa Tunya) translates to “The Smoke that Thunders” because as you approach you can see the plumes of mist rising from what seems to be a giant fissure in the earth and start to hear a deep roaring sound. The falls are split between Zimbabwe and Zambia, with 2/3 of the falls located on the Zambian side but the main channel of water located on the Zimbabwe side. Which is better? It depends on season, as the water flow greatly varies from rainy to dry season. From Dec-July you’re going to see water and spray...

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Ecuador Has it All Galapagos, Guayaquil and Giant Otters Update on Ecuador's Andes, Amazon and Enchanted Island Archipelago I’ve had several weeks to reflect on my recent trip to the Galapagos Islands and the Napo Wildlife Center Amazon jungle lodge in Yasuni National Park, and remain more convinced than ever that the tiny country of Ecuador is one of the best travel destinations in all of South America for its ecological diversity and rich cultural heritage. Galapagos I voyaged through Galapagos onboard one of our three most popular yachts, the 20-passenger Eric, Flamingo and Letty. I consider these vessels to be one of the best values in Galapagos for their exceptional guides, lowest passenger-to-guide ratio at 10:1 (or less), and multiple cabin options with corresponding prices to fit every traveler's needs. These yachts also rank high on our sustainability goals with their Smart Voyager certification. Right now, our Thanksgiving voyage from November 21-December 1,...
Anne's Special Leopard Skin Camo Gloves for Wildlife Photography This month our expert travel specialists at Wildland Adventures are sharing  blog reviews of their favorite travel gear. Here's a one-of-a-kind, you-won't-find-anywhere-else, glove with special powers used by Anne Kutay, VP of Wildland Adventures. Like Lord of the Rings, this glove is Anne's "precious" secret that brings her close to nature to capture spectacular wildlife images like the ones below with her Canon Powerpoint and Apple Ipad.  Anne walked right up to this pride of lions in the morning sunlight and captured this shot behind the cloak of her leopard skin camo glove...they never saw her coming.     This wild dog popped its head up from the carcas of its kill when it sensed something in the vicinity. But with Anne Kutay's camo glove, she was invisible to the bloody dog and was able to capture this close up.  Another wild dog in the pack sensed her presence but...
Torrential Downpour? The Torrentshell has you covered. Literally. If you are planning a trip to a destination that gets a good amount of rainfall, the Patagonia Torrentshell Rain Jacket should be the first item on your packing list. This jacket incorporates Patagonia’s H2No technology and is sure to keep you dry in the heaviest of rain. The Torrentshell is lightweight and takes up very little space in your luggage, so you never have to think twice when packing for a trip. It’s a favorite of mine for trekking and mountaineering because it doesn’t weigh down my pack and does an amazing job of protecting me from the elements. To keep the jacket handy, pull out one of the pockets and stuff the jacket inside. A nifty carabiner loop allows you to attach it to the outside of your pack for quick use. A frequent problem you may have noticed with some waterproof materials is that they’re not only...

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These sandals have seen the world I have been a huge fan of Chaco’s Z1 Sandals for longer than I can remember. I am currently wearing out my 4th pair. My Chacos have traveled with me to several continents: through rivers, on mountain trails, and pounded street pavement from Mumbai to Seattle. What makes me such a big fan, you ask? Comfort for one – put them on and forget they are there. Single-strap tightening adjusts them. They have a high, supportive arch so they feel like a quality gym shoe. Durability is the second benefit. Chacos can take a beating. Don’t worry if you get them wet or muddy – they dry quickly. This was especially useful traipsing through Bangkok’s flooded streets as I knew I could wash them off along with my feet. Each pair has lasted me 5 – 8 years.  The third reason is they are useful. You can wear them while...
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