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Elephant Conservation Camp in Laos (Photo Essay) I just returned from a custom three-week trip through Southeast Asia and one of the highlights was our time at the Elephant Conservation Camp (ECC). The camp is located about 2 1/2 hours from Luang Prabang in the Nam Tien Protected Area just outside the village of Sayaboury on the edge of Nam Tien Lake. The camp is home to 9 rescued elephants from around Laos. Here's a rundown of what you can expect and what we experienced during our 3 days and 2 nights at the camp: Once you arrive, the first step is to get to know the elephants.  You'll learn how the mahouts (professional elephant riders) work with the elephants on a daily basis and they will introduce you to the elephants and give you the basics about their training and the commands they use. This is a great time to learn about the mahout's culture and the history of...
Facts about capuchin monkeys, come and see them in the wild!

One of the most gracious animals you'll find in the jungles of Central America and probably the one most travelers love to see in the wild are the capuchin monkeys. The capuchin monkeys are New World monkeys of the subfamily Cebinae and here are a few facts about them: What do they eat? These mammals are omnivores. They normally feed on buds, seeds, fruits, nuts but also consume bird’s eggs, spiders, small invertebrates and other insects. They also love to wander by the water where they can find crabs and shellfish. They are very intelligent creatures who use tools such as stones to crack open nuts, shellfish and crabs, watch them in action in the video below! How long do they live? They live up to 45 years in captivity while in the wild their lifespan is about 15 to 20 years. The males reach maturity after 4 years while the females become...

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Exploring the Kuang Si Falls in Laos Let me start by saying that seeing the Kuang Si Waterfall was part of an incredible three-week custom trip to Southeast Asia with Wildland Adventures that I just returned from this week. We visited the Kuang Si Falls on our last day in Laos and it was the perfect way to wrap up our time there. The falls consist of a 200 ft cascading travertine waterfall with several small falls and pools found below. The falls are about a 35-minute drive from Luang Prabang and then just a couple minutes of walking will get you there. This is a very easy spot to get to, which means it can get a little busy... So, make sure you get there early to really be able to take in all of its beauty.  Starting from the entrance you'll walk by several pools on your way up to the falls, each one with its own variation of...
Kids 25 PERCENT OFF for Wake of Magellan Departures this December! On our Wake of Magellan Adventure, follow the footsteps of early explorers, immerse yourselves in the wilds of Patagonia by land and sea without sacrificing comfort. This journey combines a five-day cruise around the Cape Horn with overland, naturalist-led explorations of Torres del Paine, Tierra del Fuego and Los Glaciares National Park. On this Patagonia adventure tour, spot wildlife on a hike and zodiac ride in Tierra del Fuego; trek across the massive ice field of Perito Moreno Glacier; explore a site that was once the largest Yamana native settlement and the spot where Charles Darwin landed in 1833, as your voyage winds through the Beagle Channel. In addition to awe-inspiring scenery, you also encounter a variety of wildlife in their native habitats: walk through the protected nesting grounds of the Magellanic penguins; watch for rhea, Black-necked swan and flamingo in Torres del Paine National Park; and hike among massive...
10 fun facts about sloths.... keep calm, slow down and enjoy! First of all, let me put a sloth smile on your face. Watch this fun video of Samantha, the cutest Costa Rican sloth and her friends who want to give us a message. Ok, now that you have a smile on your face and are contemplating Samantha’s message let me share some fun facts about one of my favorite creatures on earth, the sloth. You just have to travel with us to Costa Rica to see their faces! The word adorable comes to mind, right? Here are some really fun facts about these slow-moving mammals who are easily found on an ecotour in the jungles of Central and South America. I invite you to share any other of your favorite facts about sloths in the comments and we will add them to the list! 1. Sloth are arboreal creatures. If you want to find them look up in the Guarumo...
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