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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...
Fun Fact of the Day: Baby Elephants Suck Their Trunks! BBC wildlife contributor Kate Evans lets us in on a little known, and certainly adorable, fun fact about elephants. As in all young mammals, an elephant calf's sucking reflex is strong. And when a youngster is not feeding, it may suck its trunk for comfort, just as a human baby would suck its thumb. Newborn elephants have little control over their trunks and must learn how to use them. They practice by exploring their environment - touching fellow herd members, their surroundings and themselves. They must then master the use of their trunks for feeding. With more than 50,000 individual muscle units in the trunk, it's a complex skill to learn. This hilarious video demonstrates the struggles of mastering the trunk. Though trunk-sucking is more common in the early stages of life, elephants of all ages do it, even big old bulls, usually when they are feeling nervous or unsure!...
The distance from the rest of the world was part of the appeal Carol and Chas just returned from our newest Chile Adventure- Exploring Wild Chile: Off the Beaten Path in Patagonia with a customized cruise in the middle.  Beginning in “Chile’s Yellowstone”- Patagonia Conservation- in the Aysen Region, continuing on to explore the southern fjords on an intimate cruise and culminating amidst the stellar peaks of Torres del Paine National Park, in the south, Carol recounts her experience here: “Every part of our trip was wonderful.  We enjoyed all of the accommodations.  Hotel Castillo Rojo in Santiago was delightful, lovely staff, nice quiet neighborhood with lots to walk to (restaurants, hike up to the Santuario Imaculata Concepcion, Pablo Neruda house, etc.)  It was lovely being in the Parque Patagonia in Valle Chacabuco.  The distance from the rest of the world was part of the appeal.  It took 8 hours of driving on a dirt road to get there, rather than the 5...
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