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Lonesome George dies in Galapagos

Lonesome George dies in Galapagos
  Lonesome George , the last surviving Pinta Island giant tortoise, has died in the Galapagos Islands. Scientists say he was over 100 years old. This review arrived from Cristina Valdivieso of Metropolitain Tours.   When the Galápagos Islands became a National Park in 1959, conservation priorities were a top priority for the world's scientific community. Giant tortoises, who gave their names to the remote archipelago, ranked high, together with the need to eradicate introduced animals (rats, goats, etc.) from the archipelago's days as a pirate bolt-hole. Hundreds of thousands of giant tortoises had been killed for food during the intense whaling years of the 18th and 19th centuries.  Conservation reached Galápagos too late for some. Floreana and Santa Fe Island Giant Tortoises had disappeared long ago, and the only known living tortoise from Fernandina Island was killed and preserved in the name of research and conservation during a United States...
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Dia del Padre in the Ecuadorian Highlands

Dia del Padre in the Ecuadorian Highlands
I spent Father's Day 2012 hiking, mountain biking and exploring life in the Andes of southern Ecuador where we encountered numerous festivals, visited native markets, and happened upon a local "Festival de Maiz" where 20 native villages proudly set up tents to display their corn harvests, shamans conducted healings, and local dancers performed their regional music and dance. It's amazing the ground you can cover in just a few days traveling through Ecuador, one of the world's most culturally and biologically diverse countries from the Galapagos Islands, to the Pacific coastal lowlands, Andean highlands, and the Amazon rainforest.   As President of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association I came here to chair a board meeting of our professional organization dedicated to conervation and better tourism management in the archaepeligo. We heard from representatives of the World Wildlife Fund working in the islands for better nature-based tourism, the Director of the Galapagos...
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Walks and Wines of Geneva Region, Switzerland

Walks and Wines of Geneva Region, Switzerland
We started our journey of Switzerland walking and "wining" our way through the more urbane French-speaking region of Lake Geneva.  In a well planned and orchestrated itinerary, we moved easily through the countryside from Geneva, to Lausanne and Montreux  by train, boat, walking and bicycle. Sharing 95% of its borders with France, the seat of many international organizations, and a favorite respite and creative hangout for Freddy Mecury, Phil Collins, David Bowie, Audrey Hepburn, and many other celebrities and lesser known sophisticates, the Geneva region has it all. We walked the cobblestone streets of the old towns and hit several farmer's markets where we stocked up on cheese, olives, wine and fresh baked goods for our afternoon appetizers or lunches on the train. Historically, Geneva was a strategic transport and trade route used by the Romans, and later controled by the Savoys who built a series of baronies and castellanies throughout this part...
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Switzerland Through The Front Door

Switzerland Through The Front Door
Traveling through "the front door" of Switzerland we've been staying in the finest 5* hotels, but it's not just about the luxe, it's literally a window into the history, the landscape and the finest people who love to share their beautiful country. For 10 days we have ventured from the French speaking Geneva region, into the German-Swiss Berner Oberland and Valais regions of the Alps, then south to the warmer Mediterranean climes of Italian speaking Ticino province. You get an idea of just how spectacular the Swiss landscape is from the views of our rooms at the amazing hotels we've been staying in and the scenic trains from region to region (with our Swiss passes, of course). The pics in this blog are all taken of the hotels, or from the inside of our rooms looking out! Like anywhere in the world, careful choice of accommodations and rooms can be an integral part of...
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Torres del Paine - Update from the Field

Torres del Paine - Update from the Field
  Our group celebrates the first night in Torres del Pain South America Program Director Kirsten Gardner spent the past month leading a group of hikers through Patagonia on one or our special anniversary trips! She's back in the office now and we will posting bits from the blogs she wrote while on the road every few days (internet connection to upload photos can be sketchy down south!) A cloudy day with Los Torres behind us   After two days of exploring the cities of Santiago and Valparaiso (highlighted by earthquake tremors on the first evening!) our group of ten hikers was ready to hit the trails in Torres del Paine National Park.  Patagonia’s famed natural beauty and unpredictable weather did not disappoint. In three days we experienced torrential downpours, clear nights with perfect views of the Milky Way, cloudy mornings, 70 degree afternoons without a cloud in the sky, perfect...
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