The Galapagos with Lindblad Expeditions

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017

The Galapagos with Lindblad Expeditions

Sailing along The Galapagos with Lindblad Expeditions - National Geographic is  one "amazing encounter". Giant tortoises lumber along the roadside, grazing on scrub. They have no fear of humans. This allows some fantastic  photography and  free observance of  the wildlife  as they roam around the park.

The Galapagos with Lindblad Expeditions

Located some 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands is one of the first UNESCO World Heritage sites, designated in 1978. In 2017 Lindblad celebrates its 50th year exploring the Islands.

The 48-passenger National geographic Islander ensures an intimate experience with the surroundings. A combination of incredible close-up encounters with wildlife and Lindblad's experience in the Galapagos will hel to create lasting memories.

This cruise is all about exploration and discovery, and Lindblad's naturalists and guides are tru experts. Their knowledge about the Islands wildlife and history enhance every outing and activity. a photography expert on board offers daily instruction on how to better capture the special moments of each expedition.

Daily activities include walking, hiking, kayaking and snorkeling.

The Galapagos with Lindblad ExpeditionsExperience swimming with playful ea lions, whitetip reef sharks, sea turtles and much more. Walk on olivine and white coralline beaches, hike on lava flows and kayak in crystalline waters among a bale of sea turtles. Beach strolls are often shared by sea lions and marine iguanas, nests of baby albatross and red-footed boobies.

Wetsuits, snorkels and fins are provided for the week aboard. Hiking sticks are available for those who like to use them.
 

The Galapagos with Lindblad ExpeditionsEach Island offers an entryway into the world of wildlife. On Espanola Island snorkel among the sea lions. Floreana Island brings the nesting green turtles and sightings of Galapagos sharks and rays. On Santa Cruz Island, visit the giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Life on board Islander is an outside cabin with a window, and the eight cabins on the top level of the ship have private, glassed - in balconies.

The lounge serves as the general  meeting place and site of all briefings, photography lessons, talks and presentations.

Families and multi-generational groups enjoy this trip during school holidays, however, the average age range on most cruises is 55 to 75 years young.

Hidden Secrets Of South America

Posted on Thursday, March 09, 2017

Hidden Secrets Of South AmericaWhen you think about South America you are probably familiar with the popular attractions like the Amazon or Sugarloaf Mountain. However, there are a lot of hidden gems that tend to be secrets to tourists. Take a look at some of the hidden secrets of South America below.

Laguna Colorado In Bolivia

Located near Chili, this salt lake is fairly shallow with deep red water. Mix that in with the unique surroundings and you have an incredible location. The water gets its color from the algae and plankton that live in it as well as the high salt density. Another treat for the scarce tourist that makes it here are the flamingos that can sometimes be seen wandering about.

Salt Cathedral Of Zipaquira In Colombia

Located 200 meters below the earth, this cathedral was built into salt mine tunnels around 5th century B.C. When salt was mined in the 1950s, miners would stop and pray at a tall cross. Eventually the cathedral was developed. Tourists can walk through the tunnels and salt corridors and the sanctuary.

Floating Islands Of The Uros In Peru

These manmade islands are fairly interesting as they were made with Totora Reeds and are self sustaining. In total there are more than 40 of these islands and to visit them you have to take a boat ride from Puno that’s about 2 hours. Tourists can spend the night at the islands.

Valle De La Luna At The Atacama Desert In Chile

Located along the Pacific coastline at over 600 miles long, this is the world’s driest desert. It only receives an average rainfall of about one millimeter each year. The surface resembles the planet Mars with it’s craters, cracks and crevices. Visiting here might make you think that you are actually in a diferent world.

Perito Moreno Glacier In Argentina

Most people don’t realize that there’s actually a glacier here as South America is one of the world’s hottest places. It stretches more than 19 miles long and has 97 square miles of ice. Even though some of the glacier vanishes every year, a portion of it continues to grow which is something that scientists can’t seem to explain. The Perito Moreno Glaciers is the world’s third largest freshwater reserve.

El Penol In Guatape

Known as ‘The Rock’, it has a height of more than 7,000 feet and weighs around 11 million tons. The Tahamies Indians used to worship the rock. It has the symbols ‘GI’ (the ‘I’ is actually an unfinished ‘U’) egraved on it’s face. This is because both the citizens of El Penol and Guatape wanted to claim ownership of the area so the Guatapeans started to engrave “Guatape” on it, but never finished. Because of harsh weather, the rock developed a crack right down the center and a 644 step staircase was built into the crevice.

New For South America Travel

Posted on Thursday, February 09, 2017

South America is very popular for 2017. The Globus Family of Brands alone is offering 30 tours including Globus, Cosmos and Monograms. Globus's Brazilian Getaway is new for 2017, as well as Vineyards of South America. Learn to make traditional Argentinean empanadas in Buenos Aires; spend time with a local family in their Andean village home for a glimpse into rural Peruvian life.

In Peru’s Sacred Valley, attend a Mother earth Ceremony, performed by a local shaman, asking for good health, wealth, and safe travels. Cosmos is offering Best of Brazil as anew tour for 2017 and Monograms has 4 new getaway tours for 4 days each, including Lima, Rio, Buenos Aires and Santiago. They have also added two new Galapagos cruise/tours to their independent vacation list.

Trafalgar has added their 13 day South America Landscape to their discovery tours, along with eleven old favorites. Experience the ME to WE social enterprise that provides products and experiences that make an impact empowering people to change the world. Me to We is a leader in volunteer travel making an impact by working side-by-side with local communities on a development project like building a school or water wells. You help plant seeds, dig wells or build schools, helping improve livelihoods. Your trip will continue to make an impact long after you return home.

Collette has added Antarctica & Chile's Patagonia twenty days tour to their four original tours of South America. Embrace the captivating cultures and lively rhythms of Brazil, Argentina and Chile; explore the lost city of the Incas in Machu Picchu.

Tauck has added Rhythms of Brazil: Rio to Iguassu Falls twelve day tour to their Essence of South America fourteen day, Patagonia 11 day, Empire of the Incas: Peru & Bolivia, 12 day and Mystical Peru, 8 day tours. Dine at a Peruvian hacienda; learn to tango in Argentina, meet the Peruvian pasos and riders who demonstrate their skills at a local ranch in the Sacred Valley; have lunch overlooking Perito Moreno glacier as it crackles and moans like an unearthly monster, and ice chunks tumble into the water in Patagonia.

Passion permeates the landscape of South America; from stunning coastal beaches to modern urban landscapes, the color of South America is as diverse as its dynamic cultural heritage and history.

Whats New For South America Travel

Posted on Thursday, December 01, 2016

South America is very popular for 2017. The Globus Family of Brands alone is offering 30 tours including Globus, Cosmos and Monograms. Globus's Brazilian Getaway is new for 2017, as well as Vineyards of South America. Learn to make traditional Argentinean empanadas in Buenos Aires; spend time with a local family in their Andean village home for a glimpse into rural Peruvian life.

In Peru’s Sacred Valley, attend a Mother earth Ceremony, performed by a local shaman, asking for good health, wealth, and safe travels. Cosmos is offering Best of Brazil as anew tour for 2017 and Monograms has 4 new getaway tours for 4 days each, including Lima, Rio, Buenos Aires and Santiago. They have also added two new Galapagos cruise/tours to their independent vacation list.

Trafalgar has added their 13 day South America Landscape to their discovery tours, along with eleven old favorites. Experience the ME to WE social enterprise that provides products and experiences that make an impact empowering people to change the world. ME to WE is a leader in volunteer travel making an impact by working side-by-side with local communities on a development project like building a school or water wells. You help plant seeds, dig wells or build schools, helping improve livelihoods. Your trip will continue to make an impact long after you return home.

Collette has added Antarctica & Chile's Patagonia twenty days tour to their four original tours of South America. Embrace the captivating cultures and lively rhythms of Brazil, Argentina and Chile; explore the lost city of the Incas in Machu Picchu.

Tauck has added Rhythms of Brazil: Rio to Iguassu Falls twelve day tour to their Essence of South America fourteen day, Patagonia 11 day, Empire of the Incas: Peru & Bolivia, 12 day and Mystical Peru, 8 day tours. Dine at a Peruvian hacienda; learn to tango in Argentina, meet the Peruvian pasos and riders who demonstrate their skills at a local ranch in the Sacred Valley; have lunch overlooking Perito Moreno glacier as it crackles and moans like an unearthly monster, and ice chunks tumble into the water in Patagonia.

Passion permeates the landscape of South America; from stunning coastal beaches to modern urban landscapes, the color of South America is as diverse as its dynamic cultural heritage and history.

A Different View of Brazil's Westlands

Posted on Monday, August 22, 2016

At a time when Rio's pollution is eroding the country's image, Brazil is also home to the world's largest wetland area, a wildlife andecotourism paradise.Sail down the Paraguay River through the Pantanal and visit with 720 species of birds, 89 kinds of mammals, 230 varieties of fish, 52 types of reptiles and diverse flora.Spot the crocodiles and alligators in their natural habitat. Start in Port Manga and board a safari vehicle for a journey crossing the heart of the Pantanal. See the capybaras, giant otters, caimans,herons, macaws and dozens of other species along the way.Visit with the Brazilian Cowboys and learn about their way of life navigating cattle drives through the wetlands.

The main gateway for the Pantanal is Corumba, the areas hub for arts and culture.Bonito is the most popular destination for ecotourism in Brazil. High-end lodgings such as the Zagaia Eco Resort would be a great base to explore Bonito's rivers, lakes, waterfalls, caves and grottos, but access to it is by several weekly flights into Bonito Airport.Bonito's most popular attraction is its caverns.

July and August are popular months for jaguar spotting safaris.A number of great dining opportunities are available in Bonito, with Casa do Joa being on top of the "must eat here" list.

Near-by the Recanto Ecologico Rio da Prata offers an opportunity to snorkel in crystal-clear waters. Hiking at the Estancia Mimosa Private Reserve is another opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors this part of Brazil has to offer; a far cry from the polluted Rio we hear about from the media.

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