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12684760255?profile=RESIZE_710x©Perry Kibler

There´s an undeniable allure for travellers to embark on a cinematic pilgrimage to the locations that have captured our imaginations on screen. One such destination which promises to enchant, with sweeping vistas and rugged landscapes, is Utah, the setting for Kevin Costner's epic four-film series Horizon: An American Saga, the first of which was just released at the end of June. With a budget of $100 million, the films series a dozen years of the settlement of the U.S. West befo

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This rocky headland on the Atlantic coast of the Cape Peninsula, about an hour and a half south of Cape Town, is a popular spot for visitors to the Mother City, especially for its beautiful scenery and compelling wildlife (it´s also part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cape Floral Region). And here´s a look at the top attractions at the Cape of Good Hope, nearby False Bay, and on the peninsula in general:


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Simon´s Town

On the eastern shore of False Ba

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Perched on the edge of the Kenai Peninsula, a four-hour drive south of Anchorage, this attractive little town of around 5,500 boasts a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural splendor, including unparalleled views of Kachemak Bay, the Cook Inlet, and the Kenai Mountains, Homer also serves as a gateway to adventure and tranquility, from the rugged outdoors to the serene waters of Kachemak Bay, Homer is a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation. natural beauty, culture, with highlights inclu

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Sometimes, all you need for an outing is some good shoes and a small bottle of water. However, for a more serious adventure that Yosemite National Park provides, you need some more serious preparation. You don’t want to end up in a pickle, stranded in the middle of nowhere, hungry, thirsty, and afraid! 

So here’s a small guide that will ensure a comfy, safe, and successful Yosemite experience for all adventurers! 

 

1. Check the Weather and Trail Conditions

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Before venturing into the vast expans

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The smaller of the two main islands which make up the country of Trinidad and Tobago lies 22 miles northeast of larger Trinidad (a 20-minute flight away, as well as with direct service to/from Barbados, the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany).It´s known for its unspoiled natural beauty; gorgeous beaches (such as Buccoo, pictured above); rich history (dating back to 1654); and vibrant culture (which besides numerous current ways to experience it is particularly on dis

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It took us three days to drive from Cape Town along South Africa’s "Garden Route" to Kariega Game Reserve, but it was well worth the drive. Once it was 27 farms, which have all been returned to the wild. A fictional British TV series, Wild at Heart, screened a few years ago, told about much the same thing.

The animals at Kariega were imported as soon as the environment became suitable for them. They’re constantly monitored, and sometimes traded or exchanged with other reserves to control numbe

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The Middle East, a region often portrayed through the lens of its rich history and complex geopolitics, holds within its bounds a world of natural beauty that transcends the confines of imagination. This land, where civilization itself took root, is a testament to the enduring allure of nature’s artistry. Its deserts, vast and unyielding, give way to pockets of lush oases, creating a contrast so stark yet so harmonious. This exploration into the Middle East's natural wonders invites travelers to

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Sweet on Seychelles

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This archipelago of 115 islands and  just over 100,600 Seychellois in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa (some 1,314 miles east of Kenya) was a British colony from 1794 to 1976 – having been uninhabited before it was first settled by the French beginning in 1770  – and while a bit remote but treasured especially by nature lovers and honeymooners for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, lush tropical forests, and spectacular marine life. Both English and Fre

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Guyana at a Glance

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With a population of just 818,000 (and just over the size of Kansas, or England and Scotland comined), this is a country relatively few people have heard of, but will soon be be much better known - in part because huge recent oil-field finds are poised to make it a "petro power" and because more and more travelers are coming to appreciate its ecotourism riches. Bordering Brazil, Suriname, and Venezuela on the north coast of South America and with a coastline of 285 miles, Guyana is con

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India's Rich Biodiversity and Enigmatic Wilderness Sanctuaries

India boasts one of the most opulent troves of biodiversity on a global scale, coupled with an extensive repository of natural resources. Within this tapestry of natural wonder, India shelters a distinctive menagerie of flora and fauna, which freely roam within its protected, pristine wilderness sanctuaries. These sanctuaries represent a veritable haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature aficionados, drawing multitudes to witn

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For the ones searching for a completely unique and unforgettable excursion experience, consider celebrating Christmas surrounded via the untamed splendor of the South African wilderness. South African safaris offer a festive twist to the traditional holiday season, blending the magic of Christmas with the joys of encountering majestic wildlife. Here's how to make your Christmas within the wild an great and remarkable adventure.

1. Safari Lodge Celebrations

Many luxury safari lodges in South Afri

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Grand Canyon National Park is a breathtaking wonder that attracts millions of visitors each year with its awe-inspiring landscapes and rich geological history. Spanning over 1.2 million acres, this iconic park offers a myriad of experiences for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and history enthusiasts alike. To help you make the most of your visit, here's a curated list of the top 10 things to see and do in Grand Canyon National Park.


Grand Canyon Village:

Start your journey at Grand Canyon Vill

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Officially the Republic of China, this island with a population of around 24 million – just a bit larger than the state of Maryland and just under half the size of Scotland – has been in the news lately both thanks to its controversial January 13 presidential elections and to its perennial potential (and especially in the context of other current crises in Ukraine and Gaza) as a world flashpoint due to mainland China´s obsession with eventually and forcibly annexing it. Taiwan is both o

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The raw, untamed wilderness of Zimbabwe beckons adventurous travelers seeking thrilling safari experiences. From steamy jungles to sweeping savannas, Zimbabwe’s diverse landscapes provide the perfect habitats for an astounding array of wildlife

Get ready to have your breath taken away by thundering Victoria Falls and come face-to-face with the “Big Five” - lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffaloes. As one of Africa’s top safari destinations, Zimbabwe offers once-in-a-lifetime encounte

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The smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands – just seven miles long and three miles wide (roughly 11 by five kilometers) and with a permanent population just under 99,000 – is the favorite of some because it´s less developed and more pristine-feeling than St. Croix and St. Thomas. Some of its highlights include:

 

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Cute, Laid Back, Welcoming Towns

On its west coast, St. John´s largest settlement is Cruz Bay (above pop. around 4,200), where  Mongoose Junction and Wharfsi

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10 Places Which Show How Zambia Is Eco-Amazing

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When it comes to safaris and ecotourism, Zambia often takes a back seat to the likes of Botswana, Kenya, and Tanzania. But this large country in south-central Africa is positively packed with eco treasures, and its marquis attraction is one of the planet´s most spectacular waterfalls, Victoria Falls, which it shares with Zimbabwe. In addition, there are some 20 teeming nature reserves which offer as rewarding an eco-experience as any of Zambia´s neighbors – arguably even more so, w

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7 Ecotourism Stars of Honduras

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Though Costa Rica is Central America´s (and perhaps all of Latin America´s) premier star when it comes to ecotourism, there´s also an undersung but incredibly rich trove of eco treasures to be explored next door in Honduras, with lush rainforests and stunning coastlines, among other things. On the marine side – exploring the richness of the world´s second largest coral reef, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef – the islands of Roatán and Utila are better known. But here are a few mo

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Nifty (and Gnarly) Puerto Escondido, Mexico


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Esconced on the lower Pacific ¨Emerald Coast¨ in the state of Oaxaca, the town of Puerto Escondido (which means ¨hidden port¨) was up until the 1960s barely a pinprick on the map, with dirt streets and just a handful of residents mostly devoted to fishing. Then in 1960 a coastal road reached the village, making it accessible to the outside world, and a village hall was built. Most consequentially for tourism, it was during that decade that surfers (pioneered by a group of Venezuelans

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Reluctantly, we left Tortuguero, and, once more, cruised down the river to meet the coach that was to take us up into the hills to La Fortuna. On the way, at one place, we came across a level crossing sign. I thought Costa Rica had no railways? But here was a narrow gauge track, which didn't seem to have been used for some considerable time. Indeed, at one point, a bridge had disappeared completely, but the track remained. I found later that the railway had been used in former times to transp

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The Case for Kiribati

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Its name pronounced “Kiribass,” this nation comprised of 33 atolls and reef islands (population around 121,000) is spread over more than a million square miles out in the central Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Australia (some 3,107 miles southeast), as well as 2,175 north of Fiji (in fact, it´s served internationally by Fiji Airways and Qantas, and its currency is the Aussie dollar). Kiribati is known for its laid-back vibe, stunning waters and marine life, as well as the culture

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