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Orangutan Information Centre (OIC): Visiting Sumatra’s Orangutans Responsibly

  • Melanie Jae Martin
  • 20 January 2012

If you want to see great apes in the wild, Sumatra’s rainforest is one of the most accessible places to do just that. Seeing orangutans in the wild, along with silver Thomas leaf monkeys, pig-tailed macaques, and a diverse range of birds like hornbills, will leave you with a renewed appreciation for the beauty and ingenuity of other species.

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Local Ecological Ground Transportation Helps Keep Travel Clean in Los Cabos, Mexico

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 19 January 2012

In Los Cabos, Mexico, there is a solid assortment of ground transfer services. However, there’s only one eco-friendly one. In the midst of the natural exuberance of Los Cabos, only the Green Path Transfers local partner provides a ground transportation service that is committed to going green.

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Photo of the Week: Doors to the Past, Ouro Preto, Brazil

  • Wallace Faria (Photo)
  • 15 January 2012

This shot captures two of the most distinguishing features of the former mining town of Ouro Preto, Brazil; specifically, its pronounced sense of heritage and its elements of outstanding baroque architecture. This doorway almost feels like a portal into the past, with its chipped facade, rusted lintel and worn steps all contributing to a feeling of tremendous age and quiet dignity.

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The Port City of Alexandria, Egypt, Opens to whl.travel

  • whl.travel
  • 11 January 2012

Tourism expert and owner of WHL Egypt, Sherif Abd Elwahab is thrilled that his team of local from Alexandria, Egypt, is now available to assist in planning a fun and responsible Alexandria holiday. “We at WHL Egypt are committed to promoting sustainable tourism and to using the tourism industry as a vehicle for protecting Egypt’s great historical sites,” said Elwahab. Alexandria joins the growing list of whl.travel destinations in Egypt, including Cairo, Sharm el Sheikh, Aswan and Luxor, Safaga, Ein Sokhna and Port Said.

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Seven UNESCO World Heritage All-Stars and Alternatives

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 12 December 2011

UNESCO recognition through its World Heritage List and time in the subsequent travel spotlight can be a mixed blessing. On the one hand, a new site gets a big status boost and some protection. On the other hand, an influx of tourists adds pressures and more need for protection. One way to curb this effect is for travellers to visit alternative heritage destinations where high tourism congestion isn’t causing problems.

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Finding Peace on the Sacred Grounds of Wat Phou, Laos

  • Kamran Marwah
  • 9 December 2011

Nestled in the foothills of the Phu Pasak mountain range of southern Laos, the ancient ruins of Wat Phou, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage site, have a special atmosphere to them, inspiring serenity and bliss in those who walk the sacred grounds. In addition to the site’s clear historical appeal, a trip to the ruins is essential for anyone with spiritual inclinations: the calm surroundings, the inherent mysticism and few visitors make it a great place to meditate.

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Rennell Island World Heritage Site Tours Find Equilibrium in the Solomon Islands

  • WHL Group
  • 7 December 2011

Deep in the South Pacific, in the Solomon Islands, is an atoll called Rennell Island. Like so many other natural World Heritage Sites that have gained UNESCO recognition for their unique biogeography, Rennell faces a dilemma: It wants to realise its high potential for ecotourism, but this can only happen if the infrastructure remains basic and little or no development is imposed on the area’s natural and cultural attractions. Can this precarious balance be achieved?

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The Great Wall of China, a World Heritage Site from the East Coast to the Western Desert

  • Stephen Lioy
  • 6 December 2011

As the Great Wall of China stretches across most of a massive country, its justifiable fame and beauty make it one of the best known of all UNESCO World Heritage sites. The wall, however, is not the same in all places. From the seas of the east to the western deserts of the Hexi corridor, the Great Wall changes and so does the experience of a visit to this massive defensive bulwark. Each part nevertheless provides a new vista of and new justification for its 1987 inclusion on UNESCO’s vaunted list.

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World Heritage Sites of Ghana: Castles, Ashanti Houses and a Troubled Lake

  • Godwin Yirenkyi
  • 5 December 2011

Counted individually, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ghana are more plentiful than in any other country in Africa. They consist of 32 historic forts and castles and 13 traditional Ashanti buildings. There remains one Ghanaian asset of immense cultural and scientific value that needs inclusion on the UNESCO list to save it from destruction: Lake Bosomtwe.

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Myths and Minarets in Uzbekistan’s Ancient Cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 28 November 2011

Uzbekistan is a premier cultural heritage destination sought out each year by more and more travellers wishing to immerse themselves in the magic of Central Asia’s Great Silk Road. How do you keep your bearings? Learn the unique stories behind the buildings. In each of Uzbekistan’s three Silk Road cities – Bukhara, Khiva and Samarkand – a landmark minaret has a myth behind it, adding a touch of intrigue to the present-day wonder.

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