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Posts Tagged ‘hiking’

Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Vacation on the Greek Island of Zakynthos

  • Angie Aspinall
  • 13 July 2012

If, like me, you’re the sort of person who likes bird-watching in Lesvos, walking in Madeira or soaking up the sun on a beach in Corfu, then it’s safe to say that Zakynthos needs you. Lately there’s been a decrease in people like us holidaying on this beautiful Ionian island and an increase in younger people looking for a ‘club 18-30’ style holiday. As a result, the wildlife on the island is suffering and a resurgence of ecotourism would help.

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The Top Six Things to Do in Seychelles

  • Africa.com
  • 11 July 2012

The island nation of Seychelles, located off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean, is known for its remarkable beauty and breathtaking beaches. The country’s small population and incredible geography and climate makes it one of the most idyllic tourist spots in all of Africa. Seychelles boasts a long and unique history that has been influenced by African, Arab, Asian and European cultures.

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The Top 10 Things to Do in Senegal

  • Africa.com
  • 13 June 2012

Senegal has it all: it is one the most beautiful countries of the West African coast. Most tourists come for the region’s exceptional weather—more than three thousand hours of sunlight per year—and dazzling, sparsely populated beaches. But Senegal also offers a broad variety of crafts and textiles, and the country’s six major game parks and reserves have great opportunities for hunting, bird watching, and ecotourism.

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Chadar Trek: Walking on a Frozen River in Ladakh, India

  • Divij Pasrija
  • 4 June 2012

With my rucksack lightly packed, I travelled from summery Delhi to the small town of Leh and the start of my trekking adventure in Ladakh in snowy northern India. I had come to Leh to hike one particular route, called the Chadar Trek, along the frozen Zanskar River, one major reason why tourists visit Ladakh in the winter (mid-January to the end of February).

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Ecotourism in Ghana: Undiscovered Kyabobo

  • Leif Ryman
  • 30 April 2012

Kyabobo is Ghana’s newest national park. For the host communities, the ecotourism that has come with it means “improved livelihood activities” or jobs as guides, cooks and craftspeople. The income generated is used for local development projects, like bringing electricity to nearby communities and providing materials for the construction of schools and toilets.

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Taking the High Road: Mountain Treks for All

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 17 April 2012

For centuries, high-minded travellers, wise men and ladies alike, have sought out the world’s mountains, revelling in the challenge of the climb and capturing in photographs and ink the terrific views and exaltation that come at the end of long and strenuous hikes. Ridge-rambling adventurers are, if anything, more numerous today than ever before. Fortunately, mountain treks abound, gauged to hikers of all abilities.

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Top 10 Things to Do in Mozambique

  • Africa.com
  • 16 April 2012

Often described as one of Africa’s last frontiers, Mozambique, a large country in the southeastern part of the continent, is among the most variegated places in the world. The population is just as diverse, reflecting the indigenous African tribes who first settled there, the Arab seafarers who traded along the coast for centuries, and, finally, the Portuguese colonists.

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Video Spotlight: The Longest Way

  • Paul Tavner
  • 15 April 2012

Often, personal grooming is one the first victims of a long spell of travelling. It’s fair to say that a lot of us tend to take a more ‘pragmatic’ approach when we’re out on the road. After all, that’s what makes proper showers such a prized commodity. This means that sometimes we can all end up looking a bit scruffy. That’s fine, since everyone’s in the same boat and no one’s going to judge you when you flop into your hostel bed at the end of a long day of trekking.

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Trekking to Northern Thailand’s Mountain-top Villages

  • Gina Douglas
  • 9 April 2012

I look around at the motorcycles, the well-dressed children and the minimalist huts and find myself wondering if it’s all an act. Do they head back down the mountain after we’re all asleep? Is this just a well-produced illusion for tourists? Then I notice a woman hanging up laundry and I pass what looks like a bare-bones general store. This definitely is a lived-in – and by all appearances happy – village.

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Worth the Journey! Tayrona National Park, Colombia

  • Heather Rath
  • 4 April 2012

Today, Tayrona proudly displays its true nature as a safe environment for tourists. Since its elevation in status to a national park in 1969, this biodiversity area covering 12,000 hectares of land and 3,000 of sea has been growing in popularity. Within its territory are sandy beaches, dazzling blue/azure ocean waters, tropical dry jungle and a rainforest up to 900 metres in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

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