Visiting the Achuar

Visit With the Achuar Tribe Ever heard the saying “the journey is the destination”? When traveling from Quito, Ecuador to visit the Achuar’s remote community in the Amazon Rainforest, this is especially true. The untouched beauty of Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest and taking time to visit with the Achuar community are the highlights of Gondwana’s Amazon Awakening tour. From Quito to …

The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe Features Gondwana’s Rwanda Ecotour

Gondwana is Featured in The Boston Globe! Gondwana’s Rwanda Ecotour has been featured in The Boston Globe’s travel recommendations. The column Here, There, Everywhere features local trips in Boston, destinations in distant countries and travel accessories that can be used by anyone. Kari Bodnarchuk’s title, “See Rwanda’s Landscape, Gorillas and Capital” encompasses the highlights of this ecotour. Rwanda’s Landscape Each …

The New York Times

The New York Times Features Gondwana’s Ecuador Trip

Ecuador is named an Eco-Concious Tour by The New York Times Gondwana has been featured in The New York Times travel section for the second time! In this instance, the publication included our trip to Ecuador in Elaine Glusac’s article, “5 Hotels and 5 e Tours for the Eco-Conscious Traveler.” Being mentioned as one of The New York Times’ top …

How Fit Do You Need to be for a Gorilla Trekking Tour?

Fitness for Gorilla Trekking Tours Once you’ve booked your ticket for a gorilla trekking tour, the real planning begins. Some things are easy enough, like finding the passport, organizing a packing list and planning your trip to the airport. But how fit do you need to be to do a gorilla trekking tour? This is a physically active trip that …

Are Gorillas Dangerous?

Are Gorillas Dangerous? Before mountain gorilla trekking, many first-timers ask, “Are Gorillas Dangerous?” Recently there has been a surge of popularity in mountain gorilla trekking, but understandably, people have concerns about safety on these kinds of trips. From lions to hyenas, Africa is known for its fearsome predators, but mountain gorillas certainly aren’t one of them. First and foremost, know …

Gorilla Trekking: Rwanda vs. Uganda

Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda vs. Uganda Less than 900 mountain gorillas exist, and they are only found in 3 places on earth, Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since the D.R.C. is not generally safe for travel at this time, most people end up choosing between the other options. Deciding weather to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda vs. …

Young Gorillas at Play

Where Can I Go Gorilla Trekking?

Go Gorilla Trekking! If you were inspired by the documentary Virunga or the film Gorillas in the Mist, you’ve probably wondered “Where can I go Gorilla Trekking?” These films are based on real conservation efforts and people who are devoted to saving the endangered mountain gorillas. Fewer than 900 mountain gorillas remain, split between Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic …

Why Ecotourism Matters

Why Ecotourism Matters In 2010, tourism as an industry supported more than 14 million jobs, and generated 1.8 trillion dollars in economic impact. That’s enough money to buy everyone in the United States 1,000 boxes of girl-scout cookies. With tourism being such an enormous part of the world economy and globalization making travel more tangible and appealing, it seems clear …

Just what is “Carbon Offsetting”?

Just what is “Carbon Offsetting”? If you’re like me, you may have heard the phrase “Carbon Offsetting” and cognitively lumped it in the same basket as “sustainability” or “carbon neutrality”, and weren’t 100% clear on what it meant. As the impacts of climate change become more and more central to our lives, so too, does the importance of understanding how …