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Farmland near Virunga

How to Make Isombe

While tried-and-true favorites like Italian pastas and Indian curries are well-established and well-loved in the US, the culinary treats of Africa are only just beginning to be appreciated overseas. Among these dishes is a Rwandan staple called Isombe. Originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo, this flavorful green dish is made out of cassava, or manioc, leaves and other vegetables …

Andes to the Amazon Rainforest

16 travelers went to Ecuador February 2015. See what happened in this one-of-a-kind ecotour. Now that you’ve gotten a glimpse, are you ready to see more? Discover more about our Andes to the Amazon Rainforest Ecotour. We’ll see you there.

Safari with Elephants

The Best Safari Spots in Africa

If a Safari is on your to-do list, Africa is wide-open with options for the wildlife enthusiast in you. While the Serengeti is of course on this list, there are tons of amazing places to explore to get in touch with the wild world in Africa. We’ve highlighted a few of the best safari spots in Africa. Maasai Mara Maasai …

Achuar Guide

Who are the Achuar?

Deep in the Amazon basin of Ecuador and Peru lies an unspoiled country, with trees so vast and tall they look like a million little broccolis from above. Rivers snake through the land that is completely unbroken, a peppering of naturally built indigenous communities can be seen here and there along the river, but otherwise human influence seems a distant …

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Gorilla Trekking?

In the last several years, “ecotourism” as an industry has grown exponentially, and Gorilla trekking has become the unofficial example of how this conservation method can work. But, what is gorilla trekking? Ranked as one of National Geographic trips of a lifetime, and brought to national attention through films like Virunga, Gorilla trekking is making headlines, changing conservation, and saving …

A band of Northern Lights Activity

What causes the Northern Lights?

The aurora borealis, the well-known but fickle lights in the sky, have long been a mystery to me. Even after seeing them in the flesh and doing some research, I still only grasped the most basic principles on what causes the lights. I’m happy to say that after extended reading, I, like anyone that isn’t a chemistry or physics major, …

East Africa - Serengeti

East Africa’s Best Experiences

East Africa: Lions, Gorillas, and Wildebeests, Oh My! Africa, close to twice the size of South America is simply a massive place. It is home to diversity so broad and complex it’s impossible to talk about any one “Africa”. To that end, we’re here to present our list: East Africa’s Best Experiences. East Africa, including Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, and Madagascar …

Small group travel-paddling in Costa Rica

Small Group Travel: Why It Works

Small Group Travel: A Sophisticated Experience, a Pleasant Surprise Planning a Trip You’ve been at the office for a while now, looking out your window wanting to go on a vacation. But the thought of staying at an all inclusive resort sounds like a weird way to travel because you hardly see the place you are visiting, and it’s not …

Arctic Oil - Shell Icebreaker

Shell Abandons Arctic Oil Operations

Arctic Oil: Abandon Ship Somewhere right now, thousands of environmentalists are probably still reeling from a few nights of wild celebration. Whether they were a deciding factor or not, (and they likely were not) Shell has decided to abandon their plans to drill for oil and gas in the Chukchi Sea, north of Alaska. This is an enormous decision, given …


Weirdness of Alaska

Keep Alaska Weird Portland, OR and Austin, TX both make a dubious claim in their unofficial motto: “Keep Portland weird” and “Keep Austin weird”. It is a nearly incontestable fact that both of these cities are home to an above-average number of jugglers, stilt-walkers, artists, groovers, shakers, weirdos, and generally left-of-centered folks. In my time spent in Alaska over the …


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