Best time to see the aurora borealis

When to See the Northern Lights In Alaska

Best Time to See Aurora Borealis In Alaska Simply put, the best time to see the aurora borealis is during cold months. This time usually ranges from September to March. Areas near the magnetic north pole see the most brilliant displays, which become more intense as the temperature drops. Although the aurora technically occurs year-round, dark, cold night skies provide …

Visit the Aurora Ice Sculpture Museum In Alaska

About Visiting The Aurora Ice Museum In Alaska (a.k.a. The Chena Ice Museum & Hot Springs) While a visit to see the Northern Lights is an adventure in and of itself, there are a multitude of activities you should consider adding to your itinerary. One such activity that’s open year-round is the Aurora Ice Museum — also known as the …

Enjoy an Experience Unlike Any Other at the Running Reindeer Ranch

If you’re planning a trip to see the Northern Lights in Alaska, there are a number of unique activities to choose from. One particularly special experience that is great for any age, is the opportunity to walk with reindeer. If you’re wondering why you should consider visiting a reindeer farm, keep reading to learn more. History of the Running Reindeer …

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5 Northern Lights Travel Tips

We love trading travel tips with fellow adventurers. In “olden times,” (a.k.a. 15 years ago) these tips were usually exclusive to word of mouth or travel guides, but now a wealth of information is online. SmarterTravel.com compiles travel information for that very reason. Everything from packing tips to travel advisories can be found here, and they recently featured the Northern …

Business & Ecotourism Advice from Jared Sternberg

Before Gondwana Ecotours existed,  …there was a guy that really liked to travel. Jared Sternberg had been all over the world by the time he entered Tulane University’s environmental and human rights Law School. However, volunteering with underrepresented communities during his summer breaks was his true passion. In 2013, he founded Gondwana Ecotours, and four years later, the company continues …

Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Adventure Travel is the New Normal

Changing the Game Big changes are happening within the travel community. From the popularity of AirBnB to volunteer programs like Workaway, travelers are shifting away from high-end hotels and cookie cutter cruises. Adventure travel is becoming the new normal, and even large companies like MSN.com and The Active Times are taking notice. MSN.com writes, “A new study by the Adventure …

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Tulane Alumnus Founds Sustainable Travel Company

Jared Sternberg: Beyond Tulane  It’s a classic story: Student acquires degree in specific field, then ends up with a different career. Such is the case with Gondwana Ecotours. “Founded by Tulane University Law School alumnus Jared Sternberg, the New Orleans based company provides sustainable travel through its curated itineraries.” Gondwana has caught a lot of attention from travelers and the …

Achuar Tribe

The Achuar Tribe: Family & Conservation

Traveling with Family & Friends Usually the best recommendations come from personal experiences. We’re lucky that Patch writer Phyllis has recommended Gondwana’s Ecuador Amazon Adventure based on her life-changing encounter. Her essay, Lessons from the Achuar Tribe is a beautiful tribute to the tribe’s environment and way of life. Additionally, traveling with 3 generations of her family created a memorable …

Ecotourism and Lake Kivu

Ecotourism Works: Travel Rwanda

Travel Rwanda, Sustainably! Gondwana has been practicing sustainable travel since our beginning, and now the rest of the world is catching on! 5 publications have featured Gondwana’s Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda trip as an opportunity to practice eco-travel while seeing some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas. The Lady suggests to round up your friends and family, “and charm …