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  • Date: 06 November 2013
  • Author: WWF Travel

A climate change and renewable energy expert with World Wildlife Fund will be the special guest lecturer aboard a voyage from Iceland and across the Arctic Circle to Svalbard, Norway.

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  • Date: 21 February 2013
  • Author: Maddi Higgins, WWF Travel

At the end of August, WWF travelers will board a new, custom-designed riverboat to explore the Amazon. The riverboat, aptly named La Estrella Amazonica, is designed to provide travelers with the best voyage through the Amazon. Let’s take a look at the five unique features that make this new riverboat an innovative way to travel the Amazon.

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  • Date: 08 October 2012
  • Author: Marsea Nelson, WWF Travel

The Pacific gray whale migration from Alaska’s Bering Sea to the warm waters of Baja’s lagoons is the longest mammal migration on Earth. San Iganacio Lagoon become home to thousands of whales every year.

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  • Date: 27 September 2012
  • Author: Marsea Nelson, WWF Travel

Marsea Nelson of WWF Travel recently traveled to the Galapagos on the Classic Galapagos Adventure. She shared what she learned with us.

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  • Date: 24 July 2012
  • Author: Rich Lovell, WWF Travel Guest Blogger

After thousands of scuba diving expeditions throughout the world’s oceans, marine biologist Ron Leidich thought he had seen it all. But nothing prepared him for the first time he plunged into Blue Corner, a popular diving spot nestled in the surrounding waters of the island republic of Palau in the western Pacific.

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  • Date: 10 July 2012
  • Author: Elissa Leibowitz Poma, Deputy Director, WWF Travel

After visiting Namibia recently, Elissa Leibowitz Poma, Deputy Director of the WWF Travel Program came back armed with stories, ideas and newfound knowledge about wildlife, foreign languages and how she came to embrace dust.

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  • Date: 02 April 2012
  • Author: Marsea Nelson, WWF Travel

Where: Deep in the rain forests of Central Borneo in the Tanjung Puting National Park.

What’s there: A full-service research center where visitors can observe ex-captive orangutans that have been returned to the wild but are not entirely independent. In the 1970s and 1980s, Camp Leakey also served as a rehabilitation center. Currently, orangutans who need medical or other care after being confiscated from homes, black markets, the entertainment industry or abusive zoos are taken to the Orangutan Care Center, just outside of Tangung Puting. The orangutans we’ll see are the last of those rehabilitated at Camp Leakey, as well as their offspring and possibly wild orangutans as well.

Why it’s notable: Camp Leakey was established by orangutan researcher Biruté Galdikas in 1971. The camp is named for famed paleo-anthropologist Louis Leakey, who funded Galdikas’ orangutan studies. (Leakey also funded Jane Goodall’s work with chimpanzees and Dian Fossey’s mountain gorilla studies.)

How you’ll get there: During our Borneo: Faces in the Forest voyage, you’ll disembark the ship and transfer to traditional covered riverboats called klotok. The guided motorboat ride up the mangrove-lined Sekonyer River takes 2 ½ hours, with fascinating wildlife—including long-tailed macaques, proboscis monkeys and a profusion of birds—along the way.

Keep your eyes peeled for: You’re almost sure to see orangutans at feeding platforms; camp staff supplements the diet of the free ranging orangutans with fruit. Guides will be on hand to offer interpretation, perhaps even Galdikas herself.

Visit Camp Leakey during WWF's Borneo Voyage.

  • Date: 17 February 2012
  • Author: Marsea Nelson, WWF Travel

Where: Northwest Belize. Gallon Jug is a private estate located within the heart of La Selva Maya, the largest contiguous rain forest north of the Amazon.

What’s there: All five Latin American cats—jaguar, puma, ocelot, margay and jaguarondi; 350 bird species; apir, peccary, red brocket deer,  coatimundi, tayra, agouti and kinkajou.

Why it’s notable: No hunting has occurred on the estate for more than 20 years, so you may see species that have vanished elsewhere, including large birds like the crested guan and great curassow.

How you’ll get there: On our Ultimate Belize Safari, we take a 30-minute flight from the Hidden Valley to the Chan Chich air strip. From there it’s a 30-minute drive on unpaved roads to the property.

Keep your eyes peeled for: The elusive jaguar. It’s spotted here about once a week, a record unmatched elsewhere.

Join WWF's Ultimate Belize Safari.

  • Date: 09 December 2011
  • Author: Elissa Leibowitz Poma, WWF Travel Manager

Where: In the central Mexican highlands state of Michoacán, a steep climb up from the mountain town of Angangueo.

What’s there: Mexico’s only public monarch butterfly sanctuary, which becomes carpeted, wallpapered and otherwise drenched in orange and black butterflies each winter.

Why it’s notable: El Rosario is the most accessible of Mexico’s five protected wintering grounds for millions of Monarch butterflies, which flutter from as far as Canada for a warm respite from chilly northern winters. They cling to oyamel trees in such massive numbers that tree boughs actually snap off from the weight!

How you’ll get there: From Angangueo, it’s a 30-minute drive to the gates of the reserve. Then the adventure begins—first hop in the back of an open, flat-bed truck for a bumpy ride up into the heart of the sanctuary. You’ll then hike to the spots deemed most populated by the butterflies. The hike can be tough, especially because the altitude here exceeds 9,000 feet and the terrain is steep and rocky.

Keep your eyes peeled for: The emerging sun. If it’s cloudy and then the sun starts peeking out, its warmth will begin waking the resting butterflies, which will fill the air like a flaming orange cloud.

Visit El Rosario on WWF’s Kingdom of the Monarchs tour.

  • Date: 17 August 2011
  • Author: Marsea Nelson, WWF Travel

The next in an occasional series examining the most unusual accommodations on WWF tours.

Exploring Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile is certainly a highlight of any trip to Patagonia. Its famous “horns and towers”—igneous rock spires millions of years old – dominate the horizon. For many travelers, camping is the norm when visiting the park, but we enjoy surprising luxury at our lodging, Ecocamp Patagonia.

Approaching the remote Ecocamp is a surreal sight.  It’s made up of large, individually domed suites modeled on the nomad-style, native huts of the  Kawesqa people, an indigenous group that has historically occupied the region for hundreds of years.  The design is ideal for handling Patagonia’s strong winds, which can reach up to 100 miles an hour.

The camp was carefully created to produce as little ecological impact as possible. The energy used to run the camp is obtained solely from natural and renewal sources, including water, sun and wind power. Waste management is handled a variety of ways, from feeding local pigs the organic waste to a sophisticated bathroom composting system.

Considering all this, the comfort of the camp is unexpected. Each suite has a private bathroom (but leave your hair dryer at home, there are no plugs) and is heated by a low-emission wood stove. Dining takes place within two large domes, and a “resting dome” includes a small library.

After a day of hiking, retire to your bed and look up: Round windows in the ceiling reveal the stars of Patagonia.

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