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Rod Phillips' Top 3 Wine Picks from Chile and ArgentinaBy: Laurielle Penny
Rod Phillips has taught at Carleton since 1989, and gives a popular course on the history of alcohol each year. He has written widely on the history of wine and other alcoholic beverages. Using his vast knowledge of our favourite beverage to sip around the holidays, we asked Rod to tell us his top 3 wine picks from Chile and Argentina: Rod Phillips is hosting a very special wine to...
Five Stars aren't Enough in Andean EcuadorBy: Ian Shanahan
Andean peaks and equatorial cloud forests – not a bad starting point. One is immense in scale, the other in diversity of life. Many quickly find that they run out of superlatives rather quickly in the highlands of Ecuador. Snow-capped active volcanoes reaching over 5000 metres into the air are an obvious appeal, even if treks to the summit are better left to uber-intrepid pathfinders. The vi...
Brazil Highlights from PeteBy: Pete Read
What an amazing trip to Brazil this year! In order to balance and broaden our wildlife experiences we visited a few extra places with great results. Our trip started in Rio de Janeiro, where we enjoyed a day of activities including the two commanding viewpoints at Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf. Rio looks amazing from these lofty perches. Then, we had an enjoyable trip to the Botanical Garde...
BREAKING NEWS: A 20-year Dream Realized at Ecuador's Hacienda ZuletaBy: Ian Shanahan
“At last.” That was the overwhelming sensation on November 25th when a group of onlookers high in Ecuador’s Andes watched from afar as three hulking grey forms took their first steps out onto the expanse of a stark, treeless landscape. At last, Churi, Huayra and Killari were free. These three full-sized juvenile Andean Condors were taking their first steps away from the secu...
Why EcoCamp Patagonia is the best way to experience Torres del Paine National ParkBy: Ian Shanahan
Get used to saying 'wow' a lot in Patagonia. This region of dramatic Andean landscapes and high altitude wildlife is as mesmerizing as it is vast. Why, then, are we so excited about a relatively small cluster of green domes tucked into the surrounding vegetation in the eastern reaches of Torres del Paine National Park? Those rounded shelters comprise EcoCamp Patagonia, and here are four reas...
The Spectacularly Rugged TorngatsBy: Brian Ratcliff
This coming summer, Quest Nature Tours is offering you the opportunity to visit one of Canada's most spectacular but seldom visited coastlines on our tour Wild Labrador and the Torngat Mountains. This trip has something that will appeal to everyone: interesting human history, abundant wildlife, and amazing geography. A lot of history is associated with the Labrador Coast, and we will have op...
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Pictured: Friendly locals in Lijiang, China, taken by Amanda Butler
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