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Cuba! The times they are a-changin'

By: Ann Kirkland, Urban Explorer
“And keep your eyes wideThe chance won’t come again”– Bob DylanSometimes one has the chance to be an eyewitness to history at a remarkable moment.Ten years ago, visitors were told what we now know to be true: that along with the end of the Castro regime would come change. And, with the recent detente between Cuba and the U.S., the island is on the brink of a different kind ...

Kyoto: The Florence of the East

By: Sean Forester
Each travel experience is unique, with its own set of rich memories. But what if you had to choose a favourite city? Would you choose the romance of Paris, the grandeur of Rome, the energy of New York? Perhaps your special city is Barcelona or Buenos Aires? In June, Travel + Leisure magazine published its annual awards. Thousands of readers voted on the best city in the world to visit, which was ...

Tour Leader Diane Clement Earned a High Honour!

By: Samantha Clark
'We are very excited and honoured!'  — Diane and her husband, Doug Clement The British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame has selected 11 outstanding individuals and one team for induction as part of its 2016 class, the 50th in its history. In the coach-builder category, Wally Buono (Football), Diane Clement (Athletics) and Allison McNeill (Basketball) have been selected. Induction recog...

Laurielle's Favourite Travel Books

By: Laurielle Penny
In my family, holiday gifts mean one of two things; booze or books. Almost all of my gift giving this season will be happily reduced to these two choices. I’m happy to share a few of my favourite travel books:      The Road to Oxiana by Robert ByronThe diary of a journey made by the author in 1933/34 through the Middle East visiting Beirut, Jerusalem, Baghdad,...

Thick-knees, Lizards and Viscachas in Peru

By: Jean Iron
Bright colorful birds such as macaws and parrots and large mammals like Polar Bears, lions and tigers are always big attractions and high on everyone's must-see list. But sometimes we come across animals that are small and so cryptic they are almost overlooked, yet they have interesting lifestyles. On our recent Quest Nature Tours trip to Peru we had several encounters with inconspicuous wildlife,...

New Species Named in the Galapagos

By: Justin Peter
In just a couple of weeks, our travellers will be visiting the Galapagos Islands again and enjoying many of its features, one of which is the opportunity to see mythical giant tortoises that lend their Spanish name of Galápagos to the archipelago. Over the years, scientists have determined that there are several distinct species of tortoise on the islands, differing from each other in many wa...