Forbes just came out with a list of “10 Endangered Places to See Now” that includes some of Adventure Life travelers’ most sought-after regions: the Amazon rainforest, Galapagos Islands, and U.S.-Mexico’s Chihuahuan Desert — the largest in North America. It is not surprise to see these regions make an endangered places list. In the Amazon, deforestation is a constant treat to both the flora and fauna, as well as the [...]
When deciding when to visit Antarctica, time of year does make a difference, but deciding which time of year is “best” depends on what you are looking at getting out of your Antarctica adventure. Specific wildlife sightings – mating season – new hatchlings – weather – icescapes – mud – penguins poo smell at its worst/best…? While January is typically considered the heart of the Antarctica travel season, visitors shouldn’t [...]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5WYlqD8mR0&feature=player_embedded#] March 27, 2010 will bring with it the fourth annual Earth Hour — the world’s largest switch-off. Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour is designed as a non-partisan movement, where the world’s communities, governments and organizations can come together to do something about climate change. To quote WWF: ‘The movement symbolizes that by working together, each of us can make a positive impact in this fight, protecting [...]
Late last month, less then 1/100th of an inch of rain fell in the desert city of Iquique, Chile. Typically, drizzles don’t make headlines, but when a drizzle damages roofs, shuts down schools, and even knocks out power, the press — and bloggers — take notice. Located in the heart of Chile’s Atacama Desert, Iquique AVERAGES only roughly 0.02 inch of precipitation a year. Buildings and infrastructure are made to [...]
Watching Brasilian news, I am stunned by the drastic drop in water level at Iguazu Falls and the Amazon Basin. This phenomenon headlines at least once per week and if the Brasilians are concerned, so am I. The famous falls, which border Argentina and Brasil are currently falling prey to Brasil’s severe drought. The water level is down by over 1/3 and no one is certain how to stop this [...]
Reminding us of just how delicate our environment is, last week the Miami Herald reported that Bolivia’s Chacaltaya glacier has virtually completely melted — a good 6 years earlier than originally predicted.
The following article was written by Galapagos traveler M. Sparga. Thanks for the contribution! The first time I went to the Galapagos Islands, one of my traveling companions had his cap blow off into the sea while we took a dinghy from our cruise ship to one of the islands. Another tourist joked that we would probably run into a sea lion wearing the cap later that [...]