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Birders have long explored the Amazon River and its tributaries, as theses waterways are home to a diverse collection of avian species, many of which are rarely glimpsed outside of the region.

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The island of Elephanta offers the epitome of Hindu cave culture and nature travel. Even its name refers to the rock art practiced by people as far back as the 6th century. When Portugese navigators landed on the island, they found a massive stone elephant commonly called Gharapuri, which is an alternate name for the island, according to UNESCO.

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Once thought to be a cross between a camel and a leopard, the giraffe is now a commonly recognized animal in its own right. However, spotting one on a Kenya and Tanzania safari is still a treat for nature enthusiasts.

The giraffe is the tallest living animal, measuring as high as 20 feet. Their long necks allow them to reach into trees to maintain their herbivorous diet, and their legs — usually measuring about six feet high — allow them to run at speeds of 35 miles per hour at a gallop.

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Salt mined in Maras, Peru, just north of Cusco, has always been popular among the Andean people, but markets as far away as Switzerland, Japan and the Philippines are now demanding the special mineral.

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Nature travel in Tanzania offers hundreds of opportunities to see animals that most have only gotten to know through textbooks and magazines. In the Ngorongoro Crater, visitors will have the best chance on a Kenya and Tanzania safari to spot a black rhino, a critically endangered species.

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Traveling can take a lot out of a person, and vacationers may be wondering how to stay healthy on an ecological adventure. While every trip will be different based on region and time of year, there are a few things that you can do to make your nature travel expedition as healthy and pleasurable as possible.

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While Genovesa Island can overwhelm Galapagos Islands cruise guests with myriad opportunities to see spectacular wildlife, one underrated bird to look out for is the Galapagos dove.

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Travelers with a passion for primates will find a wealth of these creatures in the Amazon River basin. Although the vast biodiversity of the region means that there are countless locations in which to spy these mammals, there may be no better destination to get up and close with these distant ancestors of man than the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve in northern Peru.

June 16, 2011

Keep Your Shoes On!

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Our friends at MedjetAssist are always current on the latest happenings in travel, and they’ve just filled us in on a proposed TSA procedure that let “trusted travelers” keep their shoes on, leave laptops in bags and avoid the dreaded body scanners.

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