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Five Stars aren't Enough in Andean Ecuador

By: 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 Pete

By: 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 Zuleta

By: 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 Park

By: 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 Torngats

By: 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...

Celebrating Life, Death & Rebirth in Mexico

By: Melanie Blake
Every year, at the beginning of November, something extraordinary takes place in many areas of Mexico: Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) festivities. While it may seem ghoulish to gringos that “death” and “festivities” can go hand-in-hand, for most Mexicans, it’s very natural. The dead are not remembered or commemorated. Instead they are considered present.We will...