10 Crazy holiday Ideas for Adventure seekers

People love to take a break out of the daily schedule that they need to follow. Every individual has his own personal choice and wishes to indulge in an activity that he would love to do. Adventure seekers would like to reach out to any part of the world that will give them an opportunity to break all bars and do what they like! Are you fond of adventure and are on a look out for a perfect place you could do something exciting? Here are a few exciting activities that you can enjoy at the most adventurous locations spread across the world.

Visit Zakynthos for a Base Jump

Zakynthos is a well known tourist destination that has a beautiful weather with the stunning picturesque beaches. It is an island that was famous for a smuggling ship that got wrecked here in the year 1983. This is one of the best locations in the world where you could go for a base jump.

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Visit Africa to take a Hot Air balloon ride across the Serengeti

The Serengeti in Africa is a well known as a dangerous destination for a holiday. It is a home to a variety of wild animals. Flying in a hot air balloon across this land is something that will thrill you and keep you wanting for more. The uncertainty of the balloon and the danger that is present below is something that will give you a wonderful experience.

Visit the Galapagos Islands for Scuba Diving

The Galapagos Islands, a place that was an inspiration for the scientist Charles Darwin has a lot to offer than the nature that is exhibited here. The entire island is filled with surprise and adventure. The animals living on land as well as in water are still not aware about the fear of humans. Thus, when you are besides them, they take you as a part of themselves. You can go scuba diving into the deep waters and have a life changing experience as you will encounter the friendliest animals on earth. A standard Galapagos Island Tours usually takes you to such places where you will get a chance to go Scuba diving.

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Visit Sierra Nevada to skydive across the Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a peaceful fresh water lake situated in Sierra Nevada of the United States. 75% of the lake shed is natural forest land. It was formed years back and is now become one of the favorite tourist attractions in Nevada and California. Skydiving from a high altitude across this peaceful lake will surely add to the joy and the excitement of adventure.

Visit the northwest part of the United States to go White water rafting DOWN TO Lochsa River

Have you been out for a white water rafting? How about rafting in a river that is famous for continuous rafting? The Lochsa River in the Idoha mountain range is a well known destination for white water rafting. You can sway down the river as it takes you miles away from where you first started. There are also many commercial tour operators who offer pre-arranged trips for individuals who are confident to go about rafting on their own.

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A visit to the Australian Outback region

A simple trip to the Australian Outback can be said to be adventurous. This land is full of dangerous wildlife. It is also said to be extremely hot during the summers and flooding during the rains. If ever you get stuck in this place and find no way to come out of there, help is about hours away. Just a visit to this land will be a thrilling experience as the wildlife, the climate and the geographical factors are the ones that will thrill you.

A visit to Antarctica

Antarctica, the smallest among all the islands that is situated in the southernmost portion of the earth and is known to contain the geographic south-pole is a beautiful place to visit. The ice laden island surrounded by the ocean is also the coldest, windiest and driest continent on planet earth. Visiting this island that is remotely situated with extreme climatic conditions is itself a challenging task.

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Visit a Tornado Alley for Storm Chasing

There is no place that is actually called Tornado Alley. It is a name given to the region where there is frequent occurrence of tornados. It has recently become an exciting activity for many. Many people now prefer going storm chasing in order to experience the dangers of this fury of mother earth.

Visit the Canadian Slopes for Heli-Skiing

There could be nothing more adventurous than flying a helicopter to the top of the ice laden mountains and skiing is down saving avalanches and glaciers. It will give you tremendous joy while you are sliding down the mountains in a Helicopter.

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Visit Ohio to Soar over 200 feet above the ground at Cedar Point

Cedar point, known as the roller coaster capital of the world contains some of the most amazing roller coaster rides that you might not come across anywhere else in the world. It is a home to about 72 different kinds of rides among which 16 are roller coasters and 4 of them are the ones that are approximately 200 ft above the ground.

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These 10 places are among the best ones where one could visit to experience some of the craziest stuff that you may not have thought about all your life. They will give you an experience to remember all through your life. If you are an adventure lover and are in search of some crazy things to do during the vacation, here it is. You can refer the list given above and visit any of the destinations to make the vacation a memorable one.

 

List 10 of newly discovered species you didn’t Know Exist

We all know that there are varieties of animals, birds and plants that are found across the world. It has been centuries after the world actually came into existence and the first living being was formed. Ever since the first time a living thing wobbled around, there have been a lot of changes in the way things have been looking and the way they are today. There are a number of living things that have come into existence in all these years. We also know that a lot of them have become extinct leaving behind traces to show that they ever existed on planet earth. Years and centuries passed by and still there are lot more species of animals being discovered in different parts of the world. Let us take a look at a few recently discovered species that you might have never heard about before.

  1. Caprellidae (Skeleton Shrimps)                                                                        The Caprellidae belong to the family of amphipods and are commonly known as Skeleton Shrimps. As the name states, these are thin string like structure beings that cannot be distinguished when they are hidden among the seaweeds. Since they are said to virtually disappear, they are also known as the ghost shrimps. It was discovered among the various specimens collected from the cave on the island of Santa Catalina near the southern coast of California.

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2. Olinguito

The Olinguito is known as the smallest member of the raccoon family. It is known as a secretive tree living carnivore that is the first carnivore to be discovered in the western hemisphere in the past 35 years. There is an Oliguito present at the Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Ecuador that has been a species that is said to be a mixture of a raccoon and a teddy bear. Since this animal thoroughly depends on the cloud forest habitat, deforestation has proved to be a threat. You may grab a rare opportunity of spotting them while on Galapagos Ecuador  jungle tours.

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3. Andrill Anemone

The Andrill Anemone is a kind of Anemone that was found clinging to the lower side of the sea ice. Unlike the other anemones, this new species were found living upside down and clinging to the lower portion of the ice in Antarctica. These pale yellow bodies were found clinging to the ice while their two dozen tentacles were found dangling in the water below.

4. Domed Land Snail

The Domed Land Snail is a snail that actually does not have the shell pigmentation and hence you will find just a transparent shell like structure around it. These snails were found in complete darkness about 3,000 feet below the surface in the Lukina Jama-Trojana caves in western Croatia. These snails are used to live in the dark and hence they do not have eyes.

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5. Amoeboid Protist

This is a single celled organism that is considered to be a giant among the other single celled organisms that are found. This is because although it has a single cell, its size measures up to 4 to 5 centimeters. They were first discovered in underwater caves that are present miles away from the southeast coast of Spain.

6. Orange Penicillium

The Orange Penicillium also known as the Penicillium vanoranjei in scientific terms is a type of a fungus that was first discovered in the soil in Tunisia. It is distinguished from the other fungi due to the bright orange color that it displays while in the colonies.

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7. Kaweesak’s Dragon Tree

This is a 12 meter tall tree that is found in the Limestone Mountain region in Loei and Lop Buri areas in Thailand. This tree has long and soft sword like leaves with white edges. This tree has cream colored flowers with bright orange filaments.

8. Leaf Tailed Gecko

A leaf tailed gecko is a lizard like animal that has a short tail shaped like a leaf. This species is said to be endemic to Madagascar, i.e. it is found only there and in no other place in the world. It is not an easy task to spot a leaf tailed Gecko as it has a sleek body with large eyes and a color that can help it to blend with the surroundings. It is usually found in the rainforests and rocky regions. Since, only a few leaf tailed geckos could actually be spotted, it is considered to be a rare species.

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Tinkerbell Fairyfly

The Tinkerbell Fairyfly which is known to be counted among the smallest insects is just about 250 micrometers small. This species has been seen as an addition to the 1400 or so already known species of the family. The Tinkerbell fairyfly was found at the LaSelva Biological Station in Costa Rica.

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The discovery of these new species has given us a hope that this is not the end! There is a lot more that nature can offer us with. Change in climatic conditions and the evolution in various present species has been bringing about changes and discovery of many such species. Keep an eye on all that you see! You never know it may just move and that could be a new discovery for the world to know!

 

Why Galapagos’ wildlife delight tourist?

The Galapagos Islands, located just a few miles away from the mainland of Ecuador is known for the wildlife and the variety of plants seen there. It is this scenic beauty that is mainly responsible for the great naturalist, Charles Darwin to state the theory of Evolution. There are a number of things that further to contribute to make this group of islands a favorite holiday destination for adventure enthusiasts. The different species of flora and fauna, many among which are still are not discovered make them a unique place where you will be introduced to a completely new world of nature.

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Apart from the natural beauty found on these islands, there are a number of adventurous sports that has been another reason for which people prefer Galapagos Islands tours. The encounter with various animals and birds such as the marine and the land iguanas, the giant tortoises, the blue-footed and the red-footed boobies and many more that are still undiscovered is what is attracting people to come to this place.

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The tour agents at Galapagos also offer a variety of exciting activities such as snorkeling, sunbathing, swimming, kayaking and many more that you can select from. These activities are organized to give you a lifetime experience that you would never get an opportunity to experience. Concentrating on the wildlife that is known to be the main attraction for tourists here, we could just think about the various animals, plants or even birds that are being discovered in recent times.

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Snorkeling in the Galapagos islands islands

A well arranged Galapagos Island Tour will take you across the islands that have a lot to offer. You are given the opportunity to take a closer look into the lives of these never seen before species that will amaze you by the way they live and have fun across the islands. The place is just a perfect blend of land and water, picturesque areas that are best suitable for all adventure sports and activities that are conducted here.

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The Galapagos Islands are a place you would surely love to visit. It has got so many reasons to make you smile and experience a memorable tour that will get you introduced to many different things that you might never have experienced and would want to see once in your lifetime. It is truly said “A Galapagos Island Tour is worth the time and the money you put in because you will experience an all together a new world that will never be found elsewhere!”

 

 

10 Best ways to be prepared for an Exciting Galapagos Island Tour

No one can deny the fact that a visit to the Galapagos Island is worth the entire amount we might spend to get there. It is a tour that would seem like a dream come true. The overwhelming scene of nature and the welcoming climatic conditions would make up some of those most amazing memories for a lifetime. Have you booked a Galapagos Island Tour for your next holiday? Are you prepared to enjoy all that it offers you? There are many things that you need to be prepared with. Prior preparation will surely take off some time from your daily chores but help you add to the excitement while you are at Galapagos. Let us consider the 10 best ways that you can prepare for an exciting and adventurous Galapagos Island Vacation.

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  1. A good camera: The Galapagos Islands have a lot to offer you. You may come across something that you have never seen and also across something that may resemble something that you have already seen before. The Islands are a home to a number of rare species. You might want to capture all these species and many others in the form of images to keep your memories afresh. A good camera is thus needed while you are out on a Galapagos tour.

camera 2. More film or Memory Space: Simply carrying a camera with not enough memory will no way benefit you. If you are planning to capture each moment you spend over these Islands, you need to have enough memory space that will help you save all the images without deleting the ones that you may have captured before

3. Portable Memory Devices: In case you are not able to find a larger memory for the camera, try carrying along a jump drive that can help you transfer images from the camera on the drive leaving the camera free to click more pictures

4. Carry some necessities: It is a good habit and always beneficial to carry all our necessities while we are out on a tour. The most important things are the prescribed medicines. There is nothing that can replace the medically prescribed medicines. You cannot take a risk of running about searching them. The Galapagos Islands are located quite close to the equator. Therefore, it is a necessity to carry enough sunscreen to protect your skin and a hat to protect your head from the scorching heat of the sun.

5. Extra Cash: The Galapagos Island Tour is usually prepaid. This may include the flight costs, the cruise, all transfers and also food. But, it may not include extra stuff such as drinks that you have or any extra rides that you take. You need to carry extra cash for the extra activities or the foods that you might need. cash6. Carry your own personal mask and snorkel: Snorkeling is a great activity that one could perform at the Galapagos Islands. A number of ships and cruises may provide the best snorkeling equipments. But, there are a few that may provide low quality, unreliable material. Although you may hire fins from a ship, but it is always good to prefer having a personal snorkel rather than using the one that must have been used by someone else.

7. Learn Basics of Snorkeling: One common myth that tourists usually have is that since they know swimming, snorkeling is an easy task for them. It is important to practice snorkeling beforehand. Carry the mask and the snorkel to a nearby pool or a peaceful lake and practice before you begin your Galapagos Tour.

8. Get Scuba Certified: The Galapagos Islands have proved to be the best place where one can go diving. Scuba diving is one such an activity that people would want to experience. If you too are a fan of diving, this is a great reason for you to get scuba certified and dive into the crystal blue waters of Galapagos.

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9. Research about the Island: There has been no instance where a prior research or study about any certain topic has not helped. The naturalist guides at Galapagos are knowledgeable and have in depth knowledge about birds, animals, plants, geology, volcanoes and everything that is found on the islands. It may look like a moving classroom while the guide takes you around along with the other tourists. It is difficult to make note of everything that is spoken at that time. Thus, if you have read something regarding the topic, you can come up with better doubts that will help the fellow tourists too.

10. Purchase a DVD: The Galapagos Islands, though they look like a piece of land, are enormous. They have a wide range of flora and fauna and different types of geographical lands that you can visit. A prior idea about these places will increase the excitement of being there for real. galapagos

These 10 preparatory steps would help us be ready for a memorable Galapagos Island Vacation that will introduce us to a beautiful land of nature and life.  What are you waiting for? Book your tour now and get set to go with all the above mentioned steps. I am sure you would not want to return once you are there amidst the nature.    

Top 5 Amazing Tourist Attractions in Galapagos Islands

Ecuador, a well known land of scenic beauty, colonial cities, a wide pacific coastline and the beautiful Galapagos Islands, is one of the most preferred tourist destinations across the world. It is rightly called the “Land of Eternal Spring”. It gives us an opportunity to go deep into nature and experience the most adventurous forms of tours and sports that include the most amazing Galapagos Island Tours.

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With many people wanting to visit this place, there are a number of tour packages available that would suit each ones interest, needs and budget. Ecuador has a lot to offer in the form of nature, beauty, activity, architecture and adventurous outdoors. With the most welcoming environment of this Spanish speaking country that makes us of the US Dollar as its currency, there is no difficulty in availing transportation within this beautiful scenic place. The most important 5 things that you cannot afford to miss while you are out on an Ecuador Tour.

1. Nature

This is the most important factor that the country is known for. With a part of the great Amazon Rain Forests being present here, you would find a variety of species of flora and fauna that would not be found anywhere else in the world. The well known Galapagos Island tour begins from here. These islands have unique species of plants and animals among which a few are recently discovered. Whether it is a Galapagos Island Holiday Tour that you have preferred, or a single day trip, these islands have a lot to offer to make your trip a memorable one.

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2.Activities

Ecuador is a home to one of the most idyllic Beaches known as the one in the town of Montanita. This gives you an opportunity to surf and relax yourself while you get an opportunity to disappear in the laidback rhythms of the beautiful sleepy paradise. This beach is crowned as the best beach in Ecuador where one can enjoy the relaxing climate along with surfing.

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Snorkeling in Galapagos Islands

3.Shopping

You would find a wide range of alpaca products such as bracelets, sweaters, blankets and many more. These top quality woven textile products have been protected and promoted ever since the early 1950s. This market takes you through narrow lanes of bright colors and most importantly, makes it easy for you to purchase with the US Dollars you may be having in your pockets.

4. Architectur

Ecuador being surrounded by the enormous Andean Mountains is a home to many historical places and monuments. You will come across many such places while walking across the streets. One among these architectural beauties is the Nueva Cathedral; a landmark built in 1880 and is inspired by the Roman form of architecture. It was being built to be the largest church in South America. But, a few technical errors held it back from reaching this goal. Many such architectural masterpieces are a part of the attraction that Ecuador holds.

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5.Outdoor Adventures

There are many destinations in Ecuador that will take you through lush green fields and mountains, plunging waterfalls and the hot springs. One among them is the Banos. One can look up to this place when searching for nature based adventures. There are tours arranged along with us trips that take you through the narrow cliffs and to a height from where you would be able to take a closer look at the waterfalls. These packages also include exciting sports such as bungee jumping that will take you down and back up through the deep green mountain valleys. Banos has a number of natural hot water springs where you can relax yourself after a complete day of adventure.

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All these above things and a lot to add into it are waiting for you at Ecuador. The Galapagos Island Tours include the rides through the rain forest that introduces you to a new world of flora and fauna that you might have never seen before. The adventurous sports and rides make your journey even more exciting. The lush green fields and mountains covered with tree tops let you spend your holiday with lot of peace amidst nature. As seen above it also gives us an opportunity to go out shopping and purchase the woven textile articles and the lanes take us through many historical places and monuments as well.

Facts about Charles Darwin and the Galapagos Islands – [PPT]

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Charles Darwin’s Young Age photograph

Charles Robert Darwin the naturalist and the biologist is famous for his “Theory Of Evolution”. Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England on 12th February 1809. He came from a long line of family of scientist, his father R. W. Darwin was famous doctor and his grandfather was botanist. From childhood Darwin had fond of exploring the nature, studying animals and observing their behavior was his niche of interest. Darwin’s father thought he will follow his steps and will be a medical doctor, but at the age of 18 Darwin took admission to Christ’s college for Bachelor of Arts.

In 1831 Darwin started his famous five year survey voyage around the world. The main aim was to study and research on zoology. Darwin visited Galapagos Islands while on voyage and did study on finches and the giant tortoises.

Darwin found that there was difference in the appearance of the animals of the same species depending on their habitat; from this research he came up with the most revolutionary theory science has ever seen “The Theory Of Evolution”.

Volcán Reventador 2014 – Orange Alert for 3 Provinces in Ecuador

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Due to the start of a new eruptive phase of Reventador volcano in Ecuador, the yellow alert has been changed to Orange alert by IGP (Ecaudor’s Institute of Geophysics). Steady ash emissions along with increased amount of ripples were experienced on 25th March, 2014.

The citizens are advised not to circulate in the surrounding areas. The Orange alert provides release of provincial emergency and the provinces affected includes Napo, Orellana, Sucumbios, and most probably Pichincha.

Reventador (0.07 S, 77.65 W) has erupted more than 25 times since 1541, but the most historic eruption was in 2002. The eruption is said to have caused the volcanic ash raised to a height of 17 kms from the cone affecting around 2 million people!!

Spring Break 2014 in Galapagos and Ecuador – Discover Nature’s Treasure

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Take a break & enjoy the spring break of 2014 in the Galapagos and Ecuador. Spring Break 2014 is happening in schools and universities in U.S. and other countries. And hence, @naturegalapagos invites you to spend all these vacations with the nature.

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ECUADOR: Fresh Lychee Nuts

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Footprints In Ecuador

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If’ you’ve never seen a fresh lychee nut in your life, you’re in for a treat today. As the mango season closes here in Ecuador, one might think to oneself, “How will I ever be able to wait until next December?!”

But then in waltz’s the incredible fresh Lychee nut:

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When I saw fresh Lychee nuts, my first thought was, “OMG! These things look like me on a bad hair day!”

My second thought was , “OMG! These things are so CUTE!  I think we should name them all!!!”

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This past Saturday, I went to the local outdoor market in the town down the road from me. I saw all kinds of things I had never seen in an outdoor market: quail eggs, hanging bloody fresh meat and you guessed it! Fresh Lychee Nuts!

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Find Endemic Species of Monkeys around Amazon Jungle Lodges

We all know that among all the existing and extinct creatures of the earth, the monkeys have the closest and dearest blood relation to human beings. Ever since they came into existence, they have proved to be a boon for the environment too. This can be proved by the way they help in the distribution of seeds and help increase the forests on the earth. Among the total 262 species found across the world, 58 species are found in the Amazon Rain Forest. Though the numbers may seem to be big, it is sad to say that fifty percent of the total monkey species are feared to be extinct. They are now being counted among the most endangered animals on planet earth. Continue reading Find Endemic Species of Monkeys around Amazon Jungle Lodges