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Vulture on the River

This picture was taken at the Amazon Ecopark in Brazil. The lodge here offers a few day trips that you can go do, as well as jungle walks led by a guide. In our experience, the ecopark also had a plethora of wildlife in the surrounding areas. Of course with nature there’s no guarantee that you’ll see something, but we had great luck here. We saw a few different varieties of monkeys, including the endangered Pied Tamarin, as well as two sloths, and a ton of birds including this really cool vulture. The Amazon is not the easiest place to spot animals, a lot of areas have such dense forest that it becomes difficult to see things, but the wide variety of bird life that can be spotted here is absolutely astonishing. If you’re up for the challenge of spotting some very cool wildlife this is a great area to visit!

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Howler Monkeys at the Juma Lodge

This picture was taken at the Juma Amazon Lodge in Amazonas State, Brazil. We stayed in the Amazon for about a week, it was a very interesting trip. The Juma is a cool place to stay, but be advised that none of the place that you’d be staying in the Brazilian Amazon are likely to have air conditioning, there are going to be bugs, it’s going to be hot, and there are going to be limited dining options. That being said, the stuff that we saw was absolutely worth any discomfort. This lodge was nice and they have activities for tourists/ travelers to do. These include jungle hikes, tree climbing, visiting an indigenous village, fishing, canoeing, and more! I liked the lodge a lot, but it’s definitely a little on the secluded side, so bring some books and be prepared for some downtime, it’s unlikely that you’ll be out during the hotter parts of the day.

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On the Shores of the Mekong

This picture was taken on the river bank of the Mekong in Laos, somewhere outside of Luang Prabang. We came on this spot while riding elephants on a joint elephant ride/ waterfall visit outside of the town we were staying in. Luang Prabang is a beautiful place, and it’s a great central location to stay and visit some of the outlying areas like this. Tours to visit the waterfall, ride elephants, visit the whiskey village, and visit the Cave of a Thousand Buddhas (Pak Ou Caves), can be arranged in the town of Luang Prabang. The Mekong is gorgeous, and there are lots of spots along the banks that offer beautiful views like this one. You can see the Mekong when you’re in town, but you get really nice views like this outside of town, and it’s great to explore and visit some of the outlying areas. I would recommend an elephant ride as a great day trip, I love elephants and it’s definitely an interesting experience to ride them through some of the more jungly areas outside of town.

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Watching

This picture was taken at the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, in the Ugandan Highlands. This is a Highland gorilla, this forest is home to over half of the world’s (highly endangered) mountain gorilla population. In order to see this you need to go on a trek, and the length time which you trek is dependent on how quickly you find the gorillas. There aren’t any paths, you sort of just dive into the forest, walking sticks are advisable, especially if you have trouble on uneven terrain. I’m not a fan of walking sticks, but I still found it helpful. Also, make sure you are in appropriate attire before you go; really do your research! DON’T GO IN SHORTS! Wear long pants and tuck them in to long socks, there are biting ants in Uganda, and trust me, you don’t want anything distracting you while you’re seeing these amazing creatures. Also, wear long sleeves, it’s hot, but you’ll want the protection, lightweight travel shirts that dry quickly are advisable. Once you’ve found the gorillas you are only allowed to spend one hour with them. All of the information you need will be provided by a park ranger/ guide, but it’s good to know what you need ahead of time. Honestly, i’ve seen a lot of amazing things, and I don’t know that i’ve ever been so in awe in my life. It’s expensive to go, but if you can afford it and you aren’t afraid to sweat a little GO! It’s worth it.

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Some sort of mushrooms around a small tree. Taken in the BEAUTIFUL rain forests of Costa Rica

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