Travel Journal

Arctic Circle

Extreme North: Visiting The Arctic Circle

When I took my first trip beyond the Arctic Circle, I had not read any John McPhee, nor did I know anything about the Brooks Range, and had never seen the Ice Road (even on TV). The idea of visiting the arctic circle seemed to simply represent the wild and unknown; a place more-or-less devoid of roads and people. Wild …

A History of Life: What is Gondwana?

What is Gondwana? Inevitably, when people take a trip with Gondwana Ecotours, the question arises: “What is Gondwana?”. At last, we are prepared to reveal the meaning behind this strange word. Once upon a long-gone time, there was an Enormous (with a capital E) landmass adrift on planet earth. This was long before anyone had thought to name the oceans, …

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Top Three Tasty Treats from Alaska

Food, Glorious Food When one thinks of the Golden Heart City of Fairbanks, or any remote town of Alaska, culinary delights are probably not among the first images that come to mind. Yet Fairbanks is indeed home to a surprising array of flavors. Looking back at our travels in Alaska, we’d like to take a moment to honor the excellent …

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Dreams of the Amazon

Four years ago, I woke up at 4:00 AM and slowly made my way to my Achuar host family’s hut in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. I drank huayusa tea and gave it time to cleanse my body, as it was customary. All of the members in the family in a circle shared their dream and their elder, Celestino, interpreted them. …

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The Magic of the Northern Lights

Life is a series of moments; continuous and unyielding. Every now and then we can seemingly slow down time and appreciate an event that is somehow outstanding, special, and memorable. For me life is about the beautiful moments and travel can often inspire these powerful experiences just as nature can inspire the soul. When I think about what makes Gondwana …

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My Summer in the Amazon

In 2011, I volunteered in the Ecuadorian Amazon. I discovered a delicate yet complex world teeming with life and giving life. Seeing this ecological wonder in person is life-changing to me. My summer in the Amazon took me to a little village deep in the heart of the rainforest. To get there, I travelled from Quito, through the Andes Mountains …

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What to Pack for the Northern Lights Alaskan Adventure

Going to Alaska is quite an adventure, especially if you are out having fun in the snow and searching for the Northern Lights. To give you an idea of what an arctic experience is like, here are a few things you should pack: A Winter Hat This hat should protect the top of your head, back of your head, ears …

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8 Things You Need to Know About Photographing the Northern Lights

1. What time of year to do it: Photographing the northern lights is an incredibly rewarding activity, though a little knowledge goes a long way in capturing the dancing wonders. Autumn and Winter are the best times for viewing the aurora, while March and October are regarded as the two months with the most impressive light shows. However, visibility fluctuates …

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Predicting Nature: When is the best time to see the Northern Lights?

A question we commonly receive is “When is the best time to see the northern lights?”. While we can maximize our odds, there really is no way to predict the Northern Lights or nature for that matter. Because of our understanding through scientific observation we are now capable of forecasting nature to a degree. Like storms here on earth, the …