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Piedra Herrada, the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary You’ve Never Heard Of

It was the butterflies that prompted our visit to Mexico. I could only dream of millions of monarch butterflies fluttering around us — so many you don’t know where to look. But for a few months each winter, it’s not a dream. It’s a reality, at least at Piedra Herrada Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary near Valle …

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6 Fascinating Places to Visit in Naivasha, Kenya

It’s probably not a coincidence that Naivasha was my favorite place in Kenya. After all, it was one of the few places where there are opportunities to stay active while simultaneously feeling like you’re on safari. Even if you love traditional game drives, there are still a lot of places to visit in Naivasha that …

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Where to Go on a Kenya Wildlife Safari from Diani Beach

Just about everyone who goes to Kenya plans a safari to the Masai Mara. The wildlife sightings there are supposed to be awesome, but the seasons didn’t align for my own trip: it would be too rainy with high chances of road closures, not to mention the animals would either move out or hide in …

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One Day in Custer State Park for Travelers Who Want to See it All

If you only go to one place in South Dakota, you better make it Custer. Somehow this one park manages to pack in epic scenic drives, wildlife sightings so easy it’s practically guaranteed, and hikes that take you through the best of the black Hills. Of course, squeezing it all into one day in Custer …

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This North Dakota National Park is Way Better than Expected

I caught myself judging North Dakota before I went. Even though Theodore Roosevelt National Park is the North Dakota national park that inspired our country’s conservation efforts, I didn’t expect much. Ask anyone: North Dakota is just a boring plains state. It’s home to Little Missouri National Grassland — that’s one MILLION acres of fields, …

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There are 600,000 Puffins in Newfoundland. Here’s Where to See Them

I think it’s obvious why I wanted to see Newfoundland puffins. The clown-like creatures know how to put on a show, flying and diving and making the funniest noises on earth. They’ve got outlandishly orange beaks that are so ridiculous they shed them in the winter, exposing a grey beak underneath. People call them the …

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wilpattu National Park

Deciding which Sri Lankan safari to include on my trip was one of the most frustrating parts of planning.  There are almost too many choices, and never enough information on each one, so I spent most of the research process locked in indecision.  Finally, I settled on Wilpattu National Park, which ended up being the …

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Sea lion colony on Islas Palomino

Islas Palomino: The Best Way to Spend One Day in Callao

Out of the three days I spent in Lima, my excursion out to Islas Palomino was the best part of my visit.  The islands are eco-havens, home to sea birds galore (including penguins!) and rugged landscapes where you can’t go ashore.  Best of all, you can swim the sea lions in cold waters of the …

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Are Paracas National Reserve and Ballestas Islands Worth It?

We almost didn’t visit Paracas Peru.  I was dying to see the Humboldt penguins that live just off the coast in the Ballestas Islands, but it seemed like such a long way to go for some cute, waddly birds.  It wasn’t until I realized there was more to do — far beyond the namesake Paracas …

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