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Think Alaska is only accessible from a large cruise ship? Guess again. We sent contributor Lilit Marcus to Southeast Alaska to see if she can recreate the standard shore excursion with a series of day trips and small-ship adventures.

Think back to that one childhood vacation that you can never forget, now imagine trying to recreate the experience as an adult with your own family? Jamie Simons did just that when she set out to revisit her husband’s trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Parks in the world of iPads, portable DVD players and a restless only child.

From floods to cyclones to droughts and nearby earthquakes, Australia is struggling to promote and protect its natural resources.Virtuous Traveler Leslie Garrett asks if Down Under can get on top of its environmental challenges to become an ecotourism hotspot.

As the Nile River weaves and winds its way up Africa, it takes one turn to a special place found in Northern Uganda, Paraa Safari Lodge inside Murchison Falls National Park. Here is an oasis offering breathtaking scenery and a backyard that is teeming with giraffes, elephants, leopards and of course the King of the Jungle, including one lion who is surviving in the wild with only“three legs. Watch it all unfold in part two of Tawnya Rush’s safari through Uganda where seeing is believing.

North of Uganda’s capital city of Kampala, Paraa Safari Lodge is right inside the Murchison Falls National Park. It’s a beautiful place designed to stimulate the senses. You’ll hear the roar of one the world’s largest waterfalls and spot some of nature’s most beautiful wild animals. From the moment you arrive, wildlife greets you with curiosity. Watch contributor Tawnya Rush’s safari adventures where seeing is believing.

Winter means its whale-watching season as whales migrate south to warm, shallow waters.

The mystical ruins of Machu Picchu are not the last undiscovered treasure in Peru. Lynn Langway reports from the Manu Biosphere Preserve, an unspoiled wilderness in the Southeastern Amazon basin that neither the Incas nor the Spanish ever conquered—and most travelers still miss.

Every eco-lodge has its own story and every proprietor a unique motivation, Meg Pier continues her Peer to Pier interview series in Tobago with Ean Mackay of Adventure Eco Villas.


    Enjoyed this article! There are a few eco-lodge gems in the Caribbean. I imagine the setting, in Tobago with their rain forests and so much to explore, is ideal. Saba is another good island for ecotourism. We did plenty of hiking and diving, eating fresh and healthy, and stayed at the Rainforest Ecolodge. No electricity, no hot water, just nature. A blissful vacation.