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Commune with the gorillas of Rwanda

August 27th, 2014

Commune with gorillas with Rwanda Eco-ToursTaking a peek at the lives of gorillas is not a new experience, afterall they are a common resident of zoos and nature parks. Communing with them where they live, however, now that’s a twist on the zoo concept for sure.

You don’t have to be Jane Goodall to see these gorillas. The trek starts with an early morning drive to Musanze/Ruhengeri passing through the picturesque hilly countryside. The landscape is what gives Rwanda its nickname of “the Land of a Thousand Hills.” Then trek among the Mountain Gorillas of Parc National des Volcans for the experience of a lifetime. There are seven gorilla groups that have been habituated for tourism.

Getting up close and personal with the gorillas isn’t the only amazing aspect of this tour. There are spectacular views of the volcanoes of Mount Karisimbi, Bisoke, Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura. You’ll wind down your tour with a visit to Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village to have an interactive experience with locals learning about Rwandan traditions, culture, song and dance. Sample the local cuisine and take a taste of banana beer.

Rwanda Eco-Tours strives to make a difference in the world by offering eco and responsible safaris that directly benefit the local Rwanda community as an incentive for conservation. During your tour you even have the option of visiting the projects and communities that benefit from these eco tours.

Rwanda Eco-Tours is owned and run by local Rwandans. Their extensive experience and knowledge in tourism and conservation will assure you experience the wonders of the gorilla habitat, the beauty of the country’s people and culture in a way you’ve never experienced before.

If a day trek is too short, Rwanda Eco-Tours has 2-, 4-, 6-, 7-, 8- and 12-day excursions that will allow you to more deeply explore the culture, community, and of course the gorillas!

Go apes with Rwanda Eco-Tours.

Erupting with beauty, Mount St. Helens renews life among the ashes

August 24th, 2014

Mount St. Helens Oregon ToursIt’s been decades since Mount Saint Helens blew its top. For those old enough to remember the event it was all at once frightening and amazing yet saddening to see how the landscape changed and, in many cases, was decimated. Ash spewed for thousands of miles and everyone wondered what would remain of former splendor of the area.

These days life goes on in the area around Mount Saint Helens yet there are still remnants of that fateful day, side by side with new growth and new hope.

Take a Mount Saint Helens Volcano Tour and learn about the blast zone, the mudflows, pyroclastic flows, biological regeneration and the largest avalanche recorded by man.

With Eco Tours of Oregon, you’ll tour in a small groups  and journey alongside the Columbia River learning about the geological forces which created Mount Saint Helens and the other Cascades Mountains.

Travel up the North Fork of the Toutle River with stops along the way to view two-mile remnant mudflows and debris. As you enter the “lateral blast zone” you’ll see the shattered trees and stumps covering hillsides where 600 mph super-headed winds decimated everything to the north  up to 17 miles away.

Incredible photo and viewing spots can be seen from the new road, which was built 3,000 feet above the valley floor in anticipation of future eruptions. But the highlight of the tour is the Johnston Ridge Observatory, where you’ll watch a 20 minute film on the events leading up to the volanco’s great eruption. From the observatory you’ll have a superior vantage point to witness the active volcano. Before your tour ends you’ll get the chance to take a walk and witness first hand the regeneration of the forest.

See the results of the power of nature and the beauty of the cycle of life with Eco Tours of Oregon.

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