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Flamingos and bird-filled marshes in southern France

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

This title might sound like some eco-fantasy since the French are historically known for making delicacies out of various wild bird species but it’s as true as baguettes in a Parisian bakery. The bird-rich marshes of the Camargue in the southern part of the country amply demonstrate that conservation of wildlife has come a long way in France. The “Camargue” is the name given to the large and unique delta of the Rhone River. Wetlands, stony plains, and open, Mediterranean scrub provide a rich mix of habitats for several animal and plant species that don’t occur anywhere else in France.

Flamingos are common and easy to watch as they quickly stomp their feet in shallow, brackish waters of this national preserve. Hundreds and hundreds of gulls, terns, plovers, ducks, egrets, herons, and Marsh Harriers also thrive in the extensive reedbeds and shallow pools. Colorful Bee-eaters, Eurasian Rollers (a strange, open country bird dressed in different shades of blue), and Hoopoes (an even more strange pink and black bird with a thin, downcurved bill) are frequently seen in the area of the reserve, and semi-wild, black Bulls plow their way through the marshy landscape.

Other aquatic birds such as White Storks and stilts also hang out at the visitor center located just outside of the small, seaside village of Saint Marie de la Mer. This is also an excellent stop for learning more about the history and importance of this reserve. Other benefits of visiting France on an eco-vacation can also be enjoyed in the village in the form of fantastic Provencal cuisine but don’t expect to find wild birds on any of the menus; that practice was outlawed some years ago.

Further afield, the old Roman town and Van Gogh hangout of Arles appeals to the artistically oriented eco-traveler, whereas scrubby, fragrant hills around the old fortress town of Les Baux are a great place to go hiking and birdwatching.

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Swing through the trees with the greatest of ease in Costa Rica

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Costa Rica canopy toursSometimes there’s a place that is so amazing you can’t take it all in from the ground. You’ve got to see it from the sky. That’s where Titi Canopy Tours comes in. You’ll be flying high when you take a Titi Canopy Tours zip line tour. Experience primary and secondary rainforest canopy in a unique way, with your feet dangling, your heart racing and sights and sounds of the jungle filling your ears.

Gather your courage and take a ride on a zip line. Titi Canopy Tours has state-of-the-art equipment and a first rate safety record, so you can feel confident you’ll be in good hands. Keeping this in mind, you’ll have the chance to strap yourself into a zip line and experience the exhilarating thrill of flying from treetop to treetop reaching up to 450 meters. It’s a scary thought to be sure, but for the adventurous, it’s also a bit exciting, and probably the best view of the jungle.

Titi Canopy Tours will take you on a 2-hour guided journey through the rainforest canopy on a series of 12 zip line cables. On your way, you’ll see Titi monkeys, two and three toed sloths, poison dart frogs, iguanas and toucans, not to mention the beautiful valley and unspoiled rainforest.

When you need a break, rest a bit in a bungalow high on a hilltop while taking in the views. Or, take a nature walk to learn about the inhabitants that exist in the Costa Rican rainforest and visit the butterfly garden on the Titi Canopy grounds. The whole tour takes place just minutes away from Manuel Antonio and Quepos.

Other nearby activities include surfing, waterfall repelling, bird watching, ocean kayaking and just about any other activity that takes advantage of the opportunity to be among the most incredible flora and fauna around.

Get ready to fly by visiting the Titi Canopy tour website.

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