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Get cozy with nature at Tree House Backpackers Lodge

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Treehouse Backpackers Lodge

There is a place where nature reigns supreme and visitors leave little trace of their presence. Where the sun rises and sets quietly as to not disturb the peace it shines upon. Getting back to nature is easy at The Tree House Backpackers Lodge in Hokianga, North Island, New Zealand.

The name should be the first clue that this is a no-nonsense eco-accommodation, The Tree House Backpackers Lodge; you can’t get more explanatory than that. But the lodge lives up to its name however, with subtropical gardens, forest and woodlands to explore, contemplate or just loose yourself.

The place is a retreat style eco-lodge that encompasses simplicity at its best. It’s rustic with wood décor and details that borrow from the natural beauty that surrounds the lodge. Though there is the convenience of a kitchen, laundry and bathroom facilities they are all located in the main lodge, and in communal style, are shared by all guests.

Located on Northland’s Twin Coast Discovery Highway between Cape Reinga and the Waipoua Kauri forest, The Tree House Backpackers Lodge provides a variety of accommodations for travelers wanting to tent camp, use a camper van or stay in a cabin, while enjoying the natural surroundings. When not exploring the natural surroundings of Hokianga Harbour check out the nearby art galleries, beaches, and historic locales.

For travelers really wanting to commune with nature however, there is enough of that on the grounds to keep any nature lover busy. Photograph the wild plant life, take in the activities of local “critters” or just sit on a picnic table and enjoy the peace of being in a place of unobtrusively observing nature.

There’s a time to explore nature and there’s a time to be one with it. For travelers looking to be an inconspicuous part of their surroundings The Tree House Backpackers Lodge is a great choice.

To learn more about The Tree House Backpackers Lodge visit their website.

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Crocodiles and sacred islands in San Blas, Mexico

Monday, May 1st, 2017

San Blas is a small town that was formerly used as a base to fight pirates in western Mexico. Perhaps because swashbucklers have ceased to be a threat for some time, the town has developed a forgotten, rather neglected personality. Some of the larger hotels resemble left-over horror movie sets as they are reclaimed by the surrounding jungles, crocodiles are increasing their numbers in nearby mangrove swamps, and the town is famous for swarms of tiny, biting bugs that adore the place. These are of course a few of the reasons why San Blas is such a great destination for the eco-traveler.

This might sound like a contradiction but because San Blas is not growing by leaps and bounds like seaside locales in so many other areas of the world, habitat for wildlife is kept safe from being converted into sterile, plastic-dominated resorts.

Boat tours are excellent for seeing a wide variety of waterbirds that reside in the mangrove forests and wetlands that surround San Blas. Most of these tours also include a visit to the Tovara Springs and a crocodile farm. The springs are a swimming hole in the middle of the mangroves while the farm is self explanatory and the reason why crocodiles are frequently seen from the boat. The croc farm might also explain the presence of supposedly tame crocodiles in the springs and why more people hang out at the on-site restaurant than in the water (although no one has been attacked yet).

Back in town, other than enjoying a place that actively practices the art of taking it easy (also known as doing nothing), one of the other main activities is a visit to scrub-covered islands just across an estuarine channel. Most travelers get ferried across the narrow stretch of brackish water to hang out on the island’s beaches. Huichol natives from the highlands, however, trek down to San Blas and specifically go to this island for sacred ceremonies they have been carrying out since pre-colonial times.

Because of this, care should be taken to not disturb any prayer circles or otherwise obvious sacred sites on the island, nor should you touch any God’s Eye weavings or arrows found in the area as these are sacred objects that were purposely left behind after Huichol ceremonies.

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