Off the Beaten Track in Peru: Adventure meets Culture with Trek Hoppers

Kristi from Terra Incognita went on a six-day trip with new operator Trek Hoppers in December 2018. Here’s what she discovered off the beaten track in Peru. I closed my mouth only to have it fall open again. Machu Picchu was suddenly visible from across a valley, and it was neither cliché or tourist-laden as I’d expected. It looked like a granite crown growing out of the mountain itself, wrought by forces that didn’t seem human, its rough points emblazoned gold-yellow in the afternoon sun. Matt Waugh, our guide, had spent the last three hours of our hike downplaying the …

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Belize | TREE Belize | Natural Belize

TREE’s mission is simple: Conservation Through Exploration. We specialize in three things. First and foremost we take people into the heart of tropical rainforest ecosystems. Second, we immerse in the cultures of Belize, Guyana, and Jamaica. Lastly, we promote conservation and sustainable living through experiential education and supporting local protected areas. In order to get the most out of these experiences we constantly push individuals to step outside of their comfort zone and embrace the area beyond, a place we refer to as the “magic zone.”  If you are able step outside of that familiar comfort zone amazing experiences await …

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Peru | Trek Hoppers | Sacred Valley Homestay Trekking

‘Trek hopping’ is a unique and different way to explore and experience the Andes regions by foot. We offer to get you from A to B in day stages, whilst visiting and staying in local communities along the way. Our group sizes are ideally from 4 – 14 members as we want to keep an intimate number of people trekking these routes, where accommodation within the communities may be limited. We do not want to arrive ‘en-mass’ everywhere we go. Thus giving as a better control group dynamics and pace. We contribute back to the places we go and have the …

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Peru | Inkaterra | Ornithology in Reserva Amazónica

Conserving the environment, preserving the native cultures, developing sustainable tourism in Peru. Inkaterra is a Peruvian organization that has over 43 years of experience in sustainable tourism initiatives. It focuses on preserving Peru’s nature and cultures and sharing them with the world. Each year Inkaterra hosts more than 200,000 travellers providing authentic nature experiences in Peru, while rescuing, presenting and showcasing Peru’s culture and nature for the world. Top Five Birds Black-faced cotinga Blue-and-yellow macaw White-throated toucan Paradise tanager Sunbittern Ethics At Terra Incognita we support tours that do good in the world. They must help to conserve the environment, …

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Bolivia | BOLIVIA naturally | Endemic Macaws and Wildlife of Bolivia in Central South America

Looking for birdwatching in a different, unusual and exciting setting you never had thought of before? Join us on a discovery of a lifetime in Bolivia. Bolivia offers 1400+ bird species, including 20 endemics and another 100 spectacular bird species confined to a variety of limited ecosystems. Some of Bolivia’s endemic birds, such as blue-throated macaw and red-fronted macaw are among the most endangered birds on Earth. Our birding tours visit a diverse range of habitats and have an emphasis on the unusual endemic species of the region. Top Five Birds Red-fronted Macaw Blue-fronted Macaw Hooded mountain Toucan Red-tailed Comet …

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Panama | Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge | Birding Western Panama

Tranquilo Bay has listed over 200 species of birds on-sight and over 500 from our daily excursions to nearby bird-rich environments. Bocas del Toro, Panama is geologically gifted, creating extreme species diversity; there are an incredible variety of ecosystems, habitats and altitudinal zones only a short distance from the lodge. Our guides are passionate about observing wildlife, excellent at spotting as well as identification and frequently work with bird watching groups and individuals with birding specific itineraries. Top Five Birds Golden-collared Manakin leks Nicaraguan Seed Finch Snowy Cotinga Stub-tailed Spadebill Three-Wattled Bellbird Ethics At Terra Incognita we support tours that …

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Cuba | Caribbean Conservation Trust | Cuba Bird Surveys with Nils Navarro

The Caribbean Conservation Trust (CCT) has been the leader in providing legal bird conservation programs for U.S. citizens in Cuba since 1996. CCT is the top choice from a licensing & programmatic perspective, and because of our distinct relationships & knowledge.  You are invited on an exclusive, U.S. led and managed birding program to Cuba! The program is managed by the Caribbean Conservation Trust, Inc. (CCT), which is based in Connecticut. In early 2018 CCT staff began their 22nd year of managing bird conservation and natural history programs in Cuba. Along with CCT Ornithologist Michael Good, our team will include award-winning Cuban …

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Guyana | Ron Allicock Birding Tours | Guianan Shield Endemics

Guyana really does offer something special: a small South American country nestled on the Atlantic Coast east of Venezuela and west of Suriname, it is one of the last unexplored wild places on earth yet offers incredible access into a great variety of pristine habitats. It is also a land of great contrasts as you leave behind the coastal city of Georgetown travelling into the interior, over vast unspoilt forests and incredible isolated waterfalls. The lure of Guyana is its true wilderness and amazing wildlife with many sought after species easier to see here than any of the surrounding countries. …

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Trinidad | Caligo Ventures | Best of Trinidad

This tour is designed to showcase the best of Trinidad. Compared to our classic 10-Day, 2-Island Classic Tour, it is more flexible in pace, with options to pursue your interests, be they birding, butterflies, photography, or simply relaxing in a tropical setting (and let the birds come to you). It is ideal for returning guests, or for couples or friends with diverse interests. It also fits well into a calendar week, great for those with limited time. Two fine lodges are featured for variety. First and foremost, you stay at the Asa Wright Nature Centre (AWNC), enjoying the famous verandah …

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Guyana | Naturalist Journeys | Guyana Unspoiled Wilderness

Join Naturalist Journeys on a spectacularly wild adventure tour to Guyana, South America’s hidden gem. This unspoiled wilderness, off the radar for many travelers, offers an incredible experience — birds and mammals abound! The substrate here is the ancient granitic Guianan Shield, which, along with the Brazilian Shield to the south of the Amazon River, forms the primeval geologic heart of the South American continent. Tropical rainforest has been growing here for millions of years, slowly adapting to changing soil conditions as nutrients leached from the soils. Today Guyana still holds unending forest, myriad rivers, and expansive savannah. This Guyana …

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