Water, Water, Everywhere – Brazil’s Final Leg

For the final leg of our week-long visit to Brazil, we headed back towards Rio De Janeiro with a stop over at Serra de Canastra National Park, a national park in the cerrado biome of Brazil found on the watershed between the São Francisco and Parana rivers. Essentially this is a national park built around a waterfall. The São … Continue reading Water, Water, Everywhere – Brazil’s Final Leg

Madagascar – Amber Mountain – And Chameleons and Geckos Galore!

When visiting Madagascar, it is almost essential to hire a driver and vehicle to get around the island. Although you technically could visit everywhere via public transportation, the scarcity of rides in remote areas would involve long waits and very uncomfortable rides (remember Tsingy?) While hiring a private car can often be very expensive, when you … Continue reading Madagascar – Amber Mountain – And Chameleons and Geckos Galore!

Mauritius – Indian Ocean Islands – Wait, Are We Back In Hawaii??? (And wanted by the Officials?!?)

Next on our agenda? Mauritius -- an island in the Indian Ocean home to some of the rarest species in the world. But getting there was a bit easier said than done! When we arrived at the airport in the Seychelles, the check in line for our next flight was basically out the door. Apparently … Continue reading Mauritius – Indian Ocean Islands – Wait, Are We Back In Hawaii??? (And wanted by the Officials?!?)

The Seychelles – Indian Ocean Islands – Living the Dream

Although the World Health Organization recommended against it, the Seychelles still implemented a travel ban for anyone entering the country via Madagascar. (In case you missed it, there was a bit of a pneumonic plague situation going on.) Uh oh, I had a layover in Madagascar a few days prior! Luckily my layover in the … Continue reading The Seychelles – Indian Ocean Islands – Living the Dream

Raja Ampat – West Papua – The Land of Beautiful Islands

West Papua, while technically part of Indonesia, couldn't be more different than the rest of the country. In fact, when Indonesia declared independence from the Dutch in 1949, the mineral-rich island of Papua was excluded from the deal. It wasn’t until 1963 when then-president Sukarto demanded it, that West Papua actually became a part of … Continue reading Raja Ampat – West Papua – The Land of Beautiful Islands