By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Falkland Islands Tourism)
These are vacation ideas you don’t hear about very often. Do you long for a travel adventure unlike anything else offered?
As a travel writer for more than 25 years, I seek unique, off-the-beaten- path destinations where we can meet the people and experience their culture. Taking a boat trip to the jungles of Costa Rica along a river filled with crocodiles was unforgettable.
In certain rural areas of Thailand, elephants are kept as pets similar to Americans having dogs and cats. These elephants live under the families’ home while the children learn how to take care of them. I had the chance to ride around five elephants and the most adventurous was on an elephant safari into the Thai jungle.
Another experience while in the open-air market in Marrakesh, Morocco, one of the snake handlers wrapped a Cobra around my neck explaining it had been defanged but later I learned the fangs do grow back.
If you like nature and animals, there are several once-in-a-lifetime suggestions.
New Island & West Point Island, in the Falkland Islands
These remote Islands- New Island & West Point islands- seem untouched and still beckon travelers with their unspoiled beauty. This destination reminds me of Tahiti before the country become so popular with tourists.
The Falkland Islands are an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean on the Patagonian Shelf. The principal islands are about 300 miles east of South America’s southern Patagonian coast.
You will really see wildlife because when you step on New Island, it is a wildlife and nature reserve with strict environment by a group protecting their birds and animals. There’s hiking around the mountains to see the rookery of the amazing Rockhopper Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags nesting areas.
When the environment is appreciated, people can enjoy the wildlife in a natural setting. Other wildlife include the Black-browed Albatross and Upland Geese. You take time to experience the scenery and talk your photographs. Tour guides provide a touch of history about the island and wildlife background. Some of the interesting highlights on New Island are historic Barnard’s stone barn traces back to the times of the first inhabitants and parts of the Protector III minesweeper’s wreck.
If you haven’t seen enough of nature’s wonders, the Peale black and white dolphins pop up from the waters as the boat travels to West Point Island. There is time to walk around the trails to see the Black-browed Albatrosses, Rockhopper Penguins and various plants. You might have a chance to hear the owners of the island tell little-known tales of the past.
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