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The Top 8 Experiences In Costa Rica

Costa Rica is the country on everyone's lips at the moment. Direct flights from London to Costa Rica are just around the corner, so whether you're trying to beat the rush or take advantage of the direct service, this laid-back Central American country has something for everyone.

When Tucan Travel asked me to write about the highlights of my experience on their Costa Rica Encompassed tour, I jumped at the chance. Read on and...

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5 Instagram Travel Photography Tips

Hey there fellow adventurers.

This is a blog for all you guys and girls travelling around the world (and even those who don’t), to help get a little more from your Instagram account and editing your photos. These aren't set rules or anything, just friendly tips and an insight into how I edit/prepare and go about getting my images for Instagram. The main focus is on travel images, and I got plenty of those when I was on Tucan Travel's overland trip from Victoria Falls to Cape Town over...

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Entering the Masai Mara

The ground ran red as the rain mixed with the dust that had stained our feet only hours earlier forming a rich paste matching the Masai’s clothes. It was a bumpy ride to the Masai Mara, down dirt roads, littered with rocks and holes. Grazing lands rolled out, as far as the eye could see with herds of cattle and goats dotted across the horizon, tended to by the tall and graceful men, carrying their staffs.

The atmosphere in the van was electric. There was not much of a drive to go. Soon...

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World Land Trust raises £1million for orangutans

The World Land Trust is an international conservation organisation that takes direct action to save rainforest and other biologically important lands. Since it was founded in 1989, it has helped local conservation organisations to purchase and protect over 400,000 acres of threatened habitats in Asia, Europe Central and South America.

Tucan Travel has been working to raise money for the World Land Trust since 2009 by adding a further 10% of all money raised in their Carbon Offset Scheme...

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Spotting Rhino in Chitwan National Park

It was only a matter of minutes after stepping out of the dugout canoe when our guide, Bishnu came running out of the jungle to say that he had spotted our first rhino.

The irony of the situation was not lost on me. Having spent two weeks in eastern Africa on Tucan Travels Gorillas & Game Group Tour, we had spent days criss-crossing the national parks searching for the fascinating creatures but to no avail. Now, I was here in southern Nepal, much closer to South East Asia where demand...

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Overnight Camel ride in Jaisalmer

There is a lot more to India than just the typical Golden Triangle route, which of course is an epic tour on its own.  If you choose a tour that explores the Rajasthan area, then you will notice many visit Jaisalmer, and there is no denial why.  It is a very beautiful and historic city painted in yellow sandstone, headlined by its very impressive “Golden Fort” which also doubles as the world’s only inhabited medieval fort.  You can get some spectacular city shots from the top, and...

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The beauty of the Masai Mara

Imagine that it is 6am, the Sun is just rising and your jeep is in the middle of the African Savannah. So many beautiful creatures surround you and this is the perfect time of day to see them.

Giraffes and zebra make their way to watering holes where they are joined by elephants, buffalo and even lions! Seeing a lion take a drink of the murky water while the nearby zebra herd remain on heightened alert is exhilerating and you feel so privileged to have seen such amazing creatures that...

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What to pack for a Gorilla Trek

Gorilla Trek Packing List

The Gorilla Trek is something you will probably only do once so you want to make sure you get it right. Having just returned from my hike, I sat down and compiled the ultimate Gorilla Trek Packing List.  The Gorilla Trek is the ultimate adventure and complete privilege to complete. I loved every minute of my Gorilla Trek, a trip I did last month with Tucan Travel. I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t a breeze. It was hard. It was made tougher by the adverse weather conditions which we...

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Gorilla Trekking – is it responsible?

I decided in this post I would discuss one of the increasingly popular activities for travellers in Africa and how it affects the region. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is a remarkable experience. You are surrounded by rainforest looking at an animal with expressions so human-like you’ll later swear you shared a ‘moment’ with the silverback… and there’s a chance you may have.

With fewer than 900 mountain gorillas left in the world and roughly half of those living in the Bwindi...

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Slothing around Costa Rica

My mind was made up, it was time…. time to meet a sloth. I’d been to Central America before, and been to South America, but I’d never experienced a sloth sighting. Desperate times call for desperate decisions and so I was on my way to Costa Rica with the express intent on seeing at least one sloth. Of course to go all that way and not see some other things seemed a little too rash, so onto the Tucan Travel San Jose to Panama City tour I booked.

With approximately 25% of Costa Rica...

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