If you ever visit Ecuador, make sure to get close to paradise and spend some time on las Islas Galápagos. It is definitely one of the most thrilling experiences I have ever made. This volcanic archipelago and jaw-dropping national park is located in the Pacific Ocean about 1000 km west of Ecuador. Follow Charles Darwin and check out the amazing variety of endemic species found on these beautiful islands.
The Máori call the North Island of New Zealand “Te Ika-a-Māui”, “the fish of Maui”. Legend claims that Maui was an untalented fisherman who hid in his brothers´boat to join them on their fishing trip. They refused to give him bait, so he broke his nose and used his blood on his grandmother´s magic jawbone to catch fish. He ended up pulling up a really big one – the North Island =) Whether you believe the story or not, here are more beautiful pics taken in Te Ika-a-Māui….
Located in the Pacific Ocean about 1500 kilometers east of Australia, Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud, is a very diverse and extraordinary piece of land. The grass seems to be greener than elsewhere, the sheep more numerous than anything else and the beaches much prettier than those you have visited before. Having lived in New Zealand for almost two years, I had the chance to return to the most beautiful country in the world in 2010. Here are some of my favorite shots of a two-week North Island tour.
Bali, an Indonesian island situated between Java and Lombok, is less than 150 km long and only 50 km wide. Nevertheless, it offers a plethora of different landscapes ranging from long, white beaches to rice terraces and volcanoes. I experienced Balinese people to be friendly and open-minded when backpacking their island. More than 90% of them are Hindus and immolate neatly-made boxes filled with flowers every day before they eat in order to praise their gods. Here are some of my favorite pictures. Enjoy Bali =)
Tourism is one of the most important means of income for many countries. In 2010 almost one billion international tourist arrivals were reported worldwide with France being the most popular travel destination. With the steadily rising tourist numbers, ecological tourism becomes more and more important. Personally, I love travelling and I enjoy seeing different places and doing things I have never done before. I especially like doing stuff that´s special. Here are two ecotourism destinations I consider both special and worth checking out.