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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – Adventure of a Lifetime

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The Thrill of Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Were you glued to the TV as British celebs struggled up Africa’s highest mountain for Comic Relief? Did you cheer when Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole reached the summit just before dawn?

Did you look at the breathtaking scenery and the dawn over Africa and think, “Wow, I’d like some of that?” If the answer’s “Yes,” and the brave Comic Relief team inspired you, then you too can enjoy the adventure of a lifetime climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Choose from two excellent treks: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – 5 Days/4 Nights or Mount Kilimanjaro Tours – 6 Days/5 Nights, each taking a different route. Both show you the best this great mountain has to offer. And both are guaranteed to be spectacular!

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Spa and Sailing Deals in New York

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Spend a weekend in luxury as you enjoy eye-popping views of the New York skyline and relax with the aid of essential oils. Exotic spa deals will teach you how to roll a cigar or refresh you with a rose petal bath. Post-spa fun can be had out on the New York Harbor. Try the new Audubon eco-cruise to appease the naturalist in you or, if a livelier jaunt is your desire, dance the night away or take the helm yourself on an oceanic adventure. City lights will add a sparkle to your voyage no matter what the activity you choose!

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New isango! Travel Experiences February 09 Update!

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February has brought us a library of exciting new tours and deals for exploring the globe. On isango! you can find the best offers for biking across the hills of San Francisco, USA or absorbing the magical air blowing off the ocean at Cabo da Roca on a tour of Sintra, Portugal. From Washington DC to Paris to Dubai we have great products for you!

New Things to Explore in Portugal:

Sintra Scenic TourThis 4.5 hour tour takes you through the scenic countryside of Lisbon providing splendid views of castles, ocean and the alluring Boca do Inferno where the waves stir in chaos. Stretch your legs at the Pena National Palace and the small town of Cascais, home to local fisherman and sometimes the royals of Europe.

Hop on Hop off 48h Bus ticketExplore Lisbon at your own pace with a 2-day access pass to a bus driving to all the best destinations within the city. Offered in 8 languages, the tour provides an unbeatable orientation to the city.

Red Tramcar – The Hills TourThe easiest way to explore the expansive hills of Lisbon, the Red Tramcar allows you to explore the city without leaving your seat! Just look out your window to see the medieval architecture of the Alfama, people chatting and shopping by homes in Chiado and the impressive government buildings and mansions of Lapa. continue reading

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Former warship to become man-made reef

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A decommissioned American warship is to be sunk into the ocean to create an articifical reef, it has been revealed.

The USS Kittiwake, a submarine rescue craft used by the US Navy during World War Two, will be sunk into a large sand patch off the island of Grand Cayman, near the popular Seven Mile Beach.

Over time it will form an artificial reef and should attract a variety of species of ocean life as it becomes an attraction for divers and snorkelers.

"It will be the biggest thing that’s happened in the dive industry in the last 10 years," said President of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association Steve Broadbelt.

Cayman is already a popular dive destination, with tourism accounting for around half its annual income.

Cayman tourism minister Charles Clifford stressing the environmental benefits of the plan, saying: "This site will also benefit our marine ecology by providing artificial habitats for fish and much desired relief for some of our frequently visited dive sites."

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Congratulations to Sarah Stocks!

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Congratulations to Sarah Stocks, winner of the isango! Perfect Holiday Contest.

Sarah entertained, surprised and inspired us all with her creative description of paradise, entitled ‘Tropical Rainforest? Or is it?’.

Having received the most public votes throughout the month-long competition, she is now entitled to £500 worth if isango! products.

Way to go, Sarah!

Here is her (scandalous!) entry:

Tropical Rainforest? Or is it?’

He looks right into my eyes with his soulful browns, rippling muscles, dressed only in a small loin cloth. “I want to take you to a secret place high in the rainforest” he says “we can make a hammock from the vines.” His voice is so sultry, so sexy. But no, I can’t. Yes, it sounds like paradise, but I am here with my new husband on honeymoon, and he is waiting for me. “I’m so sorry I need to go.” He looks sad for a moment then says “okay, but please let me walk with you to keep you company.” We stroll in the scorching heat, passing all sorts of wild and crazy animals. We walk for miles and eventually reach my partner standing beside a huge castle. My tall, dark stranger turns to me and whispers in my ear, “maybe tomorrow you will return? Balou was looking forward to meeting you and we really need a hand to stitch that hammock.” I replied, “we’ll see, Tarzan – I still haven’t seen Tigger yet, so that’s tomorrow’s goal.” I turn to my husband with freshly dripping ice cream in his hands and think to myself, “I love Disneyland…”

Ooh la la, Sarah! Great work. We hope that your holiday fantasy comes true!

Tours:
Enchanted Rainforest Dinner

Daintree Rainforest Tour

Disneyland Adventure

Disneyworld Adventure

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Photos of La Jolla Seals

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I would like to thank Karen Lorah for submitting her fantastic photographs of La Jolla for yesterday’s blog about top wedding locations – I had to post more of them!

For those of you that don’t know, La Jolla is a wealthy seaside resort or “village” in San Diego, California, which annually attracts not only lots of tourists but also…lots of adorable SEALS.

Check out Karen’s photos:

La Jolla Seals

 

La Jolla Seal 2

 

La Jolla Seal 3

 

So cute!  Thanks again, Karen!

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Cyprus is for the birds

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If you”re thinking about Cyprus for a holiday this year, potential visitors are reminded that it is a destination also favoured by several hundred species of birds.

The island provides an unrivalled bird-watching prospect as millions of exotic birds fill the Cypriot sky and landscape during the Northern migration journey between the continents of Europe, Africa and Asia which occurs between August and October.

Cyprus”s geographical position provides an ideal stopover for a huge number of birds.

Some species are rarely seen anywhere else, some only visit fleetingly and leave after a day or two and some can be spotted regularly as they nest for weeks or even months.

Birdwatchers from all over the world enjoy this annual natural spectacle which can be enhanced if visitors join one of the organised tours.

Knowledgeable local experts invariably know when and where to look for the best experience and can offer informal commentary.

From the salt lakes filled with Greater Flamingos to the Troodos Mountains – home to Griffon Vultures – there is always something to see.

Go to Cyprus, millions of birds can”t be wrong.

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Underwater wonders from the Canary Islands

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Many uphold that spontaneity is the key to a good time but sometimes a ringside seat for a natural spectacle needs to be booked in advance to avoid any disappointment.

A two-hour marine life watching voyage aboard the Spirit of the Seas off the shores of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands is one such experience.

The ship”s itinerary is barely the same twice as she leaves three times a day from the south-western port of Puerto Rico at 10:00, 12:30 and 15:00.

Spirit of the Sea has been specifically equipped as a purpose-built aquatic life search vessel and can get much closer to underwater wildlife than most vessels because of her modified ”silent” engines.

Up to 30 people can be accommodated in the two glass-bottomed keels to give guests a rare glimpse of a little-explored domain.

Because of the limited fishing allowance, the area is known for its wide variety of sea life and constant contact with other vessels practically guarantees sightings of several species such as bottle-nose dolphins and pilot and finback whales.

Spirit of the Sea dolphin cruises must not be missed but 48 hour booking notice is advised to ensure a seat.

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Tranquil Butterfly Valley

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It is not an accident that the Turkish coastal resort of Fethiye has a reputation as a summer tourist magnet, a reputation which has remained intact for many years.

Along with its several cultural, historical and tourist attractions that keep the visitor numbers flocking to the area year after year, is the fact that it also provides a great staging point from which to take in the sights of the surrounding area.

One such attraction is the natural phenomenon of Butterfly Valley on the Turquoise Coast which can be witnessed all through the summer months when millions of butterflies representing around 70 different species amass here to breed.

Boats leave regularly from Belcekiz Beach in Olu Deniz every day to enable visitors to see this incredible sight or for the more energetic, hikers can access it by walking the Lycian Way.

The area is protected but hikers will be relieved to learn that camping is allowed a short distance away and a small turquoise bay with its two waterfalls provides a great way to cool off from the dusty trail.

Entry is free to Butterfly Valley where tranquillity is paramount and flash photography and loud noises are not allowed to disturb the peace.

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Tenerife Zoo and Monkey Park

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Visitors to the Canary Islands are generally attracted by the guaranteed sunshine and the fact that the well known resorts there have been waving goodbye to millions of satisfied customers for decades.

But there is more to Tenerife than just European gold standard beaches and the facilities and attractions to be found there.

One little-known gem which the whole family can enjoy together is the Tenerife Zoo and Monkey Park which gives visitors the opportunity to interact with sociable primates and other animals.

Although feed can be bought for the animals at the entry kiosks, guests stand a much better chance of forming a friendship with a chimpanzee if they go armed with a bag full of fruit, and the animals appear to prefer it that way too.

However, visitors are also encouraged to bring a packed lunch and take advantage of the picnic areas as there are no restaurant facilities, as long as it is understood that there may be others interested in their lunch.

There are also cappuccino monkeys, lemurs and iguanas and the park has many areas where supervised interaction takes place and where the animals will happily sit on your shoulder or hold your hand while you feed them.

Tenerife Zoo and Monkey Park is open all year-round and admission costs around €10 (£8).

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