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What’s on our Tour Leaders’ Travel Wish Lists for 2021

Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar

With the world slowly showing signs of recovering, our expert guides are looking forward to planning a year of adventure in 2021. But where do they want to go first? We asked our veteran guides, some of whom have spent the last two decades travelling the world with Exodus, what's the first place they want to go back to when the world is fully open to travel again and what are the top highlights they'd recommend seeing when you're there. 

Beginners Guide to Visiting Cusco, Peru

plaza de armas cusco, Photot Credit: BORIS G

In travel, first impressions are extremely important, and the ancient city of Cusco, Peru, at first glance could hardly be more inviting. Peaceful, orderly, chock full of history and culture, brimming with services and distractions, and mostly unburdened by the hard sell of many other top-tier tourist destinations, this former capital of the Inca Empire is more than able to satisfy the needs of travelers of all bents and budgets.

Your Guide to Hiking in the Italian Dolomites

Dolomites Vania

Located in northeastern Italy, the Dolomites have been hailed as “the most beautiful mountains in the world” by one of the world’s leading climbers, Reinhold Messner. Messner was not only the first person to climb Mount Everest alone, but also the first to ascend all 14 of the world’s peaks that reach over 26,000 feet.

So why would such a highly regarded mountaineer rank the Dolomites among the best mountains in the world?

Birdwatching Guide for Galapagos Island Cruises

galapagos penguin

The Galapagos Islands have their fair share of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, from Sea Lions and Sea Turtles to Galapagos Tortoises and Land Iguanas.

But it also features 56 native bird species – 45 of which are endemic and 11 of which are indigenous – as well as 29 migratory species. These sea birds, shorebirds and land birds have been a highlight ever since the days of Charles Darwin’s famous Voyage of the Beagle.

Boobies

Ultimate Travel Guide to Patagonia

Patagonia

Ever since Bruce Chatwin published his legendary 1977 travelogue, In Patagonia, the region located along the southernmost tip of South America has enticed an increasing number of travelers, adventurers and nature lovers to visit.

It is easy to understand why: Patagonia is home to some of the world’s most stunning landscapes. Patagonia travelers will find everything from soaring granite peaks and pristine turquoise lakes to forests, grasslands and dramatic coastlines (where it’s possible to spot whales, dolphins, penguins and more).

Ultimate Guide to Booking a Serengeti Safari

Serengeti Safari Tour

Mankind has largely managed to tame this fragile planet, which has made it an increasingly difficult challenge for nature-loving travelers to find pristine places to explore.

East Africa’s Serengeti—which encompasses Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve—is one of those rare destinations that allows visitors to enter a truly wild landscape. Here you can take in sights and sounds much like those that humanity’s earliest ancestors might have experienced.

Birds of Patagonia: A Brief Birdwatcher's Guide

Chilean Flamingo

When most people think of Patagonia, the first things that come to mind are stunning scenic vistas, dramatic mountain landscapes and mammals such as foxes, guanacos and pumas.

But the birds of Patagonia are equally impressive, surprisingly abundant and relatively easy to spot amongst the region’s open plains and sparse foliage.

Here are 10 of our favorite avian species you’re likely to see on a Patagonia tour:

Andean Condor

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