Rodrigues Island: Getting off the beaten track in Mauritius

Rodrigues Island: Getting off the beaten track in Mauritius

As we come in to land I can see white horses crashing against the coral reef encompassing a small cluster of islands. This is Rodrigues, the off the beaten path Mauritius. Don’t be fooled by its small size, there are plenty of things to see and do in Rodrigues, a little-known gem sparkling in the Indian Ocean.

Beyond Cancun: 5 Cities in Mexico Begging to be Discovered

Beyond Cancun: 5 Cities in Mexico Begging to be Discovered

When most people think of Mexico they envision the white sand beaches of the Mayan Riviera or the Pacific beach towns such as Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco. However, it could be argued that these parts of Mexico have done so much to lure tourists in that they have lost a great deal of the unique culture that symbolizes the country. While these regions definitely have their charms, Mexico is a big country and offers much more to be discovered.

The Grizzly Bears of Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest

The Grizzly Bears of Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest

We’ve be looking for hours, or so it seems, staring intently at the grass-like sedge that grows along the banks. Drifting along on the water with just the occasional slosh from the oars, we pass trees clad in wispy moss, part of the ancient forests of cedars and spruce that surround us. Low clouds creep around the upper slopes of the tree covered cliff-faces. A light rain is falling but our cameras are at the ready. And then I see them, two round fluffy brown ears, peeping up from behind the sedge. In perfect unison two of us point at the same spot on the bank and softly exclaim “Bear!”

A hike to the hidden cave village of Akrilia, Thirassia.

A hike to the hidden cave village of Akrilia, Thirassia.

With the bright sunshine dazzling our eyes, at first it is hard to make out the caves in the shadows of the gorge. Unless you are virtually right on top of it , the village of Akrilia is well hidden from view. Our guide, of course, knew exactly which track to follow...
La Gomera, the ancient forests on the island in the clouds

La Gomera, the ancient forests on the island in the clouds

Over 12 million years ago a series of oceanic rifts allowed molten rock to vent onto the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. As they piled higher and higher a series of islands formed off the north African coast. Today they form Spain’s Canary Island’s. One of...