Restoring the Past in the Galapagos

Restoring the Past in the Galapagos

Giant tortoises are one of the best known animals in the Galapagos Islands. And, for nature lovers who choose wildlife holidays in the Galapagos, this is one of the most sought-after encounters. Like many other animals, however, despite its iconic status as the world’s largest tortoise, it faces the challenge of survival, and is now extinct or nearly extinct on several islands in the archipelago.
Of the 14 native populations, only eleven are left – with many of them considered to be highly threatened. The GTRI (The Giant Tortoise Recovery Initiative) is a conservation project  aimed at changing the flow and restoring its population across the island. Restoring the Past in the Galapagos

GTRI work

Established in 2014, GTRI has worked closely with the Directorate of National Parks to achieve a number of objectives. The long-term goals of the initiative include:

• Restoring population to historical summits throughout the archipelago. This includes breeding programs to recover the islands where endemic subspecies have become extinct. Restoring the Past in the Galapagos

• Rejuvenate and restore the required habitat.

• Survey of current population to inform future conservation research and efforts.

• Use genetic advances to improve future conservation programs.

Why Do They Need Help?

In an environment where it has no natural predators for millions of years, the Giant Turtles become the animals most affected by human arrivals on the islands. For years, they were used as a food source by settlers and maritime tourists, who managed to find out that they were able to survive for long at sea. They transport them aboard in holding the ship, and then kill them as needed.

In addition to being a source of food, the population is devastated by the introduction of animals such as dogs, goats, cows and pigs. Dogs and pigs loot eggs and hatchlings, while cattle and goats compete with the turtle’s own food source.

Although it is illegal to catch them today, and introduce animals gradually controlled or removed, in some cases too late. But generating an extinct subspecies, such as endemic disease on the island of Floreana, becomes a reality in itself by GTRI’s deductive work.

Progress Created

Species from Floreana Island have been deemed extinct since 1850. But thanks to advances in DNA testing, scientists were able to determine their genetic traces in 2008. They then tested the hybrid population on Wolf Isabela volcano island that has different DNA, and found that it fits well the extinct Floreana species. How this cross-crossing takes place is a mystery, although the most likely explanation is through human intervention, perhaps by dismantling them among the different islands.

A group of 30 have been transferred to a research center in Santa Cruz, where scientists can analyze their DNA even further. It was found that two were classified F1, meaning that they were descended from two elderly races. Through a breeding program, GTRI now intends to refill Floreana Island with the offspring of these animals – effectively bringing the species back from the dead.

Visit the Past and Future on Holidays in the Galapagos

Thanks to GTRI, past species are now closely related to their future, and it is highly likely that populations can be restored to their natural habitat. Visitors to wildlife vacations in the Galapagos can visit the Tortoise Center in Santa Cruz to see the resurrection of Tortoise Giant Floreana in (albeit very slowly). Restoring the Past in the Galapagos

Venture Off the Piste at La Plagne & Les Arcs

Venture Off the Piste at La Plagne & Les Arcs

There is no better way to relax and really recharge than by heading to the beauty of the mountains. When you are trying to take advantage of your winter holidays, enjoy the luxury of luxury lodges are the way to go. Since you do not have to worry about cooking and cleaning, you’ll be free to enjoy the magic of slopes and off-piste terrain that is not sculpted that awaits your trail.
One of the most enjoyable experiences of a skiing holiday is roaming off-piste, which should only be done by the most advanced skiers. It is also important to plan the route and to make sure that you are prepared properly. Venture Off the Piste at La Plagne & Les Arcs

How to Prepare Off-Piste Adventures

What’s the best advice to go off-piste? Hire a guide. A certified local guide has an excellent knowledge of the mountains and will take you to the best path. You will not only avoid risk zones, but you can also access the best snow! The guides will be able to give you specialist avalanche equipment, such as transceivers and shovels: picking up the right kit with you is very important. It may sound obvious, but checking snow conditions and avalanche before you leave is a must. Like listening intently to official advice! Venture Off the Piste at La Plagne & Les Arcs

Les Arcs and La Plagne

Together forming the Paradiski area, the neighboring Les Arcs and La Plagne resort offers a vast expanse of off-piste terrain.

Couloir de Pramain

This beautiful off-piste route is easily accessible from La Plagne. Cut off the Bellecôte run and cross the col, where you will descend into the narrow gap. Follow the couloir down the mountain to finish among the trees, before rejoining Le Dérochoir piste.

Cairn Couloir

The famous route in the North of the top of Bellecôte is not for the weak. The narrow section at the top leads to a small cliff, which you must navigate all the way down. With a 40-45 ° slope for the first 300m, this can be tricky! As soon as the first part gets out of the way, you’ll descend from the other couloir and then ski down the street below.

Grand Col

The impressive Grand Col summit at Les Arcs is accessed through a 30-minute hike from Grand Col’s chairlift. Once you are at the top, you will clearly see his descendants, who follow the valley line. While you are skiing, you should take the path that leads to Planay before entering the resort with a blue runway. Venture Off the Piste at La Plagne & Les Arcs

Kick Back to Catered Chalets

After hours of adrenaline adventures either on or off the piste, kicking back to one of the villas with your resort will ensure that you are rejuvenated and you are ready to take action the next day. With a full service Ski Amis, you will enjoy a full English breakfast, homemade afternoon tea and dinner three or four nights with wine. So relax, regain your strength and do not miss a moment in the mountains.

Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has helped avid skiers and hikers make their perfect winter breaks for more than a quarter of a century. If you are looking for catered chalets, La Plagne is an ideal choice. For accommodation anywhere in Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is a go-to company for winter sports enthusiasts looking for a lifelong holiday. Venture Off the Piste at La Plagne & Les Arcs

The River Po: a Barger’s Guide

The River Po: a Barger’s Guide

Searching for great river cruises? Italy’s lovely rivers and canals offer tourists a chance to explore the wonders of this beautiful country. When you navigate down the River Po, you can travel through the various Italian natural landscapes, marvelling at unique lagoon islands, gorgeous lakesides flocked with birds and charming Renaissance cities with awe-inspiring architecture.
Length and Route

 

The River Po is a 650-kilometre long stretch of water that will take you from the canal city of Venice to the cultural hotspot of Mantua. Starting in the Venetian Romantic city, you can travel up the river through the Po valley, along the river and the Bianco Canal to San Pietro in Volta, before heading towards Zelo and Governo and finally reaching the lakeside city of Mantua. Along the way, you will encounter both the upper and lower Po plains which are surrounded by the Alps, the Adriatic Sea and the Apennines. You can admire the contrast between the two levels, as the first is a drier landscape with few trees and the second is abundant in water and greenery.

History and Feats of Engineering

The Po River has a very interesting and intricate history. Although it is a bit temperamental, in some places being extremely shallow and in others flooding the landscape, the River Po has enabled centuries of settlers to prosper. It is Italy’s largest waterway and ensured that the region grew into the country’s most important economic area. Its water fed the fields on the bank and led to the flourishing of agriculture. Connecting Turin, Vercelli, Piacenza and Cremona, it was also used as a trade route by the early Mediterranean settlers and later by the Romans too.

This extraordinary river also gave birth to the iconic canals of Venice, as it forms a 100-kilometre long delta which feeds the city’s lagoon. Creating the famous 118 islets, surrounded by 177 canals which host many river cruises, Italy is able to attract many tourists to The Floating City every year. It would not feature its unique architecture of colourful houses built on the ‘submerged forest’ of wooden piles without it. It is also thanks to this legacy that the Po Delta has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Attractions en Route

You can gain brilliant insight into the Roman, Etruscan, Istrian and Byzantine empires by going on Po river cruises. Italy is a treasure trove of culture, with stunning architecture and artworks just waiting to be explored. I’d recommend visiting the beautiful seventeenth-century Villa Ca’Zen. Located on the riverbank, it is a breathtaking stately home where the great Lord Byron courted his muse, Countess Guiccioli, and composed some of his most famous verses. You will also want to explore the city of Mantua, with its neoclassic Palazzo Canossa and the impressive Renaissance dome of the Basilica di Sant’ Andrea. For a bit of musical history, head over to the Teatro Scientifico where the young Mozart first wowed his contemporary with his extraordinary piano skills.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury river cruises and barge holidays throughout Europe. If you’re looking for the most exciting river cruises, Italy is an ideal choice. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

Frequently Asked Questions about Life Insurance

Frequently Asked Questions about Life Insurance

Life is full of tough decisions, but choosing to buy or not to buy life insurance should not be one of them. Buying adequate life insurance in Greenville, SC is one of the most important decisions you can make to protect your family when they need it most. Read the following guidelines to get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about life insurance and determine what kind of coverage is right for you and your family.
What Coverage Do I Need? The amount of life insurance you need can vary greatly depending on the financial needs of your dependents. Most insurance agents recommend that every family income provider has at least 10 times the amount of their annual life insurance income. The desired amount of coverage may also be affected by the financial obligations of current and future family members, other financial resources and assets that can be used by the family, and any other life insurance policies that you may already have.

Frequently Asked Questions about Life Insurance

What Should I Look for in an Insurance Company? When looking for life insurance in Greenville, SC, it is important to choose an insurance provider that you can trust. Look for companies that are highly rated by independent sources, have a good claim payment history, and offer excellent customer service. Taking the time to compare several different companies will help ensure that you find the right coverage for you and your family. Frequently Asked Questions about Life Insurance

Pucon Chile Luxury Solar Eclipse Tour 2020

Pucon Chile Luxury Solar Eclipse Tour 2020

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The solar eclipse on December 14, 2020 will be hosted by The Vira Relais & Châteaux Hacienda.

Great astronomers and amazing world wonders? If so, then do not miss this opportunity to observe Chilean Solar Eclipse on December 14, 2020. From Pucon at the most luxurious Vira Vira Hacienda-Relais & Châteaux. Enjoy your stay in an over-the-top room with superb rain showers, indoor and outdoor tubes, carved fireplace, seating area and luxurious minibar. Enjoy a two-day tour with your private riverfront view and local chefs preparing delicious local food from Vira Vira Ranch and Gardens. Another interesting point, along with all the indulgences, the tour also includes weather adherence. Tours are planned to fit your needs including everything you want to see. From volcano hikes to fishing and rafting, there’s everything you want to see. Pucon Chile Luxury Solar Eclipse Tour 2020

Continue the 2020 eclipse tour. The expedition will begin in Santiago and end in about two days where you will explore the whole of Santiago. For a solar eclipse will pass above noon on December 14th. 2020 in Pucon, Chile Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira is located in a beautiful and picturesque location close to Pucon, Chile. It has an original park along the rim of the steep Liucura River. To experience an oasis of peace and recreation, do not forget miss the opportunity. Introducing the new concept of vacation to the life of “The Elegance of Adventure”. The name clearly indicates that the tour includes exclusive activities and a shared visit with an all-inclusive “stay” at the hotel.

“The smell of wood and pine will awaken your senses for days,” said Daniel Oppliger after staying at Vira Vira for two nights. “It feels like Sandals with steroids.” Pucon Chile Luxury Solar Eclipse Tour 2020

The tour is a great two-day experience where you will not only live through luxury but will also pay attention to God’s nature. The location is perfect for the eclipse, slightly elevated from the lake and surrounded by volcanoes and national parks. The entire space around The Vira Relais & Châteaux Hacienda is open which is perfect for photography. Enjoy the beautiful scenery along with the solar eclipse. Tropical Sails Corp has a four-night solar eclipse package from 12-16 December 2020. Exclusive experience includes a solar eclipse observer package for guests. Pondok has 12 River View Suites, 3 hotel rooms and 4 single occupancy rooms that fully include transfers, meals, drinks and local excursions.

If you’re excited about the adventure and luxury, both at the same time, then book your room now and experience the luxurious 2020 solar eclipse tour at the most beautiful Vira Relais & Châteaux Hacienda. Pucon Chile Luxury Solar Eclipse Tour 2020

Latest Trend Of Omega Watches In India

Latest Trend Of Omega Watches In India

 

To celebrate the success of the World’s First Master Chronometer, Omega organized an exciting program with the presence of its ambassador Abhishek Bachchan, who himself put a Globemaster. It seemed that he was elated with the piece and stated that Globemaster manifests that it is the backbone of the brand in a real sense.
Omega, one of the celebrated luxury watch making brands in the world has focused the Indian watch market for its growing possibilities. With its rich heritage, the brand has been entertaining the demands of watch lovers since centuries. They are among the brands that give importance to the merit of their timepieces.

Latest Trend Of Omega Watches In India

Observing the growth of Indian market, Omega has changed its strategy to grab the opportunity to attract the people of the nation. Unlike earlier times, they are launching their new arrivals through Indian celebrities who are associated with the brand. This approach to grab the nation’s watch market has clicked since some years. But, they are not going to stop.

The brand is inaugurating new outlets through India to cater the demands of the buyers. Either they are opening their own stores, or tying-up with other retail brands to sell the newest launched timepieces. By doing this, they are making their watches visible among the elite class buyers that love their watches due to precision.

Several outlets of Omega are spread across cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Chennai and also at other cities. Soon after launching new products, they are making them available to the country’s people through the boutiques. Indian watch lovers are crazy with it and do not wants to miss this opportunity. An Omega watch is a lifetime gift for anyone. Latest Trend Of Omega Watches In India

Lots of interest are building up among the Indian watch buyers due to the easy accessibility of Omega watches . So, they are delighted about it and also hopeful that the trend will continue further. The reason behind such a craze of the people is natural. They are now tasting the sweetness of the brand’s top-notch timepieces that are and has been partners of different significant events like participating in Olympic games since the 30’s as its official timekeeper. Moreover, their Speedmaster is labelled as “the first watch on Moon”. This adoring family has crossed its half century. To mark this historical leap, the brand has been promoting the watches throughout the world, and India is not an exception to it.

Every now and then, Omega has been taking new policies to make their watches more popular across India. They have opened their door for the Indian wearers by facilitating them with exciting options. Now, it is the turn of the customers to tell whether they are happy with it or not.

About The Prime Watches:

The Prime luxury watch boutique is the authorized luxury watch retailer with its showroom on PAN India basis. It showcases exclusive collections of luxury watches like Longines, Omega, Rado, Tissot, Tagheuer, Balmain, Frederique Constant, Swatch and other fashion brands. To provide an extensive support it gives after sales service under brand authorized experts. It has special assistance like EMI facility, home delivery, online service and regular complementary calls on collection updates.a

Three Great Things You Can Do With Your 5th Wheel Electric Dump Trailers

Three Great Things You Can Do With Your 5th Wheel Electric Dump Trailers

Picking the right 5th wheel electric dump trailers requires certain familiarity on how it works. Just like when you’re buying a domestic vehicle, you also need to base your choice on your existing requirements and intended purpose. Generally, there are still plenty of factors you need to weigh before purchasing 5th wheel electric dump trailers.
Trailers, in general, come in several types that differ in function and workload capacity. There are the gooseneck trailers, utility trailers, flatbed trailers, and dump trailers. Whichever among the four you choose; the result would still be the same – more efficient and faster work transition.

 

The components of 5th wheel electric dump trailers include a box-type panel that is purposely raised from its frames through the hydraulic pumps. These actually make the unloading process much easier because of the smooth sliding action when the trailer bed is hoisted.

The performance of electric dump trailers is directly influenced by its size, loading and tongue weight capacity. Naturally, the purpose of the dump trailer is forfeited if its loading capacity is below the minimum that you require. Plus, your trailer parts have to double its efforts to compensate with the heavy workload. In the long run, this will unfortunately cause your trailer to break down.

For most fifth wheel trailer owners, they’re always looking for alternatives to upgrade or improve their trailer’s structural feature and performance level. They could either install better braking systems or convert their trailer hitch for a gooseneck adapter – the possibility is endless.

The inertia braking controllers are commonly installed on vehicles or trailers that are scheduled to be pulled away. Braking controllers that are activated by inertia work the moment you step on your brake pedal. The pressing down motion on the brake pedal produces series of system reactions that will synchronize the motion of the trailer and vehicle hauler – the trailer decelerates if the vehicle hauler decelerates and vice versa.

The gooseneck 3-point adaptor 12.7 is a worthwhile investment for anyone who’s looking to make the most of their fifth wheel trailers. This heavy-duty device lets your hauler maneuver easily through rough terrains without sustaining any damages. And this is directly installed into your fifth wheel trailer’s king pin so as to clear up your towing vehicle’s bed.

You also need to consider how you park your fifth wheel trailers whenever you’re not using them. Normally, fifth wheel trailer owners use stabilizing systems, like the Steadyfast stabilizers, to decrease the shaking movements of their trailers. However, these could also conveniently reattach your towing vehicle and dumping trailers at a faster rate.

Whether you’re a homeowner or contractor, you can never go wrong in buying fifth wheel dump trailers. Of course, doing some research while looking through the different 5th wheel electric dump trailers won’t hurt, too.

All You Need is Lava: A Volcanic Hawaiian Holiday

All You Need is Lava: A Volcanic Hawaiian Holiday

Endlessly fascinating for their beauty and danger, volcanoes have thrilled us human beings for as long as we can remember. And if lazy days on the beach just aren’t for you, why not try a holiday with a little more excitement and head to the active volcanoes of Hawaii? In fact, the archipelago of Hawaii was created through volcanic activity and this fiery heritage is everywhere you look in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, USA. Travel insurance experts, however, say it’s safe terrain.
In the park you can get so close to active volcanoes that you can feel the heat from erupting gases and steam as you walk across lava fields in search of indigenous art…

 

Here are three expeditions you should make in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park if you want to experience the power of volcanoes first hand:

The Long One

The Crater Rim Trail is a fantastic trail for those who love their hikes with just a soupcon of danger! The trail is over 11 miles long and works itself around the summit of Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes on Hawaii. Thousands of years old, Kilauea has been active non-stop for the last thirty years. The trail winds through contrasting sceneries of lush, green rainforests and sterile, steaming rockscapes. As you walk, look out for the earth cracks and vents that break the ground’s surface.

If you’re interested in the local culture you’ll want to know that Kilauea is believed to be the home of Pele – goddess of fire and creator of Hawaii. As the name Fire Goddess suggests, the area can be unpredictable and dangerous. With this in mind, be prepared for sudden trail closures. It’s also always advisable to stay on the marked paths and keep away from edges. Make sure you get out USA travel insurance before visiting – in case of an accident you are safely covered.

The Short One

Ha’akulamanu Trail, or the Sulphur Banks Trail, is much shorter, coming in at just over a mile in length. However, you know what they say: good things come in small packages! The intriguing landscape is devoid of trees as the intense underground heat makes it impossible for most roots to grow. The area is known for the beautiful crystal formations formed by escaping gases over many years. The gas is released through earth vents along with groundwater which is turned into steam and hangs in the air.

Just a warning – it does not smell good here! Rotten eggs anyone?

The Arty One

It’s not often that you can enjoy a nature trail and take in some local art on your way. However, nothing about this art is ordinary. The indigenous artwork found cut into Pu’u Loa, or the “Hill of Long Life”, is carved into the cooled volcanic lava of this sacred site. How amazing is that? There are over 23,000 petroglyphs showing a stunning variety of geometric patterns, human representations and images of the travels of the people of Hawaii around the island. A boardwalk allows visitors to easily view the artwork whilst protecting it and maintaining respect for the site.

TOP TIP: Before you embark on any journey, check your insurance! Designed with explorers in mind, Let’s Go Insure’s USA travel insurance will keep you covered on all your wild ventures.

Ready to have a blast? I’ll see you in Hawaii!

How to Plan a Trip Worldwide

How to Plan a Trip Worldwide

For most people, taking time away from the routine routine to travel the world is a dream come true. With cities all over the world wooing visitors with discounted rates for places to stay and things to do, airline ticket sales and low annual travel insurance rates, uninterrupted world travel has never been so affordable. So if you’re ready for the adventure of a lifetime, I’ve put together some tips to start your planning!
Where to go?

How to Plan a Trip Worldwide

The first step in planning a world tour is to decide where you want to go! What do you want to see? Make a list of all the places, take a map and start planning the trip path from one place to the next.

If you want to see as many places as possible in the time you have to go, count two nights per city. Anything shorter and you will not have enough time to see a lot from one place, plus you will be very tired, very quickly. If you want to spend more time to visit fewer destinations, determine the number of nights you want to spend in each area and this will determine the number of stops in the prescribed time you have. Budget

Your budget will make many of your decisions for you. This will determine where you go, what type of accommodation you order, and how often you will move from one city to the next. You should also consider adding travel fares such as renewing your passport, annual travel insurance, as well as any required visas or vaccinations – depending on where in the world you plan to travel to. Transport How to Plan a Trip Worldwide

Many airlines offer round-the-world rates, each with its own conditions and limits, so make sure you know the rules before placing an order. Compare these tickets to individual segment rates to ensure you get the most appropriate travel schedule for you and according to your budget. See also travel points, to see if any accumulated points you have will qualify for the flight.

If you plan to travel by train or bus during your round-the-world trips, research routes, fares and online itineraries to get an idea of ​​what will work best for your imagined trip.

Accommodation

It’s easy to research accommodation options lately, with online reviews available on many travel sites like Tripadvisor and Booking.com. Read the overall reviews to get more accurate picture of what staying at a particular property would be like. Like transportation, the travel points you collect can often be used to purchase hotel rooms around the world. How to Plan a Trip Worldwide

The helpful tip in designing a round-the-world trip is to post your plan and any questions you may have on an online travel board at sites like Fodors, Tripadvisor or Lonely Planet. Tourists who have been to the same destination will offer useful tips on various travel subjects, from transportation to annual travel insurance, to the best times of the year to travel to specific destinations.

Once your plan is in place, you can relax, knowing that you have arranged a well planned trip. Realize, too, that even the best plan may end up with a detour here and there, but it’s all part of the journey. Happy traveling! How to Plan a Trip Worldwide

Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning specialist team in a single global travel and annual travel insurance policy. In addition to offering attractive offers for travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holiday.

3 Factors Separating The Best Birthday Party Venues In Berkshire From The Rest

3 Factors Separating The Best Birthday Party Venues In Berkshire From The Rest

It’s difficult to think of a more quintessentially English county than Berkshire. It is, after all, more properly known as the Royal County of Berkshire, due to the presence here of Windsor Castle. What you may not know, however, is that there are also many fine Birthday Party Venues In Berkshire, showing that the grand old county certainly has a fun side.

 

But if there’s a downside to the broad choice of such venues across the region, it’s the difficulty of choosing between them – so what are some of the characteristics that you should consider when you are perusing birthday party venues in Berkshire?

1 Location

This is definitely a key factor if you want to attract as many people as possible to your birthday party, as well as enjoy the celebrations once they are underway.

Here at Regency Park Hotel, for example, not only are we located in a peaceful and tranquil setting between Thatcham and Newbury, but we are also just 10 minutes away from the M4 and A339, and offer excellent rail links with Newbury and London Paddington.

2 Suites

We’re sure you’ll agree with us that the space within the venue in which your birthday party takes place needs to be a pleasant and well-equipped one.

Again, that’s a need to which we are pleased to cater here at Regency Park Hotel, with our Parkland and Paris Suites accommodating as many as 140 and 70 guests respectively, while also each having their own bar and no shortage of modern style.

3 Experience

The finest birthday party venues in Berkshire also offer a little something that may be intangible, but which nonetheless makes a big difference to how well a party goes ‘on the day’ – considerable experience and a strong track record in the hosting of such events.

Choose the right birthday party venue in Berkshire, and there will be a team on hand to help ensure that everything goes like clockwork – from the start of your party until the end.

Whatever your own most pressing priorities as far as birthday party venues in Berkshire are concerned, when you get in touch with Regency Park Hotel, you may be surprised to learn just how capable we are of fulfilling each and every one of them.

Enquire now about what makes our chic and contemporary hotel the perfect place to hold your next birthday party in Berkshire, as well as to book our venue for a good price, well in advance.