Jonathan, if you’re looking for other spots to explore, I can recommend the Tahuayo Lodge in the Peruvian Amazon. Dr. Paul Beaver and his wife Dolly have done amazing things there in the community and it offers a very up close and personal experience with the Amazon and the local villages.

Another spot I loved was the Svalbard Islands. They are far north of Norway but part of Norway. It’s where the world’s seed bank is kept. The glaciers are melting fast, so I’d go sooner. In winter its polar bear country, in summer you see reindeer grazing in town. A remarkable place. It gets tourists when big criuise ships dock and they swarm the town. Otherwise it’s pretty quiet.

If you like Africa, I’d look into the Ruhaha and the Selous, down in the deep south of Tanzania. I used E-Trip Africa to get there. They are excellent people who listen to what you want (if you say what you said, above, they hear you) and they design a package based on your priorities. They really know East Africa. I did Kilimanjaro with them, then went back and trekked gorillas and chimps. I also recommend that. They are excellent at giving you the experience you ask for rather than a pre-packaged deal that they’re forcing you into at their convenience. I’m going back with them in November this year to Madagascar.

You might also start looking at the ‘stans. As in Kazakhstan and other nearby post-Russia countries. They offer remarkable history, and once you are out of the often drab cities the country side is breathtaking. The horse culture of the Altai Mountains is something out of long ago. It may change all too soon, so my advice is see these places before they bring in Micky D’s and Starbucks. Not many places like that left in the world.

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