The Berbers of the Atlas Mountains, Morocco are among the original people of North Africa. The Berber culture illustrates a strong link with their land, the hospitality, sense of community and a specific relationship with spirituality. They are known as Imazighen (singular Amazigh) which means “free people”.
Compared to the ancient artistry, pulsating souks and Berber farmers inhabiting the dusty roads of the Old Medina, the outskirts are full of modern lifestyle including controversial belly dancers.
As you drive through the vibrant jungle of the Bangkok streets, there is a frantic busyness between the tok tok drivers zooming by, to the ladyboys contrasted to the temples nearby. The streets have an unforgettable buzz.
This astounding sanctuary has saved over sixty elephants from exploitation including logging, poaching and tourism. Each elephant has a “mahout” who, in this park, shows the elephant care and love.
Lek Chailert, the founder and owner of the Elephant Nature Park, has a unique and magical bond with the elephants. She is somewhat an “elephant whisperer” and has become an inspiration to thousands as she devotes all of her time to the well-being of these incredible creatures, especially as the Asian Elephant is now classed as an endangered species. (taken on iphone)
This is one of the most ecologically exhilarating places, where nature thrives and animals are equal to humans, how it should be. 97% of the islands have been declared a national park therefore protecting the contrasting landscapes of volcanoes, lava tunnels, mangroves, swamps and beaches, as well as the expansive variety of species, such as sea lions, tortoises that live to over 100 years old, flamingos, penguins, darwin’s finches, marine iguanas, majestic giant manta rays, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks and many, many more.
Blue-footed boobies are found off the western coasts of Central and South America. Their brightly coloured feet are shown off during mating rituals where the male performs an elaborate dance. The bluer the feet, the more attractive the mate.
Trekking to Machu Picchu along the dusty rail track, surrounded by stars, the moon and the Andes Mountains and nearing the ancient ruins of the Inca Empire.