Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

For avid nature lovers, a small group wildlife cruise in Galapagos affords a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to encounter a wide range of unique animals, including a host of fascinating reptiles.
The local habitat is extremely favourable for reptiles and the original arrivals were more than likely washed up on the shores attached to driftwood or vegetation that came from mainland South America. Because they can subsist on very little water, many more of them would have survived the journey than their mammal compatriots. Over the ensuing millennia, they evolved to adapt to their habitat in many ways – so much so that they are virtually unrecognisable from their ancient ancestors.

 

The Giant Tortoise

Needing little introduction, Giant Tortoises are probably the most sought-after sighting for visitors on a wildlife cruise in Galapagos. While they have no natural predators and were free to live extended lives and evolve to their massive proportions, at one stage human intervention (from pirates and whalers) decimated their numbers. Today, however, they can be observed in their natural habitat (predominantly in the cool, lush highlands of Santa Cruz), and also in the breeding stations on Santa Cruz, Isabela and San Cristobal. True to their name they can grow to weigh up to 250kg.

The Marine Iguana

These remarkably adapted animals are the only sea-going lizard in the world. Their ability to dive for food to depths of 15m sets them apart as a unique endemic species. They’re able to regulate their own body temperature and are quite often seen sunning themselves on the rocky shoreline in order to bring their temperature back to normal after oceanic dives. They can be found throughout the coastal habitat of the archipelago and, like the majority of the wildlife here, are not concerned by the presence of humans.

The Land Iguana

Land Iguanas are larger than their marine counterparts and are not seen as prolifically. They tend to be quite solitary in nature and prefer to forage alone for their food source (vegetation) in a grassy scrubland habitat. Their preferred delicacy is spiky cactus plants, which the hardened, coarse skin around their mouth allows them to devour, spines and all. A new Pink Iguana has recently been discovered on the volcanic slopes of Isabela, although due to the nature of their very small population it’s not possible for visitors to see them.

The Lava Lizard

Lava Lizards can be seen scurrying around everywhere, seemingly always in a hurry to be somewhere else. They subsist on a diet of small insects and grow anywhere up to 30cm in length. The seven endemic sub-species of the lizard all have unique adapted characteristics, depending on where they’re found. Experienced naturalists can tell at a glance from which island they come.

Reptiles Unique to the Region

Some of the other reptiles that might be seen are any of the nine species of geckos and the four sub-species of small, harmless snakes. Most of the reptiles of the region are now considered endemic, which means that those who explore these fascinating islands on a wildlife cruise in Galapagos will see animals that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet.

Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip

Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip

For newcomers to barge holidays, all barges may look the same. However, there are many types of ships with striking differences in history and design. This model evolved over 200 years, adapting to changing conditions and technology. In Europe, the barge – ships barges – connecting the English Channel, Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Here is a brief overview of the most common vessels you might encounter on your barge vacation.
Tjalks and Klippers Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip

This barging tradition can be traced back to the seventeenth century. Originally wind-powered Tjalks were built of wood; In the nineteenth century, ship builders began to consider the possibility of iron and on twentieth century steel properties exploited by this industry. Therefore, the modern version of Tjalk is constructed of iron or steel, yet retains the stern arch of indigenous wood.

Designed for fast-flowing estuaries and rivers in the Netherlands, the tough Klipper is always built of iron or steel. The use of steel leads to a stronger vessel, although this introduces the danger of corrosion. Klipper’s steering sat under a stern round and ridden with wheels. Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip

Beurtmotor and Luxemotor

Beurtmotor is used for passengers and cargo and often travels to a reliable schedule, replacing steam-powered steamers. It became even more popular with the introduction of diesel engines because their scheduling was more consistent than ever before. Like other barges, Beurtmotor was built to navigate the shallow waters – anywhere between 3 and about 10 feet of water. However this is not a limitation, as most inland waters in western Europe conform to this requirement.

Luxemotor trailblazing was built in the early 20th century and was the first barge to have its own machine. Driving on Beurtmotor’s success, they are quite luxurious with plenty of space – including kitchens and toilets – as well as a pointy bow that is ideal for more open waters.

Spitz

Spitz has a long and varied history. They were built to the standard of Freycinet imposed by Napoleon during the standardization period, and the ship was first withdrawn by hand (or horse). However, after the Second World War many Belgian Spitz ships were kitted out with tank machines that were often disabled. With some adjustments at the stern to fix the wheel, the Spitz Motor version is designed for canals in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

European Air Line: Our Fleet

The European Airway fleet includes a barge with lots of history behind them. Vacation barges match the history lover and cruise ship enthusiasts. For example, L’Art de Vivre – the oldest fleet – is an English model and built in the First World War to supply allied forces in the Somme. The beautiful Rosa is the Dutch Clipper carrying a variety of cargo in the early 20th century Dutch. Both now enjoy retirement by walking the beautiful streets of France, lovingly recovering in a way that celebrates their stunning legacy. Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip

Paul Newman is a Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the most respected all-inclusive luxury barge provider in France and other major destinations. Part of an experienced barge team, Paul first queued to support a slow-paced barging cruise facility for anyone looking for a unique holiday experience. Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip

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

How to Maximize Your First Massage Experience

How to Maximize Your First Massage Experience

Walking in for your first massage can be a strange experience for most people. If you have never felt the benefits of massage, you may not know what to expect.

Do you wear clothes?

Did you tip your masseuse?

What should you eat or drink before?

That’s enough to keep people stressed out! But the whole body point for body massage is to relieve tension and relax a bit.

Talk to your Massage Therapist
Spend a few minutes before the massage to get to know your masseur. Talking is an easy way to make yourself feel comfortable and can reduce some uncomfortable tension.

This is a great idea for the first timers, because strangers see their hands on your body can become uncomfortable.

Spend a few moments to chat with your friendly massage therapist. Ask them about their work and what they would recommend during the first massage.

Some may prefer to have a specialist persuade them through the process as it happens.

You should spend this time to let your masseuse know if you have an allergy to lotions or oils. Skin allergies are common, and you do not want anything else to spoil your calm. How to Maximize Your First Massage Experience

Drink plenty of water

To maximize your massage experience, you need to make sure you stay hydrated. These include before and after massage.

While the body for body massage is enough to make some relaxing, there is a more scientific reason for the relaxing nature of massage. Deep deep tissue massage releases lactic acid buildup all over your muscles.

Proper hydration can help transport, sending acid flowing through your body faster. The debate on toxin release is not sufficiently resolved, but all scientists agree that hydration is fine no matter what.

Understand That’s Your Session

Just like a doctor’s visit or therapy session, patients should know that this is their session.

This means you are in control.

If you do not like something your masseuse does, you can politely ask them to stop. If you need anything, you can ask for it. Do not be shy

If you prefer a light chat while your specialist works, that’s okay. But it’s also acceptable to ask for silence so you can focus on relaxing. How to Maximize Your First Massage Experience

The main idea to take is that you have power.

Ask about Aftercare

You should always ask your masseur about what will happen after the massage. You may feel a slight tenderness or tenderness for several days.

This is normal and can be expected one or two days after. This actually means the massage does its job. If the pain lasts longer, make sure to consult the massage studio immediately.

You may also experience an increased sense of focus. Believe it or not, massage can be great for productivity!

Massage is meant to be a perfect experience for you, a time to take care of yourself and to relax.

Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine

Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine

Morzine is a great destination for a wild weekend to spend skiing all day and partying all night. If you and your friends have only a few days to get your winter flow, follow this itinerary to take advantage of your trip as well as possible. Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine
About Morzine

For a weekend get-away, Morzine is the perfect destination. As part of the Portes du Soleil resort, the hotel has 400 mile slopes and caters all the skills. Not only that, it’s quick and easy to get to! Just 75 minutes’ drive from Geneva airport, you can get transfer from Geneva to Morzine and be on the slopes in no time. Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine

Your weekend schedule

Day One: Get the Nyon cable car then lift La Pointe to Pointe de Nyon. Pistes are wide and usually empty, so this is a great place to race your friends. After lunch, travel to Switzerland and tackle the Mossettes. Take the Prodains Express gondola to Avoriaz, then lift the Chavenette to Les Crosets and finally the Grand-Conche elevator to the Mossettes. It might sound like a bit of a trek, but it’s an easy journey worth the effort. There are brilliant blue and red stretches to slide down. Day Two: Travel from Champoussin to Les Morgins for the best skiing route in this area. The pistes are a bit narrow but are perfect for experienced skiers and beginners. In the afternoon, end your vacation with an explosion in the Les Stash snow park (accessible via Les Lindarets lift). You and your friends can train your bad acts in the mounds and rails of the park. The Après Ski Scene Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine

• Pre-drinks

Morzine has a brilliant and vibrant nightlife. For pre-drinks, I would recommend Coyote Bar or Le Cavern. While the first has great beverage deals, as well as pool tables, air hockey and bowling lanes, Le Cavern regularly hosts live bands that will keep you hyped for the night ahead.

• Night club

Day One: Go to Le Paradis in the center of the old town. The atmosphere is unlike any other, with a naughty leopard print chair and dance floor themed ‘Saturday Night Fever’. They also have a great live DJ that will keep you dancing till dawn. Day Two: Make your second night more memorable at L’Opéra. Blasting home songs, techno and D & B, they host a variety of brilliant theme nights. What could be better than partying with your friends with cheap music with improvised costume costume until 5 am?

How to get there

The fastest way to Morzine is to fly to Geneva airport. Switzerland, easyJet and Flybe all offer direct one-and-a-half hour flights from London ranging from very tempting prices. Getting from Geneva to Morzine is then quick and easy with Shuttle Direct. Shared, group or personal transfer messages through their easy-to-use website and a friendly driver will meet you outside the terminal. The journey from Geneva to Morzine takes more than an hour, so you’ll enjoy the snow in no time!

Luke Johannes is the driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of private and shared airport transfers across Europe and North Africa. If you are looking for an affordable transfer from Geneva to Morzine, Luke and his colleagues can ensure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport quickly and safely. Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine

Upgrade Your Pro Ski Gear in La Plagne

Upgrade Your Pro Ski Gear in La Plagne

No matter how up to date your ski gear is, there is always room to upgrade. If you are anything like me, then only the latest and best equipment will do, and you know that hav-ing the most current gear is a great way to optimise your performance on the slopes. It is also the best way to turn heads!
In my opinion, the best place to upgrade is always at a ski resort, instead of back home or online. La Plagne is an excellent place to do this, as there are many fully stocked shops. What’s more, it is also one of the best resorts for a holiday with superb skiing and the option of booking a luxury chalet. La Plagne is a much better place to upgrade than back home for the following four reasons:

 

1. Experts on Hand

For me, the primary reason for upgrading at the resort is that you can get the opinion of experts to find the best and latest gear that is right for you. It can be daunting to shop for skis, boots, helmets, clothing and other gear when there is so much variety. An expert will be able to guide you through what is available, and help you to find the right equipment for your age, gender, height, weight and personal preference.

2. Range

Another reason to buy at the resort is because of the wide range that’s available to you. Modern ski gear is catered to different terrains and personal tastes, so it is helpful to be in the store and browse a selection. This could be cross-country skis, race skis, mini skis, slope, all-mountain or another type.

3. Try Outs

A huge benefit of buying in La Plagne is that many places will allow you to try out the gear before making a purchase. You never really know how the equipment will perform until you are on the mountain, which is why buying at home is a huge gamble that may not pay off.

4. Shops

La Plagne has a selection of sports shops that are full of the latest gear and have friendly staff to assist you. Here are a few of the best!

Zig Zag – This is a very friendly sports store that’s run by the welcoming and helpful Yannick, who will happily spend time with you to find the right gear. This is very handy, as they have a huge selection of products, stocking all of the major brands like Stockli, Drake, Fisher and Northwave.

Elpro – There are four Elpro stores around the resort, so chances are there will be one close to your chalet. La Plagne’s most experienced skiers come here to shop, as the store always has the very latest equipment and offer everything that you need to hit the slopes in style.

Guidon Sports – Guidon Sports is a popular shop which is conveniently located right in the heart of La Plagne. Guidon also offers high-end clothing and ski equipment with the chance to make huge savings with the generous discounts usually on offer.

Belle Plagne Sports – Belle Plagne Sports renews their skis, snowboards, clothes, boots and accessories each year, so you will always find the latest here. There are three stores around the area, and each has equipment for all abilities. There are plenty of staff members on hand to offer sound advice.

La Plagne is a superb place to upgrade your gear, and it is also a great choice for skiing and relaxing. Thanks to the option of booking a luxury chalet, La Plagne attracts avid skiers from all around the world – so if you are looking to buy the latest gear, this is the best place to do so.