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Brews and Bento Boxes: Beer Tasting in Japan

by elias

Japanese Craft BeersDo you love beer? So do we. And surprisingly, beer is one of the many reasons we absolutely love traveling to Japan. Beer is big in Japan, and following is a quick introduction to some of our favorite craft breweries on the islands.

Though sake is still the liquor most closely associated with Japan abroad, beer is easily the country's most popular alcoholic beverage.

Peru Announces New Machu Picchu Airport

by elias

Machu PicchuEarlier this month, Peruvian president Ollanta Humala announced plans for Peru to open a new airport with closer access to the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. This $US 460 million dollar project, reported on by BBC News, aims to drastically improve international access to Peru’s most visited tourist attraction as well as create more jobs for the surrounding community. The closest airport in Cusco is generally too small to accommodate large planes or a high volume of daily flights, and the planned airport in Chinchero, a town about 20 minutes outside of Cusco, aims to improve on these limitations. The project’s first step will be to begin expropriating large lots of land around Chinchero.

Best of Basecamps: Ol Pejeta Conservancy

by elias

Ol Pejeta RhinoOn your custom Kenya safari, you are spying one of 700 eastern black rhinos left in the wild, an elephant is not too far off, and a small herd of mooing cattle wanders into your field of vision as you snap the perfect photo of a grazing zebra. There is one place in Kenya where the cows are not out of place, and in fact are welcomed into the environment. This week we’d like to feature a basecamp in Kenya we all get very excited about, Ol Pejeta. Though it is more of a wildlife conservancy, Ol Pejeta is home to a number of lodges and camps, all run by the non-profit organization.

Ol Pejeta encompasses multiple wildlife sanctuaries within its borders. The largest groups of black rhinos and chimpanzees in Kenya live here, as well as the largest herd of Boran cattle in the world. Overall, the park displays a model for wildlife conservation that is effective and inspirational.

Introducing: Custom Tours to Argentina

by elias

PatagoniaAt Global Basecamps, we don’t blink when we call ourselves travel specialists; we are well-traveled all around the world, and consider ourselves real experts on our featured destinations. But our commitment to extreme local knowledge and unparalleled customer service keeps our “Featured Destination” list at a manageable fifteen countries, until now. Global Basecamps has spent years planning successful, cultural, exciting and unique trips to Argentina. Beginning last week however, we quietly added Argentina to our list of Featured Destinations, bringing the count up to sixteen.

From Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina is a cavalcade of dramatic landscapes. The romantic capital city is the most European city outside of Europe, with a modern, eclectic collection of industries and people. Every week, Buenos Aires makes a published Top 10 List of one type or another. Most Colorful Cities, Best Cities For Singles, Most Cultural Cities, Most Beautiful Cities, etc. There is no overstating the importance of including Buenos Aires on your list of places to see in South America.

India Temporarily Bans Tiger Ecotourism

by elias

Bengal TigerOn July 25th, CNN reported that the Supreme Court of India placed a temporary ban on “tiger tourism” in India. This has caused quite a stir in the travel industry, causing travelers to question if their presence is beneficial to tigers, or is impeding their ability to thrive in their natural environment. The ban was issued after a local environmentalist reported his findings that ecotourism was harming the tigers’ environment and breeding grounds. Specifically, the environmentalist reported that resorts and shops had been constructed in reserves without official permission.

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