Day 7: Espanola Island (Hood Island)

Española Island is part of the Galápagos Islands. The English named it Hood Island after Viscount Samuel Hood. It is located in the extreme southeast of the archipelago and is considered, along with Santa Fe, one of the oldest, at approximately four million years. The beach at Gardner Bay offers one of the best beaches to experience “relaxing beach time” in Galapagos. The expansive white sand beach (one of the longest in Galapagos at 2 km) attracts many napping sea lions. Española is probably most well-known for being the sole breeding ground for the entire population of the world’s Waved Albatrosses.

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The fjords, mountains and northern lights of Norway are known throughout the world. As is the “capitalism with a conscience” philosophy. Svalbard is part of Norway and is a true Arctic haven which is nicknamed the 'Realm of the Polar Bears' but you may also spot arctic foxes, walruses and whales! It is one of the world's happiest countries ...

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Brazil is famous for its iconic Rio Carnival festival. Brazil is also known for its tropical beaches, exquisite waterfalls, and the Amazon rainforest.

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Bear Centre: Lentiira

Bear Centre is a Finnish company located on the eastern border specialising in Bear, Wolverine and Wolf photography safaris. There are 29 rustic hides to choose from offering the best photographic opportunities as well as luxury cabins, all of which are set in the pristine forest.

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Grand Centara

Whale shark and manta ray sightings are almost guaranteed ... South Ari Atoll is a spectacular destination for divers and snorkelers. Boasting sun-swept island beaches and sandbars surrounded by tropical blue waters it truly is a tropical paradise ...

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Yala National Park and Wild Coast Tented Lodge

Yala is an experience like no other! Forget whatever you may know about safaris in Africa! There are no rules that apply here, no limit on the number of safari vehicles entering the park or at a sighting - it is a complete free for all! (If this place was controlled it would be PARADISE). This is Sri Lanka's 2nd largest Park and is spectacularly located on the Indian Ocean in the south eastern corner of Sri Lanka. It has the highest concentration of leopards in the world as well as elephants, sloth bears and a variety of other fauna and birdlife. On 26th December 2004, the tsunami waves flooded the middle of the park killing 60 visitors. 35,000 people lost their lives in Sri Lanka. Interestingly enough there were only two water buffalo deaths and no other animal corpses found. Elephants and wild boar were seen running away from the beach with their tails raised three hours before the tsunami struck fuelling the notion that animals possess a 6th sense....

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Sri Lanka

Apart from the myriad of landscapes, cultures, climates and food it is the warm, gentle people that make this one of our favourite countries in the world. It is a tropical paradise with white beaches and incredible wildlife and what is more is that it is highly affordable ... we need to go back to continue exploring!

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