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Friday, 23 March 2012 11:20

Discover Katwe

Written by Stephanie
Here at the Undiscovered Travel Collection, we make it our mission to represent tourism products that preserve the local environment and culture while providing sustainable economic growth. There are no better examples of such a product than the Katwe Salt Lake and Katwe Village Tours. Since the 16th century, Katwe…
Monday, 19 March 2012 05:30

Meet Stephanie McMahon

Written by Stephanie
Hi all, Greetings from one of the newest additions to Solimar's Undiscovered Travel Collection team. Having grown up with a German mother, I started traveling at an early age. Although my trips tended to have the same destination—Frankfurt to visit my mother’s family—I realized that travel generated such in an…
Friday, 09 March 2012 09:06

San Miguel del Bala wins "TO DO!" Award!

Written by Karen Megarbane
San Miguel del Bala to be presented "TO DO!" Award at ITB We are so pleased to announce that San Miguel de Bala, one of our Collection members, has been awarded the 2011 TO DO! Socially Responsible Tourism Award! The beautiful jungle Ecolodges of San Miguel del Bala were created…
Thursday, 09 February 2012 12:14

Evolution of a Traveler

Written by Seamus
I wasn’t born with a backpack.  As a kid my idea of traveling was taking the two hour drive from Chicago to the lakes of Wisconsin.  But over time small glimpses of other cultures and landscapes reeled me in like an aggressive street vendor.  In the past ten years I’ve…
It took a bit longer than usual this winter, but it finally seems to be getting consistently cold (can you say “global weirding?”). That means it’s time to start planning those winter vacations, and the NYTimes list “The 45 Places to Go in 2012” has some great ideas. Whether you’re…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 12:39

Discovery Alert! The MesoAmerican Barrier Reef

Written by Jackson Stubbs

Have you ever wanted to dive among the world’s most diverse and remarkable underwater ecosystems but couldn’t find the time for a trip to Australia? Well want no more because the world’s second largest barrier reef, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, is the perfect place for you to fulfill that wish. Stretching from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay Islands of Honduras, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is a beautiful reef system with a stunning level of biodiversity rivaling that of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. But much like its famous cousin across the seas, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is threatened by human activity and needs your help to survive.

Carey Satin, a volunteer with Solimar International—the parent company of The Undiscovered Travel Collection—created a brief documentary (click here for the video) based on her work in the Bay Islands at the southern end of the reef. The documentary consists of a compilation of Satin’s personal underwater images portraying the vibrant, colorful reef ecosystem and an educational narrative discussing the wonders and importance of barrier reefs and how sustainable tourism, particularly sustainable dive tourism, can help with the reef’s recovery and survival.

The documentary’s primary objective—to increase awareness of and support for ecological conservation initiatives along the reef—is perfectly in tune with Solimar’s mission. “Tourism,” Satin says, “can work in concert with conservation allowing for the use of natural capital in ways that can be profitable while maintaining the health and productivity of vital ecosystems such as coral reefs,” and this is exactly what we here at Solimar strive to do. So, if you’re looking for a fun adventure that simultaneously allows you to support the conservation of one of the world’s most beautiful and important ecosystems, then a diving trip to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is just the ticket, and The Undiscovered Travel Collection can help you get there.

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 06:40

A Chocolate Lover's Paradise

Written by Karen Megarbane
A CHOCOLATE LOVER’S PARADISE ….. When I heard the words “chocolate wine” I was immediately intrigued—I mean who wouldn’t be? Take the Tour de Chocolate—every chocolate lover's paradise—and enjoy a homemade Dominican meal surrounded by beautiful tropical scenery and learn about free trade practices, cocoa production, watch the creation of…
When you think of Mali, do you think of trekking? According to the Lonely Planet, if you didn’t before, you should now. The famed travel guides have named Mali’s Pays Dogon the third best trek in the world, only behind treks in Corsica and the Peruvian Andes. A trek through…
Who says winter vacations have to involve snow? National Geographic Traveler recently listed the Namibia Coast as one of the top ten destinations for a winter getaway in 2012, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find any snow there. From the world’s highest sand dunes to lagoons filled with migratory and…
I was not surprised when Pampa Estancia was listed by Guardian Travel readers as one of the best ranch experiences in South America. Run by Lipiko Tours, one of our collection members in Rurrenabaque, Bolivia, Pampa Estancia is a fantastic tour that literally fulfills the childhood dream of millions: to…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 12:34

Tourism for Gender Equality

Written by Talia Salem
Tourism’s role in society and local communities has certainly evolved over the years. The emergence of eco, community and volunteer tourism has contributed to tourism leaving a positive impact on a destination. Another area that tourism is having an impact on is gender equality and women’s empowerment. The United Nations…
Friday, 18 November 2011 07:53

Namibia Gets Discovered

Written by Karen Megarbane
Announcing a Discovery Alert—a member of our Undiscovered Travel Collection—Namibia was featured on the Today Show! This week Today Show Host Matt Lauer surprised viewers when he kicked off the Today Show’s “Where in the World is Matt Lauer” series skiing down sprawling sand dunes in Namibia’s Namib Desert. His…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 07:22

Why Uganda is on Top

Written by Michelle Rasper
With a swathe of activities in Uganda, it is no surprise that Lonely Planet has ranked this African destination as the #1 country to visit in 2012. This distinguished ranking is strongly related to the growing stability in the country as evidenced by the capital, Kampala, being one of Africa’s…
Friday, 11 November 2011 11:54

San Miguel del Bala Gets Discovered

Written by Sydney Slotkin
The Bolivian eco-lodge San Miguel del Bala is one of the Undiscovered Travel Collection’s most successful stories far had been for. Since the Undiscovered Travel Collection launched the lodge’s campaign business has vastly improved. San Miguel del Bala has received more guests and increased overall profits, which means earnings within…
Uganda’s Sustainable Tourism Media Awards Gala took place on September 16, 2011 to much fanfare. The Awards Gala honored journalists from various local newspapers, television and radio stations for their responsible coverage of tourism and conservation related issues in Uganda. The awards recognized three categories: print, radio, and television broadcast.…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 08:09

Traveler to the Core

Written by Talia Salem
Hi, Talia Salem here, the new Marketing Coordinator for The Undiscovered Travel Collection. Those who know me, know I love to travel. Traveling is something that is part of my very fiber. My passion for globetrotting and discovering new places arose in me at a very young age. I got…
Friday, 28 October 2011 05:52

A Life Well Traveled

Written by Michelle Rasper
When someone asks me where I am from, I cannot really say one place. I rattle off a list of countries and states, it is almost easier just say that I am from D.C. I have lived abroad for over a quarter of my life. In a sense, I have…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:10

Citizen of the World

Written by Karen Megarbane
Hi everyone, Karen Megarbane, here. You could say that I was naturally brought up for a career in international development and sustainable tourism. Different cultures, traditions and languages have always fascinated me. By the time I was seven years old, I could speak three languages and had already traveled to…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 10:44

Meet Jackson Stubbs

Written by Jackson Stubbs
Hello to all our readers, Jackson Stubbs here. I’m a Marketing Coordinator with Solimar International’s Undiscovered Travel Collection. I enjoy sports, the outdoors, and probably most of all, traveling (my travel list is long but not specific; I’ll go anywhere I haven’t been before, and I’d like to get back…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 06:27

Bitten by the Travel Bug

Written by Sydney Slotkin
Hey I’m Sydney! The Undiscovered Travel Collection’s lone Latin America Marketing Coordinator and self-proclaimed travel addict. I was bitten by the travel bug in my early teens when I decided traveling and seeing the world was all I wanted to do, and announced (to anyone who would listen) that I planned…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 05:50

Love is in the Air at San Miguel del Bala

Written by undiscovered.journal
At Undiscovered Travel Collection ecolodge San Miguel del Bala in Rurrenabaque, Bolivia, recent guest Grace left with a lot more than just a cool jungle experience -- she left with an engagement ring from her boyfriend Ben as well! As chronicled in their blog, "The Fish Tales," after finishing "the…
The Secoya Eco-lodge, located deep in the Ecuadorian jungle and owned by the local community, has just been renovated and is now open for business! The lodge offers a completely unique insight into the way of life of the Secoya people, mixing the natural wonders of the forest with the…
Monday, 15 August 2011 11:48

Birding Uganda Website Launched

Written by undiscovered.journal
Great news for all the bird enthusiasts out there! A brand new, comprehensive site on birding in Uganda was launched last week from partners of The Undiscovered Travel Collection, www.birding-uganda.com. Uganda is renowned for having two of the top ten birding spots on the African continent: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and…
An incredible new music video was released by Aziz Azion, featuring the Mwambe Children's Choir, which shows all of the amazing attractions that Uganda has to offer. Take a look!  
As you may have heard, the innovative new Pearls of Uganda program is reinventing community-based and culturally-rich tourism in Uganda. So what exactly do the Pearls of Uganda represent? A new video tells the story:
The official Destination Uganda Guide for 2011-2012 was published this week in partnership with the Uganda Tourism Board and Solimar International through USAID-STAR project. This is the first promotional collateral of its kind for Uganda and the 10,000 copies printed will be strategically distributed to targeted travel agents and media…
Pearls of Uganda launched in March with partner Uganda Community Tourism Association (UCOTA) amidst plenty of fanfare and support from the tourism industry as well as the media. The concept involves partnering cultural tourism packages offered by communities in Uganda, with leading local tour operators and lodges in order to…
Monday, 25 April 2011 10:34

Ecolodge in Bolivian Amazon launches new website

Written by Laura Ell
San Miguel del Bala, indigenous community-owned ecolodge offering a wide variety of ecotourism packages near Rurrenabaque within Madidi National Park launches new website: www.sanmigueldelbala.com
The Frugal Traveler: How to go birding without going broke By MYSCHA THERIAULT; McClatchy-Tribune News Service was published by over a dozen print and online newspapers this week and seems to be be going viral. Read the article. An excerpt: "Uganda is home to half the bird species in Africa,…
Jascivan Carvalho is one of South America’s leading community tourism entrepreneurs & tour operators. His travel company, Tropic Journeys in Nature, operates sustainably in secluded natural settings that adventurous travelers have come to enjoy. Among Jascivan’s many success stories is the Huaorani Lodge based in the headways of the Amazon…
Dominica Named one of 10 Stunning Eco Destinations by Huffington Post.Dominica is home to Undiscovered Lodges: Exotica and Jungle Bay Resort & Spa Read the article at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/01/10-ecotourism-destination_n_843310.html
Travel + Leisure Magazine names Huaorani Lodge, operrated by Tropic, Ecuador as offering the "Best Life Changing Trips"! Read more here: www.tropiceco.com/econews.html
The word “Amistad” means “friendship” in Spanish. La Amistad International Peace Park is the name of the park spanning the border between Costa Rica and Panama, and it contains the largest expanse of undisturbed cloud forest in Central America. Visit the destination with the innovative La Ruta Amistad Green Passport.…
Tuesday, 29 March 2011 12:00

Batwa Trail in Uganda launches May 2011

Written by Laura Ell
The Batwa people are among the oldest known indigenous communities in Uganda. The creation of the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in southern Uganda displaced many Batwa from their traditional way of life, but through the creation of The Batwa Trail, the local community has regained access to the park in…
Read more about Namibia in “Your Own Private Africa” in the March 2011: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/namibia-traveler/ Photo Gallery: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/namibia-photos-traveler/

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