Northern Colombia – June 2013

Robert in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
Robert in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

In June 2013 we rejoined nature tour guide Mark Pretti on his inaugural tour of northern Colombia.  We had been thinking of Colombia for years, dating back to our 1993 trip to Venezuela with Steve Hilty of VENT, who wrote the “Birds of Columbia” book – but our thoughts were always “gee, too bad we can’t go”.  You know, drug cartels, nasty business, State Dept advisories, etc.  Well, wait long enough and things change!   Read more about it!

Panama, Redux

tn_P1030769In March 2012 we eagerly returned to Panamá with naturalist and bird guide Mark Pretti. This trip covered some of the same ground we did with Victor Emanual Nature Tours (VENT) back in 2005, e.g. the canal zone on the Pacific side near Gamboa, and added in several days up closer to cloud forest at the Canopy Lodge in El Valle de Anton.   Read more about it!

Cycling New Zealand

Robert at the Tasman Sea
Robert at the Tasman Sea (Nov 2011)

One of the world’s most scenic train rides, glaciers that are protected by UNESCO, wilderness eco-lodges, gourmet feasts and the region’s distinct Pinot Noirs and Sauvignon Blancs … not to mention penguins! The South Island of New Zealand had it all. Read more about it!