Honoring Earth is one of eight core values that guide the work of Journeys International. There are a myriad of ways to enact this value while having adventures, and we are always on the lookout for more. In honor of Earth Day and the 40th anniversary of the Earth Preservation Fund – the non-profit organization that supports conservation in Journeys destinations through contributions from Journeys travelers – we're sharing a list of 40 of our favorite planet-friendly travel practices. If you have more suggestions, please share in the comments!
We're all about the Azores at Journeys right now. The volcanic archipelago (way) off the west coast of Portugal has pretty much everything you could want in a dream trip: spectacular scenery, fascinating ecosystems, interesting living traditional culture, exhilarating activities, lovely climate, amazing expert guides, delightful boutique lodges, scrumptious meals....
It's the moment you'll never forget. That moment when, after trekking through mountainous terrain, it's time to remove your backpack and follow quietly. When the tracker pulls aside the brush, and you look through a green frame that moments ago was a tangle of vines and you see before you a proud, stoic and magnificent mountain gorilla. And you realize just how wonderfully, profoundly connected you are.
After many years leading gorilla trekking trips in Uganda and Rwanda, led by our exceptional naturalist guide Paul Tamwanya, we've fine-tuned our expertise to know exactly where to go and how to get there. And, you won't just meet mountain gorillas; you'll also likely see other primates and many of the over 800 species of birds found in this region.
Here, we answer the most commonly asked questions about gorilla tracking and gorilla safari packages.