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Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is one of the largest tracts of protected land in Peru at more than five millions acres. Thanks to a cadre of paid and volunteer rangers, only two percent of this Amazonian wonderland–hemmed in between the Marañon River and the Puinahua Channel–has been logged.

As you’ll see in the video, I caught The Royalty’s show at Padres in Marfa the other week, and then hung out with them after the show. They offered to give me a tour of their hometown of El Paso, and pointed out some of the city’s lesser-known spots (see below for each band member’s picks). Great band, by the way. Get into them now; it’s sure to give you guaranteed street cred once they hit it big. And they will hit it big.

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Senior editor Norie Quintos, who edits the annual Tours of a Lifetime package in the magazine, recently returned from a trip to the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with her teen sons. This is the last of a four-part series. Click to read the first, second, and third posts. A confession: Travel editors don’t always plan…

Video: The Amazon at Night

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Traveler editor in chief Keith Bellows writes about his trip down the Peruvian section of the Amazon River in this month’s issue of the magazine. Here, he and photographer Richard Olsenius share their experiences venturing out onto the river at night. Isolated and alone, they wonder whether they’ll be able to find their way home.…

Daily Radar: 08.10.10

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British explorer Ed Stafford has become the first person to hike the entire length of the Amazon, completing a 4,000-mile journey that began on April 2, 2008 at the river’s source in Peru. Stafford, who was accompanied by Peruvian forestry worker Gadiel “Cho” Sanchez Rivera for the majority of the trip, set out on the…

A Treehouse in Peru

Richard Morgan looks down on the world from his perch in the Peruvian jungle. If you’re going to go so far as to have a private luxury treehouse in the Peruvian Amazon accessible only by Ewok-inspired treetop canopy wooden bridges, it makes sense to have an on-call jungle butler on the ground. For emergencies. Or…

Organic Chocolate in Ecuador

Kallari bars are considered to be some of the best chocolate around (at least by pastry chef Kate Zuckerman–see this article–and Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert). Available in Whole Foods markets, they are a sweet you can feel good about buying: Over 850 Kichwa families living in the Amazon rain forest region of Ecuador have formed…

Plant a tree in the rainforest. Provide clean water for a river community. Deliver school supplies to an Amazonian school. By traveling with International Expeditions, not only will you experience the rich cultural and biological diversity of the world, but your trip will also help ensure that future generations can experience it, too. IE, a…

Tour Guide: Amazon Adventure

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Boldly go where no man has gone before. Well, go where few have gone before, anyway. Brazil-based Amazon Nature Tours offers a new boat tour that, by our calculations journeys farther up the Rio Negro than any other tour company. Impressed? It gets better: Amazon Nature Tours began as a lumber company in the 1980s,…

Tour Guide: Peru

IT friend Lolly recently went on a tour in Peru. She raved about her guide Devon Graham (biologist and tour company owner) so much that we just had to look into the tour operator ourselves. Margarita Tours organizes private eco-expeditions in the Amazon. While most of their tours are riverboat-based, they also have three working…