The Impenetrable Forest, Uganda
I thought that it was cool that Matt was struggling with money, but looked at is an opportunity to see the Mountain Gorillas. Just because if you wait too long these animals could be extinct and completely vanished off the earth. 2.
The Bwindi-Impenetrable Forest, or is also called “Place of Darkness” is the only remaining forest where endangered chimpanzees and mountain gorillas coexist. Bwindi is a place that has tons of poverty and the forest and tourism is the only way for them to make money. Oh and on top of extreme poverty they have to deal with genocide. Even though there has been peace since 1999, you still have to imagine that the people of the forest still have the rebels in the back of their mind. The forest is 327 km2 and is very difficult terrain to navigate through, and it can be cold with the mean temperatures at 7 to 20 degrees Celsius. Personally, I think that it would be cool to visit the Impenetrable Forest, but if it was my money that I was spending I do not think that I would choose to spend my vacation here. 3.
National Geographic News: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/03/0308_gorillas.html Bwindi National Forest: http://www.bwindiforestnationalpark.com/ Uganda Wildlife Authority: http://www.uwa.or.ug/bwindi.html
Neko Harbor, Antarctica
Wow that would be something that you could brag about to almost everyone on earth! Matt made the trip seem really fun down there, except for the nasty sunburn that he got on his face. Just imagine seeing all of the penguins and other animals that you only see in the movies and at the zoo. 2.
Neko Harbor is one of the two places that when those Antarctic cruises go down there, the either go to Paradise bay or Neko harbor. Which is mainly because they are the most convenient places to go to where you can actually walk on the Antarctic continent. The harbor is also a very popular Minke whale feeding ground. Frankly, I found it hard to find information on Neko Harbor, other than people putting up pictures that they took from their trip there. Personally, I would probably take a trip there, just to tell my kids or family and friends that I have been down to Antarctica. 3.
Antarctica, The Continent: http://www.cybamuse.com/antarctica/continent.htm Hurtigruten: http://www.hurtigruten.us/Antarctica/Antarctica/Adventure-Antarctica/Visit-Antarctica/ Gadling: http://www.gadling.com/2009/01/26/bowermasters-antarctica-neko-harbor/
3. Machu Picchu, Peru
This was probably my favorite destination that Matt wrote about in the book. With the llamas and how they built the city because they love chocolate milk from the Great Chocolate Milk River. I also learned not to take chocolate milk to Machu Picchu. 2.
Machu Picchu was found in 1911, it is 7,000 feet above sea level on a small hilltop between the Andean Mountain Range, it is an ancient city that was developed so well that it seems to amaze people as they visit. Experts say that around 1200 people lived in the city and that it was built by the ancient Inca. From what Wiki-travel says, getting to the ruins can be an adventure in itself. Either by bus, which usually requires standing in line and usually there are big crowds can be one way to get up the hill. Or you can hike the Inca Trail which requires you to be in very good shape and can be miserable. Visiting Machu Picchu is also very expensive to visit. If I could visit Machu Picchu, Peru I think that I probably would, just because from there you could go to lots of great vacation spots. It is also one of the most important archeological spots in the world so that would be very interesting to see. 3.
National Geographic http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/world-heritage/machu-picchu/
4. Easter Island, Chile
Considering the fact that I had never even heard of a place with big stone...
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