Today we’re celebrating Endangered Species Day. And so, it’s an opportunity for all of us to learn about these amazing species and the everyday actions we all can take to protect them. Since Charles Darwin first discovered the Galápagos, there’s been no better place to learn about endangered species than the islands, where multiple animals face endangerment. This includes Giant Tortoises, Marine Iguanas, Galápagos Penguins, Green Turtles, Sea Lions, Blue Footed Boobies and more.
Sadly, for many years starting shortly after Darwin’s discoveries, visitors of all kinds made their way by ship to the islands and with it the ecosystem came under pressure. Recently, with the development of island-based travel that is at the intersection of commerce, conservation and community, adventure travel has become a vehicle that makes a very positive impact to the sustainability of the endangered species living on the islands.
The Islands of Greece are a bucket list destination for most, and it's easy to see why. Crystal clear waters, iconic history, mouthwatering food, friendly locals, and stunning white villages that cling to cliffs overlooking the sea—you can't go wrong. So, grab your sunscreen and sense of adventure, we're sharing six must-see places in the Greek Isles you cannot miss!
That morning in Essaouira, we knew we’d struck gold. A contingent of our group split off with one of our guides to go paddle boarding on the bay. The Mediterranean sun felt fantastic. The oomph it took was just the break our muscles needed. The views of the city walls and Mogador Islands left us with no doubt that we were in Morocco. Meanwhile, the others were just as absorbed in a kitchen where a local chef gave a cooking instruction in tagine, Morocco’s classic stew. It was a homey, lively, sensory session that was full of laughs and a chance to dig into the local culture. When we came back together, the debate over who had the best morning ended in a draw. In Morocco, everybody wins.
Those early moments on our newest Morocco itinerary proved a lot. First and foremost, that six days is plenty of time to experience this African kingdom. The trip came to be because a private group asked if there was a practical way to explore Morocco in just one week. Indeed, there is! Exotic as it feels, Morocco is nearer than many travelers realize. Casablanca is closer to most U.S. gateways than Rome, and it’s roughly the same distance as Paris. Plenty of travelers go to Europe for a week... so the same is eminently doable in Morocco. Add to that the fact that Classic Journeys has more than 22 years worth of friends, contacts and wonderful experiences in Morocco, and handcrafting this new itinerary was as easy as sliding down a desert sand dune. That special trip was such a success that we are now offering it as a second Morocco travel option for you.