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Unspoiled beaches, whitewashed villages, aqua blue waterfalls, mountains, gorges, hidden Mediterranean coves, tapas. Yes we are talking about Andalusia in southern Spain.
The landscape of rural Andalusia is breath-taking and one of the best ways to appreciate its diversity and beauty is on foot. Andalusia’s hiking trails are perfect in spring. The landscape is filled with beautiful wild flowers and the sweltering heat of the summer hasn’t arrived yet.
As dusk falls and armed with torches and a bat detector we are going on a bat hunt. While we search for these mysterious acrobats by sight, and listen for their clicks with the bat detector we’ll learn a lot about their habits. The bats use the Amsterdamse Bos as their home and hunting grounds and only after dusk they come out to play and feed on flying insects.
If you’re looking for a weekend getaway with great views, clean fresh air and greenery, the Belgian Ardennes is the place to be. Here you’ll find meandering rivers, leafy forests and mountainous hillsides. The region is beautiful at any time of the year. In summer, the rivers sparkle and all is green. In winter, a layer of snow often covers the high ground.
Join us for a beautiful Canadian canoe adventure through the traditional 17th century landscape of Waterland just north of Amsterdam. Enjoy the lovely scenery and its total quietness while you paddle through the Dutch polder landscape with its charming small villages and ancient Dutch houses. A visit to this area is like stepping back in time.
Are you up for a challenge? This beautiful canoe trip takes us through the forest, through narrow waterways, past meadows with beautiful estates and along a historical dyke with old bunkers (part of the Grebbe Line). It is the perfect nature getaway. This amazing route is 16 kilometers long. It is a little challenging because we need to take the canoe out of the water a few times to pass the locks that were built in the past to control the water in this area. The route is truly stunning and definitely worth the challenge.
Did you know that Jisp near Amsterdam is an old whaling village? Five centuries ago, the Netherlands was the center of the world’s whaling industry. Jisp was one of the first villages that had its own boat (1642) to hunt whales in the Arctic Ocean. It all started when the Dutch began exploring the Arctic regions looking for a sea passage to Asia. They ran into whales near a group of unexplored islands. In those days the waterways still had an open connection with the Zuiderzee.
Put on your hiking boots and discover Jordan’s jewels in this week-long bucket list trip. Explore the hidden gorges and swim in the oasis of the wadi Gwuheir, trek through Bedouin villages in the Dana Nature Reserve, sleep under the stars in the desert of Wadi Rum, float on the dead Sea and discover the secrets of the UNESCO-world heritage site Petra. This is a chance to reconnect with nature in a wilderness of staggering natural beauty.
The canals make for a great picture from the streets, but the views are most spectacular from the water itself. See the historic facades of wharf side houses, sculpted tableaux, and all kinds of impressive trees along the canals, some of which are over 200 years old, while you paddle through the water.
As autumn rolls in, you can hear mysterious roars coming from the dunes and out of the forest.. The deer rutting season has started. The stags (male deer) leave their herds and head off alone in search of fertile females. Once found, they compete for their attention by roaring. Their sound is like a cross between a lion’s roar and a bull’s bellow. The stags are impressive to watch. Testosterone is coursing through their bodies which often leads to fierce and spectacular mating battles. The fight starts vocally, and if this is not enough to ward off a competitor, it can lead to quite impressive fights between the stags.
This walk will take us deep into the Amsterdam Waterleidingduinen in search of the deer and foxes that call the Waterleidingduinen their home. The deer and foxes that live here are special, they have lost their natural shyness and are very relaxed around humans. This makes them easier to spot and get close to. Seeing these incredible creatures in their beautiful habitat is an experience that will appeal to nature and wildlife lovers alike.
When the night falls a new world starts to wake up, join us for an exciting full moon journey in the Amsterdamse Bos. Listen to the landscape come alive with the yelps and rustlings of nocturnal creatures. Interacting with nature at night is a unique experience. Armed with torches we’ll search for nocturnal animals. This walk is a great opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of the Amsterdamse Bos at night.