BHUTAN: The Best of Bhutan”
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The Himalaya are jaw-dropping, completely amazing, unbelievable. Before landing in Bhutan, while your flight is on approach, you will begin your immersion in the Land of the Thunder Dragon.
Outside the window are peaks, white monasteries with prayer flags fluttering and kids waiving at the Druk Airways jet.

Perched high in the eastern Himalayas, the Kingdom of Bhutan has defied globalization and chosen to remain a hidden (almost) treasure. Here’s one place on earth that even the seasoned traveler considers a privilege to visit…, a place where writers and artists feel great inspiration The sacred monasteries, the fluttering prayer flags that line the high ridges, and the red robed monks chanting their prayers exude the aura of another time. Travelers often romanticize their Bhutan experience, and justly so.

Join renown Himalayanist and anthropologist Dr Don Messerschmidt on this Best of Bhutan October 05 – 16 2016

For more information call 888.460.4404. Tashi dalek and enjoy the day, Rusty


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Active Adventure Travel the Runners Way: Running, Walking, Great Food, and enjoying a beverage now and again too.

The ultimate fun of travel in a foreign land is exploring and learning about local cultures, meeting local folks and runners all while seeing the famous and not so famous (but really cool) places.

In 2016 We’re returning to China to uniquely explore their treasures, and to meet the Chinese people all the while running the streets, hills, parks, mountains, and The Great Walls of China.

Do you have to be a “runner” to enjoy these adventures? No, not at all. Running is always an option, but having fun is no option; fun will happen all the time with cultural sites that pull your camera, and people to people interactions that draw out questions, conversations, and your interest.


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China has one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Architecture that dates back over 5,000 years. China, besides having one of the world’s oldest written languages, is viewed as the source of many major inventions; oil wells, gun powder and spaghetti. The Terra Cotta Warriors, Forbidden Palace, and the real Great Wall are just the tip of the treasures of China. Great cultural antiquities draw us to China, but it’s the kind people who make a visit to China a “Ri experience” that has you returning for a second and third time.

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Tibet the “Forbidden Roof Of The World”. Travel to Tibet no longer forbidden, but it is still is a challenging destination to reach. A far-away place, Tibet seems like it should only reside in an imaginative story book. It’s even more amazing when you are there walking through monasteries, crossing prayer flag draped passes among the mountains. The rewards of visiting Tibet make a return inevitable, drink fluids, walk slowly and Tibet will be “repeatable”. (Talk about Tibet when it really was forbidden, enjoy reading “ Alexandra David-Neel “ to see how challenging. She was a very interesting lady and an adventurer in the full sense of the word.)*

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The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is one of the most beautiful countries in the world!

This is an ancient Buddhist culture with traditions that lead to the guiding philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH). Business Week magazine rated Bhutan the happiest country in Asia, perhaps the world, citing a survey by the University of Leicester.

Nature and all living things are cherished, and so the forests are rich and abundant in flora and fauna. The Bhutanese also take great pride in preserving their nation’s traditional cultural identity in their daily lives, and in their traditional schools of arts and crafts.

Bhutan truly is a treasure on earth with very kind people who welcome polite visitors to experience their Himalayan Kingdom. Come, enjoy a place that believes in Gross National Happiness; The Kingdom of Bhutan


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The GALAPAGOS ISLANDS are a treasure on earth to be experienced and protected.
Amazon Jungle Rainforest Lodges

Ecuador is a small country, easy to visit, very friendly, with world class treasures that make Ecuador a “repeatable” destination. In Ecuador the highlight destinations include; Galapagos Islands, and the Amazon Old Growth Lodges.

Learn more about the Natural History boat Charter with Rusty 2017 Galapagos With Friends

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Myanmar ~ Burma

Okay, is it Myanmar (Mee-yan-mar) or is it Burma? Either name actually is fine, and both are used with perfect ease by the Burmese from towns to small mountain villages. Myanmar is opening its borders, and its society to visitors. Like Tibet or Bhutan, visitors must be invited, but not to worry, RiAdvTvl handles all the paperwork, and … you’re in. Personally, I have always found the Burmese welcoming, friendly and “Buddhist polite.”

Provide a smile and immediately receive a smile in return. Infrastructure is “quaint”, but on vacation it’s nice to move at a slower pace anyway… you experience more that way don’t you?

In Richard Kipling’s day, the famous place names of Burma —- The Strand hotel in Rangoon, or the golden sunsets over the Irrawaddy River near Mandalay —- these were places that few travelers had ever seen but were spoken fondly of by those who had. Probably Rudyard Kipling at the turn of the 19th century, with the wide popularity of his books, put Burma on the “travelers map” for he once wrote “this is a place unlike any you know about” and that sealed Burma’s fate as a destination one had to visit in their lifetime.

Come ready for serendipity, and it will happen. Come ready for flavorful meals, and those too for sure will happen. Bring your camera and memory chips, binoculars too as bird watching is very good. Come with patience, and you’ll go home with a lifetime of rewards, and a wish to return for more. Myanmar is definitely a Ri destination.

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Think of Peru and you think of the great ruins of Machu Picchu and the Inca. Should I go by train or trail or by hiking lodge to lodge? What are my choices? Ah, but there is more. Lake Titicaca and the floating reed islands, can I go there too? There is more. The Amazon Basin of Peru hosts excellent lodges specializing in viewing encounters of tapir, jaguar, and macaws. It has diversity only a 2 million year old forest can produce.

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A friend says to you “I’m going to Nepal”, your first thought may be about unbelievably tall mountains. But the “Teasure of Nepal” is that it is the most diverse country on earth.

There are 38 separate languages and cultures, with 3 major religions. From the summit of Mt. Everest at 29,035 feet the descent goes all the way down to jungle forests only 175 feet above sea level where you may ride elephants while looking for tiger and other Asian wildlife. Between the jet-stream capped heights and the jungles are the photogenic terraced fields, rhododendron forests taller than telephone poles, and a very kind and gentle people. There is so much going on here that Nepal is definitely a destination that is repeatable.

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