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Leaving the Backyard Behind: Tours for the Nature Friendly

Stepping out onto your backyard lawn can be as ecologically entertaining as watching the grass grow.  The same birds fly in and out of your patch of green territory, and every once and a while a squirrel will chase its grey doppelganger up the same oak tree that has been there for years and years.

You think to yourself, is all that all Mother Nature has to offer?   Some grass, trees, little animals, and the ever predictable daily sunset? 

There are many versions of Mother Nature's splendor, and easily coinciding are tour companies readily available to help you witness the magic of the great outdoors.  Check out the birds in Samoa, lazy lions lying in the sun on an African Safari, and the intriguing ecological, and most importantly educational experience of the Galapagos Islands. 

Whether you are an interested scientist, planning a school field trip for your class, or bored with your backyard, there is a tour company there to accommodate your nature needs. 

Before you ride off onto the wild frontier,  check out some of these GoNOMAD NETWORK MEMBERS who are eager for you to witness and learn about the great outdoors from them.

Adventure Center

1311 63rd Street, Suite 200

Emeryville, CA  94608   United States

Phone: 800-228-8747   Fax: 510-654-4200

Adventure Center offers affordable small group adventures throughout the world to stimulate and challenge! Adventure Center allows travelers to immerse themselves in the country they are visiting; to appreciate its people, cultures and wildlife, and the delicate balance necessary for their co-existence.

Maravu Plantation & Beach Resort Fiji

West Coast Road

Taveuni Island, NF  n/a   Fiji

Phone: 679 888 0555   Fax: 679 888 0600

Exotic nature & wildlife, romantic places & beaches, tropical reefs & rainforests and adventures in style - all this you can find at Maravu Resort on the Fijian Island Taveuni, one of the most exciting islands in the South Pacific

Wildland Adventures

3516 NE 155th St.

Seattle, WA  98155   United States

Phone: 800-345-4453, 206-365-0686   Fax: 206-363-6615

Wildland Adventures offers worldwide cultural and natural history explorations for active and inquisitive travelers who appreciate charming hostlery, premier safari services, and expert native guides. Family, small group and custom ecotravel throughout Central America, South America, Africa, Turkey and Alaska, New Zealand and Antarctica. .

Natural Habitat Adventures

2945 Center Green Court, Suite H

Boulder, CO  80301   United States

Phone: 800-543-8917, 303-449-3711   Fax: 303-449-3712

Join us and experience worldwide wildlife safaris! We pride ourselves in keeping our groups to the most intimate size possible while offering the best accommodations closest to nature. Our journeys include Africa, Galapagos, Costa Rica, Alaska, British Columbia, Baja's whales, Antarctica, The Amazon and more!

Sonrise Beach Retreat

Strawberry Fields

Robins Bay, St. Mary     Jamaica

Phone: 876-999-7169   Fax: 876-999-7169

Secluded, idyllic, nature resort/Eco-Lodge/Retreat 18 acre, private white sand beach, 7 affordable/deluxe cottages. Eco-Tours and more.. Enjoy yoga, vegetarian cuisine, snorkeling, diving, sunbathing, birdwatching, hiking and more!

Galapagos Network

6303 Blue Lagoon Drive, Suite 140

Miami, FL  33126   United States

Phone: 305-262-6264   Fax: 305-262-9609

Galapagos islands...expedition cruising Breathe the curiousity of modern biology and discovery Darwin's "living laboratory" where wildlife wander freely. Discover these extraordinary islands in maximum comfort and safety aboard a first class, 20-passenger motor-yacht, 48-passenger ship or 16-passenger dive live-aboard.

Intrepid Travel

11 Spring Street

Melbourne, Victoria  3065   Australia

Phone: 61-3-9473-2626   Fax: 61-3-9419-4426

Intrepid Travel is for those travellers wishing to escape the humdrum of mainstream tourism. We travel off the beaten track through Asia in an affordable, grass roots style, immersing ourselves in the local culture and lifestyle. If you want to come face to face with Thailand, Vietnam, China, India, Nepal or anywhere else in Asia - look no further!

Adventures in Perspective

PO Box 874

Bayfield, WI  54814   United States

Phone: 715-779-9503   Fax:

Join us on a world-class adventure to the Yucatan Caribbean coast. Unique small group experiences enrich your life through interaction with local cultures and environments. Our programs focus on: sea kayaking and snorkeling, art and creativity, fun and relaxation. Women's trips, too. Check us out!

Ecotour Samoa

Rainforest Ecolodge
Vailele-uta Village, P.O. Box 4609

Matautu-uta,     Samoa

Phone: +685-22144, 25993   Fax: +685-22144

EcoTour Samoa offers a range of 2-7 day guided ecotours and adventure activities on 6-7 islands. Explore Samoa with our knowledgeable local guides, experience living in traditional villages, enjoy copious introductions, hike kayak, birdwatch, and contribute to our rich lifestyles.

Los Guias Alta y Baja Tarahumara

P O Box 203

Bozeman, MT  59771   United States

Phone: 406-587-3585   Fax: 253-550-5387

Custom adventures in the Copper Canyon, Mexico for individuals, families or small groups. Deluxe hiking with packstock, back packing, canyoneering or home stay intineraries. Special interest expeditions for photographers, birders, scientists and adventure enthusiasts.

Tailored Travel New Zealand Custom Tours

2 Wakefield

Nelson,  7181   New Zealand

Phone: +64-3-543-3825   Fax: +64-3-543-3640

Know the Country rather than just see it! You will experience delightful New Zealand with your private customized tour. We ensure personal attention to details for your experience; in design and on tour. Professionally guided for the discerning traveler, only two to four guests per tour.

Global Eco-Spiritual Tours

250 S. Ocean Blvd., #266

Delray Beach, FL  33483   United States

Phone: 561-266-0096   Fax: 561-266-0092

Travel adventure combining eco-tourism and spiritual awareness in the Himalayan Mountains. Your tax-deductible fee gives you the chance to volunteer while you travel. Trips August 3-14 & August 16-27, 2002.

South Pacific Holidays

10906 NE 39th St.
Suite A-1

Vancouver, WA  98682   Fiji

Phone: 360-944-1712   Fax: 360-253-3934

We are the Fiji Specialists offering the most extensive list of diverse properties in Fiji. We have offer backpack properties to 5 star luxury resorts.

Adventure Life Journeys

PO Box 956

Missoula, MT  59806   United States

Phone: 406-541-2677   Fax: 406-541-2676

Small groups, family-run hotels & expert local guides are the foundations of our travel philosophy. Join us for the experience of a lifetime as we explore the culture and ecology of the Amazon, Galapagos, Machu Picchu & Tikal in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Costa Rica & Belize.

Sri Lanka Destinations

3356 N.E. Sugarhill Drive

Jensen Beach, FL  34957   United States

Phone: 1-888-437-5915   Fax: 561-225-7646

Guaranteed group departures or custom tours. We know Sri Lanka! Great prices and service to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Egypt, Ethiopia, Uganda, Seychelles, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

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