Best of Basecamps: Arts Boutique Hotel B

June 17,2013
Hotel B

Hotel B in Lima’s bohemian Barranco district is our new favorite hotel in Peru’s eclectic capital. Given a choice, if we are spending any significant amount of time in Lima, we see no reason to stay anywhere else.

There are other five-star luxury hotels in Lima worth mentioning. They have ocean views, perfect rooms, and undeniable service. But part of our job at Global Basecamps is to not just put you in a perfect (if forgettable) hotel, but to leave you wowed by your hotel. A true “Best of Basecamps” property is more than a perfect review on a website. There are hotels in the world’s biggest cities that feel like they’ve been there forever. Their sense of history compliments their pristine reputation and A-level service. Hotel B has this sense of history, which is confusing because it’s literally Lima’s newest hotel. (As of Summer 2013)

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Highlighting: Atlas Kasbah Ecolodge

April 05,2012

Atlas Kasbah EcolodgeIf “Morocco” does not evoke thoughts of green-living and eco-travel, if the the arid hills of Northern Africa are not on your list of destinations for your around the world ecotour, and if you don’t think a traditional Moroccan kasbah somewhere between the Atlas Mountains and coastal Agadir can teach us how to live our lives more harmoniously with our environment, let Atlas Kasbah Ecolodge change your perspective. When the travel specialists here at Global Basecamps were researching travel opportunities in Morocco, we were giddy to find a local property that so closely matched our company ethos of sustainable travel.

When it opened in 2009, the Atlas Kasbah was the first ecolodge in the Argan Biosphere Reserve. The dreamchild of a married couple with two Master’s Degrees in Sustainable Development between them, this beautiful hotel has garnered recognition and awards from the Ministry of Tourism of Morocco, the King Mohammed VI Foundation for the Environment, the International Network of Responsible Tourism, and Aujourd'hui le Maroc in its short history. Referring to the endeavor of running this lodge as a “project” more than a “business,” the owners’ goals for three years have been respecting the environment, use of traditional architectural techniques and, above all, the strengthening of local Berber communities.

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New Torres del Paine Temporary Itineraries

February 02,2012
Torres del Paine

As you may have heard, Chile recently experienced devastating forest fires, damaging parts of the beautiful Torres del Paine National Park in Southern Patagonia. The wildfires began December 27th and quickly spread as the result of drought conditions and strong winds. The fires lasted 10 days, damaging about 7% of the park. The fires were brought under control in early January and the majority of the park reopened on January 4th, 2012.

The park is now operating normally, with hotels and other services open to receive tourists. Chile’s National Forestry Corporation (CONAF) has begun developing a restoration plan to reforest sections damaged by the fire. The plan will be implemented in Spring, with April being an important month for reforestation.

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3 Unique Thailand Adventures

January 03,2012

Thailand, with it’s beautiful weather, relaxing atmosphere, friendly local people, and delicious cuisine make it an ideal travel destination. A trip to Thailand can include exploring the bustling city of Bangkok, trekking to remote hill tribe villages, relaxing on the beaches of Southern Thailand and visiting incredible historical sites. As some of the islands and beaches have become quite crowded, some travelers seek to explore a more off the beaten path destination in Thailand. Below you’ll find a few of our favorite unique Thailand adventures.

Lisu Hilltribe

Lisu Lodge

If you’re looking for an off the beaten path adventure that allows you to experience rural Thai life then Lisu Lodge is the place for you! The lodge is named after the hill tribe village of Lisu, which is situated nearby the eco lodge in Chiang Mai. As part of a community-based project Lisu Lodge has initiatives in place to help conserve the natural heritage of hill tribes of Northern Thailand.

The Lisu hill tribe migrated from Southern China and Tibet in the early 20th century. During your stay at Lisu you can enjoy a guided tour through the village visiting local families, perhaps be invited into someone’s home for a cup of local tea, and meet with a local shaman. You should also visit the cultural center and museum, created by the villagers, to showcase the culture and lifestyle of the Lisu and Akha mountain tribes.

Lisu Lodge overlooks the lush fields and hills surrounding the valley, and offers and a blend of adventure, relaxation, and unique culture. Other activities offered including cycling, white water rafting, and trekking.

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Best of Basecamps: Kyambura Gorge Lodge

September 23,2011
Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Volcanoes Safaris, our in-country partner in Uganda and Rwanda recently added a new eco lodge to the Volcanoes Collection. The new lodge, Kyambura Gorge Lodge, is located in western Uganda on the border of the Kyambura Gorge and Queen Elizabeth National Park offering incredible views with the peaks of Rwenzori Mountains in the background. The lodge was carefully constructed to ensure practical ecotourism initiatives were in place and that the lodge could help further conservation efforts and work with the local communities.

Community Projects

Kyambura Gorge Lodge participates in a wide array of community projects that educate the local people. Projects emphasize wildlife preservation, increased tourism income for the communities, and community development. Some initiatives in place are creating football, netball and fitness classes for local children, working with women’s groups to produce organic coffee and a vegetable garden, restoring a wetland, and creating a buffer zone along the gorge to protect the 20 endangered chimpanzees living on the gorge. Kyambura Gorge Lodge differentiates itself from other accommodations by playing a pivotal role in the community and expanding ecotourism initiatives to protect the area. The lodge has created a 150 acre mini wildlife reserve which protects the chimpanzees, preserves a wetland, and minimizes human wildlife conflict.

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