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Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | The magnificent Matsumoto castle looks good in most any light, but is most dramatic at dawn. It is known as the Crow Castle due to its black exterior. In contrast, white swans live in its moat. And thank you to the 3 who swam into my frame. #matsumoto #matsumotocastle


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Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | Tree roots are exposed and carved out from extraordinary high water levels on #lakeErie. The Great Lakes are presently experiencing the highest water volumes in documented history, resulting in overtly apparent erosion and flooding in towns and wilderness areas along the shores. #onassigmnent for @natgeo


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Excited to return to the Alay Region and Pamir-Alay Mountains of southern Kyrgyzstan! This time we're working with @helvetas_kyrgyzstan on the Bai Alai rural economic and tourism development program. Among our work these next weeks: to help create and test community-driven cultural, culinary and adventure-based travel experiences in the region. The goal: to help more travelers discover and explore this region respectfully + enable local villages to benefit from community tourism development.⁠

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Our relationship with the Alay region began two years ago when we were advisors on the @USAID BGI program and its tourism development projects. During our time in this particular region, we also helped mark the Heights of Alay trek, taking us over the other worldly Sary Mogul Pass (4,303 m/14,120 ft) pictured here. That is how we met Talant (also in the photo) from Visit Alay (@south_kyrgyzstan). As we trekked through the mountains together for several days, we shared our ideas about the potential for sustainable community-based tourism development in a region whose contours are stunning and beautiful yet also present challenges to business creation and livelihood development. Our work and counsel led to the Heights of Alay becoming the best-selling trek in the region, which in turn led to our being asked to develop a regional marketing plan.⁠

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Many travelers don't know Kyrgyzstan very well, much less the Alay Region (south, near the borders with Tajikistan, China and Uzbekistan). This area is truly special. As is the case with much of our advisory work, the goal is two-way benefit: 1) travelers discover the region through community-driven travel experiences, whereby they develop a stronger connection to local people and nature and 2) local communities see direct economic and social benefit.⁠
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Stay tuned as we explore more of the Alay mountains and villages over these next two weeks. ⁠.⁠
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#kyrgyzstan #baialaiprogram #tourismdevelopment #sustainabletourism #thisissustainable #visitalay #alaymountains #communitytourism #discoverkyrgyzstan #trekking #trekkinginkyrgyzstan


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La aventura culinaria de @gordongram se pone picante en #Marruecos 🇲🇦 #GordonRamsayEnNatGeo 📺⬇️
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Lunes, 10 PM MEX y martes, 9 PM COL-PE / 10 PM ARG-CHI


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August 19th is International Orangutan Day | Photograph by Mark Edward Harris (@markedwardharrisphoto)
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A staff member at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation wheels orphaned orangutans in a wheelbarrow. "The orphans spend several hours every day attending forest school where they learn the skills necessary to be either returned or introduced into the Bornean forest," explains #YourShotPhotographer Mark Edward Harris. This photo was selected for the August 16, 2019 edition of our Photos of the Week series.

“My heart breaks for these lovely creatures but I'm happy there are institutions that exist trying to save them. Your focus is sharp here but center weighted compositionally. Keep up the good work!” — @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas (@kemcnicholas)


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This life-size 🐙by paper-cutting artist Masayo Fukuda (@kiriesousakukamasayo) took two months to complete. “I have loved mysterious and cool marine life since I was young and have made it a regular motif in my work,” says Masayo, whose three-dimensional creations are each hand cut from a single. sheet. of. paper. ✂️ ⁣

Video by @kiriesousakukamasayo


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“I’d much rather be smelling the flowers than posing for a photo, but a nice photo makes my hooman happy so 🤷‍♂️” writes @kota.aussie
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Life’s a beach and then you...(fill in the blank) 🏖


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