When you think “safari,” this probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind. But as your intrepid host, I travel directly south to discover the incredible rainforest adventures developing in Argentina. The trip begins with the world famous Iguazu Falls and then ventures into more unusual territory – including day and nighttime safaris for wildlife that literally can’t be seen anywhere else, all the while living in the lap of luxury at some of the finest jungle lodges.
I’d like to point out that the ethical tourist carries a camera, not a rifle. Hunting for sport is as caveman as you can get in my books, and anyone with half a brain understands the precarious balance so many of our planet’s species are in. If you require a gun to prove your manhood, please give me a phone call – I’d like to set up an educational tutorial for you. Should that fail to shift your perspective I’ll be happy to take it to the boxing ring.
You know I love getting up close and personal with wildlife! While in Argentina I had the opportunity to trek into the jungle at night and sit in a hide to watch for the endangered Tapir. Just what is that? I had the very same question. A Tapir is a large browsing mammal, similar in shape to a pig, with a short, prehensile snout. Their closest relatives are the other odd-toed ungulates, including horses and rhinoceroses. Tapirs inhabit jungle and forest regions of South America, Central America, and Southeast Asia.
The most attractive aspect of a nature-based vacation is the opportunity to stay at lodges that both educate and practice the art of conservationism. Think of it this way: When you choose to travel to destinations that directly benefit from wildlife viewing, you are providing incentive to continue to protect their environment. Just be sure to do your research and select reputable organizations that live up to their word. Make sure they truly think Green before you book and hand over your green.
The Argentine Safari episode of Bump! premieres on OutTV Canada Tuesday, July 31st, at 8pm EST/PST.
Canadian Viewers: Season 6 Tuesdays at 8 on http://www.OUTTV.ca
American Viewers: Full episodes available on demand at http://www.LOGOTV.com