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January 10, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Galapagos Islands never go out of season. That's the pitch from Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, which has created "prime-season" rates available now through March on selected 10-day tours of Ecuador's famed islands, which are temperate year-round. The drawing card here is the unparalleled opportunity to see wildlife up close. You can snorkel with sea turtles, photograph blue-footed boobies on the beach and hike to highland forest trails during this tour of the islands made famous by Darwin's voyage on the Beagle.
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NEWS
December 20, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Stand-up paddle boarding has arrived -- at least on a tour of Brazil , where you can spend nine days filled with hiking, sea kayaking and zip-lining. The trip is called Brazil High Energy Extravaganza . Activities center on the Green Coast south of Rio de Janeiro, an area known for its fishing villages and pristine waters. Three days of hiking -- in Paratay, on the Mamangua Tropical Fjord and Sugarloaf Mountain -- are the warm-up for a sea kayak and stand-up paddling tour of Paratay and nearby beaches, followed by a day of canyoneering and zip-lining before returning to Rio de Janeiro.
NEWS
November 17, 2011 | By Julie Sheer, Los Angeles Times staff writer
With mild temperatures, calm water and minimal fog, this can be a good time of year to visit the Central Coast , and there's no better place to see it than on the water in a kayak. For those prepping for a "big year" of bird-watching, this section of coast, with its diversity of waterfowl and shorebirds, is possibly the finest in California . If you've kayaked only on lakes and prefer water on the tamer side, Morro Bay is the place to paddle. Open-ocean kayaking is a whole different ballgame, and launching from just any beach shouldn't be attempted by novices (as we learned on a recent trip; more on that in a bit)
NEWS
November 14, 2011 | By Julie Sheer, Los Angeles Times staff writer
With mild temperatures, calm water and minimal fog, there's no better time of year to visit the Central Coast than the fall, and no better place to see it than on the water in a kayak. And for those prepping for a "big year" of bird-watching, this section of coast, with its diversity of waterfowl and shorebirds, is possibly the finest in California. If you've kayaked only on lakes and prefer water on the tamer side, Morro Bay is the place to paddle. Open-ocean kayaking is a whole different ballgame, and launching from just any beach shouldn't be attempted by novices (as we learned on a recent trip; more on that in a bit)
NEWS
October 31, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Peninsula Valdes nature reserve is a remote mix of mud flats, cliffs and stony beaches so rich in wildlife that UNESCO named it a World Heritage Site in 1999. In these waters off the east coast of Argentina, southern right whales thrive and orcas snack on sea lions and baby elephant seals.  Travel outfitter Adventure Life organizes five-day sea kayaking and camping trips that take travelers to see penguins, sea lions, elephant seals and, of course, whales -- up close. The trip starts and ends in Trelew, Argentina, and spends two nights camping at El 39, a beach where southern right whales are studied.
NEWS
September 26, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Ferry service Catalina Express offers a discount pass with savings on mini-golf, kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals, and other activities in and around Avalon on Catalina Island . The pass is free and easy to get: Just download it and go. The deal: A glance at some of the discounts: -- Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Gardens , one free admission with an adult ticket ($5). -- Descanso Beach Ocean Sports , rent one-hour of kayaking ($24 to $30, depending on size of kayak)
NEWS
August 16, 2011 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times staff writer
It's been a good summer for orca sightings among kayakers in British Columbia's Johnstone Strait, and at least one outfitter is offering discounts on its last trip of the season. The Johnstone Strait, home to the Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Orca Preserve, draws many kayak-trip outfitters, including Sea Kayak Adventures , which is based in Idaho but has been running Johnstone Strait trips since 1996. This year, said S.K.A. co-owner Nancy Mertz, “they had a late spring, and it suddenly blossomed into sunshine and orcas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The long-awaited Paddle the Los Angeles River pilot program got off to a wobbly start Monday as two dozen civic leaders in hard hats and bulging life vests stepped into kayaks and pushed out through murky ripples in the Sepulveda Basin. The group of flood control officials and City Councilmen Tony Cardenas and Ed Reyes was chaperoned by experienced kayakers and naturalists on hand to make sure no one tipped over into the treated urban runoff or entangled themselves in the heavy brush laden with shredded clothing and plastic bags that lines the 70-foot-wide channel.
TRAVEL
July 10, 2011 | By Terry Gardner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Paul Revere was captured on April 18, 1775, before he could warn the residents of Concord, Mass., that the British were coming. (He did make it to Lexington, Mass.) No Revolutionary War battle was ever fought at Valley Forge, Pa., even though Gen. George Washington and his troops were there for nine months, including during a horrific winter. Gustave Eiffel - he of tower fame - gave our Statue of Liberty her backbone. In Boston, Philadelphia and New York last spring, I exercised my way through decades of U.S. history that I never seemed to have learned in school.
NEWS
June 27, 2011 | By Benoit Lebourgeois, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Here's a new way to explore Olympic National Park in western Washington state . The park has added a kayak tour run by the park concessionaire, Aramark Parks and Destinations, out of historic Lake Crescent Lodge, about 18 miles west of Port Angeles. Participants need not be top athletes to paddle the sapphire waters of the glacier-carved, steeply gouged lake. The tour glides past an old-growth forest, the Devil’s Punchbowl rock formations and remnants of a World War I railroad operation before crossing back.
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