May 2, 2004
Outside Magazine
Outside's Annual Travel Guide, 1999/2000 Page: 1 | 2

Focus on Myanmar

This mystical Buddhist country (formerly called Burma) of gold-covered temples, streets lined with colorful markets, and a countryside marked by hill-tribe villages practically begs to be photographed. You'll have ample opportunity in the company of renowned photographer Nevada Wier, who leads a 20-day photo expedition through this culturally rich land. The trip includes touring the pagodas and monasteries of Rangoon, exploring river settlements around Mandalay, and visiting the ancient city of Pagan on the shores of the muddy Irrawaddy, where frescoes illuminate eleventh- and twelfth-century sacred sites. On days 13 and 14, you'll visit Inle Lake in the eastern highlands, where the photo ops range from local fishermen to floating vegetable gardens to the lake's famous leg rowers, who hook their legs under large bamboo oars. Finally, you'll head to Kyaikhitiyo and hike 1,800 feet up to the sacred Golden Rock Pagoda before returning to Rangoon.

Trips depart November 27, 1999, and January 17, 2000, and cost $3,890 to $4,290 per person (based on double occupancy), including hotel accommodations, most meals, domestic flights, airport transfers, and ground transportion (not including airfare to and from Rangoon). Call Mountain Travel-Sobek at 888-687-6235.

Florida Everglades and Sanibel Island

Hidden somewhere deep within Everglades National Park's cypress forests, grasslands, and mangrove swamps is that snowy egret, tri-colored heron, or roseate spoonbill you've been hoping to photograph for years. Accompanied by nature photographer Tom Johnson, you'll explore the park for three days, hike its trails and boardwalks, and hunt snapshots of birds, alligators, endangered tree snails, and purple gallinules.

Day four will find you heading to Sanibel Island on Florida's Gulf Coast, where this photo safari takes you hiking or canoeing among yellow-crowned herons, terns, skimmers, woodstorks, osprey, otters, and turtles at 6,000-acre J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. In the evenings, you can stroll the shell-covered beach to the island's lighthouse before sitting down to a dinner of fresh fish and papaya.

The eight-day trip leaves February 19, 2000, and costs $1,652 per person (based on double occupancy), including land transportation and hotel accommodations. Meals (about $250) and airfare are not included. Contact Close-Up Expeditions at 800-457-9553;

Ultimate Galápagos

Known as Las Islas Encantadas ("Enchanted Islands") by early sailors, these islands roughly 600 miles west of mainland Ecuador brim with unique species. Flightless cormorants, blue-footed boobies, saddleback tortoises, lava lizards, and green sea turtles will be your pals on this two-week cruise, on which you'll sail among the volcanic islands to photograph their diverse ecosystems. When you've set one too many f-stops and your only remaining reflex is single-lens, you can swim in the warm waters accompanied by sea lions, seals, and penguins.

You'll cruise Darwinville in the Parranda, a comfortable motor yacht with air conditioning and private baths. Led by professional photographers Wayne Lynch and Aubrey Lang, the 13-day trip begins and ends in Miami, costs $6,595 per person (based on double occupancy), and departs November 6, 1999. Call Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris at 206-463-5383 for reservations and information. —Kara Ryan

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