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Around the World: Parque Nacional Pre-Delta

Rosario, Argentina

Pre-Delta Biodiversity

There are a variety of places to see the diverse flora and fauna, including:

Spot La Cage – Great for camping, hiking, and boat excursion

Spot La Mangas – Location of a wharf, walking trail, and gazebo

One of the park’s great attractions are the large lily pads called Irupés. These aquatic plants are unique to South America. Though not as large as their cousins in Brazil, these plants are more resilient to lower temperatures. For this reason, the Irupé has been cultivated in manmade ponds for centuries. Its ability to withstand a substantial amount of weight and its purple and white flowers are its claim to fame.

The Victoria Cruziana flower that grows on the lily pads. Photo Credit: De USDA - http://www.usna.usda.gov/graphics/usna/home/adv101202.jpg, Dominio público, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1001857
The Victoria Cruziana flower that grows on the lily pads. Photo Credit: De USDA – http://www.usna.usda.gov/graphics/usna/home/adv101202.jpg, Dominio público, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1001857

Animals of the park include a large number of birds, mammals, and reptiles. Kingfishers, capybaras, catfish, otters, frogs, and 182 species of fish all make their home here. Everywhere you look, nature is brimming with activity.

Green-headed Tanager - a common bird species in the Pre-Delta. Photo Credit: By Lars Falkdalen Lindahl (User:Njaelkies Lea) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14528500
Green-headed Tanager – a common bird species in the Pre-Delta. Photo Credit: By Lars Falkdalen Lindahl (User:Njaelkies Lea) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14528500

HOW TO GET THERE

The Parque Nacional Pre-Delta is about 2 hr. and 11 min. north of Rosario by car. When it’s time to book a flight to Argentina, trust Sky Bird Travel & Tours. We’re partnered with over 90 airlines, so no matter their city of departure, we can get your clients there. As a top airfare consolidator, Sky Bird Travel has the lowest net fares to Argentina. Call or email us today to get started!

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Around the World: Dodda Aladha Mara

Bangalore, India

 When visiting India, you should definitely see the forests. Not only are they the inspiration for stories like The Jungle Book, they are some of the most unique forests on the planet. In fact, the “forest” of Dodda Aladha Mara is really a forest of one plant. That’s right: a single tree appears to grow as a forest.

The Magic of Banyan Trees

Banyans start off as epiphytes, which means they grow upon another plant, like a tree, without harming the other plant. This may sound borderline parasitic, but epiphytes only use their plant companion for physical support. In short, Banyans get by with a little help from their friends. Being a fig tree, banyan seeds are typically dispersed by fruit-eating birds.

You may be wondering how a tree could grow so large and wide and it appears to be a forest. Banyans have special roots known as “prop” roots. They grow into thick trunks and become indistinguishable from the main trunk. Older banyans, like Dodda Aladha Mara, can spread out laterally and use their roots to cover a wide area.

Prop roots allow banyan trees to grow laterally. Photo Credit: By Kiran Gopi - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5 in, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15023516
Prop roots allow banyan trees to grow laterally.
Photo Credit: By Kiran Gopi – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5 in, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15023516

Big Banyan Tree

This is what Dodda Aladha Mara translates to, and it’s not hard to see why. Covering 3 acres (12,000 m2 ) makes Dodda one of the largest banyan trees in the world – quite a lot of ambition for a tree! At 400-years-old, it’s still going strong, though the main root was lost to disease in the early 2000s. Without the main root to visually connect the prop roots, the tree seems to be a forest of many banyans.

Mischevious Monkeys

A large number of monkeys make their home in the Big Banyan, and while they are cute, visitors should exercise caution. Be sure to secure valuables like cameras, food, and hats.

HOW TO GET THERE

A 50-minute car ride will get you to the car park, which has space for about 30 vehicles. In addition, there are bus routes which will drop off visitors right beside the tree. For flights to Bangalore, we’re partnered with over 90 airlines, so no matter their city of departure, we can get your clients there. As a top airfare consolidator, Sky Bird Travel has the lowest net fares to the India. Call or email us today to get started!

 

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Around the World: The Sundarbans

Bangladesh

 

Not Your Usual Tropics

Most people venture to the Caribbean or the South Pacific to get a breath of warm, tropical air on vacation. However, the overlooked Sundarbans of Bangladesh offer a unique tropical experience. The Sundarbans span an area mainly in southwestern Bangladesh but also parts of India’s easternmost regions. This region is a natural area and with 3,900 square miles of jungle, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has much to offer.

The Sundarbans are home to over 260 species of birds as well as crocodiles, Bengal tigers, mongooses, and hundreds of plants. In fact, the Sundarbans are home to the largest tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world. Mangroves are unique in that they can thrive is both fresh and salt water. Being near the Indian Ocean, the mangroves are able to utilize the water to grow whereas most trees would not be able to handle the salinity.

 

River Tours

There are many opportunities for river tours in the Sundarbans. Guides will navigate through the winding rivers and streams and guests will experience these unique tropics up close.

How to Get There:

The Sundarbans are the ideal place for eco-tourism or for those simply looking for something different to visit. We’re partnered with over 90 airlines, so no matter their city of departure, we can get your clients there. As a top airfare consolidator, Sky Bird Travel has the lowest net fares to get them there. Call or email us today to begin your adventure!

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Photo Credit:

By bri vos – Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2794869