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dpappas87

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I live in California, and I am used to living a pretty fit lifestyle. Recently, I have been a weight loss journey, connecting to my Greek roots and the healthy foods that are part of the Mediterranean diet. Although I wasn't active for a long time, I have found that there are plenty of opportunities where I live in LA. There are a lot of gyms, parks, I go for daily walks, etc.

I am planning my next trip to Greece and I need your advice. How do I stay fit? We are planning to spend a few days in Athens and then do some island hopping. We won't be staying in a hotel with a fitness center. I plan to pack something portable, like my fitness bands, so I can do a quick workout in my room if I need to. Yet, I see that Greeks are very fit. What should I do while in the country? How do Greeks stay fit?

I am older, but in decent shape. I can walk, hike, etc. I was thinking of heading to Crete just so I can hike the Samaria Gorge. I have friend my age who did it and thought it was a great experience. I am open to any advice you can give.
 

k_tsoukalas

Moderator
I was thinking about this yesterday. I actually manage to lose weight every time I am in Greece and I almost can't figure out why, because I feel like I am eating all the time - dessert every night, drinks, three large meals a day.

Two factors I think are part of this - the food is super fresh and of a high quality, and I tend to walk A LOT when I am in Greece. Though I usually rent a car, I only seem to use it for road trips, preferring to walk and take taxis in the cities and villages. I must be burning a lot of calories.

I saw, bring fitness bands and use them in your hotel room, but I wouldn't worry too much about it because I bet you'll have no problem maintaining your weight.
 

Deborah

Member
I think your idea of going to Crete is excellent. The recreational opportunities are endless and the food is extremely fresh and healthy. My preference is the Chania Prefecture which includes the Samaria Gorge as well as others, the Botanical Gardens, exquisite beaches, and farm-to-table restaurants.
 

dpappas87

Member
I think your idea of going to Crete is excellent. The recreational opportunities are endless and the food is extremely fresh and healthy. My preference is the Chania Prefecture which includes the Samaria Gorge as well as others, the Botanical Gardens, exquisite beaches, and farm-to-table restaurants.
Oh! I like the sound of this, thank you! I will start researching this area, it seems like there are a lot of opportunities here.
 

Deborah

Member
As you explore the Prefecture of Chania, you could spend some nights in the Old Town (all day trips are possible from there) and maybe look into a couple of nights in Loutro on the southern coast. Accessible only by ferry from Sfakia, there are hiking trails across the coast and behind Loutro up to the village of Anopolis where a little further along, you’ll also find the spectacular Aradena Gorge. If you’re tired of hiking by then, Loutro also gives you quick access to the beach of Marmara located at the end of the Aradena. In season, there’s bungee jumping from the Aradena Bridge!😉

I’ll stop…you can tell that I’m really fond of Chania! Enjoy your research!
 

Dionasia

New member
I live in California, and I am used to living a pretty fit lifestyle. Recently, I have been a weight loss journey, connecting to my Greek roots and the healthy foods that are part of the Mediterranean diet. Although I wasn't active for a long time, I have found that there are plenty of opportunities where I live in LA. There are a lot of gyms, parks, I go for daily walks, etc.

I am planning my next trip to Greece and I need your advice. How do I stay fit? We are planning to spend a few days in Athens and then do some island hopping. We won't be staying in a hotel with a fitness center. I plan to pack something portable, like my fitness bands, so I can do a quick workout in my room if I need to. Yet, I see that Greeks are very fit. What should I do while in the country? How do Greeks stay fit?

I am older, but in decent shape. I can walk, hike, etc. I was thinking of heading to Crete just so I can hike the Samaria Gorge. I have friend my age who did it and thought it was a great experience. I am open to any advice you can give.
trust me you will do a lot of walking and I spent a lot of time swimming, of course it would have to be summer to have the warm temperatures. You don't need a gym. You can eat a good diet with vegetables and fruits there and there are a lot of hills to keep you in shape. I am also from CA with a gym membership but did not miss it at all whiles visiting and didn't gain any weight.
 

Best Photo Spots in Greece?

I am a photographer and I love to travel to Greece to take photos. I am scheduled to travel there again this fall, and I thought I would make a list of some places to visit. I am also wondering if you guys have any recommendations! Here is what I have come up with - chime in with some suggestions, too - I will be in Greece for at least a few weeks:

1. Temple of Poseidon - Cape Sounion (I hear there are great sunset shots here)
2. Oia, Santorini at sunset - I haven't sorted out quite where in the village yet butI figured I'd figure that out when I get there
3. Chania, Crete (I need some from here for my collection)
4. Slice of life types of photos in Athens and other cities
5. Plenty of food photos all over Greece

Let me know if you have some standout places/ types of photos I should take.

Who is eligible for a ferry discount

According to ferry hopper, the following groups are eligible for a discount with most ferry companies. I’m not sure what the documentation process is for verifying these statuses, so if anyone has experience please let us know! 😊
  • Toddlers (-100%)
  • Children (-50%)
  • Permanent residents of islands (holders of Unique Islander Number)
  • Students of Greek Public Universities (-50%)
  • People with disabilities (-50%)

Is Gorilla Trekking Safe in Uganda and Rwanda?

Is Gorilla Trekking Safe in Uganda and Rwanda?

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Is Gorilla Trekking Safe in Uganda and Rwanda?


Yes, trekking gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda is safe. A pleasant vacation area is one that is safe, and in Africa, the safest places to go gorilla trekking are Uganda and Rwanda. To take a vacation and escape the hassles of daily life, one saves his or her hard-earned money. Nobody wants to take a vacation where there is a chance they won't make it back home alive.

Safaris for trekking gorillas in Uganda take place in Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga National Parks, both of which are in the country's far south-western region. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park was divided into two sectors, the southern sector and the northern sector, due to its enormous size. The park currently boasts the most habituated gorilla families in the world, and for ease of management, these families are grouped into gorilla trekking regions. The Buhoma area, Ruhija area, Nkuringo area, and Rushaga area are among the gorilla trekking regions in Uganda.

Rwandan gorilla trekking takes place in Volcanoes National Park, which is located in the country's northwest. The park is 160 square kilometers in size. Volcanoes National Park has predominantly mountainous geography. A lovely green picture of lofty mountains and lowlands is created by its five Virunga volcanoes. Mountain Karisimbi, Mountain Bisoke, Mountain Muhavura, Mountain Sabyinyo, and Mountain Gahinga are some of these volcanoes. Volcanoes National Park is home to about 13 gorilla trekking families, including the Amahoro family, group 13 family, and Hirwa gorilla family.

Accessibility to Gorilla Trekking Parks

With an upgraded road network, getting to the gorilla trekking sites from Kampala, Entebbe, or Kigali is now easier. Despite the fact that parks like Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, and Mgahinga National Park are all situated in entirely inaccessible regions. In the past, getting to them was difficult, but the roads have been improved, and additional building is being done. From the Ugandan metropolis of Kampala, there is some public transportation that goes to Kabale, from where you can take a variety of connections to go to Bwindi I Impenetrable National Park.

Public transportation is accessible in Rwanda from Kigali City to Musaze, where passengers can then travel to Volcanoes National Park. A daily domestic flight service is running in Uganda, further opening up this formerly isolated region. From Kajjansi Airstrip or Entebbe Airport, you can choose to land at Kihihi Air Strip or Kisoro Airstrip. Those who are averse to long journeys on winding roads have chosen this alternative; however, you must make reservations in advance. Both Uganda and Rwanda have charter flight arrangements.



Research Organizations in gorilla trekking

In both Uganda and Rwanda, a number of local and international research organizations are working to save gorillas. Beginning with the late American philanthropist Dian Fossey, who founded the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda. After she discovered that integrating people in the protection of mountain gorillas is one method to conserve them, her initiative gave rise to gorilla trekking. Some of them take part in gorilla habituation, treating the gorillas, performing checkups on the gorillas, taking a gorilla census over time, and many other activities. These aid in gorilla conservation, which has increased the number of the animals in Rwanda and Uganda, and keep them accustomed to human presence. Gorilla Fund, UNESCO, Gorilla Doctors, and others are a few of the organizations. These groups offer a lot of guidance regarding the gorillas' way of life and behavior. Over time, this has made gorilla trekking experiences better.


Limiting the number of Gorilla Trekkers

Gorilla trekking would result in food loss for the mountain gorillas, which are primarily vegetarian. To prevent trampling on the forest, the number of trekkers allowed to see gorillas is restricted to a maximum of 8. Those interested in going gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda must attend a briefing at the ranger station, which is the ORTPN in Rwanda and the Uganda Wildlife Authority park offices in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga National Park in Uganda. The rangers walk you through the procedures for going gorilla trekking as well as the typical gorilla behavior.

After that, you are split up into groups of no more than eight trekkers to spend the day following a particular gorilla family. If there were more trekkers, it would be difficult for the rangers to look out for each traveler personally, which could result in some tourists getting lost in the bush or having a less enjoyable experience. The numerous individuals attempting to get a glimpse of the mountain gorillas would make them feel ambushed. The mountain gorillas become agitated by this and hide.


Why book with Dav Safaris for gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda?

Dav Safaris has experience of planning incredible trips to Uganda,and Rwanda but we have now expanded to include safaris in Kenya and Tanzania. If contacted, a member of our staff will assist in giving you reliable information as soon as possible. For a customized gorilla trekking tour to Bwindi Impenetrable forest NP and Volcanoes National Park, visit our website at www.davsafaris.com or Email us at [email protected]

Good Wedding Destinations in Greece?

I am not Greek, but I love the country. I am looking at it as a potential wedding destination. Does anyone have any advice? I have no idea where to start. Someone said to find a wedding planner in Greece. Also, I am not 100% sure on the destination but I have narrowed it down to the following places:

1. Milos
2. Crete
3. Santorini
4. Mykonos

Any advice that you have for me would be great. I am excited for this chapter in my life, but I have no idea where to start. I would think that I need to find a destination before I hire a wedding coordinator?

Making My Greek Travel Bucket List

I had a typical Greek-Australian upbringing in that my family came from Greece but trips back and forth growing up amounted to visiting friends and family. I really haven't seen much of the country and all that it has to offer. As an adult, I want to start visiting some of the places in Greece I really should see, but haven't had a chance. So, here's my list. What do you think I should add to it?

1. Visit the Parthenon - would you believe I've never really explored it? Usually we fly into Athens and then quickly move on to our destination.
2. Santorini - Again, I've never been. I want to go and see what all the fuss is about.
3. Kefalonia - I love hiking, and I heard this is a great island to explore nature?
4. Meteora - I've seen photos - it looks phenomenal and worth the trip.
5. Hydra - the fact that they don't allow cars here intrigues me - I know it's a day trip from Athens, but maybe it would be worth staying?

Any advice you give can help me plan a bit of a touristy trip to Greece. :) I do still have family and friends to visit, but I want to carve out some time to actually explore some places I have never been.
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