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Our travel club hosts adventures locally in Houston and around the world for all things travel, culture, adventure, & photography! Join us on a local photo walk, or travel talk during happy hour, and then meet new travel buddies for future adventures! This is a the perfect group for those looking to make new friends in Houston and find compatible travel & photography partners for life!

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The Ultimate Mexico Adventure!

Cancun

Our friends at Photofly Travel Club (https://www.photoflytravel.com/ ) have planned an amazing tropical adventure to keep warm this winter! We're all invited! January 19th-26th 2019 Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/mexico-adventure-tours/ E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary! * 7 nights/ 8 days of the best of the Riviera Maya * 4 Star Resorts & charming boutique properties on the beach *Breakfast everyday * 4 lunches, 3 dinners included * Private guided tours throughout (Explore the Coba ruins, tropical beaches, amazing reefs, snorkel with sea turtles, and that’s just the beginning!) * Cancun: A must for a first time experience to the Riviera (nightlife, great food, great beaches, need we say more?) * Optional Chichen Itza Adventure: The most famous Mayan step pyramids and temples in Mexico (private guided tour: “The Castle”, the Ballgame Grounds, the Observatory, the One Thousand Columns square, Jaguars’ Temple, and the Sacred Well) Experience Cozumel Cozumel is the largest island in Mexico, surrounded by a beautiful coral reef and stunning azure waters. Our excursion is the ultimatesnorkeling adventure along with a guided tour around the island. We’ll enjoy a lunch buffet and open bar on board! * Explore Akumal: This less visited coastal paradise has some of the best snorkeling and beaches in all of Mexico! We’ll stop at a famous beach to snorkel with the Riviera’s green sea turtles! * Playa Del Carmen: (days of relaxation, beach hopping, nightlife, and live music) * Off the path Cenote unique to the Mayan Riviera: These elaborate cave systems are filled with crystal clear water and stunning stalactites and stalagmites. We’ll go on a guided snorkel experience among amazing mineral formations. The absolute silence is a truly mystical experience. * Optional Tulum Ruins Experience: See and photograph the iconic ruins located right on the coastline cliffs with the beautiful turquoise waters below. Sian Ka-an Biosphere Reserve “In the language of the Mayan peoples who once inhabited this region, Sian Ka’an means ‘Origin of the Sky’. Located on the east coast of the Yucatán peninsula, this biosphere reserve contains tropical forests, mangroves and marshes, as well as a large marine section intersected by a barrier reef. It provides a habitat for a remarkably rich flora and a fauna comprising more than 300 species of birds”, as well *as” creatures that are rarely found elsewhere, including manatees, four species of marine turtle, howler and spider monkeys, crocodiles, the rare Jabiru stork, jaguars, pumas, ocelots, pink flamingos, toucans and tapirs. It’s arguably the most breathtaking part of the Yucatan peninsula! – Unesco.org * Discover Muyil: Within this great biosphere we’ll embark on a trek in the jungle to come upon this mystical Mayan temple. * Lagoon Crossing & Epic Snorkeling: We’ll take a boat across the idyllic lagoon and hop in the warm waters for a great snorkel adventure. * Float & swim in the mangrove channels: We even have the opportunity to swim and float on the freshwater stream through channels, where you will be amazed by the beautiful wildlife that calls this ecological & crucial phenomenon home. * Witness Coba: Coba is home to isolated Indian ruins miles from civilization and was once the largest Mayan city of its time. Climb the Nohoch Mul pyramid, the tallest pyramid of the region. From the top of the pyramid we will enjoy great views of the surrounding jungle. *Other great optional adventures include: Rent a bike and ride around town Rent a Paddle Board (or try out Paddle Board Yoga!) Yoga Massage Scuba Diving * All Taxes, Transfers, & Fees included * Airfare is not included but we will help you find a good flight! * Roommate Pairing to save money as always! * Email us to see daily itinerary at [masked] _________________________________ Join Us! *For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested. Price: $[masked] *Single Supplement:[masked] OR Deposit: $600.00 Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/mexico-adventure-tours/

Wonders of the Galapagos

Ave Charles Darwin y Piqueros

Our friends at Photofly Travel Club ( https://www.photoflytravel.com/ ) have planned an exotic adventure to keep warm this winter & experience the best nature has to offer! We're all invited! January 31st - February 6th 2019 Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/galapagos-group-tours/ E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary! We've built another extremely unique adventure! Anyone with a love for nature, science, wildlife, snorkeling, diving, hiking, photography, or just plain adventure, should have this iconic destination at the top of their bucket list. This Galapagos group tour offers a glorious blend of luxury, adventure, & up close and personal experiences! Our 2018 trip sold out in 2 days last year so get your deposits in ASAP and don’t miss this one in winter 2019! The Galapagos is an “up-market” destination but fortunately we’ve again been able to create something special at an amazing value! Take a look at the details below and you will see that our small group trip is arguably the best deal out their when you factor everything we have been able to include! * 7 days of Darwin’s Diversity * 3 nights/4 days at the unique and waterfront Red Mangrove EcoLuxury Hotel * 3 nights/4 days aboard our very own luxurious private yacht the Coral II! * MOST Meals! (6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners) * Round trip domestic flight Included (Guayaquil (GYE) –> Galapagos (GPS),[masked] USD value) * All Snorkel Gear Included throughout Part 1: Santa Cruz Island & Her Nearby Gems Santa Cruz is the most important Island in the Galapagos archipelago with the only substantial port town of Puerto Ayora. The “bustling” town is home to the vast majority of all residents of the islands combined topping out at a staggering 12,000 people. This offers insight into the the amount of conservation and protected land on the island despite having the only major town in the whole volcanic island chain. From white sand beaches teeming with endemic marine iguana, lush highlands where some of the only giant tortoises in the world still roam, turtle coves, thriving reefs, ancient calderas, & of course, Darwin’s Finches all live in harmony with the small human population here (for once!). * Highlands & Tortoise Reserve: Journeying across Santa Cruz into the highlands, we’ll be delighted by the variety of life and geology. Santa Cruz Island offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild giant tortoises, both roaming through pastures in the agricultural zone and in the El Chato Tortoise Reserve. Walk into the forest overgrown with lichens & ferns, and listen carefully for the sound of heavy footsteps and shrubs being slowly crushed as the tortoises make their way through the brush! The pond at El Chato is surrounded by forest where short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, Vermilion Flycatchers, Yellow Warblers, Galapagos Rails, and Paint-billed Crakes can also be seen. * Charles Darwin Research Station: An awesome and fascinating visit to give true perspective for the rest of the adventure! Founded in 1959, it has a Natural History Interpretation Centre and carries out educational projects in support of the Galapagos National Park Service. The Park has the following development programs: conservation of natural resources, management of flora and fauna, sustainable use of resources. Others are related to environmental education, marine resources, agricultural development, monitoring and vigilance. Their aim is to conserve this natural habitat and allow tourists to appreciate all these unique species. Day Boat Excursions *For our two full days staying on Santa Cruz, we’ll head off island on exciting day trips via boat and in search of biological wonders! * Santa Fe Island, White Sands, Cactuses, & Giant Iguanas: White sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies lined with endemic cactus forests is just one appeal to this natural wonderland. It is also home to the Santa Fe land iguanas, the largest in the entire archipelago. Other species which reside here are the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches, and one of the four mockingbird species on the islands. * South Plaza Islet, Land of Red & Yellow: An impressive cactus forest where colorful yellow and red land iguanas live will be our introduction to this small landmass. Another peculiar thing to see in South Plaza is the unique, hybrid iguana (sea and land). During the time of year we’ll be here, the landscape should be gleaming with the vegetations glow of reds, greens, and yellows (Great landscape shots!) * North Seymour Island: Formed by a series of underwater volcanic eruptions, this island is the home to large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies (awesome to photograph!), great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls. Land iguanas and Galapagos snakes can be encountered on a lucky day as well! * The tours to all islands listed above are subject to availability and regulation guidelines. The park service sometimes changes regulations and rotates the islands which tourists are allowed to access with little or no prior notice. The above islands are the most likely places we will get to visit and may be substituted with other nearby sites/islands which have similar and/or different flora and fauna. Part II: Private Luxury Yacht Island Hopping Our next experience is very special. We’ll board our very own private cruising yacht and embark on a journey throughout the eastern Galapagos Islands. Aboard the Coral II, we’ll live in the perfect combination of classic beauty and exquisite style. Built in Holland, the ship surpasses all the standards you would expect from a high-class yacht, providing a slightly larger than average (and therefore more stable) cruising vessel while maintaining the friendly atmosphere of a small expedition yacht. Every cabin features handsome wood decoration, along with air-conditioning, a private bathroom, safe deposit box, telephone, and your choice of background music. Additionally, the Coral has plenty of room to relax with three sundecks (some shaded), a jacuzzi, comfortable dining room, and lounge. Our very own naturalist guide, captain, and full board service staff will pamper us throughout! *Since we are chartering this amazing boat just for our travel club, the rooms range from standard, standard plus, & jr. suite. The first guests to sign up will automatically be placed in the standard plus rooms. The Jr. Suites have a total supplement of[masked] USD per person (a ridiculous steal!) and first to submit deposit & request these rooms will get them. *More details on rooms within the daily itinerary- E-mail us! ([masked]) AND, Check out this amazing 3D tour of our yacht! (https://www.gogalapagos.com/Coral_I_II/vtour_coral_II/index.html)( https://www.gogalapagos.com/Coral_I_II/vtour_coral_II/index.html ) * Dragon Hill: Bright, pink flamingos thrive as we walk by a brackish lagoon to the trail which leads across typical dry zone vegetation. Dragon Hill is an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, not to mention incredible views & photograph opportunities of the anchored boats and neighboring islands at the top. The surrounding forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and Galapagos doves. * Bartolome Island: Formed by different volcanic parasitic cones known as lava bombs, spatter, & cinder cones, the combination will feel as if we are walking on the moon. En-route to the summit, impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock make for incredible & iconic panoramic photographs. We’ll alsoencounter & photograph marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies along the way. Next, we’ll make our way down to the beach for snorkeling and a chance to see the famous Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles, and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. * Rabida Island: Dark-red sand covers the unique beaches of Rabida, home to thriving sea lions colonies. This island is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos due to thediversity of its volcanic geology. Nine species of the famous Darwin’s finches can also be found here. We’ll take a dinghy ride along marine cliffs to observe nesting seabirds & then jump into the water for a snorkel off the coast where marine life is particularly active. * Santiago Island; “Buccaneers Cove” & Espumilla Beach: This is an amazing location due to the remains of an eroded shoreline, home to seabirds, fur seals, and playful Galapagos Sea Lions. Photograph these beautiful creatures along with the cove’s unique shapes created by wave and wind erosion. The white, sandy Espumilla Beach nearby is in James Bay where mangroves and a small palo santo forest lead to salty-water lagoons home to wading birds like pink flamingos. We’ll visit and photograph a nesting site for sea turtles in the upper dunes of this area before another great snorkel to search for rays! * Black Turtle Cove: Back on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island and accessible only by sea, four species of mangrove crowd and form an internal lagoon & turtle sanctuary where sea turtles visit the calm waters. Peaking their heads above the surface, fish & rays circle below and White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat along with sea birds including pelicans, herons, and egrets. * As always this entire trip will be amazing for photography and our tour leader will be on hand to help those who want to learn more about using their camera’s, taking better pictures, etc. (PhotoFly Travel Club adventures are laid back when it comes to photography. They are not workshop style based toursand you do not need to be an avid photographer to join. All are welcome!) * Round trip domestic flight Included (Guayaquil (GYE) –> Galapagos (GPS),[masked] USD value) * International airfare not included but we’re happy to help you find the best flights as always. (Flying into & out of GYE) *Don’t forget to e-mail us for the day by day itinerary of these Galapagos small group tours ([masked]) _________________________________ Join Us! *For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested. Price: $[masked] *Single Supplement: $[masked] OR Deposit: $600.00 Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/galapagos-group-tours/

Emancipation Gentrification $40

Hungry's - Rice Village

Join us on the workout that tells the story of Emancipation and Third Ward. This adventure starts in the serene, tree-lined paths of Rice University and ends at Project Row Homes Art Gallery in Third Ward. There are plenty of surprises on this 6 mile adventure and as always a great workout. We will visit Axelrad beer garden. Please wear workout clothes and running shoes. Bring money for the rail and for activities.

The Ultimate Vietnam Adventure

Ho Chi Minh City

Details Our friends at Photofly Travel Club ( https://www.photoflytravel.com/ ) have planned an amazing cultural and visually stunning adventure to the whole of Vietnam! February 19th-27th 2019 Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/vietnam-group-tours/ ***PLUS, don’t forget to check out our Best of Vietnam’s Tropical Paradise Optional Extension! Coming Soon…*** E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary! This time we’ll be exploring both the South & North, which in many ways are like two different countries (visually and culturally)! From the one-of-a-kind floating markets along the Southern Mekong River Delta, to the world famous natural wonders at Halong Bay in the North, to the countries best beaches and tropical waters, we’ll show you our favorite parts (on & off the path!) that this strikingly vertical country has to offer on our Vietnam small group tours. ----------------------------------------- * 8 nights/9 days throughout this unimaginably diverse country: – 3 nights/4 Days of unforgettable Southern Vietnam (Saigon & Mekong Delta) – 5 nights/6 days of stunning Northern Vietnam (Halong Bay & Hanoi) – 4 nights/5 days Optional Extension to Vietnam’s tropical central coast with the best beaches in the country! (Da Nang & Hoi An) * Charming boutique hotels throughout * Breakfast Everyday * 8 Lunches & 4 Dinners Included Southern Vietnam (4 Nights): Covering the Mekong Delta, the extreme southern end of the river, and the area around Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Southern Vietnam is unique and stands out as one of the most important regions in all of Southeast Asia. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) is a “compelling clash of commercial clout and colonial grandeur, showcasing soaring skyscrapers next to tree-lined boulevards, and a lingering aura of French finesse.” -Frommer’s The whole region is a rich and lush area covered with rice fields thanks to the nutrient soil from the upper Mekong. It produces half of the total of Vietnam’s agricultural output (in fact the delta produces more rice than Korea and Japan altogether!). Timeless scenery of farmers planting or harvesting rice make for incredible photo’s here. The delta’s complex system creates a maze of small canals, rivers, and seasonal creeks interspersed with colorful villages and bustling floating markets. – Paraphrased from Wikitravel.org * Tour of Ho Chi Minh City (Notre Dame, Hotel d’Ville, Ben Thanh Market, & Dong Khoi street) * Cu Chi tunnels (Visit the vast underground network of tunnels built first as a defense against the French, and later expanded during the American war) * Floating Markets of Cai Be & Cai Rang (Sampan ride through the floating markets colorfully congested with women and children jostling for space and vying to sell their wares) * Khmer Pagoda in Can Tho City (The most beautiful Khmer pagoda in the Mekong Delta!) Northern Vietnam (5 Nights): 6 days in Northern Vietnam will take us through the Old Quarter of Hanoi to an interesting and delicious street food tour. A 3 day exotic cruise in Halong Bay will complete this part of the journey in the best way possible! This breathtaking secluded harbour has 2,000 limestone islands rising from the emerald waters of the Bac Bo gulf. It is one of Vietnam’s most scenic regions and has been referred to as the eighth Wonder of the World. * Hanoi highlight city tour (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Temple of Literature (Awesome photographs of the grounds and architecture here!) * Unique Street Food Experience (Lunch and privately guided tour of the hidden but true taste of Hanoi on a discovery walk-through of Vietnamese street cuisine and culture) * Explore the Old Quarter- (Right outside our hotel, lots of great photos to be taken along the old streets, each well-known for a specialized industry. Silk clothing ready-made and tailored, embroidery, silver products, and so much more can be found at the different merchants.) * Hill Tribes & Rice Paddies (A full day adventure to Hoa Binh province filled with bright green rice paddies and colorful lowland ethnic minority tribes, mostly of nomadic Thai origin. We’ll visit the “White Thai” Minority village of Mai Chau. Amazing cultural and landscape photos to be captured here!) Cruise Halong Bay! A great way to see spectacular Halong Bay is a slow cruise through the seemingly never-ending bay of islands. Lay in the sun, enjoy a selection of the freshest seafood, and take photograph after photograph. On our itinerary, the aim is to get off the beaten track while maintaining a leisurely pace. The size of the vessel allows passengers to get much closer to Halong Bay’s natural wonders, such as its pocket lagoons and small fishing communities. * 2 night/3 Day all inclusive cruise of the best & off the path destinations in Halong Bay * Deluxe cabins w/ ensuite bathrooms and air conditioning on traditional Vietnamese style “Junk Boat” * Explore Bai Tu Long Bay (The largest part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, most beautiful, off the path, and by far least crowded!) * Explore, kayak, and swim among hidden beaches, lagoons, and magical sea caves! * As always this entire trip will be amazing for photography and one photographer will be on hand to help those who want to learn more about using their camera’s, taking better pictures, etc. (PhotoFly Travel Club adventures are laid back when it comes to photography. They are notworkshop style based tours and you do not need to be an avid photographer to join. All are welcome!) * All transfers & taxes Included * Domestic Flight Included from Saigon to Hanoi (SGN–>HAN) * International Airfare is not included. We are happy to help you find a good flight as always! (Flying into Saigon (SGN) onFebruary 19th 2019 and departing from Hanoi International Airport (HAN) on February 27th 2019) *Don’t forget to e-mail us for the daily itinerary of Vietnam small group tours ( [masked] ) ------------------------- Join Us! *For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested. Price: $[masked] *Single Supplement:[masked] OR Deposit: $600.00 Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/vietnam-group-tours/ **PLUS, don’t forget to check out our Best of Vietnam’s Tropical Paradise Optional Extension! Coming Soon…**

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