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Top ten wild places

Wild and wonderful places to go


 

Take off eh.com“Chris’ Top Ten Favourite Places” is a regular feature of top travel destinations selected from Chris Robinson’s personal experience. In a career which has included several of the biggest vacation companies in the world, Chris has travelled to over 150 countries. This week, Chris covers his top ten wild places.

Ah! The call of the wild! Every so often I feel the need to refresh the spirit by experiencing some of the wild and wonderful places that this planet has to offer. None of these places in my Top Ten are easy to get to – they wouldn’t be wild places if they were – but they all repay the effort of travelling there with unique experiences.

  1. Lake Titicaca – Bolivia
    Straddling the border of Peru and Bolivia is South America’s largest lake. Amid the Andes Mountains at 12,500 ft, it is also the world’s highest navigable lake.. The water’s intense blue contrasts with the browns of the surrounding hillsides and shimmering white snows on the distant 20,000 ft peaks. It’s in my Top Ten of Top Tens!
  2. Baffin Island, Nunavut

    Canadian Arctic
    Larger than Western Europe, this land of islands and waterways is full of Northern Wonders from glacier and fjord to whales and native culture that remains close to the land. My travels in our three northern territories have all been memorable family adventures.

  3. Mongolia
    This huge country, locked between China and Russia, is the least populated nation in the world. Mountains, desert and vast steppes are on a breathtaking scale. In the middle of nowhere, locals would suddenly appear on horseback to race our car out of a sheer sense of fun.
  4. Band-e Amir, Hindu Kush, Afghanistan

    Hindu Kush – Afghanistan
    Unbroken and unrelenting grandeur of arid mountain ranges, bright green valleys and the startlingly blue lakes of Band-e Amir – these all remain indelible in my memory.

  5. Safari – East Africa
    To watch the mass migration of 1.5 million Wildebeest across the Serengeti Plains is to experience a primeval thrill like no other. A hippo surfaced feet from our canoe. Meerkats chastised us almost face-to-face. Safari and see!
  6. Tasmania, Australia
    This island state is literally a world apart. Its weird and wonderful wildlife includes the Tasmanian Devil and Fairy Penguins in an ecological wonderland. It’s a long way to travel but it is also a wild place with very civilized overtones: Tasmainian wines – who knew?
  7. Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Australia
    Mystical and other-worldly, this huge sandstone monolith rises over 1,000 ft from the surrounding flat plain. It is a sacred place for the Aboriginal peoples and positively ethereal at sunset. I was the first of the day to climb to the top and contemplated the dream times of the ancient peoples here.
  8. Pantanal – South Brazil
    The largest wetlands in the world, this is a far better place to see wildlife than Amazonia to the north. It’s wild, it’s little known and it’s exotic. We stayed at a remote ranch, swimming in the river by day and catching piranha in the evening!
  9. Nepal
    Trekking amongst the highest peaks in the world, from lush foothills to sweeping glaciers. If you love mountains, you will love Nepal. My time trekking in the Helambu region remains the most hair-raising adventure of my life.
  10. Chris on Mt Kinabalu, Borneo

    Borneo
    The third largest island in the world has lush jungle, deserted beaches and mountain trekking to over 13,000 ft. It’s also the best place to view Orangutan apes; as I stared into their eyes, and they stared back, there was an uncanny recognition going on…

Photo Credits: Chris Robinson


 

Top ten wild places

  1. Borneo is a truly amazing place– but it is being destroyed by palm oil and timber companies. Orangutans are critically endangered because of rapid deforestation and the expansion of palm oil plantations into their habitat. If nothing is done to protect these majestic creatures, they could be extinct in just a few years. Visit the Orangutan Outreach website to learn how YOU can make a difference! http://redapes.org
    Reach out and save the orangutans!

  2. So you were the first of the day to climb to the top of Uluru. Wow! You proclaim to be telling about the Top Ten wild places yet you ignore the spirituality of this beautiful place. The aboriginal people who have been living in this area for thousands of years have asked that people do not climb the rock and that their beliefs be respected. Yet you have to tell the world about your crass attempts to bolster your manhood by ignoring the beliefs of others.

  3. I do agree that commercialized travel has devastating ecological and cultural effects.

    But I sure want to do a lot more of it. I want to see Africa, Croatia, Rome, Greece, Cappadocia, Iceland and the Nahanni… and that's just for a start! I have only been off my own continent once, to the Caribbean, and only out of Canada thrice. I want more, the gluttonous, bored Canadian that I am.

    Oh, speaking of which, when I was leaving Barbados and went to my Airport bay for the flight home, I couldn't believe how pale, fat, short, ugly, and well… troll-like we Canadians are.