On our Turtle Watch trip, you’ll sail down the Turkey’s Dalyan River towards picture-perfect Iztuzu Beach and, if you’re lucky, spot freshwater turtles popping their friendly little heads above the surface. As you get closer to the beach, keep your eyes peeled for the rare loggerhead sea turtles – otherwise known as Caretta Caretta. This stretch of sand can’t be developed on as it’s a popular nesting site. Year after year, loggerhead turtles wade up to shore and lay their eggs on the sand. The Turtle Rehabilitation Centre protects the nests and keeps an eye on the eggs, making sure that hatchlings get into the water safely. Go inside the centre and watch the rescued turtles splash around in the saltwater pools, and learn about the work they do.
If you’re ready to leave the buzz of Cancun behind in favour of surrounding yourself with natural beauty, don’t miss the Sian Ka’an Collection excursion. It takes you to Sian Ka’an, known by ancient Mayan people as ‘Where the Sky Begins’. It’s not hard to see how it got this nickname – the area definitely has something heavenly about it. You’ll find thick mangroves, colourful reefs and ancient archaeological sites. It’s both a Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so you’ll find plenty here to fill your time. Visit the pocket-sized fishing village of Punta Allen and zip across the waves in a boat with local fisherman. As you race along the coast, look out for dolphins and sea turtles in the water, and birds like toucans and pelicans in the sky.
Lanzarote has so much more to offer than a string of first-class beaches. Leave the sand behind and explore the island’s lunar landscapes on our Lanzarote Uncovered tour. You’ll veer off the beaten track along the craggy coastline and take in the volcanic south, making a stop at Fire Mountain – an active volcano that’s the crowning jewel of Timanfaya National Park. Afterwards, you’ll head north through the Valley of a Thousand Palms and drop in at an aloe vera plantation, where you’ll learn about how the plant is harvested and used to make skincare products that contribute to the region’s economy. And you can’t get a true taste of a destination without sampling the local tipple, so a tasting at a traditional winery is also part of the package.
When you book a bike tour with Pikala, you’ll cycle around Marrakech with a local guide, discovering parts of the city beyond the famous Jemaa el-Fna square. As well as burning calories en route, you can feel good about helping young Moroccans. With the support of the TUI Care Foundation, Pikala has trained 90 young men and women in bike guiding, maintenance and management. It doesn’t only give these teens jobs for now, it will also help them develop transferable skills to build their future careers. This training is invaluable in a country where there’s a high youth unemployment rate, and only 15% of first-grade students graduate from high school. Plus, you’ll get to pedal past some hidden gems along the way.
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