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For a country of just more than 43,000 square miles, Honduras has a surprising number of resident animals—as many as 225 mammals, 100 amphibians, 196 reptiles, 725 birds, and hundreds of aquatic creatures. Its rainforest-choked center is largely responsible, as well as the proximity of the world’s second-largest coral reef, accessible via Roatan and theContinue reading

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Ah, Belize — one of the easiest places to travel in Central America. It’s got everything you come expect of the region: Mayan ruins, an immense barrier reef, dense jungles rife with wildlife, and bustling metropolises — and the official language is English. But…there also lurk a few deadly threats that you should familiarize yourselfContinue reading

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The Central African country of Gabon ain’t Sandals-style tourism.There are no all-inclusives, and you won’t follow anyone holding a yellow umbrella to help you get from tourist spot A to B. But you will find a DIY-friendly locale unlike any other place in the world, with white-sand beaches, dense rainforests, and rushing rivers. In fact,Continue reading

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Myth: If you get stuck in quicksand, you will be slowly sucked into a bottomless pit. Fact: Although Hollywood frequently depicts victims slowly disappearing into the quicksand before someone has time to save them, most of the time the reality is much tamer. You can not fully sink into this type of soil. Quicksand is ordinaryContinue reading

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Myth: Bananas bring bad luck to any fishing endeavor. Fact: Although this one is technically a superstition, you will be hard pressed to find any angler who does not believe wholeheartedly that bananas bring bad mojo to a boat. Spend more than a few days aboard any fishing vessel, and you will quickly understand that there’sContinue reading

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Myth: The poison ivy rash is contagious. Fact: Although the poison ivy rash appears contagious, you cannot catch a rash from someone else, and you cannot spread a rash to other parts of your own body. Poison ivy is a member of the toxicodendron family of plants, which also includes poison oak and poison sumac. ItContinue reading

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