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If your trip will include Animals, be sure to browse through all the Animals articles below. We at The Cheap Route have already done a lot of first hand research about Animals, we've been there done that when it comes to Animals, continue reading to gain first hand insight. Our goal is to to provide the hard to find information and photos about Animals.

Patagonia Video – A Story For Tomorrow

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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A Story For Tomorrow Lake
A lake in Patagonia as seen in the video

My friend Travelstache just posted this video on facebook. He posts a lot of cool stuff, but I really liked this one. It's called "A Story For Tomorrow", and it's a video that a couple made about their 5 week trip to Patagonia and Chile.

100 Of My Favorite Monkey Photos

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
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Curious Monkeys
2 curious monkeys hanging out the fence checking me out at a wildlife refuge off the Great Ocean Road of Australia

I've taken a lot of monkey photos in my travels, both in the wild and in captivity. Monkeys might be my favorite thing to photograph as their interactions with both people and the camera are so funny and unpredictable. Sometimes it can be a bit scary because a monkey at 10% of my body weight would probably win in a fight, but this just adds to the fun. Below are 100 of my favorite monkey photos from my travels around the world.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka
The elephants playing in the river at the Elephant Orphanage

At the time I was travelling from Colombo to Kandy in Sri Lanka, I didn't even know the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage existed. I saw a few signs and my driver asked if I wanted to stop by; I love elephants so of course I did. Not sure what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn't really as much of a zoo-type facility as I presumed. For the 2 hours I was there the elephants (most of them) were free to roam around and play in the river as they pleased.

Rats on Cats on Dogs in San Francisco

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
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Rats On Cats On Dogs
2 rats sleeping on a cat sleeping on a dog

Somebody trained their pets to pose like this and now sits on a corner in San Francisco asking for money. Sorry for the poor quality photo, it was taken on my phone. If you can't tell, its a cat sleeping on top of a dog, and 2 rats sleeping on top of the cat.

The Sydney Fish Market

Sunday, December 4, 2011
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Some Kind of Red Fish, Sydney Fish Market
Some kind of a red fish

If you've got more than a few days in Sydney, Australia, check out the Sydney Fish Market in the Pyrmont area. It's the third largest fish market in the world, and they've got some cool fish on display. Pretty sure they do guided tours, but we went on our own and just walked around for free. To get on the floor you'll need a bright colored vest, long pants and shoes, but you can walk around the top floor and look down on the action without proper attire.

Photos Of The Ancient City Of Petra

The Monastery Petra
The Monastery hidden deep in the mountains of Petra

One of my favorite places I've been to in all my travels has to be The Ancient City of Petra in Jordan. Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a New 7 Wonder of the World, so there are plenty of resources for you to get detailed information about it. BBC calls Petra a top 40 must see place before you die, and UNESCO says it's "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage". These are very bold statements, and I agree with both wholeheartedly.

Whats It Like To Run With The Bulls In Spain?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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Running With The Bulls
Running With The Bulls in Pamplona, Spain

Running With the Bulls is fairly common among bucket lists, and it should be. It was one of the most exhilarating things I've ever done. It's not like sky diving or bungee jumping in that you're pretty much at the mercy of your equipment or instructor once you jump, you have to move yourself through a crowd packed shoulder to shoulder, all pumped full of adrenaline and running full speed as 12 1000+ pound bulls/steer come charging for you.

Best Way To See The Pyramids of Giza

Pyramids Of Giza
Horses stopped in front of the world famous pyramids of Giza

The best way to see the Pyramids of Giza in detail is by horse. On foot it takes forever to get around the massive area, plus it's extremely hot. Camels are probably the most uncomfortable animal in the world to ride, I don't know how people cross the desert on them. So we're left with dirt bikes, or horses... good luck renting a dirt bike in Giza.

Top 10 Best Places To See Monkeys

Thursday, November 17, 2011
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Angry Monkey
A Monkey grabbing my camera lens and trying to eat it

If you were to take a survey of human beings and ask what the funniest animal is, the overwhelming majority would answer "Monkeys". They're so similar to us, but still so different. There's something strangely familiar about the monkey, but still so animalistic. They have no rules and rely purely on their instincts, which means they're constantly getting into trouble and goofing around, which is what makes them so funny to us. Below are the top 10 places to visit if you want to see monkeys in the wild.

The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa – Sri Lanka

Sunday, November 13, 2011
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Polonnaruwa Vatadage is believed to have once held the Tooth Relic (Budhas Tooth)

One of the major attractions in the Sri Lankan Cultural Triangle area, the ancient city of Polonnaruwa is a massive spread out area full of nearly 1000 year old ruins. There is a lot of variety in the UNESCO World Heritage site, with some of the best ruins in Sri Lanka, amazing temples, statues, and a healthy variety of wildlife (mainly monkeys). It's easy to spend a full day or two exploring this ancient city, rent a bike or hire a driver and get lost in Polonnaruwa.

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