• Posted:Thursday, September 24, 2009
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Embark on a flamingo frenzy
I'm not much of an ornithologist, to be honest. I shouldn't think you'll ever catch me lying on my belly in the undergrowth, or in a camouflaged hut, with a pair of binoculars superglued to my eyeballs but, when it comes to flamingos, I'm prepared to go back on my word. Let's face it, you can't really go wrong with a big, pink bird.

And this is why I'm planning my next cheap travel holiday to one of the following destinations which, according to Gap Adventures, are among the best places in the world to find them.

First up are Darwin's favourites - the Galapagos Islands. I had no idea flamingos could be found here - I thought it was just big tortoises and fire-breathing dragons - but the fact that they are home to a place called Flamingo Lagoon would suggest that they do take roost around here. Isabela Island, the largest of the archipelago, is one of the main breeding grounds for flamingos, apparently and - if you are also longing to see what Darwin got so excited about many moons ago - there's the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre as well. Also, if you're a Darwin nut, don't forget that 2009 is Charles Darwin Year - if you're in Russia, consider heading to the State Darwin Museum, which is putting on celebratory events through to the end of the year.

Following that is the most famous region for flamingos - Kenya, or Lake Nakuru to be exact, the shallow soda waters of which are tempting for over 460 species of the birds. But if you're after somewhere a little more off the beaten track, Laguna Colorada in Bolivia (which is a beautiful red colour, by the way) is home to three different varieties of flamingo.ADNFCR-2435-ID-19376536-ADNFCR
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