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Ecuadorian Amazon is a watery paradise

If I close my eyes, I can still feel the warm, tropical breeze blowing across my face as our cigar-shaped motorboat purrs down the brownish, silt-laden Cuyabeno River, heading for the remote Siona Lodge in Ecuador's Amazon region. Our two-hour boat ride into the heart of the 2,300 square-mile Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve exposes our small group of adventurers to the wonders of a tropical rainforest: brilliant blue, iridescent morpho butterflies flash across the open space ahead of us; monkeys dart effortlessly through the branches of an overhanging tree; a toucan calls noisily as it flies from one towering treetop to another. We are spellbound. Can this be real?

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Disneyland adds blackouts

Already struggling with crowding problems, Disneyland resort officials have long hinted that they will be forced to add restrictions to deal with the surge of crowds when a Star Wars land opens next summer.

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Myscha Theriault: Lewes, Del., a uniquely American beach getaway

If you're looking for a quiet weekend beach getaway that lets you skip the tacky trinket shops and overdeveloped strip in favor of quaint coastal charm, an intriguing history going back to the United States' earliest days and a surprisingly well-developed shopping scene, there's a tiny town in southern Delaware that might be just what the travel doctor ordered. With a strong agricultural influence and plenty of laid-back locals in work boots and ball caps, Lewes provides a refreshing slice of classic Americana within easy reach of the Washington Beltway. From art galleries and free waterfront concerts, to brewery options and costumed historical tavern chats complete with alcohol, here are my favorite ways to enjoy it.

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Dominican Republic eases visitor entry process

International visitors traveling to the Dominican Republic will no longer be required to pay a $10 tourist entry fee upon arrival at one of the nation's eight airports. Instead, the tourist card fee is being integrated into the price of the air ticket.

Want to see an amazing sight? 10,000-15,000 gulls Winter roost on Lake Norman

Each winter gulls flock to Lake Norman every night for a safe place to roost. Mostly they're ring-billed gulls but others like herring gulls also spend the night on the lake.