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This website features programming information about The Ultimate Traveller presentations. The Ultimate Traveller series is going to inspire the adventure seeker in you! After attending the presentations, you will feel persuaded to find out more about these faraway lands and peoples. Peter Langer has travelled to over 175 countries and territories over the years. As a result of his travels, he has prepared new presentations to share the beauty and cultural heritage of some of the most wonderful places in the world

We cordially invite you to join us for a series of imaginative travel talks on faraway places around our planet by world traveller Peter Langer. Discover the natural beauty of our planet, the wealth of human history and explore a diversity of cultures. Experience the magic of these fascinating worlds through a beautiful photographic journey.

You can also read Peter Langer's letters from the road, filled with impressions, curious anecdotes, frustrations and some of the little secrets place have to offer. You will also find a page featuring a number of carefully selected links to help you with your travel plans. Here we feature a number of travel companies that have actually been used by Peter Langer personally, in addition to travel information links of a practical nature.

We cordially invite you to join us for a series of imaginative travel talks on faraway places around our planet by world traveller Peter Langer in 2017. Discover the natural beauty of our planet, the wealth of human history and explore a diversity of cultures. Experience the magic of these fascinating worlds through a beautiful photographic journey.

Harmony Arts Festival 2017, West Vancouver

Memorable Journeys and Encounters


Saturday August 12 at 3:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Peter will be presenting a 90-minute journey through some of the most beautiful places on earth. For more details, please visit:

Harmony Arts Festival.

 

Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Impressions of Vietnam


Wednesday September 27, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Peter will be travel to South East Asia in May and June 2017, visiting Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Thailand. Specific details about the presentation will be posted in July 2017.

Presentation sponsored by Aurora Travel & XiamenAir.

 

Impressions of Cambodia


Wednesday October 4, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Peter will be travel to South East Asia in May and June 2017, visiting Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Thailand. Specific details about the presentation will be posted in July 2017.

Presentation sponsored by Aurora Travel & XiamenAir.

Impressions of Laos


Wednesday October 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Peter will be travel to South East Asia in May and June 2017, visiting Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Thailand. Specific details about the presentation will be posted in July 2017.

Presentation sponsored by Aurora Travel & XiamenAir.

Impressions of Thailand


Wednesday October 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Peter will be travel to South East Asia in May and June 2017, visiting Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Thailand. Specific details about the presentation will be posted in July 2017.

Presentation sponsored by Aurora Travel & XiamenAir.

 

Impressions of Bali


Wednesday October 25, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

The Indonesian archipelago comprises 17,000 islands and Bali has long been Indonesia’s premier tourist destination and although it suffers the predictable problems of congestion and commercialization, Bali’s original charm is still very much present. With its emerald-green rice terraces, beautiful beaches and exceptionally artistic culture, the small volcanic island of Bali is the only Hindu society in Southeast Asia. Having been to Bali in 1992, I have to say that in spite of the increase in tourism and traffic, the mountainous areas of the island have not lost the magical charm, which still makes Bali one of my favourite destinations anywhere. Add to this the sense of humour of the Balinese and the fact that you are surrounded by their beautiful artistic heritage and you feel that you are in heaven.

Ubud has a renowned multi-faceted art scene that developed after the arrival of Walter Spies, an ethnic German born in Russia who taught painting and music, and dabbled in dance. We will see images of a performance of a Kecak, a form of Balinese dance and music drama that developed in the 1930s.

Impressions of Chile


Wednesday November 1, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

A long, narrow sliver of land, clinging to the edge of a continent, Chile has often drawn attention to itself for its wholly implausible shape. Seen in the pages of an atlas, the country’s outline strikes you as aberrant and fantastical; 4300km in length (the equivalent of Norway to Nigeria), and with an average width of just 175km, the very idea of it seems absurd. The Andes, the great mountain range that forms its eastern border, are a formidable barrier of rock and ice that cuts the country off from Argentina and Bolivia. The Atacama Desert, a 1000km stretch of parched wasteland, separates it from Peru to the north. And to the west, only a few islands dotted in the Pacific Ocean break the waves that roll onto Chile’s coast from Australasia. All this has created a country distinct from the rest of South America and one that defies many people’s expectations of an Andean country. It is developed and relatively affluent. A country of geographical extremes, Chile’s diversity is reflected both in its people, from the alpaca herders of the Altiplano and the gauchos of Patagonia to the businessmen of Santiago.

Impressions of Argentina


Wednesday November 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Argentina ranks as the world's eighth largest country. Standing between the tropic of Cancer and the most southerly reaches of the planet's landmass, it encompasses a staggering diversity of climates and landscapes. The mainland points down from the hot and humid jungles of its northeast and the bone-dry highland steppes of its northwest through windswept Patagonia to the end-of-the-world archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, a territory that is shared with Chile.

Argentina is less obviously exotic than its neighbours to the north, and its inhabitants will tell you how great an influence Europe has been on their nation. Yet it's a country with a very special character all of its own, distilled into the national ideal of Argentinidad – an elusive identity the country's Utopian thinkers and practical doers have never quite agreed upon.

Impressions of Patagonia


Wednesday November15, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Just in time to prepare for the summer season in Chile and Argentina, we present Patagonia. As a place of extreme contrasts, Patagonia has few equals in the world: from the biting winds that howl off the gigantic Southern Patagonian Icecap to the comforting warmth of Patagonian hospitality. In Argentina we explore Penisula Valdez, the lands of the Welsh settlers in Chubut , the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Tierra del Fuego and Ushuaia.

In Chile we discover the magical Island of Chiloé, San Rafael Lagoon, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine National Park, Punta Areas, Puerto Williams, the Strait of Magellan and the Diego Ramirez Islands.

Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

A Virtual Tour of Peru & Bolivia


October/November 2017. Dates & Times TBA - Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver

Cradle of the Inca Empire, during colonial times, Peru was Spain's major source of treasure, and features remarkable artistic treasures from those periods. Often visualized as a mountainous place, most people are unaware that Peru is home to the world's first stone pyramids, whose genuine antiquity was only discovered in the last few years of the 20th century. Meanwhile the desert coast is studded with monumental adobe temples and ruins from several pre-Inca civilizations.

Bolivia embraces an astonishing range of landscapes and climates. While three centuries of Spanish colonial rule have left their mark on Bolivia's language, religion and architecture, this European influence is essentially no more than a thin veneer overlying indigenous cultural traditions that stretch back long before the conquest. .

For more information or to register, please visit: www.sfu.ca

A Virtual Tour of Indonesia & East Timor


October/November 2017. Dates & Times TBA - Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver

We explore The Indonesian archipelago spreads over 5,200 km between the Asian mainland and Australia, all of it within the tropics, and comprises 17,000 islands. Its ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity is correspondingly great – more than 500 languages and dialects are spoken by its 246 million people, whose fascinating customs and lifestyles are a major attraction. The largely volcanic nature of the islands has created tall cloud-swept mountains swathed in the green of rice terraces or rainforests, dropping to blindingly bright beaches and vivid blue seas, the backdrop for Southeast Asia’s biggest wilderness areas and wildlife sanctuaries.

This course will explore the islands of Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Bali, Flores, Komodo, the highlands of Western New Guinea and East Timor, officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Asia's newest country.

For more information or to register, please visit: www.sfu.ca

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