Without mountains, where would we be? Not only do they make the lives we lead possible by managing weather patterns and capturing rainfall, but for many they provide a unique and inspirational setting to unwind, recharge, and simply have fun. On Sunday December 11, the world celebrated International Mountain Day, which was established by the UN in 2003 to raise awareness of issues affecting mountains and the populations that inhabit them. We just love that, and as our own nod to International Mountain Day we’re featuring some of our favorite mountain getaways, from moderate to flat-out challenging. If you’re a mountain lover, you won’t want to miss out on a single one.
Every year we send our staff around the globe to check out the best new destinations and top travel experiences for the year ahead. Our ultimate list of adventures for 2017 includes and a new hike through the Western Balkans, a fascinating primate safari in Rwanda & Uganda, and an energizing journey through the National Parks of the American Southwest. As well as showcasing our love of exploration, this makes the perfect adventure travel wish list. See you on the trail!
"About the size of the U.S. and home to both Earth’s largest rainforest and South America’s premier wildlife sanctuary, Brazil is a land of unmatched biodiversity, earning UNESCO World Heritage status for both the Central Amazon Conservation Complex and the Pantanal Conservation Area. But while both are prime examples of what makes Brazil’s wild heritage so unique and precious, each offers a very different way to experience this vast wilderness. If you’ve been interested in delving into the heart of Brazil but unsure of how, read on!"
Join us for a compelling webinar led by expert Birgit Bekker and explore Mountain Travel Sobek’s two exclusive Namibia trips: Ultimate Namibia Safari and Desert to Delta: The Best of Namibia & Botswana. Bigger than Texas and endowed with a spectacular combination of forests, deserts, towering sand dunes, and stone age rock art, Namibia naturally provides an opportunity for a rich “out there” experience.
"Those who explore deserts know that there is more than meets the eye. What appears as an endless empty landscape richly holds an array of natural features and cultural treasures. In Mongolia the wind whips over the dunes of Khongoryn Els to make them sing; in India’s Thar Desert camels transport adventurers to deluxe desert camps set within a beautiful ecosystem; and in the dry-as-a-bone Atacama, birds bathe in turquoise lagoons and plants cling to the Mars-like landscape, sometimes bursting into a wondrous bloom. These are just a few reasons why deserts inspire our sense our wonder, and make us want to camp out under endless skies—just like the adventurers of old."