Ancients paths, pilgrimage routes, inn-to-inn trails, and cross-country journeys have inspired travelers and explorers for eons. Following courses that have been carved out across dramatic landscapes, you too can experience the thrill of the journey and the many rewards of making it to the end. In fact, we were recently inspired by one of guests who explained her passion for loop treks, which enabled her to go full circle back to the start, but with a new perspective. On our best hikes of a lifetime list, we’ve picked many timeless endeavors, plus a few new trips to watch for 2017. How many have you done?
What happens when the Latin America adventure team is given free rein to come up with a new trip that will knock your socks off? They come back with an epic route through Jeinimeni National Reserve, and create this incredible video, filmed by our Patagonia guides—and featuring Senior Mountain Guide Andres Bozzolo. What started off as an intriguing destination has, for the Mountain Travel Sobek team, become a must-do for 2017. Be prepared to be amazed.
"When you tell people that you’ve just returned from the most luxurious, mind-blowing trip of your life, and that the exotic destination was not Mauritius or the Maldives, but Oman—a small Middle Eastern country bordered by Yemen and Saudi Arabia, just a boat ride away from Iran—they will stare at you blankly, as if waiting for a punch line." Get an insider's look at magical Oman with DuJour Senior Editor Lindsay Silberman, who traveled to Oman with Mountain Travel Sobek.
"Santiago de Compostela is a small town nestled within the Spanish region of Galicia: a natural wonderland filled with lush forests, towering mountains, and jagged seas. Most people know it as the ending point of the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile long pilgrimage dating back to the Middle Ages. However, beyond the after-glow of the pilgrimage, you’ll find that the actual city of Santiago de Compostela is a gem all in its own."
Mark Willuhn, Executive Director for a regional sustainable tourism non-profit Alianza Mesoamericana de Ecoturismo (AME) and a long-time Nicaragua travel expert and adventure guide, shares with us his top reasons to check out this emerging eco-destination. In his words, "Since my days leading trips to Nicaragua for Mountain Travel Sobek in the early 2000s, my passion for Nicaragua has continued to grow and I'm thrilled to see this emerging eco-destination back on the adventure-travel radar."