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Nicaragua: Moments in Mesoamerica

June 17, 2016 by Mark Willuhn

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."

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Innsbruck, Austria: The Good Life at 1,900 Feet

June 13, 2016 by Kevin Lynch

"There is a palpable uniqueness to the atmosphere of Innsbruck. Sure, it has all to do with the altitude and the way light behaves differently in the mountains. But there's more to it than just science. What makes Innsbruck unique are the intangibles that only your senses can detect and no machine can measure. Like the fragrant combination of Alpine geraniums blooming in the countless window boxes as it mixes with the scent of work-warmed horses, which mingles with that ever-present smell of the cold, wet granite that exudes from shaded cobblestones."

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Valparaiso, Chile: The Jewel on the Hill

May 19, 2016 by Kevin Lynch

Travel writer and world explorer Kevin Lynch takes us on a tour of Valparaiso, Chile's cultural capital, and one of the most colorful cities on earth. Ride the "elevator" up through its hilly patchwork quilt of neighborhoods, view avant-garde street art, dine on fresh locally caught king crab, and see why this UNESCO World Heritage City is perfect for urban adventurers.

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Travel Tanzania: On Safari in Selous

May 16, 2016 by Heather Howard

As I bumped along giddily at the back of the jeep, whizzing through the largest faunal reserve in the world, I realized that a bucket-list dream had been fulfilled. I’d made it to Selous. The smell of warm earth and animal hair mixed in with a metallic scent, like a faraway rain cloud, and enveloped every sense. Soon I would be rewarded with every big-game watcher’s thrilling safari first: the lion a footstep away, a hippo’s yawn, an elephant on the other side of a canvas wall, crashing down branches and munching. It was spellbinding, and the waterscape of lakes and ancient bird-covered islands made it feel like an impenetrable, forgotten land.

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The Moon and Antarctica

April 18, 2016 by Chris Bettencourt

There are a few things in this world that would make anybody gasp. My bet is that the full moon rising over an immense tabular iceberg is one of them. Call me crazy. As I sat down with my group of 10 MTS guests to enjoy yet another delicious supper aboard the Akademik Ioffe, probably none of us imagined that our meal would be interrupted by a sight that would feed our souls more than any meal could possibly fill our bellies. And it might have gone largely unnoticed—at least by me—had it not been for another passenger’s barely-heard comment: “Nigel, look at the MOON!”

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