"Our VW van spits gravel left and right as we breech the beginning of the Transpantaneira Highway, marked by a rickety and rustic Old Corral-style archway announcing the start of this 145km-long raised dirt road that penetrates deep into the Pantanal to Porto Jofre, an end-of-the-road hamlet where nature and man collide in rustic jungle camps and a wildlife lodge or two. My eyes are on the lookout for the prize: Jaguars." Top travel writer Kevin Raub takes us on a journey through Brazil's Pantanal, the largest contiguous wetland in the world!
Hilary Walters, MTS's Regional Specialist for Africa, gives us an insider look at the fascinating national parks visited on our Epic East Africa tour, including tips on where to see the Great Migration and the best times of year to go.
Today is Endangered Species Day, and while "celebration" seems not quite the right word to use when discussing the prospect of entire species disappearing from our planet forever, it's certainly easy to celebrate the amazing animals that ride this Earth with us.
You'd expect to find camels in Morocco's dunes, the colorful fairs of India, and Asia's arid steppes. But in Patagonia? You bet! They may not look quite the same as those famed ships of Old World deserts, but members of the camel family are more common in the new world than you might suppose. From the llamas, alpacas and vicuñas of the Andes, to the playful guanacos that dot the grasslands of the Patagonian steppe, these camel cousins may lack the signature hump of their kin, but they are no less hardy.