"While a group hike has the advantages of a trusted guide, companionship, and safety, the downside is that you’re in traffic—that very same congestion you left home to avoid. While road rage on the trail is rare, the frustration of a group march can be real, whether you’re a high-speed hiker or a dawdler. But a couple lessons I learned on the Inca Trail changed my perspective."
The North Face and Mountain Travel Sobek have teamed up to bring you a night of Patagonia exploration with the recently added MTS Smuggler’s Trail trip. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure is in the seldom visited Jeinimeni National Reserve and Parque Patagonia. We'll hear from MTS expert guide, André Labarca—a seasoned mountaineer, whose love-at-first-sight passion for Patagonia has spanned two decades. Come enjoy refreshments, food and meet other travel enthusiasts in an unforgettable night.
"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."
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.
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."