"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."
Readers of my blog, One Foot Out the Door, know my favorite travel mode is my own two feet. But there’s a certain kind of hike that I love more than any other: the circuit trek. Although I’ve enjoyed many out-and-back and one-way trails, there’s something uniquely satisfying about a complete loop.
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.