Before China became the world power that it is today, there was Mongolia, the former empire of Genghis Khan. As an important center on the old Silk Route, Mongolia became a crossroads of diverse people, and today, this enchanted land of steppes, taiga and desert is as culturally thriving as ever. While its capital city of Ulaanbaatar has embraced capitalism and is pulsing with modernity, much of the rest of the country remains a throwback to another age. Thanks to the creation of Terelj National Park (1992) and Khustai Nuuru National Park (1993), the country is working to preserve its most precious landscapes and wildlife. There’s no better way to see Mongolia than by experiencing the nomadic life, and our itinerary allows you to ride a camel through the Gobi Desert, overnight in traditional gers (yurts), trek by horseback through the taiga, attend a famous festival, see old vestiges of the Silk Road, and visit Buddhist monasteries. Topped off with plenty of genuine encounters with locals, your eyes will pop wide open at the beauty of this profoundly ancient land and its warm and welcoming people. Any trip to Mongolia is not to be missed!