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Celebrate Our 45th Anniversary: Join Us For a BBQ Extravaganza With Over 50 Travel Experts From Around the World!

Celebrate Our 45th Anniversary: Join Us For a BBQ Extravaganza With Over 50 Travel Experts From Around the World!

This September we’re kicking off our 2014 Leader Summit with a meet and greet party, and you’re invited! This is your chance to get one-on-one time with some of our best travel experts from around the world and reconnect with guides you’ve traveled with before.Come meet our top-notch guides as...
Top 5 Reasons to Visit Rajasthan This October

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Rajasthan This October

Within India’s northwest corner lies the vast state of Rajasthan, a famous home to ancient royals; a center of art, music and dance festivals; and a place where some of India’s most vibrant and lively people reside. October is the perfect time to soak up this cultural hostpot, and here...
Photo Gallery: Exploring Hidden Burma

Photo Gallery: Exploring Hidden Burma

Since Mountain Travel Sobek first went to Myanmar (formerly Burma) in 1996, much has changed—and is still changing. The country’s new openness has quickened its move towards modernity, and many of its timeless sites may prove to be not so timeless after all. In Novermber 2014, MTS President Kevin Callaghan...
Photo Gallery: Feel the Rush of Idaho's Middle Fork

Photo Gallery: Feel the Rush of Idaho’s Middle Fork

Our Middle Fork of the Salmon River whitewater rafting trip takes you down North America’s premier wilderness river, where you’ll raft 100 rapids in 100 miles! And the fun doesn’t stop at the river’s edge. Hike up side canyons, catch glimpses of wildlife from bighorn sheep to black bears, relax...
Adventure Chef: Hidden Asia Edition

Adventure Chef: Hidden Asia Edition

Just ask anyone who’s been there: Asia is a wonderfully complex world, rich in everything from natural treasures and human history of almost unfathomable depth, to its multitude of diverse peoples who form a resplendent tapestry of culture and tradition spreading across the whole of the continent. On the Mongolian...
Photo Gallery: NEW TRIP! Patagonia by Air, Land, and Water

Photo Gallery: NEW TRIP! Patagonia by Air, Land, and Water

Our Program Directors are constantly scouring the globe for new and exciting adventures to bring to our guests. Like every other year, 2014 will see new trips in all corners of the world, and we know you’ll be just as excited about them as well are. Alicia Zablocki, who runs...
ARTIST PROFILE: The African Tribal Portraiture of Elisabeth Sunday

ARTIST PROFILE: The African Tribal Portraiture of Elisabeth Sunday

  With this post, we are happy to announce the creation of an ongoing series of Artist Profiles, in which we’ll be bringing you the work of some of the many exceptional artists we’ve been proud to be associated with over the past years and even decades. As Mountain Travel...
Photo of the Week: High-flying heli-hiking in the Canadian Rockies

Photo of the Week: High-flying heli-hiking in the Canadian Rockies

  Great photo of our high-flying crew from the Aug 10 departure of the CANADIAN ROCKIES HELI-HIKING trip! Photo is from our guide, Ken Belanger. Here is a comment from one of our happy travelers from earlier in the season: “[We] are still glowing from the memories of this fantastic...
Trip Spotlight: Dogsledding Lodge to Lodge to Sweden's ICEHOTEL!

Trip Spotlight: Dogsledding Lodge to Lodge to Sweden’s ICEHOTEL!

Mountain Travel Sobek is excited to bring back our unforgettable adventure: ‘Dogsledding Lodge to Lodge’ to the ICEHOTEL in Sweden’s Arctic Lapland wilderness! If you are like most travelers, you probably have plenty of questions while considering this trip. Let us answer some questions for you!   What is it...
On the Road: Exploring Scotland's Harris Tweed Workshop and Coastal Landscapes

On the Road: Exploring Scotland’s Harris Tweed Workshop and Coastal Landscapes

Day 4 and the MTS Highland Hikers discovered golden sands, azure seas and surf-able waves beating on the pristine beach of Luskentyre, West Harris. Exploring the delicate ecosystems of the dunes and striding over the sands of this prize winning beach all returned to the vans with wide grins on...
Adventure Talk With The Planet D's Deb and Dave

Adventure Talk With The Planet D’s Deb and Dave

Dave and Deb met in college, fell in love, got married, and decided to embark on a lifetime journey filled with travel and adventure.  Since 2007 they’ve visited over 80 countries and have done everything from studying the art of yoga in India, to shark diving in the frenzied depths...
Follow John Yost and Friends on Their RTW Rafting Expedition!

Follow John Yost and Friends on Their RTW Rafting Expedition!

The siren call of new rivers continues to lure me even after 40 years of rapid delights around the world. What better way for me to celebrate than to circumnavigate the world while enjoying the excitement of discovering nine new rivers in six countries? Years ago my partner Richard and...
Enter to Win Our Ultimate Tanzania Safari Sweepstakes!

Enter to Win Our Ultimate Tanzania Safari Sweepstakes!

Did you know that Mountain Travel Sobek led the first “pure” walking safari in Kenya back in 1971? Well to celebrate our roots in Africa and Sobek’s 40th anniversary, we’ve decided to launch the ultimate in sweepstakes to give you a chance to experience a dream African safari getaway. We’ve...
Everest Base Camp Jubilee Trek

Everest Base Camp Jubilee Trek

It’s day two on our trek to Everest base camp with Jamling Tenzing Norgay. It’s been an amazing experience so far, starting with the excitement of landing at Lukla. The runway emerges out of the haze and moments later our Twin Otter turbo prop has placed us back on terra...
Introducing Adventure Talk - Our New Blogger Interview Series

Introducing Adventure Talk – Our New Blogger Interview Series

The online world is full of enthusiastic travelers bursting with stories from their round-the-world adventures.  They inspire millions through their words and photography, and have an insatiable appetite to discover the farthest reaches of each continent.  We wanted to showcase some of these creative vagabonds and get their take on...
Top 10 Reasons to Explore Madagascar

Top 10 Reasons to Explore Madagascar

1. We’ll thrill to the call of “all aboard” as we enjoy a relaxed train journey to Andasibe aboard Madagascar’s famous Micheline, a charming vintage railcar designed to run on rubber Michelin tires! Riding the “Viko-Viko,” as locals call it, is an incredible ‘only in Madagascar’ experience—as well as a...
Photo Gallery: Peru, the Easy Way!

Photo Gallery: Peru, the Easy Way!

Peru is an incredibly rich country—rich in heritage, rich in its people, rich in scenic beauty, and rich in adventure. Of course we all know Machu Picchu, but that’s not the whole story in Peru. Machu Picchu is the icing on the cake that is the Valle Sagrado—the “Sacred Valley”...
Photo Gallery: Bird's Eye View of Peru

Photo Gallery: Bird’s Eye View of Peru

The rich heritage, fascinating ruins, and flat-out jaw-dropping scenery of Peru are the stuff of legend. Take a look at some of our favorite photos from the land of the Incas!   For more information on any of our more than 200 trips, visit us online or call 1-888-831-7526.  ...
Photo Gallery: High on Trekking in the Andes and the Himalaya

Photo Gallery: High on Trekking in the Andes and the Himalaya

The rarefied heights of the Himalaya and Andes mountains continue to draw our trip members as strongly as they did when we launched the first ever trekking trip in Nepal over 40 years ago. Find out what’s “up” at the roof of the world in this week’s photo gallery!  ...
Tiger Update: Crime & Punishment in Bandhavgarh

Tiger Update: Crime & Punishment in Bandhavgarh

By Brian Weirum  •  November 29, 2012   Much of the news coming out of endangered species conservation work is often gloom and doom with occasional rays of hope. On November 12 I received an email from Belinda Wright of The Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) that makes all...
Global Kitchen: Flavors of Morocco

Global Kitchen: Flavors of Morocco

  Some of you may remember our “Adventure Chef” feature from years ago. We’re happy to announce that we’ll be reprising it as the “Global Kitchen” feature of the MTS Travel Blog. And we’d be hard pressed to think of a better destination to feature for this first post than...
Top Ten Reasons to Visit Patagonia Now!

Top Ten Reasons to Visit Patagonia Now!

  The  terre sauvage (“wild earth”) of Patagonia has lured intrepid travelers for centuries. Great explorers like Ferdinand Magellan, Sir Francis Drake, and Charles Darwin (at right) all left their footsteps—and their names—in this corner of South America. And luckily for us, aside from those early explorers, the indigenous Patagonian...
What Makes Galapagos Such a Special Place

What Makes Galapagos Such a Special Place

By Kevin Callaghan What makes the Galapagos so intriguing and so resonant with our very humanity? Is it the crystalline azure skies, emerald green waters, the air scrubbed clean by open ocean breezes, or the uninhibited wildlife that goes about its business as if humans didn’t exist? That is exactly...
Top 5 Reasons to Safari in Tanzania

Top 5 Reasons to Safari in Tanzania

By Kevin Callaghan What is Africa? What is a safari? Like so many regions and activities, Africa and safari are rich in connotation, but looking more closely we discover many wonderful attributes that lie hidden beneath such generalities. Take Tanzania for example. It is arguably the one country in Africa...
Photo Gallery: Annapurna—Jewel of Nepal

Photo Gallery: Annapurna—Jewel of Nepal

    Photos ©Christopher Bettencourt, MTS Photo File, Linda Andrews Ostro
Lights. Camera. And Plenty of Action

Lights. Camera. And Plenty of Action

You don’t have to be an Internet whiz to know that two of the hottest trending topics on the Web are travel and celebrities. But it’s not quite so easy to combine the two on one trip. Unless of course you’re traveling to New Zealand. Because in New Zealand, the...
Photo Gallery: Pearls of Southeast Asia

Photo Gallery: Pearls of Southeast Asia

Strung like pearls across the Indochina Peninsula, the countries of Southeast Asia have always evoked images of the mysterious and exotic. Steeped in Buddhist culture and brimming with ancient monuments, each site and landscape is more dazzling than the last, and our Treasures of Indochine adventure is the perfect introduction...
SPECIAL TRIP INVITATION! Everest Base Camp Diamond Jubilee Trek

SPECIAL TRIP INVITATION! Everest Base Camp Diamond Jubilee Trek

By Jamling Tenzing Norgay   Tashi Delek, and Greetings from the Himalaya! In April of 2013 I will lead a very special, once-in-a-lifetime MTS trek celebrating the first summit of Everest in 1953. It promises to be an inspiring and enriching journey not only to one of the most renowned...
The Greater Meaning of Everest

The Greater Meaning of Everest

By Jamling Tenzing Norgay   We Sherpas have long respected our mountain environment, because of all that it provides us. The mountains deliver us our water, with which we irrigate our fields. The pastures produce grass and fodder for our livestock, and medicinal plants for curing our bodies. And the...
Our Newest Trip in Nepal: Tsum Valley

Our Newest Trip in Nepal: Tsum Valley

Mountain Travel Sobek was born in 1969 in the mountains and valleys of Nepal, and we’ve never lost our passion for these sublime landscapes and the charming, spiritual people who inhabit them. We’ve also never lost our love of discovering new and newly opened destinations. So we’re very excited to...
Photo Gallery: Enchanting India

Photo Gallery: Enchanting India

Photos ©MTS Photo File, Linda Andrews Ostro
Classic East Africa: A Photo Gallery

Classic East Africa: A Photo Gallery

The classic East Africa safari is something that every serious adventure traveler must do at last once. These vast savannas and verdant forests full of iconic game hold an enduring sway over the imagination. This is the Africa that every true wildlife enthusiast dreams about! Photos ©Blaine Harrington / MTS...
Building Bridges in North Korea

Building Bridges in North Korea

By Kevin Callaghan — In my final set of comments here I’ll touch on the thorny question of whether or not tourists should support certain regimes by way of travel, exchange of hard currency and the possibility of implicitly condoning certain policies by simply visiting that country. This is a...
North Korea: A Bit of History

North Korea: A Bit of History

By Kevin Callaghan — North Korea, beset on all sides by superpowers China, Russia and the Japanese (who occupied Korea for 40 years, ending with WWII), accentuated by the Korean’s fervent nationalistic pride, have felt embattled for a century. With this as background, the legacy of Kim Il Sung (installed...
North Korea: Pyongyang and Beyond

North Korea: Pyongyang and Beyond

By Kevin Callaghan — Much of North Korea is off limits to foreigners, but we were able to arrange travel to places that few have access to. As promised in my last post, today I will share with you the four major destinations within North Korea that we visited: Pyongyang,...
Making Our Way in the DPRK

Making Our Way in the DPRK

By Kevin Callaghan — Yesterday in my first post about our just completed trip to North Korea I posed our initial questions about the feasibility and viability of traveling to North Korea. In short, it is doable (and we can help), but one needs to be accompanied by assigned North...
Recharging in East Africa

Recharging in East Africa

By Kevin Callaghan — I recently returned from 2½ weeks in Tanzania where we took a group of entrepreneurs and their families on a custom safari of Tanzania’s iconic highlights: Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorogoro, Serengeti and the Maasai highlands. We crafted a unique, off-the-beaten-path adventure that enabled our friends to not...
Our First Trip to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (yes, North Korea)

Our First Trip to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (yes, North Korea)

By Kevin Callaghan —   Note: The following text is a compilation of five articles that were serialized here between September 25 and October 3, 2012. I just returned late last week from our first ever trip to North Korea. In the true spirit of Mountain Travel Sobek’s pioneering heritage,...
You're Invited: What's New in the World of Wildlife

You’re Invited: What’s New in the World of Wildlife

DON’T MISS OUT! We invite you to join us for a special evening of cocktails and conversation to hear the latest news from three epic wildlife destinations—Africa, Alaska, and the Galápagos—from three of our top wildlife experts. Brief presentations by MTS wildlife experts John Baston (Alaska), Luis Die (Galapagos), and...
MTS Among Travel+Leisure's Best (Again!)

MTS Among Travel+Leisure’s Best (Again!)

Every year, prestigious travel magazine Travel+Leisure polls its readers to see what real travelers consider to be the absolute best in travel, from hotels and car rental agencies to island paradises and adventure tour operators. And though it certainly isn’t the first time Mountain Travel Sobek has landed a coveted...
Patagonia For Everyone

Patagonia For Everyone

Photo ©Jock Montgomery There’s something undeniably alluring about Patagonia, perhaps because it’s literally at the end of the world—or perhaps simply because it’s so spectacular. Steeped in history and legend, from countless sailors passing “around the horn” to ex-pats who chose to escape to this untamed western “Shangi La,” Patagonia...
Paine Journal

Paine Journal

By Camilla Hvalsoe   Flying over Patagonia on a clear day was unbelievably beautiful. For hours I gazed down at endless snowcapped mountain peaks and numerous giant glaciers feeding into beautiful lakes in a variety of blue, green and turquoise colors. In an attempt not to miss out on any...
The Rebirth of Patagonia

The Rebirth of Patagonia

By Andre Labarca   |   Photo © Tom McCormack   Last season we were affected by a wildfire in Torres Del Paine National Park, a tragedy for both the local community and tourists who have visited and fallen in love with this beautiful symbol of of nature. Because of Patagonia’s notoriously...
Now Playing: 100 Miles of Fun on the Salmon River

Now Playing: 100 Miles of Fun on the Salmon River

Now that the warm days have arrived, we find ourselves dreaming of great days cooling off on the river. Join us as we look forward to another summer, and another terrific season on the Middle Fork of the Salmon! regionalspecialists@mtsobek.com      |      www.mtsobek.com
Photo Gallery: The "Other" Africa

Photo Gallery: The “Other” Africa

When one thinks of Africa travel, perhaps the first thing to come to mind is the traditional wildlife safari. But there is so much more to this vast and varied continent. Look past the wildlife of East and Southern Africa to the people and cultures that embellish its other corners,...
Photo Gallery: Rafting & Kayaking with MTS

Photo Gallery: Rafting & Kayaking with MTS

Just some shots from our favorite rafting and kayaking adventures: Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon, the Alsek, Tatshenshini and Hulahula Rivers in Alaska, and of course Alaska’s Glacier Bay!
Hidden Corners of Asia

Hidden Corners of Asia

Mention “Asia adventure” and most people will think of well-known places like Nepal’s Everest, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and the Indian subcontinent. But there are other, less obvious corners of this enormous continent that harbor gems no less spectacular and enchanting. We got our start in Nepal in 1969, running...
Exploring the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon

Exploring the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon

Bhutan, or Druk Yul (Land of the Thunder Dragon) as the Bhutanese themselves refer to their homeland, is a little piece of heaven on earth. Still largely untouched by the outside world, it is a place where spirituality is still the way of life. Time moves more slowly here, and...
Photo Gallery: The Many Faces of Asia

Photo Gallery: The Many Faces of Asia

Perhaps no continent is as steeped in notions of the mystical than Asia. Millennia of history, legend, and myth mix with the realities of the modern world to create an often vibrant, occasionally precarious, but always interesting mix of the old and new.   For more information on these or...
Myanmar's Time is Now

Myanmar’s Time is Now

A letter from MTS Trip Leader Gary Wintz Dear Friends and Fellow Adventurers, I have some exciting news to share about a destination that holds a special place in my heart: Myanmar. I’ve been traveling to Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) since 1977 and I can confidently say that there...
Holding the Line on Costa Rica!

Holding the Line on Costa Rica!

Why Pay More? I don’t know about you, but I nearly fell down when I saw the price of gas this morning! Sometimes it seems like everything’s getting more pricey by the day. Luckily, not everything has gotten more expensive. For instance, we’re holding the line on pricing for one...
Travel Advisory: U.S. State Department Declares Baja "Safe"

Travel Advisory: U.S. State Department Declares Baja “Safe”

As many of you know, one of the most peaceful places in the world to visit is the welcoming city of La Paz, which lies at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California. Unfortunately for this community that depends on tourism for much of its subsistence, U.S. State Department advisories...
Andean Explorer: Exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Andean Explorer: Exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Text and photos by Chris Bettencourt   For many, the trip to Peru is really a de facto pilgrimage to Machu Picchu. Whether the site holds spiritual significance for the traveler or, as in my case, simply the promise of experiencing one of those quintessential National Geographic magazine icons, at...
The Craftsmanship of the Incas

The Craftsmanship of the Incas

By Chris Bettencourt   Perhaps one of the most enduring “enigmas” of the Inca culture is the method by which their stonemasons crafted the building blocks of such intricate and monumental structures as Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, and the city of Cusco itself. Much is said about the meticulous joinery and...
Exploring the Andes—Beyond Machu Picchu

Exploring the Andes—Beyond Machu Picchu

by Alfredo Ferreyros—MTS Partner in Peru Adventure travel in the Andes, as we know it today, started in the mid-1960s when mountaineering expeditions began to arrive in the snow-capped Cordilleras that make up the highest tropical mountain range. Areas with a concentration of icy peaks like the Cordillera Blanca became...
Field Report: Arizona's Sonoran Desert

Field Report: Arizona’s Sonoran Desert

NOTE: This Field Report was filed by John Baston after leading our first departure of “Arizona’s Sonoran Desert back in February of 2012.       I just returned from MTS’s first trip in the Sonoran Desert.  What an incredible hiking destination!  The Sonoran is one of four desert systems...
Director's Choice Trip: The Abundance of the North

Director’s Choice Trip: The Abundance of the North

At Mountain Travel Sobek, we just can’t sit still! We’re continually looking for new places to explore, and new ways to experience the places we’ve already grown to love. Our latest development comes from our Director of Alaska Programs, John Baston, who has put together his “Dream Trip” exploration of...
Field Report: Hiking to Greece's Mount Olympus

Field Report: Hiking to Greece’s Mount Olympus

Dear Friends, A few years ago I went to Greece for the first time in my life to climb Mount Olympus. It was such a wonderful experience that I decided to contact Mountain Travel Sobek to see if we could set up a trip there. We did, and in recent...
Life Aboard a Gulet in Turkey

Life Aboard a Gulet in Turkey

By Anne Wood Relax, and Let Your Room Take You There If you have not previously cruised aboard a traditional, wooden gulet, you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. On a gulet-based vacation, there is no vehicle traffic, no switching hotel rooms, and no packing and unpacking. Instead of you...
Do the Right Thing: Ethical Travel on Kilimanjaro

Do the Right Thing: Ethical Travel on Kilimanjaro

At Mountain Travel Sobek we believe that meaningful travel experiences rely not only upon stunning scenery, moving cultural interaction, great wildlife sightings, and all the other benefits to be had by the traveler, but also upon the way our style of travel affects the places and communities that make these...
The "Other" Alps—Italy's Dolomites

The “Other” Alps—Italy’s Dolomites

Tinted in weathered shades of rose, yellow and gray, the fairy-tale spires and dramatic rock walls of the Dolomites rise in elegantly chiseled shapes of fantastic form, looking every inch like a landscape devised by the gods. And if this isn’t exactly heaven, well, it’s about as close as you...
I FEEL sLOVEnia

I FEEL sLOVEnia

By Ursula Kordis ~ MTS Guide “I am sorry, where exactly is Slovenia?” Ever since I began traveling and meeting people from different parts of the world there has been this one question that comes up again and again whenever I introduce myself. Usually I can see a few seconds...
Custom Travel: Make the Adventure Your Own

Custom Travel: Make the Adventure Your Own

Is Your “Next Step” a Custom Adventure? MTS is unequaled at tailoring truly custom itineraries for our guests who want to make the adventure their own. Our nearly 43 years of research, in-the-field experience, and connections around the globe mean we can create trips of any type, any activity, any...
Photo Gallery: A Glimpse of North Korea

Photo Gallery: A Glimpse of North Korea

In September of 2012, Mountain Travel Sobek members had a unique opportunity—the chance to join MTS on perhaps the most momentous trip in our 43 year history: the first adventure tour of North Korea! With a special permit, MTS was awarded exclusive space for 25 friends to participate in two...
Director's Choice Trip: The Abundance of the North

Director’s Choice Trip: The Abundance of the North

At Mountain Travel Sobek, we just can’t sit still! We’re continually looking for new places to explore, and new ways to experience the places we’ve already grown to love. Our latest development comes from our Director of Alaska Programs, John Baston, who has put together his “Dream Trip” exploration of...
Alaska is For Families: A Top Ten List

Alaska is For Families: A Top Ten List

By John Baston With natural wonders galore and plentiful opportunities for the kind of exceptional wilderness adventures that simply can’t be found anywhere else on the planet, The Great Land is an unequaled destination for memorable family vacations. Here’s our “short list” of why we think that Alaska is the...
Whales Love Alaska!

Whales Love Alaska!

By John Baston A highlight of almost everyone’s trip to Alaska is a chance to see a whale. The seas off the Alaskan coast host numerous species—humpback, gray, minke, sei, right, orca, and even the massive blue whale all call this region home for at least part of the year....
Where the Really Wild Things Are

Where the Really Wild Things Are

The very word “safari” conjures up images of the best-known animals: lions, zebra, elephant, and more. But there are more unusual beasts hidden away in corners of this vast continent. We’ll introduce you to a few and tell you where to find them.   Pangolin Where to see them: On...
Nonpareil—Mont Blanc the MTS Way

Nonpareil—Mont Blanc the MTS Way

  Are you a hiker?  Have you done the Tour du Mont Blanc yet? If you answered “no,” then we have a question for you: “WHY NOT?!” If there’s a Mecca for hikers, it surely must be the Alps. And our hands-down favorite as the “must-do” hike in the Alps...
Photo Gallery: The "Great Land"—Alaska

Photo Gallery: The “Great Land”—Alaska

Alaska is a land so enormous and spectacular it must be seen to be believed. Here are some of our favorite images from “The Great Land.”
Andean Wonderland—Trekking in Peru's Cordillera Blanca

Andean Wonderland—Trekking in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca

For me, travel is largely a mission to experience the places I had become enthralled with as a child, when I had spent long hours devouring my father’s considerable stockpile of National Geographic magazines. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was building a “must visit” list for...
Field Report: Hiker's Patagonia

Field Report: Hiker’s Patagonia

Regional Specialist Tara Star-Keddle is currently on the Hiker’s Patagonia adventure through Chile & Argentina. Here’s her latest field report: The scenery here is so vast. Big open skies, unobstructed views for miles and miles. The peaks, side by side with the glacial lakes, make for amazing vistas. All accommodations...
Photo Gallery: Enchanted Galápagos

Photo Gallery: Enchanted Galápagos

The Galápagos Islands inspired Charles Darwin like no other place he visited during his long voyage in the 1830s, and gave rise to his visionary theory of evolution. He called this nature paradise “a little world within itself,” and this magical World Heritage Site is truly like no other place...
Our Guests: Tales from the Galapagos

Our Guests: Tales from the Galapagos

We’ve been traveling to the Galapagos Islands since 1970, when we organized the very first sailing cruise to the then-unknown destination for the Sierra Club. Since then, we’ve helped thousands discover the magic of Darwin’s Enchanted Isles. Here’s what a couple recent Galapagos cruise guests had to say about their...
A Sip of South Africa's Winelands

A Sip of South Africa’s Winelands

Just 30 miles east of Cape Town lies Stellenbosch, South Africa’s most famous wine country region. Despite a rich 400-year old winemaking tradition, South African wines didn’t reach critical acclaim until the 1990s with the end of apartheid. Since then, winemakers have adopted new world techniques and popularized their product...
Photo Gallery: New Trip—South Africa Adventure

Photo Gallery: New Trip—South Africa Adventure

Exploring South Africa’s most spectacular landscapes, from cosmopolitan Cape Town to the rugged Drakensberg Mountains! This trip explores the stunning coastal regions of South Africa, from the outdoor mecca of Cape Town, up along the Garden Route and the breathtaking Tsitsikamma Coast and ending in the remote Drakensberg Mountains of...
Photo Gallery: New Trip!—South African Wildlife Safari

Photo Gallery: New Trip!—South African Wildlife Safari

This exciting wildlife safari combines three of the most unique regions in Southern Africa: Sabi Sand Game Reserve, famous for its leopards and the other “Big Five” game (elephant, rhino, buffalo, and lion; the Pafuri area in northern Kruger National Park; and game-rich Mashatu Game Reserve in southeast Botswana. All...
Guide Spotlight: Captain George

Guide Spotlight: Captain George

You might know George Butts as the sweep boat captain on our Middle Fork of the Salmon River rafting adventure in Idaho. George has been manning the enormous oars of our gear boat since 2006 (his mom was also a sweep boat captain–the river runs in his blood). He also...
Top 10 Reasons to Revisit the Middle Fork in 2012

Top 10 Reasons to Revisit the Middle Fork in 2012

10. It’s loads of fun for the whole family with rafting, swimming, fly-fishing, hiking, and new this year–stand up paddle boarding! 9. Hot springs! Have you “showered” at Sunflower hot springs or hiked to the timerlined tub at Loon Creek? 8. Unwind and unplug from the stress of daily life...
Giving Back: The Fund for the Tiger!

Giving Back: The Fund for the Tiger!

In 1978, longtime MTS Trip Leader Brian Weirum had a unique experience: coming face to face with a 350 pound Bengal tigress while walking through the 20-foot-high grass of Nepal’s Chitwan National Park. Luckily for Brian—as well as for those who have been lucky enough to travel with him in...
Exploring the Monasteries of Bhutan

Exploring the Monasteries of Bhutan

Last week, the Huffington Post featured a striking photo gallery of Buddhist life at the Dechen Phodrang monastery in Thimphu, Bhutan. Traditionally, Bhutanese families will send one son at the age of 6 to become a monk. As part of their training, the monks receive an extensive language education including...
The Moon and Antarctica

The Moon and Antarctica

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...
MTS featured in Forbes "Boomer Travel Comes of Age"

MTS featured in Forbes “Boomer Travel Comes of Age”

Looking to hike to Machu Picchu without a minute of camping? That’s how 63-year old Lawrence P. Katzenstein and his wife Cheryl of St. Louis found their way onto our strenuous hiking–yet lodge-based trip: Machu Picchu Inn to Inn. In the recent Forbes article “Boomer Travel Comes of Age,” the...
MTS recognized as World's Best by Travel + Leisure readers

MTS recognized as World’s Best by Travel + Leisure readers

MTS had once again been named one of the Best Tour Operators and Safari Outfitters by Travel + Leisure magazine in their 16th annual World’s Best Awards! We’d like to extend a huge THANKS to the awesome guests & fans who voted for us! The Travel + Leisure World’s Best...
Photo Gallery: Botswana Flying Safari

Photo Gallery: Botswana Flying Safari

A remarkable safari adventure in Botswana through the lens of MTS Africa Specialist Tanya Rinaldi taken on a trip in May 2011. Click on the images below for a larger view, or visit our Facebook Album. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150213774667822.333420.53363727821
National Geographic Selects MTS as Partner

National Geographic Selects MTS as Partner

We’re proud to announce that National Geographic Adventures has chosen MTS as their official travel program outfitter. We’re excited to take a whole new group of National Geographic’s adventure-seekers to the places we know the best: Machu Picchu, Everest, Kilimanjaro, and beyond! We’ll be working with National Geographic behind the...
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A Note On Traveling Abroad

UPDATE: A new announcement from the World Health Organization declares Senegal and Nigeria free of Ebola With the recent reports about the Ebola virus, we understand that some travelers may have concerns about traveling abroad. We would like you to know that Mountain Travel Sobek does not travel to any of the areas with reported...
Top 4 Things You Can Expect From Traveling to the Galapagos Islands in June

Top 4 Things You Can Expect From Traveling to the Galapagos Islands in June

A special post from our Galapagos Guide, Luis Die Dejean 1. Albatross Working Their Dance Moves to Meet Their Mate More than a month ago the Waved Albatross returned to the beautiful Española to begin their traditional courting rituals. During this time males and females make their match at the nesting grounds, and after several...
Foodies Are Drooling Over “Istria to Venice,” An Epicurean Journey Through Croatia, Italy, and Slovenia

Foodies Are Drooling Over “Istria to Venice,” An Epicurean Journey Through Croatia, Italy, and Slovenia

If you’ve never heard of Istria, imagine a land rich in food and wine, listed among the likes of Italy’s Tuscany and Bologna, but sans the crowds. A viticultural gem tucked away on Croatia’s coastline, it’s ranked as one of the top regions to visit by Lonely Planet, and with its blue coast, rolling hills,...
Travel with Mountain Travel Sobek to the New York Times' "52 Places to Go in 2014"

Travel with Mountain Travel Sobek to the New York Times’ “52 Places to Go in 2014″

Every year the New York Times comes out with their own annual bucket list of the world’s most interesting places to jet-set. They recently released their “52 Places to Go in 2014” list and it’s chock-full of inspirational journeys that will ignite wanderlust within even the most savvy of travelers. We’re happy to announce that...
Adventure Reads: Riding the Dragon's Back

Adventure Reads: Riding the Dragon’s Back

If you’re looking to read something that will get your adrenaline pumping, Riding the Dragon’s Back: The Great Race to Run the Wild Yangtze, will not only peak your interest, but leave you with a thirst to conquer some of the most treacherous rivers in the world. Author Richard Bangs is our very own Mountain Travel...
Baja, Mexico: The Aquarium of the World

Baja, Mexico: The Aquarium of the World

From the land to the sea, Baja is the perfect place to seek relaxation. With breathtaking landscapes from the Sonoran Desert to the Sea of Cortez, you’ll set your eyes on unique geological formations, one of the largest coral reefs in the world, as well as some of Baja’s friendly locals–the whales and sea lions!...
Early Explorers in Patagonia

Early Explorers in Patagonia

It’s no secret that Patagonia is a magnet for adventurers and lovers of pristine, wild places. It’s one of those truly iconic destinations, known the world over and often mentioned in the same breath with places like Machu Picchu, Serengeti, and Annapurna. But there was once a time when Patagonia was truly hidden. Though sparsely...
Adventure Talk: Lisa and George From We Said Go Travel

Adventure Talk: Lisa and George From We Said Go Travel

Avid travelers and entrepreneurs, Lisa and George fell in love while exploring the world, and have continued to strengthen their bond while reaching out to inspire others to live their dreams.  They are two educators with a passion for globetrotting, and their adventures have brewed their creation of We Said Go Travel, a site that...
ARTIST PROFILE: Critical Acclaim for the Work of Elisabeth Sunday

ARTIST PROFILE: Critical Acclaim for the Work of Elisabeth Sunday

By Douglas Max Utter www.douglasutter.com The impact of Elisabeth Sunday’s photographs showing one or two persons in their native landscapes comes in part from imagining how and where they were created. Personal interaction and shared psychological space are implicit in the melting gray and black tones of the images themselves, which show their subjects reflected...
Mountain Travel Sobek invites you to a special evening of conversation and appreciation.

Mountain Travel Sobek invites you to a special evening of conversation and appreciation.

We are pleased to announce the locations and times for our series of enjoyable and informative evenings focusing on the impact of travel in today’s world, with an emphasis on the iconic wonders of Africa. We’ve selected some truly special settings for you to enjoy personal stories told by our panel of experts. The conversations...
Photo Gallery: SWEDEN: Dogsledding Lodge to Lodge to the ICEHOTEL

Photo Gallery: SWEDEN: Dogsledding Lodge to Lodge to the ICEHOTEL

“Photos from Anne Wood, our Europe Program Director on our Sweden adventure Dogsledding Lodge to Lodge which includes a night at the ICEHOTEL! Learn more about this trip at: www.mtsobek.com/mts/SWE” From Sweden: Dogsledding Lodge to Lodge to the Icehotel, posted by Mountain Travel Sobek – Adventure Travel Worldwide on 9/06/2013 (29 items) Generated by Facebook...
DEAL ALERT: Save On Last Minute Middle Fork & Alsek River Departures!

DEAL ALERT: Save On Last Minute Middle Fork & Alsek River Departures!

  Save On MTS River Trips For August! Want to feel the rush of white water rafting down some of America’s best rapids before summer ends? Then check out our Middle Fork of the Salmon and Alsek River trips! On the Middle Fork you’ll sweep down Idaho’s iconic rapids, have gourmet cookouts that will make...