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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 they convene for this special...
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!...
Meet the Guide: Manolo Lazo From Peru!

Meet the Guide: Manolo Lazo From Peru!

1.What was growing up in Cusco like? I grew up on the coast of Peru (Lima) and came to Cusco in the mid 80′s to become a rafting guide with Sobek Expeditions. I grew up in Cusco in many other ways, spiritually and culturally, and developed several feelings about nature and what some people call...
Meet the Guide: Gary Wintz

Meet the Guide: Gary Wintz

Gary Wintz has traveled to more than 220 countries in the last 40 years, researching, writing, photographing, and lecturing about distant lands and cultures. He has worked on humanitarian projects in Indochina, Indonesia, and Bangladesh, and has contributed his expertise to development projects in Ethiopia for UNICEF. In 1981-82, Gary taught at universities in both China and in...
Meet the Guide: Ozlem Ozgoren, Turkey Expert

Meet the Guide: Ozlem Ozgoren, Turkey Expert

  “Ozlem was fantastic. Her knowledge, warmth and sense of humor made it a very special trip. I feel very lucky to have had her as my guide and friend.” –Barbara Hindin A note from Ozlem Onzgoren… I was raised as a person seeking “local” richness, as my parents were involved in education and thus...
Special Middle Fork Departure with Sobek's Senior Guide Jim Slade!

Special Middle Fork Departure with Sobek’s Senior Guide Jim Slade!

Photo Credit: Chad Case Welcome aboard the Middle Fork of the Salmon rafting trip with our most senior Sobek guide, Jim Slade! We’re lucky to have him join us for two of Middle Fork’s special departures on June 14th and June 23rd. Jim Slade has been with Sobek since its inception in 1973. He’s guided...
A Sneak Peak Into Summer Trips With MTS Guide Rob Smurr

A Sneak Peak Into Summer Trips With MTS Guide Rob Smurr

Hello Fellow Trekkers, Let me welcome you to the fantastic summer options that Mountain Travel Sobek has inspired me to create for all of us! You may have already noticed that I have four entirely new treks detailed in MTS’s catalog for this summer. Which one is the best, you might ask? Well, it’s hard...
Interview With Renowned Mountaineer Florence Simond

Interview With Renowned Mountaineer Florence Simond

Her effervescent demeanor and intimate knowledge of the Alps make Florence Simond, or “Flo” as many call her, a favorite guide when trekking through the ethereal mountaintops of Mont Blanc. Her repertoire includes a spot among the elite Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix and recognition as an Accompagnatice en Montagne.  As a native to Chamonix,...
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 the effort worthwhile. The confessed...
A Special Invitation To Experience a Special Time in Galapagos

A Special Invitation To Experience a Special Time in Galapagos

Dear Traveler, Galapagos is well-known as one of the world´s Natural Wonders. And this well-deserved title does not come from the fact that Charles Darwin was inspired by the islands, or because visitors can take wonderful pictures, but because the Galapagos is one of the very few places on earth where you will have the...
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 cliffs and high valleys offer...

The Leading Edge in Patagonia

The World’s Best Guides Our exceptional Patagonia trip leaders have years of international guiding experience, including backgrounds in mountaineering, so you can rest assured you’ll be in the most capable of hands. Meet part of our Patagonia team:   Sergio Fitch-Watkins Sergio, a native of Mexico, is one of Mountain Travel Sobek’s senior guides (he’s...