South America

GO FAR: 10 New Outfitted Trips for Families

Yoho National Park Mountain Hut Trip MINIMUM AGE: All ages welcome DESCRIPTION: Who better to introduce kids to backpacking than a naturalist who was a teacher for 27 years? The...

In Search of the Phantom Tanager

THERE WAS NOTHING SUBTLE about the smell. When the breeze shifted, pushing the damp morning air into our faces, the stench walloped us like a physical blow. "Whew, man," said Doug Wechsler, our...

The Lost World: Found

ON OUR FIRST DAY at camp, I sat in a small screened dining room, poking at the fly larvae wriggling through my fish. Next, a chicken foot appeared in the rice—a choice piece of meat if you...

The Chosen Ones

Since 1972, UNESCO has bestowed 690 spots in 122 countries with the title "World Heritage Site," which translates to "a property of outstanding universal value." While 529 of these sites are...

Life's a Wild Trip

1. Follow in the Footsteps of Greatness Tibet / Mallory and Irvine's Everest It's everything but the disappearing act: Follow the route of doomed explorers George Mallory and...

Ride the Tide

SOMETIME AROUND MARCH 28, the moon will swing to within a mere 222,000 miles of South America. Sure, it'll look pretty, but it will also create a miniature tidal wave that will rush hundreds of...

Life's a Wild Trip

22. Jump Down the Food Chain USA / Alaska / Grizzlies of Coastal Katmai Your expedition leader, naturalist and photographer Matthias Breiter, will tell you to bring your good...

Life's a Wild Trip

4. Live a South Seas Fantasy Micronesia / Chuuk, Palau, and Yap Snorkeling Micronesia's abundance of sea fans and staghorn corals makes for some of the world's best snorkeling,...

Life's a Wild Trip

7. See the World from Behind Bars Morocco / High Atlas Traverse (New Trip) Pedal from the colorful markets of Marrakech to the loftiest peaks in North Africa, the High Atlas...

Life's a Wild Trip

10. Free Your Soul on a Pilgrimage Tibet / To the Center of the Universe May 26—the date Buddha was born, reached enlightenment, and died—is the day to visit Mount...

Life's a Wild Trip

19. Swim with Sharks Costa Rica / Live-Aboard Off Cocos Island Bring courage and an empty logbook. With ten days on the live-aboard Okeanos, you'll need plenty of room to record...

Life's a Wild Trip

16. Get Culture Shocked Central African Republic / Tracking with Pigmies (New Trip) Put down your cell phone, pick up a spear, and spend five days in Dzanga-Ndoki National Park...

Andean Alternates

Q: I've heard that the Inca Trail in Peru will be closed starting in February for repairs. Despite the fact that this is a world-renowned destination, I can't find out if this is...

Paddle Perfect Patagonia

Q: Where are the best places to sea kayak in Chilean Patagonia? Also, do you know of any outfitters in Punta Arenas that provide good equipment without international prices?...

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