Archive | March, 2014
The mountain god (or Apu), Salcantay

The Other Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Nevado Salcantay

If you are an adventurer, chances are that you either dream of hiking, or have hiked, the famous Inca Trail. Did you know, though, that there are many “Inca Trails”— thousands of kilometers, in fact — that lead into and around the ancient city of Machu Picchu? If you are seeking quick passage or an […]

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The Amazon Rainforest in Peru

The Pleasures and the Pains of the Amazon Rainforest

When you ask a traveler where in the world they’d like go next, they could tell you it is a single country — Australia, China, South Africa. Or perhaps a great geographical feature — the Grand Canyon, the Himalaya, or the Adriatic Sea. Or it could be an entire region of the world — the […]

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The dunes at Dead Vlei in the Namib Desert, Namibia

The Thunderous Roar of Deafening Silence — Sounds From the World’s Oldest Desert

I hadn’t heard such a silence as far back as I could remember, so thunderous that the pressure of it weighed upon my ears with the same tonnage as I imagine a scuba diver must feel diving at the bottom of a deep dark sea. It hurt my head. Three of us sat alone in […]

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