Top 10 journeys of a lifetime

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From Borneo to Patagonia, Carmen selects great adventures you will never forget.

Sail through Myanmar,

Which is just opening up to the outside world. Take a boat through the heart of the country — and back in time — on the Irrawaddy River to Bagan.

Photo by: Roderick Eime.
Fishing Boat in Sunset

Ride a snowmobile through Iceland,

Where you can drive across the surface of a glacier any time of year, and explore the Langjökull Glacier, where man-made tunnels are carved deep into the blue glacial ice.

Hike through Bhutan,

Known for its commitment to maintaining its traditional culture and ‘Gross National Happiness’. Climb up to the breathtaking Tigers’ Nest Monastery.

Photo by: Arian Zwegers.
Paro, Taktsang Goemba (Tiger’s Nest)
Paro, Taktsang Goemba (Tiger’s Nest)
Paro Taktsang is the popular name of Taktsang Palphug Monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest), a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley, in Bhutan.
A temple complex was first built in 1692 at a cave where Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) meditated in the 8th century A.D.
Legend states that Guru Rinpoche flew to the site atop the back of a tigress and meditated in the cave for three years, three months, three days and three hours in order to subdue evil demons residing within it. The cave has been considered a sacred site ever since and many famous saints have travelled to meditate in it.
Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan and is the tutelary deity of the country. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known of the thirteen taktsang or “tiger lair” caves in which he meditated.

 

Travel to Patagonia,

The Torres del Paine National Park has majestic mountains, glaciers, lakes, and the Serrano River (which makes for a thrill of a Zodiac ride), as well as a plethora of pristine ecosystems.

Photo by: Miguel Vieira.
Cuernos del Paine in Torres del Paine National Park

 




Go on safari in East Africa. 

First stop Kenya and Tanzania, the place to see the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle — the annual Great Migration of wildebeest, zebra and antelope. Also travel to Uganda, considered the ‘Pearl of Africa’ with deep lakes, soaring mountains and the greatest treasure of all — half of the world’s surviving mountain gorillas.

 

Dive or snorkel in Palau,

Which has some of the world’s most magical sea life. From the Blue Corner (made famous by Cousteau) to the Big Drop Off and Ulong Sandbar, from the German Channel and Shark City, to Iro a Japanese ship sunk during the Second World War. Swim among millions of non-stinging Mastigias jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake. Tour historic Second World War battle sites and explore the Seventy Islands, a World Heritage Site off-limits to outsiders for nearly 60 years.

Wonder at Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands,

One of the world’s most surprising destinations: an open-air wildlife museum that is home to an astonishing variety of endemic species — enough to inspire a theory that would change the world — and an irresistible destination for nature-lovers.

Explore the island of Borneo,

home to the seldom-seen orangutan, which share 97 % of our DNA.

Orangutan mother and baby by Jordi Paya

 

See the Northern Lights in Finland,

The best place in the world to see the aurora borealis, and meet the Sami people, traditional reindeer herders.

Photo by: Timo Newton-Syms




Marvel at Antarctica,

One of the world’s great wildlife destinations with magnificent landscapes, pristine glaciers and millions of playful penguins. There are few other places in the world where you can feel such a sense of vastness and isolation.

Photo by: Christopher Michel.




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