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Five destinations you should know more about

These countries might not be on traveller’s bucket lists – but according to the people that live there, they should be.<p>Whether it is the notion that Brits only drink tea or that all Argentineans dance tango, cultural stereotypes can overshadow a country’s true nuances.<p>For a more authentic take on …

South America

These are 11 of the Oldest Things in the World

The Welwistchia is primitive conifer living only in parts of coastal Namibia and Angola where moisture from the sea meet<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Rachel Sussman<p>1 …

This 2,000-Year-Old Bulgarian Fortress Will Take You Back in Time

Built by the Romans during the first through third centuries, the Belogradchik Fortress sits a short distance from the northwestern Bulgarian town of -- you guessed it -- Belogradchik.<p>The fortress has survived some of the world's greatest empires, from the Roman to the Byzantine. Much of what …

Is Climate Change Increasing the Disease Risk for Arctic Marine Mammals?

Climate change may be increasing the risk of disease for marine mammals in the Arctic, experts say.<p>Climate change is melting Arctic sea ice, leaving animals that depend on it high and dry. Marine mammals like ringed seals have to find new areas to give birth, raise their young, and haul out. And …

Top 10 stops for Central America first-timers

The green cufflinks between North and South America, these seven compact countries would be easy to skip on a map. Yet they represent a complex web of cultures, ancient ruins, tropical wildlife and adventure.<p>For starters, try climbing lava-gurgling volcanoes with perfect cones that poke above the …

Central America

Crazy Ants Smear Acid Over Themselves to Survive Fire Ants

<b>Among all the invasive species on Earth, fire ants are among the most formidable.</b><p><i>Solenopsis invicta,</i> the red imported fire ant, has dominated the grasslands of the southern United States since the 1930s, using its deadly venom to keep other ant and insect species at bay.<p>Recently, however, a …

Advice on quitting your job and travelling for a year

Embarking on an extended adventure often means taking a leap of faith and leaving key responsibilities behind. But those that have done it say the experience is more than worth it.<p>Most of us see the world in snippets at a time – a long weekend here, a two-week vacation there. But when wanderlust …

San Francisco

Five days in Russia's Ring of Fire

After being all but off limits, Russia’s strictly protected Kronotsky Zapovednik opens to travellers, revealing 650kg bears and the world’s second-largest gathering of geysers.<p>We had left the brown bears below us in the Valley of the Geysers, where they ambled among purple orchids, emerald grasses …

National Parks

Illegal Tiger Trade: Why Tigers Are Walking Gold

Changing Planet<p><i>Talking Tigers: Part 2 of a 12-part series</i><p><b>In December 2013 at the Tadoba Tiger Reserve in India, we finally got the word: Three confiscated steel-jawed poacher’s traps would be brought to the Forest Department office at one o’clock, and we’d been granted permission to film them. We</b> …

Opinion: Killing of Marius the Giraffe Exposes Myths About Zoos

For the Copenhagen Zoo, it seems Marius was worth more dead than alive.<p>When Marius, a young male giraffe at the Copenhagen Zoo, was shot to death by his keepers a few days ago, the world caught its breath. How could the zoo and Marius's keepers do such a thing—particularly when people around the …

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #61

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>When last did you share a wild bird photograph? Frogmouths, skimmers, lovebirds, toucanets, monarchs and jacobins… A not-to-miss collection of wild bird photographs! The “Wild Bird Revolution” is a social movement that celebrates the amazing beauty and wonder of birds in the …

To Burn Fat, You Could Exercise … or Shiver

New research points to shivering as a potential aid for weight loss.<p>In the bleak midwinter, here's a warming thought: All that shivering might be getting you in shape.<p><b>According to a new study, 15 minutes in the cold can be the metabolic equivalent of an hour of exercise. Both have an impact on our</b> …

Puma Observed Hunting Howler Monkeys in Costa Rica

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>A short stroll before dinner last Thursday yielded a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife sighting—along with the photos necessary to prove that it really happened.<p>The setting was Santa Rosa National Park, a stretch of tropical dry forest within Costa Rica’s spectacular Area de …

Biologists Find “Extinct” Andean Toad Alive and Well

<b>A toad from the Andes mountains that had long been thought extinct and was known only from a single museum specimen collected in 1970 has resurfaced in Ecuador.</b><p>After the initial discovery of the Tandayapa Andean toad in Ecuador’s Pichincha Province (map) more than four decades ago, scientists …

Giraffe Killing at Copenhagen Zoo Sparks Global Outrage

A healthy male giraffe was euthanized because its genes didn't add to the diversity of the zoo population.<p>On Sunday morning, shortly after a last meal of his favorite rye bread, an otherwise healthy 18-month-old male giraffe named Marius was killed with a slaughterhouse bolt gun at the Copenhagen …

Fighting Wildlife Crime: New U.S. Strategy Broadens Scope

U.S. takes leadership role to protect endangered wildlife and enhance global security.<p>President Obama's new national strategy to combat illegal wildlife trafficking around the globe is intended to be far more sweeping than curbing the poaching of African elephants.<p>It is also aimed at combating …

Photographing the Jaw-Dropping ‘Crystal Caves’ of Iceland

If there is only one way for me to describe Iceland, it would be “Monumental Scale Shock”. The country really borders on the extreme. The entire …

National Geographic Travel

Blyde River

Rare Pictures: Snow Leopards Caught in Camera Trap

Endangered big cats photographed in northern Pakistan.<p>The cat's out of the bag—or, should we say, the mountains.<p><b>Notoriously elusive snow leopards have been caught by a camera trap in northern Pakistan as part of a three-year study by scientists with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. The</b> …

National Geographic Travel

China: The Tea Horse Road and Shangri-La

Tucked into China’s southwestern corner and pushed up against the Tibetan plateau, Yunnan province was once crisscrossed by the Tea Horse Road, an …

Ten of the world's best city hikes

Stretch your legs over hours or days, without leaving some of the world’s biggest cities. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro<p>Aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by the Tijuca Forest. Image by Paddy Eckersley / Digital Vision / …

Hiking

Grab a Paddle! World's First Point-to-point, 120-Mile Kayaking Expedition Across Botswana’s Okavango Delta - Vagabondish

Botswana’s Okavango Delta is among the world’s most stunning destinations for safari-goers. This intensely wildlife-rich area is home to hippo, …

Wildlife

National Geographic Travel

The USA's 10 best motorcycle roads

A great road is a great road, but if you’re riding a motorcycle, you’re looking for something special: twisties, vistas, turnouts, that perfect stretch of smooth tarmac, and biker-friendly stops that make getting there most of the fun. Here are 10 of the best roads across America for an …

Hiking

New Zealand Has A Cave Full Of Glow Worms, And You Should Go Inside It

Imagine you're floating on a small wooden boat through a damp cave. It's completely dark inside, save for dots of light from the bodies of a thousand teensy blue insects. Their electric-looking selves create a Milky Way of color above your head.<p>No, you're not dreaming. You're in Waitomo, New …