Issue 123 | Kubu Island
Plus: Journey into Mongolia, Patagonian domed ecocamp and more.
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Happy Friday! This is Adventure Fix, the exploration email for people who know the more places you go, the longer your travel list grows.
Here’s what we've got for you today:
Films: Journey into Mongolia
Adventure Lodges: The world’s first geodesic dome hotel
Expeditions: Ride through Botswana’s salt pans on a quad bike
Paddling Trips: SUP through Belize’s Coral Islands
Kubu Island quad bike expedition
Rev your engine and traverse the endless pans on a quad bike to Kubu Island, a.k.a, the Lost Island of the Baobabs.
Lose all sense of time and direction as you cruise along the vast, moon-like terrain of Makgadikgadi Pans. Once a super-lake, its crusty flats are filled with salt, sand, and stones.
This part of Botswana is home to many desert-adapted mammals like meerkats and bat-eared foxes.
Reaching Kubu Island is a highlight of this trip. It’s a dry granite rock island that’s filled with ancient, gnarled baobabs that are larger than buses. Here you’ll find fossil beaches of wave-rounded pebbles, showing evidence of the prehistoric lake’s former water levels.
Sleep out on this crescent-shaped island with nothing more than a bedroll, blanket, and fire for comfort.
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Explore Belize’s Coral Islands on a SUP
Are you looking for a tropical vacation that’s more exciting than laying around on the beach all day and binging at the mediocre buffet?
Head to Belize’s Southern Barrier Reef to explore the Coral Islands by SUP.
This part of the world is one of the best places to paddleboard. Along this stretch of the reef, there are hundreds of sand keys, miles of mangrove forests teeming with baby sharks and turtles, and colorful coral gardens.
Your days will be spent exploring lesser traveled areas of the reef where you can go for walks on uninhabited islands, snorkel over corals teeming with life, and ride downwinder.
Overnight at small, family-run island lodges where you’ll enjoy incredible sunsets, fresh seafood, a comfy bed, and a glorious shower. Gaze at the stars, and watch out for magical biolumence before dosing off to the sounds of gentle waves clapping against the shore.
Coral Islands SUP expedition (video)
The world’s first geodesic dome hotel
After a long day of exploring the Patagonia backcountry and soaking in the windswept landscapes of Torres del Paine, come back to the cozy domes for a steaming cup of coffee by the fireplace at EcoCamp Patagonia.
This adventure lodge is located at the base of Chile's famous Torres Del Paine, providing you with an amazing starting point for exploration.
Staying here gives you a chance to see the Torres from many different angles. Enjoy guided treks, horseback rides, and seemingly endless mountain bike trails during the day, and share delicious evening meals with new friends before falling asleep gazing up at the star-filled sky through your dome ceiling.
Condor Moments: Trekking in Patagonia (article)
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Journey into Mongolia
Warning: Watching this video might result in a sudden urge to book a flight to Mongolia.
Journey into Mongolia is a short film that will take you deep into the Altai mountains. This is the land of the nomadic Kazakh people who are known for their hospitality and insane eagle hunting skills.
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Interview: Mario Rigby - In walking it is solved.
Landscapes: The endless dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses.
Wildlife Experiences: A-Z of going on safari.
Science: How sharks equipped with cameras solved an aquatic mystery.
Photography: Pro camera setting tips they won’t teach in photography school.
Where in the world
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Location: Cordillera Blanca, Peru
During our three-year cycling journey from California to Patagonia, Amanda and I conquered numerous mountain passes. While some proved to be challenging, others were simply breathtaking. However, undoubtedly one of the most unforgettable experiences was our ascent of Punta Olimpica in the Peruvian Andes.
The pass sits at 16,043 ft (4,890 m) and the road zig-zags through snow-capped peaks giving you breath-taking views at every turn. It took us 2 days to climb the pass (we had to camp halfway) but it was sooo worth it.
The main road now has a tunnel that bypasses the original pass, which is great because all the cars take the tunnel, giving cyclists exclusive access to the old gravel road, which is the section where the picture above was taken. At the top, you can stand at the pass, not more than 6 feet (2 meters) wide, carved by hand through the rocks.
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