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A solitary Afar tribesman walks out into the eerie abyss of Lac Abbé in the tiny east African country of #Djibouti, one of @lonelyplanet's #BestinTravel destinations of 2018.⠀
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Incomprehensibly, life does somehow prevail out here in this desolate and apocalyptic landscape. The Afar people have established settlements in this seemingly barren land where they keep livestock and dig wells to access water.⠀
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Closer to the lake shores, there are pockets of marshland which provide some grazing for their livestock. The Afar, being a nomadic people, make full use of these pockets, leading their grazing goats back and forth from the shore.⠀ ⠀
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#Africansun #Africansunset #sunset #Djibouti🇩🇯⠀ #djiboutifieldtrip #djiboutiafrica #Africa #HOA #HornofAfrica #EastAfrica #BestinTravel2018 #lpPathfinders #lpfanphoto @lonelyplanetmags #africarising #tasteforafrica #travelafrica #visitafrica #igs_africa #celebrateafrica #planetoftheapes
A highlight from our trip to @australia earlier in the year was visiting #Uluru in the @ausoutbacknt, arguably the most famous sight in all of Oceania.⠀
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We’d long wondered if Uluru would be worth the trip – it was ‘just a rock’ after all, but we were wrong. Uluru lives up to the hype. It looms long and heavy, and is unavoidably affecting. In walking around its base, one almost feels a presence: a formidable, sombre presence, as if Uluru were placed there by design and not just accident. It’s silly we know, but that is how we felt.⠀
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#Australia #seeaustralia #Uluru #exploreuluru #ayersrock #ulurukatatjutanationalpark #ulurusunrise #ulurusunset #visituluru #visitaustralia #northernterritory #visitnorthernterritory #ntaustralia #northernterritoryaustralia #katatjuta #alicesprings #therocktour #theoutback #outback #outbackaustralia #takeahike #travelawesome #lpPathfinders #exploreuluru #NTaustralia #redcentre @therocktournt
Looking back across the still waters of Estany Llong, a picturesque picnic spot halfway along our hike in Aigüestortes and Lake Sant Maurici National Park in the @visitpirineus region of @catalunyaexperience. ⠀⠀
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It’s easy to see where the park gets its name – which roughly translates as ‘twisted waters and St. Maurice Lake’. Everywhere you look in this wild Pyrenean landscape, water greets your gaze. A slew of streams trickle down the mountainsides where they course into waterfalls that feed the park’s 200-plus lakes.⠀
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#catalunyaexperience #visitpirineus #valldeboi #lleida  #estanyllongaigüestortes #aiguestortes #aigüestortes #pnaiguestortes #parquenacionalaigüestortes #EstanyLlong #parcnacionalaigüestortes #BBCTravel #aiguestortesnationalpark #aigüestortesiestanydesantmaurici #catalunya #catalonia #wellhiked #takeahike #hikingadventures #getoutstayout #lppathfinders #igerslleida
A tiny cairn pitched against the twin peaks of Els Encantats (the enchanted) in Aigüestortes National Park, a wild landscape of twisting waters and soaring summits in the @visitpirineus region of @catalunyaexperience. ⠀
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The famous pinnacles of Gran Encantat at 2,748m (9,016ft) and El Petit Encantat at 2,734m (8,970ft) provide one of the region’s most recognisable images and are even used in the park’s official logo.⠀
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Aigüestortes is absurdly pretty. Mighty jagged peaks tower far above evergreen forests and myriad glinting lakes. It’s a landscape begging to be hiked – and so we did just that with @outdooradventour.⠀⠀
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#catalunyaexperience #visitpirineus #cairnrocks #elsencantats #granencantat #valldeboi #onelspirineustoquenelcel #dondelospirineostocanelcielo #aiguestortes #aigüestortes #pnaiguestortes #parquenacionalaigüestortes #parcnacionalaigüestortes #BBCTravel #aiguestortesnationalpark #aigüestortesiestanydesantmaurici #catalunya #catalonia #wellhiked #takeahike #hikingadventures #getoutstayout #lppathfinders
Now that's what I call a glampsite! The last of the day's sunlight strikes the cliffs above our mess tent near the La Noguera Pallaresa river in the Catalan Pyrenees during our trip with @visitpirineus and @catalunyaexperience.⠀
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We "camped" at a mountain campsite set up exclusively for us by @outdooradventour. There were roomy bell tents for sleeping, a mess tent for taking meals and a portable kitchen for our chef, Sergi.⠀
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We spent the following day canyoning through Hell’s Canyon, also known as Barranc de l’Infern. Canyoning is challenging at times but most of it is pure, physical fun. We waded, hiked, rappelled and climbed through natural couloirs, bowls and breaks carved by whitewater over thousands of years. ⠀
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Needless to say, Hell’s Canyon wasn’t really hellish at all!⠀
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#camping #glamping #catalunyaexperience #visitpirineus #valldeboi #lleida #noguerapallaresariver #onelspirineustoquenelcel #noguerapallaresa #dondelospirineostocanelcielo #catalunya #catalonia #viewfromthetop #liveoutdoors #neverstopexploring #keepitwild #HellsCanyon #infernocanyon #thegreatoutdoors #wellhiked #stayandwander #takeahike #hikingadventures #lppathfinders #barrancdelinfern
Looking along the misty Baksan River during #sunset near the small village of Terskol in the Caucasus Mountains in #Russia.⠀⠀
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I was in the region to climb Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe at 5,642m (18,510ft), with @klub_7_vershin. The village is the perfect base to start an expedition to Elbrus with easy access to the mountain range. I spent the first couple of days hiking in the Baksan Valley and up to nearby Cheget Peak to get acclimatised.⠀⠀
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About a week later our team summited Mt Elbrus. It was a challenging climb but it felt amazing to stand on the top of Europe. Big thanks to @SalomonSports and @ellis_brigham who helped get me to the top. Next stop, #Aconcagua.⠀
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#elbrus #elbrusexpedition #elbrus2017 #mtelbrus #mountelbrus #россия #Caucasus #caucasusmountains #baksan #terskol #7_summits #7summits #adventureawaits #adventureculture #getoutstayout #neverstopexploring #keepitwild #thegreatoutdoors #adventurethatislife #lppathfinders #summitfever #россия🇷🇺 #livebreatheexplore #TimeToPlay ⠀
Is Pamukkale in @turkey_home nature's finest infinity pool? We think it's certainly a contender. ⠀
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Though Turkey's most popular attraction by numbers, Pamukkale is barely known outside its country borders. It’s the iconic architecture of Istanbul and the cave dwellings of Cappadocia that steal the spotlight, but Pamukkale with its cascading travertine terraces deserves attention as well.⠀
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Sweeping limestone cliffs of a blinding white hue rise above turquoise pools. Petrified stakes of limestone hang from chalky roots – like in Superman’s fortress of solitude or a Tim Burton nightmare – if his nightmares were good. 😜
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#SimplyUnforgettable #LetsGetLost #Pamukkale #Turkey #turkey🇹🇷 #Denizli #Hierapolis  #Kusadasi #kuşadası #HomeOfHealth #hierapolispamukkale #travelturkey #cottoncastle #pamukkaletravertenleri #ig_anatolia #ig_eurasia #turkey_traveling  #UNESCO #WorldHeritage  #IconicExperiences #lifeoutdoors #weareoutdoor #adventureanywhere #wildernessculture #neverstopexploring #lppathfinders
This view from Aigüestortes and Lake Sant Maurici National Park in the @valldeboi area of the Catalan Pyrenees has a bit of everything we love: mountains, meadows, forests and lakes. ⠀
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We picked a perfect day for hiking across the stunning park during our mystery trip to the region with @visitpirineus, @catalunyaexperience and @outdooradventour.⠀
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#catalunyaexperience #visitpirineus #valldeboi #onelspirineustoquenelcel #dondelospirineostocanelcielo #aiguestortes #aigüestortes #pnaiguestortes #parquenacionalaigüestortes #parcnacionalaigüestortes #aiguestortesnationalpark #aigüestortesiestanydesantmaurici #catalunya #catalonia #viewfromthetop #liveoutdoors #neverstopexploring #keepitwild #thegreatoutdoors #wellhiked #stayandwander #takeahike #hikingadventures #getoutstayout #lppathfinders
Looking across the Yamuna river towards the Taj Mahal at #sunset in Agra, @India, during my first visit in 2008.⠀⠀
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I've visited India twice and still haven't scratched the surface of the vast country. My parents lived there in the 60s and 70s and it was their stories of life in India that first gave me the travel bug. ⠀
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#TajMahal #India #Agra #mytajmemory #IncredibleIndia #travelindia #agra #india #india_gram #Rajasthan #lifetimeexperience #indiapictures #lonelyplanetindia #lpPathfinders #india_gram #tajmahalpalace #tajmahalagra #yamunanagar #yamunariver #yamuna
Dallol in #Ethiopia lies 116m (380ft) below sea level in the Danakil Depression and is part of the East African Rift where three continental plates are being torn apart. It's one of the weirdest landscapes we've ever seen! ⠀
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It’s here in the Danakil Depression that scientists discovered Lucy, the oldest and most complete hominid ever found. Lucy has endured extensive research and testing, but here at Dallol, one scarcely needs evidence of her existence. Standing amid this mystical primordia, it feels perfectly feasible that not only death, but life itself could rise from the depths of Dallol.⠀
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#Dallol #Danakil #DanakilDepression #Afar #AfarRegion #adventurethatislife #liveoutdoors #awesomepix #ourlonelyplanet #travelawesome #passionpassport #danikaldesert #colorfulhotspring #hottestplace #hottestplaceonearth #extemeheat #travelawesome #optoutside #earthpix #neverstopexploring #keepitwild #thegreatoutdoors #lppathfinders
One of our favourite experiences ever was visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier – one of the world’s few glaciers in equilibrium – in @pn_losglaciares, @visitargentina.⠀⠀⠀
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Now, we know that travel bloggers are prone to clichéd hyperbole, but we're not embellishing when we say that when we first glimpsed Perito Moreno, we really did gasp at the sight before us. The expanse of blue ice – 250km2 (97 sq mi) in area and an average of 74m (240ft) in height – was unlike anything we’d ever seen before.⠀⠀
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#PeritoMoreno #Glaciar #Argentina #Patagonia #ElCalafate #Calafate #SantaCruz #explore #compass #journey #ventureonward #expedition #adventureawaits #adventureculture #traveldeeper #optoutside #earthpix #wellhiked #stayandwander #liveoutdoors #awesomepix #passionpassport #lpPathfinders #visitargentina #tripinargentina
An idyllic scene in the Aigüestortes and Lake Sant Maurici National Park in the Catalan Pyrenees of northern Spain. ⠀
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Home to almost 300 mountain lakes, Catalonia's only national park is one of Europe's best preserved landscapes and, as you can see, is the very definition of picturesque.⠀
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We hiked across the park from west to east in the @valldeboi area of the Catalan Pyrenees with @outdooradventour, @visitpirineus and @catalunyaexperience. ⠀
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#catalunyaexperience #visitpirineus #valldeboi #onelspirineustoquenelcel #dondelospirineostocanelcielo #aiguestortes #aigüestortes #pnaiguestortes #parquenacionalaigüestortes #parcnacionalaigüestortes #aiguestortesnationalpark #aigüestortesiestanydesantmaurici #catalunya #catalonia #viewfromthetop #liveoutdoors #neverstopexploring #keepitwild #thegreatoutdoors #wellhiked #stayandwander #takeahike #hikingadventures #getoutstayout #lppathfinders