From Sossusvlei, we fly by light aircraft to Swakopmund. We took the scenic route passing by Deadvlei, and then heading up the Skeleton Coast passing by numerous ship wrecks and seal colonies. Swakopmund is a city on the western coast of Namibia. It is a charming seaside town heavily influenced by German colonial architecture and … Continue reading Swakopmund, Namibia Sep 2017
From Victoria Falls, we go west to Namibia in southern Africa bordering the Atlantic Ocean. We fly into Windhoek which is the capital of Namibia after it gained independence from South Africa in 1990. Windhoek was once part of colonized Germany and the German presence can be strongly felt in the architecture, food, and beer. … Continue reading Sossusvlei, Namibia Sep 2017
From Ulaanbaatar, it is about an hour and a half flight or 7-8 hours driving south to Gobi Desert. Gobi is Asia’s largest desert and the fifth largest in the world. It is not just one massive sand dune, but instead a universe of different landscapes. The desert is expanding at an alarming rate … Continue reading Gobi Desert May 2016
We depart Shiraz and head north towards Yazd with a stop in Pasargadae. Pasargadae was the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire under Cyrus the Great (559-530 BC) and this is also where his tomb can be found. Pasargadae has been declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most important monument here is the … Continue reading Pasargadae & Yazd Apr 2016
I don’t think I could ever get enough of the beauty of Salar de Uyuni and it was sad to leave. We ventured on by 4×4 to the Siloli Desert and its colored lagoons. The landscape here is not the desert landscape I imagined. I always tend to associate deserts with the Sahara desert and … Continue reading Siloli Desert & Laguna Colorada Feb 2016
Atacama Desert in northern Chile is known to be the driest place in the world. Before arriving, I envisioned super dry skin and chapped lips, but strangely enough, it was not as dry as I thought. I have had drier skin in NYC in the winter. What is interesting in Atacama Desert is its Martian landscapes, salt flat and lagoons, geysers and wind-swept canyons.