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National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler August-September 2016

National Geographic Traveler is the world's most widely read travel magazine. With captivating storytelling and beautiful you-are-there photography, National Geographic Traveler brings you the world’s best destinations. Experience the same high-quality articles and breathtaking photography contained in the print edition.

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United States
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National Geographic Society
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editor’s note

Travel is a pursuit of happiness. It’s about the joy of exploration, the promise of discovery, and the possibility of change. Our journeys tell us about the world around us, while also inspiring little revelations about ourselves and our travel companions. Last summer I visited my friend, a Peace Corps volunteer, in her Cambodian village. We were blessed by a Buddhist monk, we painted a mural at her school, attended a funeral feast, ate morning glory and Kampot pepper. At sunset we took a tuk-tuk ride down a red-dirt road with an old couple who gave us a watermelon. At dusk we laughed with our host family, mixed Coke and wine and toasted jul mouy! (cheers!). Every hour was happy. When we’re on the road we’re untethered. It’s not just that…

5 minuti
dancing with rio

A METROPOLIS WITH MORE THAN SIX MILLION PEOPLE AND ITS SHARE OF PROBLEMS, RIO COMES CRASHING IN THROUGH YOUR SENSES, ALL AT ONCE: ITS BEAUTY, ITS ABSURDITIES, ITS EXTREMES. Framed by the oval of the airplane window, Rio de Janeiro seemed ethereal, a bright patch hovering between the vast blues of ocean and sky, weightless under the sun. I smiled. A trick of light and perspective reduced this very real city to what it was to me: a daydream, a figment, something so insubstantial, it looked as if it would float away if not for the great granite peaks pinning it down. I was born in Brazil, but left the country as a child. For decades, I had clung to this gossamer image of water, warmth, color, and light, and called it…

1 minuti
where the locals go

You can see my city best from the many granite peaks that break up its urban landscape. Some of the most accessible ones are Sugarloaf, with its cable cars, and Corcovado, topped by the renowned art deco statue of “Christ the Redeemer.” But don’t miss a hike up to the less explored viewpoints such as Pedra da Gávea and Dois Irmãos. Locals know to skip the crush of Copacabana or Ipanema Beach on a hot summer Sunday and instead check out cooler, less crowded parks, such as Jardim Botânico or Parque Lage. The Feira Hippie de Ipanema, a fair that takes place every Sunday on General Osório Square, is the place to buy only-in-Brazil musical instruments, such as the cuíca and agogô, as well as jewelry, clothing, and art. The foods…

2 minuti
bear witness

Travelers trek to China to see some of the world’s wonders: the Great Wall, the terra-cotta warriors, and the iconic giant panda. Habitat destruction from industrialization and natural disasters has rendered this species endangered, with less than 2,000 left in the wild. Still, there is hope for these furry friends; a feature in National Geographic’s August 2016 issue documents ongoing efforts by scientists at the Wolong Nature Reserve as they breed and release this legendary animal back into its natural environment. Managed by the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, the Wolong Nature Reserve encompasses several outposts where tourists can visit and support these two-toned creatures and the teams devoted to saving them. DUJIANGYAN PANDA BASE The Dujiangyan Panda Base is an hour and a half outside Sichuan’s capital of…

1 minuti
snow angels

Hibernation isn’t a popular option in Shizukuishi, Japan. Every year in early February, a flurry of winter wanderers descends on the ivory hills of this town for the weeklong Iwate Snow Festival. See intricate ice sculptures, sample local treats such as lamb barbecue and a sweet fermented rice drink, bask in the rainbow glow of evening fireworks, and of course, play in the snow. Japanese photographer and National Geographic Your Shot member Masami Murooka, who’s based in Iwate, captured this picture of brightly bundled children sledding down one of Koiwai Farm’s snow-covered slopes. What do we love about this image? “Right now, we’re melting in the dog days of summer. Since the ground is baked and trees are drooping in the heat, we thought we’d share a coldly delicious taste of what’s…

3 minuti
desert high

Oregon has more than its fair share of craggy coastline and dense, mossy forest. So it’s easy to forget that once you get east of the snow-capped Cascades Range, a good chunk of the state is high, dry, and sparsely populated. This three-day itinerary out of Bend explores Oregon’s sublime high desert country, where the vistas are broad and the skies tell stories all their own. Rock climbers know Smith Rock State Park, 26 miles north of Bend, as one of the birthplaces of modern sport climbing in the United States. Even if you’re a climbing novice, it’s hard not to be impressed with the cliffs of volcanic tuff and basalt soaring above the aptly named Crooked River. There’s a walk-in campsite and an extensive trail network, the 7.65-mile Summit Trail…