Take a Hike! 4 Unexpected Places to Hike in Uzbekistan

Take a Hike! 4 Unexpected Places to Hike in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan’s geography is far more varied and intriguing than you might expect. Within a few hours’ drive of both Tashkent and Samarkand, you can discover green forests, blossoming alpine meadows, cool blue lakes, and sweeping mountain vistas dotted with traditional villages, waterfalls, ski hills, and cave networks. Remote, untouched, and surprisingly beautiful, these areas are a fantastic and unexpected getaway from the everyday hum of the cities, and make for great spots to take an invigorating hike through places few travelers get to see. Here are just a few of our favorite places where you can embrace the outdoors and go hiking in Uzbekistan: Read More


Birdwatching in Bulgaria: An Interview with Expert Iordan Hristov

Birdwatching in Bulgaria: An Interview with Expert Iordan Hristov

Bulgaria may not be on your shortlist of places to travel, but if you're a lover of the great outdoors, it should be. Stacked above Greece on the Balkan Peninsula, this little-known country is home to some of Europe's most diverse, untamed, and unspoiled landscapes. Since the country has remained relatively untouched compared to the rest of Europe, Bulgaria can boast an exceptionally rich array of plant species and wildlife - in particular, birds. The country's temperate climate offers plenty of year-round opportunities to go birdwatching, and its 11 Ramsar Sites and protected wildlife areas ensure that Bulgaria's wildlife can continue to flourish here for years to come. We caught up with Bulgarian birdwatching expert Iordan Hristov, who's led several birding tours to Bulgaria for MIR clients, to learn more about what makes this country such a boon for birders. Read More