Even among the best-traveled globetrotters, the Azores is a little visited destination. It is one of two autonomous regions of Portugal – a north Atlantic archipelago of nine volcanic islands: Flores and Corvo in the west, Graciosa, Terceira, Sao Jorge, Pico, and Paial in the center, and Sao Miguel and Santa Maria in the east. Until relatively recently, flight routes from North America were indirect and schedules inconvenient. Now, though, daily direct flights make it much easier to reach these unimaginably beautiful and interesting islands in only a few hours. Once you get there, it's shocking how much there is to see and do, and how comfortably you can do it all. Why the heck hasn't anyone you know been here yet?!
Coco Rae is a high school history teacher who has traveled with Journeys many times, including trips with her students. She now leads trips, and will accompany Tibetan Treasures in August 2018.
A recent documentary called The Eagle Huntress followed the story of Aisholpan Nurgaiva, a 13-year-old girl, as she trained to become the first female in twelve generations of her nomadic Mongolian Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter. Longtime Journeys traveler Dick Seibel attended the Golden Eagle Festival, where Aisholpan was the first female to ever compete in this centuries-old tradition. Here, he shares his story of witnessing this festival firsthand.
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