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Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). Hiking the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru. The Salkantay Trail takes hikers through the Salkantay Pass reaching 4,600m (15,200 ft) at its highest point. You start the trek hiking through ice and snow and finish the hike down in the jungle! Shot #onassignment for @natgeotravel. For more adventure travel photos follow @argonautphoto.


Photo by @babaktafreshi A caravansary, countless memories… By the morning twilight the Caravan gets ready to depart, on its long journey across the desert. Reminds us the stories of One Thousand and One Nights, caravansaries were the motels if you were traveling several hundred years ago in the Middle East and central Asia, the roadside Inns to safely rest overnight. Here in the morning blue hour, Mars shines brightly in Taurus, the Bull, near Pleiades (the Seven Sisters star cluster). Perseus is on top right. This was in 2005 when I was slowly shifting from film to DSLRs. Rests in Kavir National Park, 4 hours drive from Tehran, this is known as Qasr-e Bahram (or Bahram Palace). Not visiting there for 10 years now I have beautiful memories from this caravansary, my teenagehood first stargazing nights in early 90s to a morning like this when I met my future wife. Caravansary (pronounces Caravanserai) is a Persian word comes from caravan and sarāy “house”. About 500 of them are remained in Iran (and others in neighboring countries) and listed as protected historic monuments, some are even updated to working hotels. The earliest examples were the stations along the 2500-km long Royal Road in the Achaemenid Empire, some 2500 years ago but most of the remaining Caravansaries are built during Shāh Abbās I of Persia, about 400 years ago. The network was built to support the flow of commerce, information, and people on trade routes covering Asia, North Africa, and South-Eastern Europe. Explore more of the world at night photography @babaktafreshi. #longexposure #astrophotography #twanight #mars #pleiades #caravansary #caravanserai #iran @natgeo @natgeocreative


Photo by @christian_foto (Christian Rodriguez ) View of Olivia River. It crosses the wide Carbajal Valley, a space covered with peat bogs between two chains of the Andes, forming meanders and maintaining an east-Southeast direction. The function of the peatlands benefit the city Ushuaia because they ensure that potable water is available during dry seasons, they regulate water runoff from the mountains around and reduce the possibility of flooding by dampening the riverbeds. #ushuaia #argentina #southamerica #oliviariver #valley #andes Photo by @christian_foto (Christian Rodriguez )


Photo by @kristarossow // #sponsored by Japan National Tourism Organization // Japanese deer have become accustomed to tourists and wander freely on Miyajima Island in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan


Photo by @max.lowe // A lone stone figure, known to the native people of Rapa Nui or Easter Island as a Moai, stands watch as the faint glow of sunrise splashes the world with color. More so than anywhere else, while visiting Rapa Nui this past summer I found myself entwined in a mystic history of mankind, and the tangible weight we all cary on our shoulders, as passed down from one generation of people to the next. Follow @max.lowe to see more from his travels and work on Easter Island this past summer.


Photo @ladzinski / Sled dogs, adorably moving in for a sniff and seconds before licking my lens in #tasiilaq Greenland. To see more photos from this beautiful part of the planet please visit @ladzinski


Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). Young girls in traditional dress carry their baby lambs through the streets of Cusco, Peru. Shot on assignment for @NatGeoTravel headed to Machu Picchu on the Salkantay Trail!


Photo by @taylorglenn // Moonlight illuminates Mt Kilimanjaro and our tents under a clear, starry night at Shira camp. It was around 3am and I was a bit restless. I decided to take a peak outside and there was no question that I had to make a photo. We were climbing via the Machame route and this camp is typically used on day 2. You never know what kind of weather to expect and I wanted to be sure I had a great landscape shot of 'Kili'. This is one of the favorites I made during our ascent. Follow @taylorglenn for more from around the globe. #tanzania #kilimanjaro #climbing


Photo by @FransLanting The annual gathering of king penguins on the beaches of South Georgia Island in the Antarctic is one of the most phenomenal bird spectacles on the planet. It is an overwhelming sensation to be among them and it is a confirmation of the abundance of the Southern Ocean on which these birds depend. Fisheries around South Georgia are well-regulated, but beyond the territorial limits of the island, a lot of work remains to be done to safeguard a future for king penguins and all other wildlife dependent on the frigid seas surrounding Antarctica. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images and stories from the Southern Ocean. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Antarctica #SouthGeorgia #Penguins #KingPenguins #SouthernOcean #Conservation


Photograph by @paulnicklen // I have been fortunate enough to see a lot of rainbows while spending so much time out in nature, however this one at the Bonzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii was perhaps the brightest and most delineated one I have ever seen. I saw this while standing with @zaknoyle and @cristinamittermeier, waiting for a surfing competition to start. #followme on @paulnicklen #surf #surfing #hawaii #rainbow #pipe #pipeline #bonzaipipeline #smile #adventure #travel #instagood #tbt


Photo by @jessicasamplegram // Getting lost in the rainy blue alleys of Chefchaouen, Morocco with cats peering out from every corner #Chefchaouen #morocco


Photo by @babaktafreshi The World at Night project In a clear evening of southwest Switzerland, the New Moon is photographed above the historic Cathedral of Notre Dame in Lausanne. One of the values that led me to create The World at Night project ( over 10 years ago is universality of the night sky, above all symbols of our cultures and beliefs. This eternal roof brings us together as a single family of humanity in one home. on that evening the same new moon was appreciated by Buddhists, Hindus, Moslems, Jews, and all other 4200 public religions. Explore more of this @babaktafreshi and @twanight #twanight #religion #newmoon #nightsky #longexposure #astrophotography #nightphotography @natgeo @natgeocreative