An adventure to Mars on Earth.

Exploring the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile
We did our research as we prepared to travel to Chile and explore the Atacama Desert. We learned that nothing could have prepared us to spend 5 days hiking in a region that is used by NASA to test instruments for future mission to Mars.

Patagonia – Penguins and More

Mondo Verde Expeditions
November 2-18. 2023 – Photos by Bob Gress
My last PhotoBlast was about Patagonia’s pumas and guanacos. Wild animals like these are sometimes referred to as “Charismatic Megafauna.” Tourism can develop around big, wild animals with compelling charm.

Pumas of Patagonia

Mondo Verde Expeditions
November 2-18. 2023
Photos by Bob Gress / Birds in Focus
With Mondo Verde Expeditions, we explored the Patagonia region of southern Chile including Chiloé Island, Tierre del Fuego, Strait of Magellan, Estancia Laguna Amarga and Torres del Paine National Park.

Honeymoon in Machu Picchu / May 2023

May 2023 by Marcello and Stephanie.
Lima – Cusco.
“After learning how to make the traditional Pisco Sour, we did a cooking class with the executive chef of a 5-star hotel.”

Peru Birding / February  2023

February 2023 by Matt and Donna
Lima – Cusco – Tambopata
Research Center – Manu Road – Colca Canyon. “Truly remarkable…we will be forever grateful…I don’t know what else to say.”

Italy 2022 / Friends and Family

May 2022 by Dana.
On a trip that was beautifully organized down to the smallest detail, we experienced the best of Italy: superbly scenic countryside, charming towns large and small along the way, incomparable cuisine, unique and special lodgings.

Brazil’s Atlantic Forest Tanagers

Mondo Verde Expeditions
July 8-26, 2022
Photos by Bob Gress / Birds in Focus
In my previous PhotoBlast, Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, I included some very colorful birds. In addition to a few mammals, it featured some parakeets, hummingbirds, toucans and trogons. Anyone looking through a Brazil bird book will notice another group of birds, the tanagers

Brazil’s Atlantic Forest – Living in Shade

Mondo Verde Expeditions
July 8-26, 2022
Photos by Bob Gress / Birds in Focus
n two previous PhotoBlasts on Brazil’s Atlantic Forest I included colorful birds like tanagers, hummingbirds, parrots, trogons and toucans. The intention of this PhotoBlast is to offer a balancing perspective on birds living in this unique habitat.