Venezuela's Angel Falls

Angel Falls Lagoon

There are no roads leading into the park and up to that spectacle, though, forcing a convoluted journey in small airplanes and long canoes. Unlike Niagara’s towering chain hotels or Iguazú’s recent onsite Sheraton, Angel’s base camp offers only hammocks and a firepit. It’s going to be a long, wet night.

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The Desert Nomads Gather

Cure Salee Festival in Niger Africa

The men on camels emerge like ghost riders through thick veils of Saharan dust, sleeves and pant legs flapping as they stampede toward the festival grounds. Tightly wound turbans conceal all but the riders’ eyes. The men peer down from their tall leather perches as they rush past. Another group of 15 or so circles in from behind, followed by a third, then a fourth. Soon everywhere I look there is a flurry of criss-crossing knobby beige legs.

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