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The «Roof of the World»

The Himalayan mountain chain extends between the courses of the Indus and Brahmaputra rivers, in a length of 2,400 km and with a width that oscillates between 160 and 240 km. It is the only one in the world that has several peaks with an altitude higher than 8,000 meters. The highest of them is Mount Everest (8,848 meters). Read More

The Red Tent: Nobile's Odyssey

During the years in which Charles Lindbergh prepared his flight across the Atlantic, in Italy a prominent aeronautical technician, General Umberto Nobile, concentrated his efforts on another aspect of aerial navigation: the airship; A year before Lindbergh’s flight, he had successfully flown over the North Pole, leading the airship Norge, accompanied by Amundsen. Read More

The Northwest Passage

When he arrived in America, Christopher Columbus set out to find a communication route with the Indies faster than the circumnavigation of Africa. The discovery, in the middle of the ocean, of such a large area of land opened up an unsuspected horizon for Spanish colonization and, in a certain sense, changed the history of the world. From the point of view of the problem that Columbus had raised, there is no doubt that the existence of the American continent was an enormous hindrance. For this reason, almost the day after the arrival on American soil, attempts began to discover a sea passage between the Atlantic and the other great ocean, the Pacific, which was on the other side of the New World. Read More

«Dr. Livingstone... I Presume»

He was the first European to travel across southern Africa from ocean to ocean, dedicating 30 years of his existence to exploring thousands of kilometers of the African continent, discovering natural wonders such as the Victoria Falls. While David Livingstone gave free rein to his adventurous spirit, other Europeans, supposedly civilized and thirsty for ambition, plundered entire territories, massacring their populations, even in some cases reducing them by half after going through their “civilizing process”. Read More

The 'Heresy' of Alain Bombard

Aboard l’Hérétique, a Zodiac type inflatable boat equipped with a rudimentary sail, the French doctor and biologist Alain Bombard crossed the Atlantic in 1952 to put into practice his hypotheses about the survival of a castaway on the high seas. In essence, he faced 65 long days with solo sailing and the dangers that come with it. Contrary to what might appear at first glance, it is estimated that only a quarter of the castaways perish after a more or less long period of permanence on flimsy emergency boats. Read More

Kon-Tiki, the Raft of the Gods...

...manned by five madmen at the wheel or, rather, at the helm...

Year 1947. A wooden raft and five expedition members. The challenge: to cover a distance of approximately 8,000 kilometers crossing the waters of the Pacific Ocean to demonstrate migratory movements in not so remote times aboard a piece of wood. What for some was a real recklessness, for others, and especially for the protagonists, it was nothing more than testing, even putting their own lives at risk, their desire for knowledge and their adventurous spirit. Read More

Aboard the Bounty

A hellish journey to paradise.

A long and hard journey, a ruthless Captain with his crew and an Eden destination. It is the tragic story of the voyage aboard a ship that witnessed not only cruelty on deck, but also human misery on dry land. Does a penchant for conflict and violence inhabit our nature? Read More

Lindbergh's Flight

Lindbergh’s flight was not one more, since it was quite a feat considering the context and conditions of the time in which it occurred. No doubt a combination of youth, bravery, skill and intelligence led Charles Lindbergh to, as some would say, cross the pond for the first time on a non-stop flight. Read More