Top 10 Journeys in the Explorers’ Footsteps
The world’s greatest explorers came from different backgrounds but they all shared the same burning desire to venture into the unknown and to discover its mysteries. Of course, some were driven by the prospect of wealth, others by their religious beliefs and others by their thirst for glory. If you want to follow in the footsteps of the explorers, then you should have a look at our top 10 picks regarding the subject.
Alfred Russel Wallace, Bali and Lombok, Indonesia
Alfred Russel Wallace was a British naturalist, geographer and explorer who is well known for his theory of evolution through natural selection, inspiring Charles Darwin into publishing his own ideas “On the Origin of Species”. Wallace spent almost 10 years of his life studying the wildlife and flora of the Malay Archipelago, pointing out that some animals originated in Asia, while others were of Australian origin.
Mary Kingsley, Luanda, Angola
Mary Henrietta Kingsley was an English scientific writer and explorer who traveled extensively throughout West Africa. She first came to Luanda in 1890 with the purpose of living amongst the locals and learning about their way of life. Nowadays tourists are particularly attracted to be beauty of the Quissam National Park, which features breathtaking waterfalls and tropical jungles.
Dr. Livingstone, Tanganyika Lake, Tanzania
David Livingstone was a Scottish Congregationalist pioneer medical missionary and a great explorer. His travels often brought him to Africa, and in 1871, he met with Henry Stanley in Ujiji near Tanganyika Lake, where the famous “Dr. Livingstone, I presume” quotation was first pronounced. You can explore the beautiful forests and the nearby chimpanzee colonies, all under the guidance of a professional.
Edward John Eyre and Wylie, Australia
Edward John Eyre was an English explorer of the Australian continent and a controversial Governor of Jamaica. He is known for his great endurance and surviving skills that proved quite useful as he ventured across the desert from Streaky Bay to Albany shadowed by his companion, Wylie. Today, the Eyre Highway goes through Nullarbor, where tourists can search for the remnants of meteors.
Abel Tasman, Tonga, Polynesia
Abel Janszoon Tasman was a Dutch seafarer, merchant and explorer best known for his travels in the service of the United East India Company. In 1643, he was the first man to ever explore the Tonga archipelago consisting of 176 islands, as he returned from today’s Tasmania. Nowadays, whale watching and coral reef exploring are popular activities in Tonga.
Isabella Bird, Seoul, Korea
Isabella Lucy Bird was an English explorer, historian and writer that lived during the 19th century. In 1892, she became the first woman to be accepted into the Royal Geographical Society, but she is better known for her travels to Korea in 1897. You can follow in her footsteps by visiting the city of Seoul, more specifically the Gyeongbok Palace.
Francisco Pizzaro, Cuzco, Peru
Francisco Pizarro González is the Spanish conquistador who conquered the Inca Empire. The city of Cuzco was ransacked by Pizzaro in 1533. Visitors can now admire the splendid Santo Domingo church, which was built on massive granite foundations and served as a Temple of the Sun. Machu Picchu is also a very important attraction, offering a great insight into the lives of the Inca people.
Christopher Columbus, Watlings Island, Bahamas
Christopher Columbus was an Italian colonizer, explorer and navigator who was born in today’s northwestern Italy. San Salvador Island, also known as Watlings Island is believed to be the first piece of land that Columbus saw during his first expedition to the New World, and that he named it after Christ the Savior. You can explore Long Bay and other sites where Columbus’ ships reportedly laid anchor, or enjoy long walks across the beach while admiring magnificent panoramas.
Hernan Cortes, Veracruz, Mexico
Hernán Cortés de Monroy y Pizarro was a Spanish Conquistador who is best known for leading an expedition that resulted in the fall of the Aztec Empire. Cortes first came to Veracruz in 1519, laying the seeds for the fall of Mexico. Veracruz is a very important port today, flanked by beautiful beaches and by the Malecon Boardwalk.
Erik the Red, Qassiarsuk, Greenland
Erik the Red is said to be the founder of the first Norse settlement in Greenland. After he was cast out from Iceland for murder, he sailed west and discovered Greenland in 982. He later returned with hundreds of men and they all settled in Qassiarsuk. The renowned Icelandic explorer Leif Ericson was Erik’s son.