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Jungle Swing
Jungle Swing

Jungle Swing

“In the dry season, Cambodia is torturously hot. After a long day trekking in the jungles, I was overjoyed to find what might be the best seat on earth — a jungle swing in the shadow of a beautiful, cooling waterfall. I may never leave this chair.” 960 1280

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Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

“Angkor Wat in Cambodia is the world’s largest religious building, and in the early morning, it’s also one of the most peaceful. Before the crowds of visitors arrived, I snapped this photo of monks ascending the stairs en route to prayer.” 960 1280

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Wat Phnom

Wat Phnom

“In the middle of Cambodia’s bustling capital is the temple of Wat Phnom. Perched high on a hill, it’s a shady respite from the sweltering city. Monks gather here in the afternoon, and I was lucky enough to catch a few of them resting in the shade.” 960 1280

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Royal Palace

Royal Palace

“One of the things I love about Cambodia’s capital is the blend of old and new. It’s a mash-up of cultures and architecture. On one block, you feel like you're in a modern city, and then the gilded roof of the Royal Palace comes into view, and you’re transported back in time.” 960 1280

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Ta Prohm Ruins

Ta Prohm Ruins

“The Ta Prohm ruins in Siem Reap, Cambodia, are one of the most atmospheric places I’ve ever visited. It’s a meditative place to look back on one of the most impressive ancient empires in the world … and to get out of the blazing sun.” 960 1280

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Ta Prohm Temple

Ta Prohm Temple

“The jungles at Ta Prohm temple in Cambodia are now merging with the ancient structures. I love exploring here, seeing how the natural world is reclaiming the site and giving it a whole new architecture.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Gate to Angkor Thom

Gate to Angkor Thom

“There are several majestic gates that lead to Cambodia’s Angkor Thom. I’m weirdly obsessed with all of them. There’s just something so mysterious about their design. Some are easy to get to; others are shrouded by the jungle. I took a motorcycle to get to this particular gate, which feels eerily abandoned.” 960 1280

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Faces of Angkor Thom

Faces of Angkor Thom

“The many faces of Angkor Thom in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This is one of my favorite temples in the world. Wandering around the ruins in the early morning, it’s hard not to be moved by the hundreds of monumental faces staring back at you.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Comanche Nation Teepee

Comanche Nation Teepee

“We were passing through Oklahoma and noticed a huge gathering in a field. It turned out to be a massive powwow on the plains of Comanche Nation. We pulled over and were warmly welcomed by the proud and hospitable Comanche people.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

“When searching for the mysterious lost treasure of Jesse James, it pays to have the right vehicle. As I rode off into the fading Oklahoma sunset on horseback, I suddenly felt hot on the trail of one of America’s most famous outlaws.” 960 1280

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Buzzard’s Roost

Buzzard’s Roost

“It may not be buried gold, but when I found this antique lead bar in the hills of Buzzard’s Roost in Oklahoma, I was ecstatic! After all, when treasure hunting, any discovery is better than coming up empty-handed … or getting bitten by a rattlesnake.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Oklahoma Sunset

Oklahoma Sunset

“Red sky at night. Sunset over a farm in central Oklahoma. I’m always struck by the fact that we don’t have to travel to the ends of the earth to find adventure. It’s right in our own backyard.” 960 1280

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Summer Palace

Summer Palace

“Touring the summer palace of the Russian czars in St. Petersburg made me realize that I need to do some serious redecorating back at home. My ballroom isn’t nearly this opulent.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate

“Ominous skies over the Brandenburg Gate. Berlin is, for me, one of the coolest spots in Europe. No other city has undergone a more dramatic transformation in the 20th century. It’s gone from a place of extreme repression to a city that’s absolutely buzzing with free expression.” 960 1280

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Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall

“East meets West. A cross section of the Berlin Wall in Germany and a sobering reminder of the tragic division that once defined this city.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Lion Fighter

Lion Fighter

Statue of the ‘Lion Fighter’ outside the Altes Museum in Berlin, Germany.” 960 1280

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Berlin Cathedral

Berlin Cathedral

“View of the imposing Berlin Cathedral.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Vladimir Lenin Statue

Vladimir Lenin Statue

“Kaliningrad is a place with a fascinating identity crisis. I loved exploring this seldom-visited city and sorting through the complicated history that defines it. Though it was once German, this Lenin statue is a good reminder that I'm now in Russian territory.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood

Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood

“The vivid colors of the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia, are awe-inspiring. Seeing the majestic and playful architecture in person took my breath away.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

More from Josh Gates

Nepalese Sky Caves

Nepalese Sky Caves

My cameraman and I were the first people to climb into these Nepalese sky caves in over 500 years. I’m trying to forget that we have to make the terrifying climb back down by admiring the view. 960 1280

  

Tibetan Culture

Tibetan Culture

The village of Lo Manthang in the remote Mustang region of Nepal is probably the best preserved example of Tibetan culture left on earth. Here, life carries on much as it has since the Middle Ages. Here, a woman weaves yarn by hand while wearing Rastafarian looking yak hair atop her head. 960 1280

  

Dressing the Part, on the Equator

Dressing the Part, on the Equator

When taking a photo at the equator, you have to dress for both the southern and northern hemispheres. 960 1280

Josh Gates  

South Africa's Anti-Poaching Unit

South Africa's Anti-Poaching Unit

There are about 8,400 rhinos left in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Armed anti-poaching units patrol the bush, but with nearly 1,000 rhinos killed in the park last year, it’s a dangerous, uphill battle.  960 1280

  

The Equator

The Equator

Welcome to Equador's Mitad del Mundo, or the middle of the world. On the left side of the photo is the northern hemisphere. On the right, the southern hemisphere. And down the middle, the planet’s equator.  960 1280

  

Christopher Columbus and America

Christopher Columbus and America

"This season on Expedition Unknown, we'll be digging into the real story behind some of the world's most legendary characters, such as Christopher Columbus. Get ready to be shocked by the true story of the world's most famous explorer."

 

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Robin Hood, Sir Gates and Little John

Robin Hood, Sir Gates and Little John

"Taking a picture with 'Robin Hood' and 'Little John' in Sherwood Forest." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Stunning Ruins

Stunning Ruins

"The sun setting over English ruins makes for a gorgeous vista." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Unearthing History

Unearthing History

"This season on Expedition Unknown, we'™ll be opening a thousand year old Mongolian tomb. How cool is that?!" 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Street Bagpipes

Street Bagpipes

"When in Scotland, do as the Scottish do, as this man plays his bagpipes on the streets of Edinburgh." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Devil's Bridge

Devil's Bridge

"A gorgeous look at Devil's Bridge in the countryside of Bulgaria." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Josh, Lions and Trafalgar Square

Josh, Lions and Trafalgar Square

Can't go to London without taking in some of the sights. 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Running of the Bulls

Running of the Bulls

"Every year, thousands of people attend the "Running of the Bulls" in Pamplona, Spain. The course is only 3,000 feet and the average speed of the herd is 15mph. Advice: Don't look back." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Richard III Remains

Richard III Remains

"Recently discovered, the remains of Richard III are entombed at Leicester Cathedral in England." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Triumph the English Countryside

Triumph the English Countryside

"This bike is quite the Triumph as it takes me across the English countryside on the search for Robin Hood." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

All Dressed Up For Scotland

All Dressed Up For Scotland

"While searching for the truth behind the legend of King Arthur, I decide to see what being Scottish is all about. And to answer your question - 'No, I'm not, and it feels liberating'." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Backyard Adventures in Yosemite

Backyard Adventures in Yosemite

"Some adventures are right in your own backyard: an afternoon at Yosemite." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

A Skeleton Rises

A Skeleton Rises

"A closeup look at the skeletal remains of Nikolay Ovcharov and his team found at Perperikon in Bulgaria which may hold answers to the Strigoi myth." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

King Arthur's Round Table

King Arthur's Round Table

"In Winchester, Hampshire, the Round Table has been discovered ... or what King Henry VIII thinks is the Round Table." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Gallant Sir Josh

Gallant Sir Josh

"Gallant Sir Josh Gates stands watch." 960 1280

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Purple Sunrise

Purple Sunrise

"Dawn departure from Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Buckle up..." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Not THAT Big Ben

Not THAT Big Ben

"Big Ben is not THAT big." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Lederhosen and Beer

Lederhosen and Beer

"While mounting an expedition in Germany to look for lost treasures, I decide to take a break and explore a German beer hall. Needless to say, things get a little boozy. (Honestly, I have no idea whose lederhosen I'm wearing.)" 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Jerusalem Smiles

Jerusalem Smiles

"Exploring the storied streets of Jerusalem. Endless streets filled with vendors, history and true characters."

 

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Sunset Cemetery

Sunset Cemetery

"The local cemetery in Martinou de Sus as the last light of day fades in Romania." 960 1280

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Stunning Ruins

Stunning Ruins

"All that is left of the once magnificent Glastonbury Abbey which is said to be the final resting place of King Arthur and his Queen Guinevere." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Budapest and Accordions

Budapest and Accordions

"An accordion player shows off his local flavor on the streets of Bucharest, Romania." 960 1280

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The Winding Path Ahead

The Winding Path Ahead

"Navigating the streets of Budapest can be a challenge, doing it in a vintage, 3-wheeled, Czechoslovakian car ... well that'™s just crazy."

 

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Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

The Malecon waterfront in Havana, Cuba. Where old meets even older.  960 1280

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Mummified Snow-Leopards

Mummified Snow-Leopards

The monasteries of the Mustang Region in Nepal are mystical and protected places. This particular shrine is guarded by several mummified snow-leopards. I’m guessing these are highly effective in warding off intruders. 960 1280

  

Swayambhunath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal

Swayambhunath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal

Swayambhunath temple in Kathmandu, Nepal is home to hundreds of monkeys who watch over the soaring Buddhist shrine. They’re cute…just don’t take out a candy bar in front of them or it turns into Planet of the Apes. 960 1280

  

Cave Art in Nepal’s Mustang Region

Cave Art in Nepal’s Mustang Region

Stunning cave art from remote cliffside dwellings in Nepal’s Mustang region. 960 1280

  

Interior Design with an Aztec Flair

Interior Design with an Aztec Flair

The Aztecs were one of the mightiest civilizations in the ancient Americas. Their sense of interior design, however, is a little harsh for my taste. 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Rain and More Rain in the Cloud Forests of Ecuador

Rain and More Rain in the Cloud Forests of Ecuador

Trekking into the cloud forests of Ecuador made for one of the most challenging days in Expedition Unknown history. With constant rain and fog, nearly everything gets soaked. Except for this llama, who brought his own raincoat.  960 1280

Josh Gates  

Cleaning Up at Teotihuican Ruins in Mexico

Cleaning Up at Teotihuican Ruins in Mexico

You think your job is tough? Try being on the janitorial staff at the ruins of Teotihuican in Mexico. This place is falling apart. Literally. 960 1280

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Holding it Down on the High Seas

Holding it Down on the High Seas

While traveling the world for a living is an honor, not every day is a walk in the park. Here, my 2 cameramen do their best not to puke while filming in horrible seas off the coast of Florida. You don’t want to see the "after" photo. 960 1280

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New Friends in Tibet

New Friends in Tibet

One of the best parts about traveling is making new friends. This little guy came right up to our car near the border of Tibet. 960 1280

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Tailors of Ecuador

Tailors of Ecuador

In the markets of Ecuador, you can buy just about anything, or mend the things you already own. 960 1280

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Hanging with the Locals in Cuba

Hanging with the Locals in Cuba

On a recent expedition to Florida, I decided to blend in with the locals. Of course, most of the locals are about 80 years old. 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Coming Full Circle in Nepal

Coming Full Circle in Nepal

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to go to the Olympics in Vancouver. I remember standing in line to buy an overpriced red sweatshirt to commemorate my trip to the games. I was recently amazed to see the kid's size of the same sweatshirt a few thousand miles away in the high-altitude Nepalese village of Lo Manthang. Makes me wonder the journey it took to get here. Also, this adorable kid wears it much better than I did. 960 1280

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Getting Connected in the Kalahari Desert

Getting Connected in the Kalahari Desert

The internet isn’t really a thing yet in the Kalahari Desert. But, we’re working on it. 960 1280

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Hanging Out in Kathmandu's Durbar Square

Hanging Out in Kathmandu's Durbar Square

Hanging with a Hindu holy man in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square. It kind of looks like he just pulled 5 quarters out of my ear. This dude's a straight-up magician! 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Jeepney's of the Philippines

Jeepney's of the Philippines

In the Philippines, locals trick out busses known as "jeepneys," cobbled together from old U.S. military jeeps from WWII. 960 1280

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Hope Returns to Kathmandu

Hope Returns to Kathmandu

Nepal suffered a devastating blow in 2015 when it was hit with a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. A year later, the cleanup is in full force, and hope is returning to the storied streets of Kathmandu. 960 1280

  

Checkers, South African Style

Checkers, South African Style

Checkers in South Africa. Now if I can only find the icy-cold bottles those caps came from. 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Lion Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

Lion Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

South Africa’s National Parks are filled with some of the wildest creatures on the planet, but that doesn’t mean you have to live like an animal. Here’s a look at my stunning treehouse retreat at the incredible Lion Sands Game Reserve. 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

Josh Gates headed to the remote tribal lands of Papua New Guinea to dig into the iconic disappearance of Amelia Earhart. Take your own Papua New Guinea expedition with small tour sustainable travel company Intrepid Travel for a look into the indigenous cultures of this isolated land. 960 1280

DOZIER Marc / hemis.fr  

Lost City of Bagan, Myanmar

Lost City of Bagan, Myanmar

While under a military dictatorship. Myanmar was closed off to the rest of the world. Now this Southeast Asian nation is welcoming Westerners once again to areas that were previously off-limits. Don’t miss exploring the Lost City of Bagan, where over 2000 pagodas make up the 26-sq-mile Bagan Archaeological Zone. 960 1280

Bruno Morandi  

Fort San Lorenzo, Panama

Fort San Lorenzo, Panama

Follow Josh Gates' footsteps in Panama where he joined archaeologists to search for Captain Morgan’s lost gold. Designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fort San Lorenzo is the site in Panama where Captain Morgan’s Satisfaction sank. Today, it’s a popular diving spot for those looking to find a real "Pirates of the Caribbean" lost treasure. 960 1280

MyLoupe  

New Delhi, India

New Delhi, India

Get a unique look into daily life in India through a local -- a local street kid, that is. Learn what life is like in New Delhi from your guide, a former street child, on a National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures trip, while your tour supports your guide’s college education. You’ll also get a chance to meet village elders and teachers to discuss rural life in Chandelao Garh, a homestay in Rajasthan, too. 960 1280

G Adventures Inc.  

Kalahari Desert, Africa

Kalahari Desert, Africa

Josh Gates explored Kalahari Desert, the second largest desert in Africa, searching for a fabled lost city. Most travelers head to these vast sand-covered plains, which reach into Botswana, Namibia, and parts of South Africa, on safari searching for game like the black-maned Kalahari lion. (If you go, keep your eyes peeled for signs of lost civilizations, too.) 960 1280

AGF  

Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia

Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia

Forget learning about dinosaurs from "Jurassic Park"; instead head to the dinosaur hot spot in the foothills of Canada’s Rocky Mountains to follow real dinosaur tracks in Tumbler Ridge, UNESCO-supported site known for its discoveries of dinosaur and other prehistoric fossils. 960 1280

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Socotra Island

Socotra Island

Landing on the remote island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean, you’ll feel as you’ve stepped foot on another planet, with its alien-looking flora and fauna, a third of which aren’t found anywhere else in the world. Conservation-focused WANT Expeditions leads tours on this isolated island, called the "new Galapagos" due to its human-friendly wildlife. 960 1280

Want Expeditions  

Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem, Israel

Explore the underground mysteries in the ancient city of Jerusalem with a visit to the Siloam secret water tunnels, believed to have been built in the late 8th and early 7th centuries BCE. Or dig for underground treasures by joining nearby archeological excavations where visitors can participate, such as the Temple Mount Sifting Project. 960 1280

Israel Ministry of Tourism  

Citadelle Laferriere, Haiti

Citadelle Laferriere, Haiti

Dive into Haiti’s rich past with a visit to Citadelle Laferriere, an imposing mountaintop fortress built in the early 1800s outside of colonial city Cap-Haitien. Climb the six-mile-long steep road that leads to this UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the largest fortresses in the Americas, and the biggest in the Caribbean. Marvel at the magnificence of a fortress that took 20,000 men fifteen years to build. Explore more of Haiti with Haitian-led tours with EIM Adventures and G Adventures. 960 1280

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Voodoo Nations, West Africa

Voodoo Nations, West Africa

Follow the voodoo trail in West Africa with conversation-focused WANT Expedition’s Voodoo Nations of Africa Expedition that attempts to demystify the world’s most misunderstood religion. Visit Voodoo shrines and remote villages, which few outsiders have dared to venture to, then explore isolated national parks in search of rare wildlife. 960 1280

Want Expeditions  

The Arctic Circle, Russia

The Arctic Circle, Russia

Bundle up and travel far above the Arctic Circle to the isolated home of the Nenets, a tribe of nomadic reindeer herders, on the Yamal Peninsula in Russia. On a first-of-its-kind Intrepid Travel Expedition, travelers will be invited into the nomads’ community, to get a glimpse of life on the frozen tundra with reindeer herds. 960 1280

Intrepid  

Lalibela, Ethiopia

Lalibela, Ethiopia

Discover the mysteries of Ethiopia and its unique position straddling the cultures of Africa and the Middle East on a National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures tour. You’ll explore the ancient sacred sites of Lalibela and Axum, and learn to make injera, the spongy flatbread national dish, with a rural community. 960 1280

Daniel and Audrey / Uncornered Market  

Eternal Spring Shrine

Eternal Spring Shrine

Perched on the side of a cliff in Taiwan’s Toroko National Park, the Eternal Spring Shrine is not easily reached on foot, but those up for a steep climb to the temple’s bell tower will be rewarded with views of the spring waterfalls. 960 1280

Frances LaRose  

Baikonur, Kazakhstan

Baikonur, Kazakhstan

Journey to one of the least explored corners in the world in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia on a 10-day Intrepid Travel Expedition. Watch a live rocket launch in the remote settlement of Baikonur, the site of the former Soviet – now Russian – space program, and explore the ancient cities and Silk Road portals of Kazakhstan. 960 1280

Intrepid  

Altaussee Salt Mine, Austria

Altaussee Salt Mine, Austria

Follow the trail of the Monuments Men to the Altaussee Salt Mines in Austria (used in filming of the movie as well) where the Nazis stored stolen art, masterpieces such as the 12-paneled "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb", during WWII. Today you can see the recovered 15th century painting, also known as the "Ghent Altarpiece", in St. Bavo Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium. Although, one panel never has been found. 960 1280

Petschenig  

Lost City, Colombia

Lost City, Colombia

Trek through the jungle to the ruins of Colombia’s Lost City or "Ciudad Perdida" with sustainable travel company G Adventures. Get a glimpse into the indigenous communities' way of life in the remote river valleys of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, sleep in hammocks and climb the 1,200 steps to reach the sacred site of the Lost City. 960 1280

PetraKosonen  

Romania, Moldova, Ukraine

Romania, Moldova, Ukraine

In "Expedition Unknown’s" Romania episode Josh Gates hunts for vampires. Escape Europe’s tourist track and explore more of its darker worlds in Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine on an Intrepid Travel Expedition that takes travelers to the breakaway republic of Transnistria that still clings to Soviet values, and Chernobyl, the site of one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters. 960 1280

Intrepid  

Djibouti, Africa

Djibouti, Africa

Live like a true nomad as you cross the otherworldly Djibouti landscape on a 13-day Intrepid Travel Expedition. Follow an Afar camel caravan as you trek to the top of Ardoukoba Volcano and to Lake Assal, Africa’s lowest point on land and one of the world’s saltiest lakes. 960 1280

Intrepid  

Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim

Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim

Follow in Josh Gates' tracks: He journeyed to Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim Norway, where he searched for the mythical Viking sunstone. The gothic cathedral is believed to be the final resting place of Viking King St. Olaf, who is rumored to have a treasured sunstone buried with him in an unmarked grave in the catacombs. See how the Vikings lived at a Viking settlement at Avaldsnes. 960 1280

Mark Edward Harris  

Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan

Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan

How far will you go to find happiness? Bhutan, the Buddhist country that developed its signature prosperity measure, Gross National Happiness, is a good place to start. On this National Geographic with G Advnentures Journeys tour you’ll trek up to the cliff-hugging Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), one of the most sacred pilgrim sites in the Himalayas. And if you make it to the top, 2,953 feet above the valley, we guarantee you’ll find pure happiness. 960 1280

G Adventures Inc.  

Yonaguni Ruins, Japan

Yonaguni Ruins, Japan

Josh Gates and his crew go underwater to investigate the sunken Yonaguni rock formation ruins off the coast of Japan. 960 1280

  

Yonaguni Ruins, Japan

Yonaguni Ruins, Japan

The debate has raged for years: Are the Yonaguni ruins a natural formation or man-made? 960 1280

  

Josh’s Mode of Transport, Japan

Josh’s Mode of Transport, Japan

Josh Gates travels light to explore the small Yonaguni island to investigate whether the Yonaguni ruins off the coast of Japan are natural or man-made. 960 1280

  

Jungles of Yonaguni, Japan

Jungles of Yonaguni, Japan

Josh stumbles upon this holy site with a face-like structure, similar to one seen in the underwater ruins, while searching the Yonaguni jungle. Its origins are completely unknown and is considered a guardian looking over the ruins. 960 1280

  

Artifacts from the pirate Blackbeard’s ship, North Carolina

Artifacts from the pirate Blackbeard’s ship, North Carolina

In North Carolina, archaeologist Billy Ray Morris shows Josh Gates an anchor, one of the remaining pieces of the infamous English pirate Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge. 960 1280

  

Blackbeard’s Lodge, North Carolina

Blackbeard’s Lodge, North Carolina

This funky lodge is owned and operated by Blackbeard’s quartermaster’s descendant. Ask for Chip to see the family tree! 960 1280

  

Springer’s Point, North Carolina

Springer’s Point, North Carolina

Josh Gates and treasure hunter Ed Lavado get access to this restricted nature preserve, with historic wells like this one that more likely were visited by Blackbeard himself, to hunt for the pirate’s lost treasure. 960 1280

  

Coast of Springer’s Point, North Carolina

Coast of Springer’s Point, North Carolina

As Ed Lavado digs, Josh Gates inspects an artifact that might be a part of Blackbeard's lost treasure. 960 1280

  

Wailing Wall, Jerusalem

Wailing Wall, Jerusalem

Josh Gates visits Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, which is believed to have been the home of the Ark of the Covenant, during his search for the True Cross of Jesus Christ. 960 1280

  

Underground Clues, Istanbul

Underground Clues, Istanbul

Josh teams up with a group of archaeologists to search the underworld of Istanbul for the True Cross of Jesus Christ. 960 1280

  

Ancient Chariot Racing Stadium, Istanbul

Ancient Chariot Racing Stadium, Istanbul

The air is potentially toxic in the tunnels behind this door of a building from the Byzantine era in Istanbul. Josh and a group of archaeologists prepare to explore the tunnels in search of biblical relics hidden underground. 960 1280

  

Underneath the Hippodrome, Istanbul

Underneath the Hippodrome, Istanbul

Josh and the archaeologists wade through potentially toxic knee-deep water in the tunnels beneath the ancient chariot racing stadium to search for biblical relics and the True Cross of Jesus Christ. 960 1280

  

Searching for Suleiman, Hungary

Searching for Suleiman, Hungary

Josh travels by land and air to search for the lost heart of Suleiman the Magnificent, the longest-reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire. 960 1280

  

Underground Wine Cellar, Hungary

Underground Wine Cellar, Hungary

Josh and his guides explore a Hungarian cellar below a wine vineyard where they believe the lost heart of Suleiman the Magnificent may be buried. 960 1280

  

Underwater Nazi Treasure, Austria

Underwater Nazi Treasure, Austria

Josh suits up to search for treasures buried and stolen by the Third Reich during World War II. There have been finds in surrounding lakes, here, but this one has yet to be searched.

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Excavated Site, Austria

Excavated Site, Austria

Local researcher Andreas Sulzer leads Josh into a restricted area behind an old rifle range to show him an excavated site with a possible entrance to a hidden underground Nazi facility.
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Hazyview, South Africa

Hazyview, South Africa

In 1900, South African President Paul Kruger flees with his country’s entire financial reserves, gold coins worth about $1 billion in today’s currency. Kruger’s fortune has never been found, but evidence of its existence is out there. Josh meets with the chief of the Shangana Tribe in South Africa to get permission to search Kruger National Park for clues. The chief also gifts Josh with a spear to protect him from dangerous wildlife inside. 960 1280

  

Sudewala Caves, South Africa

Sudewala Caves, South Africa

Archaeologist Anton van Vollenhoven has found Kruger-era artifacts like weaponry inside these caves, some of the oldest on Earth. 960 1280

  

Sudewala Caves, South Africa

Sudewala Caves, South Africa

Josh and Anton explore the cathedral-like caves – and its too-small-for-large-TV-cameras passageways – in search of Kruger-era artifacts. 960 1280

  

Kalahari Desert, South Africa

Kalahari Desert, South Africa

Josh goes airborne in this Gyrocopter to investigate the legend of G.A. Farini’s lost city. The acrobatic daredevil and explorer claimed in the late 1800s that he had come across the ruins of a lost city half buried in the sands of Africa’s Kalahari Desert. 960 1280

  

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Josh begins his search for the lost city the same way Farini began his Kalahari adventure – arriving in Cape Town by boat. 960 1280

  

Kalahari Desert, South Africa

Kalahari Desert, South Africa

Josh and explorer Adam Cruise have to improvise when it comes to travel in the Kalahari Desert. 960 1280

  

Bakong Cave, Philippines

Bakong Cave, Philippines

During World War II, the Japanese collected a vast fortune of gold by looting across Asia and transported it to the Philippines. After the Allies won the war, the fortune was inexplicably lost. Here, Josh searches a cave system rumored to have treasure left behind by the Japanese with two local treasure hunters.
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Mode of Transport, Philippines

Mode of Transport, Philippines

It’s never a dull moment with Josh on the move. His mode of transport in the Philippines to an excavation site is buffalo. 960 1280

  

Excavation Site, Philippines

Excavation Site, Philippines

After trekking through thick jungle, Josh and treasure hunter Henry Roxas explore an expansive cave system that may contain the lost treasure of Japanese general Tomoyuki Yamashita. 960 1280

  

Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal

Josh’s first stop in his investigation of the origins of the legendary utopia of Shangri-La is Nepal’s capital city. 960 1280

  

Chhusang, Nepal

Chhusang, Nepal

Shangri-La is inspired by a mythical kingdom in Buddhist tradition known as Shambhala. The trek through Nepal to the mysterious sky caves, the possible location of the hidden utopia, isn’t an easy one. 960 1280

  

Mustang Region, Nepal

Mustang Region, Nepal

Surely this bridge in Nepal is safe to pass through... 960 1280

  

Himalayas

Himalayas

After hours of hiking and with the help of some homemade ladders, Josh and his crew reach a hidden chamber more than 14,000 feet high in the Himalayan mountains.
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Hidden Caves, Himalayas

Hidden Caves, Himalayas

Josh and archaeologists Mark Aldenderfer and Mohan Singh Lama discover remnants of a culture that hasn’t been seen in 500 years. 960 1280

  

Madeira, Spain

Madeira, Spain

Built by local craftsman, this is one of the only working replicas of the Santa Maria, Christopher Columbus’ flagship used in his first voyage. Josh takes a ride in the replica during his voyage to investigate the true story of Columbus and search for his remains. 960 1280

  

Archive General de Indeas, Spain

Archive General de Indeas, Spain

Josh Gates and archivist Consuela Varella look through documents written by Christopher Columbus himself, left in the Archive General de Indeas in Seville, Spain. 960 1280

  

Faro o Colon, Santo Domingo

Faro o Colon, Santo Domingo

The Faro o Colon is a massive cross-shaped structure in the Dominican Republic dedicated to Christopher Columbus and almost cathedral-like in its enormity. Here, historians believe they have the real remains of Columbus, a claim that has divided Dominicans and Spaniards, who believe they actually have the real remains. 960 1280

  

Faro o Colon, Santo Domingo

Faro o Colon, Santo Domingo

This tomb in the Faro o Colon may hold the remains of Christopher Columbus.
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Running of the Bulls, Spain

Running of the Bulls, Spain

How could you film in Spain without stopping by the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona? Josh is ready to give it a shot. 960 1280

  

Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Archaeologist Alain Norestin introduces Josh to the Tap-Tap, a covered pick-up truck and the standard form of public transit in Cap-Haitien. 960 1280

  

Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Josh and Alain dig for clues as to where remnants of Christopher Columbus’ ship, the Santa Maria, may be buried along the coasts of Cap-Haitien where Columbus first settled.
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The Center of the World, Ecuador

The Center of the World, Ecuador

While traveling Ecuador searching for a long-lost Incan mummy and fortress, Josh visits Quito’s La Mitad del Mundo monument marking the equator -- he has one foot in one hemisphere and one foot in another. 960 1280

  

Quito, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador

Josh takes in the culture in Ecuador’s capital city. 960 1280

  

Aerial View, Ecuador

Aerial View, Ecuador

Josh’s guide uses a drone to photograph the Incan trails ahead and stitch them together into a road map for directions. 960 1280

  

About the Show

Get a behind-the scenes look at Josh Gates' six favorite expeditions from season two. Using enhanced pop-up commentary, Josh will tell what he was feeling during the filming of each scene as well as reveal new information about the mystery he's investigating. Whether you're seeing an episode for the first or tenth time, these fun facts and intriguing insights will deliver the story behind the story.

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