EMERYVILLE, Calif., March 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Pioneering adventure travel outfitter Mountain Travel Sobek (MTS) has teamed up with Jaunt Inc., the industry leader in cinematic virtual reality (VR), to capture the world's most incredible travel experiences with a series of high quality virtual reality travel films. This collaboration, announced today, brings together Jaunt's industry-leading VR technology and MTS's field expertise and reputation for creating adventures of a lifetime. Together they raise the bar for high quality virtual reality travel content.
The first virtual reality experience from this collaboration takes viewers on a one-of-a-kind journey from Cusco to the enigmatic ruins of Machu Picchu, following renowned MTS guide Ian Lewis on Mountain Travel Sobek's flagship Machu Picchu Inn-to-Inn Trek. A British-Peruvian native brought up in the foothills of the Andes, Lewis has been leading trips in Peru for over 20 years and brings his trademark spirit and enthusiasm to the film. Eric Hanson and Greg Downing of xRez Studio, produced and filmed the Jaunt/MTS virtual reality experience.
"Mountain Travel Sobek's 45+ year legacy has awarded us many firsts," said President and CEO Kevin Callaghan, "with this exciting collaboration with Jaunt we are set to enter a new travel landscape, offering unparalleled entry to the world's most remarkable destinations through virtual reality."
"Virtual reality is giving rise to a new era of exploration by digitally preserving the world's natural wonders and the cultural artifacts of our civilization in virtual reality – and making them available to everyone," said Cliff Plumer, President of Jaunt Studios. "Mountain Travel Sobek offers adventures around the world and is a natural partner to create virtual reality experiences for consumers. Their staff and local guides offer unique knowledge and expertise on the adventures. Now anyone can teleport to the world's most amazing locations and experience different cultures."
New films that will give audiences glimpses into Mountain Travel Sobek's amazing tours will be released in the future through the Jaunt VR app.
About Mountain Travel Sobek
Mountain Travel Sobek pioneered adventure travel 45 years ago and continues to introduce exceptional 'bucket list' experiences to the most exotic and sacred areas of the world. The company's founders led the first trek in the Himalayas quickly followed by the first sailing cruise to the Galápagos Islands. Today, Mountain Travel Sobek continues to write the book on adventure travel through its more than 150 group and private trips across all seven continents, that offer a mix of active adventures to suit the interests, budgets and time of the modern traveler. Whether it is an eye-opening safari in Namibia, a trek to Machu Picchu or a journey through the heart of the Great Silk Road, Mountain Travel Sobek continues to uphold its reputation for excellence, commitment to environmental preservation and never-ending passion for sharing the marvels of the planet. www.mtsobek.com
About Jaunt Inc.
Jaunt is pioneering the future of creative storytelling through cinematic virtual reality. Founded in 2013, Jaunt is the leading developer of the hardware, software, tools, and applications to enable cinematic VR and put the power of virtual reality in the hands of today's best content creators. In addition, Jaunt works with leading creatives – from brands to artists to filmmakers – to create cutting-edge content through its studio arm, Jaunt Studios. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, the company also maintains a presence in Los Angeles and produces branded and original VR content for audiences worldwide. Jaunt's investors include The Walt Disney Company, Evolution Media Partners, China Media Capital, Highland Capital Partners, Google Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Axel Springer, ProSiebenSat.1 SE, The Madison Square Garden Company, Peter Gotcher, Blake Krikorian, and Sky (corporate.sky.com). Experience more at www.jauntvr.com.
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