As expected, my Classic Peru trip with Intrepid was a phenomenal mix of culture – including Lima, the food mecca of Latin America; Cuzco, the ancient Inka capital of South America; and the islands of Lake Titicaca, which seemed to me a blast from the past as they really have not adopted much of our modern world.
Some of my favorite stops along the way included:
Did I expect to be able to climb Mt Kinabalu to watch the sun rise? Never. Was I planning on joining orangutans for breakfast? Probably not. But then these experiences and more were typical of my unexpected highlights in Borneo.
I chose Borneo for my next Intrepid trip because I loved the thought of seeing amazing wildlife, staying in traditional villages and I was prepared to give the mountain climb a go, but what I didn’t anticipate was just how much of a buzz I would get from exploring this fascinating land.
The term ‘trip of a lifetime’ gets bandied about a lot these days, possibly too freely, but for Lee Bethune travelling to the Galapagos Islands lived up to the expectations that comes with such an assured claim…
“Over 1000km west of the mainland of Ecuador, I thought there would have to be something special and there was… it was the Galapagos Islands.
The widely disputed list of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World contains some staggering spectacles, but I consider only one worthy of being at the top of the chart; Aurora Borealis or The Northern Lights.
Why? It’s an exclusive natural phenomenon where no one display will match the next. I recount the moments leading up to the first time I witnessed the lights in all their glory…
San Francisco’s Mission District is the city’s oldest neighbourhood and its culture is part-Latino, part-punk, part-hipster.
Once a working-class neighbourhood sheltering immigrants fleeing from oppression in Central America, the 1990s saw an influx of young professional people seeking cheaper rents in what was fast becoming one of America’s most expensive cities. Today the area is trying hard to hold on to its edginess and working-class roots and is resisting the gentrification of its culture.
Stepping off the plane into the midnight air of Kathmandu, a wave of excitement rolled over Tom Svensen.
A new destination, new sights and of course a new culture was just waiting for him to explore…
“If you’re feeling depleted or tired, just remember all the lives you’re changing!”
These words of encouragement from Climbing for Kids and Bay Area Wilderness Training Executive Director, Scott Woolland, were just what Intrepid’s Charles Knowlton and Tim Melching needed as they embarked on the physical and mental demands of climbing to the 14,000 feet (4270 meter) summit of Grand Teton in the US.
Hiking to the ruins at Machu Picchu was an experience I could never describe. Being able to spend the whole day letting my imagination run wild as I envisioned life among Inca royalty was, at the time, sure to be the pinnacle of my trip.
Little did I know that in only a few days I would soon have one of my most amazing travel experiences.
They’ve been warned! Grizzly and black bear activity is expected throughout the park and due to heavy winter snows, avalanche warnings apply across the high country and mountain passes.
So why would two inexperienced mountaineers be heading off to climb a peak in those conditions?
In many Asian countries it’s often difficult to get past the ‘tourist menu’ of chicken curry and chips.
This was the dilemma for Sally Johnson on her tour of Sri Lanka, until she discovered that staying in local guesthouses and sharing family meals was the secret to enjoying the real Sri Lankan cuisine…