Some adrenaline junkies will go far and wide to find the next big thing. For David Knight, Intrepid’s Community Based Tourism researcher in Peru, an adrenaline rush came quite unexpectedly the other day during a mini-van ride from Cuzco to Urubamba in Peru’s Sacred Valley…
“Keep hands and feet inside the car at all times, ’cause this here’s the wildest ride in the wilderness. The final words of warning from the old cowboy on Disney’s Big Thunder Mountain kept running through my head as our driver took one harrowing turn after another. A woman walking beside the highway with her baby strapped to her back appeared entirely at ease as we sped by, the baby barely turning its head beneath a brilliantly-colored cloth.
Melbourne folk, you’re invited to the 12th Annual Intrepid Tree Planting Day. Join in with Intrepid staff and travellers to plant trees and shrubs in Yarra Bend Park near Merri Creek in Fairfield.
When: Sunday, 25 August, 2013, 10am to approx 2pm
Purpose: To widen the vegetation corridor along the Merri Creek as a flyway for birds and to lessen the visual impact of the Eastern freeway on the area. We have 900 plants to plant. (more…)
It’s always great when you hear about ‘real’ people winning competitions and doubly terrific when you know their win is helping others. Last year, Jessie Wells of Queensland sold a book of raffle tickets for Amnesty International, and she won the Ticket Seller’s Prize – an Intrepid trip to Nepal.
“We think it’s great to have a prize draw for people who help out by selling tickets. We never imagined we would win, so it was a huge surprise and we feel so fortunate that our small contribution has led to this”, writes Jessie and new husband Paul. “Amnesty International has been an important part of our lives since we were teenagers, and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate our wedding by taking this incredible trip to the mountains and villages of Nepal. Thank you Amnesty International and Intrepid Travel for giving us this once in a lifetime opportunity, at the perfect time!”
We get such a buzz when we hear from travellers who have had life-changing experiences while on the road with Intrepid.
We receive emails with heart-warming, uplifting and inspiring stories about people who had an amazing chance encounter, struck up a lasting friendship with someone who lives on the other side of the world, or even met their husband or wife on an Intrepid tour! We read about people who were inspired to change their career, some who found a new focus and those who accomplished something they never thought was possible.
Unless your numbers came up in the lottery or your BFF has a VBB (very big boat), chances are you think a yachting holiday is out of reach. Ah but that was before Intrepid added sailing to its exciting range of Marine adventures. Christian Wolters from Intrepid Canada couldn’t wait to hit the high seas…
“Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha going to do, watcha gonna do when they come for you?
Not exactly a sea shanty, but it worked just as well when we were pulling the lines on our fifty foot sail boat north of Dubrovnik, just off of Croatia’s coastline. We had been sailing all day through a nice gale of over fifty knot winds and three meter high waves. Of the eight passengers, three of us elected to help our German skipper Robin reef the sails and set the boat up for a controlled close hauled tack. Watching the sea break against the rocks on the shore I was amazed to think that this was the same Adriatic Sea that had gently carried us for seven days south down the coast.
MatadorU graduate Priyanka Kher is your foodie guide for a day of gluttony…
“I grew up in Delhi. The city is home to food from nearly all the states in India, and in all variety of forms: snacks, street food, mains, appetizers. Given 24 hours, this is how I’d stuff my face.
To get everything in, you have to start early. First stop: a cup of Chai and Bread Pakora at the nearest tea-stall you can find; most are strategically placed on roadside corners and main intersections. Chai khokhas, as they are commonly known around India, are popular all-day hangouts that cater to all sorts, from the urban working class to students to minimum wage earners.
There is a group of people in the world today who are more persecuted than anyone else, but they are not political or religious activists. They are girls. Being born a girl means you are more likely to be subjected to violence, disease, poverty and disadvantage than any other group on the planet. As each girl moves closer to coming of age, I AM A GIRL, a feature length documentary, reveals what it means to grow up female in the 21st century.
Intrepid’s Co-Founder, Darrell Wade and his wife Anna, along with other funders including The Intrepid Foundation and Plan have chosen to help bring this documentary to the big screen. We asked Darrell, why?:
American researcher, David Knight has just commenced his six month Community Based Tourism research project in Peru, with support from Intrepid.
In his first blog post, David spoke of the nickname he has gained – cala cunka (or hairy neck), a local term of endearment (or not?) in reference to his balding head David shares his latest observations…
“My roommate, Elvis, works at the Intrepid Travel office here in Cuzco and his kindness and generosity are part and parcel of both the Intrepid spirit and the local milieu. Fernando is the Operations Manager and is my primary point of contact, helping me with everything from initial meetings and housing in the communities to hiring a Quechua translator/research assistant from the university in Cuzco.
“Just over a week ago, I left the academic hub of Colorado State University in the U.S.A., to begin my dissertation research in Peru’s beautiful and mysterious Sacred Valley”, writes David Knight. “The study I am conducting is being funded by Intrepid Travel and will focus on tourism impacts and perceived poverty alleviation in several villages located between the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco and the renowned, runic ruins of magical Machu Picchu.
My initial plan was to blog about my experiences after spending time in each village, but I couldn’t resist sharing a few thoughts and observations about my first few days in Lima and Cuzco via this pre-project post. If you have ever passed this way before, I’d very much welcome your feedback on this or future posts, knowing that our collective attempts to describe the grandeur of this region will do it far more justice than my meager musings ever could on their own!