On even the quickest visit to Peru you’ll soon discover the local love of Pisco. This strong brandy was invented by the Peruvians around the 17th century and in the 1920′s an American expat used the liquor to create the now famous Pisco Sour. So what’s the secret to making this cocktail? Intrepid’s Lisa Rollinson found out on her short and sour adventure…
“I think of myself as a bit of a bartender and love to try mixing new cocktails. I had attempted the famous Pisco Sour at home, but it was obviously missing something, so when I was in Lima recently I eagerly signed up for an Urban Adventures afternoon session to learn the right way!
We are pleased to share some news with you from our friends at one of the most popular Intrepid Foundation supported projects of them all, the Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre. Their Laos program managers, Jane and Jude write:
“We have had a busy few months with the completion of our fantastic bear nursery area and bear house refurbishment. Our five cubs, confiscated by the Laos government last year, are now happily settled in their new home packed with all kinds of fun enrichment items, such as a pool, twig boxes and lots of hammocks! These bears have had a lucky escape and would almost certainly have been sold to bile farms in neighbouring China or Vietnam had they not been rescued and brought here. These cubs bring the current number of bears rescued to 23, all of which keep us very busy and constantly expanding our facilities so that we can provide safe sanctuary for them.
How we address the issue of climate change in Australia and who pays is a hot topic right now, but enough with the carbon tax scare tactics! There are many reasons for Australian businesses to support action on climate change. Intrepid Travel has been ‘taxing’ our customers by including the cost of carbon offsetting into the cost of our trips (on average only 34 cents per passenger per day) for the last three years and guess what? The sky hasn’t fallen in! It’s had no negative impact on our sales and has meant we’ve been able to fulfil the expectations of our travellers – we surveyed them and over 94% said they expect us to take action on climate change.
There’s so much to see in Hanoi that you’d be struggling to do it all in 24-hours without the help of a local. Then in addition there are the outlying provinces that also have so much to offer, as Casey Wallen discovered on her Citadels, Karsts & Cycle Urban Adventure…
“I’d not actually heard much about the province of Ninh Binh before, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to go there. After leaving behind hectic Hanoi we hopped on bikes to wind our way along the narrow roads through the stunning valleys of the karsts. This was a wonderful highlight. We saw duck farms, buffalo having mud baths, plenty more gorgeous scenery, but there were no other tourists in sight. We rode through several small villages where the kids were happy to say “hi” or high-five us as we cycled past – what fun!