“It took several minutes before I realized that an entire squadron of baby spiders was repelling down from the thatched roof above me and into my cup of hot aba* punch”, relates David Knight, Intrepid’s Community Based Tourism researcher in Peru.
“My research assistant and Spanish-Quechua translator, Nilo, seemed all too amused. Together, we had been invited into the home of a kind local woman to shelter from the hail that had begun to fall in destructive force upon the high Andean town of Amaru, where we’d been conducting research for several weeks. As the tiny spiders descended upon me to escape the fury of the elements, I couldn’t help but laugh with my companion in contemplation of the unique challenges and experiences we’d had thus far in these remote and breathtakingly beautiful highlands.
Ceviche is a classic Peruvian dish with simple but decidedly delectable ingredients including raw fish, onion, salt, cilantro and garlic – tantalizingly tossed in lime juice. For David Knight, Intrepid’s Community Based Tourism researcher in Peru, his recent experiences examining local perspectives of tourism impacts in the Sacred Valley town of Chichubamba could well be compared to the preparation of a fine ceviche. David tells us why…
“Now, given the references to my pasty, peeling skin in previous blog posts, you might be inclined to see me as the raw fish in this citrus soup metaphor; and, until recently, I might have been inclined to agree with you. But I learned a new Peruvian phrase yesterday while talking with an Intrepid leader, and it seemed a truer analogy to my experiences thus far.
You’ll find few people more passionate about environmental sustainability and more obsessed with exploring our planet than Tim Jarvis. We sat down with Tim to talk about his fascination with the polar regions and find out what he’s looking forward to most on his upcoming Spitsbergen Explorer trip with Intrepid…
What inspired you to become a champion of environmental sustainability?
“I’ve always been fascinated by the natural world. Once you realise how under threat it is you can’t do anything but try to protect it. My environmentalism is fuelled by a love of the planet, as are my adventures to try and see more of it and discover more about my place in it.
You’ll often see travellers armed with their list of must sees, must eats and must do’s, but at the top of Laura Harman’s list is simply meeting local people. Laura believes thats learning about the local culture and experiencing everyday activities is the best way to turn your average trip into an amazing adventure…
“Tanzania is one of my most memorable travel experiences to date. I opted for a volunteer work term in Arusha, the hub of safari travel. I was able to travel to the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro National Park and even down to Zanzibar, all spectacular memories. However, when I think of the actual country, I think back to the people I met and my interactions with them. One of the simplest experiences that I enjoyed frequently was taking the local transport (the dala dala) to the Maasai Craft Market with the other volunteers.
Morocco has set the scene for many great movies, even though you might not have realised while you were watching. The destination is rarely the star of the show, and the same goes for some local personalities, as Intrepid’s Mandy Morrissey discovered…
“Ait Ben Haddou is a lovely old town in Morocco with a picturesque Kasbah dating back to the 700s. Although now only inhabited by a handful of families, the local Kasbah and Ait Ben Haddou have starred in a number of films in recent times, including The Mummy, Gladiator, Alexander, Kundun and classics such as Lawrence of Arabia and The Jewel of the Nile. But what made the town more interesting for us was getting a chance to meet ‘Action Couscous’.
Hands up if you ever expect to win any of the competitions you enter? Well for Cassie Silva it was no different, except that this time she got the surprise of her life when she really did win…
“As one of the winners of Intrepid’s ’30 Trips in 30 Days’ giveaway, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for one of the most fantastic tours of my life. I have travelled with several other of the big name group tour companies in the past years, but Intrepid surpassed them all.
When we have planned a journey for years, there is always a risk that when the time comes it won’t live up to our expectations. But that wasn’t the case for Chris Marcic, when she finally got to realise a life-long travel dream…
“I had been fascinated by the Dali Lama since I followed his flight to freedom in the year I turned nine. I promised myself one day I would travel to Tibet to see the country that created such a man.
Ever had one of those real life experiences when time freezes and you are swept up in the moment? That spontaneous moment was a spectacle in the USA’s Yellowstone National Park for Intrepid Group Leader Erin Gavlock, when natural attraction took hold…
“The bright morning mist is mixing with the kicked up clouds of dust and I’m running right beside them.
Sometimes when we travel we can take a turn that appears to be for the worse, only to discover that it eventually puts us on the right track. For Anthony Rishchynski it was a change in direction that resulted in one of his most memorable moments in Turkey…
“As the bus quickly scurries off into the dark of night, I start to think it may have been a mistake to get off. I’m in Tatvan, a small city on the western shores of Lake Van in Turkey; my aforementioned bus made a quick stop here at my request, before continuing on to its, and eventually my, final destination of Van.