“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.
It’s extraordinary to think that even in a brief tour of China you can see centuries-old buildings and ancient temples alongside the world’s most modern architecture. It’s this remarkable juxtaposition that Intrepid’s Jenny Voelzke found so fascinating…
“Travelling to China was something I was extremely excited about! Although I only had a week, I was going to Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai to see some of China’s most iconic sights, like the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and the Terracotta Warriors.
In 1916, Sir Ernest Shackleton prevailed in what has been called the greatest survival story of all time. His epic journey to rescue his trapped and desperate men through the wild oceans and treacherous glaciers of Antarctica has never been replicated. Until now…
Early this year, Intrepid Travel was very proud to sponsor the Shackleton Epic expedition where, using the same equipment, eating the same unpalatable food, facing the same hostile ocean and desolate conditions, Australian explorer Tim Jarvis and his crew of five set out to replicate Shackleton’s astonishing voyage.
On Dyan McKie’s trip to Morocco she couldn’t wait to get her teeth into all the sensational dishes. Learning the art of couscous, finding the perfect tajine recipe and tasting local specialities were high on her wish list, but what about eating McDonald’s, Moroccan-style?…
“I’m such a fan of Moroccan cuisine, but trying the real thing was even more delicious than I expected. From the big and fascinating cities where foodie choices are endless, to the small towns where you have time to linger and appreciate the local flavours, it’s a wonderful assault on the senses.
Intrepid is delighted to announce that we have won the Maritime, Nature & Heritage category of the Thailand Green Excellence Awards 2013. We proudly received the award from the Thai Princess, HRH Princess Ubolratana Mahidol.
The judges were seeking a company that offered the best of Thailand to its travellers, in a sustainable way. With Thailand being so rich in natural wonders and cultural heritage, we know the sustainable way is the only way. It’s actually the third time we’ve been successful in these awards, and as Thailand is where it all began for Intrepid, 25 years ago, we think it’s rather fitting to receive this award at the beginning of our quarter century birthday year!
So what did the judges like about Intrepid?
Real cultures, people and places are what our friends at Matador Network are always wanting to discover. So who better to talk to about the highlights of Buenos Aires than these talented travel journalists who have either lived, or are living, in Argentina’s iconic city…
Tom Gates, Matador Nights:
Arguably the best Japanese food in Buenos Aires is at Comedor Nikkai, which is, not surprisingly, located in the Japanese Cultural Center (Av. Independencia 732, San Telmo).
If wild landscapes, remote communities and polar bears are on your wish list, then you can’t go past the Arctic! World-renowned photographer and travel author Steve Davey loves exploring this part of the world and he’s got great tips to help you capture this extraordinary region on camera…
“The Arctic region of Svalbard is an incredible part of the world: far more accessible than the Antarctic, it can be reached in a just few hours from most European capitals. Yet Svalbard is also the home of the polar bear, one of the most fearsome predators on the planet.
Sharing some fun and a laugh with the local kids is often one of the highlights of local grassroots travel. But sadly, as we’ve become all too aware these days, the children who are out and about meeting foreign visitors may be at risk of abuse or harm – whether by those with ill-intent, or by those with good intentions but unaware of potentially bad consequences. Sometimes it’s hard to know what is the ‘right thing to do’!
At Intrepid Travel, we’re proud to have terrific relationships with really effective organisations, that can help travellers navigate the child protection minefield. One of these, the ChildSafe network, provide some of the following information and excellent practical advice on what you can do to protect children wherever you travel:
We are thrilled to announce that Hossam Moussa, Intrepid Group Leader in Egypt, has received the Silver Award in the prestigious Wanderlust World Guide Awards 2013.
This is well-deserved recognition for Hossam (known as ‘Sam’) and he joins Intrepid’s team of exceptional group leaders who for the 6th consecutive year have either been finalists or won the World Guide Awards.