Image of the week: Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia, by Natalie Neal
Trip of the week: Peru & Bolivia Discoverer
The world’s trailblazer in eco-tourism, more protected areas than any other country, earth’s most biodiverse country: Costa Rica should be on the first line of every nature-lover’s list of places to visit.
A piñata of flavours awaits on the streets of Mexico. Take a stroll with us past some of the tastiest offerings of what may well be the world's best street food. And if that's whetted your appetite and wanderlust for all things Central American, we'd recommend making a beeline to our 23-day Ancient Civilisations adventure.
It’s a January tradition – newspapers and websites pontificating on the next big thing in travel, giving readers the inside scoop on where and what is hot for the year ahead. Trouble is, it’s pretty exhausting wading your way through the welter of various “where next” lists, so, as a public service of sorts, below’s our brief digest of the hottest tips for the year ahead.
Jill Blunsom, Peregrine’s Latin America Destination Manager, explains the appeal of the Salkantay Trek, which follows quiet trails through some of Peru’s most astounding scenery, finishing at Machu Picchu.
Wipe the sleep from the eyes, shrug off post-festivities sluggishness and kick-start 2011 with a shot or two of black lightning: here’s a few of our favourite places for picking uppa cuppa something good.
Our polar blogger Brendan van Son is currently somewhere south of the Antarctic Circle. Before he set sail from Ushuaia, he gave us the lowdown on some of his favourite travel experiences. Next week, keep an eye out for Brendan’s thoughts on his Antarctic adventure.
Films that are both inspiring journeys and inspire others to journey – the entries on this ‘The Beach’ -free zone all share the power to have you swiftly salivating at the scenery and adding a whole raft of new destinations to your ‘must visit’ list. In a blatant Harry Potter-style bid to spin out a good thing, we’ve split the list into two sections – the sequel will be released next week. Grab some popcorn, indulge, then let us know which flicks we missed.
More often than not, getting to grips with what makes a city tick is best done on foot. Whether it’s a museum ramble, exploration of cobblestoned old quarters, or idle paseo-style post-prandial perambulations, a walk is the best way of measuring up how a place exists on a human scale, how its inhabitants go about their daily lives, and of feeling the rhythm of the streets. Here are some of our favourite cities for a stroll. Head to our facebook page to chip in with others...
All our trips get among landscapes that fascinate and capture the imagination. Some destinations, however, are just that little bit special in their ability to offer up the unexpected, where natural elements, and sometimes the hand of man, have worked overtime to create something that captivates because of its otherness. One we’ve recently added to our trips is Darvaza Crater in Turkmenistan, a mind-boggling open furnace in the middle of nowhere. Here’s Darvaza and a few of our other favourites.