Guatemala’s Tajumulco Volcano is impressive. A gigantic 13,845 foot peak that stands among the great giants of the Americas. Surprisingly, it is not so well-known among trekkers, despite it being the highest point in Central America. There were many volcanoes around Xela, but when we heard Celas Maya (our Spanish School) was planning a trip to, Read More

Mexico City, do you expect it to have Pyramids? Well yes it does. Mexico City: Teotihuacán Pyramids was last modified: December 26th, 2014 by Jo

A warm aura of romance and mystique hangs over the five villages. Inset like gems in the craggy coastline these villages will have you feeling like you’ve wandered onto a movie set. Jewels of the Ligurian Coast: Cinque Terre was last modified: December 27th, 2014 by Jo

The Nine Great Walks span 550km of spectacular New Zealand terrain from the alpine peaks of the Tongariro Northern Circuit to the rainforests of the Heaphy Track, golden beaches, a stunning river journey and the glacial valleys of one of the finest walks in the world, the Milford Track right here in my own, Read More

This is Part 2 of our Amazon Jungle trip, Part 1 is here  if you’d like to read it first. Everywhere, from forest floor to the treetops, the jungle was seething with all manner of life from small ants to giant otters. The Wild and Untamed Amazon Part 2 was last modified: January 3rd,, Read More

Standing 120 feet up on the steep canopy tower, our guide points excitedly. We glimpse a rainbow of feathers, and 3 macaws fly rapidly through the tall trees. Their bright plumage is stark contrast against the cloudy, misty backdrop of the rainforest. In a flash they’re gone and we are left wanting more. The, Read More

Responsible Travel

Ok, so for our hike of the Inca trail, we hire the red army and no, this is not a Japanese army. This is Llama Path –  a guide company, and the most amazing team of men I have ever seen. Our Inca trail group is made up of five hikers, a guide and, Read More

If you are searching the web for information about the four day Inca Trail trek you will find hundreds of travel companies offering this popular experience in Peru. However, many of these companies are acting only as agents for the relatively few specialist trekking companies that actually operate the trek of the Inca Trail to, Read More

Day 3 – Inca Trail Chaquicocha to Winaywayna – Inca Flats Our reward from yesterday’s slog is a somewhat more leisurely scenic six hour day on what is called Inca Flats. In reality the “Inca Flats” means up, down, up down, and then there is a long slow drop of 1,200 metres to the third, Read More

Inca Trail Peru

Inca Trail – Day 1 Km 82 (2720m) – Ayapata (3300m) The big day has finally arrived. We are actually going to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. There has been little preparation apart from alcohol and coffee abstination, but we are feeling confident. We wake at 3.30am on the morning of the, Read More