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

Exploring nature and hiking in the world’s National Parks is a one of our favourite travel activities.  This weeks Travel Pinspiration is “National Parks” around the World. National Parks Pinspiration – My Top 5 National Parks was last modified: January 3rd, 2015 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

The blue sky stretches over the sun-lit valley, and it seems no wonder the Incas were worshippers of the sun. A spectacular view of the sacred valley emerges as we make a steep descent down a couple of thousand feet. The road is windy and the scenery is quite a contrast to the city of, 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

Inca Trail, Peru

Unbelievable… Imagine standing on a pinnacle, 7,000 feet up, gazing down in awe on the most famous Inca ruins, totally surrounded by the majestic ‘Andes’ Mountains. Yes, we’re at the magical ‘Machu Picchu’, the heart of the Inca Empire. A living testament of man’s harmonious interaction with his natural environment. Machu Picchu – the, 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

Your Porters – Your Friends on the Inca Trail We were keen to support a local Peruvian company that took great care of it’s porters. For us the satisfaction of having completed the trek and arriving at the spectacular Inca ruins of Machu Picchu was hard to beat. However one of the things we, 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

Inca Trail Peru

Choosing to hike the Inca Trail in Peru is not a decision that should be made without foresight and thinking ahead. It is up to you to ensure that you are fully prepared for what the hike will involve and know what items you need to bring. Here is some advice from those of, 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