Best to be prepared whenever venturing off into the mountains. Weather and trail conditions are extremely variable in the mountains, not to mention the dangers that come along with technical climbs. Here are few thoughts to keep you safe as you head off to explore the Slovenian Alps.
Enjoy the beautiful coffee region of Colombia with a 3-day hike through a forest of local palms. With 3 snowy peaks that rise higher than 4,800 meters above sea level, Los Nevados National Park extends over 58,300 hectares (more than 143,000 acres, or about as big as the city of Chicago) in the central Cordillera of the Colombian Andes. This region has an extraordinary ecosystem of flora and fauna because of the high elevation. Perpetual snow provides water here, which is essential to the preservation of life. This trek is great for adventurers looking to enjoy the great outdoors.
Cerro Kennedy is an important mountain located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta, with the highest point being at an altitude of 3,100 meters above sea level. Covered by a cloud forest, it is home to hundreds of endemic and migratory birds. From the top of this important mountain, you can get an excellent view of the snowy peaks of Bolivar, Colon, Santa Marta and all the mountains that form the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
Ciudad Perdida (or the "Lost City") is located in the heart of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a mountain range close to the Caribbean sea. Here, you’ll discover the past life of local indigenous people with their wooden houses and stone structures, including terraces and stairways.
Jordan is compact country, roughly the size of Ireland, with more than its fair share of must-see sites. Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea are all world-renowned attractions and are located within just a few hundred miles of each other. This, combined with the fact that Jordan’s roads are of excellent quality, means that it’s possible to see all of Jordan’s top spots in about 3 days. This doesn’t mean that we recommend spending 3 days only, since there is a lot more to see, and the top sites are worth spending more time at than just a quick visit.
If local villages, meandering rivers, and spectacular vistas are your thing, then this is the trip for you. Spend a week exploring the hidden corners of northeast Myanmar where a diverse mix of historic sites and hill tribe hamlets beckon the intrepid traveler.
The people of Myanmar are incredibly friendly and welcoming. Meeting and mingling with them is often a highlight of people's trip to Myanmar. Below, we've outlined a few of our favorite places for experiencing local culture that are easy to add to your Myanmar holiday itinerary.
One of the most iconic photos of Myanmar is the image of dozens of hot air balloons drifting across the plains of Bagan with a layer of fog shrouding hundreds of ancient temples. This is a 'must do' on many travelers list and for good reason — getting a bird's eye view of thousands of historic monuments is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
This 5-day Myanmar introduction showcases the best of the two cities plus ensures you forge a genuine connection with the people and culture. Whether as an introduction to Myanmar or as an add-on to a Yangon stopover, this trip is sure to satisfy the history-loving traveler.
A short trip to Jordan to visit Petra and Wadi Rum is a great extension to a holiday in Israel. This trip gives you a good impression of the rich cultural heritage of Petra and natural beauty of Wadi Rum in just a few days.
If you're planning to trek in the Himalayas, the Alps, the Andes — or anywhere above 2500m — it's important to have a good understanding of altitude sickness, which poses a danger to everyone at these altitudes and can be fatal, in severe cases. The good news is that it's easily managed with the right planning and preparation.
The Slovenian Alps are divided into three ranges — the Julian Alps, the Kamnik Alps, and the Karawanks — each with its own unique character. Bordering Austria and Italy, the Slovenian Alps are the most eastern part of the Alps, just as beautiful yet without the crowds, making it all the more appealing to explore!
The Slovenian Alps are a playground for climbers and hikers alike. You'll have access to convenient mountain huts and a variety of terrain to help find the right climb for you. Below, we've listed a few of our favorite routes for you to choose from.
The Slovenian Alps has a great selection of beautiful short hikes that can be extended into full-day adventures. Here's a list of our favorite routes to do during the summer when the trails are at their best.
Slovenia is often referred to as Europe's playground for adventure. Offering countless outdoor opportunities, there are few adventures that stand out from the rest. The variety of options highlights the diversity that Slovenia has in store for the avid adventurer. Below, we've put together our 5 favorite outdoor adventures in Slovenia.
Most people are familiar with Myanmar's 'Big Four' destinations — Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake — but there are a number of other unique and beautiful places to visit during your trip to Myanmar. Here's a list of the other 'top' places to visit and experience during your trip to Myanmar.
Explore the Simien Mountains and climb Ras Dashen, the highest peak in Ethiopia. You'll also have the chance to visit the capital city of Addis Ababa and the historic palaces of Gondar, making for an itinerary that combines both the cultural and natural highlights of Ethiopia.
'Sar pi bi, lah?' Meaning 'Have you eaten?', is a common greeting throughout Myanmar. That just goes to show how seriously they take their food! But most travelers do not know what to expect when it comes to Myanmar cuisine. Read on to find out about the exotic flavors and culinary culture of the Golden Land.
This 8-day itinerary is designed for independent travelers who want to experience Myanmar's diversity but have limited time. You'll discover Mandalay's royal vestiges, wander amid Bagan's endless religious monuments, cruise the beautiful waters of Inle Lake and experience Yangon's intoxicating blend of old and new.
Experience the best of Myanmar in a way that is sure to delight both kids and adults. Take in the main tourist destinations but with a variety of activities that are fun yet still connect you with Myanmar's history and culture. Cook lunch in a family house, encounter Asian elephants in their natural habitat, bike through ancient temples and much more! Each day brings a new adventure.
Peru has some of the best tracts of the Amazon in the world, and no better way to explore than by boat. Traveling around the Amazon by plane, you see precious little of its wondrous wildlife, and road access is a real challenge. To really experience Peru’s wild jungle, you need to take to its rivers and waterways.
This example driving itinerary is great for the summer when the crowds of the south coast and golden circle area are at their peak and accommodation can be hard to find. Instead, escape to the more remote areas of the country to experience some of the best that Iceland has to offer, with few other people to share it with.
Most parts of Ethiopia experience two main climate seasons - a dry season (October - May) and a rainy season (June - August). However, differences in altitude tend to add a number of variations, both in terms of temperatures and rainfall. Lowland areas usually see hotter temperatures than the Highland regions, which cover a great portion of Ethiopia. Here, weather conditions are noticeably cooler and there are also generally higher levels of rainfall to be expected.
Perfect for travelers ready for a full week of adventure, this 7 day, 6 night itinerary prioritizes Jordan's best-loved landmarks. You'll bask in the beauty of the Dead Sea, take in panoramic views from the temples of Petra, and camp in Wadi Rum's desert wilderness, finally returning home with a satisfying slice of the country's rich heritage.
From the Old City of Amman to Petra's sprawling ruins, experience a perfect snapshot of Jordan's many highlights on this 5-day, 4-night tour. This curated journey hits all of the cultural sights and natural wonders that make the region a timeless and sought-after destination.
Having a great first day in Iceland after a long flight requires a bit of planning. We recommend starting your adventure on the right foot by diving right into all the great things Iceland has to offer. Based on the experience of travelers and the expertise of our local specialists, here are some useful strategies to make the most of your first day in Iceland.
Myanmar may still be an up-and-coming travel destination, but certain areas already receive a lot more attention than others. If you're looking for places that are a bit more off-the-beaten-path, here's a great list of experiences that will provide a better understanding of the local culture, nature, and customs unique to certain regions.
Looking to get off-the-beaten-path in Norway? Here are a number of great ways to experience Norway like a local, from lesser-known coastal regions to scenic train routes to local festivals that celebrate Norway's history and culture.
Northern Laos is topographically incredible! These higher elevations are inhabited by a variety of tribes who have never fully integrated into the modern Laos state. Flowing between these stunning mountains are wild rivers, including the iconic Mekong which at this point rushes through narrow rocky sections where Elephants occasionally can be seen on the shore. Despite the jagged mountain landscape, Northern Laos can be ridden by those who are not fond of hill climbing.
In the morning, you'll follow the footsteps of famous pirates and discover the "Pearl of the Caribbean", a city rich in culture, diversity, exotic and heritage. Come evening, you'll journey to a local fishing village for a short canoe ride at sunset with great birdwatching as you're surrounded by nature.
An active 8-day adventure along the northern coast of Colombia. You'll visit the beautiful Tayrona National Park, hike through the jungle, go birdwatching, and finish your trip with a relaxing trip to the Rosario Islands by private speedboat. This trip works especially well if you're flying in and out of Cartagena.
Trek the last day of the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. If you're short on time or permits are sold out for the full Inca Trail, this is a great option for those wishing to experience a taste of this famous route. You'll enter the ruins through the Sun Gate as the sun sets over Machu Picchu, then have a full tour of the ruins the following day.
Get ready to experience the wonders of Myanmar! From encounters with colorful hill tribes to peaceful bike rides through rice paddies, this two-week trip has it all and is the perfect first trip for culturally curious travelers.
Trek through the Lares Valley, where you'll pass between glacier-capped mountains where llamas and alpacas graze in the surrounding hills. You'll visit the town of Lares, a colourful traditional town in the heart of the valley. Combined with the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, this is a trek that combines two wonderful valleys & mountain ranges with very different ecologies & landscapes.
On this two week trip, you’ll visit many of the classic places that have made Chile an iconic country for travelers and mountaineers alike. You’ll journey to places like the Atacama Desert and the Patagonian glaciers as you discover a land of myths and mountains. You’ll also have the chance to stay in Santiago and Valparaíso to get a sense of Chile’s city life.
For people who enjoy backpacking in the mountains and beautiful hot springs, this is the ideal multi-day trek. You'll have a local guide who will help you discover Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world, with stunning views of the Andes.
This tour takes you off the beaten path and truly epitomizes the diversity that runs through Colombia and its people. Colombia's mountains, jungles, Caribbean beaches, Spanish colonial architecture, rural and indigenous cultures combine to offer a quite unforgettable tour in one of the world's great (and yet uncharted) destinations.
Addis Ababa and its surroundings have more to offer than people think. This is the ideal short tour if you don’t want to drive too much and stay around the capital city Addis Ababa. You’ll have a glimpse of everything: churches, historical sites, gorgeous landscapes, nature, markets, wildlife and nice lodges. Staying all around Addis Ababa we can be really flexible to cut or add other days depending on your wishes or available time.
Explore southern Peru on this multi-day itinerary, passing through some of the most beautiful places in the south. You'll visit Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Puno & Lake Titicaca.
This cycling tour takes you to Sri Lanka's top cultural sites and also off the beaten path. Cycle along rice fields, tea plantations, and tranquil villages to reach ancient kingdoms rich in history and culture. You also have the chance to explore Sri Lanka's wildlife parks to see herds of elephants roam the wild country.
For travelers looking for an authentic cultural experience with tours of Sri Lanka’s ancient sites, this is a great itinerary. It starts in the relaxing colonial fishing village of Negombo and ends in the lively modern city of Colombo.
Looking for a great combination of Sri Lanka's best natural and cultural sights? During this 10-day tour, explore the world-famous cultural sights of Sigiriya, Kandy, and Galle. Experience the breathtaking beauty the Sri Lankan nature and wildlife with trekking, white water rafting, and a safari adventure!
Norway, meaning "the way leading to the north", is so long that if you spin it around on the map you would end up in Rome. Similar in size to California and with a population of only 5 million people, this Nordic country has plenty of open space to explore. Its stunning fjords, mountains and natural phenomena such as the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun make Norway a must-visit destination. Get inspired for your next journey by these must-see natural highlights and destinations in Norway.
An activity-filled expedition to the South of Peru. A multi-day tour full of new experiences that excite & challenge. This is a tour for all age ranges, group sizes and all types of experience.
Perhaps you have tasted fiery Thai curry and slurped steaming bowls of Vietnamese noodles. But most foreign travelers have no idea what to expect from Myanmar food. This two-day Mandalay city tour introduces you to the exotic flavors of traditional cuisine as well as the country’s foodie culture.
A great 12-day tour that incorporates the best of Peru. In under two weeks, you'll explore the Amazon Jungle and trek to the heights of Machu Picchu. You'll experience the best of both worlds — from the jungle to the Andes.
An active tour of the important mountain ranges around the Cusco Region: the Urubamba & Vilcanota. This is the perfect week-long itinerary for those who enjoy adventure and want to have an authentic Andean experience in the mountains.
A stunning tour which includes the best of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. See the most important Inca ruins in an activity-filled week. This is the best way to experience the Cusco Region in our opinion!
With its colorful culture and rich history, Rajasthan is a splendid display of a unique Indian heritage. This trip focuses on spectacular sights of India’s largest state, including the palaces and temples of Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur. This itinerary not only showcases the traditional architecture characteristic of the region, but also allows you to understand the depth of India’s past, making for an unforgettable experience.
Journey through an undiscovered land of wild desert landscapes, snow-capped peaks, herds of alpacas, to arrive at the ultimate destination: the rainbow-painted slopes of Rainbow Mountain hidden deep in the Andes.