Charles Darwin’s Naturalist Footsteps in Hobart

On 5 February 1836, a young explorer, by the name of Charles arrived ashore at Hobart town on the ship by the name of the HMS Beagle. This wasn’t just your ordinary explorer, young Charles was on a five-year mission for Robert Fitzroy, commander of the Beagle. When Charles Darwin set foot on Hobart’s Eastern … Continue reading

Five Australian Aboriginal Cultural Experiences

Australia’s Indigenous Peoples have a long and rich history in this country. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People are the original and rightful Custodians of the land. Aboriginal Australia is one of the world’s oldest living cultures. The Aboriginal People express their culture through dance, art, music, storytelling and a connection to the land … Continue reading

Christmas Festivities in the Mountains of Ecuador

Imagine a place folded into the surrounding mountains that plunge into the valley way down below. A place where water flows in such an abundance that every inch of land is tainted green with vegetation, where mountain peaks drift in and out of the cloud forest and where the most deafening sound is that of … Continue reading

Exploring the Ancient Adobe City of Chan Chan

In northern Peru, half way between the Pacific Coast and Trujillo is the largest pre-Colombian adobe city in the world, Chan Chan. The city, which dates back to approximately 850 A.D, was the administrative, religious and political capital of the Chimu State. At its height the city covered more than 20 km of sacred and … Continue reading

Lost Worlds and Jungle Tracks: Trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail have been on my ‘must see’ list for as long as I can remember. So as soon as we had a vague idea when we would arrive in Peru, we booked ourselves on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with Cusco-based company Peru Treks. It’s not permitted to go … Continue reading

From Bean to Bar – Organic Chocolate-Making Workshop in Cusco

Travelling in a foreign country it’s always good to try the local produce. When it comes to delicious local produce, what’s better than chocolate? Nothing, it seems. Apparently the Aztecs, Mayans, Spanish, Irish and Dutch thought so too. All the better when it helps local farmers. I’ve always wanted to learn more about cocoa and the … Continue reading

The Beautiful Yungas Region and its Ugly Past

Only three hours drive from the high-altitude, cold climate La Paz is a neotropic ecozone with dense lowland forest and cloud forest. The road there follows the rugged terrain through valleys, across streams and past some of the most ecologically diverse environments in Bolivia.   Las Yungas serves as a transition between the highlands of … Continue reading

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