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5 adventurous destinations around the world

Adventurous destinations are the stuff of travel dreams. This week, Rebecca Kelly offers us plenty to imagine, work for, and dream of with five adventurous destinations from around the world.

Everest Base Camp, Nepal
Mount Everest is known by all as the highest peak in the world, it is known by climbers and adventurers however as an immense challenge that is best left to the professionals. A classic Himalayan trek with incredible views and rewards that can be enjoyed by all adventure enthusiasts is a trek to Everest Base Camp. Trek takes you through an exciting forest and over mountains giving you stunning views of the surrounding peaks whilst the dramatic landscape around you changes as you continue to climb higher and higher up the Khumbu Valley.

Grand Canyon, Colorado
For adventurers, the most exciting way to appreciate the Grand Canyon’s natural capacity and power is to raft through it; the Colorado River through canyon is one of the wildest stretches of white water in the United States. 5 travel adventuresThe full journey through the canyon (from Lees Ferry to Lake Mead) is 275 miles in length and makes for a challenging, fun adventure with some staggering scenery, white-water thrills, and magical hikes.

Masai Mara Safari, Kenya
For a safari with real-life, thrilling adventure try a Masai Mara Safari. The Masai Mara reserve is one of the best destinations in the world for viewing wildlife in its natural habitat and offers plenty to see. During the winter months, it’s easy to assume that all will be quiet on the reserve however you couldn’t be more wrong. Many tourists aim to target their trip to coincide with the migration season but there is life to be seen throughout the year. Between August and November, you can spot the two million wildebeest charge across the green-land as they migrate from the Serengeti in search of water, or in spring, experience the first sightings of new-born life. For frightening thrills, predators such as lions, cheetahs and leopards can be spotted prowling the terrain whilst graceful giraffes can be found flaunting their astonishing stature.

Inca Trail, Peru
Being the best-known and most popular hike on the South-American continent, the Inca Trail is an exhilarating, challenging and unforgettable experience. The journey starts in the village of Qorihuayrachina and takes three or four days of strenuous walking to complete. The trail is surrounded by breathtaking scenery, crossing the Andes mountain range and sections of the Peruvian jungle and rain forest  Ending at the old citadel of Machu Picchu provides a rewarding finale and time to discover the ancient citadel. Together, the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu make up one of the wonders of the world.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef, covering over 350,000 square kilometers of the sea and is the only living collection of organisms that are visible from Earth’s orbit. Most of the Reef’s diversity occurs in the top 4 meters of water and the best way to experience this is by snorkeling  The reef is believed to be the densest assemblage of living organisms to be found in any comparable area in the world thus the thousands of beautiful coral gardens and abundant marine life will leave you mesmerized.

Mistura: Peru’s Festival Of Food

By Maureen Santucci

Lima is often referred to as the Gastronomic Capital of Latin America and going to the annual food festival Mistura is a great way to find out why. I recently went for the first time, getting in the back door so to speak as I was helping my friends who have a small but renowned pisco (Peruvian brandy) bar in Cusco, El Pisquerito.

Mistura Peru Food FestivalThis was the festival’s fourth year and each year sees it growing larger, both in terms of the number of foods and establishments represented as well as the numbers of people attending. The festival runs for eleven days, each day packed with Peruvians and foreigners alike eating, drinking and celebrating the country’s vast culinary heritage.

The event was huge, with literally hundreds of stands offering delicacies from each of Peru’s diverse regions. There was a section dedicated to the ingeniously simple dish called ceviche, fish marinated in lime and chili. There was the carapulca stand, a rich and tasty stew created by the Afro-Peruvian descendants of slaves and traditionally served with cat meat (although fortunately not at Mistura!) There was an entire section given over to the worship of pisco and all the various cocktails it can be used in.
There was a huge grill, on which juicy skewers of anticucho, deliciously tender cubes of beef heart, were sizzling.

Inside a tent that was more like a temporary aircraft hanger, I found indigenous farmers displaying their wares; countless varieties of multicolored potato, maize of every hue, and creamy cherimoya fruit the size of your head.

Mistura is such a success because it reflects the diversity of Peru’s cuisine and history. Naturally, the very finest restaurants are all represented, serving tasters of their signature dishes. But then again so are all the common delicacies more often found on street corners.

Peruvians are rightly proud of their national cuisine, and in a country often divided by wealth, race and geography, Mistura offers a welcome celebration of national unity.

Sampling the delights is easy; visitors simply purchase food tickets which can be exchanged for dishes at each stall. The only trick is saving enough space to taste everything. Real foodies can only do the event justice by buying a multi-day ticket and coming every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

If you are able to time your trip to Peru with the Mistura food festival you would be mad to skip the opportunity of experiencing the event for yourself.

Otherwise, food fanatics can arrange culinary tours and experiences, including taster sessions at top restaurants and Peruvian cooking classes by contacting a special interest tour operator, or a specialist in luxury Peru tours.

Vagobond Travel Museum – Google Virtual Travel

This week, there is just one story that I want to share. I feel like it might be one of the most important stories to come out in travel in a long while.

If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing the world, of exploring the wonders of the world from the ground, but maybe you weren’t able to do so… well, now you can.

World Wonders, a new project from the Google Cultural Institute, lets you take a virtual journey to more than 130 world heritage sites across the globe—like Stonehenge, the Palace and Garden of Versailles, temples of ancient Kyoto or The White City of Tel-Aviv. You can explore each site using Street View, and watch related videos or browse photos and 3D models for more information. 

Start exploring the World Wonders Project now:

Of course, if you want to taste, smell, touch or truly experience the wonders of the world – you still have to go there to do it, but perhaps the interesting ‘google glass’ project will even find a way to cross those barriers.

I’ve expressed this before – I don’t think that travel is for everyone. I think for a lot of people, spending a few hours exploring Machhu Pichu using something like this would bring them as much or more satisfaction than actually going there.

Don’t get me wrong. I would never want to give up travel completely and I know there are plenty of people who, like me, have a nomadic streak built in, but in more than twenty years of travel, I’ve met enough people who were on the road and miserable, that I love that something like this has come along and given them a safe, at their leisure alternative.

Enjoy and if you discover any wonders that you find wonderful, please come share them on Google+ with #worldwonders