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Each Acanela tour is designed around an artisan. These artisans have incredible talents and abilities in diverse areas such as culinary arts, adventure guiding, or art & design - but lack the resources to monetize their skills. Our mission is to discover these men and women, help them develop as individuals, and empower them to build their own sustainable business enterprises. Each Acanela expedition incorporates instructional classes or expert services from these local artists. By traveling with Acanela, you give back to those who need it most.
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Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an experience unlike any other. With three routes to choose from, the trek takes you through the Andes Mountains to the gates of the famous ruins. This journey can be found on many travelers’ bucket lists, and while almost anyone can accomplish it, a lot of important preparation must be done. The expedition will test your physical and mental limits like never before, but the experience and the breathtaking views make it so worth it. Keep reading to learn our tips for hiking the Inca Trail!
Imagine traveling into a country that kept itself isolated from the rest of the world until the mid-20th century, a country shrouded in magic and mystery. Welcome to Bhutan, a landlocked country situated between Tibet, India, and Southeast Asia. Bhutan is a unique nation, with a strong foundation in Buddhism and a rich cultural heritage, stemming from the fact that it is one of the only Asian countries that has never been colonized by a foreign power.
You may recognize the word Patagonia as the name of the very successful outfitter company that’s famous for it’s clothing and outdoor gear—but what you may not realize is that Patagonia is actually a sprawling nature reserve and national park that extends over one million square miles through Chile and Argentina.
Earlier this year, I won a trip to Reykjavik, Iceland through the Acanela sweepstakes. I’ll first say, I’ve never entered into a sweepstakes before, let alone any contests. I’ve always been skeptical, thinking that no one actually ever won any trips. But two weeks later, I received an email confirming the trip. And 6 months after that, my boyfriend, Peter, and I finally set off in late October for a long weekend in Iceland.
China is brimming with rich culture, breathtaking scenery, and never-ending adventures. Relax in the tropical paradise of Hainan, trek the Great Wall, or explore the waterfront metropolis of Shanghai—the possibilities are endless. This massive country is known for its great regional diversity, which means packing can get a little tricky. But don’t let the question of what to bring stress you out because we’ve got you covered, no matter what plans you have in store. Keep reading to see our China packing list!
The holidays have many of us hunting through department stores for the perfect gift. And yet a 20-year study by Cornell University psychology professor Thomas Gilovich, found that individuals gain greater satisfaction and happiness from experiences rather than things.
I’m so excited that I’m sharing Morocco with you all this week! Morocco has been on my bucket list forever, and this trip did not disappoint. The trip was jam packed as we covered all of Morocco in the short span of a week!
A couple weeks ago I went on the most incredible trip with Acanela, and what’s more I was allowed to bring my brother, Cameron, along for free! Together we discovered Peru, learning about their beautiful culture and taking countless photos.
Everyone dreams of the ultimate getaway, but many think it’s out of their price range. However, you don’t need to break the bank to enjoy a luxurious vacation. It’s possible to experience a piece of paradise while on a budget. Whether you long for a tropical oasis, bewitching city, or countryside retreat, the possibilities are endless—but we’ve narrowed it down. Keep reading to learn about five affordable getaways that feel totally luxe without the high price!
Normally, if you were to ask me when the best time to visit Bali, Indonesia is, my answer would be something along the lines of “Now. Yesterday. Whenever you can. ASAP. Always.” But, I’m going to take a shot in the dark and say that you didn’t click on this post for one sentence saying “What, you’re not packed yet?!”. On that note, let’s get to the goods...