Best friends Anna and Jillian have always loved traveling with each other. When they found out that Acanela was offering a two-for-one discount on its classic Peru expedition, they jumped at the chance to visit South America together. After their trip ended, Anna told us a little more about traveling to Peru with her best friend.
Have a trip planned to the Galapagos? Lucky you! These Ecuadorian islands are some of the most beautiful and well-preserved nature sites in the world. During your time on the islands, your days will most likely be filled with long hikes, boat rides, and water activities. Keep your eyes peeled for marine iguanas, sea lions, giant sea turtles, and Darwin’s famous finches. With such a variety of possible activities, it can feel overwhelming when trying to pack for this destination, especially if you have never been! To ensure a stress-free packing experience, here is a list of suggested items to bring with you, which will help you make the most out of your adventure!
Six-hundred miles off the coast of Ecuador lies a special, volcanic archipelago made up of 19 large islands. Formed around five million years ago through intense volcanic activity, the Galapagos Islands remained virtually untouched for millions of years. This extreme isolation allowed for the development of beautifully diverse and unusual animal and plant life--from giant tortoises and marine iguanas to huge cacti and flightless cormorants, the Galapagos contain a plethora of magnificent species that cannot be found anywhere else on earth. And though every traveler should have the opportunity to experience the glorious history and abundant biodiversity of these islands, the increase in foreign visitors has slowly begun to threaten the very source of the clamor: the native species and their natural environments. The Galapagos’ fragile ecosystem is immensely vulnerable to human contamination, overpopulation, development, and invasive species, all of which have increased along with the tourism influx. As travelers, we have the responsibility to follow responsible tourism practices, so that we, and future generations, can continue to enjoy the most beautiful places on earth without causing irreparable harm.
So, how do we travel responsibly in the Galapagos? Read below to discover important tips to treading lightly on these incredible islands!
The great civilization of the Ancient Maya serves as one of the most well-known indigenous cultures of the Americas. Dating all the way back to 2600 B.C., the Maya inhabited prominent areas throughout Central America, including Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize, and constructed thousands of impressive cities and ceremonial sites throughout the region. Yet, though this ancient civiliation populated a vast region, the Mexican state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula held special significance to the Maya. Between the 4th and 10th centuries, this region was considered the ‘gateway to the Mayan world,’ and, today, the Yucatan Peninsula remains peppered with the ruins of Maya’s spectacular metropolises. If you are planning to travel to the Yucatan, these awe-inspiring sites are absolute must-sees. Prepare yourself to take a step back in time and enter in to the ancient world by exploring these top five Mayan ruins of the Yucatan!
Did you know Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean? Discovered by Christopher Colombus in 1492, Cuba is known for its amazing live music and dance scene. Cuba is also known for its world-renowned cigars, 1905s Cadillacs, and its powdery, white beaches. Your visit to Cuba will likely begin with the capital city, Havana. So let’s take a look at some of the best neighborhoods and hotels to stay in while visiting Havana.
Cuba is often romanticised, with white sand beaches and the infamously vibrant and historical capital of Havana. Its resistance to modernisation makes travellers feel like they’ve entered a time portal… the magic of it is just undeniable. But what draws a lot of foreigners in is the spirit of the country and its people, both of which are heavily influenced by their love of music and dance.
While there are many things to do and see in the world, some of the most treasured experiences cannot be planned for. Like the time I was invited to a Llama Blessing in the Lares Valley of Peru. The Lares Valley is tucked away behind Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, a journey that will take you past tiny mountain villages that dot the mountainside.
Quebec City is often featured on lists of the top 10 travel destinations in Canada. It’s idolized for its quaint, picturesque old city, which carries a major vibe of colonial France influence. Offering activities for all seasons, there's no question that this provincial capital should be at the top of every traveler's bucket list! Below is a list of the top ten things to do in Quebec City, Canada during the wintertime!
With over 4,600 miles of beautiful beaches, Brazil offers many options for enjoying the warm South American sun and sand. Brazil beaches are an important aspect of Brazil culture and lifestyle—after all, it’s no coincidence there’s a bikini cut named after the country. Visiting a few of the best beaches in Brazil is definitely a must-do when visiting this beautiful country.
Brazil’s vibrant culture is widely recognised all over the world. With its famous carnival and lively samba, it should come as no surprise that their food reflects this energetic spirit. Brazilian cuisine is especially exciting as it’s a combination of multiple influences: indigenous, European (mainly Portuguese and Spanish) and African.