My flight was booked! My dream of hiking the Inca Trail, and walking through the sun gate to Machu Picchu was finally becoming a reality. But then, the reality hit me. I have never done an overnight hike before! What do I pack? How do I get into shape? Is it safe? Do I go alone or with a group? As excited as I was, I realized I had a lot of planning ahead of me, but every moment of preparation (and sometimes extreme anxiety) was all worth it. Here are a few tips and tricks that helped me not only survive the Inca Trail, but have the trip of a lifetime!
Find an Incredible Tour Group
Before booking my trip, I was not sure how I felt about going with a tour group. I was worried that traveling with a group of strangers would take away from the trip. However, after plenty of research, I decided to go with Active Adventures on the Ultimate Peru Adventure.
Our trip leader was not only full of helpful and interesting information, but became a friend who gave local tips, and made me feel c [...]
The National Aids Commission wants all Belizeans to know their HIV status, and so, they set up testing booths in public parks at several major population centers around the country today.
Their focus this year was men - because the male population tends to avoid HIV testing.
So they sent out the message far and wide and made the process quick, easy and free.
We found out more:
Anellie Paredez - Communications and Programs Officer, NAC
"Today is the second annual national testing day countrywide, and we are out here doing free HIV testing for anyone who wants to know their status. Statistics have shown that males are not willing to come out and get tested. So, this year, we're focusing more on the male population, and our theme this year is "Leave No Man Behind". We're doing a raffle surrounding our event. So, for any male person who gets tested, they will get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize. It's Samsung J6 from Digicell. We have male grooming kits from Cour [...]
Machu Picchu, Peru
Although it's one of the most well-known archaeological wonders of the world, Machu Picchu still holds plenty of secrets and is on our shortlist of must-see destinations on a Peru trip.
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Machu Picchu is an enigma, some would say a paradox because it is known as both the best known yet least known about of the Inca sites. Since its discovery on July 24, 1911, by North American Hiram Bingham, Machu Picchu has been considered one of the world's greatest architectural and archaeological monuments, due to its extraordinary magnificence and harmonious structure. Machu Picchu is definitely one of the most fascinating sites in Peru.
At 2,400 meters above sea level, in the province of Urubamba, department of Cusco, Machu Picchu surprises us because of the way its stone constructions are spread over a narrow and uneven mountain top, bordering a sheer 400 meter cliff side of the Urubamba Riv [...]
There has been a serious bus accident a short time ago in Orange Walk. It happened right in front of the Town Hall where an R. Tillett bus ran over a man's feet - and he was bleeding out on the street. He was reportedly attempting to cross the street.
His condition is not known at this time - but he was rushed to the hospital. The bus was heading from Belize city to Orange Walk. [...]
Parts of Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe have been severely affected by Tropical Cyclone Idai. US residents should avoid nonessential travel to Beira City and the surrounding area in Mozambique. Travelers to other affected parts of Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe should take steps to prevent illness and injury. [...]
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Top Travel Mistakes
Foreign Tourists Make
Travel is fun, when you plan things properly. If you have visited many countries, then surely you have made many mistakes such as booking resorts at wrong places or buying costly souvenirs which are easily available in your country. We all make silly travel mistakes when we visit a new country and there is no need to feel ashamed. What you need to do is make sure that you don’t repeat those mistakes.
When it comes to travel mistakes, I am not talking about flight or hotel ticket booking blunders. There are many more small oversights that can ruin your vacation. Let’s explore some of the common mistakes that tourists make every year.
No research about the place: You may know the name of the country, its capital and its currency exchange rate, but do you really know the place you are visiting?
For example, in India, there are many prepaid taxi booths that charge right amount for a trip, but if you just pick any cab from the [...]
He's no Fidel or Raul, but Edmond Castro is in Cuba has received a warm reception in Cuba where he is on an official visit. He is attending the 17th Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Council of Ministers of Postal Affairs, and also taking some time out to meet Belizean medical students. In a release sent today it says "Castro congratulated them for their dedication and sacrifice to enhance their education, and he encouraged them to continue studying hard as they prepare themselves to better serve their country when they return home." Castro returns to Belize tomorrow. [...]
Over the past few years, surveillance videos have become a staple in the daily news diet - and, most times, it's violent and unpleasant, showing storekeepers being robbed or roughed up.
But one video we came across last week - shows that the cameras can capture all kinds of crazy goings-on at your corner store.
We couldn't find out exactly where or in which town this one was captured - but it shows two women getting into an argument. One of them came in from outside to tell the other not to talk about her.
And from there it escalated rather quickly - with the woman who started it resorting to hauling out beer crates and throwing them at the other woman, causing chaos in the shop. When it got to that level, the man who was trying to part them, had to abandon and try to save himself, as he scrambled behind the counter with the storeowner.
Despite the mess, according to best reports, no charges were filed. [...]
Measles is in many countries and outbreaks of the disease are occurring around the world. Before you travel internationally, regardless of where you are going, make sure you are protected fully against measles. [...]