The Rainbow Mountain trek in #Peru has become very popular in recent years after the site was discovered when snow on the mountains melted to reveal the incredible lines of colour, giving the Vinicunca mountain affectionate name. A tough trek that peaks at 5,000 metres above sea level, the struggle of the altitude is worth it for the unique view at the end. 🌈 Get yourself on a Rainbow Mountain trek with a very early start to avoid the crowds and look for a trek that takes in the Red Valley on the way back (behind the white pathway you can see in the distance). SOCIAL IMPACT: I’m tired of bloggers and travellers who keep saying it’s a secret they wish they kept! It’s irresponsible. Especially when over 1,000 people from the local community are now employed, including over 200 people alone renting the horses. That’s a lot of community regeneration, and a community thanking us over and over for sharing this wonderful site.
Summer days in Latvia spent with high adrenalin adventure. • On a day trip from #Riga to neighbouring #Sigulda on a 90 minute train journey, I immediately stumbled upon the ‘Tarzans’ adventure playground. It’s only a few minutes walk from the train station, nestled within the park and woodland area where the greenery starts to get more dense and eager to suck in acid explorers. Riding a toboggan down, I chose the catapult jump from the selection of activities to start my day and get the heart racing before biking around the area to the castles and open air museums. Would you!? 🇱🇻 #EnjoyLatvia
Those wanting to combine a city break with rugged nature have it all with #Riga, #Latvia. •• Just one hour away is the town of #Sigulda, known for its two distinct castles the poke through the green hilltops. It comes complete not only with a man-made playground including a toboggan, catapult swings, a zipline and bungee jump, but nature’s very own offering that is best explored by bike. •• Thanks to @eduards.rens (who runs the e-bike hire shed @sigulda_adventures in the central park where all the action starts) for giving me a whirlwind hour tour of the wider landscape of the town before I jumped back on the train to Riga. #EnjoyLatvia
If you know me well, you’ll know I’m fascinated by the traditional dress and costume of the countries I visit. There’s something about connecting with the pride of the people when I wear it. Each is unique and tells a story. • And there was no better time to try it in #Latvia than now. Every five years #Riga buzzes with tune and costume and pride for the Song and Dance Celebration - a week-long festival of music, folklore and tradition wrapped in beautiful sound. This year sees 43,000 Latvians from 118 municipalities gather together in Riga to parade in the streets and revel in unison at a variety of special events, day and night. • It began with an opening street parade. The pride and happiness and the cheers, fist pumps to the air and waving of flowers as everyone was coming together was humbling. • It’s also the Latvian Centenary this year - 100 years since Latvia became an independent Republic - so the air of celebration is even greater! #EnjoyLatvia #LV100
600 years ago the result of a volcanic eruption in the western Ecuadorian Andes was its collapse, forming this three kilometre wide crater lake. • Quilotoa is located a few hours drive outside of Quito, where you hike down to the lake surface (which sits at 3,500m above sea level) to rest and admire the panorama or kayak on its waters, before enduring the steep one to two hour hike all the way back up. • But as always with nature, no pain no gain - the views are absolutely worth it.
Every day trip from Ecuador’s capital of #Quito (used mainly as a base for this purpose) involved getting out into nature, either exploring volcanic craters, climbing them or wandering layer upon layer of lush, dense forest. Like here at #Mindo, known as the ‘Cloud Forest’ where you can hike to waterfalls, zip line through this huge patch of land or water tube along on the gorges below. They say it’s one of the country’s best kept secrets!