Thursday, April 9, 2015

Traveller's Cuisine

What's the best dish you've had on holiday? Some of the team at Walks Worldwide have been reminiscing about their favourite holiday treats...

Jon Barber - Braai - South Africa 

"Braai is a traditional South African barbecue, with an amazing amount of game meat on selection. With the likes of kudo, buffalo, ostrich and crocodile on selection, it's a true feast for any meat lover. I was lucky enough to have it back in 2008, and it remains the best dish I've ever had while I've been on holiday."

You can try this dish with Adventure Worldwide's Rainbow Route & Drakensberg trip in South Africa.

Matt Bennett - Steak - Argentina 

"All of the food in Argentina is definitely something to write home about, but the steak is the highlight of any Argentinian culinary adventure. The beef is cooked for longer, with more of an emphasis on smoking the meat than sealing the flavour, resulting in a steak that is far superior to any I've had back home. When paired with an Argentinian red wine, there is no dish on this earth that is better."

You can try this dish on our Ultimate Patagonia Adventure.

Sophie Hawkes - Fresh Fish - Turkey 

"Providing a different take on the classic 'fish and chips', sitting on the Turkish coast, staring out to sea with a crisp white, there is no comparison to back home. The fish is freshly caught and fried; creating a crispy skin while leaving it juicy inside."

You can try this dish when you visit the Best of the Lycian Way.

Vicky Sampson - Aubergine Curry - Sri Lanka

" A perfect vegetarian option, there's only one word to describe this dish and that is delicious. The healthy ingredients in this Sri Lankan dish mixed with the warming chilli create a meal that will allowing you to not feel guilty about that third or fourth bowl".

You can try this dish on a trip to Sri Lanka with Chameleon Worldwide.

Jack Turner - Pizza - Italy 

"Cliche, I know, but no one does it better than the Italians. I only had a short stop over in an Italian airport but it's still, to this day, the best pizza I've ever eaten. Melt in your mouth cheese soaking in a warm sea of tomato, bellissimo."

Try this dish as you tour Italy on our Vesuvius, Capri and the Amalfi Coast trip.

Dan Painter - Lomo Saltado - Peru 

"One of my favourite meals I've ever had is from my recent trip to Peru called Lorno Saltado. It is basically stir fried beef with onions and tomatoes in soy sauce, served with rice and potato slices. It's really high in carbs and is a great meal to have after a day's trekking."

You can try this dish when you walk the Lares Inca Trail in Peru.

Rhian Purches - Seafood Ravioli - Portugal 

"A perfect summer treat, light and fluffy pasta mixed with a variety of local seafood created a dish which was one of the highlights of my holiday. Perfectly complimented by the warm Summer sun and good company, this dish is a must for anyone who visits Portugal."

Try this dish when you walk through Undiscovered Portugal.

The world is full of exciting and interesting dishes - so what do you fancy for your next meal? If you've had a great holiday eating experience - let us know in the comments, tweet us or post on our Facebook wall

Monday, March 23, 2015

Coasts with the Most

Discover the magical shorelines of the Adriatic, Ionian and Mediterranean Seas... Nicola Green shares her experiences of European walking holidays.

"What’s wrong with relaxation, anyway? The question occurred to me while I was sipping a glass of crisp grk white, lazily counting the islets dotting the bay beneath my terrace. The sun was still warm as it slipped down over my left shoulder, setting the waves sparkling on the Adriatic before me. The vineyards hugged my base, the village of Lumbarda, like an emerald scarf, so close I could almost reach out and pick the grapes from which my wine was made.

Part of me felt almost guilty. In the office, I’m surrounded by folk for whom the summit is everything. But I love to celebrate what’s wonderful about Europe – and especially the chilled-out vibe that permeates every aspect of the Mediterranean. For me, a holiday is less about head-down hiking and bagging peaks, and more about drinking in the scenery along a coastal trail, cooled by a soft, perfumed sea breeze.

Don’t get me wrong: the walking is as important as the wine – I just don’t see why I can’t have both. Which is why my visit to Korcula, a delightful island just a short ferry ride from Dubrovnik – and reputedly the birthplace of Marco Polo – ticked all the right boxes. Over the course of a week, I was able to roam the island’s trails, passing olive groves and vineyards, exploring the old town and its striking St Mark’s Cathedral, and stopping off at quiet coves for a picnic and impromptu dip. The legs enjoyed a proper stretch with several hours’ walking each day, but always at a leisurely pace. And there was plenty of time to nose around the terracotta-roofed medieval centre of Dubrovnik itself, as well as taking off to explore nearby islands and villages.

The same ethos applies to our other coast-based holidays in Turkey, Corfu and Italy. Rambling and relaxation get equal billing. Slow travel? This is the very epitome – local food, local wine and a very local sensibility."

By Nicola Green, Marketing Manager

Experience it for yourself

Pick from some of our self-guided European trails for boots, beaches and bliss...

Experience the best of Adriatic island life. Based first on the beautiful island of Korcula, you’ll discover traditional villages and the fascinating walled old town of the island’s capital, as well as encountering lovely coves, beaches, forested hills and vineyards. Back on the mainland, roam the walls and marbled streets of Dubrovnik, and amble the delightful trails running from the peaceful village of Cavtat across the bay.

Cut and paste your choice of sections from the route named among the world’s ten best walks by Sunday Times Travel, setting out each day from your base: a boutique hotel in the Bay of Adrasan. Marvel at the eternal flames at Chimaera – believed to be a monster’s burning breath – on the slopes of Mount Olympos before cooling off in the hotel pool!

Taking in the best of east and west, this magnificent trail zig-zags between the coasts on its route through the finest areas of the Ionian island. Walk cobbled paths through willow, cedar and juniper forests, alongside rivers and through lush pastures.  

The views from Mount Vesuvius over the Bay of Naples are nothing short of explosive – and the hiking on the volcano, as well as on nearby Capri and along the ‘Path of the Gods’ above the Amalfi Coast, are just as terrific. There’s also the chance to explore the long-buried cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The New Star Treks

If you think you've ticked off the must-trek destinations, think again – Tim Shepley reveals five alternative highs that offer new thrills for experienced walkers.
"The peaks of Torres del Paine are unlike any other summits I’ve seen. What’s more, they’re not even like each other. The twisted Cuernos (‘Horns’) del Paine appear to have been ripped, gouged and torn from the granite by giant talons; the vertiginous walls of the Valle Franc├ęs were seemingly scooped out of the very rock; while the three Torres (‘Towers’) themselves rise like broken teeth from the jaw of the massif. Each is gobsmacking; each quite different.
Like so many avid walkers, I’ve long had a bucket list of treks to complete – Everest Base Camp, for example, and Kilimanjaro. But gawping up at those otherworldly towers in Chilean Patagonia, I understood clearly that there’s more to a hiking life than the headline acts. Sure, there’s nothing quite like catching your first dawn glimpse of Machu Picchu at the Sun Gate – but Latin America’s other great treks offer moments of wonder every bit as epic, if less well known. Maybe you’ve accomplished your first set of ambitions; perhaps you just can’t seem to make the timing work for that dream trek. Either way, Walks Worldwide has a panoply of alternative trips in Asia, Africa and Latin America to get your heart racing and your feet itching."
Tim Shepley 
Walks Worldwide Manager 

Done Everest Base Camp?

Now try this... 

 Forbidden Land of Mustang
 It’s barely two decades since the fabled ‘Kingdom of Lo’ cautiously opened its borders to foreigners; even today, the trails through this region north of the Annapurnas are accessible only to guided trekking groups. This is a world apart, a land almost more Tibetan than Tibet, high, arid and mystical. Our 19-day tour affords stunning views of 8,000+m peaks as we pass picturesque white-painted villages, Tibetan monasteries, stupas and prayer walls to reach the fabled walled city of Lo Manthang. 

If neck-craning peaks are your cup of tea, try the region of West Bengal near the old British hills station of Darjeeling – the classic Singalila Ridge Trek skirts the Nepalese border in the shadow of the world’s third-highest mountain, 8,586m Kangchenjunga. In clear weather, an array of 8,000+m peaks (including Everest) can be admired from the path.

Trekked The Inca Trail?

Now try this... 

Those jagged peaks of Torres del Paine are just one of a series of natural wonders on this epic exploration to the end of the earth. Gawp at the spectacular crags of Mount Fitz Roy, watch vast icebergs calve from Perito Merino Glacier, taste the legendary W trek in Torres del Paine National Park, and explore the world’s southernmost city, Ushaia, on the ‘Land of Fire’ -– Tierra del Fuego.

Conquered Kilimanjaro?

Now try this...

Kili stands alone in Africa – literally and figuratively – but for varied trekking, the High Atlas are hard to beat. Our 8-day itinerary isn’t a straight up-and-back slog, but rather a rewarding approach via the less-trodden trails to the peak’s north, adding cultural context to those 360-degree panoramas from the roof of North Africa, 4,167m Jebel Toubkal.

Wild, remote, dotted with fearsome-looking gelada baboons and long-horned walia ibex, the Simien Mountains offer trekking unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. Visit the castles of the ‘Camelot of Africa’, Gondar, before traversing to 4430m. Bwhait Peak, the third highest mountain in Ethiopia. 

For Information on all of the above trips and many other wonderful expeditions - click here, or alternatively you can give us a call on 01962 737565 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The alternative Inca Trail

Our walking specialist, Dan, took on The Lares Inca Trail recently. Here's his story:

 "I was fortunate to join our Lares Inca Trail trek in December. With permits for the classic route selling out quicker and earlier than ever before, I've found that this alternative trail is becoming more and more popular.

The Lares Trail is not only a challenging trek at altitude but also a cultural journey through the Sacred Valley.

The trek explores the less visited and uncrowded Lares region in the north of Cusco (we only saw two other trekkers on the entire trail). The region has some great high mountain passes (max 4,400m) and offers an insight into the local culture. We saw large herds of alpacas and llamas along the route. We also came across weavers in traditional colourful dress. We started to notice that we were a bit of a tourist attraction with the locals who kept appearing from nowhere to get a glimpse of our group!

We finished the trip at the incredible archaeological site of Machu Picchu. This incredible journey really does leave you feeling like you've experienced an authentic slice of Peru."

If you'd like to visit Peru and take on the Lares Inca Trail, call us on 01962 737565 or find our more information on our website

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Walking in Patagonia

You saw the Top Gear boys race through the exciting mountains of Patagonia, but Walks Worldwide Specialist, and trekking expert, Matthew Bennett prefers to take the slower route. Recently returned from our group tour the Ultimate Patagonia Adventure, Matt is keen to share his experiences. 

Find out more about this amazing adventure online or call Matt on 01962 737 565.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Burmese Days

We've launched our first trip to Burma/Myanmar: Burmese Days. Walks Worldwide Manager, Tim Shepley would like to share his experiences of travelling around this astoundingly beautiful country. 

"Like most people who visit Myanmar, my first impressions were based on the old British capital of Yangon (formally Rangoon). While the official capital has been moved to Naypyidaw, Yangon remains the largest and most important city, it seems a world away from other major SE Asia capitals such as Singapore or Bangkok, almost stuck in a time warp. It is often said that you are not in Paris if you can’t see the Eiffel Tower, the same could certainly be said for Yangon and the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda.

My next stop was the last royal capital of Mandalay, while central Mandalay features the rebuilt Mandalay palace the real highlight of this area are the beautiful ancient capitals such as Ava and Mingun on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, it feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

Bagan takes your breath away like few other places on earth, similar in many ways to the Ankor temples of Cambodia, Bagan features over 2,200 temples spread out over a vast plain, it also offers one of the greatest places to watch a sunrise and sunset that I have ever seen.

My personal highlight of the trip was the trek from Kalaw, a British hill station, to Inle Lake, this 3-day hike through local villages, sleeping in local monasteries really allowed you to get up close to some of the friendliest people I have met on all my travels. The walk concluded on the banks of the magnificent Inle lake.

Myanmar is truly is a special destination; it is quickly opening up and tourism is growing a phenomenal pace. I loved my Burmese Days, and with this magnificent itinerary I am sure you will too."

Burmese Days: 16 day trip, from £2,250 land only. A detailed itinerary, specific dates and prices can be found here.

Find out more about this intriguing itinerary online or call Tim on 01962 737 565.