Peru’s Inca Trail: expert hiking and climbing advice from local guide Maritza Chacacanta

Peru's Inca Trail: expert hiking and climbing advice from local guide Maritza Chacacanta

How did you get into mountain climbing? I was born in Cusco city, in the south of Peru. I’ve been working in tourism and climbing here for 20 years, and am now working as Intrepid Travel’s deputy operations manager for trekking in Peru. I started trekking in 2000 and have probably completed the Inca Trail … Read more

A city guide to Bergamo, Italy

A city guide to Bergamo, Italy

see and do Go to church: Hidden behind the lion-topped loggia overlooking Bergamo Alta’s central Piazza Vecchia — a feline symbol of Venetian rule over the city for more than three centuries — you’ll find hidden not one but three spectacular religious edifices: the Duomo, Colleoni Chapel and Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore. The latter’s plain … Read more

A city guide to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s inventive capital

A city guide to Buenos Aires, Argentina's inventive capital

Eight things to do in Buenos Aires 1. Xul Solar Museum: Built in 1993 to celebrate Argentinian artist Xul Solar, this museum contains his former apartment and library of 3,500 books. The building’s brutalist design and labyrinthine layout were inspired by his mystical works, which included made-up languages, tarot decks and experimental instruments, and … Read more

The inside guide to San Antonio, the Texan city famous for cuisine and culture

The inside guide to San Antonio, the Texan city famous for cuisine and culture

Founded as a Spanish missionary settlement in 1718, San Antonio offers an intriguing blend of traditional Mexican and cowboy culture. Although a pilgrimage to The Alamo — the famous 18th-century mission — usually tops visitors’ must-do lists, a deeper dive reveals a surprisingly modern city with a booming food and cocktail scene. The San Antonio … Read more

A guide to the city of Zagreb, Croatia’s intriguing capital

A guide to the city of Zagreb, Croatia's intriguing capital

Locals like to say Zagreb is a big town disguised as a small city. Its laid-back rhythm and leafy charm is apparent from the first moment visitors set out into the Croatian capital. Residents, up with the sun, make a beeline for outdoor markets to visit their trusted butchers and favored vendors, whose produce — … Read more

Meet the adventurer: Charlie Walker on surviving Russian jail and his expeditions to ‘the places in between’

Meet the adventurer: Charlie Walker on surviving Russian jail and his expeditions to 'the places in between'

When did you catch the eye of the Russian authorities? Three and a half weeks in, I approached a town called Ust’-Kuiga. A jeep was waiting for me, and in it were two policemen. They asked me questions, took some selfies and off they went. But the next day, they came to the place I … Read more

A city guide to Dresden, eastern Germany’s rebuilt cultural masterpiece

A city guide to Dresden, eastern Germany's rebuilt cultural masterpiece

Seven highlights of visiting Dresden 1. Zwinger: To visit the Zwinger is to dive into Dresden’s baroque heyday. Built as a party pad for royals in the 1700s, when Augustus the Strong sat on the throne (his own residence, Dresden Castle, stands behind the Zwinger and is also worth visiting), the lavish, sculpture-studded palace … Read more

A city guide to New Orleans, America’s cocktail capital

A city guide to New Orleans, America's cocktail capital

Four insider tips for exploring New Orleans 1. The locals love their sugar-dusted beignets (square donuts). Head to Café du Monde, on Decatur Street, for the perfect example — ideally served with chicory coffee — to start your morning with. 2. Leave at least two to three hours for The National WWII Museum. It’s particularly … Read more

Six of the best family railway adventures in Europe for 2022

Six of the best family railway adventures in Europe for 2022

1. London to Shanklin This three-part trip combines the best of the capital with the sands of the Isle of Wight and makes a fine island adventure for the kids. After exploring the cultural highlights of London, travel by train from Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbor station, where you’ll catch a ferry or hovercraft across the … Read more