Nestled deep in the Patagonian Andes you will find the Cuevas de Mármol (Marble Caves). The caves are on the Chile/Argentinean border on the outskirts of Lake General Carrera on a peninsula of solid marble. The caves are a result of waves washing up against calcium carbonate for over 6,000 years. Today Marble Caves are only accessible by boat.
At first glance, it looks as if the caves are covered in mesmerising, swirling shadows of blue. However, the striking colour is simply the reflection of the lake’s indigo waters against the marble. The reflection changes intensity and hue, depending on water levels and time of year. Every time you see the caves in a new light, it’s another spectacular sight.
The caves feature three main caverns: the Chapel (La Capilla), the Cathedral (El Catedral), and the Cave (La Cueva). You can explore the caves with a small boat or kayak, pretty much all year round, unless the lake’s waters are really rough.
The Marble Cathedral (Catedral de Mármol) located Northeast of Chile at the peninsula is the largest of the three. Closer to the northern coast you will see the Marble Chapel (Capilla de Mármol). Here you will see church-like pillars that have formed in the monoliths. If the water levels are low enough, take a walk under the island, through a series of tunnels.
These mesmerising caves of azure blue and refracting light are a ‘must do’. So, if you’re looking for a reason to visit South America, these caves are just one of the many highlights.
Unbeknown to most travellers, Ladakh is a stunning region in Northern India. Set against the Himalayas and off the beaten track this area boasts breathtaking scenery, monuments and much more.
With everything from striking mountains to beautiful deserts and rivers, you’ll be in awe of the landscape. You can’t afford to miss the heavenly sunrises as well as the sunsets that create dramatic rainbows of colour across the mountains, lighting up the sky like no where else.
As well as scenery, Ladakh is home to some of the most striking Buddhist monasteries; with a strong Buddhist culture spanning centuries, these monasteries are a part of history with each just as beautiful as the next.
Striking scenery and majestic monasteries, there’s still more to this region. One of the most enticing things is the culture. There are festivals and celebrations throughout the year including the popular Hemis Festival. Ladakh is an inspiration destination rich with colour, excitement and history.
A phenomenon of lights gleaming across the sky, best witnessed in the Arctic. The remarkable Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) are simply breathtaking. As the electrically charged particles from the sun hits the earth’s atmosphere, this spectacle comes to life as it produces a natural phenomenon of light in varying colours across the sky.
For many years the cause of the Northern lights were a mystery. Many different cultures came to their own conclusions which related back to various myths as well as legends. Some groups of early Scandinavians thought they were ethereal dancers, flying across the sky. In Greenland, legend has it that these breathtaking dancing lights are the spirits of past ancestors. The indigenous people of Wisconsin believed they were the ghosts of their enemies. So, this incredible light show in the night sky simply had to be connected to something otherworldly!
While we know, scientifically what causes the spectacular light show, the mysterious ancient mythical element of them definitely makes this incredible phenomenon even more enticing.
Antarctica’s remote location and limited access make it a highly desired destination for the adventurous traveller.
Camp overnight on the ice listening to whales and penguins splashing in the distance and the creaking ice around you. See the landscape from the water in a sea kayak. Paddle amongst towering icebergs and get up close to the penguin rookeries along the shore. All you hear is the peaceful lapping of the ice cold waters against the kayak, moving icebergs and chirping seabirds.
Ideally suited to the physically fit as well as those looking for an adventure challenge; try scaling a peak on the Antarctic peninsula. Additionally, Antarctic scuba diving may interest you. Although, it is a specialist activity that isn’t available at all times of the year and does require a certification. However, it is a phenomenal way of exploring one of the most pristine places in the world discovering an underwater world of ice and sea creatures.
Antarctica delivers all of this, as well as an inspiring and educational collection of expeditions to suit people of all ages including families, couples, honeymooners and single travellers.
What leaves the biggest impression of all is the remote beauty and solitude of the Antarctic seas. Experience nature at it’s unspoiled best. Feel the overwhelming sense of peace and freedom from this pristine environment.
Let us introduce you to one of the worlds biggest archeological mysteries. Located high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley is Machu Picchu. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned; renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, Machu Picchu is a landmark like no other.
These intriguing buildings play on astronomical alignments as well as panoramic views. Declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, in 2007 Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World (worldwide Internet poll).
High above the Sacred Valley on a mountain ridge 2,430 metres above sea level; this awe-inspiring ancient city finds itself to be one of the most anticipated highlights of South America.
In addition, to ensure you get the most from your time at Machu Picchu; we recommend taking a guided tour through the ruins to gain an insightful overview of the historical site. Then, to truly feel the mystery and grandeur, be sure to allow enough time to meander and marvel at leisure.
The Island of Korcula is the sixth-largest Adriatic island, stretching nearly 47 km in length basking in a Mediterranean climate. A haven of timeless beauty with quiet coves and small sandy beaches scattered on the southern coast of the island; as well as a densely wooded wonderland rich in vineyards, olive groves and small villages; this slice of paradise is sure to cast its’ spell.
Korčula is a historic fortified town on the protected east coast of the island of Korčula. Arranged in a herringbone pattern, the streets surrounded by walls, allow free circulation of air but protect against strong winds. The town’s historic sites include the central Gothic and Renaissance Cathedral of St. Mark, the Town Hall and the massive city fortifications. The 15th-century Franciscan monastery with a beautiful cloister is situated on the islet of Badija, near Korčula Town.
Tradition is still a big part of everyday life on Korčula; so take the opportunity to witness age-old religious ceremonies, folk music and dances that are still regularly performed. Conclude each day marvelling at the breathtaking Adriatic sunset.
Less than two hours’ flight from Buenos Aires is the Iguazu National Park. Home to over 2,000 species of vascular plants; and sanctuary to wildlife such as tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and caymans.
At the heart of this park is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Iguazu Falls. Standing 80m high and 2,700m in diameter this semi-circular waterfall spans the border between Argentina and Brazil. With 275 individual drops, these waterfalls have a reputation for being one of the most visually and acoustically stunning natural sites.
Boarding a train to the upper falls circuit delivers the most impressive observation point, The Devil’s Throat. Additionally, with pathways stretching 3km along the Iguazu river canyon via the upper and lower circuit; there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the abundance of flora and fauna in the area.
For a completely uninterrupted, unlimited experience of Iguazu’s splendour, try a helicopter flip over the falls and river below or feel the exhilaration up close and personal on a boat experience.
Spanning over 8 countries, the Amazon is the largest tropical rainforest in the world, covering over five and a half a million square kilometres (1.4 billion acres).
It is home to 10% of the world’s known species, 20% of the world’s bird species, as well as around two and a half million different insect species and over forty thousand plant species.
The rainforest also features elusive species including the cougar, jaguar and anaconda.
Deriving its name from the ancient Greek female warriors; the Amazon is an ecosystem unrivalled in size and diversity that awakens every one of your five senses.
The amazing Amazon is a paradise for the adventurous. There is a variety of ways to experience this untouched wonderland; from tree climbing to sport fishing, bird watching to canoe rides as well as trekking and cruising. The Amazon delivers a travel experience like no other, one that will never cease to amaze.
The sacred city of Varanasi sits on the holy River Ganga. Thousands from around the country flock to the Ganga at sunrise for a dip; to perform rituals, wash away their sins, meditate and pray.
3000 years old and known as the religious capital of India; Varanasi has an abundance of temples providing awe and wonder every few steps. One of the oldest living cities in the world; Varanasi has been a symbol of spiritualism as well as philosophy and mysticism for thousands of years.
Lord Shiva, known as the destroyer or transformer belongs to the Holy Trinity of Hindu Gods. According to Hindu scripture Shiva dwells in Varanasi and excludes from his realm Yama, the all-prevalent god of death. To be cremated in Varanasi and have one’s ashes sprinkled in the river is said to ensure liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth. Therefore, Varanasi and its river are the ultimate sources of redemption.
Varanasi is a wonderland for the curious. A sensory overload with sights, colours, smells, sounds and tastes. From the aroma of spices, incense, perfume as well as food to the odours of human sweat, cows and funeral pyres.
The city is most comfortable to visit between October and March when the weather is pleasant and cool. However, you may want to consider the winter months; as during this time, many religious festivals are being celebrated.
Croatia is not just about coastlines, sea and sailing. Filled with galleries, museums, historic monuments and picturesque cobbled streets leading to fresh markets and clothing boutiques; It’s no surprise, we’ve been in love with Zagreb for so many years.
Zagreb has both an Upper and Lower town; The Upper town known as Gornji Grad, a medieval town boasting historic churches and museums. A must see in Upper town is the Church of St. Marks. See the infamous patriotic red, white and blue roof tiles bearing the coats of arms of Croatia, Dalmatia, Slavonia, and Zagreb City.
The Museum of Broken Relationships is another attraction not to be missed. Within the museum you will find exhibitions of compelling and heartbreaking stories of “broken relationships” told through personal belongings; this display of mementos is what ultimately makes this museum so unique.
In the lower town experience the sights, scents and sounds of the Dolac market, Ban Jelačić Square, Ilica street, the Zagreb cathedral and so much more.
With so much on offer you will soon see why this destination is the Lonely Planet’s “Best European Destination to visit for 2017″ and one of our long standing favourites.