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Allison Van Rassel is the face and brains behind Foodie in Quebec City. Her passion for food first turned her into a foodie and then a food columnist. In 2012, she launched her own blog which as per the statistics is the number one Quebec food blog. An enthusiastic and super energized Allison was all praise about the delicious delicacies the backpackers and tourists could definitely try once and we couldn’t help but jot it down for you to read!

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The kiwi sense of adventure and innovative thinking is behind some unique New Zealand-designed adventure tourist attractions, and the country’s success in the adventure tourism space. New Zealand pioneered the concept of adventure tourism in 1988 when AJ Hackett established the world’s first commercial bungy jumping experience in Queenstown. Blokart, Zorb and Shweeb are three examples of modern Kiwi inventions that have put a new spin of ‘going for a spin’ on New Zealand’s great outdoors. Much earlier – and in a different league – the ski plane and Hamilton jet boat were Kiwi inventions that pushed the boundaries of adventure tourism. So when it comes to New Zealand being a adventure hub, this ideology is definitely the backbone for the success and its sustenance.

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A holistic destination offering a range of experiences, Australia has something to satiate every type of traveler, be it the youthful adventure lover, the newly married couple on a honeymoon or the family travelling with kids. The diversity of experiences available in the country makes it a preferred adventure destination among travelers. Australia’s open spaces, rugged terrain, expansive coastlines and mountain ranges provide an exhilarating and ready-made adventure for adrenaline junkies. Continue reading “Australian Adventure”

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My girlfriend and I are five weeks into a year long trip around the world. We chose Canada as our first stop because we are from London which means that we had no problem with language and communication. Also Canadians are reputable for being the most friendly people in the world, and although we are travelling on a budget there was still so much for us to do there. Activities such as hiking, swimming and cycling are day to day things that can be done almost anywhere that we visited at no cost or with something very nominal.

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Adventure and Ecotourism Québec (AEQ), a regional association recognized by Tourism Québec, has ceaselessly been one of the best associations when it comes to adventure tourism. Once a vision and now a successful association, AEQ endlessly works towards promoting and developing Québec as a hub for adventure and ecotourism in the best way possible.

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At the top of that climb, we could see only rocks ahead of us. Big boulders, roundish and lying on top of each other. It covered a massive flat area, the size of two football fields. It suddenly seemed like we were on an alien planet, with a completely different topography. Even though it seemed like we could just walk and hop over the rocks, the sheer size of each rock would make it a difficult passage. It was a glacial landform, that had changed the entire landscape of the area a couple of years ago. There was an actual glacier underneath those massive boulders. And as the person we met on the climb told us, there was a “dhalaan” somewhere, which meant the hard ice of the glacier had given away to form sort of a crater in the middle of that boulder field.

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Hearing the word ‘Sacred’ naturally inculcates some sort of curiosity within me. This time when I heard the word in line with the word ‘Forest’, my excitement reached new levels. A week later, when I finally visited the Mawphlang Sacred Grove, I felt a vibe which was ethereal and difficult to explain.

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“How high are we?” I asked Ganesh bhaiya and the answer left me both “speech and weight” – less; 2200 feet! Well, that is how I felt while paragliding over the Pawna Lake in Pune, surrounded by the dauntingly beautiful Kamshet mountains, standing as sentinels of Mother Nature. The feeling could be described as that of excitement and adventure but that would be putting it mildly; very mildly. I thought that I would be scared out of my wits for this was the first time I was undertaking such an adventure and had no preconceived notion as to what to expect out of this imposed ordeal for it was my friend Amitesh who, against my will, took me on this expedition of sorts; and truth be told, I was petrified because I kept on thinking about the unfathomable possibilities that the unknown might present me with. What followed was something I’ll never forget for the rest of my life.

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The saying “Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul” is true to the word. However in my scenario, both my pocket and soul were empty! I couldn’t do much about the pocket as salary day was still 15 days away; filling my soul with a new experience seemed like a good option. Adventures like Rafting, Paragliding and others require you to spend quite a fortune; fortune worth enough to pay my 3 month electricity bill but Hiking or Trekking don’t require much of one’s forever disappearing moolah. With a budget of mere 1300 bucks, I decided to take a Trek to Sandhan Valley which one of my friend marketed to me as the ‘Fireflies Trek’.

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Peru offers a wide spectrum of opportunities for the travelers, right from sightseeing to gastronomy, everything is magnificent and enticing. It is a country blessed with rich culture, mesmerizing beauty and breathtaking adventure sites. Machu Picchu is one of the major highlights of the trip of South America but there is much more to explore in Peru beyond this place.

One can enjoy a boat ride in Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world; enjoy a fancy picnic in the middle of the desert in Paracas, under the spectacular star-filled sky; exploring the mysteries of the Nazca Lines, tracings of mysteriously preserved drawings in the desert sand; visit the Colca and Cotahuasi Canyons, the deepest canyons in the world; fishing piranhas in the Amazon River, the mightiest river in the world; or experience the modern lifestyle sightseeing in the streets of Lima, the only capital in South America facing the Pacific Ocean. The uniqueness in the landscape, the people and the rich experience here makes Peru one of the most extra-ordinary destinations to visit.

Nazca Lines is among the top 10 places to visit in Peru. The Nazca Lines were declared a World Heritage Site in 1994. It is said that Nazca Lines were drawn on the surface between the period 550 – 600 A.D. These are the greatest known archaeology’s enigma owing to its size, continuity, nature and quality.  Geographers have depicted them to be the living creatures, imaginary beings,  stylized plants and also many kilometers long geometric figures. These lines are associated with some astronomical functions. These images on the ground are so big in size that the best way to get a full view of them is overflying them.

Flying over Nazca Lines leave all the tourists spellbound as they glare at the perfect shapes of a spider, a lizard, different kinds of birds like humming birds, sea birds, a monkey, a whale and even spot the design of powerful Andean Condor.  The planes that are used to take tourists fly over Nazca are of the optimum standard. All the airplanes can accommodate 4-12 passengers + 1 pilot + 1 copilot. The tour departs from the Maria Reiche Airport that is located in Nazca itself. All year round, the flights are scheduled daily, although they are subjected to weather conditions.Nazca Lines are surely one of the most impressive and prevailing mysteries of the Peruvian history and it would be surely an experience to cherish for your lifetime if given a chance to fly over them.

You can reach Nazca by bus from Pisco and Lima. The bus journey from Pisco takes about 3.30 hours and from Lima it takes about 6 hours to reach Nazca.  You can even take regular daily flights via LC Perú Lima – Pisco – Lima and continue with your journey. During the peak season starting from June to September the tour must be booked two weeks prior to the travel date to get confirmed seats.

Special thanks to Dan Somogyi for sharing beautiful photographs from his very own travel experience in Peru!