Southern Peru’s Ultimate Adventure – The Salkantay Trek

26 03 2013

Visiting the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu is an experience not to be missed, but have you ever thought how you might get there?

World Challenge offers the Salkantay trek to it’s challengers, which is how we like to arrive at Machu Picchu.  This off-the-beaten-path trek provides an authentic perspective of an original Incan trail, as it takes you through the heartland of the Inca empire. You’ll discover spectacular scenery of picturesque valleys framed by soaring snow-capped peaks in the distance. You’ll continue your journey up through the Andes, passing coffee and banana plantations along the way. In fact, this trek is so rad, National Geographic listed it as one of their “ultimate adventures” in 2011. Grab your hiking boots and get ready to explore Peru’s ancient past, filled with epic adventures along the way!

This trek is available on World Challenge expeditions to Southern Peru, check it out for yourself!

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How to Write a Travel Blog

24 05 2012

What better way to share your World Challenge experience with your friends and family, then through your own Travel Blog.

This is something that you can create as a team before you leave. You can update it during your expedition (when you find an internet cafe!) and when you get home!  You can share all of your stories, pictures, and experiences from your adventure.

Here’s how you can create your own Travel Blog:

 1.  Sign up and start your blog with Word PressFind out how to here!

 2.  Bring your blog to life!  – As a team start thinking about a few things…

  • What are you going to call your blog?  What is your ‘about you’ section going to include?
  • What do you want your blog to be about?  Is it going to be a summary of each day on expedition, or different team members stories?

3.  Start writing – Publish a post of two before you leave for Expedition, letting everyone know where you will traveling, what you will be doing, and introduce your team!

4.  Spread the word! – Let everyone know about your blog!  Tell your family, friends, classmates and everyone in your community who helped with your fundraising efforts.  They will want to follow along and hear about all of your epic travel stories!

Check out our Franklin Team’s travel blog who traveled to Peru in 2011!

Happy Writing!

Check out some pictures for our 2012 destinations

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Destination of the Month: Morocco!

13 04 2012

Morocco has long been associated as a crossroads between Africa, Europe and the Middle East. On expedition, you can trek through mountain passes which weave through Berber villages, ride camels through stunning gorges and the desert to take in the breathtaking scenery, or live and work in a rural community helping teach English.

Morocco has the perfect blend of unique trekking and colorful culture, so if you are looking to do and see it all — Morocco is the destination for you!

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  • LANGUAGE:  The official language is Moroccan Arabic, but you will hear French spoken in the cities and many of the rural villages, except in the northern regions where Spanish is more predominant. You will also hear many Berber languages and English being spoken across the country.
  • RELIGIONIslam is the established state religion of Morocco.
  • CULTURAL NOTES:  The Moroccan culture is a unique blend of both European and Arabic influences that date from ancient times to the present day.  However, many traditions and rituals stem from the Berber origin. One being, the eating of food with only three fingers of the right hand!
  • NOT TO BE MISSED: Experience the sun setting and rising in the Sahara desert, as you trek into the dunes of Erg Chebbi on camel, and stay overnight in a traditional Bedouin tent. Take a stroll around the bustling souks in Marrakech, where you can find Snake Charmers around every corner. Try to visit the picturesque town of Chefchaouen, with its vivid blue and white buildings nestled between two mountains.

What to see it first hand?  We know you do!

Learn about our Expeditions to Morocco!

Destination of the Month – Nepal

29 02 2012

Nepal is known to be one of the world’s most classic trekking destinations, but is also home to amazing temples, elephant reserves and colorful religious festivals that occur year round.  On expedition you could discover the base camp of Mount Everest, sleep in teahouses settled within the Himalayan terrain, or visit the monkey temple!

Nepal has a very mountainous and rugged terrain, so if you are looking for a great physical challenge — Nepal is the destination for you!

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  • LANGUAGE:  The official language of Nepal is Nepali or Nepalese.  However, in more touristy areas and larger towns, many Nepalese do speak English.
  • RELIGION:  The majority of the Nepalese population follows Hinduism.  Nepal is the birthplace of the Buddha and is home to many famous temples where Hindus from all over the world come for pilgrimage.
  • CULTURAL NOTES:  Within the small area of Nepal thereNepal Flag is the greatest range of altitude on earth, ranging from the Terai, only 100m above sea level, to the summit of Mount Everest at 8,848m.  The Nepali year begins in mid-April and is divided into 12 months and Saturday is the official weekly holiday!  Nepal’s flag is the only national flag in the world that is not rectangular in shape.
  • NOT TO BE MISSED: Phewa Tal in Pokhara, Nepal is a must visit on expedition.  Famous for its spectacular views, on calm days, the mountains of the Annapurna Range are perfectly reflected on the lakes surface.

What to see it first hand?  We know you do!

Learn about our Expeditions to Nepal!

Where in the World is That Photo Taken?

14 02 2012

Lake and Mountain Landscape

Known as the ‘land of fire and ice’, __________ is the most active volcanic region in the world.  Its dramatic and wild landscape captures a fascinating combination of active volcanoes, towering glaciers, lava fields, craters, powerful spouting geysers, rising mountains, thundering waterfalls, glacial flood plains and hot springs.  It is the second largest island in Europe with the northern most point of its mainland extending to within a few 100 metres of the Arctic Circle.  A highlight of __________ is the clear Arctic light, which shines almost continuously throughout the summer months. You will also get the chance to visit the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa whose steamy waters are surrounded by a surreal landscape of black lava.  Or you could try some fresh caught fish prepared traditionally by either pickling in fermented whey or brine or drying and smoking.

Do you know where this photo is taken?  Take our poll below!

Did you guess last week’s “Where In The World”?  Check it out here!

Dive Right Into an Adventure

10 02 2012

Looking for a unique adventure where you can spend part of your World Challenge expedition under water?  Then Dive Honduras is for you!

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World Challenge takes its Challengers on a diving adventure of a life time in Honduras.  Challengers have the opportunity to take diving lessons off of Bay Island in the city of Roatan.  Professional instructors teach Challengers correct techniques and diving safety, before they dive into the crystal clear waters surrounding them.  They will have the opportunity to perform confined water dives and open water dives, where they will experience all of the wonders under the sea. With its expansive Caribbean coastline, warm water and stunning reef, Honduras provides the perfect environment for learner divers!

Want to see it first hand?  We know you do! 

Learn about our Expeditions to Honduras in the summer of 2013!

Destination of the Month: Nicaragua

20 01 2012

Stunning Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea coastlines, dense jungles and exciting mountains – all this and more make Nicaragua a remote and mesmerizing destination.

Expeditions take teams through fascinating colonial cities and remote indigenous villages (for meaningful service projects), along ancient trekking routes (where you can summit 5 of the county’s best volcanoes in just 5 days), and include some well-earned time for R&R on the beautiful beaches.

Sound about right?  Well then, Nicaragua is the destination for you.

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  • LANGUAGE:  Official language is Spanish, and although Spanish is spoken throughout the country it has great variety in vocabulary, accents that can vary between towns
  • RELIGION:  Nicaragua is predominantly Roman Catholic, although Nicaragua has no official religion.  Religion is a significant part of the culture of Nicaragua.
  • CULTURAL NOTES:  Baseball is the most popular sport played in Nicaragua and you can see pick-up games almost everywhere you look.   Dennis Martínez, who was the first baseball player from Nicaragua to play in Major League Baseball, became the first Latin-born pitcher to throw a perfect game!
  • NOT TO BE MISSED:  Ometepe Island is a must see when traveling to Nicaragua. An island formed by two volcanoes rising from Lake Nicaragua,  it is the largest volcanic island inside a fresh water lake in the world.  While visiting the island you can attempt two volcano summits or just enjoy the beaches and waterfalls.

What to see it first hand?  We know you do!

Learn about our Expeditions to Nicaragua in 2012/2013!

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