Viva Colombia – Pt 3. Avianca Airlines
It’s surprising how many people don’t know Colombia has a flagship airline. Let me be the one to tell you: Avianca paves the way. Avianca has been taking people to and from Bogota and points in Colombia for nearly 70 years, and for the modest way they have of doing business they certainly maintain solid […]
Viva Colombia! – Pt 2. Cartagena
Cartagena is like a hot tamale, it looks innocent but its flavor and wicked heat makes you dance when you bite it. We arrived in Cartagena still wearing jackets, which was a mistake. While Bogotá may be equatorial, the elevation keeps it cool. Cartagena on the other hand stays toasty, with an average temperature in […]
Viva Colombia! – Pt 1. Bogotá
Bogotá has seen a lot in its 500-year history. Growth, retraction, invasion, crime, calm, innovation, sights, sounds and always beautiful scenery. Now with over 7 million inhabitants (as of 2005) these days the city is not simply a metropolis, but more of a conglomeration where the arts, politics and industry all play off one another […]
Viva Colombia! Reports from a renewed country
South America has been a hot topic of late. What with the Olympics finding a home in Rio, the inclusion of Machu Picchu in the “New 7 Wonders of the World” project and the overall positive growth of travel and tourism to that side of the equator, it seems like everyone’s talking about it. Last […]
Rio de Janeiro to host 2016 Summer Olympics
It was announced Friday that the 2016 Summer Olympics will spontaneously divert the world’s attention to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This will be the first time the Olympic Games have been hosted by a South American city, which comes as hard-fought justice to those Brazilians who thought it unfair that the games can be held […]
The Unesco Advantage – Visiting the World Heritage Sites
If asked by any stranger what would be my most desirable places to go if traveling on a round the world ticket, I’d likely think for a few seconds only. I’d say: doesn’t matter, any place that has some kind of cultural, historical and/or aesthetic raison d’etre. (Okay, maybe not in those words.) Still, as […]
Seva Café, India – Karmically Delicious
Recently I found about a great project going on in the western Indian city of Ahmadabad by an AirTreks client leaving for his trip: a truly one-of-a-kind restaurant that gives form to the elusive concept of Service. From its inception, Seva Café has been on a social mission: to help the local community by promoting […]
The Death of the Orient Express
A little piece of literary travel history will be squeaking its last brakes, and with hardly a whimper. The last piece of the proverbial Orient Express, the legendary sleeper train that once connected Calais, France and Istanbul in high fashion and efficiency, will, as of December 12th, 2009, cease to exist. Seventy-five years after the […]
World’s Best Airports
Back in June, Skytrax, the web’s most noted airline rating service, released their list of the top 10 best airports in the world. Since every round-the-world or multi-stop trip could at least come close to landing at or departing from one of these places, it may be worth your while to take a gander at […]
Destination Wednesday: Paraty, Brazil
A two and a half hour bus ride west of Rio sits one of Brazil’s little treasures. Paraty (pronounced Pah-dah-CHI) sits on a tranquil little cove bedecked with fishing boats and squat colonial-style houses as colorful as a national flag. First settled in the mid 16th century by Portuguese explorers, the town officially gained its […]
Destination Tuesday: Machu Picchu
Following up last week’s Destination Tuesday, this week we take you down the tracks (or foot path if that’s your way) to Machu Picchu.
Is Japan too expensive to visit? Probably not.
Is Japan too expensive to visit?