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giuliadventures
giuliadventures When? I'll be in Cairo from sep 1st for 8/9 months and want to see at least Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon.
Trip | Cairo to Istanbul
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4 years ago
comehikewithmike
comehikewithmike Looks like scottooooo will be there the same time as you. I was there two years ago and it was really eye-opening. I love the culture in Egypt, and the tombs were mind-blowing. Especially the Valley of Kings and Queens.
4 years ago
overlander
overlander Make sure you get the hot air balloon over the "Valley". The sounds of the balloons firing up is insane. They had about 30 there at the same time. And about 20 people in each. The atmosphere was very memorable.
4 years ago
scottooooo
scottooooo Arrive in Cairo September 11 and going to Luxor a few day's later
4 years ago
scottooooo
scottooooo Expect to get to Israel in about 10 day's later after Petra
4 years ago
Todd
Todd Hi Katie, have you obtained a visa yet? I'd be interested to know how difficult it is. There's another trip on here to North Korea too: http://globetrooper.com/tour-of-a-lifetime-in-north-korea-2010
urbanomad
urbanomad I went last year to Pyongyang to check out the Mass Games and the city. My friends and I went with Koryo Tours, they're based out of Beijing (all the tours start from there). I thought they were very knowledgeable and the group was interesting (although I guess it's a certain kind of person that goes on holiday to North korea). I live in China and planning to go back to see other parts of the DPRK in the spring.
4 years ago
urbanomad
urbanomad If you want, I can send you the link to my pictures from that trip.
4 years ago
comehikewithmike
comehikewithmike Would love to see those pictures. I think it's easy to assume North Korea is colorless, when really I imagine it's an amazing dimension.
4 years ago
Katie
Katie Hi Urbanomad, How did you find the trip? Were the mass games good? I think i will still go with the company in Dandong as they are a fraction of the price. Do you think you will go back?
4 years ago
Katie
Katie Sorry Todd, i missed your question. Yes I have the visa, the company sorted it out - it took 2 weeks, there weren't any problems. Happy travels!
4 years ago
Charlie
Charlie Hey, everyone! I'm planning a early January departure for Buenos Aires followed directly by a bus trip down to Tierra del Fuego. The main goal of this portion of the trip is venture over to Antarctica from Ushuaia. If anyone has completed this trip before, it would be great to hear from them!
Region | Latin America Travel Forum 4 years ago
comehikewithmike
comehikewithmike Charlie, there are lots of trips here going to Argentina in Dec/Jan/Feb. There's a very popular one to Machu Picchu, but I'm interested in the one to climb Aconcagua. Is that you sort of thing?
4 years ago
Charlie
Charlie Hey, Mike....I actually hiked to Machu Picchu via Salkantay Pass in 2007. A spectacular trek. Right now, I'm focusing more on Tierra del Fuego and the Antarctic Peninsula. If you've been to Antarctica, I would like to hear about your experience.
4 years ago
comehikewithmike
comehikewithmike No, unfortunately not. But there are a group of crazy girls looking to dive around Antarctica. http://globetrooper.com/antarctica-and-south-georgia-island-2010
4 years ago
Charlie
Charlie Thanks for the tip....I'm trying to figure out the cheapest way to plan for getting to the Peninsula.
4 years ago
Sapna
Sapna Hi! I'm planning a trip to Cartegena, Columbia and would love tips, especially regarding safety. Also, check out my travel blog on australia, southeast asia and europe: http://nonutsonmybuns.blogspot.com/
Region | Latin America Travel Forum 4 years ago
Todd
Todd Interesting name Sapna. Did you ever read Shantaram? One of my favourite books. And it has a Sapna in it.
4 years ago
Sapna
Sapna Hi Todd. Sapna is a very common Indian name so not surprised its everywhere. Heard good things about Shantaram but don't have the arm strength to carry it on my next trip :)
4 years ago
comehikewithmike
comehikewithmike You need an Amazon kindle: a traveller's best friend (especially for large books). :)
4 years ago
sueb262
sueb262 What activities do you have planned? Events? Theatre? Historical locations?
Trip | Tokyo
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4 years ago
comehikewithmike
comehikewithmike Hi Sue, check out this trip to Tokyo too. May be a little early for you, but sounds like a great way to really immerse in the culture. Wish I could make it too. http://globetrooper.com/japanese-music-festival-roadtrip-2010
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Anyone keen to climb Aconcagua or do the Inca Trail early next year? And any other ideas for adventures in South America?
Region | Latin America Travel Forum 4 years ago
Todd
Todd Absolument! Check out this trip... not for the faint-hearted http://globetrooper.com/buenos-aires-to-aconcagua-polish-traverse-route-2011
4 years ago
tachyon
tachyon Go the Galapagos! Best trip I've done in my entire life! Heading back next year if all goes to plan.
4 years ago
Todd
Todd Hey tachyon, why so? Is it more than the unique wildlife? Did you trek much? I suspect it's much less commercial than the Inca Trail.
4 years ago
vagabond
vagabond The machu picchu trail is still quite difficult, no matter how many people do it each year. The elevation really gets to some people.
4 years ago
Suzy
Suzy Hello Lauren. I am hopeful to do the Inca Trail in Feb next year. I will need to train a bit, I haven't done any hiking before this and I hear it is very strenuous with a lot of staircases
4 years ago
tachyon
tachyon Todd: there's not much trekking to be done, as you're required to stay on very limited paths around the islands and have a guide with you at all times. But the wildlife is just so...Words can't really describe it. I'm planning to go back next year to do a liveaboard diving trip there (budget pending). It's certainly not cheap to get there or go on a cruise, but for anybody who has even the remotest interest in natural history, it's one of the most amazing places on the planet.
4 years ago
tachyon
tachyon Also, I did the Inca Trail last year. It's not *that* bad. It's the altitude rather than the distance that will get you.
4 years ago
Meg
Meg The Inca Trail really isn't that bad as long as you take a few days to acclimatise to the altitude before you actually start hiking! By biggest tip would be blister plasters though! It doesn't matter how comfy your shoes are for normal hiking, that many staircases means blisters - prevention's better than having to hike 2 more days with blisters...
4 years ago
comehikewithmike
comehikewithmike Great tip! It's these things that turn an "okay" adventure into a "great" adventure.
4 years ago
comehikewithmike
comehikewithmike Looks like you be there at the same time as perks http://globetrooper.com/around-the-world-in-270-days-2010. I was going to join his trip, but looks like i'll be later in the year.
Clement
Clement Cheers for the info Mike.
4 years ago
comehikewithmike
comehikewithmike Azael, what is geocaching exactly? Sounds interesting.
Azael
Azael http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4VFeYZTTYs&feature=player_embedded
4 years ago
Azael
Azael This video explain what is geocaching.
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Wow! I didn't know there was anything like this out there! I love treasure hunts! Good luck on your trip - I'm going to look on the geocahe website for a closer location
4 years ago
comehikewithmike
comehikewithmike "...then Asia no time limit" - you should definitely consider this trip http://globetrooper.com/the-great-circular-indian-railway-challenge-2011. Lots of people (maybe 15 to 25) are planning to go. Should be freakin' amazing.
backpackingoz
backpackingoz Thanks a lot! I'll look into it and might join for part of the trip.
4 years ago
Todd
Todd Hi all, I'm really eager to climb Ama Dablam sometime in the next three years (it's even at the top of my bucket list - http://globetrooper.com/trooper/todd). So I'm looking for anyone interested in developing their mountaineering skills. I'm not sure of the best path, but maybe a 10-day technical course in Alaska, then Aconcagua in Argentina, then Mont Blanc in France, and then finally Ama Dablam. Anyone interested?
Region | Greater Asia Travel Forum 4 years ago
comehikewithmike
comehikewithmike I recommend the courses at AMS. It's a stunning environment to 'learn the ropes' - excuse the pun. Here's a link to the 12-day technical course. http://www.climbalaska.org/mtc-12day.html
4 years ago
vagabond
vagabond You guys are giving me shivers just talking about it. Give me a hot desert, jungle or city any day.
4 years ago
Vanessa
Vanessa Todd when are you thinking of doing the technical course in Alaska? Depending on timelne might be able to join!
4 years ago
Todd
Todd There are a few options for this: Alaska, France, Colorado, BC (Canada), NZ, etc. The Alaskan Mountaineering School has quite a reputation (and plenty of training ground). France may be the second best option combining the mountaineering course with a summit of Mont Blanc.
4 years ago
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