Culture

The world’s best walking cities?

More often than not, getting to grips with what makes a city tick is best done on foot. Whether it’s a museum ramble, exploration of cobblestoned old quarters, or idle paseo-style post-prandial perambulations, a walk is the best way of measuring up how a place exists on a human scale, how its inhabitants go about their daily lives, and of feeling the rhythm of the streets. Here are some of our favourite cities for a stroll. Head to our facebook page to chip in with others...

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Filipino fact file

The Philippines has just become our newest destination, and we’re excited about our trips there: beach out in Borocay then swim with whale sharks at Donsol; walk the Banaue rice terraces before taking a hike on fiery Mayon Volcano – the islands have energy, diversity and spectacle to spare. Take a look here for more details, but rather than us going on about how great the place is, below are a few random facts to whet your appetite.

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The Sadhus of the Subcontinent

Have you seen this man? He seems to crop up in photo collections worldwide – a Kathmandu sadhu with a relaxed attitude towards tourist photography and, subsequently, an international profile!

Given his elaborate changes in costume, it’s perhaps not too far-fetched to wonder whether this particular sadhu indeed cultivates his profile – his ever-shifting paintwork and robes seem to reflect an awareness of his worldwide exposure and a desire to create a varied portfolio – is he vain or just giving good value for money?

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Best street food

It can get a bad press, and every seasoned traveller has a ‘Tangiers Tummy’ tale they’re happy to tell in grizzly detail, but it’s unfair to look on street food as the potential assassin of holidays. More often than not, the produce is fresh, locals graze there, and the street can make for a more sociable occasion than run-of-the-mill restaurants. So here’s a few of our favourites snacks, in some of our favourite places.

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Trek for Heart Disease – Great Wall of China Challenge 2011 6-15 May 2011

Inspired Adventures has teamed up with Peregrine to offer an opportunity to experience fascinating Eastern culture on an incredible adventure while helping provide vital funds to support Heart Disease Research along the way! Spend five days trekking along the border of China and Mongolia, on remote and thus seldom-visited sections of the Great Wall, staying overnight in local guesthouses. Before and after the trek spend time discovering the sights of Beijing and the Eastern Qing Tombs.

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Bizarre landscapes

All our trips get among landscapes that fascinate and capture the imagination. Some destinations, however, are just that little bit special in their ability to offer up the unexpected, where natural elements, and sometimes the hand of man, have worked overtime to create something that captivates because of its otherness. One we’ve recently added to our trips is Darvaza Crater in Turkmenistan, a mind-boggling open furnace in the middle of nowhere. Here’s Darvaza and a few of our other favourites.

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Our Community Projects in China and Central Asia

Uzbek Homestay
Peregrine supports a small village at Sentab in the Nurata Mountains by using village homestays. Having received United Nations Development Program support to set up the project, the community now plays host to all Peregrine travellers to Uzbekistan. This partnership provides valuable income for this isolated community and ensures a wonderful, unique experience for our clients.

 

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All Aboard Our New Rail Journeys!

There’s nothing quite like long-distance train travel – the thrill of embarkation, the unparalleled chance for meeting locals, the views across plains and mountains in the twilight and the carriage’s sway as you sleep.

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What's New in the ‘Stans’?

Central Asia now seems at the distant periphery of the world, but at one time it was the centre of culture and contemporary thought. Discover the blue domes and mosaics of Silk Road architecture. Bargain amongst the locals in vast and varied bazaars. Trek and ride horses through mountain forest reserves. Camp by a desert crater licked by the ‘flames of hell’. Take lunch on a daybed in the shade of a walnut grove.

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Mesmerising Mongolia

Mongolia is one steppe beyond – a place where myth and reality collide. On our three new magnificent Mongolian trips you’ll get so far off the beaten track there’s no track at all...

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