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Which Machu Picchu Trek should I do?

The Inca Trail is an iconic trek through a spectacular landscape ending at one of the most beautiful historical sights in the world; in short it’s popular for a reason. This acclaim has lead to the Peruvian government taking extra measures to protect the ancient route and there is a limit of 500 people a day allowed on the trail (including trekkers, porters and guides) and in February it’s closed all together.

Though this is great for the local environment it can mean that the permits for the trail are like gold dust during busy months and many people are unable to secure them for their visit. The fame of the route and the ensuing crowds have also led to some visitors seeking out alternative routes (we call them Inca hipsters). But which trek one should you choose? Here’s our run-down of the 4 most popular to help you decide:
Inca Trail routes

The routes

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Why Colombia is the best country in Latin America

Today’s blog post comes from Flora Moffat who works at STA Travel’s headquarters in London

I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t Colombia a bit…well…dangerous?

I had to answer this very question every time I was asked where my next holiday was (which, when you work in travel, is a LOT). There are definitely a few rules here; don’t walk around late at night on your own with your SLR on your shoulder and your iPhone headphones in (but in what city is it okay to do that anyway?). Just be safe and cautious and you will experience one of the most fantastic places on earth.

Colombia’s got everything, and I mean everything. It’s a diverse mix of stunning beaches, breath taking views, the lushest, greenest mountains I’ve ever seen (outside of The Shire) vast amounts of wildlife and jaw dropping sunsets. Need I go on? Oh ok then…


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23 reasons you should go Island hopping in Fiji

Now, we don’t think you’re really going to need a lot of convincing on this. Whether it’s the breathtaking Mamanuccas or the seeming endless swathe of the Yasawas (they’ve got some great names out there) Fiji is quite simply paradise on earth.

With all this to explore and no boat of your own (we’re assuming – we may be wrong) a trip to this area can seem quite daunting. But where as in Oz, Nz and Latin America you can jump on a hop-on hop-off bus, Fiji has it’s own version with the hop-on hop-off Yasawa flyer. Jump on, sit back and explore your new favourite part of the world.

Fiji beach

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Help! I’ve only got 7 days to see New Zealand!

Today’s blog comes from Fiona Bryce, a Travel Expert in our Edinburgh George street store

It’s not every day you get offered a trip to New Zealand, so I was pretty darn excited when I got the news that I’d be trotting off to see our Commonwealth chums. Then I thought about it a bit more and realised I’d only actually have 7 days on the ground. I was a wee bit disappointed –  there was obviously no way I’d get to see much. All those experiences I talk about to people heading off to do their working holiday visas, there was no chance I’d even be able to cram half of them in.

The long road to Mt Tongariro

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Scenic ways and Cape Town braais – 10 days on South Africa’s garden route

Today’s blog comes from Chris Newnham, the Assistant Manager in our Reading store 

Incredible landscapes, stunning city views, poignant history, adrenalin activities galore and sparkling modern culture – South Africa has it all in abundance. I had the pleasure of exploring the famous Garden Route for 10 days from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth– and what a pleasure it was!

The impressive Garden Route

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