THIS WEEK IN TRAVEL (ISSUE NO. 14)


We have been endlessly tackling the topic of the changing weather over here at Kosan, awaiting the eventual arrival of the spring season. It may seem we have proclaimed, “spring has arrived!” more than once, but we are quite optimistic that the warm sunshine and inevitable heat wave is just beyond the horizon. But seriously, can you believe it’s May already? Before the crowds begin to congregate, take a look at Condé Nast’s curated list of ideal destinations to travel to in May. From Sicily and Barcelona, all the way to Alaska, it’s time to discover a new part of the world. After all, as we say, there truly is no better time to travel than the present.

We’ve got the scoop! According to the Greeks, Milos is the latest, greatest Greek island to go to. The most southwestern of the Cyclades, Milos offers undiscovered territory with the bluest of waters and best beaches of all the islands. Condé Nast reports that travel company True Greece has Milos on their radar for a must see destination in 2017. One of our favourite travel bloggers, Hayley Andersen of Haylsaway, touts it as the perfect spot to indulge in your adventurous side. So get up and go before the tourists take over!

From Croatia’s emerald gem, Plitvice Lakes National Park, to Sri Lanka’s towering “Lion’s Rock” overlooking Sigiriya, National Geographic gives us a list of iconic adventures definitely worth the trek. Whether you crave adventure, climbing the 8,920-foot summit of Huayna Picchu to get a reverse view of the wonder Machu Picchu, or prefer a more leisurely stroll through Provence’s Lavender fields, there are plenty of gorgeous vistas waiting for you to discover.

Machu Picchu, Peru. Photograph by Jim Richardson courtesy of National Geographic. 

Speaking of the one of the world’s most bucket-listed site, Machu Picchu, the Unesco World Heritage site, has made changes to deal with overcrowding and help protect the site from the impact of too many tourists visiting all at once. Visitors will soon have to enter the site in two shifts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Tip: if you are looking to avoid heavy crowds and venture off the beaten-path, the hike to Choquequirao-Peru's lesser known rural village—apparently it has ruins three times the size of the ever-popular Machu Picchu.

Choquequirao, Peru's lesser known rural village. Photo courtesy of Mark Johanson/ Lonely Planet. 

A boardwalk built for the purpose of conserving and restoring damaged blanket bog has now been coined as the "Stairway to Heaven". A wooden walkway at Cuilcagh Mountain in Country Fermanagh has caught the wave of frenzy on social media spiking its’ popularity. The route is isolated showing off its’ scenic mountain views with 665 above sea level—the highest mountain point in Northern Ireland. Sometimes these spikes can be a little two good to be true as outlined last week in Iceland and Amsterdam, Barcelona and other have all outlined this issues.  

Cuilcagh Mountain Boardwalk, "Stairway to Heaven", Ireland. Photo courtesy of Lonely Planet. 

We are not the only species in a hurry for summer days at the beach. Cancun's sea turtle nesting season has kicked off to an early start with turtles nesting as early as April. If you find yourself in Cancun during these next months, head out to the beach one night and try to spot one of these creatures nesting their eggs. Or if you’re wanting to get off the beaten path, Playa X’cacel, about an hour and a half outside of Cancun is home to a turtle sanctuary. This quiet bay is the perfect place for some R&R, a local favourite with few crowds.

And quite fitting as Cinco de Mayo just passed, two of our team members recently travelled to opposite sides of Mexico to discover some hidden gems. Be sure to check out the full story: Hidden Gems: The Tale of Two Mexicos.  

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Mexico. Photo from the KOSAN archives. 

If you find yourself intrigued by the giant tortoise, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador is the place to scope out these magnificent creatures. A British conservationist, wildlife photographer Pete Oxford captured stunning photos, which reveal the secret lives and landscapes where these prehistoric, massive species live. Pete now leads tours with his company Focus Expeditions to these parts allowing visitors to experience the tortoises’ sheer, shocking enormous size up close. On that note our friends at Holiday's for Humanity and See the Wild recently launched a Keep it Wild, wild life pledge you should sign up to.

Tortoises in Galapagos Islands. Image by Pete Oxford via Lonely Planet.

Elsewhere in Europe, and by elsewhere we mean literally every country in Europe, Global Degree kicks off their Season Three with Iceland. We were lucky enough to attend a private screening and damn...there is a lot to look forward to. And in case you missed it, we recently had the chance to sit down and chat with Global Degree about their adventures. Be sure to check out the full interview, there are a few surprises in store.

 

Happy Travels!

The Kosan Team