Galapagos for Beginners: What You Need to Know Before You Go!

The Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador are a dream holiday destination for many. The unique wildlife, varied environment and unconventional history make this place incredibly unique and memorable. Naomi recently visited the Galapagos and has a few tips for first-time visitors.  What exactly are the Galapagos? The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands off the coast of Ecuador in South America. The terrain varies island to […]

Top 5 Tips for Hiking the Inca Trail

Kylie Gilbert recently visited Peru and completed the four-day-three-night hike to the famous Inca ruins at Machu Picchu. We asked her for her top tips on completing the hike. I love hiking and conquering the Inca Trail and exploring Machu Picchu has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. It really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and something I’ll never forget. If you’re thinking of hiking […]

A Tale of Two Treks

Ray Baker has recently completed two Himalayan Treks, one in Nepal and one in Sikkim, India. Here, he reflects on both treks – how they are similar and how they are different. They were the best of times, they were my two most recent Himalayan treks, one in Nepal and the other in Sikkim. They both give tremendous views of the third highest mountain on earth, Kanchenjunga, 8586m (pictured above). […]

This is where I find myself now… Africa

After mapping out more than 7500km to research Back Track’s first fully-guided and escorted six vehicle safari, Jim Drapes and the brave souls on the first trek, headed off for 29 days through Namibia and Botswana, finishing at Victoria Falls and  including the Okavango Delta. It was a trip never to be forgotten, Jim writes.   In a crowded world, I found an escape … a place to be totally […]

Not lost; just geographically embarrassed

Trek leader, Ray Baker, recalls a particularly memorable trip to Nepal to research a new tour… In April 2000, I did a research trek into the Manaslu area of Nepal. The trek went well off the beaten trail into an area rarely visited by foreigners. Until… There goes the planning My carefully planned itinerary was blown to smithereens on the first day out. A broken- down bus blocked our progress […]

The Diary of a Kokoda Trekker

by Prue Barker Prue decided to accept the challenge—personally and physically—and take on the Kokoda Track. Prue kept a diary on her trekking days and is proud to cross the finish line with Team 6 in 2017. Day 1: Thurs 20 April 2017  Left Lamana @ 15:30 Arr Owers’ Corner @ 16:50 (dept 35 mins later) Arr Goldie River @19:00 Great start to our trek. It was raining when we left POM and all […]

The top 5 destination for 2018 & what they will set you back!

Okay, so Lonely Planet lists Canberra as one of the world’s three hottest destinations… but our clients and colleagues have different ideas! So, here’s what’s trending for 2018 (i.e. emerging as a popular!)  Iceland  Yes, Game of Thrones has a lot to answer for (GOT to devotees). For a cool place, it’s hot in 2018! Why go there: The spectacular dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis in the northern sky […]

Matt’s Arctic Adventure slideshow!

Our travel guru, Matteo Carri, can now add the Arctic and Canadian Arctic to his ‘Places I’ve been‘ list! Matt travelled with Wild Earth on the Ocean Endeavour for 12 days, seeking the wilds and the wonders of the Arctic! Enjoy his slide show, and call, drop in or email Matt and he’ll tell you all about it from his first-hand experience.

Egg hopper, anyone? A snapshot of my 15 days in Sri Lanka

By Leanne Flanagan Smith I love trips where I learn new things, and on my 15-day adventure to Sri Lanka I barely scratched the surface of this intriguing destination. For those who struggle with the ‘Geography’ category in Trivial Pursuit, you will find Sri Lanka in South Asia. It’s an island country… go northwest and you’ll find India, or southwest and you are in the Maldives. What surprised me: The […]

Piranhas & poisonous dart frogs: the dark heart of the Amazon Jungle

By Emma Smith, Back Track Adventure Consultant There’s South America which brings to mind all the iconic images of Machu Picchu, meandering llama, colourful ponchos and festivals… and then there is the deepest and darkest Peru aka Northern Peru and the Amazon Jungle. That’s where you will find me. We flew into Lima and spent one night there before flying north up to Jaen and transferring out to the Amazonas […]

Zambia – the beauty and macabreness of nature: a Q&A with Naomi

Just back from 11 days in the wilds of Southern Africa’s Zambia, we put the spotlight on our Adventure Consultant, Naomi  Zerner, for her tips and highlights!   When did you go? What time of the year? I went on the 26 October for 11 days so I’m fresh off the plane! As Zambia is situated in the tropics, the best time to go is in the dry season from May to the […]

Trekking Kokoda with Team 6 and my brother

By Karen Chapman A life-shattering event led me to the Kokoda Track… and drove me all the way to the finish line. My youngest brother Ben, an ADF member, died by suicide in September 2016. I was completely and utterly devastated. I wanted to find a way to try and make it count for something; to let others know there were alternatives, there was help, and for our ADF brothers […]

What happened off the beaten track … by Clare Davissen

  I’m not sure about you but when I’m on holiday I like to get a little lost in a city to find some hidden gems – something off the tourist path. Exploring the world on foot has really allowed me to see some ‘less seen’ places. As much as I love to check out the main sites and take that all-important selfie on top of the Eiffel Tower or […]

Writings from the highest part of my trek

By Ray Baker Above sea level: Brisbane: 27m Pin Parvati Pass (India): 5319m In August 2015, I led a group on a trek in the Indian Himalaya. We crossed a 5300m pass called Pin Parvati into the remote, starkly beautiful region of Spiti. This is a classic high Himalayan trek in an area rarely visited by trekkers. The Parvati Valley has pristine forests, waterfalls, lakes, flower-filled meadows, snow-capped peaks, sacred […]

How times change … serving time in the Outer Hebrides

Brian C. Kay of North Lakes was amazed to see Back Track Adventures and Wild Earth’s small ship cruises visiting St Kilda on our Scotland in Depth cruise aboard the MS Serenissima … he shares his memories of time spent there during his army service. Remote, battered by the Atlantic seas, St Kilda, is a near mystical island with dual World Heritage site status for its natural and cultural significance. Deemed Europe’s […]

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