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Travellers getting ready for a canoe adventure at Gagaju Bush Camp

Go canoeing at Gagaju Bush Camp in Noosa

[ 2 ] November 23, 2011

Travelling the east coast of Australia? Gagaju Bush Camp is an absolute MUST for nature lovers and backpackers.

Tucked away between Lakes Cooroibah and Cootharaba, this rustic camping ground is the perfect base for exploring the Australian bush – and it’s only 20 minutes from Noosa.

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Pictures - Gagaju Bush Camp - Canoe trips in Noosa, Australia

Hop in a canoe and paddle down river to enjoy fabulous views of Cooloola National Park and the Everglades – a section of river stained black from teatrees and famed for its beauty. Don’t forget to stop by the historic Apollonian Hotel for lunch.

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Travellers getting ready for a canoe adventure at Gagaju Bush Camp

Back at camp, enjoy a barbecue with fellow backpackers, snuggle up round the camp fire or watch a movie in the TV room. Keep an eye out for kangaroos in the woods, Blade the dog (who is on heat) and any other creepy crawlies that might wonder into the camp.

PICTURE Camp fire at Gagaju Bush Camp in Noosa, Australia

Camp fire at Gagaju Bush Camp in Noosa, Australia

How to book

Contact Travel Bugs to book a 1, 2 or 3-day trip. Prices include return transfers from Noosa, accommodation (camping and basic dorms) kitchen facilities, canoe hire and TV room.

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Climbing Machu Picchu - What to pack for the Inca Trail

What to pack for the Inca Trail

[ 0 ] November 3, 2011

Planning to hike the Inca Trail in Peru? Make sure you’re prepared for all eventualities by consulting our checklist.

From First Aid kits to flashlights, our essential guide will ensure you’re well equipped for Machu Picchu!

Climbing Machu Picchu - What to pack for the Inca Trail - Fabulous Travel Guide

Climbing Machu Picchu - What to pack for the Inca Trail

*Flashlight

Girls – if you need the toilet during the night you’ll want your hands free. Go for a head torch so you can keep your dignity. A wind-up torch is also useful as there won’t be many power points along the way.

*Wet wipes and hand sanitiser

There’s nowhere to have a shower after a tough day’s climb so be sure to pack wet wipes. Hand sanitiser is great, too – and a necessity if you wear contact lenses – as no water is required.

* First Aid kit

It’s always worth having a First Aid kit with you as you never know when you’ll need Asprin, Imodium or re-hydration powder. It’s also worth noting that tour guides aren’t allowed to administeri any type of drug including headache pills, antibiotics and altitude sickness pills. Make sure you pack blister plasters and bandages. We can’t stress this enough!

* Waterproof cover for backpacks and a poncho!

Make sure your backpack stays nice and dry in a waterproof case. There are usually rain showers along the way so a poncho is a good idea, too. However you can buy these from locals on the way.

* Sleeping bag and liner

You can hire sleeping bags for around $10USD. If you bing your own, make sure it’s waterproof with a thermal lining.

* Purification tablets

Clean water is limited so take purification tablets or a filter so you can drink fresh water on the trek. The last thing you need is a dodgy stomach.

* Watch or alarm clock

Tour guides usually wake you in the morning for breakfast but on the last day, when you race up up to Machu Picchu at the crack of dawn, you’ll set your own alarm.

*Camera and spare memory card

Every day of the Inca Trail is awesome so you’ll be snapping away left, right and centre. Make sure you take a spare memory card – and battery – if you have it so you don’t have to be stingy!

* Plastic bags

Keep your clothes wrapped up in plastic bags – it will keep them nice and dry.

Next: What to wear for the Inca Trail>>

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Where to travel in Bolivia

[ 0 ] October 6, 2011

Bolivia is one of the most popular backpacking destinations in South America. Not only is it home to the Amazon Basin and the beautiful salt flats, it’s by far the cheapest country to explore.

Read on to see which are the best places to visit in Bolivia – and don’t forget to let us know your plans on Twitter or Facebook!

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Test your nerve on Death Road, Bolivia

1) La Paz

Travelling from Peru? Most backpackers bus it straight to the capital, La Paz.  Here you can test your nerve on Death Road, book the salt flats tour and party hard 24/7.

2) Rurrenabaque

Swim with pink dolphins in the Amazon! Book the Pampas Tour from La Paz and head north up to Rurrenabaque for a 3-day canoe trip. Highly recommended.

3) Sucre

Sucre is a pretty city to explore if you’re heading south. Fancy a giggle? Hop onboard the dinosaur bus for an unusual afternoon at Parque Cretacico. Afterwards sip coffee in one of the many sun-drenched cafes…

4) Potosi

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Don't miss the 3-day salt flats tour in Bolivia

Many travellers head to Potosi to visit the cooperative mines and experience the terrible working conditions that hundreds of men are forced to endure. There’s little else to see here so if you’re not keen on claustrophobic tunnels then you might want to give this one a miss.

5) Salar de Uyuni

Unmissable! You can book the salt flats tour from La Paz, Tupiza or Uyuni itself. See pictures of the salt flats here and start planning your trip today.

6) Tupiza

If you like horse riding and want to see some beautiful scenery then Tupiza certainly delivers. Check out our photo gallery here to see why we fell in love…

Looking for more things to do in South America? Check out what Peru has to offer and don’t forget to read our advice section for top tips on staying safe.

Pictures: Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Cango Caves: the Adventure Tour

[ 2 ] August 24, 2011

Looking for an adventure in South Africa? The Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn are sure to get the adrenaline pumping.

The underground maze, which was first discovered by local farmer Jacobus van Zyl, is a fascinating combination of limestone masterpieces, hanging crystal gardens and claustrophobic tunnels.

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Pictures: Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn, South Africa

One minute you’re wandering through vast chambers taking snaps of towering stalactites; the next you’re squeezing through a hole in the wall just 30cm high.

Types of tour

There’s only one way to see the Cango Caves – and that’s with the Adventure Tour. This takes around 90 minutes to complete and starts at the same point as the Standard Tour but goes deeper into the caves.

You’ll crawl through The Tunnel of Love (a low passageway some 74cm high), climb slippery ladders, squeeze into The Coffin and even experience the notorious Devil’s Chimney, a steep shaft about 45 centimetres wide which leads upwards for 3.5 metres!

Prices: Adults: 90ZAR (£7.70); children: 55ZAR (£4.70).

TOP TIP If you are at all claustrophobic then do the Standard Tour. It can get very humid in the some of the chambers and some guests have complained of shortness of breath,

Looking for more adrenaline-pumping adventures in South Africa? Why not go cage diving with Great Whites or get up close and personal to lions and elephants on safari?

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Spot lions at Schotia Private Game Reserve

[ 4 ] August 4, 2011

Looking for an unforgettable safari experience in South Africa? Schotia Private Game Reserve near Port Elizabeth is a great choice.

This park actually guarantees lion sightings and is thought to be ‘the most densely stocked reserve in Africa’ with over 2000 animals. So if you’re desperate to see the Big Five then Schotia is a a safe bet.

Lioness and her cubs at Schotia safaris - Safaris in South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

Lioness and her cubs at Schotia safaris - Safaris in South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

What to expect

As well as lions, this reserve is home to hundreds of game species including zebra, wilderbeest, hippos, giraffes, monkey, springbuck and even crocodiles – so expect an afternoon packed full of adventure!

Giraffes at Schotia Private Game Reserve in South Africa

Giraffes at Schotia Private Game Reserve in South Africa

Tours usually take place in an open-top Land Rover and last around 4 hours. Blankets are provided for the evening drives – but it’s always book to wear gloves and take a warm jacket. TOP TIP Take a spare camera battery!

Booking your tour

Addo/Schotia full day tour: Our favourite tour includes a morning drive through Addo Elephant Park, followed by an afternoon/evening drive through Schotia. Price includes lunch, drinks and a delicious dinner around the bonfire.

Tooth & Claw: Enjoy a 4-hour guided game drive in an open Land Rover where you’ll spot lions, giraffe, rhino and hippo. Afterwards, feast on a delicious buffet dinner prepared on open fires.

We want to say a big thanks to Peter de Witt for making our tour unforgettable! Get more information about tours or email schotia@intekom.co.za to make a booking.

Looking for more animal adventures in South Africa? Go cage diving with Great White sharks for an adrenaline rush you’ll never forget! Follow us on Twitter for more travel updates.

Workers in the cooperative mines, Potosi - Pictures of the mines - Fabulous Travel Guide

Visit the cooperative mines in Potosi, Bolivia

[ 1 ] June 20, 2011

Plannng to visit the cooperative mines in Potosi? Prepare to be shocked as you experience the terrible working conditions that thousands of men endure every day.

Many work in total darkness for 12 hours straight – usually without food and water – extracting minerals such as silver ore and zinc. They use only basic materials and are exposed to toxic chemicals that can lead to silicosis pneumonia, an almost certain death.

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A worker prepares to squeeze into a tiny hole in the cooperative mines in Potosi

Booking your tour

Tours cost from 80 Bs (£7) and include hostel pickup, transport to the miners’ market where you can buy cocoa leaves, drinks and cigarettes for the workers, a tour of the refinery and a 2-hour crawl through the mines themselves.

Good companies (such as Koala Tours) will provide a helmet, head lamp, protective clothing and English-speaking guides (if needed). Make sure they explain all the risks and give you plenty of time to ask questions. If possible book with an ex-miner – this way you’ll be in the best possible hands if something goes wrong.

Be warned! You are in a fully working mine where accidents happen on a daily basis. Don’t do this tour if you have any medical problems or are prone to claustrophobia. You’ll be 60m underground with no easy way out!

Already feeling the adrenaline pumping? Death Road in La Paz is another awesome adventure. Get more travel tips and advice by following us on Twitter!

Cliff jumping in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Fabulous Travel Guide

Cliff jumping in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

[ 1 ] February 13, 2011

Fancy throwing yourself off a cliff into the cool waters of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala? San Marcos has its own jetty where swimmers can catapult themselves into the water 10m below.

The stunning backdrop of volcanos makes for a fantastic photo – so get your mate to climb down the cliff to get the perfect snap.

Cliff jumping in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Fabulous Travel Guide

Cliff jumping in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Fabulous Travel Guide

How to get there

Lake Atitlan is 3.5 hours from Antigua and should cost around 60Q for a shuttle bus.

If you’re already on the lake, and staying in the backpacker town of San Pedro, take a water taxi (15Q each way) or hire a kayak (8Q per hour) and sail across. It should take around 40 minutes and you can leave it on a nearby beach.

How to avoid bruises

Make sure you land feet first and tuck your arms in as you enter the water. If you stick your arms out (or worse still, bellyflop) you’re guaranteed to come out with some mean-looking bruises.

TOP TIP Nervous? Get it over with asap. The longer you think about it, stare at it, put it off, cry, the harder it gets.

Looking for more exciting things to do in Central America? Go caving in Lanquin or swim with sharks in Caye Caulker.

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