Choquequirao – the next Machu Picchu

ChoquequiraoWhilst overshadowed in Peru by Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, the evocative ruins of Choquequirao would be a major highlight in any other country, and it’s now received the accolade of being voted as one of the 20 world best destinations for 2015 by the prestigious magazine National Geographic Traveler. Choquequirao will be featured in the print issue belonging to the December 2014-January 2015 edition.

“Choquequirao is a superlative destination due to its wealth of architecture that can only be compared with Machu Picchu” says Peru’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism.  Choquequirao means “golden crib” in the Quechua language.  It is an Inca citadel located near Cusco, in the surrounding mountain area of Salkantay.  It belongs to the archaeological park of the same name and comprises terraces, platforms, ceremonial areas, temples, canals, stairways and an important road system.

World Discovery can tailor make a Peru itinerary to incorporate a visit to Choquequirao.  It involves some fairly stiff walking but it’s well worth the effort!

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Young elephant v 14 lions!

jpegTake a look at this amazing footage of Hercules the Young Bull Elephant v Fourteen Lion!!

This short video, captured by Steve Baker, a frequent guest at Norman Carr’s Chinzombo Camp in Zambia, shows how the young elephant somehow was separated from his herd when a 14 member pride of female lions descended on him.  Clearly outnumbered, the elephant managed to bravely fend off the attack despite having three lionesses on his back at one point!

“In the many years I have been a safari guide in Zambia at the South Luangwa, never have I seen anything like this,” said Innocent, one of the top guides at Chinzombo.  “We were all so worried the elephant would be killed right before us.  What a fighter. It fought off all 14 lions.  Incredible.”

Hercules lives up to his name, despite the overwhelming odds….I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…  Hercules v 14 lions video

Around the world in five aromas

Heathrow’s new Terminal 2 celebrates full operational capacity with a giant one-of-a-kind ‘scent globe’.

Heathrow T2Most people snap pictures to document travel, but studies show our olfactory memory is also very powerful, and helps us identify with people and places. The airport has therefore invited passengers to enjoy a new interactive fixture which features fragrances from a selection of five pungent destinations:

South Africa: the adventure of safari with notes of tribal incense, wild grass and musky animalics through the scent of Hyraceum – a petrified excrement from the Cape Hyrax

Brazil: the scents of its rich rainforest fauna with a palette of coffee, tobacco and jasmine

Japan: cool, oceanic tones with a mix of seaweed and shell extracts, green tea and Ambergris (found in the digestive system of whales) capturing the essence of small coastal villages so synonymous with the great Pacific Island

China: mystical temple incense mixed with the subtle, yet exotic, Osmanthus Fragrans flower to ‘create an orient explosion’

Thailand: an appetising mix of lemongrass, ginger and coconut

The airport sees over 11 million people a year on over 50,476 flights travel to and from these countries, taking in 69 destinations between them. The five countries chosen are not only popular with British travellers but also offer the most exciting smells, explained a statement from the airport.

“We strive to offer a unique experience that delights our passengers,” said Normand Boivin, COO at Heathrow. “These specially created scents will give passengers travelling through Terminal 2 an exclusive preview of destinations that only Heathrow connects to.”

To capture the aromas of each location, Heathrow worked with Design in Scent to produce bespoke smells from key ingredients associated with each country. The diverse fragrances aim to deliver an aromatic experience that immediately transports passengers to far-flung destinations.

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