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10 unusual trips to book in May

Eschew the popular tourist hotspots this summer in favour of somewhere more surprising. From wine tasting in rural Georgia to bog walking in Estonia, there are some extraordinary experiences to be had on your next trip.


1. Heights of Machu Picchu

Made famous by Instagram (this site couldn’t be much more photogenic), the rainbow trek is so-called due to its unique landscape of multi-coloured layered mountains. The Palccoyo trek follows a shorter, quieter trail through the Vilconota mountain range of the Andes, passing flocks of llama and alpaca, and gradually ascending to the top of the breathtaking red mountains.
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2. Spirit of Laos

Make sure you set your alarm early one morning when in Luang Prabang. Sneak out just before daybreak and secure a spot street-side as the sun rises to witness some 300 monks line up and begin their daily walk, collecting alms from devoted locals as the city wakes up around them.
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3. The Best of Georgia and Armenia

Travel through the Caucasus region where you’ll soak up ancient cultures, marvel at stunning mountain scenery, and explore lively cities. Discover the 7th-century ruins of the UNESCO listed Zvartnots, surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Break bread (literally) with a Georgian family as they show us how the local ‘Shoti’ is made, and tuck into a hearty lunch before touring the vineyard and sampling the wines made on-site. 


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4. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Foot

Clip on special shoes and walk through Estonian bog land, entering a mystical world of moss, pine trees and small lakes. Wearing these specially-adapted shoes traditionally used by local villagers, we’re able to cover this unique ecosystem on foot. A fun and fascinating experience unlike any other.
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5. Contrasts of Colombia

Food and drink mightn’t be top of mind for Colombia, but you’ll be surprised by the excellent dishes on offer here. Tamales wrapped in banana leaves, ‘pandebono’ cheese bread with guava jam, ajiaco (a thick Andean soup with chicken and potatoes, served with corn and avocado) and cheese-stuffed arepas are all mouth-wateringly good. Save room for Colombia’s national specialty, Bandeja Paisa. Beef, plantain, pork crackling, avocado, corn, beans, rice and avocado all topped with a fried egg – this is an English fry up on steroids, and it’s totally delicious!
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6. Mount Toubkal Climb

Tick a spectacular climb off your bucket list in May with a trekking trip of Mount Toubkal. Escaping the hustle and bustle of city life, venture into the Atlas Mountains where you’ll witness unspoilt landscapes, stay in traditional Berber village houses, and admire the unforgettable views from Africa’s highest peak.
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7. Family Belize Adventure

Active families will love swimming in the spectacular Blue Hole and surfing or kayaking off Caye Caulker, whilst wildlife buffs can expect turtles and stingrays, monkeys and sloths, as well as a visit to the world’s only jaguar preserve.
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8. Cycle Nicaragua to the Panama Canal

On day three of this cycling holiday to Nicaragua we explore the highlands near Granada as we cycle along backroads between villages to get an insight into local Nicaraguan life. We visit a local farming family’s house to try various fruits that they’ve prepared.
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9. Walking Scotland’s Orkney Islands

Venture to one of the lesser-known gems of the United Kingdom on a walking tour of the Orkney Islands. Teeming with sites of ancient history as well as fascinating birdlife, a walking trip of these islands will introduce you to Orcadian and Norse traditions, as well as an abundance of fresh seafood.
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10. Highlights of Albania

Home to an abundance of historic sites, quaint villages and scenic countryside, the Highlights of Albania will bring you closer to the heart of the Adriatic. Setting off from the vibrant capital city Tirana, you’ll soak up the main sights on foot before heading to one of the oldest lakes in the world. Later, you’ll visit Butrint, a UNESCO listed archaeological site, and one of the greatest sites in the Balkans.
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