Australia may not be first destination that springs to mind when you’re brain storming your next Adventure Travel trip, but think again. There’s far more to our Antipodean neighbour than the Gold Coast, a cold beer at The Rocks and walking the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Last year a record number of 2.9 million New Zealanders travelled overseas, and the number one destination was Australia.
Adventure Travel consultant Sydel Berryman has just stepped off the plane from an awe-inspiring fortnight in Peru; a rich and colourful country in South America that's home to the Amazon rainforest and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, an ancient city high in the Andes mountains.
Travelling with Chimu Adventures, her first few days were spent in vibrant Lima and Cusco, before she embarked on a five-day high-altitude Lares Trek, climbing to a steep mountain pass with an elevation of 4219m. The finale of Sydel’s South American adventure was a three-day cruise on the waterways of the earth’s largest forest, the Amazon.