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10 Myths About Hiking the Inca Trail

6.19.2014

by elias

View of Machu Picchu

1. Hiking the Inca Trail is the only way to get to Machu Picchu.

Thousands of travelers visit Machu Picchu every day, and only a fraction of these visitors got there via the Inca Trail. After hiking for four days through sparsely populated mountains, many Inca Trail hikers are surprised to find a small but bustling modern town at the base of the mountain, complete with a crowded train station. The Peruvian train system is extensive, and has been shuttling travelers to the base of Machu Picchu mountain from the Sacred Valley for years.

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National Geographic Traveler - 50 Tours of a Lifetime 2014

4.9.2014

by elias

National Geographic Traveler - 50 Tours of a Lifetime 2014Over the years, Global Basecamps has been recognized by experienced travelers and clients as one of the world's best travel companies. Today, National Geographic Traveler agrees.

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Best of Basecamps: Nishimuraya Honkan Ryokan

12.30.2013

by elias

Japan’s Culture Through Ryokan

Nishimuraya RyokanFew countries can claim their hotels as one of their main tourist attractions. Japan is different. Staying in a traditional ryokan provides insight into what Japan values: simple, well-made food, courteous service, tradition, a place that feels like home.

No one travels in Japan more than the Japanese themselves. Part of this is due to the values listed above, and part of this is because of the natural hot springs that dot the islands. Weekends at a hot spring resort are not just common, they’re a necessary respite from the stress of urban living. Knowing this, it’s safe to say that the country’s best ryokan are located near the country’s most popular natural hot springs.

And so we come to Nishimuraya Honkan Ryokan, a traditional yet luxurious basecamp in Kinosaki-cho, Japan.

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What's The Deal With Lemurs?!

12.10.2013

by elias

At Global Basecamps, we pride ourselves on being ahead of the travel-trend curve. We have a pretty good sense on what’s popular, and what will be popular. Now, we’ve been planning travel to Madagascar for years, but these trips have historically been limited to a handful of intrepid travelers every year. So when we recently noticed more travelers showing interest in Madagascar with the goal of seeing as many lemurs as possible, we had to ask ourselves: “What’s the deal with lemurs?!”

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24 Hours In: Hong Kong

12.3.2013

by elias

Hong Kong HarborIn our “24 Hours In” series, we present ideas for how to spend a full day in a featured city. The cities we’ll be covering include places often traveled through, but not in. These cities often act as international flight hubs, and layovers can extend from hours to a full day at times. So if you’re in a city on your way to or from your destination, following are some of our favorite things to do there!

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