The Global Basecamps Blog
Africa is big. Really big. So we understand the difficulty people run into when deciding where in Africa they should travel. Everyone says South Africa is great, but the Serengeti is in Tanzania, and mountain gorillas live in Uganda, but the best beaches are in Zanzibar.
So when we tell you that Botswana should be your next safari destination, you know there's got to be some good reasons behind that claim. Stay tuned, we plan on delivering those reasons.
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.
Japan’s Culture Through Ryokan
Few 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.