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san juan chamula church
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By Alexandra
On: 3rd October, 2017

Off the Beaten Track in Mexico: San Juan Chamula

  • Mexico

The village of San Juan Chamula is set in the mountains of Chiapas in Southern Mexico. Living here are the Tzotzil Maya people - a fiercely independent and self-ruling community. The village may only be based six miles from the popular San Cristobal de las Casas but their culture, dress,…

The Nile on the SS Sudan
Image of Amelia Stewart

By Amelia
On: 29th September, 2017

Exploring the Nile by Steam Ship

  • Egypt

Many people consider a cruise boat when contemplating a trip to Egypt… I can honestly say I've found the boat to do this: the one and only steam ship to ply the Nile, the SS Sudan is beyond compare and stands head and shoulders above the rest.

samarkand architecture
Image of Amelia Stewart

By Amelia
On: 24th August, 2017

Upcoming Small Group Tours with Original Travel

  • Uzbekistan
  • Ethiopia

Calling all Culture Vultures - Join Amelia Stewart, founder of Simoon travel (part of the Original Travel family) and tour leader, to explore some of the most original corners of our diverse planet along with local experts and a group of like-minded and discerning individuals. Here are the…

Camels by the Egyptian Pyramids
Image of Amelia Stewart

By Amelia
On: 3rd July, 2017

Culture in Chaotic Cairo

  • Egypt

I arrived into Cairo in the blazing Ramadan heat - normally I wouldn't advise going to Egypt during Ramadan however if you are prepared for things to be a little 'out of kilter' it shouldn't otherwise deter you from going. Egypt needs our support. Tourism has virtually dropped off since the…

Mai Chau, Vietnam
Image of Katie Terrington

By Katie
On: 14th June, 2017

Vietnam and Five Reasons Why it's 'Pho' Good

  • Vietnam

I have just returned from my second visit to Vietnam and have come back loving it even more than last time. The country is spectacular, with such a variety of places to visit and explore. From dramatic terraced rice paddies, to beautiful beaches, bustling cities and UNESCO World Heritage…

Jaguar Belize
Image of Amelia Stewart

By Amelia
On: 30th September, 2016

Discovering North Sudan Part II: Karima and Meroe

  • Sudan

Northern Sudan is probably not at the top of everyone's wish list of places to visit but, looking back on a whirlwind week there, I can highly recommend that it should be. In this blog I describe part two of my tour around the golden country that's brimming with culture.

Khartoum Camels
Image of Amelia Stewart

By Amelia
On: 30th September, 2016

Discovering North Sudan Part I: Khartoum

  • Sudan

Northern Sudan is probably not at the top of everyone's wish list of places to visit but, looking back on a whirlwind week there, I can highly recommend that it should be. In this blog I describe part one of my tour around the golden country that's brimming with culture.

istock
Woman looking at Computer

By Guest blogger
On: 1st July, 2016

Chilean Spanish: ¿Cachai, Po, Weón?

  • Chile

You've been to Spain a few times, you've had a couple of Spanish classes and you feel you've more or less grasped the language - and then you go to Chile…

istock spetses
Image of Kate Little

By Kate L
On: 1st July, 2016

Eureka Moments

  • Peloponnese

Most people are baffled when we utter the words 'The Peloponnese'. Frequently the response to our suggesting it goes as follows - "Where's that? Greece? I've not heard of that island!?" and that's precisely it; it's not an island. The Peloponnese is a beautiful green section of the mainland…

Amelia fam trip picture children dancing
Image of Amelia Stewart

By Amelia
On: 1st July, 2016

My Top Five in Mongolia

  • Central Asia
  • Mongolia

Have you bagged eight to ten days in Mongolia but curious as to how to fill them? Fear not. My list of must sees and do's in the landlocked nation (given in no particular order) will fill your itinerary to the metaphorical brim.