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Five trips of a lifetime
you can have in a week or less

Time-starved professionals often waste their precious annual leave on ordinary holidays. Awesome Experiences have an innovative solution; we turn ordinary weeks out of the office into trips of a lifetime. We include all the must-sees, plus some awesome elements specially sourced by us. With no boring time fillers we guarantee travellers can make the most of every moment of their week away from work.

1. Explore Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is one of the last surviving ruins of the Inca empire, hidden in the clouds of the Amazon Rainforest. For travellers lacking time to conquer the Inca trail, there are many alternative options. Departing from Cusco, the old administrative centre of the Incan empire, or from Ollantaytambo, and arriving at Aguas Calientes, the train to Machu Picchu is popular with travellers. From Aguas Calientes it’s a short bus ride, crossing the Vilcanota River and ascending the mountain. For those who want the full Inca trail experience, a shorter hike of 1-3 days is the perfect solution, after which visitors can spend time taking in the rest of Peru’s highlights including Cusco, Rainbow Mountain and the immense Lake Titicaca.


2. Walk the Great Wall

One of the world’s most breathtaking man-made wonders —The Great Wall of China — can be explored in 7 days, leaving time to take in the mystery and majesty of the forbidden city in Beijing. You will never walk the entirety of the Wall, because it is a staggering (literally!) 13,000 miles long. Spending time on both the tourist stretches and the more remote areas is highly recommended, however, and with a little imagination you will begin to grasp this incredible feat of engineering.

With Beijing as your base, you can visit the relatively populous, restored sections at Badaling, then on another day, the "wild wall" for more adventurous travellers near Jin Shanling. Only the most intrepid travellers with a firm command of Mandarin should try to do the wall by public transport, but with a guided tour, in just a week travellers can fit in several different views and perspectives of it, and have a few days to visit the famous Forbidden City and Chairman Mao's tomb at Tianamen Square, take the five-hour fast train trip down to Xian to see the famed terra-cotta warriors, or visit the spectacular and peaceful tomb of Sun-Yat-Sen and the Ming Emperors outside Nanjing.

3. Miraculous Migrations in Mexico

Between October and March, two incredible wildlife events occur in Mexico. In late October, millions of monarch butterflies start their 3,000 mile migration from the northern US and Canada to southwestern Mexico. Fir trees in the Angangueo Butterfly Sanctuary droop with the weight of thousands of butterflies, which can be seen from horseback while riding through the forest. At the same time, hundreds of whale sharks return to the warm waters of La Paz Bay in Baja California to feed, where travellers can snorkel with these beautiful, gentle creatures. On top of this, there’s enough time to explore some of Mexico’s ancient pyramids and buzzing cities, all in just one week.

4. Encounter Mount Everest

In Tibet they call her Chomolungma — ‘Goddess Mother of The Earth’’ — and for good reason. Standing at a whopping 8,848m, the average climber takes 2 months to reach her peak. But Everest can be experienced without the bank-breaking fees and months of trekking a full summit entails. For those adventure-seekers who don’t want that much adventure, combine trekking the trails towards the mountain with a helicopter flight over Base Camp and nights spent in remote Sherpa villages for the perfect once-in-a-lifetime Everest experience without the hardship element.

5. The Best of the East - Vietnam and Cambodia

Vietnam and Cambodia are packed full of beautiful temples, stunning scenery and wonderful people. In just one week travellers can have an action-packed adventure through these South-East Asian neighbours. Cambodia’s highlight is undoubtedly the magnificent Angkor Wat temple complex, discoverable on foot, by ox-cart, bicycle or helicopter. Halong Bay in Vietnam is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a mesmerizing place to explore. Float around on a traditional Junk Boat and watch the sun set behind towering limestone cliffs. Legend has it that they are a mother dragon and her children, who live in the mortal world, guarding Vietnam and its people.

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