January might be in full swing, but with new year travel resolutions still going strong, it’s not too late to plan your trips for the rest of the year. Luxury operator Scott Dunn reveals some of the hottest destinations that you won’t want to miss.
Nordic Adventures in Slovenia
Europe’s hidden gem offers spectacular mountain scenery, forests and lakes and a fascinating history. Its natural attractions offer endless opportunities for hiking, kayaking and rafting, while private cultural tours to places such as Ljubljana’s old town reveal a charming enclave predominated by castles, quaint cobblestone streets and a thriving cultural scene.
Known for its incredible natural beauty, Chile has always been a go-to for adventure enthusiasts. Three new scenic trekking routes through its Patagonia wilderness was announced recently – covering 2,800 kilometres from Puerto Montt down to Cape Horn. The trails include the Southern Way, the Patagonian channels and the End of the World route.
As Machu Picchu visitor numbers reach an all-time high, avoid the crowds and opt for the less explored regions in Northern Peru. Chachapoyas – a region in Peru’s high Andes and covered in cloud forest – is home to the pre-Inca hilltop ruins of Kuelap. With only a handful of visitors at any time, one will have a truly off- the-beaten track experience far from the crowds of the Sacred Valley. The impressive Gocta Waterfall is also here, hidden in a rocky canyon and immersed in cloud forest, the falls can only be reached by trekking with a private guide. Adding to intrigue for archaeology fans, the Karija sarcophagi statues (Mummy Cases) located high up the mountainside can also be easily reached with a guide from Chachapoyas.
Conversation in Rwanda
With numerous high-end properties set to open in 2019, now is the best time to visit.
There’s Magashi Camp, opening in early 2019 in Akagera National Park, where one will spot lions and black rhinos. Meanwhile, Nyungwe House, a new luxury lodge, offers guests a range of guided walking excursions including chimpanzee and monkey trekking, and impressive views over the Nyungwe rainforest canopy.
Visit the enchanting southern states of Georgia and South Carolina, both boasting small town communities steeped in history, sprawling plantations and glistening coastlines. Savannah, Georgia’s first city, is filled with well preserved buildings in its old town district, and the state has over 47 state parks that offer opportunities for outdoor adventure. In South Carolina, visit historic plantations, gorgeous beaches and nature parks.