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Blogs - Dragoman Overland

Dragoman's Operations Manager Helen walked the Wild Andes Trek to Machu Picchu, Dragoman's alternative to the overcrowded thoroughfares of the Classic Inca Trail. Read all about it below. A visit to the mysterious citadel of Machu Picchu is the highlight of most people’s visit to Peru, but with so many travellers visiting the area, sometimes it can be a challenge to get away from the crowds.  In 2013, together with our local partners, Dragoman designed and launched a new trek travelling on the old Inca trails, through a remote region of the Andes.  The hope of developing the new route was to…

If you’re visiting China for the first time, it can be a pretty intense cultural experience. It’s a vast country, with huge cities and sweeping landscapes, not to mention an enormous population. Whether it’s architecture, history, culture, or natural splendour, China doesn’t do things by halves; think the Great Wall, the giant Buddha at Leshan, the snow-capped peaks at Tiger Leaping Gorge, the sacred mountain of Emei Shan, and the Forbidden City in Beijing. To help take the edge off the overwhelm, here’s a few things to bear in mind before your overland trip to China.   You need a…

The festive season is great and we love it here at Dragoman, but we know that whilst many people love spending this time of year at home, others want to get away from it all and see the world! That's exactly why we continue to run trips all over the world throughout the year. If you're looking to get away over the festive season, then we've put together a list of our trips that are running during this period to help give you a few ideas of where you can celebrate Christmas overseas with Dragoman. Check out our Christmas and…

On the 'Zanzibar, Zambezi and the Falls' (YDF) trip, Sarah from the Dragoman Operations department spends three epic weeks travelling overland from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe through Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania before reaching Zanzibar.   Victoria Falls (Days 1 & 2) I arrived in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe with a bag that was too big for me and a lot of excitement in my stomach. Emerging from the airport I met two of my fellow travellers and we shared a transfer, chatting away to easily break the ice. Approaching Vic Falls Rest Camp, I immediately spotted the big orange truck I’ve…

Adventures that truly get you off the beaten trail For nearly 40 years, we’ve been taking curious travellers off the beaten track in countries all over the world. Avoiding the tourist trail is part of our DNA. Our itineraries are carefully designed to offer our passengers a balance between the must-see highlights of a country and unique local experiences and encounters. The journeys below are a hand-picked selection of some of Dragoman’s most off-the-beaten-trail adventures. Among them are a three-week expedition into the wilds of Mongolia, where roads are limited and the people are still mostly nomadic; a three-week journey…

Our first trip heading all the way from Cartagena to Rio Carnival is due to depart in October and we thought now was a good time to look at why you might like to head to the biggest party in the world! Carnival is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Witness a whole city come to a complete standstill; see enormous floats and Samba dancers in all their elaborate costumes compete to be the greatest Samba school in the Carnival; dress up in your glitter and sequins, join the locals, dance to Samba beats & just take in the chaos and fun…

Dara from our Australian office recently got the opportunity to travel from Bishkek to Dushanbe on Dragoman's Tajikistan Explorer tour. Check out what she got up to below.   Day 1 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Had our group meeting at 10am where we met the group coming from Uzbek and Turkmenistan. Checked into our room and then had a free day exploring the city. Beautiful and quiet city full of trees and parks to explore. Took a taxi to the main Bazaar where we marvelled at all the cheap local bread, spices, meat and fake branded clothing. Had a group dinner at a…

Overlanding isn’t just for grown-ups! Dragoman's Family Overland trips are more popular now than ever, and this year we're running our first family trip in South America – scroll down for our Marketing Manager Alex’s updates from the road. Our family trips are a great way to introduce your kids to adventure travel. Overlanding isn’t just about seeing the highlights of a country (although there’ll be plenty of time for that) – it’s also about the joy of the journey, and immersing yourself in the landscapes and cultures you travel through.  Our family overlanding itineraries have been carefully designed using…

Louise has recently completed Dragoman’s comprehensive crew training programme, and is now out on the road with us on in Asia. Follow Louise’s blog below to find out what life is like as a trainee crew member, what day-to-day life is like on an overland trip with Dragoman, and why you should travel to this fascinating continent.   The latest... Part 07: Chasing the sun Over 4500km and 2 times zones later, we're still in China! Travelling overland through China for the last 6 weeks has truly given me an appreciation for this country and how big it is. Another…