British Airways’ new direct Gatwick-Lima service (from May) will take just 12.5 hours, putting Peru firmly on the travel map. This year, a new cable-car will improve access to ridge-top Kuélap — Peru’s ‘other Machu Picchu’. And for adventurers looking for an unusual adrenalin fix, there’s nowhere like the Skypods in the Sacred Valley. The glass pods, 400ft up a cliff, offer epic views of Cusco by day and the stars by night. It takes several hours to climb, hike and zip-line to your Skypod, which thankfully has its own private bathroom.
Ever since the UK Foreign Office relaxed its travel advice for Iran last summer, tour operators have reported spiralling demand. With most of the country now deemed safe, and the reopening of the Iranian embassy in London making the visa process simpler, travellers can easily explore its 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Mt Damavand, the Middle East’s highest peak.
This spring, six new WestJet routes fly out of Gatwick (to Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto and St John’s), while WOW air will begin services to Toronto and Montréal via Iceland in May. Tailor-made travel specialist Discover the World is using Vancouver as the gateway for its new sailing adventure touring the remote west coast Islands of Haida Gwaii on a 68ft sailing vessel, on board which there’ll be just 16 passengers along with a specialist naturalist guide. The ‘Galapagos of the North’, Haida Gwaii is rich in sightings of whales, bears, and sea lions at Cape St James, and a variety of interesting birds such as the black-footed albatross.
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