Cornwall is without a doubt one of the best holiday destinations in all of the UK, it doesn’t matter if you are in one of the many holiday cottages in Polzeath or in a tent, there is just so much to do and see. This guide will talk a little bit more about just a few of the great things that are possible in Cornwall.
What is better than the remains of a medieval castle? The answer is nothing and Tintagel Castle to not disappoint. This medieval fortification on Tintagel Island is a well known tourist attraction and has been attracting visitors since the middle of the 19th century. The castle was built by Richard the Earl of Cornwall during the 13th century, and offers stunning views from the high cliffs. The castle is also believed by many people to be connected to the Arthurian legends (King Arthur) and is said to even be the castle of the king. Nothing is for certain, except for the stunning views and amazing architecture.
The Eden Project
This is a very interesting part of Cornwall that makes it truly unique and a site like this probably doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world on the same scale. The Eden Project are two huge domes that house thousands and thousands of plant species. Each dome has its own theme and there is even a botanical garden that surrounds the domes. In this garden you can find plants native to Cornwall and Britain. This unusual, but exciting site has become a major tourist attraction, as well a world class education and conservation project.
Food and Drink
Cornwall although perhaps not as well known as it should be, is certainly well known for the delicious ales and pasties, that have become world famous. The Cornish cuisine is one of the highest regarded of all regional cuisines in Britain and there really is no secret why. The nature and fresh regional produce are used to create the best beers, pies and other fish dishes.
The Lizard is home to the most southerly point in Britain and is a small peninsula in Southern Cornwall. The peninsula has a very high reputation for the number of rare plants that are not found in other locations and is widely considered by many to be one of the most scenic and special places in all of the United Kingdom. The geology is also a huge drawcard for the area.
When looking for some quality South America Travel time, Machu Picchu cannot be matched in terms of its pure beauty and status as a wonder of the world. This guide will hopefully help you to find out a bit more about how to approach your next trip to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail and how to get the most out of it.
How to travel
There are a number of Machu Picchu Tour options to choose from, but it is also possible to do it alone. I would personally recommend a tour because it is much cheaper and the stresses of organising everything are taken away and you can focus more on making the trek to Machu Picchu (it will take some fitness and determination to conquer the Inca trail). It is possible to hire porters to help lighten the load on your trip, it is advisable to pay porters a fair wage and really engage with them and this will only add to the experience.
The period between July and August is certainly the busiest and this is naturally the peak tourist season and it is much drier during this season. At most times of the year you will experience some form of mist or rain in the Andes, particularly due to the high altitude. Between November and April is the rainy season and actually going during November and April can be perfect, especially if you want to avoid the peak tourist season and the rain.
The Inca trail is relatively short at just over 40km long, but don’t let this fool you. The high altitude and up and down landscape can really take its toll. It is important to do some training before you go and make sure that you have an adequate level of fitness. You should give yourself a final test of fitness before you go, perhaps in the form of a long and hilly walk in your local area.
When you get there
Probably the best tip when you are there is to get on the trail early, most tour groups will be arriving after 11am and therefore it is best if you can get out before them. The morning light will also be ideal for taking photographs, so keep that in mind when deciding when to embark on your walk.
What to see
Naturally the trail offers some extremely beautiful sights of the surrounding highlands. When you reach the 500 year old citadel it will certainly be a sight that you cannot believe and it will be truly breathtaking, for the view and also the altitude which is over 2400 metres above sea level.. Some of the highlights of the mountain are the Inti Watana, the Room of the Three Windows and the Temple of the Sun. Once you get there it should naturally be simple just to walk and explore everything that you desire.