Alexandra - Original Traveller

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Alexandra Heriot Maitland

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My travels

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • Go on an expedition around the Antarctic Peninsula - maybe even stay at the incredible White Desert Camp
  • Watch baby turtles hatch in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
  • Search for Polar Bears on the Tundra Buggies near Churchill, Canada
  • Shop until I drop in New York
Sacred Valley, Peru

Best Moments

  • Surfing on Christmas day on a beach in Pichilemu, Chile
  • Climbing up an 800m via ferrata to a pod on the side of a cliff in the Sacred Valley in Peru for lunch, then zip lining down
  • Travelling in a hot air balloon over the Teotihuacan pyramids in Mexico City
  • Coming across an 8m Anaconda in the Ecuadorian Amazon
  • Swimming with graceful green sea turtles in the Galapagos
Santiago by night

Toughest Travel Moment

  • Being sprayed with tear gas in Santiago, Chile, after being caught up in a student protest

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • Spending New Year's Eve in Valparaiso teaching a group of Chileans how to Scottish Country Dance!

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Skylodge Via Ferrata and Zip Line

Scary? Yes - absolutely. Incredible? Definitely. Set 380m on the side of a vertical limestone cliff in Peru's Sacred Valley cling four pods - three bedrooms and a restaurant. And how do you get there? You climb!

san juan chamula church

Off the Beaten Track in Mexico: San Juan Chamula

The village of San Juan Chamula is set in the mountains of Chiapas in Southern Mexico. Living here are the Tzotzil Maya people - a fiercely independent and self-ruling community. The village may only be based six miles from the popular San Cristobal de las Casas but their culture, dress,…

day of the dead in Mexico

Day of the Dead Festival - Oaxaca, Mexico

Frenetic, bonkers and surprisingly joyful - a trip to Oaxaca in Mexico during the Day of the Dead celebrations challenged all of Original Traveller Jules' preconceptions. Read on to find out more about her unusual holiday...

An all American California Road Trip

Having just come back from a fantastic California road trip I can comfortably say that I've ticked off one destination from my travel bucket list. It says plenty about a place when on return you start thinking about going back, cherry picking your favourite spots and raving about it to…

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