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Celebrating Holi Festival – the festival of colour!

It is said imitation is the highest form of flattery, and if that is the case Hindus should feel honoured indeed. Holi Festival – observed by throwing brightly pigmented powder paint – has been replicated all over the globe in various incarnations from coloured ‘fun runs’ to themed music festivals. It’s a phenomenon that has swept the globe, but the best place to celebrate it is still where it all began – in India.

What is Holi Festival?

Holi Festival...

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Central America over Semana Santa

If you were wondering the place(s) to be for Semana Santa (Holy Week) and Easter in general - look no further than our Quetzal Highway tour running from Cancun, Mexico - party central to Antigua, Guatemala - the only place to be for Easter Sunday!

Starting in Cancun but heading out the next day to beautiful Playa del Carmen, which can be taken in two ways, a resort town or the sleepy fishing village off the beaten track!  Gorge on seafood, margaritas or take some steps back in time and...

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Celebrating Songkran in Bangkok

The Songkran festival is celebrated in Thailand in mid-April. Different provinces may have varying lengths of celebrations but the main dates are April 13-15. This is the Thai equivalent to New Year.

Traditionally Songkran is a time to cleanse Buddha images and then use this same “blessed” water to pour over family and friends shoulders to bring good luck for the New Year, and wash away the bad. Traditional ceremonies still take place at temples (Wats) and in some places Buddha...

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Helping Communities near Cuzco

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For the last ten years, we have been visiting local communities around Cuzco bring chocolate and gifts to the children and families. Here, Jess speaks to Keiko, who works in Tucan Travel's Cuzco Office.

When did we start doing La Chocolatada? We started giving chocolate and gifts to the children around 10 years ago. The first time was at one of the hotels we regularly used .

Why did we start doing this? There are lots of causes we can...

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Exploring Burma

Having never been anywhere in Asia before, finding out that I was going to be traveling to Burma/Myanmar gave me a mini anxiety attack. I had no idea what to expect and the CNN documentary with Anthony Bourdain that aired in April didn't set my mind at ease. Not only did it confirm all that I had feared the trip would be, it spurred on all my friends, family and coworkers to question my ability to physically survive the entire trip.
In a panic I booked a trip to Singapore,...

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Blog & Win Winner Announced

We are delighted to announce that Anna Bauer has won Tucan Travel's Blog & Win competition for 2013. She delighted us all with her account of her Magical Mexico Group Tour describing the days spent exploring Mayan ruins and nights sampling the tequila and mezcal the country is known for. Joining a Group Tour on your own can be a scary and intimidating experience but Anna explains how her Tour Leader, Jacob, and the rest of her fellow passengers immediately put her at ease. Read her entry...

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Finding Machu Picchu with Tucan Travel

What's at the top of your bucket list?  If you are among the people who voted for the New 7 Wonders of the World, there is a 1 in 7 chance you would say Machu Picchu.  It was certainly near the top of mine, and enough of a motivating factor for me to plan a week long trip to Peru. Read about the first three days of my tour which took me to the Amazon Jungle here.

Day 4

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