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The Ultimate Scares this Halloween

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Wherever you are in the world, whatever you are doing, there will be moments to do things that would normally terrify you. One of the best things about embarking on an adventure is getting outside of your comfort zone. This year, in celebration of Halloween, we have compiled a list of our ultimate scares.

Ziplining in Monteverde National Park

Home to the longest zip line in the world, ziplining in Monteverde National Park is not for you if you have a fear of...

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Photo diary: Day 1 on the Road to Rio Carnival

We are delighted to be hosting the very lovely Greg Brand and Carole Charreteur in Brazil this week during the countries biggest celebrations, Rio Carnival. Greg and Carole will be updating us on their journey every day with photos and videos on Instagram, Youtube and Facebook so check back here or subscribe to their channels to keep up to date.

Greg and Carole land in Rio de Janeiro and immediately head south to Paraty where the party starts!

 
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Africa

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Entering the Masai Mara

The ground ran red as the rain mixed with the dust that had stained our feet only hours earlier forming a rich paste matching the Masai’s clothes. It was a bumpy ride to the Masai Mara, down dirt roads, littered with rocks and holes. Grazing lands rolled out, as far as the eye could see with herds of cattle and goats dotted across the horizon, tended to by the tall and graceful men, carrying their staffs.

The atmosphere in the van was electric. There was not much of a drive to go. Soon...

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Things to do in Manaus

The meeting of the waters

A sight not to be missed from Manaus, the meeting of the waters is the point where the dark Rio Negro meets the sandy colours Amazon River. Along a stretch of the river, the colours muddy together to the point where you can see exactly where the waters mix.

Visit the beach

While nowhere near as beautiful as the remote beaches on Brazil’s northern coast or as exciting as Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach, it is possible relax on beaches along...

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What you don’t know about Brazil

Yesterday it was announced that one in three people in the UK cannot place Brazil on a map. This is despite the football mad nation making up nearly half of the South American continent. With the kick-off of the World Cup now less than 36 hours away, Brazil is getting ready to have all eyes on her.

Brazil is the only Portuguese speaking country in the Americas.

Along with pinning Brazil on the map, those asked also struggled to name the most common language used in Brazil. Unlike...

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World Land Trust raises £1million for orangutans

The World Land Trust is an international conservation organisation that takes direct action to save rainforest and other biologically important lands. Since it was founded in 1989, it has helped local conservation organisations to purchase and protect over 400,000 acres of threatened habitats in Asia, Europe Central and South America.

Tucan Travel has been working to raise money for the World Land Trust since 2009 by adding a further 10% of all money raised in their Carbon Offset Scheme...

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Spotting Rhino in Chitwan National Park

It was only a matter of minutes after stepping out of the dugout canoe when our guide, Bishnu came running out of the jungle to say that he had spotted our first rhino.

The irony of the situation was not lost on me. Having spent two weeks in eastern Africa on Tucan Travels Gorillas & Game Group Tour, we had spent days criss-crossing the national parks searching for the fascinating creatures but to no avail. Now, I was here in southern Nepal, much closer to South East Asia where demand...

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Dracula’s Descendant to Lead New Tours!

With the first departure of their new Transylvania Tale tour only weeks away, Tucan Travel has announced the appointment of a tour leader with a rather gruesome lineage. New Transylvania Tour leader Erik Jelinek can allegedly trace his bloodline back to Dracula himself! Tucan Travel are very happy with the appointment, stating Erik has demon-strated natural leadership skills and will present Transylvania in bite-sized chunks. His regional knowledge will ensure the tour gets stake to the...

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Advice

An Interview with Matt Gannan

To celebrate Tucan Travel's 27th Birthday, Jess Millett sat down with Matt Gannan, CEO of Tucan Travel.

What made you get in to travel? My parents were great travellers. They travelled around the world on their honeymoon. When I was working on a fishing boat in 1986, I asked my parents to book me a holiday and they booked me a trip from Kathmandu to London and that’s how I got started in travel.

Why Kathmandu to London? Because it was an adventurous...

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Top 10 most romantic places on Group Tours

Group Tours are not just for solo travellers but are also very popular with couples. On Group Tour's there are as many opportunities to share an intimate moment with your loved one. Here we suggest some of our most romantic destinations.

Rio Dulce, Guatemala

What better place to enjoy a drop of romance than on a rustic island in the middle of Rio Dulce, a peaceful river in Guatemala. The only way to the island is by speedboat, whisking you and your loved one passed...

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