Blog – The most viewed posts from six months of Naked Eye Travel

It is hard for me to believe, but it has already been six months since I conceived Naked Eye Travel.
As the old saying goes, ‘Time flies when you’re having fun’ and I’ve certainly enjoyed recounting some of my travel stories with readers here.
So today I have accessed the – admittedly not exactly expansive – Naked Eye Travel archives to bring you the five most popular blog posts of our first six months.
If you didn’t catch them first time round, I hope you enjoy them now.

1. Machu Picchu – The environmental battle behind the picture postcard

Machu PicchuThe lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu, is an amazing place. The Inca Trail that takes you there, with its jaw dropping views and historical sites, is perhaps even more spectacular.
But there is an environmental battle behind the picture postcard scenery that also deserves discussion.
Questions have been raised over the way the region’s wildlife is effected by the hundreds of walkers who trudge along the trail every day, problematic toilet facilities, the potential impact of a planned new airport and even fears over landslides at Machu Picchu.
This post explores these points by speaking to Peruvian guides and tourist operators.

2. Banff, Canada – The road less travelled, or to Goat Creek…

Travelling is all about new experiences, but sometimes stepping off the beaten track can lead you in the wrong direction.
The danger is you could become lost in the wilderness or that you could end up heading nowhere.
This post reveals how I was caught up in just one such moment. This is my Goat Creek experience.

3. The Inca Trail – Several thousand feet of awe

The Inca Trail, Peru

On the Inca Trail

Trudging up Dead’s Woman’s Path, marvelling in the wonders of Machu Picchu, enjoying gourmet food produced by porters who have run the same route you’ve trekked, and camping in the rain.
These are just some of the experiences tourists enjoy while taking on the Inca Trail.
It is one of the most incredible things I have ever done.

4. Hogwarts – The world of Harry Potter at Warner Bros. Studio Tours

Harry Potter Studio Tour

Hogwarts… near Watford

Not all spectacular travel experiences happen on the other side of the world. Some take place at Platform 9 3/4 of Kings Cross station.
And some take place a few miles away from Watford at the Harry Potter Studios.
This behind the scenes look at the world of Harry, Hermoine, Ron, Albus Dumbledore, Hagrid and the rest of JK Rowling’s cast of wizards and captivating creatures unmasks many of the secrets behind the blockbusting films.
Visitors can wander around the famous sets and even enjoy a glass of Butterbeer.

5. New Zealand – Riding the Wilkin River Jet

Taking a trip on the Wilkin River Jet involves putting your life in someone else’s hands.
In my case it was the mitts of the ‘clearly insane’ CJ.
A touch of James Bond style adventure never did anyone any harm, especially when it takes place in the surrounds of New Zealand’s beautiful south island.

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