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Dragoman crew Julie and Alex have just set off on our massive 109-day North & Central American Overland tour from Panama City to Anchorage. Travelling in Betsy the Overland School Bus, they'll take in some of the best sights in Central & North America, including national parks such as Yellowstone and Banff, glitzy Las Vegas, the cloud forests of Monteverde Forest Reserve, and the "Big Apple" of the north, Anchorage. Julie and Alex are keeping us updated from the road - scroll down for the latest updates!    Part Six On Guatemala’s Mothers’ Day, we paid a visit to what has…

You’ll have to endure some tough conditions and will push your body to the limit, but trekking at altitude is usually a hugely rewarding experience. For treks at high altitude some extra precautions should be taken to prepare you for the risk of altitude sickness. It doesn’t matter how fit you are, or if you’ve ascended before without symptoms, altitude sickness can affect anyone. What is Altitude Sickness Altitude sickness can develop in travellers trekking at altitude who ascend too quickly and fail to acclimatise properly. At altitude, the oxygen pressure in the air drops significantly, making it harder to…

From discovering historical treasures and natural splendour to exploring flea markets and experiencing colourful festivals, these are the very best activities for immersing yourself in India’s diverse culture. Explore historical treasures and contemporary marvels India is a melting pot of religions and cultures, and the result is a land of diverse temples, tombs, forts, palaces, mosques and other monuments. At the time of writing there are 37 UNESCO World Heritage sites across the country. It goes without saying that you’ll want to visit the Taj Mahal, India’s most famous attraction and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.…

Ben Sims, who leads tours for overland travel specialists Dragoman, has won TourRadar’s top award as Adventure Guide of the Year 2018! Ben, who guides for Dragoman in their iconic orange overland trucks which go all over the Americas, Africa and Asia; taking the road less travelled and getting away from the tourist trail, shares their mantra of "it's the journey, not just the destination". Charlie Hopkinson of Dragoman describes Ben as a perfectionist. "He ensures that every detail of our overland tours that he leads in Africa are amazing. His passion and dedication shines through in every way and we…

Venture out into “The Last Frontier” on an overland journey offered in partnership with our friends at Infinite Adventures. Travel on a converted school bus, exploring the many highlights of Alaska, from the hustle and bustle of Anchorage to the pure and pristine wilderness of the Denali and Wrangell-St Elias National Parks. Although part of the USA, Alaska feels like another world, and the sheer scale of the state is hard to comprehend; but travellers looking to answer the call of the wild need look no further. Read on for our round-up of Alaska’s must-see sights and cities.   Anchorage…

The Silk Road was an ancient network of intercontinental trade routes connecting China and the Far East with the Middle East and Europe. As well as exchanging luxury products like Chinese silk, spices, salt, sugar, jade, and fur, the disparate civilisations connected by the Silk Road also forged deep social, cultural and religious links – a meeting of minds that played an essential role in the development of the region. It was on the Silk Road that overland travel was born, and to this day it remains one of the quintessential overlanding journeys. But with a network of routes spanning…

Here at Dragoman, we design our overland journeys to take travellers off the well-worn tourist trails and into the heart of the countries and cultures we’re visiting. And as part of our commitment to taking the road less travelled, we’re always looking for new trails to blaze and new experiences to offer our passengers. When one of our tours contains a brand new itinerary, we call this an Exploratory Trip – and if you join us on one of these trips, you’ll be helping to pioneer a new route for Dragoman. Look out for this Exploratory Trip logo at the…

Rio Carnival or 'Carnaval' is only 7 weeks away! The streets in Rio are buzzing with anticipation, and street parties or 'carnaval blocos' are starting to pop up all over the city. During Carnival, there are literally hundreds of blocos, day and night; bands playing Samba music, crowds of people dancing, and streets vendors selling snacks and the national drink, Caipirinhas.  Blocos are free to all and found in almost all the neighbourhoods of Rio. Most blocos have a theme and their own music - did you know there's a bloco dedicated to The Beatles?! We have a number of…

Travelling through the world’s most spectacular landscapes, we know we have a responsibility to help ensure they stay that way. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Torres del Paine Legacy Fund in South America, a non-profit organisation dedicated to ensuring a sustainable future for Torres del Paine and its surrounding communities. Launched in 2014 in response to challenges posed by rapidly increasing visitation to this iconic yet fragile landscape, the Legacy Fund works with businesses, municipalities, park authorities, residents, and visitors to: Restore and protect ecosystems Improve tourism infrastructure and mitigate visitor impacts Promote community development Diversify recreation & cultural opportunities for…