Welcome to Perceptive Travel online magazine, home to the best travel stories from wandering book authors.

This month, we have an interesting collection of travel tales from multiple continents, in areas from well-known to obscure.

Kirsten Koza visits Peru for her favorite soup and ends up stumbling upon a group of neo-Nazis at a bullfight in the Colca Canyon region.

James Dorsey is back with an account of his trip to Myanmar's section of the Golden Triangle in Southeast Asia and invistigates the history and legends of deceased opium king Khun-Sa.

Guidebook author Michele Bigley confronts the one style of dance she hasn't been able to get a handle on—Hula—and heads to Hawaii to search for the secrets at its source.

I go for a week of hiking in the emerging destination of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia and go off the grid in a land where we have the mountains to ourselves.

Finally, Susan Griffith reviews three new travel books, including two from tough women making discoveries through traumatic travels and a photo-heavy book on pilgrimages in Europe.

Our Latest Gear Giveaway

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We give away something cool for travelers each month. Reader Bernie C. of New Mexico had his name come up this past month to score a set of Motorola Talkabout T600 H20 two-way radios.

This month another lucky reader will score. We are giving away a Tilley Outback Waxed Cotton Hat. This travel hat for men and women has ventilation holes at the top, a secret pocket inside, and a lifetime warranty.

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- Tim Leffel, Editor

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