>Tag: wildlife and wilderness

Lost In Latacunga – Exploring Central Ecuador

Central Ecuador - Latacunga, Quilotoa and Saquisili “Not all those who wander are lost." - J.R.R Tolkien We get off the bus and have no idea which way to go. Latacunga looks dirty and uninviting, and the first hotel we check is small and dark. However, once we get our bearings and into the town center, things change. We find a room at a nicer hotel among the cobblestone streets, and sit down for a couple of sandwiches at a bright restaurant around the corner. [...]

By |2018-12-19T04:17:38+00:00November 26th, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture, Ecuador|Tags: , |0 Comments

Hiding Out – Watching for Wildlife in Taman Negara

Jungle Trekking in Malaysia – Taman Negara National Park “None of the Jungle People like being disturbed.” - Rudyard Kipling We share the boat with only the driver and one other traveler. It is a two-hour trip through the dense jungle along the winding Tembeling River. Monkeys lounge on the beach, water buffalo wallow in the mud, and monitor lizards crawl along the banks. We also catch a glimpse of a native Orang Asli family bathing on the shore. Kuala Tahan - Gateway to Taman Negara [...]

Cichlids, Sailboats and Souvenirs – Nkhata Bay and Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi and Nkhata Bay - Lakefront Leisure “A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.” - William Wordsworth The bus drops us off on the side of the highway, and we’re not exactly sure which way to go. An an ex-pat couple working for an international NGO pulls over and offers to drive us to a guesthouse. On the way, we learn that many of the westerners in Malawi work for NGOs, and the rest are backpackers traveling overland across Africa, like us. The guesthouse in Chitimba is [...]

By |2018-12-15T20:32:36+00:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Malawi|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Hold Your Breath – Top Ten La Paz Snorkeling Sites

Top Ten La Paz Snorkeling Sites - Breathtakingly Beautiful “Le plus grand aquarium du monde.” - Jacques Yves Cousteau A quick internet search for La Paz snorkeling will produce pages of excursions offered by local tour operators. But, if you want to hang out at a beach and snorkel on your own, there isn’t a lot of information available. Many tourists (and locals) don’t realize that beautiful beaches with clear and calm turquoise waters - perfect for snorkeling – can be found very close to the city. We have spent several [...]

Wetlands, Wildlife And Waterfalls – Northern Argentina And Iguazú Falls

Over the Border and Over the Falls - Iguazu and Northern Argentina “I beg your pardon, Owl, but I th-th-th-think we coming to a fatterfall ... a flutterfall ... a very big waterfall!” - Piglet (Winnie The Pooh) We cross the Andes for the last time – at least on this trip – and bury our fleeces, hiking boots and Gortex jackets deep in our backpacks. However, the return to warm weather also means the return to Bugworld and Scooterland. And, it seems that the smaller ones are the loudest – [...]

By |2018-10-28T01:06:20+00:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: Argentina, Brazil|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Etosha National Park – Safari Across The Salt Pan

Salt Pan Safari - Namibia's Etosha National Park “I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy.” - Ernest Hemingway After a two day bus odyssey from Livingston, Zambia and through the Caprivi Strip, we arrive in Tsumeb. We organize ourselves with a rental car, tent and cooking utensils, and set off to explore the various waterholes of Etosha National Park. A Gemsbok (Oryx) joins a herd of Elephants In the vast salt pan in northern [...]

By |2018-11-07T17:16:14+00:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Namibia|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Salt Flats And Pink Flamingos – Across The Bolivian Altiplano

Southwest Bolivia - Salar De Uyuni and the Andean Altiplano “Kid - the next time I say, 'Let's go someplace like Bolivia', let's go someplace like Bolivia.” - Butch Cassidy Dotted with cacti and eroded rock formations, the area bears an uncanny resemblance to America’s wild west. It is therefore appropriate that it was here that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid spent their last days and met their end. The southwestern landscape near Uyuni We spend an afternoon riding a couple of [...]

By |2018-08-09T21:10:13+00:00July 9th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Bolivia|Tags: , |0 Comments

Fins Up – Great White Shark Cage Diving In South Africa

Great White Shark Cage Diving - Fins Up In South Africa “You're gonna need a bigger boat.” - Chief Martin Brody (Jaws) Day breaks over a cloudless sky - we couldn’t have asked for better weather. We had seen Southern Right Whales breaching in Hermanus, and hope to see another one of the ocean’s great creatures. We take the shuttle to the skipper’s house in Gaansbai, where breakfast and the boat are waiting. Shortly afterwards, we reach Dyer Island - home to a colony of Cape Fur Seals. These creatures are [...]

Under African Skies – Safari In South Luangwa National Park

Game Drives in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park “If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again.” - Karen Blixen Border Crossings and Riverbanks The police stop us after we cross the Malawian border. Apparently, the trailer’s tires are bald. Our driver protests and asks the officer if he's seen the condition of the tires on the overloaded minibuses that pass by regularly. With a “crocodile smile” across his face, the officer suggests we cut our losses before he takes exception to [...]

By |2018-11-07T17:23:36+00:00March 26th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Zambia|Tags: |0 Comments

Welcome To The Jungle – Amazon Adventures On The Javari River

Welcome To The Jungle - Amazon Adventures On The Javari River “Let us keep the dance of rain our fathers kept and tread our dreams beneath the jungle sky." - Arna Bontemps River Boats and Border Crossings The flight from Chiclayo offers stunning views over the Andes, and a glimpse of the endless expanse of the Amazon Rainforest. Inaccessible by road, Iquitos is a large city set in the middle of the jungle. Apart from the laid-back atmosphere and the friendliness of the locals, the first thing we notice is the [...]

By |2018-10-26T22:36:18+00:00February 26th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Brazil, Colombia, Peru|Tags: , , |0 Comments