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Walking above the clouds (Trek Gran Vilaya)

I was very happy that Norbert decided to join me for this last Peruvian adventure : during the last days the road to Chachapoyas had been closed several times due to landslides and the few gringos that managed to reach the city did not look eager to start an adventure of this kind. Anyway once in …

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Santa Cruz Trek in Cordillera Real

I arrived to Huaraz, my base camp for the following days, at 7.00am and after a quick check in at the hostel and a good breakfast I was ready to explore the surroundings. For this first day I chose an organized tour to Chavin de Huántar, an archaeological site three hours far from Huaraz and …

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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

This 43km ancient Inca path leading to Machu Picchu is the most famous trek in South America and must be booked well in advance. I did this trek in 2005 and it was very hard to me because I was a little bit sick and weak. Still, I believe that amongst all the possible treks …

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Y el cóndor pasa . . . (at Colca Canyon)

I thought that my most painful bus trip would be my Copacabana – Arequipa trip . . . until I took the bus from Ica to Arequipa. It had been raining a lot in the area and one of the rivers was completely flooded. With no bridge to cross (the local authorities must think it …

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Torres del Paine full W Trek (finally!)

Torres del Paine is foreigner hikers’ favourite trek in Patagonia and there are many reasons why: pristine lakes, impressive glaciers and its distinctive “horny” peaks. It is also one of the most organised and accessible parks in Chile, with scheduled transfers from Puerto Natales and also inside the park. In 2011 I did not plan …

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Milford Track (part two)

Day 3 Even if we walked less kilometers, this was the hardest day of the trek (14km, 400m up and 1000m down, 7hrs). The day started climbing up to Mackinnon Pass and Memorial, the highest point of the track at 1.154m. After two days, the backpack was lighter but I also was more tired so …

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Milford Track (part one)

Quintin Mackinnon and Ernest Mitchell were the first Europeans to travel overland from Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound in 1888 and their route became the world famous Milford Track. Today MilfordTrack, a 54 km and 4 days trek through Fiordland National Park, is considered one of the 9 New Zealand’s Great Walks and the …

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Trek Kalaw – Inle

This popular trek which links the mountain town of Kalaw to Inle Lake is a good opportunity to be in contact with different tribes in the area and enjoy gorgeous landscapes. We are in Shan State, home of the Shans (the main tribe) but also other interesting tribes. The classical trek is a three days …

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Tiger Leaping Gorge (in Yunnan!)

In the heart of Yunnan province, the fast flowing Yangtze River has cut a dramatic gorge so narrow in some places that, according to the legend, a tiger jumped across it to escape from a hunter. That is how Tiger Leaping Gorge, also reputed to be one of the deepest gorges in the world, got …

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Trek through Upper Svaneti

Mestia is surrounded by many 5.000 mountains which are the “real” border between Europe and Asia. At the foot of these mountains, some typical villages offer a very picturesque landscape. We left Mestia early in the morning for a three days trek through Upper Svaneti. The real starting point of the trek was the village …

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