Tag: Volcanoes

Beautiful days in Granada (Nicaragua)

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Although I planned differently, my first real stop in Nicaragua was finally Granada. Granada is one of the oldest cities in America. Founded by the Spaniards in 1524, the city is world famous for its colorful colonial architecture and atmospheric cobblestone streets. The most beautiful area is the Cathedral Square and the streets around it. I dedicated 1 full day …

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Back to the mountains

After considering all the possible options and more, I decided to go up to Bogotá again through the West. Even if I tried different times, Colombia’s volcanoes were still a “pending subject” for me and I did not want to leave the country without visiting at least one of them. I took a flight from …

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Western Colombia

I arrived to Colombia by land, crossing theTulcan – Ipiales border and after one night spent in the (forgettable) city of Pasto, I reached Popayan, my first Colombian stop. Popayan is a nice and quiet colonial town. It is called “la blanca” because most of its buildings are whitewashed and if the sky is blue …

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Quito and la Mitad del Mundo

My Ecuador trip ended in Quito, its capital, where I spent four nights. Quito has a nice historical centre, with the main sights of the city (basically colonial churches and plazas) and it is there where I booked my hostel to be able to explore the old town by foot. However in the evening there …

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Ten days in Ecuador

I arrived to Ecuador from Mancora, by night bus. Despite asking for the best bus company the bus was not comfortable at all plus we arrived at the border by 3.00am where we had to wait in line for more than an hour to get our passports stamped. Another painful trip, how I missed Cruz …

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The Moais of Easter Island

After two flights and more than a 24 hours trip, I finally landed at Mataveri Airport, the most remote airport in the world (2603km from the nearest other airport) and the only gateway to Easter Island. At the arrivals the owners of the hotel booked were waiting for me with a welcoming flower necklace: yes, …

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Auckland (and the 3 volcanoes climbing challenge)

We arrived to Auckland on Friday afternoon and it was time to say good bye to Nathalie and the car. After four weeks on the road and sleeping in camp sites, I felt I deserved a small single room all for myself so I booked 3 nights at Auckland YMCA, time enough to discover the …

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Mythical Tongariro Crossing!

After crossing the Cook Strait by ferry, we arrived at Wellington, New Zealand’s city capital.  In Wellington I picked up Nathalie, who will be traveling with me around the North Island. Our first challenge together was the mythical Tongariro Alpine Crossing, one of my New Zealand’s musts! The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is an extending hike …

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Volcanoes of Java

Located at the junction of four tectonic plates, Australian, Philippine, Eurasia and Pacific Indonesia is the country with the greatest number and density of active volcanoes. I have always been fascinated by volcanoes, they are a geographical feature inspiring me admiration and fear in equal parts and climbing some Indonesian volcanoes was a must on …

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Pali-Aike National Park

This is not a very popular tour but if there is a volcano around I must go and climb it! If you are interested in vulcanology you cannot miss Pali-Aike (=devil’s home in Tehuelche language) National Park. In addition, it offers completely different landscapes from Torres del Paine National Park. Here reds and ochres are …

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