Ella: A Small Town in Sri Lanka’s Highlands Enjoy the views and a good cup of tea in Ella

Ella is a small highland village with at least as many tourists as locals. Practically every house has been turned into a guesthouse, a lot of new houses (read: guesthouses) are under construction and virtually all the restaurants and shops in town are solely aimed at tourists. Why? I’m not quite sure, to be honest….

Canada: Force of Nature Whistler, Bella Coola, Williams Lake. British Columbia.

In less than a week in Canada we’ve already seen three bears – I still can’t believe it! Wait – how come we’re in Canada? Here’s why: After almost five month in Latin America we felt like going to Asia. That’s the great thing about not having a return date nor an around the world…

Slow Train to the Copper Canyon Barrancas del Cobre, Mexico

The Copper Canyon (Barrancas del Cobre) is a system of canyons in northwestern Mexico. The canyons are huge; they are considerably deeper and cover a larger area than the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The region’s indigenous inhabitants are the Rarámuri or Tarahumara who are known for their ability to be able to run for hours…

La Puna: Out of This World Six days on the arid high plateau in Argentina's northwest

Have you ever run down a white sand dune at 3500 masl? Or stood at the rim of the biggest known volcanic crater of the world? Looked into fanta-colored arsenic water holes? Found algae below a thin layer of salt in a salt pan in the middle of the desert? Sat in the tunnel of…

Coming soon: La Puna Northwestern Argentina

A few days ago we returned from our 6-day trip through the Puna, the arid high plateau (all above 3500 masl) in Argentina’s northwest. Is was like travelling in another world, or on the moon, or on Mars. The landscapes are fantastic and very diverse, the Puna seems endless yet after every bend new scenery and colors…

El Calafate: Sun & Ice Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

El Calafate is not far from Puerto Natales in Chile but the bus ride takes about 5 hours, of which you spend around two at the border crossings. Though not much more northerly, El Calafate is much warmer. The town is beautifully locates at the coast of Lago Argentina, with views of a lagoon with…

El Chaltén: The Better Torre(s) Patagonia, Argentina

A few days after Torres del Paine we went to the small village of El Chaltén in Argentina, located in the northern sector of Los Glaciares National Park. We only had half a day there (our bus left in the evening) but nevertheless decided on doing a short hike. Planning a hike At the park…

Torres del Paine: On the Beaten Track

It’s a must when you’re in Chilean Patagonia: Torres del Paine National Park. The famous torres, three vertical rock pillars, each over 2800 meters high, can actually be seen when driving to the park but climbing up to the lookout point and being as close as (I guess) possible to those towers is something else….

Ushuaia

  Ushuaia attracts all kinds of tourists: from women hiking (or trying to) in high heels to Gore Tex wearing people ready for their trip to Antarctica. Some people come here just to have been here while others come well prepared for some serious adventure. The town itself is not very pretty and there’s not a…