Southern Kyrgyzstan: Boundaries and Borders Lake Song-Kuul, Naryn, Tash Rabat and the Chinese Border

After spending a few days in the Issyk-Kul region, we left Kaji-Say and drove westwards towards the end of the lake, then southwards to Naryn. There, we’d have dinner, relax and start early the next day. That was the plan. Lake Song-Kuul (or: The Road to Song-Kuul) Some 80 km before Naryn, there’s a turnoff…

Kyrgyzstan: Higher and Higher From Lake Issyk-Kul to the Seouk Pass

Barskoon Valley From the small town of Barskoon on the southern shore of lake Issyk-Kul, a road leads away from the lake and into the mountains, following the river through the beautiful valley. Barskoon was once an important trading post on the Silk Road. Crossing several mountain passes, the route connected the region with China….

Ambrym: Mighty Marum & Big Benbow One volcano, two lava lakes. Ambrym, Vanuatu

A few months ago, on a Maya pyramid in the middle of the Guatemalan jungle, we met Sam Cossman, a young guy from the States who had done a crazy thing: Dressed in a special suit he descended into the crater of one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Mt Marum on the island of…

Monteverde: Nature & Adventure Costa Rica

Monteverde is a major tourist destination in Costa Rica. Several national parks and reserves protect the cloud forests in the area. Monteverde itself is a very small village, most of the hotels, restaurants, tour operators, and shops are actually in the town of Santa Elena. Going to Monteverde Monteverde’s bus terminal too is in Santa…

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…