Chile has been one of those countries that has surprised me. We hear the stories about how beautiful and diverse it is but I really was not expecting this. From the driest desert in the world up north, to Patagonian ice fields down south, Chile has it all.
The beauty of Chile being such a long country is that is crosses so many geographic belts so you really get all worlds in one place. After leaving Pucon, I began journeying deeper into the Lakes District. You have to see this place!
I’ve said it before, but this planet doesn’t stop amazing me. I spent the past 4 days cruising through the Bolivian Altiplano (high plateau) and I can’t recall being bored once over the 1,000km journey – the scenery and landscapes are otherworldly – I’ve never seen anything like it!
I wasn’t planning on going anywhere near the coast in Ecuador. That’s until I met a few travellers on the Quilotoa Loop that had just been there and told me it was whale season and it was an experience of a lifetime.
Northern Luzon in the Philippines is home to the best rice terraces I’ve seen in the past 10 months. Couple this with quaint villages to hike through and sleep in, it makes the region really special. Here’s a photo blog of our journey to the terraces, and a little practical information as the internet is lacking in good advice for the region.
Mount Kinabalu – the highest mountain in Borneo. She’s a beauty and a tough climb. I successfully made it all 4095.2 metres to the top and somehow survived the 8.7km walk back to the bottom, although my knees won’t agree with the usage of the word ‘successfully’. Here’s a photo blog of my hike.
I’m the first to admit that I tend to be a little critical when it comes to what defines the perfect tropical island. I’ve been to some which have just disappointed me beyond measure, and I’ve come across others I thought would be impossible to beat. Here I am writing this from the Perhentians, and I just don’t think it’s possible to top this.
I had these visions of coming to Penang and spending just one day in Georgetown and then heading off to explore other parts of the island. That never happened- instead, I spent 3 full days on an awesome treasure hunt in this incredible UNESCO world heritage city!
The Shan Province of Myanmar is so incredibly beautiful. So beautiful that I have to think of other adjectives that don’t include the usage of the F word. I trekked from Kalaw to Inle Lake – a very scenic route through the countryside. This experience has solidified my belief that some of the nicest people in the world live in Myanmar – what a fantastic country!