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Meet King Kong in Peru

Meet King Kong in Peru

In May I travelled to Peru… exploring the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu had always been on my bucket list!

After spending a night in Lima I arrived in Cusco well rested. At the airport I was approached by a youngster who wanted to sell me his mother’s wool. He was about 7 years old, quite entrepreneurial and very persistent. He proudly called himself ‘King Kong’ after the only movie that was playing in the only movie theater in town…

Memories of my Galapagos Eco Tour

Memories of my Galapagos Eco Tour

We reached Isabela Island, and not three steps off the dock, two huge sea turtles floated serenely to the surface of the ocean; almost immediately, five sea lions swoop in and start flipping and frolicking around the turtles, pissing them off entirely but giving us a great show and such a fantastic welcome to the Galapagos.

The following day we hiked up the Sierra Negra volcano, the second largest active volcano on earth…

Mexico’s Sea of Cortez & Copper Canyon

Exploring the Sea of Cortez and the Copper Canyon in Mexico left and indelible impression on me. During my stay I did some snorkeling in a marine preserve near La Paz on the Baja California. The water is crystal clear and warm and the only company we had were some very inquisitive pelicans…

A Week of Daily Wonders in the Galapagos

A Week of Daily Wonders in the Galapagos

It started with a conversation over a few pints: “How are we going to celebrate our … birthdays?”… “Let’s take a trip,” I suggested.
After intense negotiations … five of us settled on the Galapagos Islands…

Several years earlier, I was in Ecuador for a rain-forest excursion and had plenty of time to explore the site of Charles Darwin’s famous observations, which culminated in the classic On The Origin of Species. Lacking the benefit of hindsight and a comfort level with debt, I declined the opportunity, believing the cost to be extravagant. I have regretted it ever since…

Mexican Baja Cruise – Travel Review

Mexican Baja Cruise – Travel Review

We went grey whale watching in Magdalena Bay; Mike called it ‘whale soup’ because there were so many whales in the bay. Occasionally they would be curious and come up to the boats. We saw moms with their new calves as well as mature of both genders getting ready for mating.

The little inn you found for us in San Jose was charming…

Veracruz – the Real Mexico

In June I had the opportunity to explore the Mexican province of Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico. This totally unspoiled land gives insight to the real Mexico. Here the American Dollar has yet to play the dominating role it achieved in places like Cancun and Los Cabos. Veracruz has much to offer the curious traveller, such as: 700 kilometers of beaches with great fishing and many coral reefs for the snorkeler and scuba enthusiast. The sand on the beaches is dark like ours here in Vancouver, and the hotels along the coast cater mainly to local families. It’s a great place to have a vacation – without all the frills or the big bills at the end of your stay. White water rafting, rappelling and trekking, especially in the rain forests and mountainous regions in the hinterland of the province. Huge archaeological sites and Anthropology Museums, offering insight to ancient cultures that were very advanced in their knowledge of architecture, art and astrology. Beautifully preserved colonial towns, dating back to when the European Explorers first landed in America. Veracruz and its diversity, from the rain forests of the hinterland to the coastal plains is a wonderful destination with very friendly people. Where else can you spend an evening dancing with the locals to the sound of a ‘Big Band’ in the City Square under the stars? Downtown Veracruz comes alive on Friday and Saturday nights and offers visitors a great opportunity to meet the local folk and join in some of the wonderful traditions that have been kept up through the generations. For me, that’s what travelling is...
Camping on the Yucatan Peninsula

Camping on the Yucatan Peninsula

Everybody thought I was crazy when I said I was planning to going camping in Mexico. But my mind was made up, and off I went one Saturday in February.
Although most of the campgrounds have been replaced with large resorts now, there are still some alternative ways to travel in this area today.  Only the best travel agent will get you ‘off the beaten path’ in Central America.