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Cuzco

December 13, 2017

The travel back to Cuzco was another 3h boat, 1h car, short ferry ride, 2h van and 1h flight from Puerto Maldonado. Next up Cuzco and Machu Picchu. The seven days jungle tour was a great way to experience the different ecosystems from the dry mountains to the cloud forest and the Amazon basin. The […]

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Peru – Manu national park – Macaws

December 10, 2017

Manu Wildlife Center was another basic but comfortable bungalow in a very pretty garden setting. We got to see lots of birds, climbed up to a 36m treetop viewpoint (needing careful coaxing back down in Sabine’s case on the rickety spiral staircase) and went early morning to the macaw salt lick. We entered the blind, […]

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Peru – Manu national park – Day 4 – the Jaguar

August 26, 2017

On the way back it started to rain and wouldn’t stop for the next 36 hours. The afternoon we spent in the dining bungalow, sorting pictures, reading, eating popcorn and watching the wildlife from inside, as we had tamarin, capuchin and squirrel monkeys all passing closely by. The next morning it still rained, not too […]

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Peru – Manu national park – Day 3 – Giant otters

August 25, 2017

On our full day in Cocha Salvador, we went for a wooden catamaran trip on the actual Cocha, an oxbow lake near our camp. We got super lucky to see the resident giant river otter family with all its nine members coming back from a mid-morning fishing trip. The younger ones were quickly ushered back […]

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Peru – Manu national park – Day 2

Second day in Manu with even more traveling, first by car and long hours by boat on Rio Alto Madre and Rio Manu to the tented camp at Cocha Salvador. Along the way we saw turtles, caimans, capybaras and many more birds. Early morning we passed by one of the indigenous groups living in the […]

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Peru – Manu national park – Day 1

August 24, 2017

It’s a long way to Peru, curtesy to AirFrance with an extra hour before take-off looking for some missing luggage – unfortunately not ours as we realized later in Lima. 12h flight in an old cramped plane, with an outdated entertainment system, sad movie selection (The Fate of the Furious was the lead movie) and […]

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Diving in Malapascua – home of the thresher shark (2of2)

April 29, 2017

From Palawan we have a direct flight to Cebu. The plane leaves 30min ahead of schedule, they were done with the boarding πŸ™‚ From Cebu it’s a 3.5h drive to the northern tip of the island and a 30min boat ride to Malapascua. We’re back at Ocean Vida and diving with Martin at Sea Explorers. […]

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Diving in Malapascua – home of the thresher shark (1of2)

April 27, 2017

From Palawan we have a direct flight to Cebu. The plane leaves 30min ahead of schedule, they were done with the boarding πŸ™‚ From Cebu it’s a 3.5h drive to the northern tip of the island and a 30min boat ride to Malapascua. We’re back at Ocean Vida and diving with Martin at Sea Explorers. […]

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1’780 islands of Palawan (2of2)

April 22, 2017

After an awesome trip to the Philippines in 2013, we just had to come back for some more. This time, we travel to Palawan, for its rocky islets, turquoise waters and hidden beaches. Really well hidden, there is one where we have to snorkel through a hole in the wall and get out on a […]

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1’780 islands of Palawan (1of2)

April 17, 2017

After an awesome trip to the Philippines in 2013, we just had to come back for some more. This time, we travel to Palawan, for its rocky islets, turquoise waters and hidden beaches. Really well hidden, there is one where we have to snorkel through a hole in the wall and get out on a […]

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mountain gorillas!

October 3, 2016

Awesome day at gorilla tracking! Bwindi Impenetrable N.P. is home of almost half the surviving mountain gorillas. Ten groups have been habituated and can be visited by tourists, but not more than eight people and for only one hour per day. Our group is the Mukiza group, named after its silverback. Ten gorillas, including a […]

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tree climbing lions

October 2, 2016

On the way to Ishasha, we pull over close to a fishing village for a photo stop. Suddenly a knock on the window and a soldier requests to see all kind of papers from Sam. It seems the tiny bridge ahead is a key communication link and they don’t like people loitering around it and […]

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