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Corcovado Hike (part 1)

April 23, 2018

Costa Rica, April 10-20 Arriving in our hotel in San José, minus one bag that stayed behind in Bogota but luckily made it the next day, we realized that so far none of the hotel rooms we stayed in had a window or proper lights. Maybe booking.com should start showing windows as room feature? As […]

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Tayrona

April 22, 2018

Our last two days in the region we spent in Tayrona National Park. A coastal park with beautiful beaches, covered in rainforest. We hiked to Cabo San Juan and spent the night in a rental tent. Dorin got a mighty smelly mattress though and after some relaxing hours at the beach we were okay to […]

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Lost City Trek – Ciudad Perdida (part 2)

April 21, 2018

After a couple of relaxing days in Cartagena we moved to Santa Marta, the starting point for our amazing although exhausting four days trek to Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) with Expotur. With our group of 15 hikers and well guided by our guides Camacho & Santiago, we hiked for 7-8 hours a day, steep up, […]

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Lost City Trek – Ciudad Perdida (part 1)

April 20, 2018

After a couple of relaxing days in Cartagena we moved to Santa Marta, the starting point for our amazing although exhausting four days trek to Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) with Expotur. With our group of 15 hikers and well guided by our guides Camacho & Santiago, we hiked for 7-8 hours a day, steep up, […]

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Cartagena

April 19, 2018

The time had come, the countdown reached zero and – we were still at the airport in Zurich. While AF confirmed that the air traffic controller strike would not impact our long-haul flight, it unfortunately delayed the incoming plane bringing us to Paris too much for us to make the connection. We blame you Cipri, […]

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Udaipur, Rajasthan‘s most romantic city

January 27, 2018

After another long drive, a detour on a dirt road and a visit at Ranakpur, one of India’s biggest, most important and very nice looking Jain temple, we got to Udaipur. We don’t really feel the romance, maybe we just did too much sightseeing in the last few days? Udaipur might have pretty lakes and […]

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Jodhpur, the blue city

January 20, 2018

Back from the desert, the landscape gets greener again, and more hilly. Mehrangarh, Jodhpur‘s impenetrable looking fort was built in 1808 and is a very impressive sight, with some great view points surrounding it. From there, we walk through the narrow alleys of the blue city. Traditionally, only Brahmin were allowed to paint their houses […]

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Jaisalmer – the golden city

January 9, 2018

Jaisalmer is so far our favorite city in Rajasthan. Founded in 1156, it’s the second oldest fort in Rajasthan, prospering from its strategic position along the silk route. Today the city’s economy is built on tourism and huge military camps, due to the close proximity to the Pakistani border. The fort and surrounding town are […]

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Temple of Rats

January 8, 2018

It‘s a long drive from Jaipur to Jaisalmer, so we stop overnight in Bikaner, to visit the Bikaner Fort and the Temple of Rats. That one is special. The story is that a local lady living there in the 14th century lost her son in a drowning accident. She then decreed that all members of […]

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Jaipur – the pink city

January 7, 2018

In 1876, the Maharaja of Jaipur had the city painted pink, traditionally the color of hospitality, to welcome the Prince of Wales. Today, the inhabitants of the old city are still obliged to preserve the pink facades of their houses and shops. After a forced ride up to the fort on elephant back, we get […]

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Ranthambhore, searching for tigers

January 6, 2018

For the wildlife part of our tour, we visit the wetlands in Keoladeo Ghana N.P. on a trishaw tour to look for its many birds and Ranthambhore in a 20-seat open truck for a chance to spot one of the 50 plus tigers in the park. Unfortunately we don‘t, we only get to see tiger […]

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Agra – city of love

January 4, 2018

When Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved third wife of mogul Shah Jahan died giving birth to his 14th child in 1631, Shah Jahan decided to respect her last wish to be buried below white marble. Going all the way, over the next 22 years he built the Taj Mahal, with 20’000 workers involved, many of them […]

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