Of all the activities we completed in the Pantanal, river floating, games drives, hiking, and horseback riding, Piranha fishing might have been the most fun. I really wanted to fish for Piranha simply to be able to say I’ve done it. Ruth and Alice, the other girl on our tour were not sold on participating, especially when we saw locals standing chest deep in water fishing for these sharp toothed critters. Continue reading “Piranha Fishing in the Pantanal”
Along with the game drives in the Pantanal, we participated in other activities like hiking and horseback riding. Our first morning in the Patanal, we took a game drive to the docks, a boat ride to an island, and then a hike in the woods, across a boardwalk and to a tower for a view of the sweeping swamp. Continue reading “Hiking and Horseback Riding in the Pantanal”
We spent three days in the Pantanal at Pousada Piuval. Our guides liked this 7,000 hectare ranch as it is home to the most jaguars at this time of year (which isn’t many) compared to the jaguar preserve that is not accessible at the end of the rainy season. Anyway, that didn’t stop us from looking for them. We took sunrise and sunset drives every day. Most of the time we drove the few roads on the ranch, occasionally we tried a few fields that were still to wet, and we also went to the park. Continue reading “Game Drives in the Pantanal”
Gasparetour picked us up in Cuiabá at 8am in the morning. Alex and Rachel drove us a few hours to Chapada dos Guimarães National Park for some hiking.
The park was more crowded than normal for a week day, as it was Brazil’s Labor Day, though not nearly as crowded as a National Park in the USA would be on the same day. Continue reading “Chapada dos Guimarães National Park and Bom Jardim”
I spent my last day in Cartagena fishing with Ecotours Boquilla. Ecotours Boquilla offers a variety of tours, but I thought the fishing tour on a kayak in the mangroves from 7am to 1pm would be the most fun. I have kayaked in the mangroves and I have fished, but I haven’t put the two together. Continue reading “Fishing in Boquilla’s Mangroves”
Top Dive Sites in San Andrés
I wasn’t sure what to expect for diving in Colombia. After reviewing Trip Advisor, the location of dive shops, and their websites, I contacted Banda Dive Shop in San Andrés. They confirmed that they offered two-tank morning dives with a surface interval on the boat which included water in a bag and a small snack. In addition, all equipment was provided. The boat included a small canopy, captain, and 1-2 bi-lingual divemasters for 8-12 people. The price, at around $65 per day, was far less than most diving locations around the world.
I arrived at the dive shop at 8 to fill out the paper work before the scheduled 8:15 departure time which morphed into 8:45. The paperwork was the most informal I had ever seen which basically included a waiver and a blank for my certification number. Illnesses and the number of dives were of no importance in Colombia. Continue reading “Top Dive Sites in San Andres, Colombia”
Did you know Ulaanbaatar is the coldest national capital in the world?
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Featured “Fotographer”: Kim Malcolm
Website: Follow Kim’s blog Camino Milagro
Background: I met Kim on a horseback riding trip across the Mongolian Steppe this past summer. Kim travels the world full time after retiring from a 33 year career in public policy and executive leadership. Her first book, A Country Within — about her experiences with refugees in Greece — will be published this month.
Image Title: Muslim Student
Location: Stonetown, Zanzibar
Fun Fact(s): A young woman in white is probably a Muslim student. This one was uncharacteristically relaxed in front of the camera.
SCUBA Diving the Red Sea
This photo represents one of the many sunsets we enjoyed while diving off a live aboard for a week in the Red Sea. The Red Sea diving is marvelous. We saw a Moray eel attack a stonefish that was too big for it to swallow, so it wrapped its body around the fish like a pretzel to break it up. The eel dropped the fish and swam toward our semi-circle of six divers that mistakenly encroached on his space as we watched in awe. Our semi-circle quickly expanded, and the eel contentedly went back to his dinner. We hovered there for the last ten minutes of our dive before we had to surface to off-gas. Simply spectacular!
Did you know in the Quechua Indian language, “Machu Picchu” means “Old Peak”