Sunday, September 18, 2016

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum used to be Yucatan well kept secret. All the american tourists went to Cancun eventually to Playa del Carmen and Tulum stayed the backpackers base. But there are Mayan ruins right on a beach and cenotes around. And the beach is nicer than those near Cancun so tourists already found Tulum. It's still place without big hotels but to talk about Yucantan secret makes no sense anymore. 

Mayan ruins in Tulum

 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Holbox Island, Mexico

Holbox is an island on the edge of Bay of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. It's place still quite undiscovered by mass tourism. Beautiful place.



Holbox Island star

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Merida, Mexico

Merida is a capital of Yucatan state. We decide to come here after everyone told us to avoid the super-touristic and overpriced Cancun. It was good choice. Great couchsurfing and beautiful caves where you can swim in clear water (cenotes).


Horsetrain - just in Mexico 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Mexico City, Mexico

We've been there in February of 2016. Shortly DF (Districto Federal) or now newly CDMX (Ciudat de Mexico) is one of the biggest cities in the world. It has some 25 millions inhabitants. We had no good expectations about such a big city. We expected something Jakarta of Manila. Chaos, traffic, pollution and criminality. Yes, some districts are maybe like this but from what we've seen, DF is a modern clean city where we could imagine live and work. Probably the biggest positive surprise from this part of world.


Teotihuacan Pyramides


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Bogota, Colombia

Colombia's capital and biggest city. We booked a hostel here but in stayed with locals in the end. Michal was here in 2011 and have to say that not much changed since then. Its still pretty exciting city. With all the advantages and disadvantages of south american metropolis.


Title of this piece of art is "The Hell"  Botero gallery...


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Guatape, Colombia

This was nice surprise. Small town on the bank of huge lake. Close from here Pablo Escobar had his fancy fortress villa. The villa is a ruin now and the town became the favorite vacation destination for both tourists and locals.
Fountain. The old man from the fountain is alive. You can see him behind the fountain

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Medellin, Colombia

There were 6349 murders in Medellin just in one year (1991). Mainly thanks to Pablo Escobars drug cartel. Once the most dangerous city in world changed to good place to live. It has perfect position in a valley where the weather is springlike all year round. There is plenty on culture, museums, and universities. And they kill just few hundred people yearly here now so its pretty good for Latin American city.  

Botero's statues

Friday, January 29, 2016

Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Just next to Taganga is Tayrona. National Park right on Caribbean Beach. From five years ago I (Michal) remember it like the most beautiful beach I ever seen. And it's still awesome. 

Unreal beautiful, Even if cloudy...

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Taganga, Colombia

Michal's favorite place from his previous visit. Relaxed, chilled backpackers and divers village on the Caribbean coast. Next to touristic Santa Marta and amazing Tayrona National park.

Sunset, beer in hand, beach an life music. Still the same good Taganga

Monday, January 25, 2016

Cartagena, Colombia

The tourist number one of Colombia. Beautifull colonial town on the Caribean sea. Maybe the nicest city in all south America.

Indigenous handcraft bags

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Leticia, Colombia

It was an epic journey to come to here, But finally we made it. Michals favorite country. Colombia. After five years again here. Well for the Leticia it was first time for both of us. Leticia is very remote from rest of country. Its not connected by any road. We came late but we catch our plane. We have our first guite negative experience with couchsurfing but in the end we enjoied it here, especially thanks to short but awesome jungle expedition.


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Camping on Amazon river, Peru

The way from Iquitos to Leticia should be short, just about two days but... There were complications again. The ship broke, the steersman hated us but we liked the trip anyway. The Amazon river is so huge! On some places its like lake so wide that is hard to see to the other side. And we were still in Peru. Thousands kilometers from Atlantic. And there ate pink dolphins too.
Our tent on La Gran Loretana II

Friday, January 22, 2016

Iquitos, Amazon, Peru

Iquitos on the Amazon river is a very special city. With almost half a million inhabitants it is the worlds largest city without road connection. The only way here is by river or air. It has very special atmosphere. The city grew on rubber industry. The few tourists here are coming for make deep jungle expeditions, to spot big cats (Jaguars, Pumas, Ocelots..) or visit remote indigenous communities. And in last years also to try Ayahuasca. Shamanic ritual with powerful psychedelic plants.


Water taxi in Iquitos shanty town - Belem

Friday, January 15, 2016

Pucallpa and cruising Ucayali River, Peru


20 hours bus ride across Andes to Amazon Basin. And then cruising the Ucayali river to the mighty Amazon river. It wasn't without complications. Some ship does not start at all, some get broken.. It was an epic journey out of beaten track.. No tourists with luggage on wheels here... It was real Amazon.

Henry 10 just arrived to Pucallpa port

Monday, January 11, 2016

Lima, Peru

The capital city of Peru. It wasn't originally in plan to come to here but things somehow changes (problems on Colombian and Venezuelan boarder). We does not regret. It's interesting big city with surprisingly nice coast. 


Lighthouse in Miraflores district

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Ballestas Islands, Peru

If you don't have enough money to go Galapagos you can visit the islands "for the poor".

Pelican on the board

Friday, January 8, 2016

Ica, Huacachina, Peru

Beautiful oasis in the city. Sand boarding. Amazing dunes and relaxing time..
Jump or not ?

Monday, January 4, 2016

Machu Picchu, Peru

"We get there for 3 euro and back for 10.. but little warning.. This way requires a LOT of walking. So here is the guide how to go to Machu Pichu from Cusco for 3 euros." 
Gosia and her llama...

Friday, January 1, 2016

Cusco, Peru

Cusco is little bit like Prague of south America. Smaller city crowded by tourists. But its truly beautiful. Has alot of Hispanic and pre-Hispanic sites and its close to the super site of Machu Pichu. Ce spend here new years eve. We actually overslept it but luckyly the fireworks woke us up and we had super-b view right from our bed. 
Placa des Armas in Cusco