Oxbow Lake on the Tambopata Reserve: A Snake Tale

Visiting an oxbow lake on the Tambopata Reserve by canoe

On Tuesday, Pico brought us visiting an oxbow lake on the Tambopata Reserve. Nearby, the University of Lima maintains a research centre where its biology students can stay to do field work. We took Pico’s boat — it’s got a 50-horsepower Johnson, so even though it may look like a pekipeki, it’s much more powerful. By the way, […]

Hiking on Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca

Spectacular views while hiking on Isla del Sol in Bolivia.

After breakfast on Saturday, I headed uphill from Yumani, hoping to find some of the well-marked trails I’d heard of to go hiking on Isla del Sol. Thinking I’d found one, I followed a clear path. Isla del Sol itself seems kind of dry and brown. Can it be the time of year? It needs more verdure! But […]

Lake Titicaca: Getting to Isla del Sol

Fishing nets on Lake Titicaca, close by a lakeside roadway.

Being a bit on the adventurous side (heh heh heh), relaxing in Copacabana may have been my priority at first, but it certainly wasn’t on my agenda yesterday. After hitting the market for lunch and snacks, I set off down the road to Yampupata, from where getting to Isla del Sol by hired boat should be easy to […]

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Inca ruins seen while hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Day 3.

The Inca Trail… Wow! Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was an unforgettable experience. Day 1 of Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu On Day 1 of hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, we started at about 1 p.m.  It was fairly easy, a gentle climb on a dirt path. We ended at 5. That […]


Hiking Near Loja: Parque Podocarpus

Waterfall in Ecuador's Parque Nacional Podocarpus.

I was pretty happy to leave Cuenca and head for Loja. Even though I’ve only been gone from Mera for a week, I’m already sick of cities and just wanna go back to the countryside. Seeking some good hiking near Loja, I visited Parque Nacional Podocarpus, only about an hour and a half away by bus. Funny thing, […]

Hiking in Baños

Clouds hugging a mountaintop, seen while hiking in Baños.

After our morning canyoning adventure, Brandon and I had lunch, then we went hiking in Baños‘s surrounding hills. The first part of the journey was the most difficult, almost straight up the whole time. We reached Bellavista, a white cross overlooking the town, and rested. We continued on the paved road to Runtún, a small village high up […]

“Camping” and Hiking at Merazonia

Hiking at Merazonia and admiring the beautiful scenery.

Thursday evening, David and I decided to stay at the refuge overnight instead of returning to Mera. We had discussed it with Jen and Frank ahead of time, and together we planned some “camping” and jungle hiking at Merazonia (smiley face). We hiked out to the road with Frank, Jen, and Guido because to the right of the […]

A Walk in Scanlan Creek, Simcoe County

Walk in Scanlan Creek to see this quaint wooden bridge.

Got wheels? If so, Scanlon Creek Park, part of the Simcoe Region Conservation program near Newmarket, is a great place to walk or hike. The park is pretty big: there are various trails to follow, so a half-day can be planned. From the parking lot, the trails leading to the lake—the main attraction—are neat and wide, well-kept, easy […]

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