Gibara, Sleepy Backwater in Cuba

Gibara is a sleepy town on the north coast of Cuba, Holguin province. Located on the entrance to a small harbour, the settlement is surrounded on three sides by water. To the south, distant low green limestone hills rise above the glassy inlet. Apparently, when Christopher Columbus landed near here, he commented: “it is the most beautiful land that human eyes saw.”

Travel in Tropical Baracoa, Far East of Cuba

Baracoa, at the far Eastern end of Cuba, in Guantanamo province is almost the end of the road. Travelling from the big city Havana, on the opposite side of the island, you can’t go much further without disappearing into the sea. We look for things to do, explore the town and travel around the surrounding region.

Chinchero - Church and Market in Peru

Chinchero is a very charming and sleepy backwater town, not far from Cusco, Peru. It has a beautiful old church and one of the most interesting Sunday markets in the region. On a clear day, there are fantastic views of the surrounding valley and Andean peaks.

The Voodoo Streets of Santiago De Cuba

Santiago De Cuba has a reputation. Voodoo, witchcraft; a hotbed of hustlers, pimps and thieves. The home of Bacardi and the country’s most energetic carnival. Apparently, it’s Cuba’s rough and gritty city. The wild east - Haiti and Jamaica just over the horizon. More Carribean. More Pirate. This reputation attracted us to the city, so Sonya and I decided to stop in.

La Paz, Bolivia - Travel to the Highest Capital in the World

La Paz, the de facto capital of Bolivia, is a city I’ve always wanted to visit. Surrounded by mountains, between 3000 and 4,000 meters above sea level, populated mostly by colourful indigenous peoples and framed by a crazy cityscape that tumbles into a valley of skyscrapers, La Paz has always held a certain mystique. For a few days, we got to explore.

Brutalist Architecture; New York, London, Prague & More

When traveling overseas in can be interesting to choose a unique theme and investigate this. For example, when I visit a new city I like to explore it's Brutalist architecture. First, I research the city's notable buildings in this style, then, when I get there, I try to find them. It gives me a reason to visit neighbourhoods or parts of town that might not otherwise be on the tourist trail.

Exploring Ollantaytambo & Patacancha, Peru

Located near Cusco and on the way to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, Ollantaytambo gets it's share of tourists. But most are just passing through and don't take the time to explore or get out into the surrounding hills. It is worth staying for at least a couple of days, even if you do no more than explore the backstreets and drink coffee in the Plaza.

Travelling to Machu Picchu, Peru

The image of Machu Picchu is familiar; mysterious stone structures almost floating among the misty mountains. A citadel perched high above the deep green river valleys.  Machu Picchu also has a compelling story. Somehow lost and forgotten - inaccessible and buried in the jungle. Then, more recently, rediscovered by an American adventurer, self-promotor and historian Highram Bingham. With this story separating fiction from fact isn't always easy

Cycling The Central Otago Rail Trail in New Zealand.

The Central Otago Rail Trail is New Zealand's best known cycle trail. Built in 1994 on a decommissioned railway from Dunedin to Clyde it traverses the dry, grassy South Island high country; winding it's way through rocky gorges, over high river viaducts and across the sweeping wide open grassy plains. This is big sky country - crisp blue wide open spaces or brooding dark towers of cloud