Palawan

It may consist of over 7,000 islands and 100m people, but the Philippines had only ever entered my radar for providing a disproportionately large number of nurses to care for Irish geriatrics, and Manny Pacquiao. In truth, I had never considered the country as a potential travel destination until I stumbled on an article about… Continue reading Palawan

Rehydrate or Die!! Volcanoes in Nicaragua

There are nineteen volcanoes in Nicaragua. San Cristobal is the highest, but, in this country, height doesn’t necessarily carry the same drawing power as the rarer attributes of some of its smaller rivals. For instance, after hiking up Cerro Negro it is possible to sit on a piece of formica-reinforced green sprayed plywood and board back down to the bottom. At the crater of Telica, lava (magma since… Continue reading Rehydrate or Die!! Volcanoes in Nicaragua

Little Corn – An Island Paradise (subjective)

Big Corn has the only airport on the islands which means all visitors must pass through it. It’s meant to have the best beach too but that’s not enough to keep travellers from flocking to its car-less little brother, which despite only being a fraction of the size gets three times as many visitors. There are only two… Continue reading Little Corn – An Island Paradise (subjective)

First Stop – Managua (an arbitrary starting point)

Originally we were only going to tour South America, but the best value flights we could find online landed in Managua and flew home from Sao Paulo. Since we had no firm commitments and enjoy not spending money unnecessarily, this meant our plan quickly changed to a tour of Latin American. The departure date was fast approaching,… Continue reading First Stop – Managua (an arbitrary starting point)

Seeing the face of evil on Chimborazo (Robbery at 6000m)

Always be wary of your guide and ask around about whether he is motivated before attempting to summit. Sometimes guides will increase the pace so that you struggle with the altitude, others will just invent imaginary dangers. If Fausto hadn’t faked a phone call, we would have been forced to take it at face value that… Continue reading Seeing the face of evil on Chimborazo (Robbery at 6000m)