Overlooking the rice terraces just outside Sagada
Back in 2010 I started adding all of our trip photos to Flickr under the Creative Commons licence, meaning that anyone can use them as long as they credit me in their finished product. I use other people’s photos via this method all the time and it’s nice to see the blog posts and articles discuss places you’ve been using the snaps you’ve taken. Every now and again I receive a cool request, like the promotions company that put some of my photos on fridge magnets and then sent me some samples. Or the Canadian publisher that used some of my photos of Buenos Aires in a guidebook. But nothing is quite as exciting as being contacted by the Discovery Network to say they’ve seen a particular shot of yours and they’d like to feature it in a new short film series!
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Have you ever had one of those experiences that you genuinely can’t believe is happening? As I set off on the Kaibab Trail from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on that crisp and snow covered morning, I still felt like I was in a dream. There was just one guy in front of me on the trail, we were the first people to walk one of the busiest trails in the National Park Service for nearly 2 weeks – unbelievable.
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The majesty of the Cordillera Blanca
I’ve debated over what to do about this for ages over the Christmas break and then I just thought sod it. I still have plenty of stories to tell from quite a long time back, I’ve just been rubbish at actually getting them down on paper. I didn’t know if they would still be relevant or interesting and then I realised that the main thing I love about this blog is having my own record of our adventures and if other people read the stories then it’s a bonus. So, here we are… me writing about somewhere we visited in 2013!
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The stunning vista of Colca Canyon
Colca Canyon is an enormous hole in the ground situated 6 hours from Arequipa in Peru, famous for being home to the phenomenal condor. It’s hiked by an awful lot of visitors to Peru but many will visit for just a day or two. We decided to make the most of our time in the area and had an absolutely brilliant 4 day backpacking trip.
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The profound beauty of Machu Picchu
You know when you harbour a dream for an incredible amount of time and then when it is finally realised it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? That’s exactly how my lifelong dream of hiking the Inca Trail began. Bear with me, it does get better I promise but we had a fair few mishaps and calamities on the way and it unfortunately didn’t live up to my lofty expectations. This post will be completely about our own personal journey, warts and all and no holds barred!
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Stopping to take in the view from the trail
Isla del Sol, the tiny island in Bolivia that the Incas believed to be the birthplace of the sun. Situated just off the coast of Copacabana on the Bolivian side of enormous Lake Titicaca, it is a magical place that despite the many gringos who visit every day manages to retain a peaceful, pristine and idyllic quality.
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