Chile Chico, Chile – Unexpected Patagonia

If you visit Patagonia, from Ushuaia to the north, you will get to pass through the Chile-Argentina frontier. An obliged stop-over (going from El Calafate or El Chalten to Puerto Rio Tranquillo and visit the Marble Caves) is to go to Chile Chico. This village, trim and picturesque (but not touristic, as the similar Argentinian villages…

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia – World’s Biggest Salt Flat

Bolivia is a beautiful but very poor and isolated country. With the capital at such a high altitude, it is not uncommon to experience some degree of altitude sickness upon arrival. A bit rough around the edges, Bolivia offers cultural richness and some the most unique landscapes on the planet. From the Amazon Rainforest, mountainous…

Rose Goes South • Minca, Minca, Minca

I don’t know what to think about Minca. For a start Minca, Santa Marta isn’t really in Santa Marta: it’s a deceiving 2 hour drive uphill from the city in a jeep. Famous hostel, Casa Elemento, Minca isn’t really in Minca: it’s an hour drive up a death-road and sits at the top of a…

Torres del Paine, Chile – National Park in One Day

Patagonia, Chile. How could you miss Torres del Paine National Park? Even if you don’t fit the boy scout way of life and you can’t trek for two or three days, everybody says that you must visit it! Guides suggest up to nine days trekking inside the park, but the minimum stay inside it is two days….

Grimentz, Switzerland – A Must-See Show in The Mountains

To all those in the mountains this winter: It is no secret that watching the sun rise and set is both a beautiful and humbling experience, yet few people actually bother getting out of bed or pausing in the evening to admire them. One of my biggest Tips would be to make that effort, especially…

Morogoro, Tanzania – In Another World

Here’s a secret tip for you beyond Tanzania’s majestic Kilimanjaro and wild safaris. Last time we asked the locals about other visitors they said that there had been 2 other groups – in the last month. But first things first: there are a couple of decent hotels and restaurants in Morogoro as it is a…

Mt. Ararat, Armenia – Run For The Hills

Yerevan, capital city of Armenia, probably not on your bucket-list, right? But countries bordering Europe and Asia have always been of a curiosity to me. How does continental and Asian culture fuse together in these parts? Is it really as bizarre and baron as the Eastern-European stereotype suggests? Do people actually arrive as tourists here?…

Chandolin (Val D’Anniviers), Switzerland – A Mountain Top For Everyone

Often when people ski they spend days gazing at the mountain tops that surround them, acknowledging their immense beauty and power but also recognising that their summits are unachievable, not a possibility for your everyday person who isn’t a mountaineer. This is not, however, always the case. Sometimes you just need to know the hidden…