Eight more minutes, the sign indicates. “If I am fast it might be only 5”, I tell myself when I eagerly hike up the last few steep metres before reaching the viewpoint overlooking the rural town of Nong Khiaw in Northern Laos. Reaching the top after a one-hour hike, the 360-degree view on Nong Khiaw does not fail to impress: the terraces of light green rice paddies contrast with Keep hiking!
Connected to the ancient city of Angkor in Cambodia, the Wat Phu Champasak temple complex is one of the most impressive Khmer temples in Laos. Originally dedicated to Shiva, detailed carvings of Indra and Vishnu can be seen on these ruins. The Hindu temple was Keep reading
FoThe 4300-kilometre long Mekong river flows from the Tibetan plateau all the way to it’s delta in Southern Vietnam crossing China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. The majestic Mekong Keep reading!
Laos is a patchwork of ethnic groups. The remote mountains of Northern Laos are home to the Akha tribes who live according to their ancient traditions and customs. Keep traveling!
On the temple grounds of Wat Pra Mahatat in the centre of Ayutthaya, an unusual scene can be witnessed: a multi-century-old Buddha head Keep reading
Thailand has an almost 5000 year old tradition and know-how of domesticating the Asian elephant for war and logging purposes. Since the ban on logging in the late 1980’s, about 5000 of these elephants need to be taken care of and need about 200 kg of food each day. Tourism seems to be a sustainable solution: Keep reading
From the top of the Tour des Templiers (the Knights Templar tower, 12th century), Keep reading
Far from the luxurious yatchs that can be spotted all along the French Riviera, the colourful pointus are the traditional fishing boats. The captains of these robust Keep reading
Mediterranean goods are sold in many shops scattered along the medieval streets of Keep reading
The medieval streets of Hyères show shades of Keep reading
The medieval streets of Hyères are home to many shops selling Mediterranean goods: Keep reading
With 650 to 750 million kilograms of cheese produced every year and 2/3rds exported, most people are familiar with Dutch cheese like Keep reading
Leafcutter ants are endemic to South and Central America, and are ever-present in nature there. There is not only one type of leafcutter ants, but Keep travelling
You can hear them hovering past your ear, maneuvering acrobatically into all directions and when you spot them they are already on the next flower: the hummingbird is one of a kind. Keep travelling
This tree of love held his host so tight that it eventually strangled it, explaining its more common name of strangler fig. It is not really a tree, but vines that grow around them. Keep traveling
Since Panama gained control over the Panama Canal in 1999, its economy got a massive boost. Over the past 10 years skyscrapers have changed its skyline with many high-rise buildings still under construction. Keep traveling!
Walking the city centre of Panama’s cosmopolitan capital, we encountered this woodpecker with its very neat and bright red puff. Keep traveling!
This young green basilisk lizard is catching its breath on a stone in the middle of the warm waters of the Tabacon hot springs before crossing the river. This might seem highly unlikely given the current of the water but the basilisk lizard, or more commonly known as the Jesus Christ lizard, did not get this nick name without a good reason. Keep travelling
The Arenal volcano national park, by the small city of La Fortuna, is very popular among tourists. Even if today, the Arenal volcano is considered as dormant, its activity suffices to warm up many hot springs in the area. Keep travelling
The white-fronted parrot, known scientifically as the Amazona albifrons is a noisy bird which can imitate Keep travelling
Costa Rica is quite touristy, and beaches are often developed with shops, hotels, bars, restaurants and whatever one needs for some entertainment. Keep travelling
If you have been planning your trip through Central America with the best-selling Lonely Planet guide, this waterfall may look very familiar. Indeed, Keep traveling!
Traveling and visiting sights in Costa Rica comes at a price. Sure, the landscapes and biodiversity are impressive but more often than not, you will find someone collecting an entrance fee, parking fee or whatever kind of fee for you to check out a waterfall, swimming hole or hike. Keep travelling
Hungry for off-the-beaten-path locations in touristy and developed Costa Rica, we discovered the untouched coastline of Uvita. Covered by palm trees, providing welcoming shade and refreshing coconut water to surfers enjoying these ideal breaks, this is surf paradise. Just a few backpackers, Keep travelling
You can hear them hovering past your ear, maneuvering acrobatically into all directions and when you spot them they are already on the next flower: the hummingbird is one of a kind. Keep reading!
With its 1394-metre-high peak, the Maderas volcano seems small compared to its big brother, the Concepcion volcano, dominating western Ometepe island. However, Keep reading
The unspoiled eastern part of the Ometepe island is full of surprises: Keep reading
The colourful facades of Granada’s houses are still visible today and give the city its character. Founded in 1524 by Fransico Hernández de Córdoba, it was named after the ancient city of Granada in Spain. It long rivaled with Léon to be Nicaragua’s capital until Keep reading
In the streets of Granada, Nicaragua, pedestrians, cars, motorbikes and small trucks have to share the narrow roads. Less expected, Keep reading
Granada is a touristy city with a rich colonial architecture and colourful houses. Still, it is common to see mules and horses being used to transport goods. Keep traveling!
A UNESCO world heritage site, the cathedral of the Assumption in Leon is an impressive building and remains the largest cathedral in Central America. Center of life of the city, it is located on a lively square, while food stalls are aligned along its back wall. Keep traveling!
Second largest city of Nicaragua, Leon features many colonial buildings and churches, like San Juan Bautista that is featured on this picture of the day. Beyond the history, Leon is a Keep traveling!
This cactus grows in the dry zone of the Miraflor Reserve in Nicaragua, or tropical savannah. Protected area, the reserve balances preservation of nature with sustainable farming Keep traveling!
It is still dark and Deyanira is already cooking the first tortillas of the day: they are an important part of the daily diet in Central America and must be ready by breakfast. She started by curing corn in limewater to easily peel off the skin of the corn kernels she will later feed her chickens with. By the time I woke up, Keep travelling
The remote Reserve of Miraflor in Nicaragua features three different ecosystems that can be explored hiking or horseback riding in only a day. Keep traveling!
About 84,000 years ago, a massive volcanic eruption called los chocoyos ejected 270 cubic meters of ashes that can be found in rock strata as far as Florida and Panama. Locally, it formed a gigantic caldera which was later partially filled by water: and lake Atitlan was created. Keep travelling
The Fuego volcano has been in near constant activity for the past century. Keep travelling
Walking the city of Antigua, Guatemala, small details become visible in the beatiful sunrise light. Colourful Keep travelling
After a strenuous hike up the 3976 meter-high Acatenango volcano, we were rewarded with Keep travelling
Hidden in the misty mountains, a thrilling 45-minute ride from booming Quetzaltenango among fertile slopes, Guatemalans soak themselves in the warm sulphur waters of Fuentes Georginas, a natural hot spring. People chat, laugh, Keep travelling
Colourful and lively are the right words to describe Antigua, the former capital of Guatemala. Because of a few serious earthquakes and volcano eruptions, this seat of power was transferred to Guatemala City in 1776.
Today many buildings have been Keep travelling
Walking home after attending mass at church on New Year’s day, these women dressed in traditional Guatemalan clothes pass by a lonely woman brooming her doorstep. She is trying to Keep travelling