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Galapagos live aboard: One of our favourite friends on the Galapagos islands
Ecuador

Six amazing days aboard a Galapagos live aboard

July, 2016: For me the Galapagos islands conjure up images of ancient looking iguanas, giant tortoises and vast, sun drenched volcanic landscapes.  An impossibly blue ocean twinkles in the distance and a soundtrack of David Attenborough’s soothing voice echoes…

Venezuelan family: Outside the El Tigre Civil Registry office with Renny and the actual registry with information about my grandfather
Venezuela

Discovering my Venezuelan family – Part 2*

July, 2016: In the ensuing days after our first attempt to find my long lost Venezuelan family, I had all but made peace with our failed mission.  That was until we were effectively taken hostage over a payment dispute…

Venezuelan family. My grandfather in uniform. Handsome devil!
Venezuela

Discovering my Venezuelan family – Part 1*

June, 2016: Twelve years ago on my first trip to Latin America I learned that my grandfather on mum’s side ended his days in Venezuela.  According to mum, granddad died in the middle of Venezuela at some point in the…

Sundown on Finca Yopito, Los Llanos
Venezuela

Los Llanos: Cowboys, Caymans and cured Capybara

June, 2016: Our final Venezuelan adventure saw us take a day-long drive into the untamed wilderness of Los Llanos (the plains). Flood plains teemed with all manner of exotic animals while bare footed cowboys tended huge herds of hump…

Sunset over Kukenam the night before climbing Roraima
Venezuela

Climbing Roraima: Venezuela’s Lost World

June, 2016: The south east of Venezuela is largely taken up by the 3 million hectare Canaima National park. The park contains some of earth’s oldest rock formations including numerous table top mountains called ‘tepui’. Mount Roraima is the tallest of…

Amazonian adventure: Night time in the Amazon jungle
Brazil

Amazonian adventure in Brasil’s north

April, 2016: While for many the Amazon conjures up images of an exotic wonderland teeming with wildlife, for me it’s more about spending time in an immense expanse of jungle bigger than most decent sized countries. After a fairly…