Xela, GuatemalaGuatemala’s active volcano Santiaguito erupts with an explosion of hot ash & rocks every few hours. We decided to go camping on it.First, let me tell you a little bit about the volcano. Santiaguito Crater is a lava dome that is part of the much larger Santa Maria Volcano.The 12,375 ft. Santa Maria violently exploded in 1902, blowing off the whole Southern side, resulting in one of the biggest eruptions of the 20th century.Ash from the eruption was detected 2500 miles away in San Francisco, CA.In my photo of Santa Maria above, you can see the results from the 1902 explosion. Half the mountain is gone.The Santiaguito lava dome was created in the aftermath. Since then it’s been erupting every few hours for the past 80 years.Crazy People WantedWe were about to climb a grueling 8 hours with 40 lb packs and set up camp on an inactive volcanic vent, right next to the active one. This was not a normal activity.Most visitors to the area just hike up neighboring … [Read more...] about Camping On An Erupting Volcano In Guatemala
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By Carlos Beate on Jan 16, 2019 in Ecuador, Regions, South America A land-based tour to the Galapagos allows the traveler to explore the enchanted islands while staying at a hotel or lodge on one of the three main inhabited islands: Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, or Isabela. Visitors can chose one island to serve as their home base, or island-hop between the three. The flexibility of a land-based tour allows you to choose your own schedule and explore the islands at your own pace. Day-trips on land or to surrounding areas allow you to become acquainted with the unique flora, fauna, and geological features of each island. There are many options for activities around the port towns or for day-trips and excursions from each of the three main inhabited islands. Santa Cruz is the most populated island in the Galapagos. From the main town, Puerto Ayora, there are multiple nearby activities. Las Grietas are large fissures that provide an incredible snorkeling opportunity, with fish visible in … [Read more...] about What places can you see without a cruise in the Galapagos?
The Philippines is home to just over 7,000 islands, each of them offering visitors unique experiences, cultures, and landscapes. From white sand beaches to lofty volcanic peaks. The Philippines really does have it all. There are so many tourist spots in the Philippines that we’ve decided to put together this extensive list of the best places to visit.Don’t leave home without your Lonely Planet Philippines (Travel Guide)CoronThese days, if you see a beautiful picture of the Philippines, the chances are high that it may well be of Coron. This small group of islands north of Palawan are truly some of the most aesthetically pleasing in the country. There are hundreds of small islands, beaches, lagoons, and lakes to explore by boat and the water is always incredibly clear. Related Article: Coron Palawan: The Only Guide You NeedOur top recommended tours of Coron:Coron Town Tour With DinnerCoron Ultimate TourCoron Wreck and Beach Historical TourFull-Day Coron … [Read more...] about 30 Must Visit Tourist Spots in the Philippines
By David Moore on Jan 15, 2019 in Attractions, Chile, Going Out, Regions, South America The Atacama Desert in Chile is the driest in the world, some parts of it have never seen rain. It is the oldest in the world at 150M years and the highest in the world – we visited some parts at 4,600 metres. It is also simply huge at 1,500 sq km and has many varied landscapes from salt flats and deep canyons to moonscapes and sand dunes – we visited the lot! Our town was San Pedro de Atacama, 30km from the Bolivian border and just over the mountains from Argentina. Every view we had, and there are some stunning ones, has the backdrop of snow capped mountains, the highest at 6,739 metres. A visit to Valle de la Luna The Valle de la Luna is aptly name, it’s like nothing on earth I’ve ever seen. Mountain slopes glittering with what look like diamonds, it’s actually gypsum, volcanic rock alongside sand dunes hundreds of feet high with valleys of white salt and a backdrop … [Read more...] about 5 reasons to discover the beautiful Atacama Desert
By Marcel Perkins on Jan 12, 2019 in Attractions, Ecuador, Going Out, Regions, South America Quito is well known as a heritage city that offers a variety of cultural activities and sightseeing. Nevertheless, most of the travelers use Quito as a stopover before or after their trip to the amazing Galapagos Islands. There is plenty to explore for the most avid traveler to plan to spend a few nights in this beautiful Andean city. Quito has many places, activities, and experiences to offer. Each traveler can focus on their interests in planning their trip. Here is our list of 7 reasons for extending your stay in Quito either before or after traveling to the Galapagos Islands and within Ecuador. 1. Visit the Middle of the World Ecuador´s name comes from the Equator that crosses the country. The Middle of the World monument is twenty-seven kilometers away from the financial district and heritage city center of Quito. I’ll bet you didn’t know there are two sites marked as … [Read more...] about 7 reasons for extending your stay in Quito