Ecuador’s rainforests are some of the most biodiverse in the world, and a visit there is unlike any other wildlife experience. Whereas in Africa you might travel by jeep to see animals in the savannah, or by boat to go whale watching, in Ecuador you have to travel on foot or by small boat.
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Imagine a place where sea lions and lizards just hang out in the village like its the most normal thing to do. That's Galapagos islands for you! We were blown away after our first minutes in San Cristobal, the islands of the sea lions!
We had heard of Lake Natron before our arrival to Tanzania and of course the pictures of the bright red lake we stumbled upon during our online research sparked our interest. But, we thought to visit Lake Natron was off limits due to our time and budget restrictions. Quite unexpectedly we found ourselves on one of the most mesmerizing journeys through Maasailand!
Arusha, Tanzania, is a city in the middle of two worlds. This creates an exciting mix of people and cultures that make Arusha is unique. Arusha itself is a dusty, charming mid-sized African city.
Tanzania’s Northern Circuit is a great place to start. This region offers several stunning national parks, including Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and the famous Serengeti. Tour operators provide many possibilities, ranging from budget camping safaris to luxury lodging safaris.
Golfo de Fonseca, an archipelago shared by Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador, a former playground for pirates, afforded us with the most stunning and relaxing border crossing experience in our backpacking history.
Isla Ometepe is a truly unique place. As for so many, the island was without a doubt one of our highlights. The world's largest freshwater lake is surrounded by the pristine waters of Central America's largest lake, Lago Nicaragua. Formed by two volcanos Conception and Maderas, the island took the shape of an infinity symbol. The once native Nahual people called the island "two hills" (Ome = two, tepe = hills). Isla Ometepe's mystical charm and breathtaking rugged landscape have intrigued been intriguing mankind ever since. As you approach the island with its twin-coned silhouette dramatically rising into the horizon the boat ride itself brings the promise of a magical experience.
From the admittedly touristy, but still beautiful Granada, we set off to the cultural and folklore capital, Masya. The bubbly city is famous for its passion for music, dance and traditional crafts. Stroll around the and discover colorful corners of the ingenious influenced small town. Masaya will surprise you with its creative diversity and authentic charm. Most of all, charming Massaya bursts with life.
We traveled to Central America a couple of times and had the chance to see several Maya sites along the way. Each impressive in its own way. Contrary to other Maya ruins across Central America. You'll often have Copan to yourself. The mysterious archaeological site boasts remarkable hieroglyphics and sculptures. On top of that, the town of Copan itself is drop-dead charming.
Excited for the last volcano for this journey was awaiting us tomorrow. Volcano Santa Ana's incredibly impressive crater marks the highlight for many travelers coming to El Salvador for a good reason. We were left speechless (and breathless) when we first set our eyes on the turquoise crater lake.