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5 days in the jungle, hiking Ciudad Perdida, Colombia

5 days in the jungle, hiking Ciudad Perdida, Colombia

The Ciudad Perdida (Lost city) has an history interesting enough to make me hike for 5 days in the rain forest. And I never did an hike longer than few hours before in my life. This pre-Colombian settlement of the Tayrona people, located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains surrounding the city of Santa Marta, Colombia, was unknown [...]

April 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
My Travel Guide to Bolaven Plateau, Laos

My Travel Guide to Bolaven Plateau, Laos

Last week I extensively reported my six days of motorbiking around the Bolaven Plateau area in the south of Laos. Here is my mini-guide for anyone interested in exploring this off the beaten path area of South-East Asia (I promise, I won’t say off the beaten path anymore in this post).   The Map Our stages [...]

April 1, 2014 | By | Reply More
Bolaven Plateau loop day 6: From Paksong to Pakse

Bolaven Plateau loop day 6: From Paksong to Pakse

The last day of our Bolaven Plateau loop was a splurging day: fruity coffee, burn coffee, good coffee and kopi luwak coffee were the highlight of the day, topped by excellent Vietnamese food and a pizza. The 5th and last day of our loop won’t be remembered for the road trip. The last 50km, from [...]

March 26, 2014 | By | 6 Replies More
Bolaven Plateau loop day 5: From Attapeu to Paksong

Bolaven Plateau loop day 5: From Attapeu to Paksong

First the smell of the trucks leaving Attapeu, then the smoke from the fires that seem everywhere in this season, and finally the dust of the road under construction while we’re hunting for waterfalls, today has been definitely the dirtier of the Bolaven Plateau loop! In between an Internet fix and another Vietnamese coffee, we [...]

March 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Bolaven Plateau loop day 4: From Pakse to Attapeu

Bolaven Plateau loop day 4: From Pakse to Attapeu

A powerful coffee, nice roads, our second party LaoLao-style and a swim under a waterfall are the highlights of the fourth day of this Bolaven Plateau exploration.   Chronicle 7:00 – Already awaken, after a nightmare in which I missed two consecutive planes from Milano Train Station (?) to Canada (?). Hints for the shrink: [...]

March 25, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Bolaven Plateau loop day 3: From Pakse to Salavan and back

Bolaven Plateau loop day 3: From Pakse to Salavan and back

Today report starts with what happened after publishing yesterday one. I approached a couple of Germans that happened to be part of the Tadlo Computer Education Center (TCEC) I mentioned already. They were on a gap year, and volunteered in Nepal first, for a similar project, and now in Tad Lo educating kids on using a computer. [...]

March 23, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Bolaven Plateau loop day 2: From Pakse to Tad Lo

Bolaven Plateau loop day 2: From Pakse to Tad Lo

“Where will he loose his wallet today?” – this was the question in my head when I woke up this morning, turning to look at Cloudio that was soundly asleep. By the time he passed his morning grumpiness and we got ready it was already 9am. In the meantime, the hotel folks moved our scooter [...]

March 22, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Bolaven Plateau by scooter: From Pakse to Champasak

Bolaven Plateau by scooter: From Pakse to Champasak

He was awake since 5am, restless and determined to spoil my sleep making noises in the room of the excellent Alisa Guest House in Pakse, south of Laos. He had fallen asleep by 9pm the night before, while I kept staying at the PC till the late hours. Anyhow, by 9am Claudio and me were [...]

March 21, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
My Detox Retreat at Shangrila in Pai, Thailand

My Detox Retreat at Shangrila in Pai, Thailand

 I’ve been curious about detoxing and fasting for a while, and read of great experiences from people like Tiziano Terzani and Lindo Boludo. While I was in Chiang Mai at the great The Living Place hostel, I saw a flyer about a detox and the old idea came back to mind. I found the center [...]

March 8, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
In scooter from Chiang Mai to Pai, the hospital of Thailand

In scooter from Chiang Mai to Pai, the hospital of Thailand

From Chiang Mai to Pai The 130km separating Chiang Mai and Pai, that I traveled on a 125cc scooter, remembered me how great is to drive a motorbike up the mountains. I had lots of memories and emotions coming up: the Sunday mornings driving around Como lake area with my friends in Italy, the first [...]

March 2, 2014 | By | 9 Replies More