Jamie Rocliffe


Jamie Rocliffe

I'm an aspiring explorer, traveller and adventurer who's just packed in a 9-5 office job, to fulfil a lifelong dream to see the world. I love to experience different cultures, meet new people and have lots of fun along the way! I'm passionate about nature, wildlife and the great outdoors, and I like to get off the beaten track wherever possible.

This backpacking 'overland style' trip will take us deep into the remote jungles of Borneo and the Amazon, historic sites like Machu Picchu, conquering peaks in the Himalayas and making one incredible journey from the Patagonian wilderness to the Canadian Rockies.

North America » Canada » Yukon August 21st 2016

It’s said the North & Yukon casts a spell on people (who never leave) and it’s easy to see why! We have spent the last two months exploring the wilds of Alaska and remote northern communities in the Yukon territory, Canada. To put the words isolation, remoteness and wilderness into context – the Yukon territory is larger in size than Germany, but with a population of 40,000 people! I have been fascinated by Northern living for quite some time and decided where better to start our working holiday in Canada than in the far North. To begin with, we spend a month living and working at a lodge and cabins near Carcross, with splendid views over a lake. During our free time, we hike, bike, canoe or kayak on the lake, ride a quad bike into ... read more
Start of the Chilkoot Trail
Lake Bennett, BC
Northern Lights above Dawson

North America » United States » Alaska August 21st 2016

It began with the midnight sun…. and ended with the Aurora Borealis! I had initially planned on my G-Adventures blog as my last, but couldn’t resist sharing some tales from the North. It’s told the North/Yukon casts a spell on people (who never leave) and it’s easy to see why! We spent two months exploring the wilds of Alaska and the remote northern communities in the Yukon, Canada. Alaska had always been top of my travel bucket list and when our friend Raquel invited us up on 4th July, how could we refuse…? Alaska was pretty special for a number of reasons. Not least the fact it marked the completion of an incredible journey from the “end of the world” in Ushuaia, Argentina (the southernmost town in the world), to the “top of the world” in ... read more
Mount Denali from Wonder Lake
Black bear on the Root glacier!
Gem & Jamie on the glacier

South America » Ecuador May 26th 2016

"It's about the journey, not just the destination!" During the past year, I've had the pleasure to travel with G Adventures on 4 different tours, ranging from 7 to 33 days - in Indonesia, Ecuador and Central America. I've had so much fun travelling and witnessed beautiful landscapes, but more importantly I've gained an appreciation for different cultures. Let me start by saying that G Adventures is unlike any other travel company out there. They create and provide authentic small group adventure tours, using local guides, local transport and locally owned accommodation wherever possible and have some of the best CEO's (Chief Experience Officers) in the world. Their core values and tour operator standards have redefined excellence and the way in which G connects with their customers. They are one of the most innovative companies in ... read more
Henry, our Ecuador CEO, in the Amazon rainforest
Luke & Teddy, fabulous CEO's in Central America
Riding tuk tuk's in a local village (Sumatra, Indonesia)

Central America is so full of flavour, culture and diversity - from its food to its people, blissful beaches and active volcanoes, Mayan ruins hidden within jungles, colourful pimped-out Chicken buses, it really has a little bit of everything! After visiting the Mayan ruins site of Copan (Honduras), we cross the border into Guatemala and spend 3 nights in the colonial city of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We visit a local macadamia nut farm and take a tour of the macadamia nut plantation at Finca Valhalla led by the workers. We decide to climb Pacaya Volcano, one of the highlights of our tour so far. Driving 1.5 hours to the base of the volcano, we begin our ascent. The volcano is still active, so hiking to the crater is off limits. Near the summit, ... read more
Cerro de la Cruz, Antigua
Guatemalan chicken buses

COSTA RICA Our first stop in Costa Rica is Tortuguero national park on the Caribbean coast, with abundant nature/wildlife and a very chilled vibe. It's a welcome break with plenty of time spent chilling in hammocks and admiring the beautiful colourful birds (toucans and macaws) in the trees above. We have an active day, getting up at 5am to canoe in the national park - we spot monkeys, lizards, caiman, birds, etc. In the afternoon, we embark on a nature hike and later that evening, a night walk reveals native species of frogs, sloths, snakes and spiders. In La Fortuna, with great views of the Arenal Volcano, we try canyoning - scrambling through rivers and abseiling down waterfalls! Later we go Venado Caves spelunking, crawling through enclosed (very dark) spaces in underground caves with ancient rock ... read more
Volcano boarding
Copan Mayan ruins
Beautiful Nicaragua

South America » Ecuador April 21st 2016

We spend our final week in South America (after an incredible 3.5 month journey) in the Amazon jungle, staying in rustic wooden huts on a local living homestay experience with Delfin and his family. We learn about traditional beliefs and customs from a Quichua family on an amazing homestay in the Ecuadorian Amazon, close to the Napo River. We take part in a series of activities - hiking through the rainforest, plunging into waterfalls, learning the uses of tropical plants, experiencing local traditions and learning about Quichua history / culture. Upon arrival, it's raining quite heavy (we're in the rainforest!) so we partake in a blowgun demonstration and chocolate making from scratch. The next day is one of the highlights as we hike through the jungle, learning all about medicinal plants. We also embark on a ... read more
Henry (CEO)
River rafting

South America » Ecuador April 15th 2016

After the Galapagos Islands, we head to Banos for a reunion with some Aussie friends. It's an epic few days - jam packed full with adventure activities! First up is whitewater rafting and since only 3 of us have joined the tour (low season), the guides offer to take us on the more exciting upper section. It's a barrel of laughs for a couple of hours on the river, with plenty of adrenaline flowing as we navigate grade 4+ rapids. It's probably the most thrilling (and technical) rafting I've done anywhere in the world. The guides are brilliant and take us canyoning, again we're the only 3 people there. It's a very beautiful canyon with a fast flowing river providing lots of opportunities to jump, abseil, rappel and scramble. We navigate our way through the canyon, ... read more
Reunited in Banos

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos April 10th 2016

Just back from a week spent on the Galapagos Islands and I can honestly say it's been one of the best weeks of my life! For marine wildlife viewing, it can't be beaten in terms of the uniqueness and abundance of species. We spent time camping on 3 different islands, below are some of the highlights from our experience. Floreana Island Day 1 - narrowly avoid sea sickness en route to Floreana Island, spot our first wildlife (birds, crabs and sea lions), swim in the sea with sharks, watch sunset from the beach, go for dinner with our group, look at the stars! A great first day :) Day 2 - visit the highlands and giant tortoise breeding centre, amazing creatures, so huge, it's mating season, incredible to witness - David Attenborough eat your heart out! ... read more
Sea lion
Reef shark

South America » Peru March 28th 2016

It has been an incredible (and action packed!) 3 weeks in Peru between Lake Titicaca, the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, hiking various mountains and volcanoes, sandboarding and dune buggies in the dessert, seeing condors at Colca canyon, the Nazca lines, Ballestas Islands (wildlife), camping under the stars.. Crossing the Altiplano into Peru, our first stop is Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world and famous for its floating reed islands. We enjoy a homestay with a local Quechua family and have the chance to get dressed up for a traditional party/ dancing, and play a very competitive game of football (RoW defeats England). Cusco is our base for the next week as we embark on the Classic Inca Trail for 4 days (read my other blog titled "Lost City of the Incas"). We ... read more
Desert dune buggies
Chachani volcano
Irish pub, Cusco

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu March 28th 2016

The past 4 days on the Classic Inca Trail were some of the best I've ever had and the lost city of the Incas, named Machu Picchu after its mountain, is a wonder to behold. The Inca Trail was tough in parts with a couple of high passes (over 4000m), a lot of steps to climb, and going down hill on the 3rd day was tricky in the rain. We visited lots of Inca ruins and sites along the way, the history of which is fascinating. The scenery was amazing hiking through valleys and rainforest. Arriving at Machu Picchu itself was the ultimate reward after 4 days hiking (absolutely spectacular), definitely one of the best travel experiences I've had to-date. The weather was great for the first 2 days, the second of which was Saint Patrick's ... read more
Machu Picchu
Classic Inca Trail
Dead Woman's Pass

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