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Stef


I'm mainly a nature's lover with a net preference for snakes, lizards, crocodiles and frogs. But i try to always incorporate landscapes, architecture, people and other stuff related to the country where i go, so that it could please to a larger audience!



North America » Canada » Quebec October 20th 2023

I continued to visit places all around the region. A- Ferme Regis in Joliette: this was an old farm turned into a fruits and vegetables store. All around the store, that looks like a big barn, are history pieces like various old gardening tools and tractors. It's like shopping in a museum. B- Apple picking in St-Jean de Matha. With the start of fall season, comes the harvest season for most of apple varieties. Apart from being an industry in itself, many orchards allow visitors to pick their own apples. It's now a tradition and a family event in my country. C- Migrating birds. With fall season comes the migration of many birds. Some are small and cute and some are noisy and let their presence known. Check this group of Canada geese and ducks on ... read more
Old tractor at ferme Regis
Apple picking
Little frog in spinach leaves

North America » Canada » Quebec » Trois-Rivières September 6th 2023

The big trip was coming! Finally I was to going to Africa.....That's what I thought.... Medical condition at the last minute forced to me to cancel it at the last minute. The medical problem is not completely fixed yet, so I may be limited, travel wise for at least a year! :-( That's life and in these moments, it's better to focus on the positive things. I kept all my preparation for my South African trip so t's going to be easier next time. I might even find better places! I decided to visit lots of little places not too far and wide in the last weeks. In the spring, If I can't go abroad still, I might go further in my own country as some canadian provinces I have never been to. Some of the ... read more
Turtles at a marsh
Viallge cafe at Yamachiche
Can you see the racoon sleeping?

North America » Mexico » Yucatán March 23rd 2023

One afternoon, we were still in rio Lagartos and not sure where to go to in the afternoon. We heard about El Cuyo village, a place where the beach was supposed to be really beautiful. We decided to go there. Distance is about 49 kms as crow flies, but sadly, the road along the sea does not go all the way until El Cuyo. We had to go south until we reached the road to dzonot carretero. This is a regular secundary road up to Dzonot. After that the road gets very narrow. At some point, it looks like a small road for golf carts!! We reached El Cuyo. It was a Sunday and the beach was nice but really crowded. But the beach is quite long so you can find quiet spots. There's a long ... read more
manta ray from the pier
squirrel cuckoo
yucatan jay bird

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Valladolid March 9th 2023

After a couple of days in Chichen Itza region, it was time to move up North. Road East to Valladolid is forested and little villages are seen here and there. Moving up North after Valladolid, the vegetation gets scarce and especially after Tizimin, vegetation is of type of tropical savanna and ranches are abundant. We arrived at Rio Lagartos. It's a small fishing village at the end of the road, on the side of a lagoon. It's part of the Ria Lagartos natural reserve: A mix of lagoons, shrub forests, beaches and mangroves. The day after we took a boat tour to explore mangroves. It's a renowned place to see flamingos...but season was not perfect and we saw only a handful from afar. 13 years ago, we were in Celestun on the West coast of Yucatan, ... read more
Rio Lagartos
Pelican

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá March 5th 2023

The Yucatan is a special place. There are no rivers. Bedrock is limestone and all water is found underground. With erosion and time, sink holes are created and water is accessible from the surface. They are called cenotes. Depending on the age and the erosion process, cenote experience could be a very tight cave with a low ceiling, or the total opposite when age is cenote is greater. Cenote IK'Kil is impressive as it is wide, high, almost no ceiling so full of sunlight, full of descending plants and wildlife, (both in and out of the water). We booked a night there. Accommodations are nice little huts in middle of the forest. Very relaxing! A nice advantage if you sleep there, is in the evening when you have the cenote all for yourself and free of ... read more
Cenote
Oriole bird
Hut

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá March 1st 2023

We all have different points of interests and tastes in travels. Some prefer to see different cultures and meet people, others are foodies, others like architecture and others are more nature oriented. I am of the latter type. But with some attractions, interests might converge. Even If I prefer nature, I don't want to miss big impressive monuments. I wouldn't do a detour for door handles or balconies, but for very large structures, yes. :-) I have been to Mexico a couple of times, and have then visited a couple of archaeological sites: Teotihuacan , (huge and impressive), Palenque and Calakmul ,(mayan sites in middle of the tropical forest that make you feel like an explorator, especially Calakmul), Tulum, (not big but really beautiful because of the proximity of the turquoise Caribbean sea. Then there's Chichen ... read more
Carvings
One of the sacred cenote


From Manuel Antonio, moved up north on the coast to Tarcoles. Didn't stay in the village itself, but rather in a jungle village along the Tarcolitos river. This place is splendid: little units among big trees covered in Ferns and other plants; the Tarcolitos river with its cool river from the mountains; very nice gardens and more. During the trip I was at the end of the rainy season. Some people told me that rainy season lasted longer this year and that interfered with some of animal behavior. Started in Osa peninsula, I really thought that it would be a good time for frogs...but no!! They were very hard to find. You know, reptiles and amphibians are my favorite animals, so I was a bit disappointed But this changed in Tarcoles, especially in the jungle village. ... read more
cute red eye frog
Crocodiles
villa lapas


It's one of the classics of Costa Rica tourism: along with la Fortuna/Arenal and Monteverde, there's Manuel Antonio. It's the smallest national park, and it's very beautiful with forest, mangroves, beaches, islets and fauna. The road from Quepos (5km as crows fly), is filled with hotels, restaurants, and all sorts of activities, (zip lining, atv locations, horse riding, etc...). On the way, many wonderful views of little bays surrounded by greenery. Our hotel, was the last one before the park. We arrived on a Saturday, so the beach in front, (Espadilla), was full of tourist and locals. The day after, we visited the park. You need to reserve your ticket in advance online, to make sure you can enter as there's a maximum number of persons allowed per day. The park, is very well maintained. If ... read more
Pair of parrots
Little dinosaur
Sunset

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Puntarenas » Uvita December 6th 2022

We arrived in Uvita. I visited that region 16 years ago. The village is much more developed than before, especially the new richer part. Land is being sold mainly to strangers all over the place. You can see signs about it all along the main road. Talked with a local about it. People from richer countries can afford to buy a very small piece of land for 50 000-100 000$ US dollars. But with more pieces of properties being sold to strangers, and big houses being constructed, the cost of living rise accordingly in the region, and some locals can't afford to live there anymore. That's a reality that can be seen all over the world. On one side, a quiet little paradise is hard to access to, with almost no infrastructure, but real cheap prices ... read more
View from the tombolo
macaws
macaws


The boat arrive to Drake Bay. No dock, so you need to walk barefoot in the sea to reach the coast. This adds to the experience. :-) Drake Bay village is not compact as many little hills and ravines are interspersed all over the place. Our transport brought us inland in Los Planes little village, close to one of corcovado's entrance. We rented a small hut, directly beside the forest. Gardens are splendid and full of birds!! I also saw tapir's tracks near my hut. They sometimes come in the night to graze on some of the plants garden's. One thing I noticed is the abundance of big birds like toucans and macaws which you can see and hear all day. I got good shots of toucans. For the macaws, it's a bit different: they are ... read more
tamandua
female tapir and young
spider monkey




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