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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 » 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

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
Oriole bird

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
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
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

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

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
female tapir and young
spider monkey

After 2 years, the covid pandemic was slowing down. Here in Canada, with the start of school year, and the weather getting colder, cases are on the rise. Good news is that the severity of cases is rarely severe, especially if vaccinated. We then, decided to travel abroad, but not too far at this point, avoiding connection flights. From where I live, I checked the direct flights. Decision was made to return to Costa Rica, my little paradise, and concentrate on South Pacific Coast, a section of the country I visited very briefly, 16 years ago. I especially wanted to visit Osa peninsula and Corcovado national park. In this park, many rarer animals, can be seen. I stayed 6 days on Osa peninsula and wasn't deceived, but more on that later. :-) Next stops, would be ... read more
Street in San Jose near the bus terminal
Cute frog near my hotel window in sierpe
Heron just beside my bathroom window

North America » Canada » Quebec » Percé July 1st 2022

What classic? I'll come back to that... We left the Forillon park, and headed South. At Pointe-St-Pierre, there's a small peninsula that you can stop at. There, a view point allows you to look for sea birds on closed by rocks and whales. Further South-West, reached Belle-Anse. It's located in a bay. Across the bay, about 10km away, you can see the classic from afar.... The Quebec's classic tourist spot is the Rocher Percé, (litt. pierced rock). It's described as a massive siliceous limestone stack formation, with sandstone and siltstone veins, with steep rock faces on all sides. It is 433 metres (1,421 ft) long, 90 metres (300 ft) wide, and 88 metres (289 ft) high at its highest point. It is described as a narrow bluff emerging out of the sea, "resembling a beached supertanker ... read more
covered bridge over Matapedia river
beach close to New Carlisle
Pointe St-Pierre

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