Page 5 of fer de lance Travel Blog Posts

You all know by now that all-inclusive resorts are not what what I like. I prefer to go to wild places, and after one day at the beach I am completely bored! But If I have a comfortable hotel, very close the a nature's park, then this is the best of both worlds! That's exactly what I had during this week! The resort is located just beside a real nature preserve!!! Send me comments if you need more information. Highlights: 1- Night walk to look for tarantulas: we saw 15 in less than 40 minutes, not far from the hotel! 2- Guided tour to a cave, (cueva del puente). We were all alone with a park ranger. Cave is full of bats and I took lots of pictures, I identified 2 species. 3- No big reef ... read more
Bank of sardines
bat -- jamaican fruit bat
fishes under the dock

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Colón » Gamboa April 1st 2016

My second time in Panama. Contrary to many of my previous trips, I didn't change place to sleep every 2 days, but did only 2 places in 2 weeks. I spent 8 days in Hotel Summit Radisson near Gamboa, and Bocas del Toro, 6 days. Highlights: 1-Soberania national park: easily accessible; I walked 8 days in the trails and forest is full of animals I saw 2 new species of monkeys: Geoffroy's tamarin and Panama night monkey. Finally, I saw all species of Central America! Yahoo! 2- Bocas Del Toro: Bastimentos island: national park on it, really nice beach. 3- Zapatillo Caye: colour of the sea is splendid! Lows: 1- Bocas del Toro: Bocas town. The city sees an army of tourists, but it isn't the nicest city. Be careful of porters at the airport!! They ... read more
Who can resist that face?

First time in Dominican Republic. For an animal lover like me, that's not the best spot, as many animals you found on the continent, (monkeys, anteaters, sloths, macaws, squirrels,etc..), are absent. But there are some beautiful places and people nonetheless. Stayed in Sosua. Sea was really rough: Visited the classics in Puerto Plata: cable car to Isabel de Torres mountain, (great !!), , Brugal Rhum factory, (good - the rhum and the prices...), amber museum, (a bit worn out), and the San Felipe Fortress, (okay if you never visited one in latin america before). Went to visit a friend in the mountains in the interior, (San Jose de Las Matas), real beautiful surroundings and less chaotic than coastal cities. AN inviting place! Visited the Cabarete caves, (small but tour is interesting and well led). See video ... read more

South America » Peru March 17th 2014

Peru is large country. In most of people's mind, when you say 'Peru', they immediately think about Machu Picchu and inca trail. Well this is the traditional places that most tourists visit, the country has a lot more to offer. In this trip, I went in the Amazon, Puerto Maldonado region, the mountains and the southern desert coast. Many interesting things! . Highlights for me: 1- Amazon region, lodge in the forest: comfortable and deep in the forest enough to see many new animals: anaconda, fer de lance viper, hoatzin bird, etc... 2- Islas Ballestas: We saw sea lions, many flying birds, and a small colony of penguins!! They survive there because of the cold ocean current 3- Nazca lines by plane. Cuzco is nice colonial city, but you are attacked by armies of sellers of ... read more

North America » Mexico » Yucatán September 3rd 2013

Back in Mexico, especially for the whale sharks. We were not deceived! We saw some manta rays as well. We visited also a botanical garden in Morelos which is quiet and full of animals! We took time to stroll in Playa Del Carmen's streets t buy things and just look!... read more

South America » Ecuador April 5th 2013

First time in South America. In Ecuador, we decided to visit the grand geographicals regions, (except the Galapagos, which is a trip of its own!!). We visited the highlands, the amazon region and the Coast. Half of the trip by bus and other half by rented car. Favorites: 1-amazon region. But I must say that contrarely to my all time favorites, Costa Rica, you need to go very deep in the amazon, and invest more in a remote lodge, to be able to get same wildlife viewing as Costa Rica. For that trip, no time to go too far, so we were in Misahualli region. The lodge we were, Suchipakari, is pretty pleasant, and prices are affordable. 2- Coast near Puerto Lopez: succession of cliffs and forests, (national park). Actual Puerto Lopez town, is dirty and ... read more

Quick trip to Panama. My first trip in an all included, not my favorite, but prices were so low, that it was actually cheaper than the flight alone. But we rented a car a couple of days to visit more. I went ot the canal of course, but also other places in Central Panama.... read more
Nice bus
View near Valle de Anton
Royal Decameron resort

Central America Caribbean » Belize March 16th 2012

First time in Belize. To add to the adventure, (and save on the costs), took a plane to Cancun, and then a couple of buses to Belize. Regional buses in Mexico are big and comfortable. Buses in Belize, are more of the "chicken bus" type. I explored all regions of Belize, partly in bus, and partly in rented 4X4. We also took the boat to visit Caye Caulker. My wife and i, we don't like big hotels and resorts, so we stuck mainly to little places, eating real authentic cuisine. We tried iguana and armadillo in one restaurant. I have to admit, both were good, especially the armadillo that tastes like lean beef. Country is small, as the population's number, but it is cosmopolitan: english, americans, creoles, chineses, latinos and mennonites. Highlights: 1- Caye Caulker: small ... read more
southern sting ray
caye -caulker -- the split

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Puerto Vallarta March 24th 2011

Back to Mexico for the third time. I explored a different region. This time i went to the states of Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan and Nayarit. Highlights: 1- Whale watching in San Blas: apart from those big whales that you can only see the backs, i saw and filmed jumping Humpback whales. Amazing! 2- Coast of Michoacan: very rugged coast, and at many places, the mountains stop directly at the sea, creating super high cliffs, protected coves, and above all, FANTASTIC VIEWS!!! We must have stop 15 times on the road, saying that one view was better than the previous one. It's a destination in itself. 3- Paricutin volcano: it's not the first volcano i have visited. But the fact that i went to visit it by horse, (6 hours total...), that you can visit the old ... read more
village destroyed by volcano
Michoacan coast
SAn Blas, mangroves

North America » Canada » Quebec » Tadoussac July 27th 2010

Whale watching, what a cool experience! We went to the little town of "Les Escoumins", just a few kilometers after the very popular Tadoussac. As soon as we arrived, we could see whales from the shores. We saw 3 species: the fin whale, (2nd largest after the blue whale), the mink whale abd the white beluga. We went East on the coast, until the Islands of Mingan: a collection of islands with naturally sculptured lime monoliths, lots of birds. Also, there's a mix of mixed pictures at the end.... read more
Mingan islands
Mingan islands
Cap Tourmente

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