The Time-Tested Jackknife Of Cameras

Breezy holiday getaway to the Bahamas? Rugged jungle trek through the Colombian Amazon? Elegant wedding in charming East Coast, Nova Scotia? Blisteringly beautiful honeymoon in Morocco? Knockout modelling photo shoots and drop-dead gorgeous glamour shots? You get the idea. The options are endless with, what we refer to now as, our “Swiss Army Jackknife” of compact cameras. Continue reading

The Frontier of Amazonas: Leticia

The land of romantic mystery, devastating beauty, enchanting communities, and uncharted territory – navigating south into the lungs of the Earth, this great road ruptures into three different countries and divides into seemingly infinite tributaries of the Amazon Basin. Located 800km from the nearest highway, Leticia is the true frontier of Colombia’s Amazonas Department. And with little information on the area, not even the origin of its present name, the outpost town keeps its rustic atmosphere and gilded legend as a mysterious gateway to the jungle, worthy of the Indiana Jones’ and Terence McKenna’s. Continue reading

More Than a Million Years: Villa de Leyva

Every year in this colossal, cobbled square, hundreds of astronomy enthusiasts and stargazers meet in January to share in their passions for the universe, exchange new telescope technologies, and revel in one of the most breathtakingly ancient views of the distant heavens. Once also a sacred court for native indigenous communities to gather and study the stars, Villa de Leyva’s Plaza Mayor has been a mutual observatory since the Pre-Columbian days. And apart from its splendid stage below a magnificent dark–sky preserve, the mountain–valley vista has been seemingly enough to lure life here for more than a million years. Continue reading

Lady of the Andes: Bogotá

Bogotá is a city of many names – Athens of South America, Gotham of Colombia, Lady of the Andes – but nevertheless, frequently misjudged and vastly underrated as the most visceral of urban adventures here in Colombia. So many vacationers on the northern coast of Cartagena, wading the sapphire shores – so many nomads drinking and dancing amongst the tunnels and hills of magical Medellin… but much fewer getting their hands dirty in the sprawling authenticity of this Andean capital. Continue reading

Paradise in the Heart of Colombia

Paradise is a worn-out word in the backpacker’s sphere of many trodden paths, often superfluous in tourist-saturated hovels, but not in this hideaway. In Salento, the Valley of the Palms, Colombia bares preciously this sanctuary of vivid Andean vistas, enchanting village alleys, and a measure of timeless peace unique even to colorful Colombia. But the risk of traveling here is well whispered amongst backpackers, trapping the footloose and seducing the restless – You’ll never want to leave. Continue reading