Second only in size to the mighty Brazilian Amazon, the Amazon Jungle covers 60% of Peru’s territory and is considered the most bio-diverse area on Earth. Home to 595 different species of bird, 1,200 types of butterfly, 2,000 species of fish, 300 reptiles and over 50,000 plants, this lush jungle paradise was calling me to… Read More Breathing with the Lungs of the World: The Amazon
Nestled deep in the Peruvian Andes against a back-drop of snow capped peaks, flowering meadows, deep crystalline lakes and abundant forests lays the enigmatic Sacred Valley, a place stepped in ethereal natural beauty and cradle of the once glorious and illustrious Inca Empire. This narrow strip of land running from the old imperial capital of… Read More Dancing the Paso Llano in The Sacred Valley………..
“You have to understand, there is a romance to Africa. You can see a sunset and believe you have witnessed the hand of God. You watch the slow lope of a lioness and forget to breathe. You marvel at the tripod of a giraffe bent to water. In Africa, there are iridescent blues on the… Read More Galloping Along South Africa’s Wild Coast…….
My all time favourite movie is “The Horse Whisperer”, for me it’s the epitome of cowboy life……remote but dramatically beautiful and serene, a life filled with horses as trusted companions, a life lived surrounded by the wonders and visions of nature, but a life also at the mercy of her vengeful wrath. Of course, Hollywood… Read More Cowboy Living on a Working Ranch in Arizona……..
It would’ve been a complete travesty to go to Ecuador and not visit the Galapagos Islands……so after spending 7 days in the saddle exploring the Volcanoes and majestic peaks of the Andes and 3 days hiking in the enchanted wonderland of the Cloud Forest, it was time to put my sea legs on and cruise… Read More Cruising The Galapagos……
Cloud Forest…………..the name conjured up images of a mystical, magical land filled with fantasy and bewitching allurement, shrouded in a spellbinding mix of cloud and mist, myth and folklore……..and I certainly was not disappointed, for Ecuador’s Cloud Forests are indeed akin to a dream. Constantly immersed in a layer of clouds, Ecuador’s montane rainforests… Read More Hiking with my head in the clouds!
It had been two and a half years since I completed the adventure of a lifetime navigating the formidable Andes Mountain range by horse, traversing its rugged and desolate terrain from Argentina into Chile. I yearned for remote wilderness once again, to be nestled amongst the majestic mountain range of craggy peaks and snow capped… Read More Volcanoes and Vistas: An Ecuadorian Andean Adventure.
“I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name It felt good to be out of the rain In the desert you can remember your name ‘Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain…” America The Namib Desert is not only the oldest desert in the world, believed to… Read More Crossing the Oldest Desert in the World……………The Namib.
“The Earth is a peacock and its glorious tail Morocco” is an old saying that alludes to Morocco’s exoticism and colourful allure. Morocco….the gateway to Africa and a land patterned rich in diversity and splendour, akin to the famous colourful tapestries and rugs that adorn this North African country’s souks and medinas. From the golden… Read More Riding Arabians and Sleeping with Dogs………Sable d’Or Ride, Morocco.
In 2005 animation giants DreamWorks unleashed Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, Gloria the hippo and the infamous ring tailed lemur King Julien onto the world. Madagascar became a household name overnight, a lush paradise of dancing lemurs and scheming penguins frolicking to the heavy beat of “I like to move it,… Read More Madagascar: The Land That Time Forget…….