Paradise Children’s Centre

In Arusha, Tanzania (Elevation 1400 metres/4600′) while I started the acclimatization for my climb on Mount Kilimanjaro to 19,341′, our lead guide Kefas took me to Paradise Children’s Centre where Pastor Christopher and his wife, Grace, care for 20 orphans in their own home. We stopped at the local supermarket where I bought supplies. The…

Flores to Tintal, El Mirador Basin

Sun rays flooded through towering Cohune palms and bathed Lake Peten Itza in a muted apricot glow. Three hours and 62 rutted and muddy km later, Antonio and I arrived at Carmelita, his home village inhabited by 400 or so Itza Maya. Eladio, the muleteer, packed supplies, backpacks and duffels onto the four mules. We…

Into the jungle, El Peten, Guatemala

I’ve dreamed for many years about visiting El Mirador deep in the Guatemalan jungle. But dreams without action stay dreams so I decided to act on my BIG DREAM. I  SET a GOAL, made a plan, and TOOK ACTION. There are three ways to visit El Mirador: 1. Fly 45 minutes in a helicopter from Flores…

Fire & Ice. Sand & Steam.

CHILE: FROM THE ATACAMA DESERT SOUTH, TO THE END OF THE WORLD. DAYS 8 – 16: IN PATAGONIA… Days 13 -16 – Torres del Paine National Park We felt ready to trek the trails.  That is, until we arrived.   We’d researched online and in guide books.  Trail conditions were not described in detail but the elevation…