San Cristobal de las casas, Mexico

 

 

 

 

I’m currently in San Cristobal de las casas Mexico, beautiful city which draws parallels to Cusco Peru.

Yesterday there where nationwide protests in Mexico over the deaths and disappearance of over 40 Ayotzinapa students in the southern town of Iguala after they clashed with the local police. Six students where shot dead during the protest and there is speculation that the remaining students have been massacred in secret by the local police. In San Cristobal the city centre was packed with a large turn out in solidarity.

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Sherpa Porters of the Khumbu Region

Sherpa porters provide the main form of transport for all goods within the Khumbu (Everest) region as there are no roads throughout this part of the Himalayas. After witnessing their strength and endurance you will never complain about exhaustion or having to subsist on a diet of lentils and rice.

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Annapurna Circuit

16 days of trekking around the Annapurna Himal, Nepal.

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Thorong La Pass, Annapurna Circuit

Despite the weather turning bad on the descent which reduced visibility to less than 10m and transformed my body into a snow covered walking (falling) icicle, Thorong La Pass proved to be an exhausting yet rewarding experience and the highlight of the Annapurna Circuit trek.

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Caving Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng  has a terrible reputation as being a hedonistic tourist spot in Laos due to a legacy of drunken tourists drowning whist tubing in the Mekong. I’m not so into drowning so I decided to avoid it by spending several days pretending to be a hardcore explorer scrambling through the many limestone caves.

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Kong Lo Cave, Laos

Travelling through Laos I find the most satisfying and adventurous form of transport are the tag team local shared tuk tuks which traverse the country. With a fellow traveller I met on a 9 hour local bus journey from Pakse to Thakeak, we walked to a local tuk tuk stand and called out “Kong Lo, Kong Lo” til we where directed onboard a local shared tuk tuk along with bags of rice and veg. What followed was 6 hours of hopping on and off different tuk tuks until we arrived at Kong Lo village amidst a stunning 360 degree vista of limestone mountains. Kong Lo Cave is a 1km walk from the village and is exactly like being in a David Attenborough documentary.

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