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Hiking in Boquete, Panama – Cerro La Artilleria / Artillery Hill Trail

Hiking in Boquete, Panama – Cerro La Artilleria / Artillery Hill Trail

Hiking in Boquete, Panama can be quite challenging at times. Not just the trails themselves, but actually finding them is sometimes the biggest challenge. And Cerro La Artilleria is no exception. How to get there. The trail to Artillery Hill starts up a hard to find dirt road in Alto Jaramillo. This would be a long 1 1/2 hours walk from town so a car or taxi is recommended. The dirt road will be on your right after the field…

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My favorite places to photograph in Boquete, Panama

My favorite places to photograph in Boquete, Panama

There are so many beautiful places to explore here. Due to the lock downs, quarantines, closures and curfews of Covid-19 I haven’t managed to get to all of them (yet). But with that in mind, here is a list of my favorite places of where to photograph in Boquete, Panama. Let’s hope it gives you some good ideas of where to go if and when they open up for tourism again. 1. The Boquete Visitors Center (CEFTA) The Boquete Visitors…

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Hiking La Piedra De Lino in Boquete, Panama

Hiking La Piedra De Lino in Boquete, Panama

Hiking in Boquete, Panama is some of the best you will find in this region. La Piedra de Lino is no exception. I have been hiking on La Piedra De Lino a couple of times now. Both times were different but equally challenging. The entrance to La Piedra De Lino is a short drive or about an hour’s walk out of downtown Boquete. As I didn’t have a car, and public transport was not too appealing during Covid-19, I chose…

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Hiking Cerro La Estrella in Boquete, Panama

Hiking Cerro La Estrella in Boquete, Panama

After being trapped in Panama for 4 months for the Covid-19 crisis, I was getting desperate to get out and explore. I jumped at the invitation from one of the neighboring families to go check out a new trail. This is not a well-known trail, and you won’t find it on any maps around town. So join me and find out what it is like hiking Cerro La Estrella in Boquete, Panama! How to Prepare… Probably the most important thing…

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My 5 Favorite things to do in Nairobi, Kenya

My 5 Favorite things to do in Nairobi, Kenya

My 5 favorite things to do in Nairobi, Kenya are not your typical tourist attractions. Very few tourists spend much more than a night in Nairobi. Most just stop for a night of rest after a long flight and then head out on a guided safari the next day. Some don’t even stop at all. I was fortunate to be house sitting in Nairobi for a month and got to know the city and it’s people well. Nairobi is not…

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Surviving Quarantine in Boquete, Panama during Covid-19

Surviving Quarantine in Boquete, Panama during Covid-19

Never have I been in a place so long and seen so little! That was not my plan when agreeing to a three week house sit in Boquete, Panama. Surviving the quarantine in Panama for Covid-19 was about to be a new travel experience for me. After a quick 10 day stay to visit with friends in Costa Rica, it was time to head south to Panama. I spent my last two nights in Costa Rica staying in a dorm…

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Exploring the West Coast of South Africa

Exploring the West Coast of South Africa

With the high prices and lack of availability of award tickets around Christmas, I once again arrived in South Africa with about eight days to spare before beginning  my house sit in Cape Town. After previously doing the Garden Route a couple of times, I decided to explore the lesser traveled West Coast of South Africa. After a long but luxurious flight with Qatar Airways in their amazing business class Q Suites, I arrived in Cape Town late morning and ready…

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House Sitting in South Africa Part 3

House Sitting in South Africa Part 3

 I can’t seriously believe we had committed ourselves to this sit for the next two weeks. Really, I have to sit and drink wine or beer in this chair and watch the sunset every night for the next 14 days? Damn life is good! House Sitting in South Africa Part 3 was proving to be a good decision. Our next sit was only an hours drive from the last one. We agreed to meet Mary there in the evening before she left to…

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The Garden Route of South Africa – Knysna to Capetown

The Garden Route of South Africa – Knysna to Capetown

Three busy days in Knysna left us wanting more, there is so much to do in and around there.┬áBut the rest of The Garden Route awaited us. A short drive out of town will bring you to the famous Knysna Heads which consists of beautiful cliffs and beaches that can be, and should be, viewed from up top or down below. This is a free attraction, with the only cost being a few rand in tips for the ever present…

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The Garden Route of South Africa – Port Elizabeth to Knysna

The Garden Route of South Africa – Port Elizabeth to Knysna

Our first stop after Port Elizabeth was the vibrant town of Jeffreys Bay, otherwise know as J Bay. The beach was long and flat and made for a great place to stretch the legs on the drive. We both got jealous of all the other people walking dogs on the beach, and couldn’t wait for our sit in Capetown to begin. After J Bay we took a little detour to Cape St Francis where we visited the famous lighthouse and penguin…

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