How To Hike The Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu Without A Guide

Can you hike the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu without a guide or tour? Absolutely! Hiking the Salkantay Trek without a guide was something I didn’t know was possible when I arrived in Cusco. I was aware that the famous Inca Trail without a guide was impossible so I figured that any trails leading [...]

Kawah Ijen Without a Tour

Once I saw how easy it was to watch the sunrise over Mt. Bromo without a tour (read my post here), I figured Kawah Ijen without a tour could be done just as easily. The two are usually packaged together in a three day, two night uncomfortable and sleepless package of tourist-crammed outlooks. I think [...]

Kalibiru National Park: Finding High Places

Searching for things to do in Yogyakarta or Jogjakarta, I came across a picture of a person at Wisata Kalibiru National Park. They were hanging out on a platform that appeared to be high in the trees on a mountain side. The view was stunning and it caught my attention, I needed to check this place [...]

Mount Bromo Without a Tour: Spectacular Sunrise

Mount Bromo without a tour Tours are nice for people who have little time or don't want to deal with the adventure of finding their own way. Of course, there are acceptations, but the Mount Bromo sunrise is not one of them. (And Mount Ijen too!) If you would like to spend countless hours [...]

Pangandaran: Surf, Swim and The Green Canyon Tour

The town of Pangandaran in West Java, Indonesia is a quiet village known for its great beginners' surf and relaxed vibe. Since the small town is out of the way of the normal Jakarta-Jogjakarta backpacker path, there will be few foreign tourist roaming the town making it a perfect spot to visit! We arrived [...]

Jaisalmer Camel Safari: Playing in the Sand

Jaisalmer Camel Safari One of the main attractions in Jaisalmer is going on the Jaisalmer camel safari in the desert near the Pakistan border. Given the opportunity to ride a camel and camp in the desert, I simply could not resist. I have wanted to ride a camel in a desert for a long time [...]

Swimming with the Green Sea Turtles of Gili Air!

A fellow traveler was heading out to snorkel around Gili Air and I was quick to join after hearing about the majestic Greens Sea Turtles on the reef. My last snorkel experience ended with a blistered sunburn on my back, so I was ready to beat the sun this time! I rented a set of [...]

The Cameron Highlands: Cool Off and Relax

To escape the blistering heat and concrete jungle of Kuala Lumpur, I hopped on the first bus heading north to the Cameron Highlands. The Cameron Highlands is an extensive hill station about the size of Singapore with jungle, mountains and the main attraction, tea plantations. The cool mountain temperatures make this destination nice for relaxing [...]

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