When it comes to natural beauty there is a certain cocktail of ingredients that definitely makes a country stand out. The most important ones are a low population density, a high variation in latitude, and varied climatic systems. There are several countries that check off these boxes. Naturally, the larger … more »
Welcome to the driest place on earth!
The Atacama desert is the driest place on earth. Scientists from NASA studied it before the US led Mars mission as the climate is supposed to be quite similar to the red planet. What’s more, there are few deserts with such dramatic landscapes as this. Sun scorched earth with cracks … more »
The Great Outdoors in the UAE
The weather in the UAE normally keeps you confined within your comfortably air conditioned existence. However, when the summer heat dies down (which happens by November), it’s always great to head out and explore! There are several areas around the UAE which have beautiful scenery and amazing landscapes. One weekend … more »
Would you like some salt with that?
Welcome to Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat. At a breathtaking altitude of 3600m on average (that is almost 12,000 ft!), it’s a wonder that this place is also one of the FLATTEST PLACES ON EARTH! Uyuni is so very flat that satellites use it to calibrate their terrain sensitivity. … more »
The dunes in the Atacama
During a tour around the Atacama desert we stopped at this massive fluffy dune. The sand was so soft that it got in our shoes. The Atacama desert is dry. So dry that it carries the title ‘Driest place on earth’. Your skin will crack, your nose might bleed, but … more »
The day we drove 1000+ Kms, part 1/2
Back in July 2011, we decided to take a trip through Oman. It was 50 degrees in Dubai and we wanted to escape the heat somehow. The only place where this was possible was Salalah in the South East of Oman. Since Avinash, one of my best friends, had grown … more »
Floating over the Arizona desert with Rainbow Ryders
It was an early start for us, the day that we got up to go ride a balloon in Phoenix, thanks to Rainbow Ryders. When we left our hostel, it was still dark and for once, the temperature outside was actually pleasant! We took our car and got onto the … more »
Weekend in Huacachina Oasis
This is the one and only oasis in South America! The city of Ica, in the South-west coast of Peru, is surrounded by deserted lands. Pure sand, heat and dryness. No surprise that the oasis of Huacachina has become the touristic jewel of the region. As if taken out of … more »
Our 2200 year old friends from Peru!
Making friends with 2200 year old folks? Why not! That’s what we did when we visited the Chauchilla Cemetery in the city of Nazca, Peru. This cemetery now turned into open-air museum is home to a collection of mummies that date as far back as 200 A.D. The impressive … more »
The dry road that leads nowhere..
In the middle of the Atacama, the only thing that the wind can rustle, is the texture of the sands. Welcome to the desert!