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Hiking and mountainbiking in Flores | Indonesia

On a mountainbike you can go off the beaten path from the already off the beaten path Flores. The Indonesian island doesn’t have such a thing as a mountainbikeshop or a mountainbike trail. But the potential of mountainbiking in Flores is HUGE! Read more

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What is slow travel? And how you could! Part 2

How to slow travel if you have only 20 days off per year? It’s not necessarily about the travel time you have. It’s about the meaning you attach to the time you do have. That is slow travel. Read more

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What is slow travel? And why you should! Part 1

Temple, check! Pretty beach, check! Museum, check! Volcano, check! You’re travelling and you want ‘to get the most out of it.’ You come back home. The SD card is full with photos. You squeezed in most sights from the guidebook. You have definitely seen a lot. Only you feel like you need a holiday from the holiday you just had. Sounds familiar? Read more

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The Apu Ausangate trekking in the Peruvean Andes

14 meter altitude

I’m sitting in a coffee bar in Miraflores, Lima. I’m figuring out what adventurous things I should do in Peru. The Inca trail and Salkantay trekking are listed in practically every top 10 list I find. Would I than still want to do this? Or will it be one big polonaise towards Machu Picchu? I’m not sure. Anyway, these are booked out until as far as I can plan. Let’s go for a challenging hike alternative in the Peruvian Andes: El camino del Apu Ausangate (the road of Apu Ausangate). I have no regrets!

3410 meter altitude

I’m standing on the rooftop of my home-stay house in Cusco. Looking southeast I can see the snow capped Ausangate mountain in the distance. That’s where I’m going! Read more

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The Difference YOU make by spending local: 7 reasons

‘Buenos Dias Guapa!’, Señor Pepe says while watching the TV from his home-trainer. He’s wearing a T-shirt that says ‘Aqui todo es muy bueno‘, meaning ‘Here’s everything very good.’ Pepe moves from his home-trainer to the counter where his ‘caña‘ (glass of beer) is located. Before I order I’m already offered to try a piece of the local cheese. ‘How was the beach today?’ he asks. I tell him about my day and order some seasonal fruit. Read more