New Zealand is full of fantastic and mysterious creatures. No orcs or elves as we can see in Lord of the Rings but for example, the strange Kiwi or the Tawaki (also known as the Fiordland Penguin). The Tawaki is not only cute but also unique among penguins because they build their nests deep beneath lush rainforest. Some of these creatures are hidden. If you … Continue reading Magic of Fire in New Zealand
Uruguay was one of the very good surprises during our journey around the world. It is not a very touristic destination, therefore locals were happy to meet foreigners and as curious about us as we were about them. We spent some days in the lovely village of Colonia del Sacramento were we enjoyed an intimate concert surrounded by artists from various fields. It was one … Continue reading Uruguay mate?
The last step of our journey in Argentinian Patagonia was El Chalten to do several hikes in the Fitz Roy group of mountains. The town of El Chalten has only been in existence for 30 years and was established to lay claim to land that both Argentina and Chile say they own. We decided to hitchhike to go there. To me, it is a good way … Continue reading Argentinian Patagonia and science solidarity
Among the most spectacular and precious landforms, glaciers hold inestimable information about climate changes and life on our planet. Glacier ice is the largest reservoir of fresh water on the planet, storing an estimated 70 percent of the world’s supply. We went to discover one of them: the Perito Moreno glacier in the heart of Argentinian Patagonia. This little video summarizes our excursion: Of course, as we … Continue reading Unraveling the mysteries of the glaciers in Patagonia
We started to go north in the southern Patagonia and we visited what is known as the 8th wonder of the world according to the Chileans. The national park Torres del Paine. Many hikes are possible in the park, the most famous one is called the “W” and can be done in 4 days. The organization of this hike by booking camping places is deliberately … Continue reading Birdwatching at the 8th Wonder Of The World
The strait of Magellan was a mythical place for me, a synonym of the end of the world and ancient legends. When we arrived in Punta Arenas in Chile, in front of the strait of Magellan it took me some time to fully realize where I was. And once I realized I had a deep feeling of excitement imagining the first sailors crossing these waters leading to … Continue reading At the end of the world, a gateway to Antarctica and some penguins.
I wish we could always travel with the perfect weather but all travelers meet at some points of their journey cold and rain. We wanted to show solidarity with our families enduring winter in Europe so we spent some days in the rains of Puerto Montt in Chile. By a funny coincidence, we arrived just when the Congress of the Chilean Limnology Society started (Limnology … Continue reading I am singing in the rain in Chile