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So what will my next travel project be?


The New Year 2017 starts with me still travelling the Philippines & Micronesia, and recently my thoughts have been including technical mountaineering in the future, having had my advanced shoulder surgery in 2016 that has been all good. During my Philippines & Micronesia project in 2016-2017 freediving and scuba diving have gained my interest, me diving in many of world's most sought-after locations, such as Malapascua, Palau, Yap, Guam, Saipan and Chuuk Lagoon, with sharks, mantas, abundant sealife, corals and penetrating deep into some of the most well-known World War II wrecks. For three weeks in June-July this year I went diving the spectacular Sardine Run of South Africa, and also went deep diving and wreck diving in the Western Cape province! Watch the videos from my travel projects on my YouTube channel Ad Astra - Jean Dar.


My forthcoming "7 weeks in Latin America" project will include five countries and take in the largest city in the Southern hemisphere, São Paulo, Brazil, and the Southmost city on the planet, Ushuaia, Argentina. I will enter the Patagonian icefield on my way to the summit of Gorra Blanca in Chile, and have some days of leisure in Buenos Aires before committing myself to two weeks in Colombia and another two in the Dominican Republic, including dancing Salsa Caleña and Merengue and a lot of other things. My costs for this project is set to be anywhere between US$ 11,000-12,500. Read more about this magnificent project below and on the Project Page.



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Three weeks remains until my "7 weeks in Latin America" project lifts-off and only flights, hotels and activities like freediving and scuba diving in the Dominican Republic are still to be arranged. And with local contacts in most of the cities I will visit during this trip, I'm looking forward to another unique and excellent travel project!


Jean Dar, 28 December 2017


My exercise regimen for the forthcoming "7 weeks in Latin America" project is reaching its peak, as exactly two months remains today before it kicks-off! Get more info at Ad Astra. Also, check-out my new YouTube channel Ad Astra - Jean Dar and the video from my six week Philippines & Micronesia project earlier this year.


Jean Dar, 18 November 2017


With only three months left until my "7 weeks in Latin America" project starts, I'd better start making some arrangements and also purchase some new gear. This project will include Brazil, Patagonia (Argentina & Chile) before reaching both Colombia and the Dominican Republic. Read more about this project below. ;)


Jean Dar, 15 October 2017


Patagonia - Wild, Beautiful and Pristine


Few places in the world can deliver such abundance of jaw-dropping photos and videos like Patagonia in Argentina and Chile. But it all will start in São Paulo and Santos in Brazil, before I'll head for El Calafate and El Chaltén in Argentina. This is where I will hike the Patagonian icefield and climb Gorra Blanca in Chile, among some of the most fantastic mountain scenery on the planet. Ushuaia on the Southmost tip of the continent will follow before I'll be kayaking and wildwater rafting in Bariloche. Then to Buenos Aires before going to Colombia.


Jean Dar, 22 November 2017


Colombia - El Carnaval de Barranquilla, Salsa Caleña & Paisas


My first stop in Latin America's oldest democracy will be the famous four day long Carnaval de Barranquilla, worlds second largest carnival and only surpassed by Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. This carnival is Colombia's most important folkloric celebration and was proclaimed a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2003. I will then take private salsa dance lessons at a dance academy, and experience the real nighttime salsa vibe in Cali, "the salsa capital of the world". I will also visit Medellín in the Paisa Region of Colombian before flying to the DR.


Jean Dar, 1 January 2018


Republica Dominicana - Carnival, Diving & Merengue dancing


The Dominican Republic is one of the Caribbean's most geographically diverse countries, with stunning mountain scenery, desert scrublands, evocative colonial architecture and beaches galore. Some of the bays and coves where pirates once roamed form part of the country’s natural heritage. I hope to participate in the Carnival celebrations in both La Vega and Santo Domingo, go freediving and scuba diving on wrecks and coral reefs, dance Merengue with locals and perhaps hike through the jungle to the summit of Pico Duarte while I'm at it.


Jean Dar, 1 January 2018

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