Further hold on travel projects throughout 2021?


My second travel project of 2020 would be launched in September, if not the Covid-19 virus did mess things up. It would have been a 3-week long and fast-moving project starting in Sri Lanka, followed by diving with Tiger and Hammerhead Sharks and freediving in the Maldives, and last but not least, I would also have been enjoying the Japanese island of Okinawa. As usual, I also aim to take in historical and cultural locations of importance during my travel projects. It is still very unclear how, when and where my next major travel project could take place. With travel restrictions, quarantines or lockdowns being enforced in most countries across the world, the next trip is at best likely to happen in mid-2021. Or later.

My only major travel project of 2020 started on January 6 and included classic locations in three Latin American countries during seven weeks. First off was Ecuador where my main objective was climbing several of the most prominent mountains in the country. On my fourth climb, Antisana, 5,704 m, me and Santiago Quintero encountered a huge avalanche at 5,500 m that almost buried us. Some 30 minutes later another avalanche hit the same area. The dynamics of the following climbs unravelled, and there were to be no more climbing in Ecuador or Mexico, where I cancelled my climbing arrangements.

The rest of the project went mainly as planned, but the diving with Bull Sharks, Sailfish and Marlins didn't happen since they were nowhere to be seen. Tulum, Coba, Valladolid, Chichén-Itzá, Mérida, Campeche, Uxmal, Ek Balam and Cancún followed in rapid succession. At the end of the project I spent a few days in Colombia, mainly for resting and spending time in Cali with my girlfriend and her daughter. Most locations from this project will feature on my YouTube channel Ad Astra Jean Dar. If you like my videos, go ahead and subscribe to my YouTube channel!

On the music side of life, my fourth album will be released in March, 2021. My music is featured at jeandar.com .

Jean Dar, 19 February 2021 

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All my travel projects are postponed due to Covid-19. The 23 YouTube videos from Ecuador and México in 2020 have been uploaded on Travel & Adventure / Ad Astra Jean Dar. More videos are on their way from Paris, France, and the Pacific. A new music album will be released during March 2021, more info at jeandar.com .


Jean Dar, 1 January 2021


New video uploads are being carried out on my YouTube channel Travel & Adventure / Ad Astra Jean Dar, and 10 more videos from Mexico are being produced. The latest ones are seen below. New music will also be released on October 5: Trap Latino Sin Jaula. Preview music clips from all songs at my music website jeandar.com .

Jean Dar, 26 September 2020


My next music release is due out on September 7, preview it here: Perreo Salvaje X 3. A bunch of videos are still being made now and more are lined up for the process. In total some 23 Youtube videos will be uploaded to my YouTube channel Travel & Adventure / Ad Astra Jean Dar, 7 videos from Ecuador and 16 from Mexico!


Jean Dar, 28 August 2020




Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico - IN ONE DAY, 13 February 2020.

Mérida is the capital of the State of Yucatán, and known as "The White City". Long popular with European travelers looking to go beyond the hubbub of Quintana Roo’s resort towns, Mérida is a tourist town, but a tourist town too big to feel like a tourist trap. And as the capital of the State of Yucatán, Mérida is also the cultural crossroads of the region. There’s something just a smidge elitist about Mérida. The locals have a beautiful town, and they know it. Watch my other YouTube videos at Ad Astra Jean Dar.


Jean Dar, 19 February 2021

Chichén Itzá - The heart of the Maya empire, 12 February 2020.

Chichén Itzá in Yucatán, México - these majestic ruins of the Maya civilization are an essential visit on any trip to Yucatán. Chichén Itzá is the granddaddy of Maya sites in Mexico and one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico, with over 2.6 million tourists in 2017. To fully take in the details you should hire a guide, but if that's not in your budget, just walking around offers a fascinating insight into one of the greatest cities of pre-Columbian civilization. Watch my other YouTube videos at Ad Astra Jean Dar.


Jean Dar, 19 February 2021

Valladolid, Yucatán, México - IN ONE DAY, 11 February 2020.

Valladolid in Yucatán, México, is beautiful city with culture, historical sites - both Spanish colonial and Maya, museums, restaurants and cenotes. Until the beginning of the 20th century, Valladolid was the third largest and most important city of the Yucatán Peninsula, after Mérida and Campeche (videos from both Mérida and Campeche are available on my YouTube channel). Valladolid was widely known by its nickname "The Sultana of the East". Subscribe to my YouTube channel Ad Astra Jean Dar.


Jean Dar, 19 February 2021