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Drawing up a major travel project for 2020!


My first travel project of 2020 will start in January and include classic locations in three Latin American countries during seven weeks. First off will be Ecuador where my main objective is climbing several of the most prominent mountains in the country, ranging up to 6,268 meters - the point on earth's surface that is farthest from its center. I will have a few rest days between the climbs in the capital city of Quito, which is a lovely place. This will be my third visit to Ecuador where I had a bad climbing accident in December 2013, resulting in advanced shoulder surgery. Being acclimatised to altitude in Ecuador, the trip continues to Mexico where I will attempt the highest peak of the country, Pico de Orizaba, 5,636 meters, before spending time in Mexico City - one of world's largest megacities. I also hope to arrange seeing the Teotihuacan pyramids from a hot air balloon!

Two week's stay at Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula will follow, where I will go diving with Bull Sharks, in cenotes and wrecks, and freediving those Caribbean waters with Sailfish and Marlins out of Playa del Carmen with a 5-star dive operator. I will also see Tulum and Coba before going to Valladolid, Chichén-Itzá, Mérida, Campeche, Uxmal and Cancún with my girlfriend. The third and last country in this travel project will be Colombia, mainly for resting and spending time in Cali with my girlfriend and her daughter. As of today, more or less half of all arrangements are made for this fast moving and ambitious travel project.

Many of these locations will feature on my YouTube channel Ad Astra Jean Dar, so subscribe to the channel. This will be another project that will pack a punch!

With only eleven months passing between my latest surgery and the start of this project, this one will be a test for future projects that could see me return to more technically demanding 6,000 meter peaks!

Jean Dar, 10 November 2019

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With less than two weeks to go until departure, only some minor reservations and arrangements are still to be made. The new decade will start with my ambitious seven week long travel project, read more details above, and could easily result in some 20 - 25 new YouTube videos, depending on the amount of footage being captured.


Jean Dar, 25 December 2019


Im in the process of producing/uploading all ten YouTube videos from this summer from Morocco, Colombia & Spain, watch the new ones below! My forthcoming seven week travel project: all arrangements for Ecuador are made, most activities for Mexico are also organised, the last few days of this project will be in Colombia resting.


Jean Dar, 4 December 2019


My next project starts in January 2020 and includes: Quito and six prominent mountains in Ecuador, Pico de Orizaba, Mexico City, the Teotihuacan pyramids, diving with Bull Sharks, cenotes and wrecks, freediving with Sailfish, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Coba, Valladolid, Chichén-Itzá, Mérida, Campeche, Uxmal and Cancún..


Jean Dar, 10 November 2019




Guagua Pichincha 4,776m, Ecuador

Guagua Pichincha and the older extinct Rucu Pichincha stratovolcano form a broad volcanic massif with a diameter of 23km. Guagua means "child" in Kichwa and Rucu "sleeping one". Historical activity of the volcano has included large explosive eruptions some of which produced lava domes. Following a hundred year long interval of being dormant, Guagua Pichincha volcano has entered a new phase of low seismic, phreatic and magmatic activity in 1981. More YouTube videos are being uploaded at my channel Ad Astra Jean Dar.


Jean Dar, 29 February 2020

Toledo, Spain, 13 July 2019

Toledo is truly one of Spain's most magnificent cities. Dramatically sited atop a gorge overlooking the Río Tajo, it was known as the "City Of Three Cultures" in the Middle Ages, a place where Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities peacefully coexisted. Unsurprisingly, rediscovering the vestiges of this unique cultural synthesis remains modern Toledo’s most compelling attraction. Horseshoe-arched mosques, Sephardic synagogues and one of Spain’s finest Gothic cathedrals are all found here. Watch my other YouTube videos at Ad Astra Jean Dar.


Jean Dar, 29 February 2020

Ávila, Spain, 12 July 2019


The city of Ávila is located in the centre of Spain, founded in the 11th century to protect the Spanish territories from the Moors, this "City of Saints and Stones" has maintained its medieval austerity, and is the birthplace of Santa Teresa de Jesús and burial place of the Grand Inquisitor, Torquemada. This purity of form can still be seen in Catedral de Ávila, the first Gothic cathedral in Spain. Ávila was included in the UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1985 as a legacy for future generations. Support me by subscribing to my YouTube channel Ad Astra Jean Dar.


Jean Dar, 29 February 2020

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