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Amazonas, Ciudad Perdida y Cali
This travel project will kick-off at a premuim hotel in Bogotá, Colombia, and highlights will include Leticia, the border town to Perú and Brazil, deep in the Amazon forest. Here I will meet indigenous people, take in the flora and fauna of the Amazon region for five days, before hiking through the jungle of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta for another five days to the fabled Lost City - La Ciudad Perdida! On route I will meet the Koguis tribe in their villages, once inhabited by their forebears the Tairona people. And while I'm at the Caribbean coast I'll go scuba and freediving in Taganga too! The third and last week will be spent in and around Cali. This trip will take place in November 2018.
Diving the Coral Triangle
With 17,508 islands and 230 million people Indonesia is one of the most diverse countries in the world and the fourth largest by population. It is also amazingly diverse under the sea and sits in the middle of the coral triangle, formed by Indonesia, the Philippines and New Guinea, and is considered to be the global epicenter for marine biodiversity. From the tiny and hidden to the biggest fish in the sea, the Philippines delivers an astounding variety of marine life, along with a remarkably diverse range of diving environments. Perhaps even diving's last frontier, New Guinea, could be included. This diving trip to the Coral Triangle will include live-on-boards, freediving, wreck diving and more!
El Dorado, La Maya y El Caribe
This is another sea & summit project that I intend to start in Colombia with hiking to the fabled La Cuidad Perdida, visit the places that gave rise to the myths of El Dorado and climb one or two 5,000 meter peaks. I will then continue to Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras, before setting foot in Maya country Guatemal, Belize and Mexico, where more easy 5,000 meter peaks could be attempted. Next in turn are quite a few Caribbean islands such as Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti, Puerto Rico, Anguilla, Dominica and Trinidad & Tobago to mention a few. After having fullfilled this circle of hiking, climbing, scuba & freediving, history, culture and salsa dancing, I'll fly home from the Colombian capital.
Bolivian mountains (Postponed)
The Cordillera Real is 125 km in length and 20 km in width, featuring numerous peaks higher than 5,000 m. I have been looking at this mountain range in Bolivia for quite a few years now, and will put together a climbing trip to this location, including four or five beautiful and classic climbs here. The highlights includes attempting a handful of technical 5,000 - 6,000 meter peaks, the Pre-Columbian archaeological site of Tiwanaku in western Bolivia, local culinary delights, and plenty more. This project is sheduled for 2014 or 2015, and is not finalised today. All further climbing postponed due to permanent injuries and the following surgery and rehabilitation in 2016 and 2017.