Swimming with Dolphins in the Amazon (Brazil)

Swimming with dolphins, Brazil

It was Sunday, late afternoon. The weekend vacationers from Manaus had returned home and peace reigned once more over the small tourist town of Novo Airão. I was the only one to go swimming with dolphins.

What a stroke of luck!

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Hiking the Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Hiking Sugarloaf Mountain and Urca Hill in Brazil

Thick traffic and having to watch my back had made me wary of Rio de Janeiro. But after a leisurely walk up the Sugar Loaf I took in the view and suddenly understood the spell that visitors as well as Cariocas (Rio de Janeiro’s residents) fall under.

And I wondered, what’s there not to fall in love with Rio de Janeiro?

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Hiking the Datça Peninsula 2 (Carian Trail, Turkey)

Slow Hiking on the Datça Peninsula, Turkey

With only another 120 kilometers, the days suddenly pass very, very quickly. The western section of the Datça Peninsula is one of the remotest sections of the 850-kilometer-long Carian Trail.

Few villages, mostly footpaths meandering through forests and traversing headlands that divide dozens of secluded bays.

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Hiking the Datça Peninsula 1 (Carian Trail, Turkey)

Slow travel hiking the Datça Peninsula

“Never be so faithful to your plan that you are unwilling to consider the unexpected. Never be so faithful to your plan that you are unwilling to entertain the improbable opportunity that comes looking for you.”
~Elizabeth Warren

Hiking the Datça Peninsula and rolling up your sleeves to get your hands dirty in a greenhouse?

How do those two activities match?

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Hiking the Muğla Environs (Carian Trail, Turkey)

“Ruins are more beautiful than adorned castles, for ruins are the cathedrals of time.”
~Ben Caesar

When a trail exists of five sections, not all of them can finish at the top of your list.

As such, the Muğla Environs Section won’t be our #1 of the Carian Trail. However, don’t scrap it from your list immediately; this trail did have some worthwhile surprises.

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Hiking the Carian Hinterland 1 (Carian Trail, Turkey)

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Carian Hinterland is one of the five sections of the 800-km-long Carian Trail that runs through Southwestern Turkey.

If you like the idea of combining hiking and Turkey and you have some two weeks of time, this is our tip: hike the Carian Hinterland. Depending on your level of fitness and speed it may take 8-13 days (we took 11).

Simply fly to Bodrum, take a bus to Bozalan and hit the trail.

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Hiking the Bozburun Peninsula (Carian Trail, Turkey)

Slow Hiking the Carian Trail on the Bozburun Peninsula, a view from the coast

“For the walker the remoteness is ripe for exploration and with a lack of roads the old trails and paths have been cleaned to access every viewpoint across the sea to the Greek islands of Symi and Rhodes. The Trail routes through a diversity of terrain with many changes of scenery and magical views round every corner. There are many traditional villages eking a living from the rugged landscape along with coastal villages catering for the demands of tourism.”
(From: Carian Trail Guidebook)

What’s there NOT to like about this? So, let’s go!

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