Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Canchis Province, Cusco, Peru Vinicunca or Montaña de Siete Colores is a colorful mountain in Andean Mountain Range of Cusco, Peru. Popularly referred as the Rainbow Mountain, Vinicunca is nested at 5,200 meters above sea level and can be done as day trek from downtown Cusco. A day tour here usually departs before 3:30AM to drive for three hours to the trailhead at Canchis Province. From the trailhead to the Rainbow Mountain is eight kilometers, 16 round trip. Here is the summary…Continue Reading “Peru: Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain by the Numbers”

Itbayat

Torongan Cave Santa Lucia (Kauhauhasan), Itbayat, Batanes There are too many monickers given to Batanes. Some call it as “The Home of the Howling Winds”, others hailed it as “The Land of Ivatans”, “The Highway of the Storms” or “The Land of True Insulares”. But there is another name that best describes the province – “The Northernmost Frontier”. Situated in between Balintang and Bashi Channels, Batanes is the northernmost province of the Philippines. It is composed of ten islands and islets that are scattered on the roaring water that separates…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Itbayat, the Northern Frontier”

Annapurna Base Camp

Looking back, I couldn’t recall what came into my mind when I decided to trek to Annapurna Base Camp on my own in December of 2014. Come on! Who, in their normal state of mind, would go on a week of high altitude trekking in a foreign land alone and unguided? I believe that is not something a mediocre person would do. But I did and I guess I am not normal. But they say mediocrity is fatal. And if a mediocre person wouldn’t go…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Annapurna Base Camp On My Own”

Mahatao

So I biked… from Basco to Naidi Hill and back, onward to Chinarayan and then up to Tukon, passing by the beautiful chapel on the hill. In every screech and turn of my pedal along the steep and ascending zigzag road, I could hear my heartbeat racing with my breath. Never did I rant nor complain. It wasn’t actually my first time to take the same route on a bike so I already knew what to expect. And despite this known ordeal, I opted to…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Mahatao’s Sea of Green”

Chamantad-Tinyan Viewpoint

Chamantad-Tinyan Viewpoint Sabtang, Batanes I have seen it. With my two naked eyes. As the late afternoon sun carpeted the green with its soft golden rays. Slowly. Beautifully. There. In a place beyond compare. I guess nothing can be as poetic on that one lazy sunset hour of November 2014 in Chamantad-Tinyan Viewpoint. Aaah Batanes! You never cease to impress me! Raw. Rugged. Idyllic. Situated in the island municipality of Sabtang, less than an hour of faluwa ride from Ivana in the main island of Batan,…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Sundown in Sabtang”

Calle Crisologo

Calle Crisologo Vigan City, Ilocos Sur Walk back in time and feel the old-world charm of Vigan, one of the very few remaining Hispanic towns in the Philippines and a UNESCO World Heritage. Established in the 16th century as Villa Fernandina, Vigan is endowed with its timeless and well preserved beauty and the heart of it is Calle Crisologo, the city’s show window. Calle Crisologo is a short (approximately 500 meters long) cobblestone thoroughfare filled with old Spanish-style houses and shops that evoke a bygone era. The street is bustling with…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Daybreak at Calle Crisologo”