Category Archives: Nature

Climbing in Krabi

Climbing in Krabi is always a perfect choice. This place is one of the best climbing area in the world. The views are breathtaking, the routes are beautiful and the beach is amazing.

However it is not easy climb there, the average level of the routes are 6b. Most of the climbing area are well maintained, but always double check the condition. Some routes would need new slangs.

How to get there ?

Plane to Krabi airport (direct from Singapore with Air asia and scoot). Then bus toward the pier and long tail boat to Railay or Tonsai. Most of the time your hotel in Tonsai or Railay can arrange the transfer.

Where to stay ?

Railay or Tonsai. Railay will be more touristic and high standing compare to Tonsai which is the backpacking site. Both are nice (I have done both).

In Tonsai : Tonsaibay Resort
In Railay : Sand Sea ResortRailay west beach

Either way you will go to the other side to climb. Tonsai and Railay offers equivalent numbers of routes ! You can easily transfer from one area to the other via a small path (count around 30 min from extreme right of tonsai to extrem left of Railay.

Where to climb ? 

So many area in Krabi ! You would need to stay a whole week maybe more to do all the routes ! However, some area are pretty nice if you have only 1 weekend to spend.

  • 123 wall –> for beginners and warm up.
  • PHRA NANG BEACH –> some easy routes but most of them are difficult, go during sunset the view is stunning !
  • Thaiwand wall –> one of the most beautiful routes over there, the view is just wonderful
  • HUMANALITY WALL –> mutli pitch of 6a / 6b . a must to do !
  • MELTING WALL –> access with a canoe or boat because you might be blocked due to the tight. Routes are pretty nice and the view too.

3 days get away at Bukit Lawang

3 days get away at Bukit Lawang.

Trip duration: 3 days
Cost: 240$ (flight tickets) + 193$ (trek, meals, guesthouse)

Bukit Lawang is near Medan in Sumatra Island. It is very easy to get there, direct flight from Singapour.

For the organisation of our trip we used : Bukit Lawang Tour and Trekking GuideLINK , +62 813-6410-8007 (on what’s app).

Perfect organisation, always looking at us and really good food ! 👍👍

Day 1

We took our flight on Friday morning, arrived at Medan around 10am. We were welcomed by our driver and drove for 3h30 to reach Bukit Lawang. There we met our guide for the first part of the trip. we  started our trekking around 1.30/2pm. around 3pm we stopped for a lunch (nasi goreng and fruits), then we continued to walk for around 1h30. On the way we had the chance to see some orang-outans 😀. Very close !

We reached the camp (near to the river) around 5pm. We had tea and coffee with some biscuits very nice ! Then resting, shower in the river and chatting.

Diner by the first, chicken curry, noodles, rice. Very good ! Sleeping in the tent with a small yoga mat. A bit hard I must say !

Day 2

Waking up with the nature and the long tail monkeys ! 🐒 Breakfast and then packing for the trek. We walked around 2h30/in a morning, we also had the chance to see some orang-outans on the way.

Lunch by a nice river and waterfall.

Back to the trekking, for around 2h30, we reach a summit and enjoyed a nice view over the jungle !

Around 4pm we reach the second camp site.

Rafting to go back to Bukit Lawang ! Nice and smooth after the effort comes confort ! 🚣‍♀️

Arrived around 5pm at the guesthouse. Relax time. However the guesthouse we had wasnt great, bed broken which ended rolling at each other ….

Wisma Batu Mandi: poor service, bed broken, no toilet paper and far from the bar/restaurant of the ecolodge. 🙁

Day 3

Woke up a 8h30, breakfast and getting ready for the travel back to the airport. Left Medan at 4pm.

Maldives Live on Board

Maldives are very critized because of their politic and its government. However, it is one of the best spot to go diving with an incredible marin life. We decided with 12 other friends to go diving their for 1 week on a boat. 

When ? February 2018 during chinese new year

Where ? Maldives central atoll 

How much ? 1,600 Euros / person except flights. We found some flight from Singapour for 400 SGD. 

After many research, we found one affordable liveboard : Dune Maldives check out their website : https://maldives.dune-network.com/en/home

The dive center is really nice and people there too, nothing to say, nice crew definitely nice food and great boat with clean rooms. Totally recommend ! 👍👍

We spent our week on the boat going from atoll to atoll in the central maldives, with 3 dives a day and 1 time 4 dives with one night dive. 

Komodo National Park

Trip duration: 7 days
Cost: around 2,000 SGD per person (this includes the diving, excursions, food and hotels).

Komodo National Park is a national park in Indonesia located within the Lesser Sunda Islands in the border region between the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara. The park includes the three larger islands Komodo, Padar and Rinca, and 26 smaller ones.

Day 1 – Arrival, setting up dive equipment

We landed on Flores Island, in Labuhanbajo city. From the airport we took a taxi to reach the city center. We normally should have spend the night in Eco Tree Hotel but unfortunately it was full and we have been upgraded to the Laprima Hotel.

Eco Tree Hotel ❤ : Soekarno Hatta 22, Kampung Tengah, Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia
Laprima Hotel: Jl. Pantai Pede, Labuan Bajo, Goron Talo, Komodo, Kabupaten Manggarai Barat, Nusa Tenggara Tim. 86554, Indonésie

Both hotel are really nice and clean. The Eco Tree hotel has a magnificient view of the bay and a great pub/restaurant (hipy type). The laprima hotel is more sophisticated with a nice swimming pool.

Day 2, 3, 4 – Live on Board

We book our live on board with http://divekomodo.com/  it was prefect, the boat was nice, the crew members too. 👌👌

Day 1: leave Labuhanbajo at 9 am. We did 3 dives on this day.  Very impressive dives with lots of current but surely one of the best dives I’ve ever done (amazing corals, great visibility, huge numbers of mantas). We stayed the overnight on the boat. 

Day 2: explore komodo area for diving. We did 4 dives on this day. Overnight on board.

Day 3: 2 dives in the morning and followed by komodo dragon tour in Rinca island. And then back to Labuan Bajo.

Day 5 – Padar Island & Palu Siaba Besar

We started our day waking up early to take a boat direction Padar Island. After 3-4 hours boat we finally arrived at the island. The walk is around 1h maximum but once in the top it is just majestic !!! 😍😍

After this walk, back in our boat toward the Siaba Besar. Beautiful small island where you can relax and chill on the beach.

Day 6, 7 – Day trip diving 

During those two days we did day trips diving with the Uber Scuba dive center : http://uberscubakomodo.com/.

Good center, however I add some issue with my dive gears, didnt get the right shoe for my fine during the both days…

Day 8 – Padar Island, Komodo Island and Pink Beach

On this day because we were taking our flight the next day we couldnt dive so we went back to Padar and we did Komodo Island. Komodo Island is similar to Rinca not much difference, the trail is a bit longer but still very touristic.

We stopped on our way back to Pink Beach as well. Pink beach is not worth it, not really pink…

Day 9 – Back Home

After a nice and sportiv week we took our plane in the early afternoon back to singapore with mantas in our eyes !

Diving in Komodo Dangerous ?  🤔

Dives in Komodo are amazing but not easy. There might have very stong current and you need to be able to balance yourself well otherwise it can get very complicated for you and your buddies. But despite of this they are one of the best dives in the world ! In our group there were some open water and they came back alive 🙂

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

4 days around yogja

Total budget per person : 600$ flight included

Day 1

We started our trip from Singapore with Air Asia (cheap airline) at 11am. After an hour delay and 2hours flight we landed in Yogja around 1pm. We choose to rent a car for this travel. It might be supprising and risky but it was worth it even if the drive is a bit intense (cars and motocycle are coming from everywhere) it’s manageable.

After having checked the car condition with the renter (Avis), here we go ! Direction Prambanan Temple.  It is a 9th-century Hindu temple. It is dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer.

/!\ Tips: buy the binded ticket with Borobudur Temple, 40 USD.

Nice temple, and very big. There are several “towers” where if you go inside can see status of gods.

After our visit, we stopped at the temple restaurant outside of the temple and facing the temple. Beautiful view of the temple. Then, long drive started to go to Borobudur Temple. Around 50km of small and narrow streets with a lot of traffic. After 2h drive we made it to our hotel.

Lotus 2 Homestay: Jalan Balaputradewa No.54, Borobudur, Magelang, Jawa Tengah 56553, Indonesia
Very nice and welcoming people, 5 min walk to Borobudur temple, clean rooms.

Day 2

Waking up early 5.45am to reach Borobudur temple when it opens at 6am. We knew that we were going to miss the sunrise but we didnt wanted to pay the additional cost for it. Despite this we could enjoy the early morning lights with no body at the temple.

It’s from 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple, it’s the the world’s largest Buddhist temple. The temple consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome.

Amazing view, beautiful temple, I think from many temple we have done over asia, this one is one of my favorite one.

Back to our hotel for the breakfast and then heading to Yogja downtown.  40km drive and 1h30 later we arrived in the busy city. The drive became a bit more tense and after several u-turns we found a parking at the railway station (50,000 Roupies for 24 hours).

We started our viste with the Kraton and Waterfall temple (Taman Sari). It’s a nice area to walk from narrow streets to very large and noisy streets. The temple itself is not very beautiful, but the atmosphere and the whole district around it make it interesting. The entrance for both is 13,000 per pers.

 

We stopped for lunch at a very nice place (Italian and Spanish) but very good food : Sixsenses Restaurant  (Jalan DI. Panjaitan No. 39, Mantrijeron, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55141, Indonesia).

To end our day we went for some batik art (painting on silk).

We spend the night at Andrea Hotel, Sosrowijayan Wetan GT I/140, Gang 2, Sosromenduran, Gedong Tengen, Yogyakarta City, Special Region of Yogyakarta 55271, Indonesia. Located in a beautiful narrow street, nice and clean rooms.

Day 3

Starting our day around 9am, we took back the car and drove toward the coast of Yogja. Beautiful road, less traffic, and amazing landscapes.

First stop : Laut Bekah. The access is a bit tricky and will require good driving skills. The road is more like a path and very very narrow, sometimes very steep, but the view is worht it ! Coordinates : S8°4’16” E110°22’30”.

Second stop : Parangkusumo Desert. We were really impressed by the diversity of landscape Java island has ! Indeed, we went to see and walk on the parangkusumo desert, small yes but quite interesting to see sand dunes appearing after the forest. Coordinates: 8°00’59.5″S 110°19’03.9″E.

Finally, we reached our amazing hotel.

Queen Of The South Beach Resort, Girijati, Purwosari, Gunung Kidul Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta 55872, Indonesia. Amazing pool with view on the sea, nice and clean bedroom. Good breakfast and barbecue.

Day 4

Day 4 started with a fail, we wanted to do the Langse Cave and the dardevil treck, but it ended up by turning back at the start of the trail. The ladders were not in a good shape and it was too risky with 100 m hollow on the right side.

We changed our plans and drove toward an organic farm and a nice view on the countryside. Wisata Alam Seribu Batu. Beautiful view.

Then after chatting with the owner of the farm, we drove to Pinus Asri Where we found a nice forest of pine tree.

Back to yogja, where we slept one more night, close to the airport in a nice homestay.

Griya Cemara homestay, Jl. Pisang, Maguwoharjo, Kec. Depok, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55281, Indonesia.

10 days in Vietnam {part1}

Duration : 10 days
Budget : ~1300 sgd / pers (flights/hotel/activities and food included)

10 days in vietnam is a good duration to be able to visit a bit and enjoy the country from north to south. We most of the time stayed 2 days is each cities.

Overall trip : Hanoi –> Halong Bay –> Hanoi –> Sapa –>Hanoi –> Hue –> Hoi An –> Da Nang –> Ho Chi Minh

Day 1 – Hanoi

Arriving to Hanoi from Singapore after 3 hours flight we took a cab to reach the city center (~40 min drive, it should cost around 400,000) and our hotel Rosa Bella Hotel. Nice and welcoming people took us to our rooms. Very clean hotel, maybe the breakfast is a bit small but still okay.

Hotel bella Rosa : 21 Cầu Gỗ, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

To start our visit, we looked for a nice place to grab something for lunch.  We ate at the Artisan Buon Dua Le Cafe. Very nice place, nothing fancy but just great.

Buon Dua Cafe : 20 Hàng Hành Hàng Trống Hoàn Kiếm Hàng Trống Hoàn Kiếm Hà Nội Vietnam

Day 2 – Hanoi

We did the lonely planet walking tour which is just perfect to enjoy Hanoi and all the small streets.

Highlights :  Ngoc Son temple, The Huc, The monument of the martyrs, Pho Hang Be and the market on Pho Gia Ngu, Pho Ma May, to discover, at n ° 87, the delightful commemorative house, Pho Ta Hien, to the famous bars, the Bach Ma Temple, Cua O Quan Chuong  Pho Thanh Ha, where a street market, the Dong Xuan Market, Pho Hang Ma, where the fake notes are sold during the Buddhist ceremonies, the tinsmiths and the mirror makers, Buddhist altars, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Ho Lo Jail.

For our afternoon, we took a cab to go at the west lake and enjoy a nice walk next to it with the visit of a temple.

For dinner, we ate at la Porte d’annam. Absolutely amazing. Careful, there might be lots of people, it’s better to book.

Porte d'Annam : 22 Nha Tho street, Hoan KiemHanoi 00000001, Vietnam

Day 3 – HON GAI HARBOUR – BAI TU LONG BAY – THIEN CANH SON CAVE

Direction : halong bay. 4 hours drive to reach the area.

http://www.indochina-junk.com/ No 58, Au Trieu street Hoan Kiem district Hanoi- Joining PRINCE junk

7.30 – 8.00: Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter area. We booked through indochina junk a small boat for max 8 people. It’s more expensive than the big boats but worth it as the trip is not the same and they are going through smaller path where you’re getting more privacy.

12.00 – 12.30: Embark at Hon Gai International harbor.

12.30 – 13.00: Check-in, we enjoyed a welcome drink and add a cruise briefing.

13.30 – 15.00: Have lunch while cruising to magnificent Bai Tu Long bay; admire the fascinating formations on the way.

15.15 – 15.40: Explore the well- hidden Thien Canh Son cave.

15.45 – 18:00: Enjoy relaxing on a white sandy beach at Hon Co island, swimming or kayaking.

18:00 – 19.00: Back to junk for refreshing before having dinner on board.

20.00 – 21.00: Relax, enjoy fresh air & overnight on board.

 

Day 4 – VUNG VIENG FISHING VILLAGE – HON GAI HARBOUR

07.30 – 08.00: Morning view of Bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. Have breakfast in the fresh air.

08.30 – 09.30: Visit Vung Vieng fishing village by a rustic row-boat.

10.00: Check out of the cabin. Start cruising towards the harbor while an A la carte lunch is served.

 

11.45 – 12.00: Disembark. Drive to Yen Duc village in Dong Trieu province.

14.00 – 14.30: Enjoy water puppet show performed by local artists which is good for kids not really interesting for adult.

14.45 – 17.30: Arrive in Hanoi.

Once in Hanoi, we moved to the railway station to get our train to Sapa. We booked one bedroom with 4 beds with the Orient Express. Small but clean, let’s go for 6 hours night train to Lao Cai.

Day 5 – Sapa

6am, we arrived at Lao Cai station. We took a taxi (you can have cheaper if your take the local bus which is correct, but we were too tired !). 1hour later we finally reached Sapa. Next objective, find 4 scooters. We found some in the street next to the bus stop, for 60 $ 4 scooters for 3 days.

Sapa is changing a lot currently with constructions everywhere. They are also lots of ethni that try to sell you many handmade braclette, neckless… They also try to sell you hotel rooms, or visits of small villages. Be strong ! you can say no sometimes.

With our scooter, we drove to our guesthouse (1h by scooter). Beautiful road for the view, but not great for the road itself with lots of hole.

Ta Van Ecologic Homestay --> super nice homestay with a magnificient view on the rice field.

 

4 days in Cambodia

Duration : 4 days
Budget : ∼600 $ / pax (flight; hotel;activities and meals)

Day 1

We left Singapore on Thursday evening plane took off around 7pm we arrived in Phnom Penh at 9pm. We took a cab to reach the city center (11$, not really negociable as all of the cab where saying the same price).

We check in at our hotel (nice a quiet hotel, near everything restaurant, museum, coast, activities), the employees were nice and the room was cosy and clean. Sufficient for us.

Address : Diamon Palace Hotel, #29EO, St. 178, Preah Ang Makhak Vann St. (178), Phnom Penh 12206, Cambodge

We went out in the famous street to grab something to eat. Stop at where we enjoyed really strong cocktail (bit too strong for me through) and good food.

Day 2

Starting the day with a nice breakfast (included in the room) toast; egg and orange juice or coffee. We then walk to What Phnom (north of bd Norodom). Nice pagoda, small but with decorations and well maintain 5 (only 1$ the entrance).

 

 

Then we walk back in the direction of the hotel. Originally we wanted to visit the Silver pagoda and the royal palace but they are closed between 12 till 14h. We had to change our plan to the National Museum (5$). I recommend it if you want to learn and understand a bit the culture of Cambodia. Allow around 1h30 for the visit.

After the visit we went eating in a very nice place called “Friend“, close to the museum. Awesome place, incredible plates and really affordable prices. Totally recommend it.

To end our day, we decided to go and visit the Tuol Sleng. Old prisons like we used to have in France or Germany during the war. Hard, difficult, sad, but worth it. It’s unfortunately part of the history of this country.

Dinner at the Romdeng; also perfect like his brother “Friend”.

Day 3

Direction the airport for Siem Rep. After 40 min flight we landed and reach our nice hotel  ( Borei Angkor Resort and Spa).

Address : Borei Angkor Resort and Spa, #0369 National Highway 6, Slokram, Banteay Chas, Krong Siem Reap 17252, Cambodge

We relaxed the morning at the pool area.

For our afternoon, we decided to visit a floating village. we choose Kâmpóng Khleang less touristic than his brother Kampong Phluk but a bit farthest but worth it. We were the only foreigners there. Our tuk-tuk driver was really nice and show us around.

Day 4

For our last day we choose one tour that the hotel offer for the Angkor Wat temple. Our driver and guide took us during the whole day to all the touristic but outstanding place of Angkor Wat.

For me one day at the temples area is sufficient if you’re not a huge fan of temples. However, you could spend 3 to 4 days visiting the area.

We ended our day around 3 pm so we enjoyed the swimming pool and could go at the city center to enjoy a nice meal.

Day 5 

Our last day was the travel back to singapore around 11 am.

 

3 days in Chicago

Day 1 – Travel and The loop

Woke up early to take our flight from Dallas to Chicago, we arrived around 8am in Chicago. We took the subway to downtown and meet a friend. We started our visit with the Millenium park and Grant Park with the Bean.

The bean
The bean

We went then to rent bikes near Monore harbour. We biked to the Navy Pier and had lunch then.

View from the shore
View from the shore

We biked up north to Lincoln Park Zoo and enjoyed the Michigan Lake. Lincoln Park Zoo is a really nice small zoo, one of the oldest in the country.

Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo

We biked back to the hotel Hyatt and had a dinner and drink near our hotel.

Downtown Chicago
Downtown Chicago

Day 2 – Near North and North Side

We started our day by a long walk around downtown to enjoy as much as we could the heart of Chicago. You definitely need to lose yourself in those streets.

Chicago
Heart of Chicago
Chicago Downtown
Chicago Downtown

Then we had a wonderful lunch with the specialty of Chicago deep dish pizza at pizzeria uno near magnificent mile. Then we did the famous magnificent mile.

Pizzeria Due
Pizzeria Due
Chicago Water Works Pumping station
Chicago Water Works Pumping station

Ending our day with a wonderful sunset on one of the highest tower the John Hancock Center. Tips, better than the willis tower because you dont need to pay entrance, you need to have a drink instead but believe me it’s worth it.

View from the tower
View from the tower

To end our day we went enjoying some live music in one of the many bars on Hubbard St. Good streets to go out !

Day 3 – Far south

To finish our wonderful long weekend, we walk a bit alongside the canals near the Trump Tower. We then took the subway to Chicago University up South. Amazing campus, beautiful buildings a must to do to enjoy more about the student life.

Chicago University
Chicago University
Chicago University
Chicago University

One week in Mexico

Day 1 – Teotihuacan & Mexico City

Departure: 10 am
Return: 6pm

Teotihuacan was an ancient Mesoamerican city located in a sub valley of the Valley of Mexico, 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Mexico City, known today as the site of many of the most architecturally significant Mesoamerican pyramids built in the pre-Columbian Americas.pyramidsTo do the whole visit plan around 2h, bring lots of water with you as the weather is really dry and hot. Bring also a good hat and sunscreen. Take some tennis shoes and enjoy the view of the pyramids.

Pyramid

The site doesn’t only include the pyramids but also a small museum about the history of the civilizations.

After a long walk under the sun, let’s go to the city centre of Mexico.

Mexico City – City Centre

First thing to know there is no free parking in Mexico. We parked next to the Bella Del Arte monument.

Our favourite and national Mexican friend took us to a nice and typical café to enjoy some Mexican dishes such as tacos and Chile relleno with of course a good beer. We were lucky at that time there were a birthday celebration and we got some music from the mariachi.

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Address of the restaurant: Calle de Tacuba 28, Cuauhtémoc, Centro, 06010 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico

Price: $$

Then back to Toluca.


Day 2 – The Grutas de Cacahuamilpa & Taxco

Departure: 9 am
Return: 7 pm

Address: 2h30 south west from Mexico City

Located in the National Park of Guerrero, the caves are one of the largest cave systems in the world. It is also home to the Grutas of Carlos Pacheco, a smaller system, as well as two subterranean rivers which have carved out tunnels in the rock. The park has extreme sports attractions such as rappelling, and rock climbing in Limontitla Canyon as well as the two underground rivers to explore. It also has a small botanical garden, a pool and places to camp.

on our way to the caves
on our way to the caves

We went on the guided visit of the caves that are definitely amazing and incredibly big. Everything is well maintain. The only bad thing was the guided guy was only speaking Spanish and really fast. Hopefully you do not really need him to enjoy the visit.

the caves
the caves

Price: around 60 pesos

Duration: around 1h30

After that beautiful escapade, we drove to an amazing place called Taxco. Wonderful village around the mountain.

Address: 3h south west from Mexico City.

The city is alongside the mountain and has paved streets with for local taxi the famous coccinelle cars. The city is also known for silver carriers so if you’re looking for cheap but good silver present you can buy it there. The small city centre looks like an old village in France with the place in the middle and the church and small habitation around it.

View from the restaurant; Taxco Hotel
View from the restaurant; Taxco Hotel

We hate at the Monte Taxco Hotel, where you can enjoy the view on all the city.

Tips: to avoid costly and time consuming finding a parking lot, park at the opposite side of the city centre, to the Monte Taxco Hotel (Calle Alfredo Checa Curi s/n, Fraccionamiento Lomas de Taxco, 40210 Taxco), then take the cable car to join the other side.

Taxco streets
Taxco streets
Taxco cathedral
Taxco cathedral

Day 3 & Day 4 – Tolantogo Hidalgo

Located 4hours north from Mexico, in the middle of the country side where there is nothing else than small villages and farmers, there is a paradise place.

Tolantogo walk path
Tolantogo walk path

You can enjoy bath and hot springs with the nature as a place and the mountain as view. The place is beautiful and peaceful. Come over there for a weekend to relax and swim in the hot springs.

Tolantogo - hot springs bath
Tolantogo – hot springs bath
Tolantogo - River bath
Tolantogo – River bath

Hotel price per night for one person: 270 pesos.

The food: small restaurant, with typical Mexican dishes for around 20 pesos.

The entrance to the park: 120 pesos per day per person

Tips: bring water shoes to be able to walk and swim in the different places without issues.


Day 5 – Mexico City

Departure: 10 am
Return: 6 pm

To start our day we went to the museum of anthropology. Really good museum about the history of Mexico and all the civilisations. There are several parts to visit inside de museum. To visit the essential it takes around 2hours, more if you spend time to read and visit everything.

Price: 70 pesos.

Tips: there is a nice shop if you’re looking for souvenirs!! :p

On our way to Mexico City - Fabelas
On our way to Mexico City – Fabelas

For Lunch we went in a restaurant whose speciality are the tacos, and they were really good. No doubt you will find one for you!

Address: El Califa, Altata 22, Col. Condesa, Mexico City

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Then direction the Chapultepec Castle, the only castle in North America. Built during the colonial time, the castle has an amazing 360° view on Mexico City. The inside of the castle is well maintained. Nice. The total visit around 1h30.

Address:  Bosque de Chapultepec I, 11100 Ciudad de México

Price: 65 pesos

view from the castle
view from the castle

Day 6 – Culhuacán

For our last day in Mexico, Edgar took us to the district of Pueblo Culhuacán. It doesn’t feel like you’re still in Mexico City so different! It’s more typical and more like a village inside a big city where you have Small Street, restaurant, outside terrace… Walk around get lost in those street and enjoy!

City center of Culhuacán
City center of Culhuacán

We picked one restaurant with terrace, sat outside and had a beer.

We went after that to the museum of Frida Kahlo. The house is colorful from the outside and also inside. You can see many of her painting and learn about her story. It was not my favorite museum but if you’re interested in her story go ahead.

Frida Kahlo House
Frida Kahlo House

5 days over Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Utah

If you have one trip to do in the us it would be without hesitation this one. One of the best trip I ‘ve done over united states for nature, big spaces, peace and quietness.

Tip 1 : avoid March/April to visit Yellowstone because 75% of the park is closed.

Tip 2 : Jackson Hole is really expensive so be prepare

Day 1

Fly from Dallas to Salt Lake City, we rented a car there.

Visit of Salt lake in the morning with the temple square and the capitol. Nice area. You have a great view from the capitol of the whole city.

Salt Lake City
Temple square
Temple square
Temple square
Salt Lake City
The capitol
Salt Lake City
View from the capitol

Afternoon: drive to Yellowstone north entrance and sleep at Bozeman. ~6 hours drive

Day 2 

Direction the north entrance of Yellowstone at Gardiner. Visit of the hot springs at Mammoth Hot Spring and then walk/drive on the the north side of the park to enjoy and admire animals.

Mammoth Hot Springs
Mammoth Hot Springs
Mammoth Hot Springs
Mammoth Hot Springs
Mammoth Hot Springs
Mammoth Hot Springs
Mammoth Hot Springs
Mammoth Hot Springs
yellowstone
on the way to the northern side of the park

If the park would have been open we would have drive south through it but we had to go back to the north entrance.

Direction Jackson Hole ~4h30 drive

Day 3

Breakfast: at the Figs

Visit of the Elk Refuge at Jackson Hole and afternoon at Jackson Hole shopping, relaxing, walking. The Elk Refuge is a must if you like animals and if you want to approach them. Jackson Hole has plenty of things to shop or just enjoying a drink.

Elk Refuge
Elk Refuge
Elk Refuge
Elk Refuge
Elk Refuge
View from the Elk Refuge on Grand Teton Mountains
Elk Refuge
Elk Refuge

Lunch at the persephone bakery –> nice bakery where you can also have lunch. Out door tables and good service.

Dinner at Bin22 –> Wine and Beer restaurant, Tapas style. Expensive but can be good with friend for small appetite.

Evening at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. Nice atmosphere of the country and cowboys. A must to do in Jackson.

Day 4 

Breakfast: Lotus Cafe

Visit of Grand Teton National Park.

Grand Teton
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton
Grand Teton National Park / Moose

Lunch by the river.

Unfortunately many things were closed due to the snow but still you can drive along the lake to enjoy the view and the beauty fullness of the nature. It’s just amazing. Eat by the river and walk down on some small path.

Dinner : Calico Restaurant –> great italian restaurant, affordable price for the region.

Day 5

Departure from Jackson Hole to Salt Lake City. ~4 hours drive

Visit of the Museum of Utah in the afternoon. This museum is more on the archaeological history of Utah than of the culture of the sate. Nice and complete museum. Well explained and well maintain. Great view also of Salt Lake City.