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My Top 5 Adventure Trips

January 24, 2010

I find it always a bit difficult to make lists of ‘5 or 10 top something’. For travels and destinations it is even more complicated because in some way every journey has its charm. But finally here I am, with my Top 5 Adventure Travel list.


Yemen Sana'a

A fascinating country, a place where I experienced so many great emotions… I traveled to Yemen – gosh! – in 1996, a few years after the reunification (1990) and the opening to tourism. Describing Yemen is a few lines is impossible, and I’ll write a few posts in the future. There’s so much to tell about…

The awesome Sana’a, with its finely decorated houses, the men chewing qat all day long, the women wearing black burqa, the fantastic crossing of the desert and then reaching Wadi Hadramawt valley, with its lush oases, the always changing landscape around Al-Mukhalla and the astounding fortified mountain village of Shaharah.

Bhaktapur - Photo by Monica Foresti and Francesco Fusco

It was a long time ago, but I don’t believe much has changed since then. Yemen remains a secluded and mysterious country, where you can experience real adventure.


Spirituality, wonderful architecture, awesome mountains… I remember the peace in the small villages along the Annapurna trek, the warm hospitality of the women, the deep brown eyes of the kids and a crazy journey on the rooftop of the bus, looking at the hills and mountains of the Annapurna region.

Nepal is a country of incredible fascination that remained deeply impressed in my memory, a place where I have often though of going back but then…


Another fabulous on the road journey!

'Chicken bus' - Photo by Nicky Lewis

Thinking back at my Guatemala trip I can live again some memorable experiences. Traveling around with the ‘chicken bus‘, awfully overcrowded by people, cases, baskets and animals. The incredible fascination of Tikal ruins. The awesome Lake Atitlan and the beauties of Antigua, the ancient colonial capital. And then the people, the colors. I felt like being in a different dimension. After all, when I asked them how long it would take from a place to another, the regular answer was ‘un dìa, dos dias, quien sabe?’


That was my first solo trip, back in… don’t ask! 🙂

Fes, The colorful tanneries - Photo by Oliviero Masseroli

At that time, my heart had broken into pieces and I decided to go to Morocco with a special aim in mind: reaching the Merzouga dunes and when surrounded by the desert read Paul Bowles‘ novel ‘The sheltering sky‘…

I liked the Imperial Cities, especially Fez and Rabat, but what I really loved is the south, the oasis and palm groves of the Draa Valley, the qsur along the road, the awesome Atlas mountains and the special ambiance of Essaouira, a lovely town on the ocean shore.


I was not expecting Peru being such a varied country: high and wild cliffs, tropical lush forest, sandy dunes, awesome mountains…

Titicaca Lake - Photo by Simon

I was impressed by the sky, so incredibly clear. And colors, everywhere. I loved Titicaca lake and I wish I had spent more time on Taquile island, where men are knitting caps with beautiful and complicated designs. I enjoyed so much strolling about in the markets, looking at the women carrying kids on the shoulder in a self-made backpack. And I still feel so proud for having been able to trek in the Cordillera Blanca, up to 4,900 meters!

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 25, 2010 4:46 pm

    What a wonderful life you’ve had! Traveling to and seeing so many beautiful places.

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      January 25, 2010 5:27 pm

      Well, it’s true that I was (and still am) lucky enough to travel and discover lots of awesome countries and their local culture.
      Travel is my greatest passion and as soon as I can I leave for a new adventure. There still so much to see, and time is passing so quickly…

  2. January 25, 2010 4:51 pm

    Wow, impressive! I haven’t been to any of those places, but someday I will =)
    I’m doing baby steps at the moment

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      January 25, 2010 5:12 pm

      You’ll see a lot of awesome places, I’m sure.
      Besides, there are always so many beautiful things to discover even close to where we live. There’s no need to go far away to have great emotions. Just being open to life.

      • January 28, 2010 4:08 am

        Oh I know, I agree with you.
        That’s why my travel motto ‘A traveler knows no distance’ is something I really believe in.
        In my city (Toronto) I’ve gotten to know it so well, it helps me get to know other cities/places when I travel because I trained myself here to explore. It’s sometimes sad that some people think you have to go a great distance to call it ‘travel’, when it’s not about distance, it’s about experiences.

  3. Monica permalink
    January 26, 2010 2:42 am

    OMG! I want to go to each and every single one of those places! I’m so jealous you were able to see all these amazing places. How did you manage to do that?

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      January 26, 2010 11:53 am

      Hi Monica, want to know how I managed to visit all these places? Very simple. I’m much older that you are 🙂 !

      I’m sure you’ll do beautiful travels. What about your wish to visit Peru?

  4. March 19, 2010 1:43 am

    hi simon.. i am ciki.. and i am one of your biggest fans 🙂 hehe.. have a lovely day

  5. waitinginthedark permalink*
    March 19, 2010 7:37 am

    hey ciki, morning and thank you so much for being a fan!!! that’s a nice way to start the day. and your cumi&ciki blog is one of my faves 🙂 ! hugs!


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