Tag Archive: Nature

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro. A Cidade Maravilhosa – The Marvelous City. Skyscrapers and mountains stand against a backdrop of ocean and sky, cradling hillside favelas vibrant with song and dance. Waves crash on the beach… Continue reading

Sunset in Rio: Pedra do Arpoador

  In Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian sun sets over sand, surf, and skyline in spectacular fashion. Situated on the beach that straddles Copacabana and Ipanema, Pedra do Arpoador, or Harpoonist’s Rock, provides a craggy perch from… Continue reading

Iguazú Iguaçu

  The sound of rushing water, cascading carelessly down steep cliffs, resonates around the national reserve. The water gushes with such potency that you can feel a persistent mist surrounding you, carried by friendly breezes from hundreds… Continue reading

Cusco and the (Short) Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

“Machu Picchu, here we come!” How hard can it be, right? I mean, we’re already in Peru. Now we just have to hop a flight from Lima to Cusco….     Whoa, Nelly!… Continue reading

Washington, DC: Bling at the Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian Institution, the largest museum/research foundation in the world, welcomes 30 million museum-goers each year. Given the staggering numbers, it’s amazing its museums remain largely free. Not only are they conveniently gratis,… Continue reading

Spring Blooms

The temperature is warming, the rain is subsiding, and the flowers are in bloom. Taking a leisurely walk (leisurely is as fast as I can move right now) after my recent –and unanticipated–… Continue reading

Cappadocia: Fairy Chimneys & Other Photogenic Rocks

If you’re on Instagram, you’ve probably seen at least one or two photos of the spectacular backdrop behind myriad hot-air balloons at sunrise – most often in a particular, desert-like area in Turkey.… Continue reading

Cappadocia: Hot-air Ballooning

It’s a rare day I’m up before daybreak. It’s an even rarer day I voluntarily expose myself to the cold; being an island girl, I’m literally not built for it (or so I… Continue reading

Big Views in Big Sur

Did you know that California is 1.41 times the size of Italy? It’s also 1.41 times the size of the Philippines. Yet I’ve published many more posts for those countries than I have… Continue reading

Ziplining in Braulio Carrillo

I once went camping in Yosemite – where somebody presumptuously pitched a tent and inflated an air mattress for me, “the city girl.” (For the record, I was totally ready to rough it.) A… Continue reading

Volcano Venture: Poás + La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Not far outside Costa Rica’s capital of San José sits one of the country’s most-frequented volcanoes, Volcán Poás. This active volcano boasts nearly 40 eruptions within just the past two centuries – that’s… Continue reading

Tirimbina Rainforest

The cicadas sing incessantly all around. In a nearby tree, a toucan pecks at the eggs of another bird. An Ornate Hawk-eagle*,  perched on a leafless branch, scans the terrain for snakes. 50… Continue reading

Ziplining at Anvaya

If you happen to find yourself in Subic, check out Anvaya Cove. And if you happen to be at Anvaya, you may as well zipline. Grab your adventure buddy (I’ve got mine here)… Continue reading