This is my style of Blogging, where you will find Road Trips, Campervanning, Cooking, Music, Tradition, Travelling off the beaten track - though my eyes. So it’s clear I have a passion for travel and a love for exotic food. Taking photos, leaving foot prints, stealing kisses & giving hugs.......
Volcano Pacaya Guatemala
Taken the afternoon/evening tour to Volcano Pacaya from La Antigua Guatemala. About a hour or so bus ride and can be booked from anywhere in La Antigua. There is a small entrance fee to the park, you will be meet by the village children who will try to sell you a walking stick, that you probably won't need. After you make your way up the climb, you we see a group of local horsemen ready to give you a lift if you can't hike the trail. The whole tour takes about 6 hours and you return the same way you came. You will need walking shoes and take water and a snack. It can also get chilly at the top.
Start of the hike. Farley steep climb at first.
Taxi horse! For anyone who can't make the climb.
First view of Volcano Pacaya, after about a hour and 20 minutes of hiking you will reach a point with a great view of the volcano.
Close up of lava
Walk to lava flow
The harden lava flows make uneven walking, but is a beautiful piece of nature to see and interesting.
It's like walking on a BBQ!
Pacaya is an active volcano and is best viewed at dusk.
Video of getting pretty close to flowing lava. Watch for the tour guide getting his hand a little hot when kicking and poking a stick in to the lava.
Only an hour from Ibague.
The geographical setting of the village comprises a series of mountain slopes, where articulate small flat areas formed by materials in rainy seasons, that are located in the foothills and have permanent water of small creeks which running perpendicular to the direction of geographic valley sense. The area around San Juan Valley is composed of fertile soil in which valleys and plains are denoted and where you can see large crops of corn; its main agricultural product. There are also rivers and streams that punctuate the landscape with a forest of medium height.
Fruit for sale on the road to San Juan
Main road to San Juan
Nice beach, few people and Cubans, can get busy at Cuban holiday time, is a nice place to relax.
You can make this a day trip, 65km northwest of Viñales and is attached to the mainland by a causeway.
You can ask your casa owner in Vinales to book a taxi to take you and arrange a time to return.
View from resturant
Taxi from Viñales $15 cuc each, (5 people) for 6 hours on the beach.
Food 8 cuc, Beer $1.50, Mojito $2.50.
Where you get drooped off and walk on to the beach at Cayo Jutias, you can walk to the right along the beach and though a tiny mangrove covered area and find the beach above.
At some point a filter is a good idea as it can make your photos more intense and reduces reflections and deepens blue skies if used properly, that photo-shop can not do.
"Photography is still a learning curve, for me - meaning an excuse to travel and experiment"
My latest accessories: 1. Panasonic 52 mm Lumix G Neutral Density Filter DMW-LND52E. Use to reduce light entering the camera in extremely sunny conditions. (ND8) Filter reduces the amount of light to 1/8th without affecting colour balance. Best used in very bright sunlight, to prevent overexposure (whitish photos especially the sky that will lack contrast) This will allow the use of wider aperture or slower shutter speed.
First play with Panasonic 52 mm Lumix G Neutral Density Filter DMW-LND52E
See: Full waterfall in large Image(Note: overexposed at the top of the fall, as sunlight was not at 90 deg to the camera but direct to the waterfall) 2. Panasonic 52 mm Lumix PL Filter (Circular polarizing) helps to reduce refl…