When you think of the Canary Islands, the first impression that comes to mind is probably that of a seaside holiday and winter mass tourism. This is the case in some islands however others offer very beautiful landscapes and ways of life.
Like El Hierro, for example – a mixture of rurality and modern technology gives this island a very special character. We discovered a passionate guide who makes the best of your stay combining guided hikes and visits. In following his footsteps, El Hierro will reveal all its mysteries to you.
Japan. The North. Winter. In this itinerary Matthieu Zellweger opens a door to the northern Japan during the season that fascinates him most: winter. Designed as an exploration of the further reaches of this far-flung country (Sapporo, Japanese Alps), it takes you from Hokkaido back to a cultural center of the country (Kanazawa) and then to the big city — Tokyo. This itinerary will offer you in turn modern and light aspects (the Snow Festival in Sapporo if the dates allow it), a fascinating and unfamiliar city (Hakodate), a total immersion into the harsh Japanese winter in Kakunodate before you marvel at the cultural beauties of the country further south in Kanazawa. Of course you will experience traditional Japanese inns (“ryokan”) as well as very contemporary places. Will you allow your curiosity to follow the path that Matthieu opens to the north of Japan in its most beautiful season ?
The montane rain forest and its famous quetzal, the Caribbean coast and the imperial toucan, the Pacific coast and the mythical jaguar: three icons over a myriad of others. Costa Rica offers much more to attentive observers: with a surface as large as Switzerland, there is no lack of opportunities to make magnificent observations. It is also a country which has made the choice of preservation and ecotourism, and which contains a trove of other natural treasures.
Encounter Bolivian culture in all its forms: hectic in La Paz, ancient and mysterious at Lake Titicaca with the vestiges of the Tiwanaku civilization and contemporary with the inhabitants of the floating islands, the salt workings, only means of survival around the Salar flat, and finally explore the Altiplano and its natural wonders. Stay a few more days and immerse yourself in the colonial cities of Sucre and Potosi.
From the beauties of the Draa Valley and the wide expanse of the desert to beautiful coastline of the Atlantic Ocean, passing through Taroudant, the Marrakech South, this journey has all the true flavours of southern Morocco.
The winter light in Iceland is magical, during the day the sun reflects off the ice and snow, and when dark falls the aurora borealis is spectacular. In February, the day-lenght is almost the same length as in Switzerland and there is great opportunity for snow-shoeing. The mix of snowshoes, relaxing in hot springs, the magical light and the aurora borealis is an experience not to be missed!