Posts Tagged ‘lake’

The Thermal highway – Taupo

November 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Taupo was the next stop from sulphurous Rotorua to Napier. Situated on the shores of the largest lake on north island, the obligatory first stop at the tourist office confirmed our worst fears that everything was geared to tourists and therefore everything was geared to extracting the maximum pain from your wallet.

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The Thermal highway – Rotorua

November 11, 2011 8 comments

Rotorua’s  smell hits you before you even reach the “no engine braking” signs – WOW, what a stench of rotting eggs! With a nose for free events as well as eggs, we find the park in the town centre where we are all free to play in the thermal pools. We still struggle with the idea of sitting in an enormous volcanic crater, warming our feet on water that has been heated by the slowly cooling magma just below us. It all feels rather exciting.

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Desert to Jungle in 3 hours

October 23, 2011 Leave a comment

On our last marathon car hire day, we took a short detour to see the traditional route people take to Cafayete from Salta (i.e. not the 250 km dirst track we had taken the day before). The valley has a famous reputation, and to be fair, it is pretty, and there are a couple of stunning sights, but you have to share it with other tourists!

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Salinas Grandes. Snow White and the 7 coloured rocks.

October 21, 2011 8 comments

As far as spectacles, the Salinas Grandes comes pretty close to Iguazu, but is almost completely free of tourists. This may have something to do with the fact that it is over 4000m (at 13,000 feet), or that it is pretty remote, either way, having the place nearly to yourself is very cool.

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Bohemian Paradise

June 27, 2011 8 comments

We are staying just outside the Czech National Park of Cesky Raj, translated as Bohemian Paradise. More pictures and less words for this one.

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