If you appreciate pure nature, are interested in observing wildlife and love relaxing on beautiful beaches watching an incredible sunset, then Costa Rica should be on your travel bucket list.
Manuel Antonio National Park faces the Pacific Ocean in central Costa Rica. This part of Costa Rica encompasses rugged rainforests, white sandy beaches and coral reefs. Costa Rica is known for its vast diversity of tropical flowers and animals. The National Park is roughly 680 hectares huge and has a variety of different hiking trails, which lead you from the coast up into the mountains.
If you are keen on hiking through the rain forest, you want to make sure you can see all the wildlife and not missing out on anything. I, therefore, recommend booking a guided tour through the rain forest. The guides use a large telescope and know the forest and their inhabitants inside out. They spot tiny little animals you would have never guessed finding on your own.
Enjoy the journey through the rainforest in Manuel Antonio National Park:
Costa Rica has some fascinating wildlife to see in the rainforests:
Besides the tropical animals you will notice the most beautiful colourful flowers in the rainforest:
Costa Rica has also plenty of options to go on boat trips for snorkelling in the coral reef. On the way you might be lucky to see dolphins and whales:
Now you have seen so much from this wonderful region of Costa Rica, the beautiful colourful flowers and cute, exotic wildlife. It is time to relax on the beach in Manuel Antonio National Park enjoying the sunset.
Did the photos inspire you to travel to Costa Rica? Enjoy your trip.
Christmas is a wonderful time to visit Munich in Germany and here are the reasons why:
The christmas decoration is taste- and colourful. The city is covered in beautiful christmas lights.
Munich has numerous christmas markets where families and friends are having a good time together eating delicious food and drinking the famous German gluehwine. The origins of the Christmas market are reported to date back to the ‘Nicholaus Markets’ of the 14th century.
One of the most famous christmas market in Munich is the ‘Christkindlmarkt’ at Marienplatz in front of the new town hall right in the centre of this beautiful city. The christmas tree is the emblem of the city with its 2,500 lights.
Christmas time here we come. Sydney turns into a colourful fun city which excites not just the kids but also lots of adults especially photographers like me. I felt like being 5 years old again, so excited.
Sydney has some great light shows during christmas time. This photo has been taken at Martin Place. If you are in Sydney or on your way, go and have a look, it is so much fun.
I will reveal some more photos over the following days.
People are usually scared of changes because it is unknown and it brings us out of our comfort zone. Let me tell you something: change can be a good thing and it usually happens when you just get to comfortable but felt you always wanted to change something in your life but were scared of the unexpected. Be open-minded and embrace the new. The unexpected can be the most beautiful thing you will experience. Getting out of your comfort zone makes you feel great and happy.
Our mother nature is changing on a daily basis. Changes from day to night brings out the beautiful colours. Imagine it would always be the same, life would be boring. Light reflects transition from one state to another. You might see a light in the tunnel or have a great idea to pursue; this means change and with it a new beginning.
Live your life; expect the unexpected and be always ready to embrace change in your life. Just open your mind and you will see that there is always something positive in changes even if you can not see it in that moment. Once time will pass, you will be able to see it. Believe in ‘everything happens for a reason’.
“Light precedes every transition. Whether at the end of a tunnel, through a crack in the door or the flash of an idea, it is always there, heralding a new beginning.” ― Teresa Tsalaky, The Transition Witness
In this week’s one word photo challenge I chose the ‘bridge’. A bridge to me symbolises going on a journey to pursue your dreams.
You sometimes don’t know what to expect but you have a goal in mind – the other side of the bridge. In life we might have goals we sometimes start thinking and worrying too much that we might not be able to reach it. Once this is in your mindset this will happen – you won’t reach your goal.
Instead be open minded, get out of your comfort zone and chase your dreams. Don’t give up, stick to your goal, be brave and have the courage to follow your dreams.
“To embark on the journey towards your goals and dreams requires bravery. To remain on that path requires courage. The bridge that merges the two is commitment.” ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world in Tierra del Fuego on the shores of the Beagle Channel. Ushuaia means ‘the bay facing westward’ in the language of the original Yamana inhabitants. The town is surrounded by the Martial Mountains and the Beagle Channel. It is in Ushuaia where the Andes meet the southern ocean in a sharp ski.
Ushuaia was once a penal colony for political prisoners and criminals. Nowadays it is a busy adventure hub for tourists. Antarctica cruises start here in Ushuaia’s port.
The Tierra del Fuego National park is 63,000 hectares huge but only a small part of it is open to the public.
How do you get there:
There are daily flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia.
In case you are planning to see El Chalten, El Calafate and Torres del Paine National park in Patagonia first, you can take a bus from Punta Arenas. Punta Arenas is a small town of approximately 100,000 people, Chile’s southernmost city. The estimated travel time via bus is approximately 12 hours depending on the border. Once you get close to Ushuaia the scenery suddenly changes. It is worthwhile experiencing the bus ride if you have the time.
What to do in Ushuaia:
In winter the town is a major ski resort area for both alpine and cross-country skiers.
There are plenty of hiking options available in the Tierra del Fuego National park. Also sailing, kayaking and even scuba diving options are just minutes away.
Ushuaia is the base for cruises along the Beagle Channel to observe the marine wildlife. Expect to see lots of sea birds, sea lions and penguins. In case you cannot get enough from penguins, you can book a trip to the penguin colony and walk around the little cuties and get a bit closer to see the king penguin.
The Beagle channel:
The Beagle channel is named after Darwin’s expedition vessel and is a strait in Tierra del Fuego Archipelago on the extreme southern tip of South America partly in Chile and partly in Argentina.The channel’s eastern area forms part of the border between Chile and Argentina and the western area is entirely within Chile. The Beagle Channel is about 240 kilometres long and about 5 kilometres wide at its narrowest point.
Harbor cruises are usually four-hour morning or afternoon excursions to cormorant colonies
and to sea lions.
You will be cruising along small beautiful islands:
and pass the lighthouse ‘Les Eclaireurs’ called ‘end of the world’ on the north shore of the Beagle Channel:
After a few hours on the boat you will finally arrive at the penguin colony.
The Magellanic penguins were named after the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who observed the penguins in 1520.
If you prefer to take the bus to the penguin colony tour you will pass some interesting rough scenery on the way.
Reached at the colony you will be able to get closer to the penguins
and also see the famous king penguin.
When you are visiting Patagonia, make sure you stop in Ushuaia and enjoy the wildlife and scenery.
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Making it all the way to Machu Picchu, standing mid in the clouds and looking at this stunning Inca site was simply breathtaking and spectacular. An ‘extraordinary’ example in an ordinary world.
Machu Picchu is an Inca citadel in the Anden mountains 2,430m above sea level. It was built by the Incan in the 15th century and never found by the Spanish conquerer. Machu Picchu is known for the use of its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar. The buildings are set in an astronomical alignment with panoramic views over the Urubamba River valley.
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Autumn is about earthy and warm colours. What I miss in Australia are the beautiful trees turning its colour into golden and red. Maybe this is the reason why I so much like going to New Zealand. It does remind me on home and is such a small, peaceful and beautiful country.
I took this autumn photo in Queenstown. The golden coloured trees in contrast with the blue lake and surrounding mountains is a photographer’s dream.
A happy place can be anything and anywhere; it could be a place were you associate some important memories with; it could be your home or outside in nature.
I personally don’t have a specific place. For me it is wherever I can do things I love doing and where I can share some quality time with my friends. I love dancing salsa, so any place we go for a dance is one of my happy places.
Of course going home to visit my family in Germany is my place of memories and happiness.
I also love travelling and being outdoors in nature, watching sunrises and sunsets, taking photos and watching cute animals.
Creating this list of happy places I noted that it is not about a certain place but about what you love doing. You don’t need to live in a fancy city or country. You can do anything what makes you happy anywhere in the world. In the end it is about you and your mindset and not about a place.