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Volcano Boarding in Leon, Nicaragua

June 27, 2012

I originally skipped Leon when I entered Nicaragua and headed straight to Granada as I thought it would be pretty similar to Granada. Then later on I found out that there’s this thing called “volcano boarding” that you can only do in Leon. It sounded pretty cool so I made a detour back to Leon after Isla de Ometepe to try it out.

It turned out that I actually liked Leon a little better ...

Salento and the Cocora Valley

May 23, 2012

I arrived in Salento two days ago and was surprised with the number of people there. It turned out it was a Colombian holiday and Salento is a popular tourist destination for Colombians.

Salento is a small town part of the Zona Cafetera of Colombia, the coffee growing region. It has a nice temperate climate. It’s about an hour bus ride from Armenia and beautiful scenery along the way.

I stayed in Ciudad de ...

Hiking from Xela to Lake Atitlan with Quetzaltrekkers

March 2, 2012

While staying in Quetzaltenango/Xela, I ran into a friend who I met in Lake Atitlan who told me about this 3-day hike from Xela to Lake Atitlan that Quetzaltrekkers offers. Quetzaltrekkers is a non-profit organization that offers guided hikes in Guatemala. It’s ran fully by volunteers and the money goes directly to help children in need living in Guatemala.

When my friend told me about this hike I got really interested as I ...

Climbing the active Pacaya volcano

February 10, 2012

About an hour and a half from the center of Antigua, Guatemala is the park entrance to the Pacaya volcano. Pacaya is an active volcano that actually last erupted just two years ago on May 27, 2010.

I’ve been on other volcanoes before, but this is the first time I’ve been on an active one. My Spanish school in Antigua organized a tour one afternoon and about 7 of us joined in. A ...

Hacklebarney State Park

October 17, 2010

Did a quick hike this afternoon at Hacklebarney State Park. Found this park on Yelp. This is actually a nice park, the trail is pretty easy and short (I think about 3 miles long), mostly paved with some rocky sections and beautiful scenery!

There’s plenty of parking and also a lot of people seem to come here. You’ll see people walking their dogs, fishing by the river, taking pictures, and eating. There are ...

Mt. Tammany

September 4, 2010

Did this hike at the end of July (wearing my KSO Treks of course :)). It’s a pretty short hike but also pretty challenging. I think it’s only about 3 miles round trip but very steep climbs. I probably stopped at least 4 times to take a break before I reached the summit, but it’s worth it!

The view at the summit is really nice. You can see eagles flying around and a ...

Sunfish Pond

July 25, 2010

I went hiking at Sunfish Pond today in Columbia, NJ (just before exit 1 on Route 80 West). My iPod Nano’s pedometer shows I walked just over 18,000 steps, so that’s roughly 9 miles. The terrain is very rocky but the hills are not very steep so a beginner hiker should be fine, it’s just pretty long. Just follow the white trail all the way to the pond.

The main attraction ...

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