A town with a name like Vallehermoso (“Beautiful Valley”) best be able to deliver the goods. We’d already spent the better part of a week on an isla hermosa, so expectations were high. And we weren’t disappointed… at least by the town and its truly beautiful valley. But this wasn’t our best hike, t
Depending upon your Spanish proficiency, you might know that Juego de Bolas means “Ball Game”. And depending upon your interest in games, you’d be either disappointed or indifferent upon learning that the Juego de Bolas complex near Agulo has absolutely nothing to do with a ball game. Instead, this
Near the lovely little town of Agulo is one La Gomera‘s most popular tourist destinations: the Mirador Abrante. We ended up visiting the place four times, but not necessarily because we loved it so much…
For the second half of our week, we were staying at the Casas de Chorro, an ultra rural spot a
Our fourth day on La Gomera was supposed to be for recovery, when we would pause all physical activity and simply relax on a beach. But for whatever reason, when the day rolled around, we felt more like hiking in an ancient forest than chilling on the black sand. I’m starting to think that something
Our third hike in La Gomera would be a circular route starting in the village of Chipude, taking past the viewpoint of Igualero to the top of Garajonay (the highest point on La Gomera), and then back again through the charred remains of a forest devastated by wildfire.
This was our most comfortable
The most unique cultural trademark of the people of La Gomera is the silbo gomero, a whistled language which has been named a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. We had the chance to hear it in action, while at the Mirador Abrante.
In front of a group of tourists
Our initial hike on La Gomera had been more difficult than expected and we scaled back our ambitions big time for Day Two. If a three hour hike actually took us six, how long would we need for an eight hour hike?! Best not to even find out. Luckily, on this island criss-crossed with paths, there’s a
We arrived in Tenerife early Sunday afternoon, disembarked the ferry on La Gomera on late Friday afternoon, and checked into our guest house in they tiny village Imada well after nightfall. After a quick meal at the town’s single restaurant, the Arcilia, we went straight to bed. On Monday morning, w
With a population of just 20,000, and a diameter of approximately twenty kilometers, the circular island of La Gomera is the sixth-biggest of the seven Canary Islands. Far less known than its siblings Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, what La Gomera lacks in fame, it makes up for with its specta
The island of Tenerife was to be our home for three months, and we couldn’t wait to arrive. How excited were we about this new adventure? Well, the first thing we did upon touching down was drive immediately to the ferry station, hop a boat and put Tenerife in our rearview mirror. Two hours after ar
With some reason, Jürgen and I consider ourselves to be fairly “worldly”. We’ve been traveling the world almost non-stop for ten years. We’ve got this down. We know this wonderful planet better than most, and even if we aren’t experts in everything, we’re intermediate-level at worst… right? Well, no
Ghana is a frustrating country for photographers. Here, you’ll find some of the most spectacular photo opportunities in your entire life … but you’ll also find a people who are extremely reticent to have themselves, their families or their homes photographed. We got yelled at so many times, that we