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Days adrift.  Click here to see our best and worst experiences so far.
Number of flights.  Click here to go to the itinerary page.
Bus, train and taxi rides.  Click here to see all posts relating to transport. (56 posts)
Miles walked.  Click here to see all posts relating to walking and trekking. (43 posts)
Countries visited.  Click here to see what we think of them. (14 posts)
Number of species spotted.  Click here to go to our wildlife page.
Photos taken.  Click here to go to the photo gallery. (98 posts)
Rainy days.  Click here to find posts relating to the weather. (50 posts)
Number of times scammed.  Click here to read all about it!  (2 posts)
Otters spotted.  Click here to go to our website about otters: amblonyx.com
...two travellers in search of the world's wildlife

You've stumbled on the blog of Matthew and Maureen, who travelled around the world for a year between July 2010 and July 2011.

We had a year of wonder, wildlife and a modest amount of adventure! Now we're back but we're still travellers at heart and will record all our journeys here.


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by Edelbrockexh on 13/09/21
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by Venkata Talla on 07/07/20
Hi, I did see your itinerary...its wonderful the penultimate line has a typo mistake.... its should be 7th July instead of 7th Feb 7 Feb – 25 Jul Ecuador and Galapagos Quito, wildlife, Galapagos Islands

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by Erin Robertson on 23/02/20
Matthew and Maureen, I wish I had found your blog a year ago!!! We are an American family of 4 taking a year off to travel, and we're also focusing on wildlife hotspots. We're in Chile now, and I found your website while searching for "Fernando who takes people to see otters in Chepu on Chiloe" (but I have found mult[...]

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by Miss Footloose on 01/12/17
Hi! I lived in Indonesia for a few years, but didn't visit the monkey temple, to my regret. I am right now writing a post about itching on my blog and would love to us your photo of the itching money. May I have your permission? I will give credit and link it back to your post.

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by Flora on 21/11/17
Hello Is tent/meals not taken at the sirena "restaurant" still possible ? I have the feeling that the guide is pushing us to a "package" with all included, and very expensive thank you

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by dee on 18/04/15
Actually in Croatia, in the coastal area, people do eat a lot of fish combined with vegetable like Swiss chord, as much as it maybe seams weird :) But, I see what's your point, it's really hard to find genuine local place anywhere in the world without getting to know locals, which can be hard in short time.

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by Lukas on 13/10/14
Thank you for the review on Cafe Vian, glad you enjoyed the place and food!

Comment in A guide to staying at Sirena ranger station, Corcovado

by shortclaws on 14/03/14
Hi Cristian, sorry for the delay in replying. If you have organised a guide/tour for your trip to Corcovado, then ask them about tents. If you are travelling independently to visit Corcovado then you must bring your own tent. In fact, you must bring everything you need. Bottles of water are the only things for sale at[...]


Farewell Tenerife

Tuesday, February 28th, 2023

Saturday 4 February 2023 And so we come to the end of our winter hiking holiday in Tenerife. Highlights have been the super varied hikes, the astonishing vistas and some great food. Lowlights were cold, cold, cold accommodation and me getting a cold. We left La Laguna and, having a few hours to kill, took » » »

Hike to the end of the land

Tuesday, February 28th, 2023

Friday 3 February 2023 For our final day hike we picked the furthest east you can go in Tenerife, and tackled a walk from Chamorga down a steep barranco to the tiny hamlet of Roque Bermejo which is only accessible by sea (or by walking down this barranco!). Then of course we had to climb » » »

Roque de Taberno: the view

Tuesday, February 28th, 2023

Thursday 2 February 2023 We settled on two short circular hikes today, instead of trying a long one. Mainly because I still felt a bit grot, and the weather forecast was still hinting at cloud and rain. The fact is (and today bore it out) that we’ve had a really good mix of sun and » » »

Wiggly, wiggly Anaga roads

Tuesday, February 28th, 2023

My cold being in full effect, and the weather forecasting grey with a chance of showers, we settled on a driving tour today. The eastern tip of the island is the Anaga Peninsula, supposedly even more picturesque and mountainous than the Teno Peninsula in the north-west. For breakfast we found a chocolate con churros place » » »

Ramble along the Canadas

Thursday, February 23rd, 2023

Tuesday 31 January 2023 Breakfast at the weird little bakery/cafe around the corner: good coffee, and a really weird pastry that is a bowtie-shaped twist of incredibly light flaky pastry complete covered with a bright yellow sugar and egg glaze that is crispy on the surface but still gooey underneath. So sweet. Very good. Icod » » »

High above the valley

Thursday, February 23rd, 2023

Monday 30 January 2023 The Orotava Valley is a huge, wide valley whose coastal end is filled with towns and villages, higher parts filled with farms, tiny lanes and fields, and highest parts filled with fuzzy green pine forests. The whole valley looks a bit like a huge scoop of the landscape of northern Tenerife » » »

Black sand

Thursday, February 23rd, 2023

Sunday 29 January 2023 Today started cloudy and the forecast was for probably rain, so we settled on a walk we could do in 2-3 hours and could be abandoned. This began in the wet forest above La Montaneta and climbed to the black sand volcano of Arenas Negras. At first we couldn’t see it, » » »

T-t-tenerife (or: we never learn!)

Thursday, February 23rd, 2023

Saturday 28 January 2023 The problem with countries where it is hot for ten months of the year is that they don’t see any point in adding heating into their homes and buildings for the short spell of cold winter weather. You look in a local cafe and see people having their lunches still wearing » » »