Travelling is Fun

List of My Trips

Up till 1989 I was living in communist Czechoslovakia and my chances to travel abroad were very limited (thanks God it's over now).

Still, I have done some trips to the mountains in Czechoslovakia itself and also in Bulgaria (Pirin, Rila, Rodoppi), Romania (Fagarras, Bucegi, Piatra Craiului), and that time Yugoslavia (Julian Alps in the current Slovenia), and to the sea in Bulgaria (Varna, Kavarna), Romania (Constanta), and that time Yugoslavia (Istria, Mali Losinj, and Zadar in the current Croatia).

Besides, I have visited some places in Poland (Warsawa, Krakow), that time Eastern Germany (Weimar, Wernigerode, Wismar, Rostock, Stralsund), and that time Soviet Union (travel agency tour of capitals of republics in Central Asia, that time parts of the Soviet Union).

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1989 - Norway  - by train and hitchhiking, independently
ROUTE: Oslo - Trondheim - Andalsnes - Alesund - Jotunheimen - Geirangerfjord - Briksdalsbreen glacier - Bergen - Oslo - Malmo 

1990 - Turkey & Greece - by train and hitchhiking, independently
ROUTE: Istanbul - Bursa - Bergama - Izmir - Pamukkale - Kesan --- Alexandroupolis - Athens - Corinth - Mykenes - Nafplio - Olympia - Patras - Pindos - Meteora - Thessaloniki

1991 - France - hitchhiking, independently
ROUTE: Konstanz - Luzern - Chamonix - Canyon de Verdon -  Antibes - Nice - Corsica (Calvi, Corte, Bonifacio, Ajaccio) - Marseille - Arles - Aigues-Mortes - Avignon - Pont d'Arc - Le Puy - La Rochelle - Carnac - St. Malo - Le Mont St-Michel - Chartress - Paris - Verdun - Metz

1992 - Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway) - hitchhiking, independently
ROUTE: Puttgarden --- Copenhagen --- Helsingborg - Stockholm - Umea --- Oulu - Helsinki - Kuopio - Ivalo --- Hammerfest - Lofoten - Narvik - Trondheim - Oslo - G�teborg - Helsingborg --- Copenhagen --- Puttgarden

1993-1995 - U.S.A. - by car, independently
ROUTE: several trips; visited almost all the wonderful U.S. national parks and some cities (Knoxville, New York, Washington DC, New Orleans, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Charleston, Savannah) 

1995 - Morocco - by bus, with adventurous travel agency
ROUTE: Ceuta - Meknes - Fes - Erfoud (Erg Chebbi dune) - Dades - Jebel Toubkal - Marrakech - Rabat - Ceuta 

1996 - Switzerland - by car, independently, hiking in the Alps
ROUTE:  Andermatt - Bernina - Zermatt - St. Niklaus - Visp - Saas Fee - Les Diableretz

1997 - China - by public transport, with adventurous travel agency
ROUTE: Beijing (Great Wall) - Xian (terracota army) - Lanzhou (Labrang monastery) - Chengdu (Leshan, Emei Shan) - Yangtze cruise - Yangshuo (Moon Hill) - Guangzhou - Shenzen - Hong Kong 

1998 - Southern Africa  (RSA, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia) - by rented cars, with a group
ROUTE: Cape Town (Table Mt., Cape Point) - Drakensberg Park - St. Lucia Wetland Park - Blyde River Canyon - Kruger NP --- Swaziland --- Bulawayo - Khami ruins - Victoria Falls --- Chobe NP - Okavango delta - Kalahari desert --- Windhoek - Soussuvlei dunes - Brukkaros crater - Kokerboom forest - Fish River Canyon --- Cape Town 

1999 - Italy - by car, independently
ROUTE: Innsbruck - Brenta - Lago di Garda - Genova - Cinqueterre - Firenze - Lucca - Orbetello - Pisa - San Gimignano - Siena - Volterra - Napoli - Sorrento - Pompeii - Paestum - Maratea - Tropea - Calanchi - Pollino - Sila - Taranto - Leuca - Lecce - Alberobello - Gargano - Gran Sasso - Abruzzi NP - Monti Sibilini - Ancona - Assisi - Ravenna - Urbino - Dolomiti - Cortina d'Ampezzo

1999 - Nepal - by public transport, independently
ROUTE: Kathmandu - Gosaikunda trek (Dhunche - Gosaikunda - Chisapani) - Kathmandu - Janakpur - Chitwan NP - Annapurna trek (Birethanti - Ghodepani - Takopani - Marpha - Larjun - Beni) - Kathmandu (Patan, Dakshinkali, Bhaktapur, Changu Narayan)

2000 - Peru - by public transport, independently
ROUTE: Lima - Arequipa - Colca Canyon - Titicaca lake (Puno, Isles Uros, Sillustani) - Cuzco (Sacsayhuaman) - Inca trail (Chilca - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes) - Ollantaytambo - Pisac - Lima - Tingo Maria - Pucallpa (Yarinacocha lake) - Iquitos - Bagazan - Iquitos - Lima

2001 - Tanzania - half by rented cars with adventurous travel agency & half independently by public transport  
ROUTE: Arusha - Mt. Meru trek - Kilimanjaro trek (Machame up, Mweka down) - safari (Tarangire NP, Ngorongoro crater, Serengeti NP) --- Dodoma - Kigoma - Gombe NP - Kigoma - Morogoro - Mangula - Udzungwa NP - Mangula - Dar es Salaam - Tanga - Pangani - Peponi resort - Tanga - Dar es Salaam

2002 - Spain & Portugal - by car, independently
ROUTE: Carcassone - Costa Brava - Monserrat - Sierra de Guadarrama - Escorial - Sierra de Gredos - Cabo da Gata - Sierra Nevada - Sevilla - Doňana NP --- Cabo de S. Vicente - Monchique - Lisbon - Bucaco - Serra de Estrela --- Santiago de Compostela - Picos de Europa - Ordessa NP - Costa Brava

2002 - Thailand - by public transport, independently
ROUTE: Bangkok - Sukhothai - Chiang Mai - Soppong trek - Chiang Mai - Hat Yai - Pak Bara - Ko Lipe - Pak Bara - Phang Nga - Khao Sok NP - Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Khao Yai NP - Phi Mai - Ko Chang - Bangkok

2003 - Indonesia - by public transport, independently
ROUTE: Denpasar - Padangbai - Tirtagangga - Amed - Tulamben - Lake Bratan - Denpasar -- Manado - Tangkoko NP - Bunaken - Manado - Ujung Pandang - Mamasa - Ujung Pandang -- Surabaya - Malang - Bromo-Semeru NP - Malang - Prambanan - Borobudur - Yogyakarta

2004 - Central America (Guatemala, Honduras) - by public transport, independently
ROUTE: Ciudad Guatemala - Flores - Tikal - Flores - Rio Dulce - Livingston - Puerto Barrios --- La Ceiba - Utila - La Ceiba - PN Rio Cangrejal - San Pedro Sula - Gracias - PN Celaque - Gracias - Copan --- Antigua - Lago de Atitlan (Santiago Atitlan) - Solola - Chichicastenango - Antigua - Volcan Pacaya - Antiqua - Ciudad Guatemala

2004 - Croatia - short trip by car, independently
ROUTE: Dubrovnik - Hvar - Makarska

2005 - Croatia - short trip by car, independently
ROUTE: Peljesac - Korcula - Peljesac

2005 - Nort India - by public transport, independently
ROUTE: Delhi -- Leh - trek (Lamayuru - Konze La - Sumdah Do) - Leh (visited gompas: Alchi, Chimrey, Hemis, Lamayuru, Matho, Phyang, Spituk, Taktok, Thiksey) -- Varanasi - Delhi - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer (Khuri) - Delhi

2006 - Kenya - by public transport, independently
ROUTE: Nairobi - Kakamega forest - Lake Bogoria NP - Lake Nakuru NP - Naivasha lake (Hell's Gate NP, Crater Lake) - Mt. Kenya NP trek (Chogoria up, Sirimon down) - Watamu (Gede ruins, Mida Creek, Arabuko-Sokoke NP) - Mombasa - Nairobi

2007 - Slovakia - short backpacking trek in the mountains
ROUTE: Letanovce -- Slovensky Raj NP (Klastorisko - Dedinky - Stratena) -- Slovenske Rudohorie (Trstenik - Slavosovce - Hradok - Stitnik) -- Slovensky Kras NP (Plesivec - Silica) -- Roznava

2007 - Egypt - by public transport, independently
ROUTE: Cairo - Dahab (Sinai desert trip, St. Katherine monastery visit & Mt. Sinai trek) - Sharm el-Sheikh (Shark's Bay, Ras Mohammed NP visit) - Alexandria - Siwa - Bahariya (Black Desert & White Desert visit) - Farafra - Dakhla - Luxor - Cairo (Giza, Dahshur & Saqqara pyramids visit, Wadi Natrun monasteries visit)

2008 - Malaysia - by public transport, independently
ROUTE: Kuala Lumpur -- Crocker Range NP - Tambunan - Kinabalu NP - Kota Kinabalu - Niah NP - the Rejang river (Belaga - Kapit - Sibu) - Kuching (visits of the Bako NP, Kubah NP, Santubong NP, and Semenggoh WRC) -- Tioman island - Melaka - Taman Negara NP - Kuala Lumpur

2009 - Venezuela - by public transport, independently
ROUTE: Caracas - Roraima trek - Ciudad Bolivar - Puerto Ayacucho (Tobogan de la Selva visit) - the Llanos (stays at the Las Churuatas de Capanaparo and Campamento Turistico Rancho Grande) - PN Sierra Nevada trek - Merida - Coro (Cerro Santa Ana trek) - Puerto Colombia / Choroni - PN Henri Pittier (stay at the Estacion Biologica de Rancho Grande) - Caracas

2010 - Madagascar - by public transport, independently
ROUTE: Antananarivo - Mangily/Ifaty (Reniala Reserve visit) - Toliara - Isalo NP - Ranomafana NP - Fianarantsoa - Ankarafantsika NP - Mahajanga - Amber Mountain NP - Ankarana NP - Ramena (Three Bays and Emerald Sea visits) - Andasibe-Mantadia NP - Antananarivo

2010 - Nepal - by public transport, independently
ROUTE: Kathmandu - Lantang/Helambu trek - Annapurna Sanctuary trek - Pokhara - Tansen - Chitwan NP -
Namo Buddha gompa stay - Kathmandu

2011 - Ghana - by public transport, independently
ROUTE: Accra - Aburi (Shai Hills RR visit) - Kumasi
(visits of the Owabi WS and Lake Bosumtwi) - Bolgatanga (visits of the
Gambaga Scarp, Tongo Hills, Bongo, and Navrongo) - Mole NP (Larabanga visit) - Techiman (Tano Sacred Grove visit) - Kakum NP - Ankasa NP - Busua (visits of the River Butre estuary and the Fort Metal Cross at Dixcove) - Aburi (visit of the Akonedi Shrine at Larteh) - Accra

2012 - Finland -
by bicycle, independently
ROUTE: many short trips in a wide vicinity around Helsinki during a prolonged business stay; visited several national parks (Sipoonkorpi, Nuuksio, Liesjarvi, Torronsuo), nature reserves (Laajalahti, Komio), recreation areas (Ruostejarvi, Paajarvi, Saari), and few towns (Porvoo, Ekenas)

2012
- Sri Lanka - by public transport, independently
ROUTE: Negombo - Anuradhapura (Mihintale temple visit) - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya (climb of Pidurangala Rock) - Matale (Aluvihara temple visit) - Knuckles Range trek (route: Illukkumbura - Maningala - Etanwala - Pitawala Pathana - Rattota) - Matale - Kandy (3-temple walk) - Ella (climb of Little Adam's Peak and Ella Rock) - Kataragama - Polhena - Mirissa - Kanneliya FR (climb of Kabbale Mountain) - Unawatuna - Hikkaduwa - Negombo


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013 - Japan - by public transport & rented car, independently
ROUTE: a 2-week trip built around my wife's conference visit - hiked in few national parks (Joshin-etsu Kogen, Oze, Nikko), Mt. Takao Quasi-NP, and around Karuizawa and Kamakura; visited few towns (Tokyo, Karuizawa, Nikko, and Kamakura)

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013 - Bolivia  (+ Chile & Peru) - by public transport, independently
ROUTE: Lima - Arequipa -- Copacabana (Isla del Sol visit) -
El Choro trek - La Paz - PN-Amboro-northeast trek - Samaipata (PN-Amboro-south trek,
El Fuerte visit) - Sucre - Potosi - Uyuni (Salar de Uyuni visit) -- PN Volcan Isluga - Iquique -
PN Pan de Azucar - Santiago de Chile

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014 - Australia - by rented car, independently
ROUTE: a month-long road trip roughly along the route Sydney - Adelaide - Darwin - Cairns - Sydney;
hiked in several nature parks (Mt. Remarkable, Uluru & Kata Tjuta, Trephina Gorge, Litchfield, Wooroonooran, Eungella, Carnarvon, Blue Mts) and visited couple beaches (Bramston, Dingo) and the city of Sydney

2014 - Madeira - an 11-day backpacking trek along the levada (irrigation channel), mountain and forest trails; independently

2015North-West Indian Himalaya - by public transport, independently
ROUTE: Delhi -- Srinagar - Kargil (hike to Goma Kargil village) - Mulbekh (hike to Wakha Rgyal village) - Lamayuru (hike to Atitse gompa & hike Kanji - Yogma La - Kanji) - Sham Valley trek (route: Basgo - Nye - Likir - Hemis Shukpachu - Timishgan - Nurla) - Leh - Kaza (hike Kiber - Ki - Kaza) - Tabo - Nako (hike to Tashigang village) - Kalpa (hike to Roghi village) - Shimla - Delhi

2015 - Tenerife - a 10-day hiking holiday mostly along the trails of Anaga Peninsula; independently
(originally planned trekking was cancelled by Iberia, which totally lost my bacback with all our camping equipment)

2016 - Indonesia - by public transport and rented scooters, independently
ROUTE: Kuta - Padangbai - Tirta Gangga (snorkelling at Amed, Tulamben, and Pasir Putih; climbing on Gunung Lempuyang and Gunung Agung) -- Manado - Pulau Bunaken - Tangkoko NP -- Ternate - Jailolo (visiting Lolori, Gamtala, Marimbati Beach, Idamdehe Beach, and Suria) - Tobelo (snorkelling at Pulau Kakara; visiting Galela Lake and Kupa-Kupa Beach) -Ternate (snorkelling at Pulau Maitara) -- Kuta - West Bali NP - Lovina - Candikuning (hiking the forest near Danau Buyan and Danau Tamblingan; climbing on Gunung Mangu and Gunung Tapak; visiting ) - Kuta

2017 - Panama - by public transport, independently
ROUTE: Panama City - Santa Clara - Isla Boca Brava - Boquete (hiking the Culebra, Quetzal, and Pipeline trails) - Chitre (enjoying Semana Santa celebrations, visiting Pese, Villa de Los Santos, and Parita) - Santa Fe (hiking along the Alto de Piedra road) - Panama City - PN Soberania (trekking along the Pipeline road) - Puerto Lindo (snorkelling at Isla Mamey, hiking to the villages of Cacique and Jose del Mar) - Portobelo (snorkelling at Playa La Huerta and Playa Puerto Frances) - Panama City

 

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As you may have noticed, since 1999 I have been travelling mostly independently. When preparing for these trips I always gather from the internet all information available and before I go I put it unsorted into separated documents covering each place to be visited and print those out to use them during the trip. I still have the documents prepared for my trips stored in my computer and I will be happy to send them to you on request. If anybody is interested please see the information on my Introductory Page.

 

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