Paolo Messina

Category: Travel

SRI LANKA

AN INSIGHT I first developed an interest in Sri Lanka while sipping beer in Munich with my friend Malte, when he suggested that I should read Naomi Klein’s ‘The Shock Doctrine’.  Malte told me he could not believe what happened in Sri Lanka after the tsunami of 2004. An estimated 40000 people lost their lives in Sri Lanka…

COLOMBIA – Bogotá

I have started off this round trip in South America, hoping to have more chances to push through a couple of personal projects in the Ecuadorian Amazon and in Honduras. Unfortunately it didn’t work out, at least not this time. So Bogotá turned up to be the first stop of some sort of “my long way round” to…

FIJI – Nacula Island

A stop here since it’s on the route LA-Sydney, even if for just 2 days, was a must. After a couple of location shoots and a quick visit to the nearby village on Nacula Island, I spotted a hammock under the palm trees on the beach and that was the end 🙂  Share on Tumblr

URUGUAY – Punta del Diablo

I didn’t last long in Buenos Aires. Just enough to meet my old friend/colleague Bjoern for a good catch-up who’s also starting his American adventure but on his motorbike. I did like the city but the hot weather and the beaches of Uruguay being so close…well, what would you do? And Punta del Diablo is a really…

ARGENTINA – Ushuaia

I have finally made it the southernmost city of the world, Ushuaia, also capital of Tierra del Fuego province. Unfortunately I got there only 12 hours prior my scheduled flight to Buenos Aires and managed just a glimpse of these amazing views. Every time I had looked at the map of South America my eyes…

CHILE – Chiloé

After “Valpo” it was time to either catch the boat from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales or visit Chiloé. I went for option two as I was also interested in the Carretera Australe so after a 13-hour journey I got to Puerto Natales where you have connections with the island. So I went to Ancud,…

CHILE – Valparaiso

This is a quick update from Puerto Natales, Chile. I’ve been rushing down here through half of the Carretera Australe. It’s a beautiful journey but unfortunately transports along that route are just too slow for my schedule and I had to cross again to Argentina to speed up the transfer to southern Chile, where I…

BOLIVIA – Salar de Uyuni

Uyuni is a remote town relatively close to the border with Chile and I got there on a bus through a difficult alternative journey off-road cause the main passage from Potosi’ was blocked by road workers who hadn’t been payed. I stopped here one night to catch up with Michele, another photographer from Verona, Italy…

PERU – Lares Trek

I knew that for the traditional Inca Trail you need a few months pre-booking so my options were 2 alternative routes: Salkantay or Lares. The latter is one day shorter (✔), you get the chance to pass through local villages(✔), it’s less beaten(✔ ) and apparently easier (✔ ✔)! So, Day 1 We got a…

PERU – Cuzco

First of all a BIG THANK YOU to Mr Blonde and Mr Pink of Driving Horse for adding my blog to theirs. Cheers guys!! And now back to Peru… When I arrived to Cuzco (3400m) I felt the altitude straight away. The hostel I was planning to stay at was full and carrying my bags…

PERU – Iquitos

This is going to be a quick update from the airport in Lima as I wait for my flight to Cuzco. I got a bit stuck in Iquitos cause of some pain in the neck and didn’t manage to see all I wanted to see. It was really hot though and to those who actually…

PERU – Yurimaguas

The journey to here was even harder than getting to Chachapoyas. 4 shared taxis, lots of queueing, one dog squashed at 100 km/h and all this trapped in some weird position in a car with 6-7 people, coffee bags and sometimes chickens. I couldn’t reach the camera to document, sorry. Here are some shots taken…

PERU – Chachapoyas

I couldn’t carry on traveling without, unfortunately, stopping one night at Jaen, my first sojourn in Peru’. Ectic and dusty. I was just a few hours there but that’s the impression I got. I can’t describe it otherwise. From there, after visiting 5 different bus terminals and realize that nobody had a clue where this…

ECUADOR – Vilcabamba to Zumba

I finally managed to catch a flight to Loja – even thought it got cancelled cause I hadn’t confirm it and luckily got the last available seat at the airport – then a bus to Vilcabamba, also known as the “Valley of Longevity”. Well, it rained almost all day and I didn’t stop by enough…

CUBA – Havana – Goodbye

These three weeks in Cuba have been intense. Although very safe compared to other latin american countries, I hope the memories of scammers, hidden costs and being treated like a cash machine will soon leave more room for the nice Cuba I experienced. The people, the embargo, the regime, the politics, the history, the music,…

CUBA – Cienfuegos

This is a modern town compared to colonial Trinidad also know as “la perla do sur” (the pearl of the south).  At about one and a half hours drive there is El Nicho, a series of natural waterfalls and pools in the middle of the wilderness. Stunning! I got there on a shared taxi with…