Close Encounters With Australian Wildlife

It sounds a little naive but before I arrived in Australia, I only associated its animals with its vast areas of wilderness. I thought I would have to drive for days into its red centre to walk among Roos or spot wombats crossing the road. I never even entertained the idea of seeing the elusive…

The Maya Underworld Of ATM Cave

The borders that encircle the countries we recognise today as Belize, Guatemala and Honduras mean little in the story of the Maya. Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave: Sacrificial ritual at the heart of an impending crisis Then: In Maya belief, ancient ritual sacrifices played an important part in appeasing the gods so that humans could continue to…

The White World Of Bolivia’s Uyuni Salt Flats

Some places have to be seen to be believed. During my second month in South America I drove south from La Paz towards the town of Uyuni in southern Bolivia: A base for the world’s largest, and highest salt lake. A White World Salar de Uyuni is literally translated from the Spanish for ‘salt flat’…