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Visit Tajik Wakhan Corridor – 15 Amazing places to travel in Wakhan

Mysterious Tajikistan. Possibly one of the last destinations on your endless travel list, right? Tajikistan is a fascinating country located in the eastern part of Central Asia. International tourism statistics show that the annual number of arrivals in Tajikistan is not higher than a quarter of a million. Although being among one of the least visited countries in the world, Tajikistan has a lot to explore. In my humble point of view, the most beautiful mountain landscapes in Central Asia are in Tajikistan. But wait… my page is not about Tajikistan, the country, but a region that is even more remote. I’ll focus on the small…

Timbuktu, Mali – How to get there the hard way

“This journey remains, to this day, among the craziest of experiences I’ve ever had in my life.“ So, you think this title is a dramatic attempt to assure you visit this adventure blog? Well, my trip to Timbuktu stands by its legend and getting there was, indeed, not as easy as most might think! One of Africa’s ultimate travel destinations and a dream come true for off the beaten path travelers, Timbuktu’s history is rooted as far back as the year 1100. A Tuareg nomad camp in origin, it became one of West Africa’s most important commercial and religious outposts within only a couple of centuries.…

Visit Baghdad – City Adventure Guide to the capital of Iraq

There are places to which all travelers dream of venturing at least once in their lifetime. Some of my close friends have repeatedly informed me they’ve noticed I’m drawn towards unusual travel destinations, perhaps because of my affinity towards places most people usually don’t go. My truth is, having the opportunity to find and explore the lesser known, less touristic sites and talking with its people, is what truly captivates me and draws my attention. Then, having the possibility to report these journeys to you through my adventure travel blog, is really rewarding. Today I take you to Baghdad, unable to be described without first mentioning…

Masirah, a desolated island on the coast of Oman

Masirah Island is a beautiful yet desolated place located on the coast of Oman, in the Indian Ocean. Due to its distant location and peculiar desert landscapes, probably only travelers that appreciate off the beaten path destinations will enjoy this place. I’m going to tell you about my visit to Masirah. Unexpected things happen while traveling. It seems that those destinations that are not mapped, always keep a particularly distinctive spot in our travel memories. I mostly don’t organize or plan trips, and Oman wasn’t really an exception. Masirah Island was just at the end of the road of a not planned itinerary. Late at night,…

This is why Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh is worth a visit

Undoubtedly the most underrated country in whole Asia, Bangladesh is also the least touristy destination on the planet. Being the 8th most populous country in the world with 160 million people, it only receives around 120.000 international arrivals annually. Unsurprisingly, it has the lowest number of tourists compared to its population. Bangladeshi history reveals the country has maintained human presence since the year 700 BC. In the Middle Ages, it adhered to Islam and became one of the richest territories of the Mongolian Empire while Dhaka became one of the wealthiest and most prosperous cities in the world. Europeans, particularly the Portuguese, arrived in Bangladesh in…

Masjid e No Gonbad – 9th century ruins in Balkh, Afghanistan

Balkh is a city in northern Afghanistan, about fifteen minutes drive from Mazar-i-Sharif. Throughout history, Balkh has always been an important Buddhist, Zoroastrian and Islamic religious center. The Greeks called it Bactra. Today, this great ancient city is in ruins, and only a few monuments and the majestic city walls survived. The region is extremely rich in historic features with Arab, Mongol, Persian, Greek and Roman heritage. Afghanistan has always been the scene of conflicts due mainly to its Geo-strategic position but also to exploit its natural resources. The Afghan culture is quite marked by political conflicts and several decade-long fighting. The Afghan population, due to…

Visiting the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo – Ancient Egypt

Egypt is a country that takes us back in time. One cannot mention the city of Cairo without thinking about the Nile River, the pharaohs and the pyramids. This chaotic Arab metropolis offers several nice places to visit, but among the major tourist sites, there is only one considered to be “The best”. I’m referring to the Necropolis of Giza a.k.a. Giza pyramid complex archaeological site on Cairo’s Giza Plateau. Giza Plateau lies inside the desert and is about a half hour drive from Downtown Cairo. This complex consists of three sets of pyramids, better known as the Great Pyramids. In this place we can also…

Visit Iraq – 25 Amazing places possible to Travel in 2018-2019

Iraq is a fascinating country located in Western Asia. Touristically speaking, Iraq lost its place in the world tourism arena. For a long time forgotten, Iraq is now a mysterious country since we don’t hear people speaking about traveling there that often (due to the lack of security). Before the unilateral American incursion of its territory, Iraq was safe and had thousands of western tourists visiting it every year. Why? Because Iraq is located in the heart of Mesopotamia, where humans established the first great civilizations. This said, Iraq is a natural born historical nation. Present in the early birth of modern civilizations, places like Samarra,…

Mesopotamian Marshes, The rebirth of Iraqi Venice

The Mesopotamian Marshes are a wetland region located in southern Iraq, a natural monument that also includes part of Southwest Iran. These are considered to be Western Eurasia’s largest wetlands ecosystems. This unusual place in the desert had plenty of water, so it used to be very productive and prosperous. Throughout history, it has always been well respected, because, among the arid climate of southern Iraq, the Mesopotamian Marshes allowed human beings and livestock to have a high quality of life. In 1950 during a massive oil exploration project, the drainage of the wetlands started. This process was taken to an extreme during the mandate of…

Adventure travel videos

A collection of exciting adventure travel videos filmed and edited by Nomad Revelations. Sprinter 4X4 Driving Icy Mountains in Kyrgyzstan 3,112 meters / 10,210 feet Published on Apr 13, 2018 – Central Asia #DiscoverKyrgyzstan – Travel Video, Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia Published onOct 28, 2017 – Central Asia Timbuktu, Mali – How to get there the hard way Published on 09/05/2017 – West Africa The Greco-Roman city of Ephesus: a magnificent return to the past Published on 25/02/2017 – Middle East Running down Fogo Volcano, Cape Verde Published on 23/12/2015 – West Africa Qurut cheese by mountain nomads, Kyrgyzstan Published on 12/06/2015 – Central Asia Djemaa…

Hitchhiking Iraqi Kurdistan – Thumbing from Dohuk to Aqrah

If you’re thinking about Hitchhiking Iraqi Kurdistan, I hope this travelogue motivates you for such an adventure. I visited Northern Iraq for eleven days in 2009 and again for one month in 2018 driving my campervan. Kurdish people are very welcoming and friendly, and I loved my trip to this part of the Middle East. After traveling in Iraq using shared taxis, I decided to try to hitchhike in Iraq to see if I could get a closer contact with the people, whether Kurds, Turkmens, Arabs or Assyrians. I hitchhiked two times in Iraqi Kurdistan: from Dohuk to Aqrah from Dohuk to Amedi Hitchhiking Iraqi Kurdistan…

Visit Half Moon Island – forsaken humid Antarctica

It was dark and foggy in Antarctica. My descent towards the south end of Half Moon Island was disagreeably damp, musty and cold, but yet it captivated me from the first moment. At first glance I noticed the wreck of an old Norwegian wooden whaling boat, thousands of penguins and a few dozen Antarctic fur seals on the shore. If I could describe this place in a few words, I would say that Half Moon is an Antarctic island below of 60° South, covered by ice and populated by thousands of penguins. The sinister dark rocky mountains gave me an apocalyptic sight of this extremely remote…

Laas Geel – Incredible 9000-year-old rock paintings in Somaliland

I entered Somaliland walking, coming from Ethiopia through the Wajaale border. After exploring the capital Hargeisa, I went further north to the coastal town of Berbera. After staying a couple of days on the beach, I finally got the plane back to Ethiopia. Somaliland is a self-proclaimed country that technically, and according to the United Nations, is located in the most northwestern region of Somalia. Although it’s not internationally recognized by the UN, it has protected and delimited land borders, its own military, its own president, its own currency, its own police. And it also proudly holds democratic elections since 1991. People of Somaliland are very…

Ben Amera & Ben Aicha – Mauritania Isolated Desert Monoliths

The mighty void of Sahara Desert reveals interesting facts and fascinating legends. 4 km / 2.4 mi from a little desert village on the railway stretch from Nouadhibou to Zouerate, we can spot an enormous mass of dark rock belonging to Ben Amera monolith, rising up to 633 m / 2076 ft. Totally controlling the desert skyline, Ben Amera is the biggest monolith in Africa. Other smaller size monoliths can be seen nearby. To get to Ben Amera, there is no road. You have to get a 4WD and drive from Nouadhibou to Choum, on a two-day desert adventure. A natural monolith is a large block…

Nomads, Tombs and Petroglyphs – Jebel Adad in Ouarzazate, Morocco

Ouarzazate is a famous south Moroccan destination. Often called as the “The door of the desert,” Ouarzazate is the starting point for several desert tours, the route of the 1001 Kasbahs, the Rose Valley and the UNESCO site of the Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou. The region around Ouarzazate offers lush landscapes with villages camouflaged in the arid scenery of the mountains and with hidden oasis covered with palm trees. Seven months per year, Ouarzazate is surrounded by the 4000 m / 13123 ft High Atlas snowy mountains. The uniqueness of its landscape provided the backdrop for many films, some of them historical as Lawrence of Arabia, The…

13 Days in Tunisia, North Africa – Backpacking Travel Guide

Tunisia is a fabulous destination, mixing different aspects such as the Mediterranean Sea, Arabic Andalus, Ottoman influence, Roman ruins and the Sahara Desert. All this in a relatively small country located in North Africa. I had the pleasure of spending 13 days traveling in some of the most famous spots of Tunisia. On this page, I make an easy day-by-day / step-by-step itinerary that I hope will help you visit Tunisia on your own. INDEX: Backpacking Travel Guide to Tunisia Guide to Tunisia Day-by-day Itinerary How to prepare your trip TOP 7 Tunisia What to visit in Tunisia Accommodation in Tunisia Hostel in Tunis Hotel in…

Djemaa El-Fna Marrakesh – Insanity Beyond Expectations

Marrakesh is a fascinating city. Founded back in 1071 by the Berber Almoravid Sultan Youssef Ibn Tachfine, Marrakesh has one of the most chaotic urban environments on the planet. I lived there for one year and have been visiting it for several times since 2001. Many people tell me they didn’t enjoy Marrakesh because it’s too touristic and that Djemaa El Fna Square is just made up to get money out of visitors. On this page, I’ll try to demystify this amazing square and tell you some curious facts to make you understand its history, so that you will appreciate it differently. INDEX: Djemaa El Fna…

Lake Tana, Stone Castles and Holy Wars – Ethiopia

All along the 16th and 17th centuries, the ancient region of Abyssinia was struggling to maintain its millennial-year old cultural values, protecting its religion and language against Islam. This was a time of ferocious Holy Wars. On the shores of Lake Tana – Ethiopia, there are still the remains of a small village, dating from the early 1600’s, that totally changed the country’s architecture style. Throughout history, Ethiopia has always been a leading Christian territory. In 1487, D. João II – the Portuguese King, sent Pêro da Covilhã and Afonso de Paiva to Ethiopia to investigate the location of that mythical kingdom, in an attempt to…

Tiraspol, the capital of a country that doesn’t exist: Transnistria

Did you know that some countries don’t exist? Well, they do exist, but they are not recognized by the United Nations. This doesn’t prevent those “self-proclaimed” countries from being ruled and have a governmental administration. This is the case of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic – PMR. Have you ever heard of it? How about Transnistria? Does it ring the bell now? Pridnestrovie is a small territory on the right side of Moldova and southwest of Ukraine, close to Odessa. Although this country is not officially recognized, there are actually land borders with police and passport control. Flag of Pridnestrovie – Transnistria The Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic is…

Ultimate Kurdistan Travel Guide – Northern Iraq

Welcome to my page with information about traveling in Northern Iraq, aka Iraqi Kurdistan. Many people ask me why I visited Iraq and why I chose this country as a summer holidays destination. Most people have an Iraq with war in mind, the only Iraq they have seen on TV. In fact, many regions in Iraq do live moments of tension and war, but in some areas more than others. However, there is a different Iraq. The northern part of the country, which maintains a de facto independence since the first Gulf War in 1991, is actually very safe and well protected. In 2003, Iraqi Kurdistan…

Mazar-i-Sharif – Afghan city of the Noble Shrine

Mazar-i-Sharif is a Shiite Muslim holy city located in northern Afghanistan. Without a doubt that Mazar holds its international recognition due to the famous Shrine of Ali – also known as the Blue Mosque. The population of Mazar-i-Sharif is a mix of ethnic Hazara, Pashtun, Tajik, Turkmen and Uzbek, combined to establish Afghanistan fourth largest city. People, in general, are very welcoming, curious and friendly. I had a great time exploring the city. If you visit Mazar-i-Sharif, this city will stay on top of your travel achievements. Apart from visiting the Blue Mosque, one can explore the city center, the various gardens, the local Bazaar (market),…

Timbuktu the Mysterious – Deep inside the Malian desert

Timbuktu is located deep inside the Malian desert. During many centuries, Timbuktu was off-limits for foreigners and non-Muslims. Its geographic location and complicated political, religion and ethnic conflicts make Timbuktu a very hard place to get in or come out from still today. If you visit Timbuktu, you can add this to your list of personal travel life achievements. Timbuktu – “The meeting-place of all who travel by camel or canoe” …in old Sudanese 16th century chronicles Timbuktu is one of Africa’s ultimate travel destinations and a dream come true for hardcore/off the beaten path travelers. Timbuktu, also spelled Timbuctoo, Timbuktoo or Tombouctou was founded back…

Crossing the Guianas Overland step-by-step – South America

The north-eastern region of South America is commonly called as “The Guianas”. The name Guiana means “land of many waters” and comes from local Amerindian languages. There are 3 main Guianas: Guyana (British Guiana) Suriname (Dutch Guiana) French Guiana There are 2 extra Guianas: Brazilian Amapá State (Portuguese Guiana) Venezuelan Guayana Region (Spanish Guiana) Georgetown to Macapá by land – Guyana to Brazil via Suriname and French Guiana This page is about an overland trip from Guyana’s capital Georgetown all the way to Macapá in Brazil, crossing Suriname and French Guiana. I made this trip during the month of July – dry season. The main focus…

Chernobyl & Pripyat, Ukraine – Surviving the Dead Zone

Chernobyl is an infamous place in Ukraine that got the world’s attention on April 26th, 1986, when the Reactor No. 4 of its Power Plant exploded. The worst nuclear disaster in the history of mankind caused 400 times more radioactive contamination than Hiroshima atomic bomb launched by the USA over Japan. As the old concrete sarcophagus is slowly collapsing (which had already happened in 2013), a new $1.4 billion dollars / €1 billion euros steel sarcophagus is being built over Chernobyl Reactor No. 4. This huge steel arch-shaped construction is 190 m / 623 ft wide and 200 m / 656 ft long. Today it’s possible…

South Sudan – The Ultimate Backpacking Guide to the country

South Sudan was internationally declared independent at midnight on the 9th of July 2011. At this time all South Sudanese celebrated and ended 20 years of struggle against the regime of the northern capital Khartoum in Sudan. Scattered throughout the city of Juba, huge billboards, posters, banners and advertisements, congratulated the new country, its president Salva Kiir Mayardit, and the martyr of independence Dr. John Garang Mabior. In many places around the city of Juba and even a few days after independence there were a lot of people celebrating and dancing on the streets. Happiness was visible in the expressions of the people all South Sudan.…

Somaliland, Horn of Africa – Exhaustive Travel Guide

A Travel Guide to Somaliland? Never heard about this country? Well, that’s because it doesn’t really exist. Yet… Somaliland is a self-proclaimed country that technically, and according to the United Nations, is located in the most northwestern region of Somalia. Although it’s not internationally recognized by the UN, it has protected and delimited land borders, its own military, its own president, its own currency, its own police. And it also proudly holds democratic elections since 1991. Basically, this country “that doesn’t exist” runs better than 2/3 of other African countries. This is a national pride and an example to the World. But even so, the United…

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HI! I'm João Leitão. Traveling independently since 1999, I explored more than 130 countries and territories in Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North & South America and Oceania. Welcome to my adventure travel blog, where I gathered useful information and inspiring narratives to motivate you to travel more. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest e YouTube.

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