Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc was a great adventure! Not only for the beautiful alpine views but for the great people I met along the way. With a total of 170 km and about 10 kilometres of ascent/descent, it is better to be correctly prepared and equipped. This tour is usually done in 8 to 12 days between June and September.
Buy a map, IGN maps are not needed if you have a guide and a GPS you can trust in term of accuracy in the mountains and battery
Make a list of the required gear and pack your bag with the minimum. Remember that you will have water and food in addition. This list was the best I found.
Prepare and decide your route in advance, make sure you have the alternative routes available if you decide to take any variant from the official TMB trail or if the weather doesn’t allow you to take the variant for example.
I traced my route on View Ranger using the web version, exported it in gpx file and imported it into Gaia GPS which has one of the clearest design on mobile and was very easy to follow in the fog! All my gpx files are available here: [Download GPX TMB routes]
Forget about weather apps on your phone, only this website is used by locals and proved to have accurate weather reports: http://chamonix-meteo.com/
Planning should be done carefully based on the physical challenge you want to experience:
Less than 10 days will be a though challenge, but you can take the bus or use chair lifts to shorten the trek, it can be a good option if you are limited on time
10 days should be good and let time for variants as I did
More than 10 days will be comfortable and let time to do extra trails
After one year in Mexico City, I decided it was time to write about my experience and maybe give some advice about the best things you can do downtown and outside the city. Mexicans are welcoming, helpful and will even treat you like family if you behave yourself. If you have a decent Spanish you might even get their great sense of humour. Mexico has many things to offer across its 31 states, and each state is totally different. Mexico is a country rich in history, tradition and culture. Its bright colours, delicious food and natural beauty will take your breath away.
Among the best things you can do in the city:
Palacio de Bellas Artes, if available I recommend the “Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández”
Walk along the Avenida 5 de Mayo to get to the Zócalo, the main square from central Mexico City
Visit the Museo del Templo Mayor, it was one of the main temples of the Aztecs in their capital city of Tenochtitlan, which is now Mexico City
Check out the National Museum of Anthropology
Visit the Chapultepec Castle and relax in the surrounding Chapultepec Park
Buy some great art, souvenirs and handcrafts at the Ciudadela Market
Go on top of the Torre Latinoamericana and admire the 360° view over the center of Mexico
Visit the house-museum of Frida Kahlo, dedicated to the life and work of this Mexican artist and her husband Diego Rivera
And outside the city:
Teotihuacan pyramids, ancient Mesoamerican city with the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon and the Avenue of the Dead!
Go on a hike on Iztaccihuatl to admire the view on Popocatépetl active volcano, located in the state of Puebla
Plan a trip to Tamasopo, with Xilitla (Edward James garden), Puente de dios, Tamasopo cascades, Micos Waterfall, Media Luna Lake and the Rio Verde
A weekend trip to Guadalajara is something easy to plan from the city, very charming city considered the home of the mariachi music!
If you have even more time take a flight to Cancun and visit everything around: Chichen Itza, Playa del Carmen, Tulum (playa el Paraiso is wonderful), spend a day at Xcaret. For the more adventurous you can drive up to Merida in Yucatan.
Bernal, Queretaro de Arteaga
Grutas de Cacahuamilpa
Los Atlantes de Tula, Hidalgo
Taxco, Guerrero, the city is known for its silver, both with the mining of it and the crafting of it into jewelry
Tepoztlán, Morelos and Tepozteco Pyramid nearby
Of course you can’t go to Mexico without trying some of the best Mexican food!
Chiles en nogada, most patriotic dishes with the three colours of the Mexican flag
The US national parks have many canyons that offer spectacular views and amazing hikes. They offer a wide range of ways to experience them. During 4-5 days we decided to explore some of the most famous canyons: The Grand Canyon (Arizona), Angels landing (Zion, Utah), Narrows (Zion, Utah) and Bryce Canyon (Utah).