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12 February 2006 @ 10:54 pm
Holiday destinations for Indiana Jones and Lara Croft  
Following from my earlier post, here's some travel trivia:

HAMPI (India) - On UNESCO's World Heritage List. Ruins of the glorious capital of the Vijayanagara empire full of architecture and art wonders. (Hmmmmm...zzzzzzz)

DARIEN GAP (Panama) - A jungle described as an "ABYSS AND HORROR of mountains, rivers, and marshes," in the words of one 16th-century traveler.
The Darién Gap is Panama's Bermuda Triangle. In Panama and Colombia, it is known as El Tapón ("The Plug") because it blocks the flow of human exploration. This place experienced periods of bloodshed. No roads, just tropical wilderness. Travel by canoe or by foot and you can make it all the way to Colombia. The unchecked jungle and inhospital environments provide an ideal refuge for outlaws, pirates, runaway slaves, and fiercely territorial Kuna Indians. Travelling overland through the Darien is highly discouraged because this is one of the major base areas for Columbian guerillas, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Need I say more, this is one hell of a fugitive hideaway!

CIUDAD PERDIDA (Columbia) - The Machu Picchu of the Tayrona people.
Different ruins can be reached up a steep path of loose rocks, designed in such a way so that the Tayrona Indians could hear visitors approaching (this journey takes a full day and is quite difficult—you must crawl through hand-carved tunnels and over large boulders). Robberies and kidnappings have occurred along the trails so you are advised to ask at the gate for the latest security information. To visit the actual city of Ciudad Perdida, you either need to go on a five day trek, or hire a helicopter. It promises to be an experience you will never forget :P


Personal Trivia: Did I ever I tell you I once harboured intentions of studying archaeology? It was all Indiana Jones' fault.
 
 
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mary quite contraryfroufrou on February 12th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
The 3rd destination sounds like someplace Tintin would go.
Arielenchantedwood on February 12th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
Yes, and much to the dismay of Captain Haddock and Snowy, his faithful dog.

It is a suitable setting for one of Tin Tin's adventures. He could investigate the robberies and kidnappings. Professor Calculus should not come along for this one as he would have to watch out for those loose rocks - too absentminded (to notice falling rocks) and hard of hearing (to hear them comin').
mary quite contraryfroufrou on February 12th, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
You forgot Thompson and Thomson!!!
Ariel: silly and happyenchantedwood on February 12th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)

Hahahahahahaha!

"To be precise...eerhemm, it's absolutely essential that we go. Why, who else would be the scapegoats and take the flak for the nonsense that happen in Tin Tin's adventures?"

Hee hee, face it, this moronic, pretentious, idoitic and clumsy pair's indispensable! Look at what someone wrote of the twins:

‘They are in mourning for the passing of intelligence.
They have the expressions and moustaches of morons,
bowler hats which had gone out of fashion years ago,
the arched eyebrows of the inquisitor in desperate straits,
suits smeared and sticky with black ink,
ridiculous noses, dismal faces,
boots with nails and soles of lead.
Looked at from the front, back or in profile, from any angle, they are always prime idiots.’

- Pol Vandromme in 'Le Monde de Tintin'