I find it always a bit difficult to make lists of ’5 or 10 top something’. For travels and destinations it is even more complicated because in some way every journey has its charm. But finally here I am, with the list of my Top 5 Adventure Trips.YemenKing Solomon "Stone House" YemenA fascinating country, a place where I experienced so many great emotions…I traveled to Yemen – gosh! – in 1996, a few years after the reunification (1990) and the opening to tourism. Describing Yemen in a few lines is impossible, and I’ll write a few posts in the future. There’s so much to tell about…The awesome Sana’a, with its finely decorated houses, the men chewing qat all day long, the women wearing black burqa.And then, the fantastic crossing of the desert and then reaching Wadi Hadramawt valley, with its lush oases, the always changing landscape around Al-Mukhalla and the astounding fortified mountain village of Shaharah. It was a long time ago, but I don’t believe much has changed since then. Yemen remains a secluded and mysterious country, where you can experience real adventure.GuatemalaAnother fabulous ‘on the road’ journey!'Chicken bus' - Photo by Nicky LewisThinking back at my Guatemala trip I can live again some memorable experiences.Traveling around with the ‘chicken bus‘, awfully overcrowded by people, cases, baskets and animals. The incredible fascination of Tikal ruins. The awesome Lake Atitlan and the beauty of Antigua, the ancient colonial capital. And then the people, the colors. I felt like being in a different dimension.After all, when I asked them how long it would take from a place to another, the regular answer was ‘un dìa, dos dias, quien sabe?’MoroccoThat was my first solo trip, back in… don’t ask! Fes, The colorful tanneries - Photo by Oliviero MasseroliAt that time, my heart had broken into pieces and I decided to go to Morocco with a special aim in mind: reaching the Merzouga dunes and when surrounded by the desert read Paul Bowles‘ novel ‘The sheltering sky‘…I liked the Imperial Cities, especially Fez and Rabat, but what I really loved is the south, the oasis and palm groves of the Draa Valley, the qsur along the road, the awesome Atlas mountains and the special ambiance of Essaouira, a lovely town on the ocean shore.PeruI was not expecting Peru being such a varied country: high and wild cliffs, tropical lush forest, sandy dunes, awesome mountains…Titicaca LakeI was impressed by the sky, so incredibly clear. And colors, everywhere.I loved the Titicaca lake and I wish I had spent more time on Taquile island, where men are knitting caps with beautiful and complicated designs.I enjoyed so much strolling about in the markets, looking at the women carrying kids on the shoulder in a self-made backpack.I still feel so proud for having been able to trek in the Cordillera Blanca, up to 4,900 meters!NepalBhaktapur - Photo by Monica Foresti and Francesco FuscoSpirituality, wonderful architecture, awesome mountains…I remember the peace in the small villages along the Annapurna trek, the warm hospitality of the women, the deep brown eyes of the kids and a crazy journey on the rooftop of the bus, looking at the hills and mountains of the Annapurna region.Nepal is a country of incredible fascination that remained deeply impressed in my memory, a place where I have often though of going back but then… 16 Responses Juno February 11th, 2011 mmm.. all cool. Specially Peru. South americal is fascinating. I would love to spend a year or two in South America. Reply retrotraveller November 20th, 2010 Wow – Yemen!I’m jealous… a place high on my wish list, but not that sensible a choice in the current climate sadly… retrotraveller recently posted..Comment on Panoramics of Turkey by Tweets that mention Panoramics of Turkey – Topsycom Reply waitinginthedark November 20th, 2010 Yemen remains one of the most beautiful journey I did so far. True, it’s not what I would call an easy country, but I would ready to go back any time… Reply matt November 20th, 2010 great article – very inspirational!The world is truly an amazing place!Would like to provide a link on my new site to yours if thats ok? No need to reciprocate!thanks Matt http://www.worldsbestadventures.info matt recently posted..The London Marathon Reply lechua April 21st, 2010 hi there… thanks for adding me on travel blog exchange. glad to have come across this amazing travel blog u have here with brilliant photos! and these 5 countries – each seem so rich in culture in its own way. must have been an experience indeed! Reply waitinginthedark April 22nd, 2010 Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I hope you’ll come back soon. More stories to come! Reply waitinginthedark March 19th, 2010 hey ciki, morning and thank you so much for being a fan!!! that’s a nice way to start the day. and your cumi&ciki blog is one of my faves ! hugs! Reply cumidanciki March 19th, 2010 hi simon.. i am ciki.. and i am one of your biggest fans hehe.. have a lovely day Reply Monica January 26th, 2010 OMG! I want to go to each and every single one of those places! I’m so jealous you were able to see all these amazing places. How did you manage to do that? Reply waitinginthedark January 26th, 2010 Hi Monica, want to know how I managed to visit all these places? Very simple. I’m much older that you are !I’m sure you’ll do beautiful travels. What about your wish to visit Peru? Reply ashmantravels January 25th, 2010 Wow, impressive! I haven’t been to any of those places, but someday I will =) I’m doing baby steps at the moment Reply waitinginthedark January 25th, 2010 You’ll see a lot of awesome places, I’m sure. Besides, there are always so many beautiful things to discover even close to where we live. There’s no need to go far away to have great emotions. Just being open to life. Cheers! Reply ashmantravels January 28th, 2010 Oh I know, I agree with you. That’s why my travel motto ‘A traveler knows no distance’ is something I really believe in. In my city (Toronto) I’ve gotten to know it so well, it helps me get to know other cities/places when I travel because I trained myself here to explore. It’s sometimes sad that some people think you have to go a great distance to call it ‘travel’, when it’s not about distance, it’s about experiences. nothingprofound January 25th, 2010 What a wonderful life you’ve had! Traveling to and seeing so many beautiful places. Reply waitinginthedark January 25th, 2010 Well, it’s true that I was (and still am) lucky enough to travel and discover lots of awesome countries and their local culture. Travel is my greatest passion and as soon as I can I leave for a new adventure. There still so much to see, and time is passing so quickly… Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.Name* Email* WebsiteComment Powered by sweetCaptcha Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.