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23 Videos: Ecuador & Mexico 2020

Adventure, Travel Posted on Sun, April 26, 2020 13:53:31

I’m uploading 23 NEW YouTube videos January-August 2020

23 Videos: Ecuador & Mexico 2020 | Ad Astra Jean Dar, is my trailer showcasing all 23 YouTube videos that are uploaded, being produced or lined up for it, in January – August 2020. All footage in these YouTube videos were taken during my latest travel project in Ecuador and Mexico.

For more information about this project, please go to my website . Reading the video descriptions will provide you with concentrated information of a destination or activity you may be interested in. Support me by subscribing to my YouTube channel Ad Astra Jean Dar.

Bariloche, Lake District, Argentina

Adventure Posted on Wed, February 20, 2019 16:34:38

My YouTube video from Bariloche last year

San Carlos de Bariloche is usually called Bariloche and lies in the
Argentinean Lake District close to the Chilean border. There are a few
popular tourist hubs in Patagonia where its really easy to arrange
tours, day tours or longer ones, in order to take in landscapes, flora
and fauna or adventure sports, such as white water rafting, kayaking,
horse riding, hiking, mountaineering etc. Bariloche is probably the best
and biggest of them all and is also a prime ski resort in the winter.

White water rafting on the Manso River is of course included in this
video, and we did end up crossing the border to Chile for a short while
and having a photo of the border sign coming back to Argentina. Rafting
was one of first things I included in my “7 weeks in Latin America”
travel project in 2018, and it turned out to be the best single day during he
entire trip!

Patagonia is such a beautiful location. No matter where you
go, you’ll find beautiful landscapes and plenty of options for an
active holiday. All my footage is from 2 – 6 February 2018.

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Travel Posted on Sun, October 28, 2018 17:09:59

New videos are added to my YouTube channel each month!

At Ad Astra – Jean Dar you will find the entire playlist for all my YouTube videos, with more being added every month. Twelve of them are from my “7 weeks in Latin America” travel project earlier this year, but it should have been thirteen really. The video for Cali, Colombia, will be uploaded around New Year after my second visit to the city and adding more footage to the video.

The video above is the twelfth and last one from my “7 weeks in Latin America” travel project. If you like my YouTube channel and videos, subscribe and get notification when ever something is being uploaded or updated.

During November I will be travelling and hopefully also be able to upload a new video or two from my forthcoming project, that could include footage for up to six new YouTube videos! More information is on the way, so stay tuned.

7 weeks in Latin American: Update IV

Travel Posted on Wed, June 06, 2018 18:07:05

Santo Domingo – Bayahibe Dominicus – Bavaró/Punta Cana

Santo Domingo, also called “La Capital”, is the capital of the Dominican Republic, with its collage of cultures and neighborhoods. This is where
the sounds of life, domino pieces slapped on tables, backfiring
mufflers and horns from chaotic traffic, merengue and bachata music blasting from corner stores are most intense. At the heart of the city
is the Zona Colonial, declared world heritage by UNESCO, where you’ll find one of the oldest churches and
the oldest surviving European fortress, among other New World firsts.

I shot the photo above on 23 February 2018, picturing the first cathedral in the Americas and the statue of Christopher Colombus in front of it. Santo Domingo is an intensely urban city, home not only to
colonial architecture dating back to the days of Christopher Colombus, but also to hot clubs, vibrant cultural
institutions and elegant restaurants. Santo Domingo somehow manages to
embody the contradictions central to the Dominican experience: a living
museum, a metropolis crossed with a seaside resort, and a business,
political and media center with a laid-back, affable spirit.

My photo above from 25 February 2018, pictures El Rey and La Reina (King & Queen) of the carnival in Santo Domingo. Two days later another parade took place here celebrating the Independence Day of the Dominican Republic. While carnival events take place around the entire country,
Santo Domingo’s festivals along the Malecón are the most large-scale and
take place every weekend in February. Visitors can expect spectacular
parades, costumed performers, dancing, rum drinking, and street food.
The masks worn by the 30,000 participants in the parade symbolize good
and evil.

Where ever you go in the Dominican Republic, the beautiful scenery is never far away. My photo above, also from 25 February, shows the views to the south from Malecón across the sea during the Carnival festivities. The Dominican Republic is a poor country and theft and robbery are more or less common place here, should you not take some precausions. As always in poorer countries, don’t flash your wealth in any way, cameras and phones may be carried around in a small backpack or discretly consealed on your body, and after being used put back into the backpack. The Colonial Zone is however fairly safe during daytime.

The Atlantic Princess is a popular dive in Bayahibe, see my photo
above with me inside of it on 3 March 2018. This wreck is also a superb
easy freedive in good conditions.
This wreck is also a superb easy freedive in normally good
conditions. Another well-known dive is the St. Georges Wreck andwas originally known as the M.V Norbrae but was
renamed St.
George after it was hit by Hurricane George in 1998. It was built in
Scotland in 1962 and was a 240 feet long cargo ship that was used to
transport barley and wheat between Norway and the Americas. While diving
in the wreck you will see a spectacular display of marine life.

Isla Saona is a tropical island located on the southeastern tip of the Dominican Republic. It is a government protected nature reserve and is part of Parque Nacional del Este, a popular destination for tourists from all over the Dominican
Republic, who arrive in fleets of catamarans and small motorboats on
organized excursions every day. The island is known for its beaches, on which I managed to capture a Portuguese Man-o-war on 2 March 2018, see my photo above. It is also known as “floating terror” and its venomous long tentacles deliver a painful sting, which on extremely rare occasions has been fatal to humans.

My last photo is from 6 March 2018, picturing the popular beaches at Bavaró and Punta Cana. I only stayed here for two night and basically had my hotel on the beach! This part of the Dominican Republic is highly touristic and a bit too much so in my taste, but with my home-ward bound flight departing from the Punta Cana airport, I had no other option than to realax here on my last day on my “7 weeks in Latin America” project. With plenty of all-inclusive resorts and hords of tourist, this gave me the impression it could as well have been in southern Europe and not necessary in the Caribbean.

– I currently working on the Carnaval de Barranquilla video for my YouTube channel.

My New Video: Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego

Travel Posted on Wed, April 04, 2018 23:00:13

El Fin del Mundo – The End of the World

Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del
Atlántico Sur Province in Argentina and is commonly regarded as the
southern most city in the world. It was founded on 12 October 1884 by
Augosto Lasserre and is located on the shores of the Beagle Channel
surrounded by the mountain range of the Martial Glacier in the Bay of
Ushuaia. Its motto is: “Ushuaia, end of the world, beginning of

The footage in my YouTube video is from 30 January – 1 February 2018.

If you want to see Tierra del Fuego’s most beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna and historical museums, Ushuaia really is the where it all begins. With an airport, all sorts of accomodations available, plenty of restaurants and tour operators willing to take you to various parts of this region and with a wide range of activities offered, Ushuaia is without a doubt the best location in Tierra del Fuego for a memorable vacation.

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My YouTube Video: Perito Moreno Glacier

Travel Posted on Sun, March 25, 2018 20:52:52

Patagonias most famous glacier

My video contains footage from 28 January 2018, picturing what probably is world’s
most well-known glacier: the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina. This
glacier starts actually in Chile (the mountains on the far end in this video), and continues across the border into Argentina. Tours with bigger or smaller buses are arranged
from El Calafate and usually takes less than 1,5 hours one way.

Perito Moreno Glacier is one of a few glaciers in the world that are
actually growing and a visit will easily be fitted into almost any itinerary with one full day in El Calafate. I was positively surprised how well organised the whole area around the glacier was, with a large restaurant at the end of the boardwalk and smaller fastfood suppliers at the start. I recommend a day trip to the Perito Moreno Glacier if you visit El Calafate. It is a sight to see!

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7 weeks in Latin American: Update III

Travel Posted on Sun, March 04, 2018 18:05:02

Carnaval de Barranquilla – Cali – Medellín

Colombia, Latin Americas oldest democracy and the third most populated country, is as diverse as one can imagine, spanning from the Caribbean to the Amazon forest, and from the Pacific Ocean to the summits of the Andes mountain range over 5,000 meters. The history and cultural heritage of Colombia matches the diversity of its nature and regions.

In a sence El Carnaval de Barranquilla puts the folkloric traditions and heritage of this big country together in one huge carnival spanning over four days. Several separate events in Barranquilla during the previous weeks and months culminates in the Carnaval de Barranquilla, world’s second largest carnival, only surpassed by Rio de Janeiro in Brazil!

On 9 February 2018 I shot the photo above at Plaza de la Paz in Barranquilla, picturing the XXIV version of the Gran Noche de Tambó on the very eve of the carnival. This year it was in honor of Aníbal Velásquez, a barranquillero artist who has always been associated with the accordion and the Caribbean rhythm song such as Cumbia. A rhythm that undoubtedly puts him among the immortals of Colombian popular music. This was a night with some 15,000 dancing people gathered at Plaza de la Paz, and what a night it was!

The Carnaval de Barranquilla 2018 spanned between 10-13 February and included a number of different Reyes and Reinas (Kings and Queens), but La Reina de Carnaval this year was Valeria Abuchaibe Rosales, and it wasn’t easy to take a good photo of her in the parade at Via 40, which is the main venue of the carnaval. But at least I got a good one of her passing by swiftly on 11 February 2018 during the Gran Parada de Tradición, see above. El Carnaval de Barranquilla was included in this trip from the very start.

Cali in Colombia is the Salsa capital of the world, and was my next stop after the Carnaval de Barranquilla. I did of course take dance lessons here at the SalsaPura dance school, which was basically round the corner from my hotel. I did know some basic moves in Salsa Cubana previously but the Caleña style is so much more, with a freedom of movement and variations that I found being so interesting and fun! On 18 February 2018 I had my last lesson, see my photo above. I’ll return to Cali for more salsa caleña dancing in the future!

Cali is somewhat overlooked by many tourist in Colombia, but there are a lot of things worth seeing here. Museo Arqueológico La Merced is one of them, displaying many items belonging to the most important pre-Columbian cultures in the Cauca region, the Calima, Quimbaya, Tumaco and Tolima and more, see my photo above from 17 February 2018. The museo is next to the Iglesia de la Meced, also worth having a look at. And one museum you simply can’t miss out on is the Museo La Tertulia, the city’s impressive modern art museum.

The capital of Antioquia is Medellín, Colombia’s second largest city, that is modern and vibrant and has renewed itself from the drug trade brand it had in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. Medellín is today a very popular city for both tourists and Colombians. The metro system is the easiest way to get around the city and there are plentyful of museums and sights to visit. One of them is Pueblito Paisa, located at the top of Cerro Nutibara with great views of Medellín both day and night, see my photo above from 20 February 2018.

My last photo is also from Medellín, showing me at the Escobar Gaviria family grave on 21 February 2018. The final resting place of “El Patron” Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria is just next to me on this photo with flowers on it. I managed to get in touch with someone who’s family used to be invovled in the drug trade and also behind the scenes in the first season of the series Narcos. He showed me the roof top where Pablo Escobar was killed, or commited suicide, some of the buildings built by “El Patron”, and we also entered Barrio Pablo Escobar, the only barrio built for the poor by “El Patron” that has his name.

– I’m now spending my last day in Bayahibe Dominicus, Republica Dominicana.

My YouTube Vid: In The Shadow Of Fitz Roy

Adventure Posted on Sat, February 17, 2018 03:02:49

In The Shadow Of Fitz Roy – 2018 Southern Patagonian Icefield Expedition

Few places in the world can deliver such abundance of jaw-dropping photos and videos like Patagonia in Argentina and Chile, with some of the most fantastic mountain scenery on the planet.

I landed at El Calafate Airport in Argentina, close to the Chilean border and took a minibus to El Chaltén, the adventure hub in this part of Southern Patagonia. A four day long expedition would follow between 23 – 26 February 2018, that entered the Patagonian icefield and took us all the way to the Chilean border. All the time being in the shadow of Fitz Roy.

Fitz Roy lies on the border between Argentina and Chile and is located in the Southern Patagonian Icefield, near El Chaltén, Argentina, and the beautiful Lago Viedma. First climbed in 1952 by French alpinists Lionel Terray and Guido Magnone, it remains among the most technically challenging mountains for mountaineers on earth.

The original idea was to summit Gorra Blanca on the Southern Patagonian
Icefield, but some slight injuries to my left shoulder, the one that
hasn’t had advanced surgery, put an end to those hopes. Plan B was to
spend some time on the icefield and take in the beauty of these

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7 weeks in Latin American: Update II

Travel Posted on Mon, February 12, 2018 18:57:29

Ushuaia – Bariloche – Buenos Aires

In Argentinean Patagonia you have got a few popular tourist hubs where
its really easy to arrange tours, day tours or longer ones, in order to
take in landscapes, flora and fauna or adventure sports, such as white
whiter rafting, kayaking, horse riding, hiking, mountaineering etc.

I would say that I
took in all four of the most well-known ones in Argentina: El Calafate, El Chaltén,
Ushuaia och Bariloche during my two and a half weeks in Patagonia, I also
entered Chile twice in the process. A few days in the Argentinean capital city of Buenos Aires was a good ending to my Argentinean/Patagonian leg of “7 weeks in Latin America”.

My photo above is from a day tour I had arranged from Ushuaia on 31 January 2018. I stepped on a catamaran at “the end of the world” and casted
off. Beagle Channel, the watery border between Argentina and Chile, and penguins, cormorants, albatrosses and seals where all spotted during this day, as the
mountainous feature of the Chilean Tierra del Fuego loomed to the south. Its also possible to spot whales but further out from Ushuaia than I went.

My photo above is from 31 January 2018. Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del
Atlántico Sur Province in Argentina and is commonly regarded as the
southern most city in the world. It was founded on 12 October 1884 by
Augosto Lasserre and is located on the shores of the Beagle Channel
surrounded by the mountain range of the Martial Glacier in the Bay of
Ushuaia. Its motto is: “Ushuaia, end of the world, beginning of

My photo above is from 4 February 2018. It was a crazy day going to the Nahuel Huapi National Park from Bariloche in
Argentina and white water rafting the Manso River all the way into
Chile! In this photo only the skipper is still in the raft and the full
team of seven, including me, are moving fast closer to the Chilean
border among the class 3 and 4 rapids. White water rafting in Bariloche was one of first things I included in this trip and it turned out to be the best single day so far!

I took the photo above on 3 February 2018, while having an excursion from Bariloche to the Lake District. No matter where in Patagonia you end up, in the south, central or north, the scenery is just lovely. I found out that even scuba diving is available both in Ushuaia and Bariloche during the summer time, as basically as adventure sports are. Wintertime makes Bariloche a prime Argentinean ski resort. The summer in Bariloche is hot but the other locations in the south are more cooler and windy.

My photo above is from 8 February 2018, picturing the Obelisco, a prominent feature of Buenos Aires located at Avenida 9 Mayo, in the very heart of the city centre. By that time I was more than half-way through my “7 weeks in Latin
America” trip, and Buenos Aires was a hot, sweaty location with plenty of museums and attractions to see, of which I saw the most part of. Unfortunatly the Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada where closed during my visit due to renovations.

– I’m now taking part in the famous Carnaval de Barranquilla, Colombia.

My YouTube video: Santos, São Paulo

Travel Posted on Wed, February 07, 2018 13:08:58

A weekend in Santos, São Paulo

The first weekend of my “7 weeks in Latin America” started in the largest country in Latin America, and in the largest city in the southern hemisphere – São Paulo, Brazil. I didn’t stay there for long as I had made plans for the weekend in Santos, some two hours taxi drive to the coast from São Paulo.

Coming from the dark, snowy and icy Swedish winter to the tropical heat of Brazil was of course a nice thing. My hotel was just across the street from the Gonzaga Beach of Santos and with all the restaurants and shops very close by. All in all, I had 63 hours in Santos and this is my YouTube video of my stay there.

I arrived in Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina, yesterday and am writing this post from my hotel here. My hotel is located at the huge Avenida 9 de Julio in the very heart ofthe city, and with the Obelisco more or less outside the entrance door.

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