Frédéric M Profile

Biologist, entomologist, outdoor enthusiast, scuba-diver, birder and traveler from Québec interested in discovering the world and its wonders! I did my first oversea backpacking trip in 2018 following my master and I don't want to stop any time soon. I am mostly interested in ecology, national parks and thus natural WHS, but being a WHS hunter opens my mind to architecture, history of art, urban planning, industrial heritage and the epic history of the World!

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Huascaran National Park

Frédéric M Canada - 12-Jun-20

Huascaran National Park

When reading about Huascaran before my travel, I learnt three important things:

1. Those mountains look incredibly beautiful.

2. They can be visited on multi-day treks or day hikes.

3. January and February are the rainy season.

Points 1 and 2 made me plan for six days in this mountain paradise as I am an outdoors enthusiast and an avid hiker. However, as I was there by the end of February and the beginning of March, point 3 made me choose for day hikes rather than treks. I don't really care about getting caught by the rain on day hikes, but spending four or five days on the Santa Cruz trek, doing camping and being constantly soaked didn't seem like an enjoyable experience. Like everyone else, I based myself in Huaraz and booked almost all tours with an operator in town. I booked everything from a single operator and bargained a bundle with him to get a better price. However, they share clients in between companies, so I ended up with a different one each day

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Grand Pré

Frédéric M Canada - 10-Jun-20

Grand Pré

I visited Grand Pré with my family in August 2019 during our WH trip to Nova Scotia. We came from Amherst (our base for Joggins) and headed next to Lunenberg. We stayed at a campground in North Grand Pré for two nights. It means we had to cross the core zone anytime we wanted to go somewhere.

As the tragic history of Acadians is already explained by previous reviewers, I will concentrate on my visit. We arrived there by midday and spent our first afternoon touring the polder. The size of the landscape is impressive when you consider that Acadians took it from the sea by building dykes and aboiteaux. Moreover, it's not any sea. It's the Bay of Fundy with the highest tides in the world, averaging 11.6 m at the site!

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Chavin

Frédéric M Canada - 08-Jun-20

Chavin

Chavin is a small but fascinating archaeological site in the Andes of central Peru. The Chavin culture is the first major culture of Peru that developed arts and iconography. This iconography thereafter had a big influence way outside the borders of this civilization. As the site is not very vast but well marked, I believe most visits to Chavin are quite similar. Mine was almost exactly what Els and Juha described. I will thus only add some details.

The main difference between my visit and the two exhaustive previous reviews are that I did not use public transportation nor a private driver but a tour company

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Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca

Frédéric M Canada - 06-Jun-20

Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca

I visited Cuenca (how it is called in Ecuador) in February 2020. I spent a full day walking the city with some locals I met as my guides. I found it to be a very pleasant city to discover by foot. The New and Old Cathedrals around Parque Calderón are definitely highlights here, but the real charm of Cuenca lies in its numerous richly decorated houses with cast iron balconies. The city harbors four rivers that flow down from the mountains and its tap water can thus be drank directly as it is purer than many North American cities.

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Region Lacan-Tún - Usumacinta (T)

Frédéric M Canada - 12-May-20

Region Lacan-Tún - Usumacinta (T)

La Région Lacan-Tún – Usumacinta is proposed as a mixed site by Mexico. It encompasses large areas of tropical forest in eastern Chiapas, notably the flora and fauna protection area Nahá-Metzabok, the flora and fauna protection area Chankin, the natural monument Bonampak, the natural monument Yaxchilán, the biosphere reserve Montes Azules, the biosphere reserve Lacan – Tún and the communal reserve La Cojolita. The nomination file claim an OUV from the high biodiversity of the area as well as the Mayan remains. I visited Mexico in 2019 and visited two components of this site: Yaxchilán and Bonampak

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