Uncharted Backpacker

Author - Stephen Gollan

A Guide to Traveling the Former USSR

Former USSR

It’s remarkable, every ex-Soviet Union country I visit I can still feel the remains of the great empire it once was. The Soviet Union left its mark on these nations’ architecture, politics, food, and even its culture. Scattered across 15 different countries you will find old military equipment, structures reminiscing a villain’s layer, dictator statues, Gulag work camps and of course the taste of dill on everything you eat. It is huge, fascinating and you will often find you are the only traveller in the area. This is the former Soviet Union and one of histories most fascinating times!

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Chachapoyas – Uncharted Peru Video

Chachapoyas, Peru

The dense cloud forests blanketing the valleys around Chachapoyas, Peru hold many secrets. Swinging my machete to clear the brush we push on deeper into the unknown in search of archaeological sights shrouded in mysterious mythological tales. Above, the tombs of ancients cling to the cliffs, now and then a human skull protrudes from the brush fallen from its final resting place. Clearing off the vines from a stone wall, patterns begin to emerge, these are not natural piles of stones, they are the remnants of a civilization long gone and swallowed by the jungle. It’s remote, hot, and took a lot of effort to get here, but damn do I ever feel like Indiana Jones! This is the wilds of Peru, welcome to Chachapoyas

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How to Experience the Canadian Rockies Like a Local

Canadian Rockies, British Columbia and Alberta

Since I was a child, I have been exploring the lush wild valleys, emerald blue lakes and craggy peaks of the Canadian Rockies. More specifically the parks of Banff, Jasper, Kananaskis, and Yoho. After countless years bushwhacking through rough trails, camping and photographing wildlife I feel I might just be able to say “I know” a bit about these epic mountains and can call myself a local to the region. Although there is so much more to see outside of the words I write in this post, this can be a definitive guide for those who are new to the Canadian Rockies and want to experience as much as they can. So, get ready for one of my most favorite places on earth, my home, the Canadian Rockies!

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Into the Heart of the Amazon – Peru

Peruvian Amazon

Caught in a never-ending sea of Amazon jungle we drift deeper in. It all seems so familiar, but at the same time so new to me. With all the tales of lost ancient civilizations, uncontacted tribes and regions that man has never set foot in it begins to take hold of me, encapsulating my curiosity driving me ever closer to its mysterious heart. This is one of those places where explorers spend a lifetime career only to go mad from the jungle’s complexity and secrets. Heading deeper in the lure is set and I feel the same grasp the Amazon had on those explorers. Right here, right now aboard a traditional wooden canoe hundreds of miles from civilization we delve deep into the unknown. Welcome to the Peruvian Amazon.

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