Author: Banu Akgün

I was born in 1966. I grew up in Mersin, the city in the south of Turkey. I came to Istanbul in 1983, for my university education and since then I live in Istanbul. First I worked in the banking sector for a few years, then took a break to go to England, where I stayed with 3 different families in a completely different cultures, as aupair. I used my 2-year aupair visa to the end; time was up, but if I had more, I would stay more.When I returned in 1993, my new career was in the field of finance, but this time it was factoring, until 2008. In 2008, my path changed completely, I started coaching trainings, and at the same time I joined the LMI - Leadership Management International franchise network to work on leadership development. After running the two together for 5 years, in 2013, I focused entirely on coaching. I started to work at the Denge Merkezi, which completely focuses on human development...Years ago I had a grand plan, traveling South America. In the summer of 2018, I decided to take the action, I started my trip on October 18.

Amazon Ecuador Cuyabeno

    I participated in the amazon expedition in the Cuyabeno Natural Park in Sucumbíos Province, bordering Colombia, north of the Equator Amazons. It was a very different trip from the Vaupes expedition in Colombia. One of the main differences is that there is asphalt road right to the river. From Quito to Lago Agrio is …

10 Days in Galapagos

    Galapagos journey require couple of reservations in advance but if it is not a high season, it can also be made as a last minute trip as I did. Galapagos, ‘once in a lifetime journey’. There are 2 seasons, wet and dry; wet season means more rain, warm ocean water and more quiet waves …

Amazon Colombia Vaupes

Colombia is a very large country with amazing people, an amazing nature, an amazing fauna and a diversity of vegetation … I’ve spent all my 90 days and I’ve even thought about extending it. But the need for passengers on the road, there are more places to go, I continued. The trip to Vaupés was the …

Beautiful Towns of Colombia, from Bogota

Villa de Levya Again another great town that I am glad I have visited. I came here from Terminal del Norte of Bogota to Tunja, and changed the bus for Villa de LEyva. Total is 170 km drive but, as there are so many curves and long waiting times at terminals. So, don’t remember exactly but …

Beautiful Towns of Colombia, from Medellin

Guatapé   Guatapé is the first town I visited. This colorful town is in the most famous town of department of Antioquia. One of the other 2 reasons  is Piedra del Peñol. It was a very cloudy day, so I preferred to walk up and down of all the roads to take photographs of Guatape . It was Sunday, …

Quetzaltenango

  The way to get from San Pedro to Quetzaltenango is to go to Panajachel by boat and take a shuttle to Quetzaltenango. I bought the boat and shuttle ticket from an agent in San Pedro. There are a large number of agents and very different prices, so I chosed the agency which gave me the …

Lake Atitlan

San Pedro There are many tour companies organizing shuttles between Antigua and San Pedro. I was looking for a shuttle with a door to door service. So I found one, which picked me up from my hotel but didn’t drop in San Pedro 🙃 There are many tuc-tucs doing that job.  I preferred 11am shuttle because …

Antigua

  My trip to Guatemala City on 25 January started with difficulties and went through with difficulties. I’ve included what I’ve experienced at the bottom of the article. After all, it is boring … There are many things to do around Antigua and there are many tours. I don’t do hiking on mountains or volcanoes (there …

Valladolid – Cenotes and Las Coloradas

  Valladolid a small city, in the middle of the Yucatan Peninsula. In and around it there are many places to see. Las Coloradas Las Coloradas is 120 kilometres far from Valladolid and by the Gulf of Mexico. This place is the hardest one to go. As I travel by public transportation, first went to a …