March is a chilly but wonderful time to travel around the country; the last vestiges of winter beauty can still be admired in the landscape but if you look closely life is starting to spring.
Kota Kinabalu city is very Western, large and relatively clean. There are some hints of local South East Asian culture though in the emerald lit grand mosque in the centre of town, the open kitchen eateries along the highways and the odd wandering dog.
Travelling west across Morocco, climbing deep into the High Atlas mountains, the landscape changes quickly. Pine and juniper trees give way to a desolate mix of rocky scree and smooth, domed expanses dusted in a rainbow of colours. The steep roads wind past areas of greens, oranges, yellows, reds and even blacks as they approach the highest mountain pass in all of Morocco. The Tizi n’Tichka pass, situated at 2260m altitude, affords sweeping vistas and is also surprisingly a hotspot for enthusiastic salesmen peddling geod rocks.
Patagonia is a mountainous region shared by Argentina and Chile in South America and boasts some of the most dramatic landscapes on Earth. This southern section of the Andes is home to various national parks, some of which are World Heritage listed, and is of very high conservation significance to an abundance of wildlife. For more information visit here or here.