Hi, my name is Ugo, and I am originally from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I am the guy who created Taiwanese Secrets Travel Guide in 2008.
How did it all start?
I first moved to Taiwan in the summer of 2000 to rock climb at Long Dong climbing crag in the northern part of Taiwan, to learn Mandarin Chinese, and to travel around this beautiful island.
Over the past 17 years, I’ve had the chance to explore most corners of Formosa by motorbike, car, public transportation, and even hitchhiking.
I’ve traveled across Taroko Gorge more than 50 times, visited Kenting National Park even more. I’ve driven every single road and ridden every single path on the island multiple times. I’ve trekked the highest peaks, walked along wild rivers, taken boats and airplanes to the outlying islands, encountered wildlife, felt dozens of earthquakes, hiked in typhoons (stupid I know), dealt with the police, government and mafia, had 5 motorbike accidents, jumped from bridges, cliffs, and waterfalls, climbed trees, made a fool of myself (both drunk and sober) in public far more often than I’d like, and even became quite successful in business during this mad adventure.
In 2011, I opened a restaurant with my wife in Taichung, it was an instant success, and we currently have 19 locations all around Taiwan.
You can read the whole story about Pizza Rock here.
Here are a couple of pictures of me in Taiwan:
So this is me. And this is my website about Taiwan. I am not a travel agent and I don’t offer tours or services around Taiwan. I just built this website because I have a deep love for Taiwan and I want to share this wonderful island with the rest of the world. I am really hoping you’ll find useful information to prepare for your trip to Formosa! Enjoy! Have a GREAT trip!