It's taken him from the deserts of Oman to the stunning Amalfi coast and the edges of Australia - Orlando Duque is a Red Bull cliff diving champion and lover of all-things travel. At the beginning of this year's championships, we grilled him on his favourite destinations for diving.
Having started out as an Olympic diver, Orlando told me it was only natural that he progressed onto throwing himself off of various cliffs and structures around the world. Not only is he possibly the coolest man I've ever been fortunate enough to chat with – and it's not just his smooth Colombian accent, I swear – but Orlando Duque's list of countries could probably put many a travel writer to shame.
"I've just come back from Cuba... We were diving in El Moro, the castle in La Havana, it was just beautiful," he casually tells me. "[There] was like, 50,000 people watching". Tomorrow he's going to jump off of a navy ship in Colombia, and then he's on to Texas in the US to plunge into some lakes – all in a day's work I suppose. But I'm not at all jealous; beyond the excitement of travelling and exploring new places, cliff diving is a dangerous and terrifying sport and even he gets scared at times.
See Orlando in action in Cuba:
When I asked him about the heights he admitted that there's a limit, even for him: "Whoever says he's not scared of heights is not telling the truth. It's a natural reaction, you know.