Archive for ◊ febrero, 2009 ◊

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After a few days enjoying Cusco and its surroundings, we were ready to see one of the world’s most impressive cultural sites: Machu Picchu. Early in the morning we took the backpacker’s train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, a small town, full of hotels and restaurants, and famous for its hot baths. We had planned to go to Machu Picchu the next day, so on this first day in town, we walked around the village and visited the baths. As my purpose was to sunbathe and not to have a swim, the mosquitoes found pleasure in my pale skin. A tip for all visitors: put on anti- repellent, and loads of it!!.

Machu Picchu

But my itching legs could not retain my excitement for our journey to Machu Picchu. The bus ride, uphill to a height of about 2.350 meters above sea level, takes about 30 minutes. It is recommendable to take the bus early in the morning, in order to arrive at the site as early as possible, around 6.00 or 6.30 am. As our official tour was going to start at around 8.30, we had some time to discover the place on our own. We decided to get the tickets for the hike to Huayna Picchu (“young peak” in quechua, as opposed to old peak / Machu Picchu), for which there are only a limited number (400) per day given out.

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Views 06 Feb Mountains near Cordoba (Argentina)
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Aliens, dark memories and folklore in the Cordoban mountains

If you visit Buenos Aires during the hot summer months, the heat and pollution can sometimes be a little too much. Why not then go for a short trip to the mountains near Cordoba for some air a tad cleaner and cooler. This area hosts a number of small towns popular among Argentineans as holiday destinations, and there are a lot of different things to see and do .

Inca Trail Peru Day 3

The town of Capilla del Monte lies at the foot of Mount Uritorco, reaching slightly less than 2000 meters above sea level. There are hotels and swimming pools in the town, but it is the mountain that attracts many visitors, due to its supposedly extra high levels of energy and that it has been visited by extraterrestrials…Supernatural or not, alien landing site or not, the scenery of the mountain is very beautiful none the less, both to look at from a distance and as an area for hiking. And one may also find the many salespersons and shops offering various new age items such as crystals and talismans quite entertaining as well.

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Views 02 Feb Some biased images of Bolivia
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I´m a ceaseless traveler, so staying in Cusco for over 3 months seemed a bit of a torture for me. I had to travel. And so, I went to a neighbouring country, a country of Che Guevara, Morales, Bolivar and coca leaves – Bolivia. The trip was an interesting experience itself.Some biased images of Bolivia
I went by bus, which takes about 11 hours from Cusco to La Paz. The border between Peru and Bolivia has to be crossed on foot, which basically means that you have to take off your bus, then stand in a long queue of natives and tourists, go through 3 checkpoints, get your stamp in the passport, and after that get on your bus again to continue the trip. After a couple of hours you´re safely in the administrative capital of the country. The city overwhelms you with its contrasts. On one side you can see shanty town, shabby houses built in a great hurry, and on the other side sky scrapers shredding a nice blue sky. The city centre amazes with its architecture ranging from 18th century villas until modern and smartly looking buildings, shining on you from above.

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