Last year my sister and I headed to Bolivia after travelling in Peru. Same as before, we had very limited time for this beautiful country and we only spent a week there. We got the chance to visit the capital La Paz and Uyuni Salar Region. La Paz is the world’s highest administrative capital. The Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat which is 10,582 square kilometres (4,086 sq miles). Its area is almost equal the size of Lebanon. To see enough of the Uyuni area, you should spend at least 3 days to see the main attractions. You can read all of my previous posts, articles, pictures and experiences about Bolivia using this link, and for more travel expenses and travel costs information, check out my Vacation Cost Series.
Machu Picchu is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and is also a UNESCO World Culture Heritage that makes it highly popular and attractive. Actually, even without these titles, Machu Picchu is an outstanding and magnificent ancient city. I bet it is also on the bucket list of many tourists and travelers. Well if yo are one of those travelers, the first thing you have to do after you decide on your trip to Peru is to book and buy your Machu Picchu/Huayna Picchu ticket. Because the number of tickets are limited. Each day only 2500 tickets are sold for Machu Picchu and 400 tickets for Huayna Picchu.
Here goes my list of amazing facts about Peru. All of them are based on my own experiences and observations during my trip in Peru.
1. Alpacas and Llamas
Like many other countries in South America, in Peru, you will see these lovely animals called Alpaca and Llamas. At first glance, they look so alike. Actually, they both come from camelid family but they are two different genus / kind. Let’s say they are cousins. These animals are being bred for their meats, fiber, and transportation. Alpacas are more preferred for their finer fiber.
Last year my sister and I were travelling in Peru. We only spent one week in Peru where we should have spent at least 2 weeks. We were in the capital city, Lima, Ica, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Puno. Machu Picchu was really a fascinating place. We spent one day in Machu Picchu, walked around the city and enjoyed the magnificent views. You can read all of my previous posts, articles, pictures and experiences about Peru using this link, and for more travel expenses and travel costs information, check my Vacation Cost Series.
After Cuba our next destination was Colombia. My sister and I were traveling in Colombia between 18 and 24th January 2015. We stayed 4 days in Bogota and 5 days in Cartagena. We enjoyed both of those cities but our favorite was the pearl of Caribbean, Cartagena. At least a week is enough for visiting Cartagena and its surroundings. Continue reading “Colombia Vacation Expenses (Plus Excel File)”
Colombia was our first destination in South America. We were a little bit wary about Colombia because of warnings we received from some of our friends who had been and had lived in Colombia about crime and robbery. But the capital city of Colombia, Bogota, with its Soho style red brick houses and the queen of the Caribbean Coast, Cartagena, with its Spanish colonial heritage style, a maze of cobbled alleys, balconies covered in bougainvillea totally amazed us. Despite its bad reputation we found out that Colombia is one of the most beautiful countries in South America. Continue reading “12 Interesting Facts About Colombia,The Land of Coffee and Emerald”
Very tasteful and wide range of tropical fruits, famous Colombian coffee, great beaches on the Caribbean coast, gold and emerald reserves and delicious steaks are the first things I remember about my visit in Colombia. Despite many security warnings from some of our friends, we never faced any kind of security problem or saw any type of crimes. We expected worse but after all, Colombia has a very positive image in our minds within its nature, cuisine, friendly people and modern part of Bogota. I hope we can go there again sometime and visit more ads stay longer in this beautiful country.
Anyway, this post in another one of my Travel Route series and it’s about Colombia. Travel Route articles are detailed descriptions of what to see, what to eat, where to go and how to go there and you can use them as travel plans, probably with just a little bit of change to suit your tastes.
I had never heard about Ceviche, a typical and special meal of Peru cuisine before I stepped into Lima. I love foods and consider myself a gourmet so I was surprised that I haven’t even heard of this delicious meal. In my daily life in Istanbul, I always search for new restaurants and try to taste new flavors. I didn’t know that Peru cuisine has such great taste. As always I wished to stay longer to taste more Peruvian food but then I thought that in fact now I have a reason come back and taste the rest of Peruvian cuisine.
Tango, the dance of love and passion; Boca Juniors, the football team; Maradona and Messi, the football players; Pope Benedict XVI, the current Pope; Malbec, Argentinian wine; delicious steaks; Eva Peron, the most powerful first lady in Argentina and the Falklands War, a war between Argentina and the United Kingdom in 1982 are the some basic things about Argentina. It is definitely more than these. Today’s post is another one of my Travel Route series, this time it is Argentina I’m going to talk about!
There is 5300 kilometers distance difference between the northest and the southest point of Chile. It is one of the longest countries in South America. It is the hometown of Pablo Neruda, famous novelist, poet and activist. Today’s post is another one of my Travel Route Series, this time it is Chile I’m going to talk about!