We spent a week in the Peruvian Amazonia and it was by far the most interesting and exciting experience we have ever had. Among trees that have been growing for hundreds of years, we discovered for the first time how many different shades of green exist. It’s one of the most beautiful and biodiverse places in the world, and although it takes a little courage, we could always come back.
At 2430m altitude above Urubamba River, surrounded by Peruvian Andes stands Machu Picchu, the most spectacular archaeological site in South America. Although the exact purpose for which the citadel was built and abandoned an estimated 100 years after its construction remains unknown, Machu Picchu was most likely a religious sanctuary and a residenctial area for the Inca ruler Pachacuti. Considered a symbol of the Inca culture, architecture and engineering, in 2007 the ruined city was declared one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World.
Machu Picchu citadel is among the most famous tourist destination in the world, and visiting it is an experience that starts in Cuzco, from tens of kilometers away. Depending on how adventurous you are, you can follow the Inca Trail for 4 days on foot, or you can get by bus or car to Ollantaytambo, then by train to Aguas Caliente. Regardless of your choice, surrounded by Urubamba Valley you will enjoy a spectacular panorama among the mountains that still hide mummies in tombs made of clay as andean condors fly above them.
Whether you choose to hike the Inca Trail for 4 days or the alternative, to travel by car through Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo, Cuzco is the starting point for visiting Machu Picchu citadel. In the old capital of the largest empire that has ever existed in Latin America, you will discover archaeological sites that date back before Inca Civilization and catholic churches with amazing architecture. Among ancient buildings, in the historic city center, you will get lost on narrow streets, flanked by traditional shops selling colorful fabrics and restaurants where you could try the amazing Peruvian “superfood”.
On the crowded streets of Lima we admired the architecture of colonial-style buildings, ate empanadas and visited catacombs with hundreds of bones on display. And after discovering Peruvian gastronomy, we can say that it is worth booking your plane ticket even to try just one Lomo Saltado and you would still happily return home.
Regarding biodiversity, Galapagos National Park is a unique place in the world and being in the middle of Pacific Ocean, completely isolated from the continent, has made it a refuge area for many animals that are nowhere else to be found in the world today.
Located on the banks of the river Guayas, Guayaquil is one of the most popular destinations in Ecuador. With a spectacular promenade, numerous cocoa plantations and iguanas that seem to be everywhere, its charm and beauty attracts many tourists on their way to Galapagos Islands.
Koh Hong or Hong Island is part of a group of small uninhabited islands off the coast of Krabi province. Consisting of two fine sandy beach areas and an inland lagoon, it is considered one of the most beautiful destinations in southern Thailand. Here you will find spectacular landscapes created by high limestone formations, covered by rich vegetation, at the base of which through the clear water you can easily see coral reefs that shelter many tropical fish.
Known to the Thais as the “City of Angels”, Bangkok is one of the most beautiful cities in Asia. It was the world’s most-visited city in the past few years and fascinates by the huge contrast between skyscraper buildings built among modest houses and Buddhist temples of a specific beauty. Being a very spiritual country where the majority religion is Buddhism, in Thailand, there are over 30,000 temples, of which about a few thousand can be visited in Bangkok alone.