Month: November 2017

Pisac & Sacred Valley: Photo Diary

The first stop is Pisac ruins overlooking the valley. It takes approx. 1 hour to explore this magnificent site. The views are unbelievable! It’s a great place to meditate.   Visiting Pisac artisan market is a must! Specially if you want to buy souvenirs in this trip. Here you can find the same items but at a very reduced price in comparison to other markets around Peru. Besides, they offer a great variety of artisan artifacts.       Bargain for some Andean goodies at the traditional artisan market of Pisac. By all means, avoid buying anything in Machu Picchu town. Everything is 3X more expensive! The Sacred Valley of the Incas is the second most visited attraction in Cusco after Machu Picchu! « ‹ 1 of 14 › » The next stop is Ollantaytambo town. The main attraction here is the archeological site which hang high on the valley walls overlooking the town. Ollantaytambo is the gateway to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes). Head over to the train station to board the train towards …

Top Things To Do In Cusco, Peru


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1) Mercado San Pedro 1 2 3 You can find anything in Mercado san Pedro. From dry meat to a great variety of cheese and Chuta bread to any kind of fruit you can imagine. 2) Plaza de Armas Lively urban gathering place offering colonial arcades, a cathedral, gardens & a central fountain.  Did you know: In Inca times, the plaza, called Huacaypata or Aucaypata, was the heart of the capital. lonelyplanet.com 3) Mirador de San Blas 1 2 4) Cusco Cathedral The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin, also known as Cusco Cathedral, is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cusco. The cathedral is located on the Plaza de Armas.(Via Wikipedia ) Built during the 16th & 17th centuries, this grand cathedral is filled with colonial paintings. 5) Museo Inka 1 2 3 Folksy collection of Inca art, artifacts & architecture in a modest, old-fashioned environment.   Address: Ataud 154, Cusco 08000, Peru Hours:   Phone: +51 84 237380 6) Dinner at Limo The Limo Restaurant offers wonderful Peruvian fusion and …

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Gruyeres: Cheese, Fondue & Chocolate!

On our way to Gruyeres, we stopped at Cailler’s Chocolate Factory for a quick tour and chocolate tasting experience. Cailler is my ultimate favorite chocolate brand, so naturally I was really excited to go try all the different kinds of chocolate samples they have.   Prior to this day, I never knew the history of Chocolate. A fascinating story worth knowing. I learned so many facts about chocolate. Such as: Did you know that people called chocolate the drink of the devil because it was so good and addicted that they actually thought the devil sent this to tempt humans to become evil.   Crazy right? Oh well.   The most interesting part for me was the cacao varieties they exist around the world. They are so many kinds of cacaos. We got to try different cacao bens from all over the world! Many of them are sweet, others not so much. Load More… Finally, they walk you thru the “right” way to taste the quality of a chocolate bar. Factors like: smell, taste, texture …

Swiss Treasures: Geneva & Montreux

Geneva Switzerland will always have a special place in my heart. This country brings me so much memories and anecdotes until this day. It was my friends’ first time in Switzerland and I don’t know why, but made me so happy to share my knowledge with them 10 years has passed since boarding school, and yet everything was nothing quite like I remembered it. I remember back in 2007, we visited all major cities. I knew that I’d been to Geneva multiple times before, yet upon my arrival Geneva was a complete stranger. This made me happy because: 1. It’s like exploring a new city.  2. Because this time I could get to know the city with my friends. Jackie and Kristine are excellent travel buddies. Every day was another anecdote to laugh at or one of those “happenings” while traveling that the only thing to be said is : “I can’t believe the bus left us!” and laugh out loud.  This are the kind of travel buddies I look for when planning a trip. If …

Sheikh Zayed Mosque Abu Dhabi: Photo Gallery

Only a 2-hour drive from Dubai – The Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi will leave you speechless. Every single detail in this amazing architectonical construction is the true definition of beauty. I’ve never seen a building more beautiful than this one! When in Dubai, this is a must-visit.   Things to know prior to your visit: You need to cover! If you are female, you need to be completely cover: arms, legs and head. If you don’t have nothing to cover up with, no problem. You can rent a burka outside the Mosque. Once you are dress appropriately to enter the Mosque, keep in mind that you are inside a temple. Respect and following the Mosque rules are a must! Make sure you visit early in the morning to avoid crowds. Do not plan your visit on a Friday – The Mosque is closed for tourists. Interesting Facts: The design of the mosque was done by a Syrian architect named Yousef Abdelky. Construction cost‎ a total of 2 billion dirhams. The Sheikh Zayed Mosque …