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Holiday Gift Ideas For Every Travel Enthusiast

1. Bluesmart One – Smart Luggage: GPS, Remote Locking, Battery Charger (International Carry-on Size, TSA-Approved)     2. Fitglam Natural Silk Sleep Mask with Eyelashes Patterns & Free Ear Plugs, Best Sleeping Eye Cover for Travel     3. Travelrest 4-in-1 Premier Plus Travel Blanket with Pocket – Covers Shoulders – Plush, Soft and Luxurious – Built-In Stuff Sack (Grey)     4. Giant World MegaMap, Large Wall Map – Paper with front sheet lamination – 77.95 x 48.03 inches     5. Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens     6. Leather Luggage tag – Dr. Seuss quote     7. Cork Board World Map     8. mophie juice pack reserve – Lightweight and Compact Mobile Protective Battery Case     9. Zoppen Multi-purpose Rfid Blocking Travel Passport Wallet     10. Trtl Pillow – Scientifically Proven Super Soft Neck Support Travel Pillow     11. AMIR Phone Camera Lens     12. Skyroam Solis: Mobile WiFi Hotspot & Power Bank     13. Dog Carrier for Small Pet     …

Horseback-riding around Sacsayhuaman in Cusco, Peru

Overview   Enjoy magnificent scenery and fascinating visits to Incan archaeological sites on this half-day horseback riding adventure from Cusco. Mount up for your ride with a horseman, who will lead you to the ruins of Qenko, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman where can wander on your own. Explore each site independently, making sure to soak up the beautiful mountain scenery and eucalyptus forests you encounter along the way. Your horseback riding trip also includes round-trip hotel transport and all necessary riding equipment. (Via Viator.com) Load More…   Things to Know:   No experience necessary to be able to sign up for this activity. They will give you a horse that best suits your riding level. The tour guide will pick you up at your hotel. Give them a call to coordinate pick-up and drop-off schedule. Sign up for this tour via Viator. Click here. (Tour code: 13854P5) Professional guide and snacks included. Duration: Approx. 3 hours   Until next trip,  Read more about Cusco Horseback Riding Tour Around Sacsayhuaman 2017 at Viator.com 

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 …