Best places to stay, while backpacking in Peru

Peru is set up well for tourism when it comes to accommodation and transport. With a decent accommodation (that includes wifi, hot showers and breakfast) and good food and traveling around in local buses you can easily survive at 30$/day. Although I will tell you where to find cheaper accommodation too, and what all you you will have to trade for low costs. Continue reading “Best places to stay, while backpacking in Peru”

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Trolls or Art: hilarious portraits of famous people

Botero is one of the most popular artist in Colombia. Located right in downtown and free to visit, his museum is a must go-to if you are in Bogota! He is known for his depiction and “obsession” for exaggeratedly overweight people. So, if you are fit, you can forget about featuring in his art!! haha, anyway I just found his art exceptionally cute, so here is a photo-blog post of pictures from his museum. Continue reading “Trolls or Art: hilarious portraits of famous people”

The truth about Bogota and why I fell in love with it

What comes to mind with the first mention of Colombia: Druglords and crime, murders, kidnappings, hypnotics, thefts on gunpoints…. Colombia scared me the most out of all the other countries I visited in South America. But believe me! Colombia is as safe as any other country. Nothing like you’d have thought. I have put down a list of things to do in Bogota and hopefully the next time you hear of Colombia, all that comes to your mind is beautiful women, beautiful architecture, tasty coffee, cool cathedrals and out of the world landscapes! Check it out. Continue reading “The truth about Bogota and why I fell in love with it”

How I trekked Macchu Pichu in less than 15$

Previously, I wrote about the top 6 routes to Macchu Pichu, the Incan ruins in Peru. The most popular trek, the Inca Trail, is a guided trek and costs a massive 600 USD. And in this post, I am going to tell you how you can save all that money, take the off-beaten path and explore Macchu Pichu in less than 15$.

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Top 10 things to do in Bolivia

Bolivia’s share of attention is often snatched away by its beautiful neighbors. After all, if all you have just 1 month in South America, you’d rather spend it in the beautiful Machu Pichu in Peru or the wineries in Mendoza, Argentina or taking some time off in Cartagena, Colombia. And rightly so, Bolivia just doesn’t have the tourist appeal that its beautiful neighboring countries do! But hey, for me visiting this country was an absolute must. Why, you may ask? Bolivia is one of those super nice countries that do not require a tourist visa for Indians (oh! while Americans pay 300$ at the immigration, Indians just breeze past them for FREE, Wohoooo! Take that, ‘Merica) Continue reading “Top 10 things to do in Bolivia”

Bolivia’s coolness coefficient: Does it live up?

Known for the largest salt flats in the world, Bolivia is fast emerging as a travel destination. Right from visiting the wild life in Amazon jungle, dinosaur footprints on a vertical wall to the largest salt flats in the world, one thing is crystal clear: Bolivia is not “conventional”, if you know what I mean. Like I said in my previous blogpost, it is not the most beautiful country in the world. But it is different. How different? Let’s calculate Bolivia’s coolness factor: Continue reading “Bolivia’s coolness coefficient: Does it live up?”

Salar de Uyuni: best time to visit and your ultimate planning guide

I am not going to lie, Bolivia is not the amongst the most beautiful countries in the world. But there is one thing that makes it worthwhile to visit – the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flats in the world. Continue reading “Salar de Uyuni: best time to visit and your ultimate planning guide”

Weigh less, eat more – and 9 other things to do in Quito

Quito is one place in the world where you can eat more and weigh less! Surprised, I was too! Quito lies on the equator, where the effect of earth’s gravity is lesser than the poles, leading to reduced weight! Wohooo! Forget dieting, and plan a trip to Ecuador as soon as you can! And while you are there, check out what all you can do! Continue reading “Weigh less, eat more – and 9 other things to do in Quito”

Ecuador’s coolness coefficient: Does it live up?

Sandwiched between Peru and Colombia, Ecuador is a small country in the north west of South America. I discovered a lot about this beautiful country when I visited the capital city this year (2015). Let’s calculate Ecuador’s coolness factor: Continue reading “Ecuador’s coolness coefficient: Does it live up?”

The fortress of Chachapoyas: A kingdom forgotten by people and neglected by archeologists

Located on the ridge overlooking the Utcubamba valley in Northern Peru, the 600 m long, 19 m high fortress wall encompasses the once-well planned city of about 400 houses. The Kuelap fortress (meaning Cloud forest) has for centuries, guarded the secret of the Chachapoyan civilization. Continue reading “The fortress of Chachapoyas: A kingdom forgotten by people and neglected by archeologists”

5 most scenic routes to Macchu Pichu that you did not know about

They say it is all about the journey! Hell yeah its about the journey! It is the journey that gives you a thousand memories of hard work, of unexpected twists and turns, of bitter failures and sweet sweet success! I want to make one such journey a memorable one for you! The journey to one of the “seven wonders of the modern world”: Macchu Pichu! Continue reading “5 most scenic routes to Macchu Pichu that you did not know about”

10 things that you can do in Peru, besides Machu Pichu

I sat there waiting for the curtain of mist to draw away, so I could get that one picture of the majestic Machu Pichu, but of course the most sought after Peruvian destination plays hard to get. And rightly so – tons of people flock to Peru every year to hike to these beautiful Incan ruins in Cuzco. The stone Incan houses made to perfection, the beautiful terraces and temples, all of it surrounded by tall Andean mountains: it is a sight worth seeing. Continue reading “10 things that you can do in Peru, besides Machu Pichu”