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”

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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”

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”