While preparing our trip in Latin America, we did not really know what to do in Colombia. We didn’t have a travel guide to help us as we had for the other countries but we had the opportunity to speak with several Colombians we met in Paris. They all told us that one of the things we couldn’t miss was the Eje Cafetero (the coffee region). Paolo being a big fan of coffee, we decided to spend a full week there.Continue reading “El eje Cafetero: more than just coffee”
Our night on the volcano Acatenango
Among all the incredible spectacles nature gives us, the sight of an erupting volcano is one of the most humbling. In front of the earth trembling, the lava and smoke ejected, and the roaring sound, you cannot help but feel little and amazed. Unfortunately for the people that many times are negatively affected by these kind of phenomenon, volcano eruptions cannot be predicted yet. There are however some volcanoes that erupt frequently enough for them to be observed safely from the right distance. One of these volcano is the volcan de Fuego. To watch the explosions from a safe distance you have to get to the top of the volcano just in front: Acatenango.Continue reading “Our night on the volcano Acatenango”
Titicaca: one lake, two countries, three islands
It is said that the first Inca, Manco Capac, was created by Inti, the god of the sun and emerged from the depths of lake Titicaca. He created the Inca civilization, establishing it in Cuzco.
With such a story, no doubt we wanted to visit this famous lake and some of its more than 30 islands. At 3800 m, lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world and it is situated at the border between two countries: Peru and Bolivia.Continue reading “Titicaca: one lake, two countries, three islands”
Cuzco: the capital of the Incas
Cuzco was the capital and center of the Tawantisuyo, the Inca empire. From it, four main roads departed to reach the four regions of the empire.Continue reading “Cuzco: the capital of the Incas”
Galapagos Islands on a budget: isla Isabela
After the post about Santa Cruz, we talk about another major island in the Galapagos: Isabela. With some activities to do on a low budget as well!Continue reading “Galapagos Islands on a budget: isla Isabela”
Galapagos Islands on a budget: arriving on Santa Cruz
The Galapagos archipelago has always been synonym with wildlife. Made famous worldwide by Darwin’s studies that lead to the theory of evolution, they became the first Ecuadorian national park in 1959. Since then, the restrictions to ensure preservation of the native flora and fauna kept accumulating. These restrictions came hand in hand with a steady and significant raise in the cost of the stay on the island. But don’t worry, you can still enjoy the amazing animals of the Galapagos while being on a budget.Continue reading “Galapagos Islands on a budget: arriving on Santa Cruz”
5 days in Santiago de Chile
A few months ago we were arriving in Chile. Our very first stop was the capital, Santiago de Chile. It was the second capital we were visiting after Buenos Aires. To explore it better, we stayed right in the centre. Our Airbnb hosts were the most lovely people. They gave us so many advice on what to do and where to eat!Continue reading “5 days in Santiago de Chile”
Mancora: the amazing coast life of Peru
When we think about Peru, usually the first thing that comes to mind is Machu Picchu and the many beautiful hikes that you can do in the Andes. Most of the time we do not think about the coast, but in the north of Peru is pretty nice. Moreover, since you are almost at the border with Ecuador, the climates tends to be quite warm.
After more than one month hiking the Andes, we wanted some warmth and decided to go to Mancora. The city is located at the meeting between the warm current from the north and the cold one from the south. Such conditions create the perfect environment for a very rich marine life.
The Salar de Uyuni and the Sur Lipez
Long ago volcanoes could walk and talk, just like humans. One of them, Tunupa, had a child, the father of which was unknown. All the other volcanoes loved Tunupa and they wanted to be father of the baby. So a huge fight broke between them, until they kidnapped the baby. The gods got angry and took away the volcanoes ability to speak and move. But Tunupa’s milk and tears for the loss of the child continued to flow, creating what we now know as salar de Uyuni.Continue reading “The Salar de Uyuni and the Sur Lipez”
Choquequirao: the last city of the Incas
Cuzco was the capital of the Inca empire. After falling in the hands of the Spanish, the last remaining fighters looked for a safe refuge in the Vilcabamba mountain range. Here they established another capital, however, the access to the mountain range was controlled from another city: Choquequirao, ‘the cradle of gold’.Continue reading “Choquequirao: the last city of the Incas”