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Visiting the floating island of Uros on Lake Titicaca

In the Andes, on the world’s high navigable lake, you can find the Uros people. Ancient people  that live on an approximate of 120 self-made floating islands on Lake Titicaca, near Puno. This people are descendants of the ancient Uros, who are one of the first major ethnic group to have settled in the high-altitude plateau and choose to live on the islands on the lake. Initially, they constructed their islands into the middle of the lake where they lived untouched for centuries. But due to a strong storm that destroyed the islands, they were forced to rebuild closer to shore, near Puno. And this was the point that opened the islands to the civilization and, of course, tourism. We arranged a tour with www.titicacaperu.com to visit the Floating islands and to have an authentic day and night on Amantani island. The price that we paid for both experiences was 65 USD/person. So,…

Experiencing a real oasis in Huacachina

After the beautiful and wild Paracas we went dipper in the desert arriving to Huacachina. Huacachina is a real desert oasis and the first that I m seeing ever. It is the only natural desert oasis and has the largest sand dunes in South America. How to get Public busses The public busses won’t take you directly to Huacachina. You will have buses almost from each town: from Lima, Cusco, Paracas but it will take only to Ica and from here take a taxi till the oasis. Of couse, it will be more difficult if you do the steps separately, but it will be cheaper. Bus from Lima to Ica is 10-15 usd taxi from Ica to Huacachina is 1 usd, entrance fee in Huacachina is 3 usd. PeruHop Is another option that we tried. The Peru bus took us from Paracas directly to Huacachina, and this was part of…

Exploring Ballestas island | The Poor Man’s Galapagos

Our second destination in Peru was Paracas, which is well known for its Ballestas Islands. Paracas National Reserve is one of the biggest protected desert reserves in South America; A fantastic desert that meets the ocean. Actually, it is a saline desert formed in the place of an ancient ocean and now home to a large wildlife. Because of its impressive marine and terrestrial wildlife, in 1975 was established as a protected area. Ballestas Islands What Are the Ballestas Islands The Ballestas are a collection of rocky islands, just a few kilometers off the western coast of Paracas. The islands are hosting a large wildlife. They are home for a thousand birds and mammals including penguins and sea lions. How to reach From Paracas, you’ll need to take a 2-hour wildlife-watching boat tour. Peru Hop arranged our tour with a local travel agency and we paid 15 USD. The tour…

Going crazy with a “Mad Max” experience in Paracas desert

Paracas represents the coastal desert region famous for Ballestas Island and Paracas National Reserve. Paracas national Reserve is one of the biggest protected desert reserves in South America; desert and ocean. It covers more than 3,000 kilometers of which 65% of it is sea and 35% is dry land and islands. It is considered one of the richest and most uncommon ecosystems in the world, but the attraction is not only its wildlife but also the beauty of the ocean and desert landscapes. We spent a day and a night here and we had the chance to experience a glimpse of what it can offer. After lunch, we rented some buggies and we started our mad driving adventure in the desert. We drove for 10 min to the Paracas National Reserve from our hotel, paid an entrance fee and started discovering the desert along the Paracas coast which was thrilling. We…

How to Travel Peru

One of the destinations where we always wanted to get to was Peru. And now that we have visited it, we consider it one of the best experiences ever. Amazing desserts, the world’s highest mountain range, the world’s tallest navigable lake, welcoming people and, of course, Machu Picchu. What more can you want? We had two amazing weeks and tried to cover as much as possible from this beautiful county. But we are talking about Latin America where the public transportation system is not excellent. We tried to make the most of our time by using the Peru Hop buses from Lima to Cusco. And in Cusco we arrange some local travel agencies to help us to visit the Sacred Valley, Inca Trail and of course Machu Picchu. Peru Hop is an Irish founded company in Peru, hop-on, hop-off style buses that take you to the most important spots in Peru. It was…

12 Amazing Things to do in Peru

From the deserts of the Pacific coast to the Amazon rainforest, from the world’s tallest navigable lake to the world’s largest tropical mountain range, Peru offers a wide range of landscapes and such different climate zones. And among mountains, forests and deserts are the remains of dozens of ancient civilizations. So, Peru has it all and it is so difficult to make a top because everything is so amazing in their own way. Below I will try to select only a few of the fantastic things that Peru has to offer. Discover the Magic of Machu Picchu When you think of Peru, there is only one thing that comes to your mind – Machu Picchu. It is indeed one of the most beautiful attractions in Peru. This Inca city, uncovered during the Spanish conquest, forgotten and undisturbed for centuries, is located in the most amazing area, surrounded by beautiful mountains,…

Staying at Brukenthal Summer Palace in Transylvania

Just imagine! 18th century. An enchanting palace in Transylvania at the foothill of Făgăraş Mountains; A palace inspired by Viennese architecture and a ballroom that hosted parties that all high society of the time attended. Glamour, power, beauty, elegance, stunning gardens and good music. This were the glorious moments of Brukenthal Summer Palace. Of course, this was in the 18th century, but the palace still remains today and we had the opportunity to spend a night here after 250 years of history. Let me tell you a little bit about this place. Brukenthal Summer Palace in Avrig was the former summer residence of Baron von Brukenthal, who was the famous governor of Transylvania two centuries ago, It was designed in Baroque style of the era between 1760-1764. The domain of Avrig includes the palace, the park and the orangery building, now arranged as a restaurant, event room, and hotel. The Palace It…

10 Things that you probability didn’t know about the Danube Delta

In Danube Delta, reed stretches on over 1,750 square km making it the largest compact reed area in the world. Here you can find the lowest population density in Romania. A person for each 300,000 square meters. Sulina is situated at the lowest altitude in Romania. Also, Sulina is the only city in Romania having ports on both the Danube and Black Sea. In Danube Delta two carnivorous plants can be found: Utricularia vulgaris and Aldrovanda. Danube Delta is the richest fishery in Romania. The fish species with the longest migration range can be found here. Eel fish travel 8000 km to the Sargasso Sea, where they reproduce and then die. The only sand forests in Romania are found in the Danube Delta. In Cararoman forest there is a 400 old oak. Danube is the second longest river in Europe (after Volga that is 3690 kilometers long). Given that Volga is…

A day in the Romanian Danube Delta | From Tulcea to Mila 23 village

After a talk with our friends, we decided to go to the Danube Delta, for a weekend. The first offer we got was quite expensive. Luckily Laura, our friend found an offer that delighted us in every aspect. Discover the Danube Delta (descoperadeltadunarii.ro) is a team of enthusiasts who strive to show the world the beautiful face of the Delta: wild, mysterious, lively, quiet but still agitated. They organize all kinds of tours, sightseeing expeditions, photography or filming tours and kayak exploring tours all over the Delta, in any season and in all weather. We chose the One Day Delta trip, departing from Tulcea to Mila 23 village and back. The price was about 31 Euro.So we left Bucharest early in the morning and after a 3 hour drive, at 10.00 am, we were already in Port Aval Tulcea, eager to embark on our new adventure. It was not long…

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