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Hiking the oldest Mountains in Romania, Macin Mountains

At the beginning of autumn, we decided to do an easy hike, together with our eight friends, in the north of Dobrogea, in the Macin Mountains. These are the oldest mountains in Romania and were formed about 300 million years ago. In the area there are quite few things that you can do, but of course the most important thing here is the National Park of Macin Mountains. You can hike, bike or have a fantastic wine tasting but we chose to take one of the many mountain trails. You don’t have to be in a spectacular physical shape because Macin mountain are old and easy to walk. The slopes are small and the paths are easy. The only thing you have to do is to have enough water with you, because there are not too many sources of water, and you also need to watch out for vipers. Everything…

The colorful streets of Cartagena

We reached the colonial city of Cartagena where the Latin spirit feels at home: colorful clothes, salsa, street dance, football and passionate people. Cartagena is famous for its culture, history and colourful colonial buildings and of course its fascinating history. From Santa Marta we took a bus that arrived in Cartagena late at night. From the bus station we caught a taxi to our hotel in Gistemaní neighborhood near the old town. That night we took part in a very interesting race on the crowded city streets. We thought that our drivers were a bite crazy but later on we realized that this was their way of driving and we were very happy to reach the hotel in one piece. At night, the town was alive, bars were full, and people were partying on the streets. We could tell that the city had its own energy. Our hotel was a very old…

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…

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…

15 days in China

We have just returned from China, after a two weeks adventure in which we traveled over 4,000 kilometers from North to South, explored cities of 20 million people or picturesque villages lost in rice, we went with all possible means of transport , bicycle, scooter, boat, cable car or high-speed trains. We were surprised to find a country not only immense in size and population, but also an organized and modern nation, from infrastructure to education. We believe that the 21st century will indeed be the century of China. China is, after all, the only great civilization to carry on continuously its traditions and cultural heritage for more than 4000 years. China’s huge territory and rich culture leaves a lot to discover and come up with. Be it natural beauty, food, architecture or civilization. We tried to discover as much as possible in our 15 day touring China. Below we…

Hiking the Avatar Mountains

There is a unique place in China like no other seen before: The Zhangjiajie Mountains aka The Avatar Mountains. These amazing pillar-like formations are a distinct hallmark of Chinese landscape, and can be found in many ancient Chinese paintings. Beauty and unusual nature of the park are incredible. Mountain peaks and caves, streams waterfalls, rare plants and animals. There is no photo that could show splendor and grandeur of this place. Experience your get in the place is much better than you can imagine. This is a place of wow.Zhangjiajie came into foreigner travelers’ eyes after the movie Avatar. The Hallelujah Mountains in Avatar were inspired by Southern Sky Pillar in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. It is easy to see the comparison between Zhangjiajie’s mountains and those of the mythical Pandora. So you, see. While in China, we couldn’t miss this amazing place. The only regret is that we had…

Great Biking adventure around the West Lake in Hangzhou

It was time to leave Shanghai, so we got back on the superfast train and headed south to Hangzhou, said to be one of the most famous cities in China.  Hangzhou it is best known for the Longjing tea, silk trade and of course the West Lake. With only two nights and one full day in Hangzhou, we decided to skip all other sights and pleasure ourselves with a full day around the famous West Lake. West Lake isn’t just a simple lake. It had influenced poets and painters through Chinese history for its natural beauty and historic relics, and it had also been among the most important sources of inspiration for Chinese Gardens. There are numerous temples, pagodas, gardens and artificial islands within the lake. Just the perfect place to discover and enjoy on a long September day. The next day, after we arrived, we hired bikes to explore the…

Romanian Road Trip from Bucharest to Maramures

At first glance, you might think that Romania doesn’t have too much to offer. This was my first thought too, and then I started to discover little by little this amazing country. This year, for the 1st of May break, we decided to go to Maramures. If you are looking for a vacation where you can experience the Authentic, Natural and Cultural, then this is the right choice. A trip to Romania can for sure offer you countless unique travel experiences, ones maybe forgotten in Western Europe. Especially, because you can have beautiful road tfrom the  Unique Danube Delta to a beautiful, intact, medieval town in Transylvania; from Bucharest to the Black Sea with its sun-kissed beaches; from Southern Transylvania to  Bucovina or Maramures. Or to a step back in time as you visit one of the world’s famous painted monasteries in Bucovina, the ancient, hilltop citadel in Sighisoara or an…

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