South America (7)

Few people are lucky enough in life to get to see this for themselves.  It is not on the beaten path, not somewhere that you can bop down to for the weekend.  It is a journey to get to, that is for sure.  And actually, I think that is one of the things that makes it so incredibly amazing.  It is not cheapened by convenience.  Nestled deep in the mountains of a country steeped in ancient culture an tradition, the journey to the top of this sacred mountain is as incredible as the space itself. I visited Machu Picchu in…
Now this is truly a unique sight like no other! Everyone has seen algae, that icky often green stuff that grows in water all over the world — but have you ever seen rainbow-colored algae? That is what happens for a brief period every year at a remote river in Colombia, South America. The Caño Cristales River located high in the Serrania de la Macarena Mountains is one that most travelers have never even heard of. It’s location is so remote that the river does not even have any fish and you can only get there after a long trek…
Bolivia was my first experience of South America where I enjoyed three months of Spanish lessons, a homestay, volunteering and exploring the country. It remains one of my most memorable travel experiences to this day. Bolivia is a thought-provoking and unique country, with friendly locals who will share a smile with you despite the daily hardships they endure in the poorest country in South America. You know you are in Bolivia when: Your first short walk in the country leaves you out of breath after landing in La Paz, the highest airport in the world at more than 4,000 metres.…
Bolivia was my first experience of South America where I enjoyed three months of Spanish lessons, a homestay, volunteering and exploring the country. It remains one of my most memorable travel experiences to this day. Bolivia is a thought-provoking and unique country, with friendly locals who will share a smile with you despite the daily hardships they endure in the poorest country in South America. Time permitted, don’t leave Bolivia without experiencing the following highlights of this fascinating country: 1. Learn Spanish Being able to speak the local language not only simplifies the logistical aspects of travelling through Bolivia but…
Nearly everyone on this planet, traveler or not, has at least an idea of roughly what Machu Picchu is so I'll just summarize the basics. Built and occupied by the Incas from the early 1400s to the late 1500s, this lost city is arguably the crowning achievement of the Inca civilization. Totally unbeknownst to Spain during their conquests, Machu Picchu sat undisturbed until it was discovered in the early 1900s. The iconic Machu Picchu shot ;) Since that time many of the ruins have been reconstructed and the place has become a tourist sensation known worldwide, seeing an average of…
The rich & famous and not-so-rich, not-famous-at-all, go there. The ancient abandoned city of Machu Picchu attracts many travelers from around the world. Luxury travelers ride the 1st class Hiram Bingham train with Perurail and backpackers hike the Inca Trail. They go by the thousands. Up to 2500 people per day will explore the Machu Picchu ruins. Not as many visitors make it to the other destinations in Peru, including Colca Canyon. Perhaps the biggest obstacle is the geography. There is no train and driving requires hiring a vehicle and driver in Cusco or Puno, and traveling over the highlands…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 11:38

We want to be CARIOCAS !

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Brazil is a magical place, in one sentence I would say we spent three amazing and psychedelic weeks. Everything is in profusion in Brazil: food, nature, caïpirinhas, … EVERYTHING! We found white sand desert, blue lagoons, sand dunes worthy of Aladdin, uninhabited island, we also discovered the jungle, paradisiac beaches and fresh coconuts! We have seen sea otters –we could definitely call them sea hyenas!- , caimans –a lot of caimans, like a lot: we did try to count them and stopped when arriving at 200 caimans around a small river, this is a true story-, toucans, aras, papagayos, capivoras… we fished piranhas and gave them to feed the sea hyenas, we did our first gallop…with a mule and no riding helmet, we have faced an ants invasion in one of our pousadas. Half short-sighted and without our glasses, we are quite sure we’ve seen a two colours anaconda. We lived in the middle of nowhere, spoke Brazilian Portuguese, we discovered a natural pink-clay cliff, we danced with butterflies, we’ve met crows in a Jesuit island, we were speechless in front of the kilometres of Iguacu waterfalls. Brazil, it is also girls with g-strings who assume their amazing body, muscled and tattooed surfers from Ipanema and the highest buildings from Sao Paolo, Capital. We can’t count caïpirinhas : lime caipi, mango caipi, pineapple or strawberry ones, we can’t count neither the hours spent in buses, the frozen beers or the kilo of amazing meat we ate. We count the feijoiada, the best mocqueca, the fried snacks and the too quick lunch breaks from our bus-drivers. We want more hammocks, more breakfast on terraces, we want to drink more half liter of fresh juice, read our Lonely Planet and be amazed by landscape. We want another samba lesson and we wish we could be lost one more time between all havaianas shops. We want to go back there saying Bom Dia to everyone! Brazilian people are so friendly and they have an amazing sense of rhythm – we really don’t. Sometimes we did not eat a lot because we were lost regarding our budget and sometimes we bought the best Chile and Argentinian wines because we were good with money. Brazil is so huge we’ll need six months there to discover everything. To conclude, these three weeks were perfect and we want to recommend to everyone who get the opportunity to go there. Actually these three weeks were so perfect we decided to go back to Brazil this summer! But this time, we will travel around a proper project: Let’s Cheyenne- Around the world and we will spend some time with an Indian Tribe in Amazonia… thanks to the amazing people we met during this trip! More info? Here! www.letscheyenne.com