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Puerto Maldonado June 3rd, 2013

Madre Dios & The Lake Sandoval

Located in the Amazon Basin, the Madre Dios department in southeast Peru has two main national parks: Manu and Tambopata. Before reaching the Titicaca Lake and enter Bolivia, I had the pleasure of spending two nights in the Tambopata National Park. It was my…


Huacachina Desert
Huacachina May 25th, 2013

Huacachina Desert

I should have posted something about the Huacachina Desert a couple of weeks ago... Well, at least a picture.


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Aguas Calientes

The Lost City of the Incas

Running the risk of falling into a big cliché, I can't avoid writing a few words about Machu Picchu, one of the wonders of the world, a place we all know from pictures and National Geographic documentaries... (more…)


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Aguas Calientes May 21st, 2013

Train to Machu Picchu

Trains have always played a magical role in my imaginary. I recall the 26 hour-trip aboard the Indian-Pacific train in Australia to be one of the best train rides of my life.But today, I had the chance of travelling with Peru Rail to the…


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Lima May 15th, 2013

More Handmade Postcards


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Cajamarca May 11th, 2013

Road Trip to Heaven

The Colectivo, a small 17-passenger car, left around 4:00 in morning. A 12-hour trip from Chachapoyas to Cajamarca in north Peru was about to begin. I had read about the stretch of road between Chachapoyas and Celendin: “One of the best road trips one…


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Chachapoyas May 8th, 2013

From Ecuador to Peru


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Puerto Lopez May 2nd, 2013

Los Frailes

Around 10 km north of Puerto Lopez and part of the Machalilla National Park, Los Frailes is arguably the best beach in Ecuador. I hope the picture talks by itself. I just would like to mention that I spent 3 hours here and I…


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Baños

Tungurahua

The small Andean town of Baños is surrounded by some stunning nature: waterfalls, thermal waters, rivers, glaciers and volcanoes. All this natural beauty casts a shadow over Baños, which seems to live entirely from tourism, with dozens of hotels and tour operators offering all…


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Ibarra April 17th, 2013

Colombia in 7 Weeks


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El Angel

Frailejones and Polylepis

The border crossing, both in Colombia and Ecuador, presented no problems and was faster than I thought. In Tulcan I took the bus to El Angel, around 90 minutes and 1.5 USD.From El Angél, or Los Angeles as locals call it, I took a…


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Las Lajas April 15th, 2013

The South American Rivendell

I my last stop before stepping into Ecuadorian lands is this incredible place called Las Lajas. Although the present church was built in the 20th century, its holiness dates 200 years back. Millions of catholic pilgrims are drawn here upon the belief that in…


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Cali April 12th, 2013

A Vegan’s Nightmare

La Bandeja Paisa is a typical meal of the Paisas from Antioquia and Cauca regions, and one of Colombia's most traditional dishes. The ingredients vary from place to place, but they all tend to have a generous amount of food, the most common being:…


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Cali

San Cipriano y Las Brujitas

Most of the Afro-Colombian population has been living for centuries in the Pacific coast; its ancestors were slaves brought by Spanish, Dutch, British and Portuguese navigators. Those who managed to run away from coffee or sugar plantations found refuge in the thick jungles of…


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Salento April 4th, 2013

Valle de Cocora

Just 9km outside the picturesque village of Salento, Valle de Cocora is home to some of the tallest trees I have ever laid my eyes on: the Quindío wax palms, national tree and symbol of Colombia. I don't know if one can tell how…