Visiting Machu Picchu

Machu picchu is the famous Incan empire capital in the Andes of Peru.  The site is one of the most amazing places I have visited to date.  The architecture with stones is absolutely amazing and lives up to its name.  Not only that, but the location of the ancient city is stunning.  To get up to Machu Picchu from the valley floor below you can hike or take a bus.  If you are in shape I highly recommend hiking the 500m to the top of the plateau, it is difficult but totally worth it. Here are some tips and advise about how to get here, where to stay, and top activities from what I have learned after visiting Machu Picchu myself. Top Activites Although coming to see the ruins is the most popular reason for visiting, those who enjoy hiking can summit a couple of peaks overlooking the site as Continue Reading

Activities in Berlin

Historical Alexanderplatz and Fernsehturm TV tower- the most famous cities where in Germany.  This 368 meter high TV tower can be climbed for absolutely amazing views of the city.  Alexanderplatz is a massive square in the heart of Berlin and has the famous Brunnen der Völkerfreundschaft fountain. Checkpoint Charlie is a famous point of the past border crossing from former East Berlin to West Berlin.  Here you can find a soldiers post and take pictures with the guard on duty.  You can find exhibits about the history of the Berlin wall at the museum.  Entrance fee for the museum is 13 Euro- don’t forget your student ID for a nice discount. Reichstag – The seat of the German Parliament is one of the most historic landmarks in Berlin.  It is free to climb the famous glass dome for a nice view of the city.  You can talk to locals and Continue Reading

Visiting Semuc Champey

Semuc Champey If you’re planning to visit Central America, then I am pleased to give you a hidden gem.  Although this special spot will not be hiding for long, Semuc Champey is truly a unique place to visit. Hidden in a lush mountainous jungle in Guatemala near the town of Lanquin, Semuc Champey is a 300 m long limestone formation with a river running underneath, and picturesque turquoise pools above.  While visiting Semuc Champey you can swim it in the pools, jumper off of waterfalls, explore a water cave using candles, tube down these river, and hike to the top of a mountain. The admission fee is 50Q ($7) This is definitely a place that you do buy yourself.  You do not need a tumor guide to take you here.  The locals are all very warm and welcoming, although be prepared to be hounded to buy a beer or some Continue Reading

Sintra, Portugal Travel Guide

Sintra, Portugal Travel Guide I just wanted to share with you this great video about Sintra.  Sintra was one of first places that I visited on my solo Europe trip.  In the video Delia gives us a great overview of the local culture, history, architecture, and attractions near Sintra.  It was very inspiring and a little bit nostalgic for me to watch this video.  However, Delia does a great job as a virtual tour guide.  If you are planning a trip to Portugal, Sintra had better be on your list of destinations. Architecture of the castle. The video goes into great detail about this palace and it looks like it is from a fairy tale.  All types of different architectural styles are used within the palace.  With amazing colors ranging from yellow and red to pink and blue, a very apparent Moorish architectural design makes this palace so special.  The Continue Reading