As a nature lover, I felt like spending the break of the years in contemplation and peace, rather than with loud celebrations. My partner agreed to the idea of spending the last day of 2021 and the first day of 2022 in the Atacama Desert near Ica, enjoying some exploring – including that of the Canyon of the Lost – with a local guide, rituals, meditation and contemplation on the dunes as well as under the starry night sky.Continue reading “New Year in the Desert of Atacama”
Christmas in Peru comes after the summer solstice, when the majority of the vast country is experiencing heat and summer vibes. Perhaps for that reason there is not much space for contemplation. Christmas is rather a fiesta similar to that of the New Year, including lots of drinking and fireworks, or more likely firecrackers.
These three locations by Peru’s southern Pacific coastline are home to mysterious treasures and unusual experiences. From mythical geoglyphs in the Nazca Desert, to an oasis amidst a desert in Ica and Ballestas Islands laced with wildlife in the Paracas National Reserve, this unique part of Peru delights travelers.Continue reading “Nazca, Ica, Paracas – From The Mysteries of Ancient Cultures to a Wildlife Paradise”
Arequipa is Peru’s second largest city known as “The White City” as many buildings around the Plaza de Armas were constructed using volcanic sillar from the surrounding volcanoes. Earthquakes are as common as varied festivals in this region where travellers come to admire the second deepest canyon in the world – Colca with its volcanos and thermal springs, great cuisine and abundant traditions which include wearing beautiful costumes in the provincial, rural areas.
Few such memories of beauty and purity one can have as those of the inhabitants of the Taquile Island on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca, just a stone-throw away from Bolivia and a three-hour boat ride from Puno. Indeed, one of the places you want to visit while in the area of the lake, serene, sacred, and steeped in rich cultures past and present.
A few weeks ago, a Czech guide in Peru, Zuzka Bartakova de Saman, and I co-organized the first spiritual retreat for the Czechs in the Tambopata Reserve in Puerto Maldonado in the Peruvian Amazon. The week there was quite a marvel, combining yoga practice and meditation with jungle explorations and rituals, which included ayahuasca ceremonies with a local shaman.
Though some would insist that the best Lima district for tourists is the artsy Barraco with its colonial architecture, I would support the majority that says it´s Miraflores, an upscale suburban district located about 10 kilometres away from the city centre, which features some stunning coastal views, great restaurants, and even an option of paragliding!
An amazing turquoise colored glacier lake surrounded by towering glaciated peaks and valleys and offering breathtaking mountain views, even that of Salkantay Mountain, is a must-hike when in Cusco region.
Vinicunca, better known as the Rainbow Mountain or the Mountain of Seven Colours, which are created by the various minerals contained in the massive, has been gaining on popularity since its discovery in 2013 and has been listed in National Geographic’s “Top 100 Places to Visit before You Die”.
A bucket-list destination, laced with Incan archeological sites, stunning natural sceneries, great restaurants and the energy of the magnificent Andes Mountains, the city of Cusco, located in the homonymous Peruvian region, is a melting pot of cultures and nationalities.
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