03 May10 Mysterious Machu Picchu

Posted in Activity, Culture, History and Politics, Landmarks, Nature, Travel, Travel Tips from Machu Picchu, Peru by Calina

Before coming to South America, I shamefully admit that I knew very little about Machu Picchu. All I knew was that it was famous and a must-see. Since then, my curiosity has been picqued by its compelling mystery. How is it that this giant complex eluded the Spaniards when they destroyed so many other Incan […] (Read More)

20 Apr10 Island in the Sun

Posted in History and Politics, Landmarks, Nature, Travel from Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia by Calina

Lake Titicaca straddles Bolivia and Peru and is the highest navigable lake in the world (with the funniest name). The largest island on the lake, Isla del Sol, is considered by ancient Incas and modern-day Quechuans and Aymarans, to be the birthplace of the first Incans. It is said that the sun god descended from the […] (Read More)

18 Apr10 Keeping The Peace

Posted in Activity, Culture, Food, History and Politics from La Paz, Bolivia by

The city of La Paz is a shock to the senses. At 3,660 meters above sea level, a simple flight of stairs takes a marathon effort, and the thick pollution that spews from the micros that scurry through the city leave you gasping for air. Despite the smoke, dirt and cold, La Paz still manages […] (Read More)