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Chankillo, Peru – the 2,300-year-old solar desert observatory

Chankillo, Peru - the 2,300-year-old solar desert observatory

The pre-Columbian history of Peru began about 15,000 years ago, until the times of the Inca civilization. This vigorous and indomitable Inca empire extended beyond Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Chile. The end of the Incas arrived with the Spanish colonizers in 1531. A mix of indomitable spirit, lack of serfdom, refusal to external dominance and unexpected death by unknown diseases, brought the unfortunate decimation of these people by the Spaniards. Independence is achieved three centuries later, led by Simon Bolivar – a Venezuelan military leader who was partly responsible for the revolutions against the Spanish empire in South America. Peru has diverse geographical areas that are…

Doors of Marrakesh, Morocco – Voyage Through Time

Doors of Marrakesh, Morocco - Voyage Through Time

I love doors. When I travel, I have particular interest in doors and windows. Doors reflect not only the personality of a city, but also the personality of its residents. There’s not one door the same as the next. Marrakesh, seen through doors, takes us on a historical time journey since the city was built until modern days. The old Medina of Marrakesh showcases amazing doors, giving its labyrinth alleys a unique charisma and charm. Founded back in 1071 by the Berber Almoravid sultan Youssef Ibn Tachfine, Marrakesh was the capital of Morocco during the 12th and 13th centuries. Marrakesh was, for a long time, a…

Historical Trips Around the World

Historical Trips Around the World

Historical Trips Around the World Countless people and groups attempted to travel around the world throughout History. It would be impossible for me to list all of them on an article like this one. But let’s select the most significant ones, starting with the second round-the-world trip, that followed the stunt of Ferdinand Magellan and his crew. Francis Drake managed to captain a round-the-world trip from beginning to end aboard the Golden Hind. With the support of Queen Elizabeth, it sailed off in 1577 planning to sail around South America and attack the Spanish colonies on the west coast of that continent. The fleet had five…

Khertvisi – Georgia, the stunning 2,500-year-old fortress

Khertvisi - Georgia, the 2,500 year old stunning fortress

Khertvisi, now in ruins, is one of the oldest forts in Georgia. Georgia is a country of the Caucasus, on the coast of the Black Sea, located both in Europe and Asia. 250 km distance from Tbilisi – the country’s capital, Khertvisi fortress protects the entrance of the valley of Erusheti Mountains that head towards the extraordinary Vardzia cave monastery. The Khertvisi fortress is charmingly situated on the top of a high rocky cliff, on the entrance of a narrow canyon at the confluence of Mitkvari (biggest river in Georgia) and Paravani rivers. The collection of old Georgian Chronicles testify to its existence from the most…

Amalfi Coast in the Tyrrhenian Sea – Italy

Idyllic views of the Amalfi Coast and Positano, Italy

Amalfi Coast Undoubtedly one of the most impressive landscapes in Italy, the Amalfi Coast is famous for its magnificent vistas. The Amalfi Coast has many restaurants and hotels with amazing views over the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula. In 1997, all this region was included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s list as a cultural landscape. Amalfi Coast extends for about 60 km / 37 mi from Salerno to Sorrento along the Tyrrhenian Sea. This idyllic place offers the most beautiful Italian coastal views. For its natural beauty, picturesque towns and romantic landscapes, Amalfi is often used in the film industry. Positano Positano town is the most charming…

Momotombo Volcano and Lake Managua – Nicaragua

Incredible Momotombo Volcano and Lake Managua in Nicaragua

Momotombo – Nicaragua On the shores of Lake Managua, Momotombo volcano is one of the most important national symbols of Nicaragua. This is due to its beautiful symmetrical shape, whether you admire it from afar or close. “A stunning cone-shaped volcano formed by overflown magma near the town of Puerto Momotombo on the shores of Lake Managua.” This conical stratovolcano is built up by many layers of hardened lava. The 1610 eruption forced the inhabitants of León to run away and relocate 48 km / 30 mi west, leaving their city behind. Today the ruins of León Viejo (Old León) are adjacent to the small town…

Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga – South Africa

Breathtaking landscapes of Blyde River Canyon in South Africa

Blyde River Canyon The Blyde River Canyon is one of the most beautiful places I visited during my trip to South Africa. The amazing landscapes and outstanding colors made me experience unforgettable trekking moments. “The Park encompasses the famous canyon which is the third deepest in the world and the largest in South Africa.” Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is located in the Mpumalanga region, near the small town of Graskop. It extends over 50 km / 31 mi across different types of terrain and vegetation. Bourke’s Luck Potholes Huge cylindrical potholes and natural swirling whirlpools caused by water erosion over the centuries. Located on the…

Baalbek – The colossal ancient city of Lebanon

VISIT BAALBEK

The town of Baalbek is located in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, roughly 85km northeast of Beirut and 75km north of Damascus in Syria. Baalbek lies in the Anti-Lebanon foothills, and visitors arrive here mainly to visit the famous Phoenician / Roman ruins. For a long time, I had the desire to visit Lebanon. Years passed and I somehow always postponed my trip to this Middle Eastern country. During my one week trip to Lebanon, I had the pleasure of visiting sites such as Crusader Castle and the old market of Byblos, the incredible Jeita caves, the Roman ruins of Baalbek, and the ruins of Anjar on the…

Erg Chebbi Dunes in Sahara Desert – Morocco

Inspiring Erg Chebbi Dunes in Sahara Desert, south Morocco

Erg Chebbi Dunes Erg Chebbi Dunes are a stunning part of Sahara Desert, on the southeastern part of Morocco, close to the Algerian border. This incredible sea of sand is the ideal place for a couple of days enjoying one of the best holiday destinations in Morocco. Explore the dunes and admire a beautiful sunrise or sunset over the horizon. “Having a surprising orange hue, the Erg Chebbi Dunes are one of the most beautiful places in Africa.” Challenge yourself to climb the 250 m / 810 ft “Grand Dune” near Merzouga village. The serene warm wind will welcome you. The vistas are breathtaking and worth…

126 Days Around The World Without Flying – Itinerary Suggestion

Around The World Without Flying

Around The World Without Flying Earth is a big place and suggesting a route to travel around the world is almost impossible. Each traveler will yearn for different places and experiences. Budget, time, and means of transportation, all these variables will impact the plan. Considering that planning an itinerary with only flights is simple, I decided to design a overland trip around the world without flying, going around the world to the west, departing from France. It won’t be too cheap nor too expensive. It won’t be too slow nor too fast. It will be balanced to be compatible with more people. Around The World Without…

8 Days Tibet Tour – Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland

8 Days Tibet Tour - Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland

Tibet Tour – Kathmandu to Lhasa I traveled to Tibet in the month of August. As I was in Kathmandu – Nepal, I decided to take the opportunity of being so close to visit Tibet – China. To visit Tibet, all travelers need to buy a guided tour from a credited travel agency. So I purchased an 8-day tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa called – Roof of the World. The trips to Tibet can be made alone or in a group. You must always have a guide for you and a jeep/minibus, i.e., even if you choose to go alone you have to travel with a…

Luxor the World’s greatest open air Museum – Egypt

Luxor the World's greatest open air Museum - Egypt

Have you heard about Luxor in Egypt? No? well, how about the Colossi of Memnon? or the Hatshepsut’s Temple? not yet? how about the Karnak temple? come on… not yet? Valley of the Kings and the famous tomb of the young pharaoh Tutankhamun??? ahh!! I knew Luxor was familiar to your traveler’s knowledge. Impossible not to be. The list of monuments and famous Egyptian historical sites could go on and on such as Valley of the Queens, Deir el-Medina, The Ramesseum, Medinet Habu or even Malkata. Luxor, from the Arabic El-Uqsur (meaning “the palaces” or “the castles”), the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, located on the…

Pirate’s Bay in Charlotteville – Trinidad and Tobago

Inspiring Pirate's Bay of Charlotteville in Trinidad and Tobago

Pirate’s Bay Pirate’s Bay is a beautiful hidden spot located near Charlotteville on the north-eastern part of Tobago Island. Getting to the beach itself is not very easy, as you need to walk for a while. Down the stairs with a lot more than 100 steps you finally get to the incredible beach. The easy way to get there is by asking a fisherman in Man of War Bay to take you by boat. “The crystal clear water with several sailboats moored is of a unique beauty and a fantastic snorkeling site. The sunset came to flood the bay with an unbelievably dazzling light.” The history…

Venice Iconic City – Memorable and Unforgettable Images, Italy

Venice Iconic City - Memorable and Unforgettable Images, Italy

Venice, Italy Venice is a place that almost doesn’t need any words to describe it. It’s famous, historical, culturally on, memorable, outstanding. Getting the opportunity to visit Venice comes out to be one of the nicest experiences a traveler might have. Either visiting its palaces, exploring the museums, wandering along its old streets, discovering small alleys, crossing the countless picturesque bridges, taking a serenaded gondola ride on the canals, food and wine tasting, or just enjoying the romantic atmosphere, well, Venice will definitely keep you busy for a few days. Top 7 things to do in Venice 45 minute romantic gondola ride Visit the famous St.…

Photos of Charming Old Cuba

Photos of Cuba

Photos of Cuba Cuba is a fascinating country with a cheerful and interesting culture. A trip to Cuba will be engraved in your memory forever. Cuba is an easy country to travel, people are friendly and you can safely move around everywhere all by yourself. I had the opportunity to travel around the island for a month and explore a bit of all its more touristic places as well as its secret spots. Basically I drove around the island on a rent-a-car, visiting Cuba best destinations including the most remote beaches and villages. I advise everyone to visit Cuba, and experience an unique travel destination. It…

Visit Taj Mahal Mausoleum Complex in Agra – India

Pictures of the Taj Mahal that will make you want to visit India now!

Visit Taj Mahal The Taj Mahal, located in Agra, is a magical place. Taj Mahal is located near the city of Agra, in the North of India. It’s one of the most famous manmade structures in the world, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you want to visit Taj Mahal, you have to go to the monument gate early morning. Try to be the first on the queue. The Taj Mahal was built by orders of emperor Shah Jahan, and it was finished in 1648. It’s a monumental compound of buildings built around the mausoleum of Mumtaz Mahal, the emperor’s favorite wife. She died…

Inspiring Photos of Atacama Desert, northern Chile

Inspiring Photos of Atacama Desert, northern Chile

Atacama Desert is famous, beautiful, and dry. In fact, Atacama is the driest place on Earth. Sheltered between the Atacama ocean trench and the Andes Mountains, this place offers breathtaking and Mars like landscapes. This desert region is all about 6000 m / 19685 ft high volcanoes, turquoise lagoons, desert wildlife, geysers, canyons and salt lakes. On this page, I share with you a collection of motivational pictures and inspiring photos of Atacama Desert in Chile. This includes places like El Tatio geysers, San Pedro city, Machuca, Salt Lakes, Death Valley, El Coyote and the unbelievable Valle de la Luna. I hope you enjoy it. ?…

Monsanto de Idanha-a-Nova – Awe-inspiring Stone Village, Portugal

Monsanto de Idanha-a-Nova - Awe-inspiring Stone Village, Portugal

Monsanto is a unique granite built village in the center-east part of Portugal. Settled among huge stones on the top of the Cabeço de Monsanto hill, the village is of an incredible and unusual beauty. The streets of Monsanto are sided with granite houses, embedded in colossal stones. We can walk up the village until we reach the castle from where we enjoy amazing views over the region all the way to the Spanish border. The human presence in Monsanto dates back as early as the Lower Paleolithic (early Stone Age during the ice-ages), but the site was also inhabited by the Romans, the Visigoths and…

Best Travel Experiences

Best Travel Experiences

Best Travel Experiences Throughout the World, there are many wonderful places to travel to. Yet, some unique experiences remain secrets, only a few people having the chance to become involved with them. On this page, I will describe some of the best travel experiences I’ve had, examples that can easily provide inspiration and motivation for your future travels. Please note: I’ve been traveling since 1999. So, some of the older photographs on this page are taken with more standard equipment and are of lesser quality than more recent images. Berber Triple Marriage in Sahara Desert I had the opportunity of being invited to an authentic Amazigh…

Peek Inside a Full Passport and be inspired to Travel

Peek Inside a full passport and be inspired to travel

Visas and passport stamps come in all shapes and colors. There are larger visas, smaller visas, decorated visas and text only visas. Some are purchased at the border and called Visa on Arrival (VOA), while others have to be previously requested at an embassy. Some entry or exit stamps are blue, others red and some colored in pink. Some are beautiful, others less appealing and some even blurred. I think that even if a traveler does not travel to “collect” stamps in the passport, we all feel glad to have them. Somehow we can recall the experiences through which we passed while on the road, and…

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