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The ride from the town of Yanque to the Colca Canyon is quite a scenic one.
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The ride from the town of Yanque to the Colca Canyon is quite a scenic one. . The canyon itself is quite impressive as it is one of the deepest canyons in the world with a depth of 3,270 meters. . It is supposed to be one of Peru’s most-visited sites, but to our delight, we had the place to ourselves when we visited and we even got to fly our drone. . We did not partake in any of the adventurous activities on offer due to various factors, but we enjoyed seeing it. - #awesome_photographers#beautifuldestinations#bestplacestogo#discoverearth#earthpix#lovetheworld#mytravelgram#passionpassport#theglobewanderer#wonderful_places#ridingaroundtheworld#adventure#adventuretravel#africatwin#colcacanyon#latinamerica#nature#overland#peru#photography#riding#roadtrip#southamerica#travel#travelblogger#travelphotography
06.12.2018 01:16:12
We took a day-trip from Cusco to the Salineras de Maras (Maras Salt Mines) for n
We took a day-trip from Cusco to the Salineras de Maras (Maras Salt Mines) for no other reason than that it looked cool in all the online pictures and, to our delight, this is one of those places that actually delivered. . The site is located just outside the town of Maras and down a canyon descending into the Rio Vilcanota and the Sacred Valley, and it hosts a myriad of salt evaporation ponds that have been in use since before the time of the Incas. . These ponds have been meticulously created by hand into uniform polygons with carefully-monitored water flow. The proper maintenance of the salt ponds requires a cooperative system among the community that has likely been around since the time of the Incas, if not earlier. . Traditionally, the ponds have been available to anyone from the community wanting to harvest salt with the prospective farmer only needing to locate an empty pond, consult with the local cooperative, learn to maintain a salt pond within the communal system, and start working. . One thing to remember as a visitor (other than to behave with mindfulness) is that while the ponds vary in shade from one another, the heavily-edited online pictures that make them look rainbow-hued are an inaccurate representation. . Nonetheless, it is still an impressive site to behold. - #awesome_photographers#beautifuldestinations#bestplacestogo#discoverearth#earthpix#lovetheworld#mytravelgram#passionpassport#theglobewanderer#wonderful_places#ridingaroundtheworld#adventure#adventuretravel#africatwin#latinamerica#maras#nature#overlanding#photography#peru#roadtrip#salt#southamerica#travel#travelblogger#travelphotography
03.12.2018 00:49:40
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Cusco is, quite possibly, the most touristy city in all of Peru and for a good r
Cusco is, quite possibly, the most touristy city in all of Peru and for a good reason. - With its winding, narrow streets and colonial architecture, it is a beautiful city that had served as the capital of the Inca Empire until the Spanish Conquest. - Cusco was founded in 1100 and has seen many civilizations and empires go by. The presence of the old cultures that existed here can still be felt within its walls. - From the sight of people dressed in traditional attire to the scent of incense permeating through the air to the sound of pan flutes in every corner, the city has a heady vibe. - Of course, as with any place that sees a high number of tourists, Cusco has the price tags to match, but sometimes it's worth it. . #awesome_photographers#beautifuldestinations#bestplacestogo#discoverearth#earthpix#lovetheworld#mytravelgram#passionpassport#theglobewanderer#wonderful_places#ridingaroundtheworld#adventure#adventuretravel#africatwin#city#cusco#history#inca#motorcycle#overland#peru#photography#rider#roadtrip#southamerica#travel#travelblogger#travelphotography
30.11.2018 01:54:09
We knew we would be going to Machu Picchu since the inception of this trip and a
We knew we would be going to Machu Picchu since the inception of this trip and after 420 days on the road, we made it. . Many archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was constructed as an estate for the Inca emperor, Pachacuti, around 1450. It was abandoned a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest and remained unknown to the outside world until 1911, when historian Hiram Bingham brought it to international attention. Machu Picchu was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and in 2007, it was voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll. . As much as we like discovering amazing places that no ever talks about, we’re of the mindset that famous sites are usually famous for a reason and we have seldom been wrong. Just as much as any other sensible person, we hate being around inconsiderate people who stop to take 5,000 selfies from the same angle without regard for others, but until we can send all the stupid people to another planet, we exercise patience. . So yes, Machu Picchu is heavy on the tourist traffic; however, it is a majestic site that is absolutely worth visiting. - #awesome_photographers#beautifuldestinations#bestplacestogo#discoverearth#earthpix#lovetheworld#mytravelgram#passionpassport#theglobewanderer#wonderful_places#ridingaroundtheworld#adventure#adventuretravel#africatwin#history#inca#machupicchu#monument#peru#roadtrip#ruins#southamerica#travel#travelblogger#travelphotography
24.11.2018 23:05:59
Huacachina, Peru’s “oasis in the desert” is a little village built around an oas
Huacachina, Peru’s “oasis in the desert” is a little village built around an oasis surrounded by sand dunes. After seeing countless advertisements and Instagram pictures, we were quite excited about visiting it, but to our dismay, this was one of those places that looked better in pictures than it does in person. For a place that sees tens of thousands of tourists every year, the village is shockingly unkempt and as filthy as rest of Peru that we had seen thus far. . That is not to say that we didn’t enjoy our time there because we took the sandboarding and dune buggy tour that took us through the majestic deserts in true Mad Max fashion with six other people. Undoubtedly, our driver was following a set route that he’s likely navigated a countless number of times, but his seemingly freestyle approach was at once exhilirating and a bit unsettling. Nonetheless, he was attentive to the passengers so we felt good with him behind the wheel. . Then it was time to get on the sandboard. The sandboards were actually old snowboards and we didn’t get to slide down the dunes standing; we laid on our bellies, head up and arms tucked. Throughout the afternoon, we scaled three dunes with each steeper and longer than the next, and we had a lot of fun doing it. . The tour ended in an absolutely perfect way with a view of the sunset over the oasis. - #awesome_photographers#beautifuldestinations#bestplacestogo#discoverearth#earthpix#lovetheworld#mytravelgram#passionpassport#theglobewanderer#wonderful_places#ridingaroundtheworld#adventure#adventuretravel#africatwin#desert#dunes#huacachina#ica#landscape#nature#oasis#peru#photography#sand#sandboarding#southamerica#roadtrip#travel#travelblogger#travelphotography
23.11.2018 22:27:48
Riding into Lima was, quite possibly, our most stressful arrival upon a city on
Riding into Lima was, quite possibly, our most stressful arrival upon a city on this trip so far. Peruvian drivers had already proven themselves to be certifiably insane since we set foot in the country and Lima, being the capital city, seems to be a cesspool of the worst drivers imaginable. Why does everyone in this city want to kill each other?! Aside from the insane drivers, we had a fantastic two weeks in Lima. Our apartment was located within walking distance to the Miraflores neighbourhood, which is where all the cool kids hang out. . We thoroughly enjoyed the sights, stories, and tastes of Lima, but our absolute favourite thing was all the street art that made the otherwise boring spaces vibrant and beautiful. . We became big fans of Peruvian street artist @jade1rivera since we were introduced to his work at @starbucks Hacienda Alsacia when we were in Costa Rica so, of course, we had to start at the Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs) where there is a beautiful mural by the artist. . From there, we walked through the streets and were in awe throughout the duration of our self-guided tour. Needless to say, we highly recommend it for anyone visiting Lima. - #awesome_photographers#beautifuldestinations#bestplacestogo#discoverearth#earthpix#lovetheworld#mytravelgram#passionpassport#theglobewanderer#wonderful_places#ridingaroundtheworld#sonyxperia#adventure#adventuretravel#africatwin#graffiti#lima#latinamerica#motorcycle#peru#photography#riding#roadtrip#streetart#travel#travelblogger#travelphotography
08.11.2018 03:07:25
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After entering Peru, we took the road going along the coast to Lima. On the way,
After entering Peru, we took the road going along the coast to Lima. On the way, we stopped in Trujillo, a town close to the archaeological site of Chan Chan. . Chan Chan (“Sun Sun” in the Quingnam language) was the largest city of the pre-Columbian era in South America with a population of 40,000-60,000 people. . It served as the capital of the historical empire of the Chimor from 900 to 1470 and by the end of their reign, they were defeated and incorporated into the Inca Empire. . The site was interesting and quite different from the Aztec and Mayan ones we had visited in Mexico and Central America. There are no monumental pyramids or similar structures and the primary material used in the construction of the city was adobe. . We’re glad we saw the site because it is threatened by erosion due to heavy rains, flooding, and strong winds along the Peruvian coast. Thanks, climate change! - #awesome_photographers#beautifuldestinations#bestplacestogo#discoverearth#earthpix#lovetheworld#mytravelgram#passionpassport#theglobewanderer#wonderful_places#ridingaroundtheworld#sonyxperia#adventure#adventuretravel#africatwin#chanchan#history#latinamerica#motorcycle#peru#photography#rider#roadtrip#ruins#southamerica#travel#travelblogger#travelphotography
06.11.2018 13:51:38
On August 20, we entered Peru from Ecuador, not knowing what to expect. You hear
On August 20, we entered Peru from Ecuador, not knowing what to expect. You hear about the famous sites, the food, and the mountains, but that does not really give you the essence of Peruvian culture. . Our first impression of Peru was quite negative because for a country that sees the amount of tourism that it does, the infrasture is underdeveloped, the poverty level seems to be higher than we thought, the amount filth strewn all over the place is deplorable, and the drivers are certifiably insane. . But then, we spoke to locals and were humbled by how friendly and welcoming they were, we ate the food and our gustatory senses were delighted at the deliciousness, and we relished the sound of pan flutes that had replaced the repetitive Latin American beats heard in neighbouring countries. . The Spanish have certainly left their mark on Peru; however, the old cultures that had existed long before the conquest still remain strong. Many people throughout the country speak Quechua as their first language and dress in their traditional attire. . No other country has left us with such contrasting feelings as Peru has and it is unlikely that we will ever recall all the things we loved about the country without being reminded of all that we hated. But one thing for sure is that it is a special place that ought to be experienced in one's lifetime. - #awesome_photographers#beautifuldestinations#bestplacestogo#discoverearth#earthpix#lovetheworld#mytravelgram#passionpassport#theglobewanderer#wonderful_places#ridingaroundtheworld#adventure#adventuretravel#africatwin#inca#latinamerica#motorcycle#peru#peruvian#photography#quechua#roadtrip#southamerica#travel#travelblogger#travelphotography
05.11.2018 21:08:43
It is no surprise that when Ernest Hemingway visited the city of Guayaquil in Ec
It is no surprise that when Ernest Hemingway visited the city of Guayaquil in Ecuador, he chose to stay in the Las Peñas neighbourhood over one of the fancier ones. Dating back to more than four centuries ago, Las Peñas was the first neighbourhood of Guayaquil and it got its name from the cliffs and limestone rocks that form the hill the neighbourhood is located on. Today, it is a major tourist attraction in Guayaquil with a 444-step climb to the top where there is a little chapel and a lighthouse alongside a terrific 360-view of the city. There are numerous stores, restaurants, museums, and art galleries along the way so climbing to the top can take longer, but is more enjoyable. #awesome_photographers#beautifuldestinations#bestplacestogo#discoverearth#earthpix#lovetheworld#mytravelgram#passionpassport#theglobewanderer#wonderful_places#ridingaroundtheworld#sonyxperia#adventure#adventuretravel#africatwin#blogger#city#ecuador#guayaquil#laspenas#latinamerica#photography#roadtrip#southamerica#travel#travelblogger#travelphotography
16.10.2018 12:15:28
Cuenca was, without a doubt, our absolute favourite city that we visited in Ecua
Cuenca was, without a doubt, our absolute favourite city that we visited in Ecuador. It is considered to be the most European city thanks to its 16th and 17th era colonial architecture resembling those found throughout Spain. The city center of Cuenca is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its numerous historical buildings. While foreigners are a fairly common sight in Cuenca, the city does not feel like a touristy place. There were no pushy vendors or tour companies at every corner so walking through its beautiful streets was a true pleasure. #awesome_photographers#beautifuldestinations#bestplacestogo#discoverearth#earthpix#lovetheworld#mytravelgram#nikonwnofilter#passionpassport#theglobewanderer#wonderful_places#ridingaroundtheworld#adventure#adventuretravel#africatwin#blogger#city#cuenca#ecuador#historic#latinamerica#motorcycle#photography#rider#roadtrip#southamerica#travel#travelblogger#travelphotography
15.10.2018 22:35:49
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The Quilotoa lake is an increasingly popular tourist site in Ecuador.

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The Quilotoa lake is an increasingly popular tourist site in Ecuador. The lake is, in fact, a 3-kilometer caldera formed by the collapsing of the dacite volcano 600 years ago that is filled with vibrant blue water (the result of dissolved minerals) today. Quilotoa lake was a bit of detour for us when we left Quito and headed towards Riobamba. The ride up to the caldera was a cold and windy one, but the view was absolutely amazing. In case anyone's wondering, we each had five layers of clothing to combat the cold 😳 - #awesome_photographers#beautifuldestinations#bestplacestogo#discoverearth#earthpix#lovetheworld#mytravelgram#passionpassport#theglobewanderer#wonderful_places#ridingaroundtheworld#adventure#adventuretravel#africatwin#blogger#ecuador#lake#latinamerica#nature#photography#quilotoalake#roadtrip#southamerica#travel#travelblogger#travelphotography#volcano
10.10.2018 11:38:32
The Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World) monument was intended to mark the loca
The Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World) monument was intended to mark the location of the equator in Ecuador and is a 40-minute ride from Quito. The initial placement of the equatorial line was defined in the 1736 French Geodesic Mission expedition and the construction of the 30-meter-tall monument took place between 1979 and 1982. Despite being one of the most visited monuments in the country, modern GPS equipment show that it is actually off by around 240 meters so most people visit the monument, take some selfies, and then go in search of the actual equator. We, on the other hand, decided to hang out at the monument area and try some cuy (an Andean specialty known as guinea pig in the English-speaking world) for lunch 😀 - #awesome_photographers#beautifuldestinations#bestplacestogo#discoverearth#earthpix#lovetheworld#mytravelgram#passionpassport#theglobewanderer#wonderful_places#yourshotphotographer#adventure#adventuretravel#africatwin#blogger#cuy#ecuador#equator#foodporn#guineapig#latinamerica#mitaddelmundo#monument#motorcycle#photography#ridingaroundtheworld#roadtrip#travel#travelblogger#travelphotography
09.10.2018 13:07:44
Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, sits at an elevation of 2,850 meters above s
Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, sits at an elevation of 2,850 meters above sea level and is considered the second-highest capital city in the world after La Paz (which is the administrative capital of Bolivia). - The high altitude and city's proximity to the equator means that Quito has lovely mild temperatures with warm days and cool nights throughout the year. - Quito's historic center is one of the largest, least-altered, and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas, making it a great place to spend a day exploring. - With cobblestone streets, colonial buildings, gothic churches, and numerous stores and restaurants, what's not to love? - #awesome_photographers#beautifuldestinations#bestplacestogo#discoverearth#earthpix#lovetheworld#mytravelgram#passionpassport#theglobewanderer#wonderful_places#yourshotphotographer#adventure#adventuretravel#africatwin#blogger#city#ecuador#latinamerica#motorcycle#photography#quito#ridingaroundtheworld#roadtrip#southamerica#travel#travelblogger#travelphotography
09.10.2018 02:51:41
Coca leaves are found all over the Andean region. They have been chewed and brew
Coca leaves are found all over the Andean region. They have been chewed and brewed for centuries as a stimulant for overcoming fatigue, hunger, thirst, and particularly altitude sickness. - The leaves of the plant contain alkaloids which, when chemically extracted, are used as the base for cocaine; however, it does not have the same effect without the extraction process and is not an equivalent. - While legal in the Andean region, coca leaves are illegal in many parts of the world, including the United States, unless it is decocainized (which is used to make the beverage we all know and love as @cocacola). - With all the rapid ascending and descending we have been doing since entering South America, we have been carrying a bag of coca leaves us to help in preventing altitude sickness. - We have definitely felt its effects in alleviating headaches and suppressing nausea, which is fantastic because: - 1. Headaches are no fun 2. Pukey helmets are even less fun - #adventure#adventuretravel#africatwin#altitude#altitudesickness#andes#bolivia#coca#cocacola#cocatea#colombia#latinamerica#motorcycle#naturalremedies#peru#photography#remedy#rider#ridingaroundtheworld#roadtrip#sonyxperia#southamerica#tea#travel#travelblogger#travelphotography
04.10.2018 17:28:45
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Our love for Colombia is no secret. From the stunning landscapes to the charming
Our love for Colombia is no secret. From the stunning landscapes to the charming towns to the friendly faces to the mouth-watering food – our almost three-month excursion through the country was nothing short of magical. We cannot fit everything we loved about Colombia into one post, but we can tell you that its towns and cities were some of the most gorgeous we have ever come across, some of which took us by surprise as we didn’t know anything about them before visiting the country. Our top 10 favourite towns and cities of Colombia are: 1. Guatapé 2. Bogotá 3. Barichara 4. Villa de Leyva 5. Medellín 6. Jardín 7. Cartagena 8. Popayán 9. Salento 10. Zipaquirá Read the full article on our blog via the link in bio. #awesome_photographers#beautifuldestinations#bestplacestogo#discoverearth#earthpix#lovetheworld#mytravelgram#passionpassport#theglobewanderer#wonderful_places#latinamerica#southamerica#colombia#guatape#bogota#barichara#villadeleyva#medellin#jardin#cartagena#popayan#salento#zipaquira#photography#roadtrip#travel#travelphotography#cities#towns
03.10.2018 02:52:59
Our last stop in Colombia was in the town of Ipiales, primarily to see the Las L
Our last stop in Colombia was in the town of Ipiales, primarily to see the Las Lajas Sanctuary which is a 15-minute ride from the town. The sanctuary is a gothic revival style basilica church and was built between 1916 and 1949. It sits on a 40-meter high bridge over the over the Guaitara bridge, making for a gorgeous setting. The most popular legend surrounding the sanctuary is the one of Virgin Mary appearing to a mother and her deaf-mute daughter at exactly the same spot where the structure stands today. When the daughter died, the mother returned to the same spot to pray for her daughter's soul, only to have Virgin Mary revive her. The mother and daughter could not keep the miracle a secret and, as a result, a shrine was built in honor of Virgin Mary at the very spot. While the structure is stunning on the outside, the interior of the sanctuary was a bit underwhelming. Not to say that it wasn't beautiful; our expectations were probably too high based on the exterior. One thing we discovered after we had returned to our hotel (before nightfall) was that the sanctuary gets lit up with colourful lights at night. But we were too tired to go out again 😑 #awesome_photographers#beautifuldestinations#bestplacestogo#discoverearth#earthpix#lovetheworld#mytravelgram#passionpassport#theglobewanderer#wonderful_places#adventure#adventuretravel#africatwin#architecture#church#colombia#gothic#ipiales#laslajassanctuary#latinamerica#photography#rider#ridingaroundtheworld#roadtrip#southamerica#travel#travelblogger#travelphotography
02.10.2018 02:32:52
Popayán was a complete surprise for us because we did not come across any mentio
Popayán was a complete surprise for us because we did not come across any mention of this before stopping there for a night. Aptly known as the “White City,” Popayán’s streets are lined with pristine white colonial buildings and its historic center is reputed to be one of the best preserved in Latin America that dates back to more than four centuries ago. The town is home to a number of parks, churches, and museums, as well as one of Colombia’s oldest and most distinguished universities. #awesome_photographers#beautifuldestinations#bestplacestogo#discoverearth#earthpix#lovetheworld#mytravelgram#passionpassport#theglobewanderer#wonderful_places#adventure#adventuretravel#africatwin#city#colombia#latinamerica#photography#ridingaroundtheworld#southamerica#town#travel#travelblogger#travelphotography
30.09.2018 03:57:47
The colourful little town of Salento is one of the most popular tourist attracti
The colourful little town of Salento is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Colombia, largely due to its location in the county's coffee region and its proximity to the Cocora valley. Despite the town's heavy tourist traffic, it remains laid-back and free of the pushy vendors found in the ever-so-popular Cartagena. For a small town, Salento has quite a number of activities geared toward tourists that include touring a coffee plantation, visiting an artisan community, horseback riding, or simply enjoying a nice cup of coffee and a treat in one of the many cafes around town. We got into town late and had planned to spend just one night there so we did not get to partake in any of the activities that required daylight, but we did have some of that good coffee 😋☕ #awesome_photographers#beautifuldestinations#bestplacestogo#discoverearth#earthpix#lovetheworld#mytravelgram#passionpassport#theglobewanderer#wonderful_places#adventure#adventuretravel#africatwin#coffee#colombia#latinamerica#motorcycle#photography#rider#ridingaroundtheworld#roadtrip#salento#southamerica#travel#travelblogger#travelphotography
23.09.2018 22:36:55
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