Just a collection of best beaches in Colombia.
Playa blanca, Cartagena
Tayrona national park
The Nazca and Palpa lines were made about 2000 years ago by the indigenous people. The dating was made using the ceramics and textile found around them. According to Maria Reiche, a German mathematician who spent her life documenting and protecting them, they were used as a giant calendar – they marked the direction of shadow or the direction to stars at specific times of year. The figures had religious purposes. But there are many different explanations. As their culture vanished, they have taken their secrets to their graves.
I am going to describe a little howto about visiting Machu Picchu without having to spend hundreds of dollars for the Inca trail or the insanely pricy train tickets which is the only vehlice driving to the entrance. There is not so much information about this option on the internet and locals won’t tell you as it would destroy their business.
In Arequipa we decided to climb a volcano. As we luckily found an agency with a confirmed group, we could join them, so the trip was much cheaper as if we had to pay the whole cost of the transfer and guidance.
The Colca canyon is a wonderfull place for trekking. It’s possible to do a several day long trip along the canyon, or small one day trips from villages located alongside. Finally, some place where a man can freely walk without guides or tickets. At least that was or expectation. So we took a local bus with villagers to Cabanaconde, a small settlement close to the canyon. As the bus stopped in the first village, a woman in uniform entered the bus, and started selling tickets for 20 euros to everyone who didn’t look like a local villager. So much about free trekking …
The lake Titicaca is accessible from both Bolivia and Peru. The main attractions on the Bolivian side are the Isla del Sol (Sun island) and Isla de la Luna (Moon island). You can get a cheap boat trip to those islands from the village named Copacabana (yes, this is the “original” Copacabana, the beach in Rio copied that name and other beaches are copycats of the copycat :)) The most interesting thing on the Peruvian side are the Islas Flotandes (floating islands) accessible from Puno.