Peru has evolved in recent years into the gastronomic center of the country, and is now the home of two of the top 10 restaurants in the world – Central and Maido.
Peru is somewhat of an enigma, as it offers extreme diversities in weather and climate depending on which part of the country you are visiting. You have the coastal valleys in the west, the Andes mountain ranges in the central and southern regions (where Machu Picchu is located), and the tropical jungle to the east (part of the Amazon).
It’s no surprise that the majority of people touching down in Cusco (or Cuzco), Peru are generally there for one reason – visiting Machu Picchu. And as it is one of the seven wonders of the world, I don’t blame them (check out my post on visiting Machu Picchu)! But if you can squeeze out an extra day or two from your itinerary, I would highly recommend taking a day trip to Lake Humantay.
If you’re reading this, I don’t need to tell you that Machu Picchu is one of the seven wonders of the world. Though you can trek to it over several nights, we opted for the fastest, most efficient path, which took just one day to arrive and see Machu Picchu (from Cusco) once in the late afternoon, and once more in the morning after we stayed overnight at Aguas Calientes.
Central Vietnam offers a wealth of unique outdoors experiences, one of which is a hiking / cave trekking experience in the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. The park itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and spans over 850 square kilometers, and hosts over 300 caves (many of which are still unexplored).
If you haven’t been to, or considered Vietnam as your next travel destination, I would sincerely encourage you to do so. Many locals will know how to speak English, and the low cost of living makes for an economic travel expense as well. There is a wealth of local food offering, but also high-end, French-inspired cuisine that you can enjoy while in its major cities.
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, both officially and as the food capital of the country, with unique dishes you can only find in Northern Vietnam. Here I list out the top 5 must-eat foods in Hanoi that are the most unique and authentic.
If you’re visiting Hanoi, one of the most recommended side trips to take is an overnight or two-night cruise in Ha Long Bay. I’ll provide a quick rundown of what to expect on two leading cruise providers, highlight similarities / differences, and my opinion on which I liked better, and why.
If you find yourself in South Vietnam, make a trek out to Hoi An. The picturesque town has so much to offer, but is best photographed in the early morning.
Finland, or Lapland (northern region) to be exact, is a magical place to visit in the winter. Seeking out below freezing temperatures and mountains of snow may seem absurd to some, but trust me when I say that the wealth of activities and sheer beauty that Lapland has to offer is worth risking a little frostbite.
Rovaniemi is often referred to as “Santa Clause Village” – largely because there is actually a North Pole theme park, and also because you can find and ride on a sleigh pulled by reindeer, just like Santa.
Chasing Northern Lights – it’s in almost everyone’s itinerary when they visit the extreme Northern Hemisphere where they might be in a position to see the northern lights (aka aurora borealis). When we were in Lapland (northern region of Finland), it was all we could think of on how to best see this astral beauty before we had to return home.