South America Favorites

  • police presence around Lima
    police presence around Lima
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  • an afternoon in the centre of Lima
    an afternoon in the centre of Lima
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  • Mocking Bird
    Mocking Bird
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South America Favorites

  • Personal experiences & helpfull hints

    Buenos Aires Favorites

    I like walk much and enjoy the citys in every where and Buenos aires is great for it, is easy to walk because is flat many things to see in any corner always you discover something new, the twon, the square I find the amazing painting in the wall the coffe place, the wall, the square, the weather, thi colectivos, the light, the local people.

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  • Main Square

    Cusco Favorites

    When exiting the bus station doors you will immediately be bombarded with taxistas, local taxi drivers, offering you the “best” rates to the center of town. Whether you are at an airport or bus station, they are the ones that pay a fee to enter the area so they will always charge you more. After all, “eres el rico”, you’re the rich one, being that...

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  • Parks and nature

    São Paulo Favorites

    Despite being an ocean of concrete, São Paulo is filled with majestic trees and large green spaces. Many of its streets, particularly in the Jardins district, are lined with trees. When I visited in early January, São Paulo was abundant with tropical trees blossoming with flowers of various colours. Attached are photos showing examples of such...

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  • Money Changing

    Bogotá Favorites

    We went into the hostel, got our room and once inside I sorted through the money and realized I had given him 50,000 too much! A queasy feeling came over me. I'm not used to being on the short end when it comes to money and certainly not being the one to perpetuate such conditions. My more than understanding wife tried to console me and said we...

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  • Plaza Mayor And Surroundings

    Lima Favorites

    This square was located in the historic center of Lima. The monument in the middle was commissioned by the Peruvian government to commemorate the Battle of Callao which occurred on May 2, 1866 between a Spanish fleet under the command of Admiral Casto Méndez Núñez and an alliance of Peru, Chile, Bolivia, and Ecuador, in the Peruvian port city of...

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  • Cerro San Cristobal

    Santiago Favorites

    Located right in the middle of downtown Santiago, the Cerro Santa Lucía is a nice walk and retreat all the year round, as well as a good lookout for the city; its limits are the Alameda, and Miraflores, Ismael Valdés and Merced streets. It`s especially nice in autumn, when leaves cover the paths, and in summer, when the coolness of the lawns is...

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  • Timing / Weather

    Machu Picchu Favorites

    We visited Machu Picchu as part of cruisetour which allowed us to arrive on December 18 and leave on December 19 2013. We had two opportunities to visit just in case weather was bad. But we arrived to partly cloudy skies (good...kept the temperature from getting too hot). The site entrance was busy but once we got out into the ruins, the crowds...

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  • THE BLACK RIVER..... Rio Negro

    Manaus Favorites

    staying up late, the smell of the Jungle, the noises strange but intriguing. the Sunsets and Sunrise...sometimes the bloody Mosquitos ruined everything they are the real killers on the Amazon and the Jungle, protect yourself...Malaria is one bite away I hope the old pic conveys the atmosphere

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  • General Information

    La Paz Favorites

    This beautiful and very historical church is located in the middle of la paz avenida mariscal santa cruz. close ot the touristic avenue, sagarnaga. This church was built in 1549 by the Franciscans. that`s why its name san francisco church. nowadays, I have to say that this area is really packed at rushing hours. if you want to see plenty of people...

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  • Description / Views

    Caracas Favorites

    Just getting out and wandering around Caracas is worthwhile. While the city is a bit grubby and smoggy, it does provide the visitor with the experience of visiting a typical Lantin American city. Wander through the markets along Sabana Grande or just sit and watch the old fellas playing chess. Don't miss trying a cachapa (hot corn fritter) with...

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  • Plaza de Mayo, Goverment House, el...

    Buenos Aires Favorites

    Among Casa Rosada located in plaza de Mayo and Puerto Madero this huge square split in two areas this part of the city... its a crowded area with lot of traffic in each direction ,,be careful crossing !!!

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  • Sacred Valley

    Cusco Favorites

    All around the Sacred Valley of Peru, you can still see terraces built during Inca times. Since these terraces continued to be useful after the fall of the Inca Empire in that they allowed cultivation of the steep Andean hillsides and prevented erosion, they have been maintained by the locals for centuries.

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  • Avenida Paulista and business

    São Paulo Favorites

    Sao Paulo stinks.!!! It's without a doubt one of the worst places to visit and live I've ever been to. IIf you HAVE to go there I'm sorry. Do it and get out quickly. feel extremely sorry for the millions of people trapped in it. Sao Paulo is a pile of filth, pollution and poverty that's is growing without control, consuming resources and polluting...

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  • Tourist Information

    Bogotá Favorites

    bogota was a beautiful place with friendly people, delicious food, and with a big variety of places to enjoy with your friends , or family there was a restaurant named "la granja" in wich, the decoration was very beautifull, with many activities to do, and a perfect food.

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  • District Of Miraflores

    Lima Favorites

    I was in Lima last year and we had blue skies for about 5 months before the typical fog appeared. I heard many people came to Lima for plastic surgery...has anyone been/can recommend anywhere, out of interest? Gosh, talking of plastic surgery, what about cosmetic dentistry. I was searching the web and found www.travelandsmile.net that is in Lima....

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  • Inca Trail

    Machu Picchu Favorites

    Sunset from the Sun Gate. A place of immense energy. I travelled with a small group made up of people of different nationalities. Our guide, Fernando, was great. He had a genuine passion to everything Inca and the Flora and Fauna of the region. Despite the bad publicity of the Inca Trail as one of the most hyped treks in the world, I would...

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  • Rainforest

    Manaus Favorites

    the Rainforest will surprise and dazzle you with it's Flora and Fauna. halfday or daytrips into the Rainforest can be booked in Manaus Tree Orchids I have seen in abundance, the finest Flowers one can imagine. a fortune worth on the open markets.

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  • Plaza Murillo

    La Paz Favorites

    Yeah, always is great to know the main square. this place is called Plaza Murillo. the name comes from a national hero that fought agains the spanish conquers. also, you`ll be able to see the goverment palace and congress palace.

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  • Interesting Tips

    Caracas Favorites

    drink a lot of fruit juice. Almost every restaurant in Caracas serves fresh fruit juice of many different fruits. The usually offer strawberry, passion fruit, orange, watermelon, papaya, pineapple, etc.

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  • Monuments

    Buenos Aires Favorites

    This flower like monument stands at the Plaza of the United Nations. I think this is one of the most unusual sculptures that I've seen. "Floralis Generica" by architect Eduardo Catalano is a gigantic metal flower, with 6 motorized 20 meter high petals that open on special occasions.

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  • Touristic Ticket

    Cusco Favorites

    One of the best deals in Cusco is a tourist ticket that gets you into 16 of the most important places of interest in and around Cusco, including some of the major draws in the Sacred Valley of the Incas! In fact, you cannot get into many churches and museums without it. The full ticket costs $22 for adults and $5 for students and children, is...

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  • X - Miscellaneous or not relevant

    São Paulo Favorites

    Street names are a fascinating slice of culture. It is common, in São Paulo, to find that street names share a common theme. In the Jardins side of Paulista, several streets are named after cities in the state: Santos is the main port, Jaú is a leather working city in the west as is Franca, Campinas is the second largest city in SP and so...

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  • Securty

    Bogotá Favorites

    Security in the old town of Bogota is quite visibel with security and police with different uniforms. I was taking the photo and they came and asked to see my passport. I told them I am a tourist and gave them my ID and hotel address. They smile and were on their way. So, police here is understandably efficient and they do mean to bring any toruble...

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  • District Of Barranco

    Lima Favorites

    I booked a hostel in the southern district of Barranco, so had some time to wander around this beautiful quarter. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, it soon became favourite place for painters and other artists. You can find here delicious examples of art deco architecture, as this public library (Biblioteca) in the Municipal Park.

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  • Information / Sources

    Machu Picchu Favorites

    This place is amazing, it's wonderful and so powerful! Although I thought the path to Machu Picchu would actually be a real path, no just a giant stairway, I think if you take the bus you won't miss anything really ;) I got that virtual guide while i was there, very helpful, it's an app for iPad called "Virtual Series - Machu Picchu", and it has...

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  • have I got a cemetery for you...

    Manaus Favorites

    One of my fondest memories of my week in Manaus was our walk through its historical SAO JOAO BATISTA CEMETERY. The heat and sunlight were merciless and sapped a bit of the life out of us (!?) but wear a hat and take a bottle of water and you'll survive. Probably.

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  • Travelling from / to La Paz

    La Paz Favorites

    As soon as you get to la paz, you will pass by el alto which is a city up to la paz. after crossing the toll, you will be able to see one of the most beautiful landscapes you`ve ever seen. (believe me) for instance in front of you is located the illimani mountain. and around is part of range hills of los andes. on the motorway from el alto to la...

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  • Shopping

    Caracas Favorites

    The beaches are nice and the beer is cheap. The night life downtown is said to be great! The gold inexpensive so a necklace for that special someone does not cost an arm and a leg That I can't remember

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  • La Boca

    Buenos Aires Favorites

    Some Bs As quarters has a lot of collapsed buildings but La Boca sounds like all is the same... in some features remember some places or buildings that everybody have seen in La Habana....mostly are with 2 or 3 floors and with dirty facades and wide sidewalks ..in the other hand Caminito and the most touristic streets with its colourfull houses and...

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  • Pisac

    Cusco Favorites

    The ruins of Pisaq have a very misthic fame. We went there on a sunday, one of the market days a week to visit the beautiful traditional market. later we climbed up to the ruins of Pisaq from where we´ve had a beautiful view to the village.

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  • MASP and museums

    São Paulo Favorites

    *****What I miss most about SP, jeez, do we have that long?! But here's my favorite elevator view of all time...looking southward, you can see just how darn close we were to the renowned Parque Ibirapuera (the biiiig sea of green out there, with the obelisk as a visible point of reference.)*****

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  • Internet

    Bogotá Favorites

    I had horrible memory of paying 5 USD per hour in Havana. Internet seemed like a luxury. Without browsing anywhere in Caracas, I browsed here again. It seemed cheap to me. In the old town there are many as there are cheap phones.

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  • All Around The Country

    Lima Favorites

    Hi I recommend you always carry in your pocket 100 new soles (Peruvian currency) that is more than enough to eat and pay in cash, equivalent to 35 or so U.S. dollars, for the rest you can pay by card at any restaurant in the same city; since most restaurants away, no payment system by credit card ..... remember only 100 new soles as cash to eat...

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  • Scenery

    Machu Picchu Favorites

    I liked most the beautiful spaces and how the buildings were designed to blend into those spaces. Very natural. It's like nothing I've seen elsewhere. The entire site is what I would show someone, while making sure enough time was set aside to enjoy it in a relaxed way, rather than rushing around as so many do. I'd rest the night before and get...

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  • Downtown Manaus

    Manaus Favorites

    The Opera House, The Amazonas theatre was inaugurated on December 31st 1896, and it is the most important architectonic building from the prosperous rubber period and main artistic cultural patrimony of the Amazonas State. On the outside of the building, the dome is covered with 36,000 decorated ceramic tiles painted in the colors of the national...

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  • Valle De La Luna

    La Paz Favorites

    En el departamento de La Paz debes visitar el Valle de la Luna, famoso por sus asombrosas formaciones que dan al visitante la sensación de haber descubierto un mundo desconocido, un paisaje lunar. El valle de la Luna esta ubicada a 15 Km. de la ciudad de La Paz.

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  • El Hatillo

    Caracas Favorites

    visit El Hatillo, a very old town preserved the same way it was 200 years ago. There are many good restaurants serving typical venezuelan food and nice stores selling souvenirs. Parque Central, La Catedral, Simon Bolivar's house, Parque del Este (East Park) and many other places will be posted in my travelogue... check those soon for your...

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  • Recoleta

    Buenos Aires Favorites

    I finally arrived in the cemetery. and to tell you by the truth, when some woman offered me a map of the cemetery. i really regreted not to do. yeah, all the locations are almost similar the most fascinating thing was watching the boxes, forget to say in english. and also, with some help of a lady i found evita peron. but i didn`t know that Carlos...

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  • La Costa Verde

    Lima Favorites

    a city built on a desert coast... a miracle because rio rimac's oasis and "garua",as substitute of rain, a very thin drizzle ,continuous from may to october.... an odd atmosphere...sometimes engendering ,in winter, blues feelings...

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  • Ruins

    Machu Picchu Favorites

    We had great weather...partly cloudy and no rain. The entrance was crowded but once you were able to wander in, the crowds thinned out and you could get great photo's. Wonderful and amazing scenery surrounding all the ruins. You can get great photo's the further in you walk and the crowds dissipate.

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  • Waterlilies

    Manaus Favorites

    a little Baby could sit quite easily on the leafs without any problems..the stem is strong, connected to the water like an anker. VICTORIA REGINA, named after the english Queen Victoria, when I'm not mistaken. the area around Manaus is just awesome and so much to discover.as I always say, go Countryside, the Hinterland is actually the beautiful one

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  • Prado

    La Paz Favorites

    colonial buildings next to modern "skyscrapers"....there are some higher buildings in La Paz, nothing to compare with real sky scrapers in big us cities for example....although, there are few buildings nearer to the sky than here in La Paz, at already 3600m altitude :-) modernity and colonial style next to each other. this was a amazing experience...

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  • Tango

    Buenos Aires Favorites

    Because tango is porteno and porteno only, you will find it all around Buenos Aires. Street performers, some of the, very very good, paintings, names of streets of famous tango songs, famous boliches (the cabarets of the 40s). Just take a stroll down Florida avenue and enjoy the music, make your way then to Corrientes 348 and enjoy the fileteado...

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  • Aguas Calientes

    Machu Picchu Favorites

    As is noted above, the train gets into Agua Calientes, and then you walk through the bazaar for a few hundred metres before you catch the bus to MP. The bus travels through a long forest before it gets there. The guide gave us a brief description of the locations and various aspects of the ruins before leaving us alone. There is much to see , so i...

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  • I‘ve visited Tabatinga during...

    Manaus Favorites

    I‘ve visited Tabatinga during the 80s. Tabatinga's original market, featured in these images, has been demolished and replaced by a more functional concrete building. Goods for sale include fruits and nuts, fish, vegetables, rice, sugar and a host of general goods such as fishing gear, spare parts for marine engines, clothing and household goods.

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