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Abancay, Peru – unforgettable legacy of Chankas

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Abancay , “the Valley of the White Lilies” in the Quechua language, needs no further arguments to entice the traveler. Founded in 1574, this colorful city, capital of the department of Apurimac, is famous for its superb local cuisine, offering mouth-water dishes such as cuy relleno (stuffed guinea pig), kapchi (a hearty soup of beans, milk and eggs) and huatia (meat cooked over hot stones). A good time to visit is during Carnival, held here in April. The city of Abancay in Apurimac...Read More »

Ciego de Ávila

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Hosting two of Cuba’s best municipal museums and now its most intriguing urban park, the city is the most modern of Cuba’s provincial capitals, founded in 1840. Growing up originally in the 1860s and ’70s as a military town behind the defensive Morón–Júcaro (Trocha) line, it later became an important processing center for the region’s lucrative sugarcane and pineapple crops (the pineapple is the local mascot). Ciego’s inhabitants refer to their city as...Read More »

Camagüey – sophisticated Cuban town

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Camagüey’s odd, labyrinthine layout is the by-product of two centuries spent fighting off musket-toting pirates like Henry Morgan: tumultuous times led the fledgling settlement to develop a peculiar street pattern designed to confuse pillaging invaders and provide cover for its long-suffering residents (or so legend has it). As a result, Camagüey’s sinuous streets and narrow winding alleys are more reminiscent of a Moroccan medina than the geometric grids of Lima or Mexico...Read More »

Baracoa – charming slice of Cuba

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Located over the hills and far away on the wet and windy side of the Cuchillos del Toa Mountains, Cuba’s oldest and most isolated town is a thing to behold, less for the beauty of its architecture (which is scruffy and unimpressive), but more for its atmosphere, people. It has been called one of Cuba’s most charming travel destinations, thanks to the stunning diversity of local landmarks, like the distinctive flat-topped mountain El Yunque, and vibrant cultural scene, such as the annual...Read More »

Holguin – the city of parks in Cuba

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The nation’s fourth-largest city serves up a slice of Cuba without the wrapping paper. What you won’t find here is four-star hotels, revitalized colonial buildings or tour guides with shiny name badges talking to you in English. What you will find is eager-to-please casas particulares, cheap food in pioneering new restaurants, and a city that loves (and brews) its own beer. Neither one of Cuba’s seven founding villas nor a megaresort of carefully packaged Caribbean dreamscapes, the city...Read More »

Havana – magnificent capital of Cuba

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So, Cuba is about to change due to ending of embargo, that’s why you sure should visit it before capitalism change its face forever. Before booking a trip to la Habana it is useful to know few tips: Cuba has got a dual currency system – it consists of Cuban peso (CUP) and the Cuban convertible peso (CUC). So be sure to look up the exchange rate before going to CADECA (exchange office), and remember that most deal goes with CUC, but you can buy some street food, fruits or pay in...Read More »

Cayo Coco – Cuban exotic resort

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The main tourist destination of Cuba is, of course, Varadero. This resort receives every year more and more tourists. Its main competitor – Cayo Coco progressing too. He is less known. And, then, there is a reason to pay attention to it! Cayo Coco is located on the north-east part of Cuban island. Until recently, it was considered as island. However, it lost his status after building a dam with the length of almost 30 kilometers. By the way, the road to this Cuban resort is running...Read More »

Xapuri – quite piece of Brazil

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Xapuri is a neat small town of little wooden houses. Some years ago Chico Mendes lived and died here (he was local hero, who fought human and labor rights). It lies about 12km northwest of Highway BR-317, the main road between Rio Branco (241km away) and Brasiléia (74km away). There are some sightseeings in Xapuri, that you can visit: Fundação Chico Mendes It has some personal belongings of Chico Mendes, portraits and photos of his family, spouse and babies. It also has his clothes and...Read More »

Lobitos, Peru – Paradise for surfers

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Lobitos is a village in one of six districts of the province Talara in Peru. A yearly average temperature is 25 °C (77 °F). You can get there through the Cap.FAP Victor Montes Arias Airport in Talara and then you can take a car heading north. It will take about half and hour to get there. What to do Lobitos has world class wave quality and nice surf spots, that’s why surfers like this place. If you are not into surfing, then you can go swim, fishing, explore the place around. Or go to...Read More »

How to avoid lost baggage and how to handle it

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Losing luggage happens to people consistently, but you never want to be that person standing at the carousel waiting, waiting, and waiting for your baggage that is not going to show up because it is lost somewhere. One of the best ways for you to not lose your luggage is if you carry it on with you silly! This of course is starting to get more difficult with airlines charging carry on fees for baggage. They must have caught on that people didn’t want to pay to check a bag anymore so many...Read More »
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