My Travel Op

The road between Cusco and Puno goes through the La Raya Mountains at its peak

The turistic bus from Cusco to Puno – like being on an all day tour

If you’re heading to Lake Titicaca after visiting Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, there are several ways to get there. I decided to take the turistic bus Inka Express and I’m really glad that I did. Let me explain why. It was the cheapest option; however, what I...

The ruins of Machu Picchu, early in the morning, when the local mountains are shrouded in cloud cover

Machu Picchu – the lost city of the Incas?

The bus ride up the mountain It was early morning, when Pedro and I boarded the local bus for the 25-minute ride from Aguas Calientes to the top of the nearby mountain. Pedro would be my tour guide for the next several hours introducing me to one of the most...

The terraced hillsides of Pisac in the Sacred Valley of Peru

Touring the Sacred Valley near Cusco, Peru

There are many Inca ruin sites near Cusco and throughout the Sacred Valley. Here are the primary ones that I visited and the ones that I enjoyed the most. This region is home to the indigenous Quechua people who speak the Quechuan language – which in 1969 became Peru’s second...

Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru

Cusco – the ancient Inca capital

I dosed off shortly after the plane took off from the airport in Puerto Maldonado. It had been a fun-filled four days in the Amazon region’s rainforest and I was a little tired. It’s a short flight to Cusco so I know I didn’t sleep for long. As I awoke,...

Macaws eating clay on the riverbank walls in the Peruvian Amazoon

An unforgettable stay in the Amazon rainforest

The sharp crack of thunder woke me from what seemed like a dead sleep. As I opened my eyes, streaks of lightning came one after another – each one followed by a loud boom that seemed to be off in the distance. I glanced at my watch. It was 2:46...

Plitvice National Park in Croatia

Plitvice National Park – a stunning waterfall paradise

I stepped carefully on the wooden walkway as it crossed directly over and alongside the cascading water. The skies were grey and the light rain continued. It had drizzled off and on most of the morning. The heavier rains, from the previous night, increased the water level to the point...

Sunset in Rovinj, Croatia with the old town in the background

Rovinj – a coastal town with old world charm

As I strolled down the narrow, cobblestone alleys that wind through the old town in Rovinj, I felt like I was back in time a few hundred years. The old town, located on a small, narrow peninsula, rises steeply from the sea to a hill in its center. The shops...