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Photo Essay: Machu Picchu, Peru

The ‘lost’ Inca city of Machu Picchu is the Highlight of South America with a big letter H! It’s the most spectacular archaeological site on the continent. World-famous for its stunning location, craftsmanship and mysterious past. Machu Picchu lies on the border of the Andes and the Amazon which makes its scenery unique in any possible way. Many backpackers reach Machu Picchu on foot by walking along the popular Inca Trail. Book your Machu Picchu tickets in advance as only…
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Belize – The Caribbean on a Budget

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Belize is the second smallest country in Central America with El Salvador being the smallest. It’s the only country in Central America where they adopted English as an official language and where their culture can be stated as being more Caribbean than Hispanic. Belize has beautiful Caribbean Sea shorelines to the east and dense jungle to the west. Stunning Belize is world famous among divers for its fascinating Blue Hole. Belize’s jungle areas are rich with Mayan ruins. Keep reading…
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Laos – 10 Days of Tubing, Temples, Waterfalls and……Chilling

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Laos is laid back, extremely laid back! It’s one of those places where you will completely forget the sense of time. It feels like the Caribbean of Asia, but then without the beautiful beaches, because Laos is completely enclosed by land. It maybe lacks the beach-vibe of Thailand or The Philippines, but it makes up for it with stunning waterfalls, French colonial architecture, mountainous countryside, numerous caves, but above all their laid back friendliness. In order to attract more backpackers…
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Grenada – The Spice Island

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Grenada is a gem in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. It is everything what a Caribbean island should be! It has idyllic sandy beaches, lush tropical rainforest, beautiful harbors and a slow Caribbean pace. The almond-shaped island Grenada is dubbed the “Spice Island” due to its numerous nutmeg plantations. You can really smell the nutmeg in the air, especially in the hilly centre of the island. Grenada consists of the main island and 6 smaller islands. Find out below…
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What to do With 1 Day in Tirana, Albania?

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Albania is a small country which is part of the Balkan peninsula. Its southern coastline is dotted with beautiful beaches and traditional Mediterranean villages. Its interior is dominated by the rugged Albanian Alps where you can spend days hiking the stunning trails. Albania is also rich in castles and archaeological sites. Facts Capital: Tirana Language: Albanian Currency: Lek (1 €  ≅ 130 Lek) Part of EU: No Population: 2.9 million Size: 28.748 km² (¾ of Holland) Daylight saving time: Yes…
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Photo Essay: Jungle Ruins of Palenque, Mexico

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The ruins of ancient Palenque are one of the best examples of Maya architecture in Mexico. Palenque was first occupied around 100 BC and it fell around 900 AD. The dense jungle covering the hills surrounding the ancient city forms a jaw-dropping background. The forest which encircles the Maya pyramids is still home to many monkeys and toucans. A big part of the former city still remains undiscovered and hidden under the thick jungle. I spent a day walking around…
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Paraguay – Off the Beaten Tourist Track

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Little-visited, little-known Paraguay lies in the heart of the continent South America. Tourism in Paraguay is underdeveloped and it lacks the top highlights of some of its neighbors (Argentina, Bolivia & Brazil). It’s an extremely poor country and many backpackers skip this country because there’s ‘nothing to see’. I spend a week in Paraguay on my way between north Argentina and Bolivia. They speak Guarani in Paraguay, but Spanish is also widely spoken. Facts Capital: Asuncion Language: Guarani, Spanish Currency:…
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Monaco – The Playground of the Rich and Famous

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Monaco lies on the French Riviera and is completely enclosed by France. It’s the second smallest country in the world with only 2km² in size. Monaco is a tax heaven and home to the largest number of millionaires and billionaires per capita in the world. With a population of over 36,000, Monaco is the world’s second most densely populated country. Macau leads the list. Monaco is a Monarchy ruled by Prince Albert. It’s known for its gambling & luxury industry…
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Does the Great Barrier Reef Live up to the Hype?

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The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living thing on Earth, and it’s even visible from outer space. The 2.3000km-long reef is located off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The total area of the reef is a dazzling 344.400km². To give you an idea: that’s similar as the size of Germany. It consists of thousands of smaller reefs, islands and hundreds of hard and soft corals. It’s home to millions of colorful fish, starfish, turtles, dolphins and sharks. So where…
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3 Best Places to Visit in Panama

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Panama is that small long stretch of land that connects Central America to South America. It has fabulous beaches, Spanish ruins, beautiful nature, interesting culture and one the world’s greatest engineering marvels in history! I got more intrigued by Panama after seeing Season 3 of Prison Break where this country was featured. Be prepared to pay more in Panama (and also Costa Rica), it’s not as cheap as the other countries in Central America. Find below the 3 places you…
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