How you can make a lasting impact to children in Peru

I want to share a project with you which is very close to my heart. Join me to make a lasting impact to children of poor families in the Peruvian Andes.

While travelling through Peru I realised how wealthy and privileged we are even if we think we are not. Most of the families and kids I have seen live in very simple conditions. Kids are helping their parents to earn a small amount of money to contribute to feed their family. Besides working, kids also have to go to school if the parents can afford it. This is, unfortunately, a normal life for the children in the small villages in Peru. Travelling made me realise that I want to make a lasting impact and support the children in Peru. I just had no idea how.

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The simple life of Peruvian children in the Andes.

When I was taking photos in Lima, I met Javier Gamboa. He is an amazing photographer and we are in contact since. I always believe you meet people in your life for a reason.

A while ago I noticed a post from him on facebook about his project to support children of poor families in the Peruvian Andes. At this moment I knew I want to be part of his project and fulfil my mission close to my heart.

Javier’s project to support children of poor families in Peru

Javier’s project started 3 years ago when he realised that lots of the indigenous population lack school equipment, such as pens, pencil, notepads, books, you name it. Many children have nothing to write on; some siblings have to share one notepad between each other. In case the parents cannot afford to buy a sketchbook, they cannot send the children to school, especially if it is a girl. These are unfortunately normal circumstances in the smaller villages in Peru and hard to imagine for us.

This gave Javier the urge to help and his project was born. Javier started to collect books and school supplies from people he knew and was able to bring more than 50,000 books and school material to the people in the small villages of the Andes Mountains in Peru. The smile he brought to children’s eyes was an incredible rewarding gift.

The school year in Peru starts in March and the children need our help. Javier is going back to the small villages on the 25 March to bring more books and school supplies. Each child needs approximately 10 notepads, pencils, erasers, pens, sketchbooks, colour pencils, rulers, etc.  All the children of Ccolccabamba, a small town in the Andes, will need their school equipment and books. However, there are so many more children in nine other communities over 4,000 m high in the mountains who need our help. There are roughly 500 children affected. Watch more here. Check out Javier’s post and photos of the children here.

How can you make a lasting impact to children in Peru?

Are you like me who loves to make an impact and bring a big smile into children’s eyes? If you answered this question with yes, I ask you to help Javier and me to be able to complete the project to bring school supplies and books to the poor children in the Andes mountains.

A donation will be much appreciated. If you want to make an impact, please donate using the Paypal button below. Even a small $5 amount will make a huge difference for the kids.

When you transfer money to my PayPal account, don’t forget to email me your email address or home address. You will receive a handwritten personal letter from the child you have supported.

I guarantee you from the bottom of my heart that each cent you send to my PhotographybyalexK – PayPal account will be transferred to Javier’s project account and only used for the school supply, books and to cover the costs of transport. Thank you so much for your help. Watch another video here.


Javier’s background story and why he became involved in helping kids in Peru

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Why you should visit Ushuaia in Argentina

Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world in Tierra del Fuego on the shores of the Beagle Channel. Ushuaia means ‘the bay facing westward’ in the language of the original Yamana inhabitants. The town is surrounded by the Martial Mountains and the Beagle Channel. It is in Ushuaia where the Andes meet the southern ocean in a sharp ski.

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Ushuaia the most southern city in the world.

Ushuaia was once a penal colony for political prisoners and criminals. Nowadays it is a busy adventure hub for tourists. Antarctica cruises start here in Ushuaia’s port.

Ushuaia
port in Ushuaia, Argentina

The Tierra del Fuego National park is 63,000 hectares huge but only a small part of it is open to the public.

How do you get there:

There are daily flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia.

In case you are planning to see El Chalten, El Calafate and Torres del Paine National park in Patagonia first, you can take a bus from Punta Arenas. Punta Arenas is a small town of approximately 100,000 people, Chile’s southernmost city. The estimated travel time via bus is approximately 12 hours depending on the border. Once you get close to Ushuaia the scenery suddenly changes. It is worthwhile experiencing the bus ride if you have the time.

What to do in Ushuaia:

In winter the town is a major ski resort area for both alpine and cross-country skiers.

There are plenty of hiking options available in the Tierra del Fuego National park. Also sailing, kayaking and even scuba diving options are just minutes away.

Ushuaia is the base for cruises along the Beagle Channel to observe the marine wildlife. Expect to see lots of sea birds, sea lions and penguins. In case you cannot get enough from penguins, you can book a trip to the penguin colony and walk around the little cuties and get a bit closer to see the king penguin.

The Beagle channel:

The Beagle channel is named after Darwin’s expedition vessel and is a strait in Tierra del Fuego Archipelago on the extreme southern tip of South America partly in Chile and partly in Argentina.The channel’s eastern area forms part of the border between Chile and Argentina and the western area is entirely within Chile. The Beagle Channel is about 240 kilometres long and about 5 kilometres wide at its narrowest point.

Harbor cruises are usually four-hour morning or afternoon excursions to cormorant colonies

sea birds from the Beagle Channel
sea birds from the Beagle Channel

and to sea lions.

sea lions from the Beagle Channel resting on the rocks
sea lions from the Beagle Channel resting on the rocks
southern american sea lions from the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia.
southern american sea lions from the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia.

You will be cruising along small beautiful islands:

Beagle channel near Ushuaia
Beagle channel near Ushuaia

and pass the lighthouse ‘Les Eclaireurs’ called ‘end of the world’ on the north shore of the Beagle Channel:

View of the Lighthouse 'Les Eclaireurs' called 'End of the World' near Ushuaia on the north shore of the Channel
View of the Lighthouse ‘Les Eclaireurs’ called ‘End of the World’ near Ushuaia on the north shore of the Channel

After a few hours on the boat you will finally arrive at the penguin colony.

Magellan penguins from the Beagle Channel
Magellan penguins from the Beagle Channel

The Magellanic penguins were named after the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who observed the penguins in 1520.

a little penguin from Ushuaia, Argentina.
a little penguin from Ushuaia, Argentina.

If you prefer to take the bus to the penguin colony tour you will pass some interesting rough scenery on the way.

the trees are shaped from the strong winds in Ushuaia
the trees are shaped from the strong winds in Ushuaia

Reached at the colony you will be able to get closer to the penguins

King penguin with attitude
penguin with attitude

and also see the famous king penguin.

king penguin on the penguin colony, Beagle Channel
king penguin on the penguin colony, Beagle Channel

When you are visiting Patagonia, make sure you stop in Ushuaia and enjoy the wildlife and scenery.

Have you missed my previous posts about Patagonia? Just click on the following links:

Enjoy reading.

Happy travel.

 

 

Trekking the W- circuit in Torres del Paine National Park

Arrived in Patagonia and now you are ready for some trekking? Do not miss the W-trek in Chile.

I did this W-trek with g-adventure; I really enjoyed that trip. Everything was organised, they look after you and the best part is that you meet some great like-minded people from around the world.

The first day of the W-trek was an 8-9 hours hike to the majestic granite towers of Paine. If you have missed my post about the challenges trekking to the Torres please read here.

On day 2 we left early our camping site and stopped for seeing a waterfall. It was so windy, I couldn’t believe it. You basically walked forward 10 steps and were blown back 8 steps. A group of trekkers passed us and one woman had broken her nose as she got hit by some rocks. That was a wake up call for all of us. Back in the car we waited for the ferry to cross the lake Pehoe. Well actually we were not sure if the ferry would even go but they are probably so used to the wind, so no problem at all. We crossed the beautiful turquoise lake and arrived at our next camping site.

Torres del Paine National park
Torres del Paine National park

After having our lunch we started our trekking through the beautiful french valley. I thought they are kidding us going trekking in that kind of windy conditions but the valley was actually protected. On the photo below you can see how the wind is blowing on the surface of the lake. The sky formation was very unique and beautiful.

A windy day in Torres del Paine, Patagonia
A windy day in Torres del Paine, Patagonia

The walk through the french valley was an 6-8 hours trek. Arrived at the viewing point you can see the glacier formed in a cirque hidden deep in the ribs of the Paine massif. Very impressive.

the glacier in shape of a cirque hidden deep in the ribs of hte Paine massif
the glacier in shape of a cirque hidden deep in the ribs of hte Paine massif

Back at the campsite we enjoyed our dinner, had some drinks and very bad but cheap wine called ‘Gato’. Well good enough for camping and at least you will always remember the fun you had being in a group drinking ‘Gato’. I cannot recommend that wine but we made the best out of the situation and laughed about it. The wind luckily started to ease down so we could catch up with some missing sleep from the previous windy night.

Getting up early in the morning and seeing this scenery cannot be described in words. I got excited, grabbed my camera and went for a walk around that lake and just enjoyed being in this beautiful place with striking scenery. The colours in Patagonia are just incredible. I have never seen that many rainbows in three days in my life.

rainbow in Torres del Paine NP
rainbow in Torres del Paine NP

It was a very peaceful morning. Another day of trekking was ahead of us and the weather looked promising.

Sky formation
colours in Torres del Paine

After having a big breakfast we started trekking day number 3. It is tiring though but a great experience at the same time.

The trek ended at the Grey glacier which is the main attraction in Patagonia. At one end there is this massive Patagonian ice field and at the other a 40 metre wall of ice of which pieces fall into the Grey lake and gives it its beautiful milky blue to green colour.

Did I say the weather was promising and sunny? Well that changes quickly, so enjoy each moment. The weather is very unpredictable. You can see the clouds hanging over the Grey lake and a light rainbow disappearing on the right hand side. It started raining and together with the blowing wind it was not very pleasant. Suddenly it was cold and we had to wrap us up in our second layer of clothes.

day 3 of the W-trek in Torres del Paine, Chile
day 3 of the W-trek in Torres del Paine, Chile

Arrived at the viewing point it felt like being in winter. It was raining but we still managed to see this massive glacier hiding behind the fog.

the Grey lake and glacier in Torres del Paine, Chile, Patagonia
the Grey lake and glacier in Torres del Paine, Chile, Patagonia

Patagonia is an amazing part of the world. The colours of the nature are breathtaking and it felt so peaceful being here. The weather can change quickly with having 4 seasons in one day, the wind can be very challenging but all this is the reason why the landscape is so beautiful and unique.

Follow my blog if you are interested in more travel stories from South- and Northamerica. My next travel post will be about the most southern city in the world ‘Ushuaia’ and the beagle channel.

Happy travel. Stay tuned.

 

 

The challenges you face when trekking in Torres del Paine, Patagonia

Torres del Paine

After trekking in Fitz Roy National park, Patagonia and visiting the massive Perito Moreno glacier I got so excited to travel further to Torres del Paine National park in Chile.

A three day trekking tour was about to start. After a bus drive from Perito Moreno glacier to Punto Natales we got prepared with camping equipment, had a night of rest in Punto Natales before we took our bus to Torres del Paine National Park early in the morning.

On our way to the national park we could see some big storm clouds over the mountain range and a beautiful rainbow appearing on the horizon. I knew this trip will be amazing.

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storm clouds and the rainbow in Torres del Paine National Park

You get also to see the guanacos here in Patagonia, what beautiful animals. This is a native South American animal which is around 1 to 1.2m high and can weigh up to 90kg. The fur is very soft and their fibre is being used in luxury fabric.

Guanacos in Torres del Paine
Guanacos in Torres del Paine

Arrived at the entrance of the National park, everybody got ready and dressed up for trekking. Backpacks on our shoulders and walking sticks for the ones who felt more comfortable with it. I definitely was one of them.

Suddenly we could hear this loud sound of the wind, the dirt from the gravel road started blowing in all directions. I could not believe it. I learned very quickly that this is pretty normal in Patagonia. In case it happens while you are trekking at the edge of the mountains, go down on your knees, cover your head and pray:) It only lasts a few seconds but the wind can be very strong and blow you away especially when you are a tiny and skinny person.

I had my camera equipment in my backpack and was worried about it; however, my bag from f-stop passed this test. It was sometimes a challenge to walk with that heavy bag of 8 kg on my back while going through those windy phases.

So, we started walking in the beautiful sunny weather but were experiencing some strong wind attacks. I unfortunately don’t have many photos of that day as it was just too windy and all the dirt blowing everywhere. I decided my camera was better protected in my bag. You can expect having 4 seasons in one day. Walking on the edge of the mountains can be very exposed to the strong winds, especially when there are no trees. That windy day was really challenging for me but in the end so worth it. The last one hour of trekking up to the top was the hardest for me. You have to climb up the big rocks and sometimes cannot even see the pathway. Just follow the crowd. Again a massive wind attack hit us and rocks smashing against our legs, in that moment you go down on your knees and hope for the best. The weather changed from cold and windy to rainy and then sunny and warm.

Finally arrived at the top you see this beautiful turquoise lake and the Torres del Paine towers surrounded by clouds and fog. Our tour guide had a nice surprise for us: a bottle of champagne. What a great idea, exactly what you need after going through all those challenges. I have to say I have never experienced trekking in such windy conditions. In that moment you are packed with adrenalin but also excited and hope everything will be fine and god is watching and protecting you anyways. It was so windy up there that you could rarely breath.

Torres del Paine
The towers of Torres del Paine

After enjoying a bit of champagne at the top we walked back for roughly 4 hours to the parking area where the bus was waiting for us to take us to our first camping site. I was on a g-adventure trip. The first camping site was pretty amazing: we had the private site just for ourselves. After travelling around Argentina you get a lot of meat, potatoes and bread. Most of us were graving for vegetables. We had such an amazing delicious home cooked dinner with lots of fresh vegetables and meat.

Everybody was hoping for the wind to stop to have a quiet and good night sleep. Well, that wasn’t meant to be the case for us. The wind was unbelievable strong and loud. My dad always taught me not to hang around underneath trees when it is windy. Guess what? The tents were directly underneath the trees. Well, looks like we just had to trust that everything will be fine. The family from this camp site were looking after us very well and even had to fix up some of our tents mid in the night. One of the tents was about to lift up in the air. You couldn’t really say we slept well during that night. At one stage the roof of the tent hit me on my nose. Well, that’s definitely called adventure.

I am not a morning person but at 5am I had enough from the wind,  so I got up and took my camera out to take some morning photos. It has calmed down a tiny bit. I was the first one awake and enjoyed the early morning in pure nature. I was so lucky to see a light beautiful rainbow.

The home cooked breakfast was great and exactly what you need to start another day of trekking.

rainbow in Torres del Paine
early in the morning in Torres del Paine National Park. Can you see the rainbow.

In my following post I will share the experience on the second hiking day in the Patagonian beautiful nature with non-stopping wind.

Happy travel and stay tuned.

Chauchilla cemetery near Nazca in Peru

desert Nazca

When I was in Peru, we visited the Chauchilla cemetery near Nazca.

desert Nazca
Chauchilla cemetery

This discovery of the cemetery was in 1920s and covers a period of 600- 700 years. Unfortunately this cemetery had been plundered by grave robbers who have left human bones and pottery scattered around. Since 1997 the Peruvian law protects this place. Nowadays tourists can take a tour to this ancient cemetery and see the mummies.

The bodies are preserved due to the dry climate in the Peruvian desert. They were clothed in cotton, then painted with a resin and kept in tombs made from mud bricks. The mummies still have their hair and skin.

I found this pretty amazing but also ‘creepy’.

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Mummy in the Cemetery of Chauchilla

 

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Creepy.”

The magic Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia

Patagonia is an amazing and beautiful place in the world. There is so much you can see. In case you have missed my first post about Patagonia click here.

Now I want to introduce you to the magic Perito Moreno Glacier. It is approximately a 2 hours bus drive away from El Calafate where plenty of tour companies offer daily visits.

Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier

The Perito Moreno glacier was named after the explorer Francisco Moreno who studied the region in the 19th century. The ice formation is 250 km2 huge and 30 km long. It is the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water.

Perito Moreno Glacier in summer
Perito Moreno Glacier in summer

The glacier is one of only three glaciers in Patagonia which is still growing. The toe of the Perito Moreno glacier is approximately 5 km wide and 60m high above the surface of the lake ‘lago argentino’. The total ice depth is roughly 170m.

This massive river of frozen water and huge chunks of ice move down constantly crashing into the lake waters below.

massive ice mass from Perito Moreno Glacier
massive ice mass from Perito Moreno Glacier

You can go on a boat trip and get as close as possible to this glacier.

the huge Perito Moreno glacier makes a boat look like a toy
the huge Perito Moreno glacier makes a boat look like a toy

Being in front of this massive glacier is just an incredible feeling.

Ice glacier
Ice glacier

The view from the boat trip:

Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier

From here we left to Puerto Natales and prepared ourselves for a three day hiking trip in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.

Stay tuned and happy travel.

 

Photos that make you want to travel to Patagonia

You love being in nature, hiking in the mountains and always wanted to go to Southamerica? I have a solution for you, Patagonia has it all – beautiful colours, breathtaking landscapes, lots of trekking possibilities, ice glaciers and wildlife you haven’t seen before.

When you are flying to El Calafate and are about to land, you will notice the turbulences. Don’t worry – it is very windy in Patagonia, that is normal. I will tell you some wind stories from Torres del Paine later but first I want to introduce you to Fitz Roy National Park.

The landscape you pass when you are on your way from El Calafate to El Chalten cannot be described in words. The colours of the glacier lakes are amazing, believe me there is no photoshop processing involved – it is real. I have never seen such a beautiful landscape before.

Colours in Patagonia
the amazing colours of Patagonia

Further on the way to El Chalten we could see the clouds formation which is just incredible.

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Fitz Roy National Park in Patagonia

This road leads to El Chalten. Behind the clouds you can see the Fitz Roy mountains.

the road to Fitzroy Nationalpark in Patagonia
the road to Fitzroy Nationalpark in Patagonia

The weather in Patagonia can change quickly and you might have 4 seasons in one day. I was there in December which is the beginning of summer but don’t expect it to be that hot. Arrived in the sunshine the first rain cloud came in.

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storm clouds over Fitz Roy NP, Patagonia

The next morning we started the 22km hike within the Glacier National Park’s northern end, where granite pinnacles spiral upward into the sky from the third largest ice field on earth.

El Chalten
Fitz Roy glacier lake

Luckily it was not too windy, just cold in the morning which is fine once you are dressed up with a beanie, scarf, warm jumper and windproof jacket. The walk is pretty easy and good manageable. That photo has been taken from one of the viewpoints we have passed. Seeing the huge glacier is incredible.

hiking along the glacier lake
Fitz Roy glacier lake

You can go all the way up to the glacier and walk around it.

The hike to the glacier lake is moderate with clearly marked and well-maintained trails, though there are some challenges in and between.

The last one hour up to the top was one of the challenging parts, a very steep hike. We were lucky and the sun was shining which means it was pretty hot. So now you need to pack your warm layers back into your bag and walk around in a t-shirt. Yes, that is Patagonia for you.

Once arrived at the top of the glacier lake, Laguna de Los Tres, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, what a stunning view. The lake was so clear, still and so peaceful. The glacier lake was like a mirror. The sky showed itself from its best side. What a nice place to chill out and enjoy some lunch.

the amazing sky over Fitz Roy mountain, Patagonia.
the amazing sky over Fitz Roy mountain, Patagonia.

When you keep walking you reach another beautiful lagoon with an awe-inspiring view:

Lagoon in Fitz Roy NP, Patagonia
Lagoon in Fitz Roy NP, Patagonia

On the way back to El Chalten (another 4 hours) you see more of the beautiful landscape.

Los tres
Fitz Roy mountain

The glacier creeks have the best water you can drink; it is absolutely safe and tasty. Fill your bottles and enjoy.

water creek Patagonia
Fitz Roy mountain

…and here my favourite photo which summarises the beautiful Fitz Roy National park. The ‘Parque Nacional Los Glaciares’ has some of the most spectacular natural sights you will see in your lifetime.

A beautiful day in Fitz Roy National Park in Patagonia.
A beautiful day in Fitz Roy National Park in Patagonia.

That was just the beginning of the Patagonia journey. From here it goes to Perito Moreno Glacier and Torres del Paine NP before we reach ‘fireland’ and the most southern city of the world ‘Ushuaia’.

Happy travel.

 

Why should you visit San Telmo in Buenos Aires

San Telmo

Hola, welcome to Buenos Aires, the city of the tango. If you have missed my previous posts on Buenos Aires:

Now I would like to show you around in San Telmo, an arty neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. It is one of the oldest suburbs in Buenos Aires which is blessed with cobblestoned streets, an amazing weekly antique street market on Sundays and many great cafes and restaurants. San Telmo has its own flair which you don’t want to miss.

Where is San Telmo situated? It lies six blocks from Plaza de Mayo, bounded to the north and south by the Microcentro and La Boca, and to the east and west by Puerto Madero and Avenida 9 de Julio. Walking through the market in San Telmo, listening to the tango music and watching the dancers on the streets felt like I was arrived in Argentina, everything else was like being in a big city but this neighbourhood with its special charm got me.

When you walk through the alleys in San Telmo you can see a lot of amazing graffiti street art.

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Graffiti art in San Telmo
San Telmo
graffitti art in the streets of Buenos Aires
San Telmo
Welcome to San Telmo in Buenos Aires. This is one of the most beautiful graffitti art I have ever seen.
San Telmo, Buenos Aires
graffitti art in the streets of Buenos Aires
street art in Buenos Aires
in the streets of San Telmo

San Telmo has some charming cafes and restaurants to chill out and to enjoy an empanada.

cafe San Telmo
cafe La poesia in San Telmo, Buenos Aires
San Telmo cafe
colourful cafe in San Telmo, Buenos Aires

When strolling through the streets of San Telmo I came across the smallest house in Buenos Aires, how fascinating.

Casa minima
the smallest house in Buenos Aires (Casa minima)

Buenos is a great city to visit but I couldn’t wait to escape into the nature of Patagonia. Stay tuned for my posts on the beautiful South of Argentina and Chile.

Happy travel.

Why Buenos Aires should be on your bucket list

You arrived in Buenos Aires and now what? Where to stay, what to do and see might be your next question. I was in Buenos Aires three times last year, unfortunately it was raining all the time but lucky it stopped at least for a few hours. However, with your right mindset it doesn’t really matter as there are lots of things you can visit and do indoors.

I stayed in a really nice small hotel in Recoleta. The neighborhood is a very nice and safe area for people who are interested in historical and architectural buildings. The famous Recoleta cemetery is the place where Eva Peron is resting after her death in 1952. She was the second wife of Argentinian President Juan Peron and served as the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death.

If you like, go and visit the Pink house (Casa Rosada) and the famous balcony you know from the musical Evita on which Juan and Eva Peron were preaching to the Argentinians. It is located on Plaza de Mayo.

Pink hous Argentina
Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires

and here is a photo of the famous balcony:

The famous balcony of the pink house in Buenos Aires
The famous balcony of the pink house in Buenos Aires

Enjoy some time inside Casa Rosada in the courtyard:

fountain
inside the pink house of Eva Peron in Buenos Aires

and the beautiful architecture:

The pink house of Eva Peron in Buenos Aires
The pink house of Eva Peron in Buenos Aires

Don’t miss to visit the Cathedral from Buenos Aires.

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Cathedral from Buenos Aires

Enough from sightseeing? Stroll along the streets of Buenos Aires.

streets of Buenos Aires
streets of Buenos Aires

You want to stop for a bit of shopping? There are plenty of opportunities in Buenos Aires but if you are rather interested in art have a look at the ‘Galerias Pacifico‘ –  shopping mall with its majestic painting on the ceiling; it is on street Florida 787.

majestic art on the shopping mall ceiling
Galerias Pacifico shopping mall in Buenos Aires with its famous painting on the ceiling

Another interesting place to see is the well known book store El Ateneo Grand Splendid. For more details please read my previous post el ateneo grand splendid:

El Ateneo Grand Splendid
El Ateneo Grand Splendid the famous book store in Buenos Aires

What would be Argentina without a nice glass of Malbec? Have a rest in Aldo’s Vinoteca in Calle Moreno, 372 MonserratBuenos Aires. 

wine in Buenos Aires
Aldo’s vinoteka in Buenos Aires

La Boca is worth a visit but I recommend to come back to the city before it is getting dark.

the cat is watching the tourists in La Boca

The suburb which I really liked was San Telmo. San Telmo has its charm, is a bit arty with its weekly markets, cafes and restaurants. Don’t miss to visit this neighborhood and stay overnight if you can.

Take some tango lessons and enjoy the dinner show.

I will share some photos about San Telmo in my next travel post. A little preview here:

cafe La poesia in San Telmo, Buenos Aires
cafe La poesia in San Telmo, Buenos Aires

Stay tuned. Happy travel.

Why should you visit Lake Titicaca – photos from Uros, the floating island

Uros island

You made it to Lake Titicaca, great. Once you visited Taquile Island, another must to see are the floating islands. I have been to Uros Island, but before you actually go I recommend to have some local lunch. Since I was on a gadvanture trip, we were lucky to be invited at a family’s place who cooked just for us.

The entree was a home baked bread which you can see in the bowl on the top of the photo, together with a tomato and chilli salsa, followed by a yummi quinoa soup and as main a fresh trout from Lake Titicaca. It can’t be any better than that.

Peruvian trout
fresh trout from lake titicaca

The family who cooked for us were dressed up in traditional clothes and very friendly. The Peruvian cuisine is seriously the best I know. It uses lots of fresh produce, vegetables and the super seed ‘quinoa’. If you love eating healthy like me, you will be in paradise.

Peruvian lady from Lake TIticaca
This Peruvian lady cooked the most amazing trout fresh from Lake Titicaca. We had quinoa soup as a starter, some homemade amazing bread with tomatoe salsa and fresh trout from the lake.

The little cheeky boy was playing hiding with us. What a cutie.

Peruvian boy
a little peruvian boy on Taquile Island

…the little boy with his grandpa. A traditional Peruvian family living in simple conditions and seem to be the most happiest people you can imagine.

happy family from Taquile Island, Peru
happy family from Taquile Island, Peru

Once you have a happy tummy, go and visit one of the floating islands. I have never seen something like this before and couldn’t imagine you can live like this. As you can see on the photo, a storm was approaching.

Floating island, peru
Uros the floating island on Lake Titicaca, Peru

Once you arrive at this little island you will be welcomed by singing locals in their colourful traditional clothes:

Uros island
the women from Uros the floating island in Peru, Lake Titicaca

A little girl was happily jumping around, being very excited about the visitors:

traditional floating island
little girl from Uros Island, Lake Titicaca

…a bit curious too:

little girl from Uros Island, Lake Titicaca
little girl from Uros Island, Lake Titicaca

…now being exhausted after running around:

playing little girl on Taquile Island, Peru
playing little girl on Taquile Island, Peru

The locals selling their handcrafted art:

Life on Uros Island, Peru
Life on Uros Island, Peru

Lake Titicaca was the last place in Peru before I travelled further to Patagonia. I fell in love with Peru, the friendly people who live happily in their simplicity. The Peruvian cuisine is one of the best I know, it has an influence of the asian cuisine but uses the Peruvian natural ingredients.

I definitely will come back to Peru. I am currently thinking of doing some volunteer work in Cusco in the next year. If anybody of you had some great experiences to share, I would be more than happy to hear about it. Please feel free to comment.

More travel stories from Patagonia will follow soon. Stay tuned.

Have a lovely day.

Alex