Here are some amazing places to visit and see.
Each of these places is so different, unique and wonderful.
Machu Picchu is an amazing place to see. The 15th-century Inca citadel is situated on a mountain ridge approximately 8,000 feet above sea level. The oxygen levels are lower at this height, but the views are spectacular. The Andes mountains are breathless. Machu Picchu is located in the Cusco Region, Urubamba Province of Peru. It is above the Sacred Valley, northwest of Cuzco. The Urubamba River flows through Cuzco.
Getting up to Machu Picchu isn’t as difficult as most people say. You typically will start out on a wonderful train ride that takes you along the Urubamba river and to the base of the mountain range. From there, several vans take people up the mountain – many switchbacks! For the more adventurous , there is a hiking path that leads you to the top.
This is an amazing place, and a great trip to meet and greet people – a great time to be alone and yet not alone.
Now that the van has disembarked its passengers, it is time to do a little walking and climb. The walk to the magnificent vista is less than 1/2 mile. Climbing as the high altitude can cause you to loose your breathe quickly. But, just when you thought you were going to give up, you turn the corner, and voila! that famous view is starring you right in the face. MACHU PICCHU!! We made it!
Once you get to the citadel, there are various places you can walk to, enjoy, climb higher if you want, and also see the lamas.
Can you see the stairs at the top of the mountain in the distance…? Yep, people climb that!! Without a harness, without handrails and without any fear! Not for me! Next!
How wonderful and amazing it is to go to Madrid, the capital of Spain. The town is a bustling town filled with fine loving people, hip bars, great tasting food and a great night life.
Enjoy Granada’s old quarter – one of the finest views over Alhambra Palace. And, be sure not to miss a Gypsy Night Out in Old Granada and go see the Zambra dances by the famous gypsies! A fiery performance….
The food in Spain is excellent. Foodies can try their rice dish called “The Paella” – it originated in Valencia, it’s a must try. Amazing!
While you are in Madrid, sit back and relax at the Chocolateria San Gines, as you take in the atmosphere, people, and vibe while eating your delicious Churros with chocolate. Travelers can find the store tucked away in a little alleyway. Try not to miss it…..you won’t be disappointed!
This island is one of the lesser known and amazing Caribbean Island. It is a small island, spanning only a few miles long. It is located north of Antigua Island and is part of the Leeward Island of the West Indies. Barbuda possesses some of the most amazing crystal clear turquoise water and sand in the world. This is a very remote non-touristy island. It has only about 1,600 residents, well, that was until 2017.
For years Barbuda was an amazing island to vacation, but in September 2017, Hurricane Irma destroyed over 95% of the island’s buildings and infrastructure. All of the islanders were evacuated and the island is no longer inhabited. But, I would keep Barbuda on your radar – who knows? Maybe Antigua travel guides will be offering day trips there!