Cusco and Machu Picchu, Peru

The name Machu Picchu had been haunting me for years, made famous by the ubiquitous surreal picture of the ruins atop a hill next to a bigger hill. I finally found the opportunity to visit this sacred Incan spot, perfectly hidden in the jungles of Peru. But first we had to travel to Lima, Peru’s capital, then flew to Cusco (another important Incan capital). From Cusco we took a van to a train station in the middle of nowhere called Ollantaytambo, for the journey to Aguas Calientes, deep in the mountains. From this small town, we had to take a dedicated shuttle bus all the way up a steep hill to the ruins. And that’s the best and fastest way to get to Machu Picchu!

The Galápagos Islands of Ecuador

The Galápagos Islands are actually a volcanic archipelago comprising 21 islands, some one thousand kilometres west of the South American continent, in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The main airport is on Baltra Island, while we stay in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, and in Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island. The distance between Puerto Ayora and Puerto Villamil is 80km, traveling on a fast boat.

Our Stories from Kyushu, Japan

Being an avid fan of belching, erupting active volcanoes, the Kyushu volcano of Sakurajima has been on my to-visit list for a while. Being Japan’s most active and one of the world’s most active, I just have to see it. Soon I find myself making my way from Tokyo, via Kyoto, all the way to Kagoshima, the city at the western end of Japan’s main islands, right in the shadow of Sakurajima itself. Then we backtrack to visit beautiful Nagasaki and industrious Fukuoka.

The Nubra Valley of Ladakh, India

We travel to Nubra Valley, to experience the beauty of Ladakh wilderness, a part of the former Silk Road, which now borders Pakistan and China.

The Indus River Way, India

Today we decide to visit interesting spots along the Leh – Srinagar Highway while gawking at the spectacular Indus River and avoiding rockfalls along its gorges.