The city of Cusco was once an ancient Inca city. Cituated at a high altitude of 3400m (11250ft) just east of the Andes. Upon arrival you can feel the thinness of the air and draw heavier breaths. The Spanish Conquistadors took over the city around 1535. Looking around you'll see buildings built upon the stone remnants of the Incan empire. There are many Inca ruins within the city limits to see.
Huacachina is a unique village in Peru built around a small natural lagoon. An oasis in the Atacama desert surrounded by tall sand dunes that dwarf the village. Though there are a little over 100 people who permanently reside there this oasis has become a main stop for thousands of tourists and backpackers each year. The main attraction is the thrilling dune buggy and sandboarding activity offered. Feel the thrill of rollercoaster like drops over 30 meter tall sand dunes. Enjoy the gorgeous sunsets and the local restaurants around the palm-lined lagoon.
A small cluster of islands called the Ballestas lie off the Peruvian coast near the town of Paracas. Often touted as the “Peruvian Galapagos” or even the “poor man’s Galapagos” because of the low cost and ease to visit. A sanctuary rich with wildlife, there are over half a million birds making this their home. You’ll also pass by the Paracas Candelabra, a prehistoric geoglyph etched into sandy sloped hill. No one knows it’s true meaning or purpose. Then onto Paracas National reserve where vast golden desert meets blue ocean water.
Selina Miraflores is hotel/hostel located in the heart of the Miraflores area of Lima. A quote from their website. “Selina provides guests with beautiful places to stay, travel, and work abroad indefinitely. Plus, we use our in-depth local knowledge to create thousands of authentic activities and experiences in over 145 destinations worldwide” .The prices are low, accommodations modest, and services are exemplary. I got a private room for $39 USD/night. I chose this place for the location to a few places I had bookmarked, the good reviews, and the pricing.
The Lub D hostel in Patong Beach-Phuket is one of the finest hostels with great bang for the buck. It has many fine amenities of a resort such as pool, bar/cafe, exercise equipment, lounges and services. At first glance you’ll see that it is a large hostel situated in a lively area of Patong Beach.
Choosing the right hostel can take some internet research and sometimes word of mouth from other travelers helps. Your mood is also a factor. I chose a hostel in Bangkok that appealed to me because of its location away from a busy noisy area. It seemed to have a few things within walking distance to check out, local bus stops, and a short 750m walk to the famous (or should I say infamous?) Khaosan road. The Here Hostel had photos showing a rustic charm and pleasant garden area. Having a pool was also a plus.
Lub D Siem Reap is one of the top 10 hostels accommodations I’ve experienced. It is easily number one for best value for the lowest price at $47.50 for 5 nights. The hostel is in a great location with a short walk to Pub Street. The staff couldn’t be friendlier and the relaxing atmosphere made every guest be just as friendly. There’s a chain of Lub D in Asia and I plan on staying in Lub D in Phuket. Welcome to the new breed of hostel accommodations.
I arrive in Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City from Singapore. With Only a few days in this city, I had researched the internet for the perfect hostel to relax and leisurely wander this city. My decision for a hostel was The Common Room Project in District 5. Now all I had to do was get there from the airport.