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The End

overcast 14 °C

So our trip was over. We were back in Canada and back to the daily grime of our boring lives. It was nice to get away for that period of time and enjoy the unimaginable. Hopefully another trip would be sprung on us like this. This post is to just sum up all the locations stayed at, the total costs of things, and the total distance of the trip.

LENGTH OF TRIP: 22 DAYS

TOTAL DISTANCE OF TRIP: 31792 km

DISTANCE BETWEEN COUNTRIES

Canada and Peru --> 6370.03 km
Peru and Argentina-->5035.2 km
Argentina and Brazil-->1694.21
Brazil and France-->8634.96 km
France and U.K.-->1092.54 km
U.K. and Germany--> 1034.14 km
Germany and Poland--> 607.33 km
Poland and Croatia--> 812.67 km
Croatia and Greece--> 865.07 km
Greece and Canada--> 7901.20 km

HOTELS

costs and names

CUSCO- CASA ANDINA CLASSIC 108 a night
BUENOS AIRES-LENNOX HOTEL BUENOS AIRES 93.07 a night
RIO DE JANEIRO-MERCURE NITEROI ORIZZONTE 142.24 a night.
PARIS-BEST WESTERN PREMIER HOTEL L'HORSET OPERA 210 a night
LONDON- NO HOTEL, FRIENDS HOUSE
MUNICH-DOLCE MUNICH UNTERSHLEISSHIM 130 a night
KRAKOW-ASCOT HOTEL 92 a night
DUBROVNIK- NO HOTEL, ONLY DAY SPENT
ATHENS- Melina Athens 98 a night

TOTAL SPENT ON HOTELS: $320,172.64

TRANSPORTATION

costs

Canada to Peru--> $583
Peru to Argentina--> $568
Argentina to Brazil-->$249
Brazil to Paris-->$774
Paris to London (via chunnel)-->$81
London to Munich-->$88
Munich to Poland-->$193
Poland to Croatia-->$498
Croatia to Greece-->$268
Greece to Canada-->$919

TOTAL SPENT ON TRANSPORTATION: $4,221

Posted by oliviiaaaaaaa 16:58 Archived in Canada Comments (0)

Athens July 25-26

sunny 29 °C

Day 1

We were only spending one night in Athens so that meant that today and tomorrow were packed with things to see. Our trip from Dubrovnik to Athens cost us 268 and took 6hrs55min. The trip from here back to Mississauga was probably going to be pretty pricey but we needed to get home somehow! We are staying at Melina Athens for 98 a night. Not too bad for a 5 star hotel! That's right, 5 stars for 98 bucks. It was a deal I picked up while surfing the web and checking out what interesting things we can see here. For day one since e got here in the afternoon we only had two things planned; Benaki museum and the neighborhood of Plaka. The Benaki museum was home to many famous green pieces of art. It was nice to see. Also since we are all within the age group of 17-19 we got a discount when it came to buying the tickets to the museum. Pretty sweet, Greece was just filled with deals waiting to be found. We expected things to be more pricey being as Greece is in a petty bad state financially but for now things seemed to be going pretty good. We explored the art and then headed to Plaka. You aren't allowed to have a car or motor vehicle like a motorcycle or anything there so it was nice to see everyone doing the world some good and walking around. We needed to purchase a map when we got there because Plaka seemed to be a little maze like. It was fun to get lost and try to find out way around but eventually it just got way to confusing. We did some shopping, hung out st some of the Cafes and then decided to turn in for the night. The days seemed to be running out so quickly... What were we to do!

Plaka

Plaka

Day2

We did not have too much time before our flight, but we had to make the best of what we were given. Today we planned on going to see the acropolis. It was awesome we already saw it when we were in the city as it towered and watched over everything. If you think about all the Greek history and myths you begin to wonder if things that are told in the stories actually did go on there. Everything from Athena to Aphrodite to Zeus. The acropolis was interesting to see, all the ruins that wee preserved so nicely by the Greeks were good. I was nice to see how much they cared for their history and how proud they were of it. We went to the Parthenon to look at its amazing structure. Unfortunately we were not allowed inside but the outside did it enough justice. It managed to take my breath away that's for sure. We also saw the temple of Athena. She was actually the patron of Athens if that wasn't obvious. Awesome was the best way to describe it that's for sure. We walked around for a couple hours before the airport called. We didn't want to leave this experience or all the memories but unfortunately we had too. What an adventure it was to go and explore all the things we did. Part of my life long dream was completed. When I mustered up some more money and hopefuls to travel with, the other half of my dreams would be completed! But now it was time to board the plane back to Pearson International. The flight we were getting on was pretty pricey but at this point the only mission was to get home and we needed to spend the cash if we wanted to get home, which in reality we didn't buy had to. The flight cost 919 and was about to take 14hrs35mins. In the next post ill give a brief summary of the hotels we stayed at, places we visited, amount we spent on flights and prices of the hotels. Thank you for sharing such an amazing experience with me. I hope you all get to complete your dream trip around the world at some point in your lifetime.

Acropolis

Acropolis

Posted by oliviiaaaaaaa 16:19 Archived in Greece Comments (0)

Dubrovnik July 24

sunny 30 °C

Day 1

Initially we couldn't decide whether we wanted to stay here longer than a day and in the end we decided that a day would suffice. We wanted to spend day two relaxing on a beach but we figured we should stick more to the touristy aspect of our trip. We left Krakow and arrived in Dubrovnik for $498 which included one stop in Norway for a total flight time of 6hrs35mins. We didn't really find much to do in Dubrovnik, it seemed to be more of s destination to relax at. But of course we fished out something. Right away when we were flying in I noticed the city walls. They were huge. Originally used to keep the Turks out because of the constant threat of war. The walls in lose the whole old town which we also visited. It was nice. We walked through small alley ways, ate in Cafes, did some shopping and over all enjoyed a day on the town. That is basically what we did most of the day. We also enjoyed a couple hours at the beach because we needed a little relaxation even if we didn't really want it. Our trip was coming to an end, one more country and it was all over. I don't know if we were emotionally prepared for it to end, it had been nothing but s great experience and hopefully something of the sort will happen to us again. Anyways, our flight left at night so we would be in Greece the next morning. Toodles till then!

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

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Krakow July 22-23

sunny 23 °C

Day 1

Our flight to Krakow was a decent one. With one stop in Stockholm, Sweden for the day, we spent it outside in cafes and got some shut eye in the airport we got to Poland for 193$. Total fight time was 23 hrs and 30 mins with the layover and everything. We were staying at ascot hotel for 92 a night. not too shabby if i do say so myself. To start off we decided to go see the Wawel Castle. We got a nice lesson of the history behind everything and got to go from tomb to tomb and see the dark past that took place. Also we got to go into the Wawel dragons cave, a creepy little walk way that makes you feel as if you are going to see a dragon at any second! At the end when you exit you see a metal monument of the dragon that breaths fire every few minutes, so awesome! We then decided to catch a bus to the town of Oświęcim 50 km west of Krakow.. Unfortunately not to a pleasant place. We decided to go see the concentration camp. Reading about it does not prepare you at all to what you're about to see. It is extremely heart breaking to think about what went on there in the past. We saw something we thought we would never see. It was scary yet remarkable. We decided to head back to our hotel after that to turn in for the night, it was a lot of things to process but it was well worth going to see how lucky we are now. Tomorrow we had a couple more destinations then we were off to Croatia!

Town Square

Town Square

Day 2

The day called for an adventure to the Rynek główny, or the town square. A lot of things are going on there st once. It's a main and busy tourist area. Bursting with street performers and attractions we walked around for a bit and sat down to enjoy a nice coffee on the patio. After a relaxing morning we headed over to the Wieliczka Salt mine. It is extremely impressive. Tons of statues made out of salt, and even a whole temple like thing for St. Kinga is there. It is awesome to see. You can lick the walls to get some salty goodness... However I don't recommend it cause who knows how many people have done it before you... Can you say germs? It was awesome though, right from the beginning when we had to go down 378 steps just to get there. I wouldn't go if you are claustrophobic though.... It would not be fun for you at all! We ended the day off with a trip to a cafe and back to our hotel to get ready for Croatia. I think we were only going to stay there for a day or two because we just planned on making it a beachy relaxing packed place but we can decide if we want to do that for sure yet... Toodles!

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Wieliczka Salt Mine


Wieliczka Salt Mine

Wieliczka Salt Mine

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Munich July 20-21

semi-overcast 18 °C

Day 1

Our flight to Munich was a steal, 88 dollars non stop and we were here in an hour and 50 minutes! What luck. We were staying at Dolce Munich Untershleisshim for 130 a night. It was nice had a good amount of accommodations and fulfilled our needs. I wish we would be spending more than just two days in Munich. But time was limited and we had to make things work in our favor. And since we are not of legal age, the Biergartens were out of question. Maybe in a couple years once we come back! For the first day we decided to go visit the Englischer gardens. Some people consider this to be a must see while in Germany. We enjoyed a nice relaxing day which included some boating jogging and just messing around in the outdoors. It was nice it seemed like a home away from home. We also decided to do some shopping. It there was multiple good deals we could take advantage of. It was nice to just take it easy for a bit. We also went to a couple cafes enjoyed a nice dinner and coffee. We decided that now since we were ending our trip off we were going to keep it pretty simple, and that is exactly what Munich offered us, simplicity at its finest.
Englischer Gardens

Englischer Gardens

Day 2

Today was a day to visit the religious side of Munich. We decided to go visit two different churches today before we had our flight tomorrow. Our first destination was St. Peter's church. It was known as the oldest and smallest place of worship. We climbed to the highest tower to enjoy the view. We also saw the Skeleton of St.Munditia who was a martyr. The glittering alter also was something of great interest! We left St. Peter's and headed over to st Michael's church. Most renaissance churches I've seen had towers but this one does not because it apparently fell during construction and was never fixed. We toured the crypt where patron duke king Ludwig II and other people from the royal family are buried. It was interesting to see how different the churches are from here. Of course they are much older than ours in Mississauga, but you would think there would be some sort of resemblance. We enjoyed a simple dinner and headed back to our hotel. We packed up and were getting ready to head over to Krakow, Poland. I've been there many times but my friends haven't. It was nice to be heading back to my home country! Take to you soon!
St. Peters Church

St. Peters Church

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London July 18-19

rain 15 °C

Day 1

We got to London via the euro star train, also known as the Chunnel. It was a breeze, two hours and we were already in our next destination. We did not plan on staying in London for more than a day because the weather was a little off and our time was precious. The UK is an amazing country but with all else to be seen we had to limit ourselves in certain places unfortunately. Instead of staying at a hotel, one of my fellow travelers had a family member in London that let us use her place for the night. On our first day we decided to go see on of the most iconic things in London.... The London eye. A giant Ferris wheel that was pretty awesome. It was not thrilling or anything but exciting to see the whole city while sitting in that little box like thing. After seeing the whole city we decided to go say good morning to the residence of the queen! It was nice to see the palace. This is where our countries identity all began. Right here in England. We got a Nice detailed tour that gave us the history behind everything. After a tiring walk around the palace we decided to go have a little fun with the guards.... It's true they DO NOT move for anything! It was odd. Anything we tried did not work. To end off the day we decided to go out for a quick dinner and headed back to our friends place. We hoped to squeeze s quick visit to one more place before our flight tomorrow. Lets hope it works out!

London Eye

London Eye

Day 2
Today we only had a couple hours to kill before our flight. I drifted off and decided to go visit the Shakespearean globe theater. It was an exact replica of what went on in the years back. It was amazing to see, if you enjoy Shakespeare then this is a must. I got to get the full experience of watching the play of Macbeth preformed by men only (like Elizabethan time) while sitting on the most uncomfortable bench in the world... True experience? I think so! i could have rented a pillow for my derriere but hey, why spoil the fun. It was nice to get a blast from the past and to enjoy what tons of others enjoyed before me. If you think about it, many people before my time sat in the same spot and watch the same thing being preformed.. who knows maybe even Shakespeare himself sat on this very bench! Before leaving I squeezed in the tour to get the whole low down on Shakespeare and the theater itself. Even though my time in London was so limited I am glad I got to see what I did. I got to enjoy a lot of history. Shakespeare is something that really amuses me, i love reading his work because it is simply brilliant. To actually experience it being acted out in front of me is something. Munich was going to be of a similar fashion time wise because people needed to get back to the daily grime of their lives. It is nice to be living in this fantasy but unfortunately we would have to get back to reality eventually. But for now, Munich calls!

Globe theater

Globe theater


Globe theater inside

Globe theater inside

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Paris July 14-17

sunny 20 °C

Day 1

The flight to Paris was brutal, not only was it expensive, but it took FOREVER. We left Rio de Janiero on Saturday night, and got to Paris on Monday morning. But unfortunately this is what happens when you fly on weekends and book last minute. We had three stops to Sao Paulo, Brazil, then to Lome, Togo, then to Addis Abada, Ethiopia, and FINALLY Paris, France. This was unfortunately a very bad decision, but its the best we could do. In total our flights took 28 hours on the dot... crazy right? Regardless, we got here and we are excited to start exploring!! We decided to stay at Best Western Premier Hotel L'Horset Opera, for about 210 a night. It is not too bad being as it is in the heart of the tourist area. We planned on staying here from the 14-17. Since we were tired today from our lengthy flight, we did not really want to go and explore. We let ourselves cool off and spend the day just hanging around in the hotel and planning what we were going to see starting tomorrow to the 18. Talk tomorrow!!

Day 2

So many things to see so little time! We plan to sight-see for 3 days, and then our last day Chunnel over to the UK to spend some time there! However, today our first destination was the Musee du Louvre. The second i was out front, i was amazed. The structure was just simply breath taking. How can someone be so creative to create something like this. Simply amazing. When we got inside my amazement just continued to grow and grow. I got to see one of the most iconic paintings in the world, the Mona Lisa. I would have never imagined that i would be standing in front of something so beautifully old and amazing. I was at a loss of words to describe my amazement. I also got to see Venus de Milo, and the headless Winged Victory of Samothrace. It was amazing to see how things from so long ago can be saved and preserved if one really cares for them. Simply amazing. It basically took us almost all day to see the vast variety of paintings and artwork in the Louvre. Regardless, it was worth it. Even though we did not get to visit more than one place today, i do not regret it one bit. I love looking back on what the past has to offer. We take many things for granted, and do not realize how amazing things were in the past. Tomorrow, our adventures continue, tootles!
Louvre

Louvre

Day 3

Today our destination was the Notre-Dame Catherdral and the Eiffel tower. We were excited to see these iconic landmarks. Its weird to know the story of the Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo and actually be standing here and enjoying the view where he got his inspiration. the fact that a landmark from 1163 that took almost 200 years to build is still standing amazes me. We walked around it a couple times before we decided to climb the 387 steps to the top. Let me tell you,it was well worth it. Montmarte to the north, Arc de Triomphe to the west and Pantheon to the south. Amazing, you could seriously see so many things. We also explored the crypt down below, how awesome that was, oh boy. Once we finished our grand exploration, we headed over to the Eiffel Tower. There isnt to much i can say about the Effile tower, it was pretty cool though. amazing view from the top, the best part however though, was when it was dark. It was lit up beautifully, such a nice and romantic setting. I really enjoyed seeing a big hunk of metal looking that spiffy. We finished off by going for a late dinner and trying to decide where we would be going tomorrow.

Notre-Dame

Notre-Dame


Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Day 4

today was our last day and we did not plan on using the whole day to tour, we needed to get to the UK after all. So for today we decided to take it easy and just go to the Musee d'Orsay. The reason i wanted to go there is because i knew paintings by one of my favourite artists, Van Gogh were located there. others included Monet, Cezanne and way way more. This museum was way less packed the the Louvre. I guess it is because the other one is much more iconic. But regardless, they are both very memorable. It was nice, we even got to climb to the museums top balcony to get a glimpse of the Sacre-Coeur Basilica. Pretty interesting i must say. At 8:13 we boarded the Euro Star train to take us to the U.K. I always hated leaving a country after getting here. I feel like i could like everywhere all at once. Regardless, we payed 61 euros, so 81 Canadian to get us there. It was going to take 2 hours and 26 minutes. Awesome way to travel and take something different then a plane! Our time in the U.K. Is probably not going to be too long, since we are taking the train there and then back to Paris in order to get to our next destination and avoid taking a plane. However, i will update you from London! Tootles!

Musée d'Orsay

Musée d'Orsay

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Rio de Janeiro July 11-13

sunny 29 °C

Day 1

We have arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! It is super warm here too! The region of South America has to have the best weather. Constantly warm and sunny with nothing to ruin your day! I can not believe we are in our last country of this region. However, we have arrived! Our flight was a pretty decent price! We got from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro for only $249. This was a non stop flight too, so not to shabby. It took three hours and one minute... exactly. 2,680.5 km was our exact distance. Anyways, we decided to stay in a hotel called Mercure Niteroi Orizzonte. It was a three star hotel for 444.37 for three nights. That came down to 142.24 roughly a night. Not too bad. We are planning to stay here for three days. This city is our "easy" and "natural" city. Were taking a break from the sight seeing and planning to just kick it on the beach and go on some nature walks. We figured that our last country may as well be a relaxing one. So for the next three days i will be explaining the lovely water, beaches, plants, and animals i will be seeing. It is still something we could never experience back in Mississauga, so it is worthwhile. We may go see some famous statues and landmarks, but that will be discussed in the next posts! See ya!

Day 2

To begin we decided to go to the very famous Ipanema Beach. Of course this is a very tourist populated beach but that did not matter. It was lovely. The water was amazing warm and the people there greeted you with friendly smiles. The beach itself was very nice as well. The 3 1/2 km beach consists of gorgeous mountain views, lovely people, and fantastic water. we enjoyed some sunbathing as well as a wildly entertaining games of futvolei (the Brazilian volleyball without hands). We actually got to play as well, it took a bit to get use to, but once we did we won three sets in a row, pretty good in my opinion. The beach had excellent food and friendly vibes all over. The vendors were also jam packed with tons of souvenirs and beach needed materials. We spent half the day at this beach. The second half was spent at another beach, Grumari Beach. It is where more of the locals go, not many tourists are found there. It was nice to be with people exploring like us but it was also nice to be alone and with people who are use to this daily grime. It took us an hour to get there from the previous beach but it was worth it. The natural landscape was lovely, the warm red and white sand under our feet was even better. It was great to just spend the day relaxing and enjoying nature and each others company.
439946-Ipanema Beach

439946-Ipanema Beach

Day 3

Today was dedicated to going to see one of the most iconic things people think of when Rio is mentioned. It is apart of the Seven Wonders of The World. This iconic landmark is Christ the Reedemer. In order for us to actually get to the top we decided to go to Tijuca National Park. We wanted to hike and make the effort to go their ourselves. Tijuca National Park is the largest urban rain forest on the planet. It covers 8,300 acres. A nature lovers dream! Our hike was part of a guided tour in order for us to get the entire experience. Once we got to the top it was breath taking, you could see everything. And to top it off we were staring right at the statute of Christ the Redeemer. It was amazing. Something we could never forget that is for sure. Once we trekked back down, we decided to go to a restaurant and enjoy a nice dinner. Our time in Brazil was over, but it would not be forgotten. We would be traveling tomorrow to the region of Western Europe. Sad to know that we were already finishing here in South America. But who knows, the adventures could be much greater on the other side of the world. Another update will be posted when we land in France!
Christ The Redeemer

Christ The Redeemer


Tijuca National Park

Tijuca National Park

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Buenos Aires, July 8-11

sunny 25 °C

Day 1

We have arrived in the beautiful sunny Buenos Aires! It is about 25 degrees and the weather does not seem to be changing anytime soon! We arrived at 7:25 p.m. Our plane departed from Cusco, Peru to Lima, Peru at 8:10 a.m. and we got there by 9:35 a.m. our layover was three hours and thirty five minutes and then we boarded a plane towards Buenos Aires, Argentina. It took about 4hrs15mins for us to land, and the total cost of the flight was $568; not too bad of a price. The total distance it took to get from Peru to Argentina was 3,315 km. We decide to turn in for the night the second we got there and the hotel we decided to stay at is called Lennox Hotel Buenos Aires. It was a nice snag. Located in the Heart of downtown the hotel costs us $279.23 for three nights. That comes down to $93.07, which is a pretty good deal. It had many amenities and the rooms look lovely!
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It is convenient for us that it is basically in the heart of the city, that makes travelling around many places much easier. So, tomorrow our first place to see will be Carlos Thays Botanical Garden (Jardim Botanico Carlos Thays) as well as Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, but for now it is time to rest to wake up bright and early to explore!

Day 2

Up bright and early, the crew and i set off to see the Carlos Thays Botanical Garden. It was a lovely place to visit. With a vast variety of plants and animals, we got to see a scenery which would be hard to find back home. It was nice to get away from the daily grime of the city and visit a very natural place. We spent about 2 1/2 hours just walking about, enjoying the plants and animals, and taking in the scenery. Once we were done we were on route to the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires. The museum itself has a very unique design and structure; some even say it had a contemporary feel to it. It was lovely. A variety of artwork was displayed. It gave off a very welcoming vibe that had a variety of nice artwork. The also has the private collection of Eduardo Costanini, as well as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Antonio Berni. It was an intriguing place to visit. We decide to keep Day 2 pretty light, after visiting the museum we just went out for dinner and slowly made our way back to the hotel, it was an interesting day to say the least.
Carlos Thays Garden

Carlos Thays Garden


MALBA

MALBA

Day 3

The day began with a visit to El Zanjón de Granados. The building looks like an giant, lavish mansion. But Once we went inside it blew our mind. It was a giant maze. It was something thats for sure. We had a tour guide lead us because we would have gotten lost otherwise. We got to see a magnificent variety of ancient artifacts, pictures, architecture, and learn a big amount of history. The guided tour lasted about an hour to an hour and a half. It was amazing. It was like as a kid, you always imagined having secret tunnels connecting things in your home to make things easier, and this was it. After seeing this, we decided to go to the neighborhood of San Telmo. First thing i wanted to do once i stepped foot in there was to start doing the tango. It is said that tango has left a large mark on this place. The whole area has an awesome Bohemian feel to it. Everything from the people to the buildings give off that vibe. We spent the afternoon in a couple cafes, which were quite quaint. But non the less, very nice. Then we did some shopping in Calle Defensa, a street with a vast amount of stores. We enjoyed a classic dinner and then to end the night went to a tango club on Independencia Street, what an experience! I do not think i have ever danced so hard in my life! A late end to the night meant an even earlier morning for the next day, but my was it worth it. Buenos Aires was treating us well!
The tunnels

The tunnels


Town

Town


tango

tango

Day 4

Today was our last day to travel and we were trying to squeeze in what we could. To start off we decided to visit the Colón Theater. It was extremely pleasing to the eyes. We also had a chance to watch a performance! Opera is not really our thing, but it was interesting to see. Inside it had a very European-style decor. There were marble staircases, mosaics, stained glass and a extremely grand chandelier. It was lovely, something you would not really find in Mississauga to be honest. It was a couple hours of our day and then we set off to Plaza de Mayo on foot being as it was only a few blocks away. It was interesting, a great place to indulge in history in culture. Argentina was filled with this, they were really proud of their past and what they are currently doing in the future. We went to go see the Pink House. It is where the presidential headquarters are contained, of course we did not actually go inside but we walked around and enjoyed the view. We also went to see the Pirámide de Mayo or May Pyramid, it was pretty cool. It is in fact the cities oldest monument. We also stumbled in onto a protest in the plaza. Apparently this was a common thing here, people protested often. It was an interesting experience. At the end of the day we packed up and headed off to the airport, our next destination being the lovely country of Brazil! I shall update from there when we land, so enjoy the day my fellow travelers!
colon theater

colon theater


pink house

pink house

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Cusco July 4-8

Hotel, adventures, sightseeing

sunny 26 °C

Day 1

When we got to Cusco, we decided to stay at the Casa Andina Classic- Cusco Plaza. It was a three star hotel with decent rates. For the four days we spent there we spent a total of $434.94, which was roughly $108 a night. We could ave found something cheaper but the reviews and loveliness of the hotel just sparked our interest. There was great staff and accommodation, in others words a pleasure!! We were perfectly located close to the Plaza De Armas. This ended up being our first place to explore. The busy buzz of the constant rush of people was interesting. We stopped at the Cathedral in the Plaza De Armas. It was quite breathtaking. The amazing architecture was a once in a lifetime sight. The gold and silver alters and oil paintings were exquisite. It was approximately $3.75 dollars which is about 10 PEN. We did not visit much the first night since we were still coping with the Jet Lag. So day 1 was spent shopping relaxing at cafes and going to visit the beautiful Plaza.
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Day 2

We chose to do some more adventurous things on day two including going on a long hike and a visit to Machu Picchu. We began bright and early to take the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It was important to start early in order for us to have a decent time of arrival. We had our permits taken care of earlier because they were required for us to be able to go on this amazing hike. We did go with a guide, however he gave us a wide range of freedom to explore. The sights were amazing. It was unlike any experience I've ever had before. The pain was well worth it, because a sight like the one i experienced was not to be forgotten. Once the tedious 38km zig-zagging trail was done we finally made it. It was so amazing. We explored and instead of hiking back took the train because we were all exhausted. Quite the adventure and quite the experiences!
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Day 3

Day three was a little less intense. Since it was our second last day we took it a little easier. We went to see Qorikancha, or Temple of the Sun. It was an interesting sight. It is not easy to describe, you have to have been there to see it. However it was lovely. For about 10 PEN we got to spend as long as we liked in there. After that we took it easy and went to spend some time in the cafes and restaurants. It was not going to be easy to leave this lovely place!
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Day 4

Sadly, today was the day to pack up! Our next stop was Buenos Aires, Argentina! We checked out, went to the airport and are awaiting our flight. I'll tell you about the experience in the next post!

Toodles

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The Beginning... Peru here we come!

sunny 23 °C

The year of 2013 brought on new challanges and beginnings. I decided that I needed a break from the daily grime and I needed to begin something new and exciting. Mississauga just was not cutting it anymore. I needed to expirence new and exciting things. Me and a couple of my friends decided that we had to do a massive dream trip. This included 9 different countries in a time span of 2 months, however we made sure our time was very flexible in case we wanted to stay longer or shorter in a given area. Challenging, yet possible. In a short two weeks time, my friends and I had our trip planned out. Unfortunetly, we could not visit all the places we wanted to, however we still have a great plan ahead of us. This included visiting three different regions and three countries within those regions.

South America was the first destination. We planned on visiting Cusco, Peru first, Buenos Aires, Argentina second and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last. After that our plan was to go to the region of Western Europe. There our Cities and countries of choice to see were Paris, France, London, United Kingdom, and Munich, Germany. Lastly, we wanted to shift a little bit more in Europe and visit the Eastern side to visit Cracow, Poland, Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Athens, Greece. These three regions made the most geographical sense to visit in the amount of time we had due to the cost and also the location it self.

We decided to find the cheapest flight we can to get to Cusco first. Sadly it included two stops, but it was well worth the money. We left Mississauga on July 3rd, at 10:45 A.M. from Pearson International Airport to our first stop at San Salvador, El Salvador at 2:00 P.M. It took us 5 hours and 15 minutes to get there. We had a layover of 5 hours and 42 minutes which we used to catch up on some sleep and practise the language. We got on our flight at 7:42 P.M. towards Lima Peru. We arrived in Lima at 1:07 A.M. on Thursday. It took about 4 hours and 25 minutes for us to get there. With another layover of 4 hours and 13 minutes we managed to catch some shut eye. At 5:20 A.M. We hopped on the plan towards Cusco, our first destionation of our dream trip. It took 1 hour and 25 minutes and we finally arrived at 6:45 A.M. It took 7031 km but we finally got to our destination for the cost of $583 per person! I will update you from the hotel which i will be sure to discribe in my next entry!

Toodles my fellow travellers!

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