Go for the craziest New Year's Eve experience in Cusco in the South of Peru.The best spot to celebrate is in the Plaza de Armas (main square) and most hotels/hostels are within walking distance.Its free to attend and the streets get busy from early evening as its dark from around 7pm.It can be quite cold on an evening so make sure you are wrapped up warm, that said, there is a tradition on new years eve that if you wear yellow underwear underneath your clothes you will have good sex all year and if you wear over your clothes you will get lucky that night!!! So expect to see lots of people doing laps of the main square in yellow underwear after midnight!!By around 11.30pm everyone is in the main square waiting and at midnight it goes crazy and everyone is letting off fireworks anywhere they can find a tiny space!!It's safer to be in the middle of the crowd and not near the edge, though a stray firework managed to burn down the nativity scene when I was there!!It's a lot of fun and one of the best places in the world to celebrate New Year's Eve.
Well, the weather was something I was constantly battling with each day. First of all, some of the countries are in the Northern hemisphere but the majority fall under the Southern sphere. So, when it’s summer in Colombia its winter in Chile. More over almost the entire continent has the Andes on one side and the Amazon on the other. That creates a fairly complex eco system. I experienced this range in Machu Picchu where the day started off as sweltering hot and within one hour the chilly breeze blew in from the Andes. I was more or less sleeping in my down jacket.Feeling LonesomeTravelling solo can also get lonely at times. Even though the solo traveller is pretty smug and happy by themselves, there are times when you crave company and intimacy. Though I met wonderful co travellers there were times when I wish I had someone along especially when I fell sick. But just as it happens, you get to meet cool people along the way. I met these three sisters on the way to Aguas Calientes. Had a blast with them on the train ride. They even gave me some local meds for my altitude sickness. They were from Chile and later invited me to their ranch on the outskirts of Santiago. I might just take that up. Lol! Best part about them; they were named after Shakespearean heroines. Ophelia, Olivia and Regan. Another episode I recall was when my flight to Bogota got cancelled and many of us were stranded in Medellin. The airlines put us up in a hotel and we had a great time telling each other travel stories. Later some of us got connected through Instagram and managed to remain in touch.ConclusionTeething problems arrive early in any new country and I guess it takes about six to seven days to get acclimatized culturally and physically but when you eventually dip into that lifestyle its pretty cool all the way. One must definitely bring an open mind and attitude to the table. Travelling solo does have its perils but the perks are so rewarding it’s almost always worth it.
There are three ways to visit Machu Picchu all originating in Cusco, the erstwhile capital of the once-mighty Inca Empire.The cheapest way to visit Machu PicchuThe cheapest way to visit Machu Picchu can cost around $85-100 (₹5,700-6,700) depending on the season and it takes two days from Cusco. The cost includes transportation, one-night accommodation, three meals, Machu Picchu entrance ticket and an English-speaking tour guide.Minivan from Cusco to HidroelectricaYou depart from Cusco in a 12 or 16-seater minivan at around 8am. The drive from Cusco to Hidroelectrica takes five hours and includes a stop for lunch which is included in the price.
Instead of walking over the dozen footprints, I decided to combine downhill biking with hiking on old Inca trails. I started my journey by moving from Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire. I then headed to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which hosts many beautiful Inca remains. Moving up into the mountains towards the glacier, I reveled in this place’s scenic beauty. On the way I visited Abra Malaga, which is a habitat of endangered species of birds which live in Andean forest. This high pass has forests with extensive zones of bamboo and straw Andean meadow. This is where I started my downhill biking. The unspoiled jungles imbue you to take your time to immerse in its crude existence. I pedaled further to town of Santa Maria. I took some time to explore this quaint town, and ended the night with a lovely dinner and stay in a small hostel.