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Exploring Nazca Desert’s Ancient History

The Nazca Desert. It’s a place I’d never heard of before heading to Nazca, most people know of it for the oasis town of Huacachina that’s become increasingly popular, and increasingly expensive. But that’s not all that sits in the Nazca Valley. If you read the last post, you’ll have learned all about my both fun and horrifying experience flying over the Nazca lines, if not, you can catch up here.

And whilst many leave Nazca after this, there’s a boatload of other things to be found in the area, like the ancient aqueducts and the lost ruins of Cahuachi.

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Nazca, Peru. You Have To Fly Above the Nazca Lines

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Welcome to Nazca!

We’ve left Lima behind (for now, read the first post on Lima here) and headed south to one of the driest and most interesting regions of Peru. Don’t know why I’ve led with driest, but it is pretty damn dry.

The area is famous for, you guessed it, the Nazca Lines. Though the area boasts a ton of valleys, the Ica Desert (which will be covered in the next post) and is home to around 40,000 people.

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Lima, Peru – What To Do In 48 Hours

It’s certainly taken me long enough. Between June and July of last year, I spent some time travelling around Peru. And now, almost a year after the fact, I’m finally getting round into publishing this travel diary of sorts.

Rather than posts on what to do in different parts of the country and how to posts, this series is going to be more of an honest reflection of my trip. Simply as I enjoy writing these accounts of my trips a bit more.

Anyway, on we go to Lima, Peru.

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Three of the Best Views in Lisbon

Lisbon is known for being one of the hilliest cities around, in fact it’s known as the City of Seven Hills due to the seven largest inclinations in the city. It’s no surprise that a city like this has a billion amazing view points from which you can gaze over the entire city, or just certain little chunks of it. Keep reading for three viewpoints dotted across the city, which each provide their own unique take on Lisbon.

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Castello São Jorge

Named for the hill atop it sits, Castello São Jorge has become one of Lisbon’s most popular tourist destinations. You can experience history, see a little bit of wildlife and experience some of the greatest views you’ll find in the city. Plus you won’t be able to get higher than this whilst in the city, São Jorge hill is the highest in Lisbon.

This fortress was built by the Visigoths in the fifth century, it was later enlarged and modified in the eleventh century by the Moors. Later it was transformed into a Royal Palace, heavily damaged by an earthquake and only restored in the late 1930’s

It gets crowded, so plan your visit carefully and allow enough time to fully explore the castle. Watch out for pigeons, my mate got pooed on whilst we were eating lunch at the castle.

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Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Located in Belem, this extremely large sword represents the Portugese Age of Discovery, the 1400-1500s. This monument has been around since 1960, but it was only in 1985 that the public were able to experience the cultural centre and climb to the observation deck.

It’s only a few Euros to enter, and can be visited on the way to or from Belém Tower.

This is such a bizarrely unique place to visit, so I can’t recommend it enough. We only had enough time for the viewing platform, not the main museum, but the platform itself is kinda wild. It’s so thin, the railings aren’t THAT high, it’s super cool.

 

 

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Alameda Santo António dos Capuchos

This street was very close to our Airbnb, and we found some of the best views in the cities weren’t those from tourist attractions, but from Lisbon’s famous tight streets and alleys. I spent a few hours walking aimlessly around the city, up and down this narrow streets, taking in views of beautiful, pastel buildings, washing blowing in the breeze and a real view of life in Lisbon.

Read more on Lisbon:

Lisbon’s Top Street Art

LX Factory: Lisbon’s Alternative Tourist Scene

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Top Ancient Temples in Japan Every Traveller Must See

Top Ancient Temples in Japan Every Traveller Must See

When in Japan, temple hopping is part and parcel of travelling. The good thing is that there are plenty of temples in almost every corner of the country. In fact, there are already 2,000 temples in Kyoto alone. It’s hard to imagine how many are there in total.

Back in 2016, I posted a lot of articles on the site about my visit to Japan and here are some more additions to that chapter. Take a look at the ancient temples that need to be added to your bucket list.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple (Kyoto)

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Kyoto is a great place to start because it’s a temple hotspot as mentioned earlier. Dubbed the ‘Heart of Japan’, Japanology describes Kyoto as a shining example of a city that preserves tradition while welcoming modernity. Kiyomizu-dera is one of the must-visit temples in the city, and it’s also one of the oldest in Japan. It was built in 778 without the use of any nails, as the builders relied on their ingenuity to interlock wooden planks and columns together. The best time to visit is during autumn, when the temple’s lights illuminate the vibrant colours of the surrounding landscape.

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