10 famous cities to visit in South America

Surrounded by the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean, South America is among the continents holding a reputation for their biodiverse culture. If you skip a heartbeat at the thought of adventure, or you are dazed at the thought of vivid colourful cities and dazzling beauty of sky-reaching buildings, or just want a walk through a land of cram full tradition and culture; South America has starling places to visit for each one of you. The hospitality and the warm-hearted welcome offered by the indigenous people here is overwhelming and worth relishing.
So if you are planning to visit this land of superlatives, with greatness flooding in every aspect, these cities are worth adding to your trip-

 10. Lima, Peru

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The capital of Peru, Lima owns its reputation as World’s Heritage Site. This city traces back to the colonial period reflecting the copious history this city possesses. This city is no less than idyll for art lovers: museums, archaeological sites, Plaza de Armas and the 16th-century cathedral are enough to leave you jeopardized. The city is embellished with placid beaches, valleys, happening nightlife with a shot of adventure. The cuisine here is no behind when it comes to offering a good time to the visitors.

9. Buenos Aires, Argentina

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The “Paris of South America”, Buenos Aires is an exotic city for people having a taste for wine. This sophisticated and seductive city with rows of colourful houses hosts the most exuberant dance party, with feet matching the music doing the tango. You won’t miss out on astounding views and culture either. Head on to Cerro San Cristobal for exquisite views

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8. Santiago, Chile

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For the people in love with food, Santiago has plenty of restaurants that are ever experimenting with their cuisine. Cosmopolitan yet never missing out on culture, Santiago is a city of contrast. This beautiful and vivid city is an eye candy for the visitors. Enjoy shopping in the local art markets, pedestrian malls and the famous Central Market. The neighbourhoods of the city are perfect to wander with secluded hills and tranquil beauty.

7. Quito, Ecuador

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The capital of Ecuador, Quito, is a beautiful ancient city situated at an altitude of 2850m. This city was founded back in the 16th century from the ruins of Inca city. The indigenous culture and history of the city is well preserved and is reflected successively by the stunning churches in the city.

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6. Cusco, Peru

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Situated along the edge of the Urubamba valley, Cusco is a doorway that opens into one of the seven wonders of the world Machu Picchu. The old remains of once what have been huge plazas is astonishing. Other important sites include the Archbishop’s palace, built centuries ago. The narrow tortuous city lanes and perfect for paddle walking while enjoying the delicious food the city offers.

5. Cartagena, Colombia

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Along the coast of Colombia is this city embellished with tall palm trees and white sand beaches renowned for its coral reefs. As you walk through the city or hop in a horse-drawn carriage, you explore centuries-old stone walls giving you a glimpse of the colonial period. You can soak yourself in the art and theatre in evening after the daylong sightseeing.

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4. Rio de Janerio, Brazil 

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The magnificent 38-meter tall statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the seven wonders of the world, stands atop Mount Corcovado, in the exquisite city of Rio de Janerio. The city is also gifted with twin beaches Copacabana and Ipanema, whose tranquillity will leave you enchanted. The city is replete with colours as this city hosts the world’s greatest street party; the carnival where a city is flooded with dancers; the vibrant costumes and the sublime music leaves the onlookers spellbound. So this city has ample to offer you ranging from sightseeing to partying; and peace to shopping, making it a holiday paradise.

3. La Paz, Bolivia

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This vibrant city has breathtaking adventures in store for you, making it a perfect holiday stop for enthusiasts. Apart from architectural wonders and old churches, the colourful markets and the museums will keep you engaged. Enjoy the aerial cable car system to peer upon the city’s dramatic setting; the brightly colours houses packed neatly alongside one another. Here the bars and restaurants are a perfect place to land into after your day-long adventures.

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2. Asunción, Paraguay

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The way they experiment with your favourite food here adding their own touch to the traditional recipes is appreciable. Pizzas while originating from Italy mustn’t have thought they would land into Asuncion and meet the traditional Asado toppings. While the National Cathedral and Municipal Museum are 2 eye candies; the local markets are a good deal to explore. This city is also the centre of poetry, art and music that will set your feet in motion. The grassy Gran Chacho region sways your mind away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and has a fortunate stroke of serendipity.

1. Medellin, Colombia- “City of Eternal Spring”

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If spring is your season, Medellin is the right destination for you. The yearlong modest climate complimented by the jaded mountains make offers you your piece of quietness. As you walk along the plantations of the city, you’ll be mesmerised by the smell of fresh flowers and coffee reaching your nose. The downside of the city is adorned with sculptures by Fernando Botero. The Colombian artworks can be seen in the Museo de Antioquia.

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Pros and Cons of being Selfish on a lone trip

Travelling holds different meanings for each individual; while for some it celebrates the spirit of spending quality time with people close to their hearts, for some other’s it is food to the soul. Every trip has its own benefits and setbacks. Let’s explore what being selfish on a lone trip can lead you into.

Pros of being selfish on a lone trip-

  •  Travelling into “over- friendly” countries like India and some other Middle-Eastern countries, make many travellers wary. Seeing a lone traveller, people tend to offer help, suggestions, company etc, but you need to be precautious; not everyone reflects what’s in their head. Thus, being selfish you can avoid falling prey to such people, thus saving yourself from falling into trouble.
  • Travelling acknowledges the spirit of freedom, the carefreeness, the rawness and an escape from the schedule of the daily life. Thus being selfish on lone trips add a shot of whiskey to your cocktail of life. You can live your freedom, make your own decisions without giving a second thought to it, set your own timings; you are the boss of your life (maybe just temporarily but why not?)
  • YOUR SPEAKERS, YOUR PLAYLIST- Not everyone enjoys the same taste in music, thus in order to avoid listening, “no bro this song ain’t that good” while you play your favorite song. Being selfish lone traveller makes you your DJ!

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Cons of being selfish on a lone trip-

  • If you land up yourself into some trouble like some medical emergency, missing your trains/ flights and being in a totally unknown place, being selfish would only make things worse.
  • As the saying goes, the more the merrier, the true fun in travelling is by being social, meeting new people, getting to know them and explore their lives.
  • Being in a totally new location, unaware of the places, directions, restaurants, hotels; you are very likely to fall into the trap of people trying to fool you by telling you prices higher than the original. Thus, in order to avoid ending up being fooled by such people interacting with the local people of that place and asking them suggestions regarding the same can help you from being tricked.
  • Not being able to split bills is possibly the biggest set back under this category. If you are social and friendly during a lone trip, you may find other groups of travellers or maybe another lone traveller to divide your expenses.

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Top 7 places to visit in the Middle East countries

Across the years the Middle East has emerged as a dear holiday destination for people willing to spend quality time in nature’s warmth replete with rich culture and tradition. The enormous diversity in cuisine evolving over years, with 14 nations distinct in every term yet sharing borders is a typical. Not only is the Middle East flooded with antiquity, but nations like China, Dubai, India with towering buildings, high-tech cities, fine roads and luxurious hotels make the Middle East the right vacation choice.

1. Dubai, UAE
The largest and the most popular city of United Arab Emirates, Dubai is the home of magnificent architectures including Burj Khalifa. With effectual supermarkets, splendid human constructions like the palm island, some of the most luxurious hotels in the world, Dubai is a must visit in the Middle East. The versatile spicy cuisine in enough to make your mouth water. Food, shopping, adventure, tranquillity Dubai promises to offer you all on your trip.

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2. Petra, Jordan
The ancient city of Petra is believed to be rooted back to 9000 BC. With having around 27 spectacular sites to gape at Petra is one among the 7 wonders of the world. Away from the ever-changing modern world, Petra is drowned in its own rich history. Ride a camel amidst the arid raw desert and eyewitness the vibrant buildings, sandstone cliff faces and the ruins of what once was a thriving trading center.

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3. Tel Aviv, Israel
If you wish to spend your vacations along with a Mediterranean beachside but do not wish to lose out on cosmopolitan metropolis or the smell of history and culture; then Tel Aviv, “The Hill of Spring” (as it translates to English) is the right destination for you. This vibrant city is titled the “Mediterranean Capital of Cool’ by the New York Times. Apart from offering you, incredible UNESCO recognized sites, the city has in the package for you stunning nightlife and luscious food.

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4. Cairo, Egypt
The tradition city of Cairo has stood for beyond 1000 years on the banks of river Nile. Apart from the gargantuan and the famed pyramids of Egypt, the captivating architecture of the city like the Arab League headquarters the modern Umar Makram Mosque and beautiful temple provide you plenty of sites to be enchanted by; enjoying shopping and partying simultaneously.

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5. Istanbul, Turkey
The largest city of Turkey, Istanbul is a blend of Asian and European culture with diverse heritage and distinguished cuisines. You will witness ancient mosques, churches, and museums existing simultaneously with little-packed bazaars and modern restaurants.

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6. Abu Dhabi, UAE
Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE maintains it’s rich history and culture giving you distinctly Arabian ambiance. Sites such as Corniche Park, the White Fort, the Heritage Village give you an insight into the Bedouin life and fine restaurants and hotels guarantee you a luxurious stay.

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7. Hurghada, Egypt
The tranquil resort town, Hurghada, stretches across an area of 40 km along Egypt’s Red Sea. The turquoise sea water embellished with coral reefs is perfect for people seeking equanimity and planning to spend their vacations windsurfing and swimming. This busy resort town is also an homage to some of the world’s best diving and snorkeling sites.

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Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

An alluring helmet situated in the city of Himachal Pradesh with Parvati river drenching the green valley Kasol has emerged as the “Tripper’s Paradise”. I was very excited to visit Kasol to seek peace and find loophole from the tiresome schedule. May- June being the ideal time for trekking, I booked my hotel rooms and trek package beforehand.

Kasol is 1580m above the sea level and owing to the location, roads are the only flexible means of transport. The nearest railway station is Pathankot but being no direct trains to Pathankot from my city, I reached Chandigarh, which is approximately 281km from Kasol. By the time I reached Chandigarh, it was around 7.30pm. I had my dinner and by 10 pm I reached sector 43 bus station. I also checked the cab prices but buses turned out to be the most economical option. There are buses from Chandigarh to Bhuntar. The Volvo bus left Chandigarh at 11.15 pm. Being tired from the train journey I dozed off. When I opened my eyes at 4 am I was between beautiful hills and chilling breeze, I was in Bhuntar. After another 4 hours on road between steep roads and staggering view, I finally reached Kasol around 10 am.

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Day 1

After having breakfast, I decided to hover around the city. The chilled breeze and the small lanes in the city are enough to pretermit all your worries. After wandering the city with foreigners being a common site, I headed to the famous Malana village. 21km away from Kasol and after an additional 1-hour trek, I reached the secretive meadow of Malana. The place being famous for its hash, people smoking pots was a common view here. I headed to explore the beauty of the place and the beauty kept me bound. After having my dinner here, I headed back to Kasol where I had hotel pre-booked. Booking hotels pre-hand is always the best way to assure you get the stay at fair prices.

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Day 2

At 9 am I left my hotel and we were off to trek our way Kheerganga which marks the extreme end of the Parvati valley. Walking amidst green slopes and crossing the coniferous trees, the pristine scenic beauty never gets your eyes away. I witnessed the power of nature in form of varied captivating rock formations. Enroute we halted at a few stops including Shiva Temple and Rudra Naag Waterfall. After about 5 hours of trek, we finally made it to the impeccable surroundings of Kheerganga. After spending the evening relishing soft music around a bonfire and having dinner, I went to my tent to rest.

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Day 3

Waking up in laps of nature’s spellbound beauty was one of the most relishing feel ever. After having breakfast, we headed back to Kasol crossing streams and woods. Reaching Kasol around 5 pm and bidding adieu to my camping mates, I had tea and bread at a local tea-shop. Capturing and absorbing all the fun and this mesmerizing beauty, I headed back to catch my train way home to Chandigarh.

 

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