7 things you must do in Perú::. Inca experience

Flashback to our trip to Peru last year for our birthday’s. 

As you know i normally do an overview of the places we go with always a few details about food (of course). 

So beginning with this, we felt in love with Peru, more places than others but all super interesting and  with such a unique culture !

7. Peruvian oasis : Huacachina 

Unfortunately we didn’t have time to visit this so peculiar oasis in the middle of the desert. But for sure we will put on our list of things to do there when we return 🙂 

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6. Arequipa & Colca Canyons or Nazca ?

  I have a little doubt here, because, for me i choose Arequipa but also visit Nazca.  For me both deserve to be in this list so here a few tips.

    Arequipa is the second big city at Peru, by that doesn’t mean that is a proper big city like Lima, but has lot more to do and also little bit more of night life than cuzco for example.

      The major attraction of this part of the country is that all the city is builded with white stone from the volcano (actually people call it the white city). Yes! as you can imagine, has some cool landscapes surrounded by volcanos (definitely you should try) . And of course, you must do the Colca Canyons excursion. Also there’s a stop  for watching  falcons , very impressive if they fly near you!

Has a few museums around the city, and a huge convent that is worth to visit. It extends to all the block and ,although there are few nuns living there, it’s a public place to visit and where you can see the rooms of the convents. 

PD: foodie tips – we found a place on the main “plaza” on a second floor, that we ate deliciously (not very cheap) but typical and made with stones, like old ways of Peruvian cooking called . In this city we ate at the market 🙂 

Nazca it’s an area with mountains that have symbols drawn on the sand and you can do an excursion on the air (mini airplane or helicopter) to see them from the sky. 

For me Arequipa has more to do if you stay 2 days or 3 and Nazca is to visit during a day and that’s it. Keeping a nice memory of it. And also if you can do both, totally do it. 

5. Amazonic Peruvian Jungle

One sad point for us, as we couldn’t get there, but for sure we won’t lose it next time. 

This is such an experience ! Totally recommended for the more adventurous and the more free and wild 🙂

There are some points to consider for this adventure : Iquitos (city where you can start the Amazônica experience), also boat trip from Puerto Maldonado (where all can start too). There are a few ways to get inside and also organisations that can help you planning your connection to the nature.

Also there are some natural reserves/ parks that totally deserve a visita like Manu… To be honest, there are a lot, i drop you the name of the biggest that  we selected as the most interesting.

4.  Titicaca Lake experience

This is one of the experiences we had in life that totally marked us, not about the lake but about the people that live on the lake and how they build their houses and also how they day by day is.

Let’s start from the arriving part, we have to get into Puno which is the city nearest to the Peruvian part of the Titicaca Lake, yes has another part of Bolivia. By the way we came from Arequipa in Bus, with a very comfortable company called (cruz del sur). 

Floating islands

Once we got there, the city doesn’t have many things to see, it’s just a passing city to the lake, i must say that the major part of the people makes an excursion to know the floating island and also the highest island on the lake : Taquille. But we wanted something different, we stayed 2 nights with  a family on the floating house/island of them and we were able to have a day with them and see how they live, and it’s such a unique experience, totally recommendable. Believe me you’ll never forget about it. You can see how they cook (very original and and outside), fish with them, also learn how to make handmade crafts, things they sell on the city to get money for living. 

Resuming, wonderful experience that will stay in your hearts forever ! People are so kind and open-heart for you, also explains you all about their culture. Also dresses you like them 🙂 

3. Gastronomic tour – Lima

One of our favourite cities because of the variety of good restaurants, for all the pockets and also markets where you can find ingredients for all the country. 

Saying that, you must image that we had a foodie tour planned ! Of course ! 

Here our suggestions for Lima:

     First of all visit 1 or 2 markets to get familiar with the ingredients, ask the sellers and the locals every single spice you are curious about and if you can, try some fruits & vegetables from the peruvian lands. So tasty!

    After that you definitely need to eat a ceviche soon. La Mar for example is one of the most known place for that, the only “negative” thing is that you can’t book a table and as we were a big group at Lima i found a 2nd option very very delicious called :

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El Mercado by the hand of chef Rafael Osterling. Super casual place, with amazing decoration and delicious ceviche (& much more dishes). Only negative point maybe the service, they were a little bit distracted but all ok.

Following the steps of the best restaurants of Latin America and also the world, i totally need to speak about this one (considered number 1 ): Maido by the chef Micha Mitsuharu. Specialist or the boss i must say of the nikkei cuisine. There wasn’t any dish that i could take a negative point, every single step was amazing, surprising and totally delicious. Can’t wait to be back.  As the high level of cuisine and the place shows, you can image that isn’t cheap at all but i recommend to everybody that has the possibility to go. 

       Let’s keep discovering this amazing gastronomy that Lima has to offer to the visitants. Another restaurant that we went, very delicious also where i could have the Uni, one of my favourite ingredients of the sea, perfectly incorporated to a beautiful dish. I’m talking about Malabar by chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino  , located at San Isidro a area known for the restaurants area also.

Malabar – uni dish

On the same are you can find another restaurant very known, with some interesting cocktails too using ingredients from the Amazonia Jungle, which is very interesting and also the place has some cool decoration inside the theme of the jungle: AMAZ.

We can also tried one that has some history behind, specific, some ruins behind : Huaca Pucllana  Has a huge variety of dishes, not very  expensive and has the beautiful ruins behind giving it an amazing charm to the restaurant. Seems like is also very known around the world because has lots of pictures of famous people when you arrive.

Seems like this point is one of the longest of this post :O ! Let’s change the tour of restaurants for ones more street food. Every year there is a food festival in Lima called Mistura, and it’s f** delicious haha. It’s a huge place filled of food trucks, bars, like food market where you can find all the typical gastronomy dishes from this amazing culture. A part of the food, also has drinks & concerts too! Interesting plan for a journey in Lima.

Last suggestion (i confess 🙂 : La Lucha. This is a different style of place, a sandwich place, and you definitely need to try one, believe me ! 

2. Cuzco & Sacred Valley

Cutest city i ever met, the streets have an un explainable charm, all in stone with buildings carrying an old story behind (for example, The Marriot Hotel  was a Convent). You should walk & walk and discover.  

Some points on the city are : Koricancha Temple,  some museums like the INKA and also visit de churches, Plaza de Armas and all street markets around. Some unique experience and Peruvian is to go inside the San Pedro’s market, you’ll discover lots of special spices, typical ingredients and also if you want to be more adventurous, have a seat and lunch there ! 

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For the Foodies like us that are always searching where to eat and try the food culture of every country you visit. Here our personal list of restaurants that you should try or at least pass by and smell the dishes 🙂

  •  Barrio Ceviche: i confess, here we ate one of the best ceviches we ever  had! Amazing place, unique preparation in front of you (if you stay on the bar ) ,delicious dishes , super good location (plaza de armas) and good price. TOTAL RECOMMENDATION 
  • Limo: it’s near by the ceviche but a little bit fancier, and more expensive but has some tasty cocktails followed with a fusion Peruvian and Japanese cuisine (nikkei).Interesting place.
  • Chicha: is from the famous Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio. Delight yourself with some alpaca meat and more typical ingredients from this amazing country and city. Little bit expensive but good.
  • Green Point: for the vegetarians, you can’t loose this place, is an old familiar house that became a busy restaurant with delicious offers on the menu. 
  • Divina comedia: cute place, good ambience, live music sometimes and also Italian kind (in case you are not falling in love with the typical food). Has a small garden where you can also see the stone oven for the pizzas 🙂
  • El Paisa: typical big restaurante (with performances or concerts at night time) with food from the coast, as you can imagine, Cusco isn’t the best place to eat ceviche, although you can find it, it’s easier to finde some meat dishes or just trout if you search for fish. But here, you can find all kinds of delicatessens and with a very good price ! Obviously isn’t so beautiful or fancy as the ones on the beginning but it’s worth it.  

Ups ! I lost myself again with the food ! Sorry is on my blood haha. Back to culture and places to visit.

Maras Saleras

Definitely you should do the Sacred Valley excursions where you can visit : Ollantaytambo (amazing ruins and also a place where you can pick the train to the village of Machupichu, and some people we met that they spend 1 night there and it’s a very special village to visit), Pisac terraces / Market, Urubamba, Moray (science of the peruvian and the plantations), Salines of Maras (where all their salt comes from – gorgeous ).

Chinchero woman 

I have also to speak about a small little place called Chincheros , which can be part of some excursion, is where all the ladies from there and Andean houses around sell their handmade textiles and also explain to you how they do it. Personally i loved it, and as you know i have my bags brand LULADA, i was able to buy some special materials for them. 

There’s also another excursion which unfortunately we couldn’t do but we totally recommend – The mountains of 7 colours. 

Resuming, if you are thinking about going to Peru, Cusco has to be one of your points on the map.

1. Macchupicchu & Waynna picchu

Last but the first, the main reason people plan a trip to this amazing and cultural country. Background of an unique history inca about his old city hidden in the mountains and one of the seven wonder of the world.

Ladies and gentleman, Macchu picchu & Waynna picchu: 

There are 3 ways of arriving there: walking and doing the inca path to the old city which can take 2 or 4 days, unique experience and recommendable for the ones that have more resistance and love hiking in the middle of mountains.

The other and the principal one that everybody does is pick a train (by the way you have to book in advance and also the entry of the monument) from Cusco or from Ollantaytambo. 

Another way and more unusual is to do by train or another transport and climb a mountain near and sleep in an air hotel on the high of the mountain. Have a look, is very interesting and for the bravest.

The train leaves you at the city where you have to pick a bus to go to the monument. You have to pick the tickets as soon as you can (on a small wood box that says tickets here) . Arriving to the cue and also on the monument door you’ll find tons of touristic guides that will offer their services to explain you the history, must say is a good option. 

I suggest as well (if you are in a good physic condition) to climb the Waynna Picchu, breathtaking view of the Macchu picchu and a special experience. By the way, good shoes , like a layer of clothes because is small raining, hot and at same time little bit of windy. 

Sorry i took so long to write this post, but as you can see there are lots of things to do and to show from Peru. Must say we will come back and do the other things on the list we didn’t arrive on time to do it. 

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The official Foodie guide for Los Cabos ::. Bon appetite !

Let me delight your eyes with my own photos & more and make you water mouth with all this Mexican food i tried on Baja California South. Here is the foodie part of me talking 😉

There are all kinds of food in this area, for the people that is not really into spicy food or Mexican in general (which is a pity, definitely should try it).

Let me start for the ones located in Cabo, as in San Jose already told you most of my favorites. There are ones on the beach with the amazing view and some on the city. First of all, for a good ceviche, and seafood on the beach you definitely should go to SUR, it’s on the Medano beach between Mango Deck and Blue Marlin Ibiza Los Cabos (also an amazing place to eat with a view & party too). Styled place with good ambience and food, for the day and for the night, super recommendable.

Let’s keep on the beach, also you have “ La Biblioteca del Tequila”, nice place to go at night and also by the day, you can go throw the beach is one of the first and there are another ones near, also a point of location: the Breathless hotel is just behind (by the way, nice place to stay tho) , there you will find typical food from the zone and from the country in general with a touch of innovation, like the tacos with tortillas made from cacau ! and of course a variety of tequilas as the name says.

Here the most high level places (in my opinion) :

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A star michelin chef put an eye on this lovely city and made a fantastic restaurant. I’m talking about MANTA by Enrique Olvera which is inside The Cape Hotel (by the way, super luxury hotel and gorgeous place to stay), there you can delight yourself with some degustation menu on the rooftop of the hotel. Super recommendable for dinner.

 

After that one, i definitely recommend you to visit  TORO latin kitchen it’s from one also very known chef called Richard Sandoval, who made some nikkei dishes that i felt in love with (must say i’m in love with that kind of food) , also there are tacos 2.0 and all kinds of delicious ingredients you can imagine, the place is cozy and glamorous. having a private part outside with very good ambient. Toro is the restaurant at the Punta Ballena Hotel.

It’s an unique experience of flavour and ambience.

The next on my list is Farallón, also inside an hotel. This one it’s a must to go and see, first because of the concept and natural ingredients and second ’cause the unique place they have which is on a cliff. (Yes i’m not crazy, on a cliff) Unfortunately i was at night time, but you must go on the sunset time and call in advance because it’s normally quite busy, have a drink on the amazing bar and stay for dinner if you want, it’s totally worth it.set-upThe concept they use, it’s very simple but priceless, you have to pass from a place (on the way to the table) where all the fishes and seafood are exposed, and you choose which ones would you like and how. You can choose the side dish and the starter but all very stabled but believe me, super delicious. A little fault on the service, because the waiter didn’t clean the fish for us, which i don’t mind doing but when you pay that amount of money you just want the service to be correct.

 

There is another one called, Sunset Monalisa i never been, unfortunately, but the people that goes falls in love with place and the sunset view, it’s a perfect place for a romantic dinner.

Now, i’ll pass to another kind of restaurants, a good ones but not so expensive, for all pockets and all tastes:

The one for fresh seafood for us and we went a lot, is LAS TRES ISLAS, ask for a margarita or just a beer and please try the aguachile (typical dish) and we were in love with the fresh shell food from there, like “pata de mula” (it’s a kind of clams but with a black juice which is totally tantalize. btw, miss it so much!) , also oysters and just try a little bit of everything, all dishes are super yummy.

Maria Eugenia is the one just in front of las tres islas, for some typical mexican baja food.

Las Gardenias
Las Gardenias

Las Gardénias, has the fish taco and shrimp taco which is the normal food on baja, and is just delicious ! And many more things and kind, i personally recommend the ones i told and also cochinita , chicken. So Good !

If you are looking for some meat to eat there are some places where you can eat a good meat such as El Templo, amazing place, more private and with some nice wines and ambience.

For Japanese food, i totally recommend you to visit  Nick – San for Sashimi’s Mexico’s style. And for the really appreciators of this kind of food i recommend you a place wich is a little bit hidden called Blue Fish, it’s small and like a Japanese restaurant will all about sushi, sashimi, ramen, etc. And price is affordable (quality and not expensive at all).

Finishing my foodie tips for Italian lovers (pasta or pizza) you can find walking on the streets but i can tell you some names like: Pan di Baccio, Italian Job, Alcaravea,  Pizza nostra, etc. All different for all pockets and tastes 🙂

Hope you enjoyed my list of places to eat at Cabo and also made you hungry already (i am ). What I recommend? To try all ! Be adventure and enjoy the Mexican culture.

Try: aguachiles, all kinds of Tacos (from al pastor to shrimp or baja), molcajetes, Mole and all 😀

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Happy to be back ❤  and give you a little piece of what i lived (and ate) in one of my favourite countries:  Mexico Lindo.

 

 

Cuba Querida ::.. The Pearl of the Caribbean

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Caribeean soul

Dear readers, has been a while and i’m sorry about that! But the best way to be back is writing about a new destination, one i visit 2 years ago and i came back recently.

I’m really excited about this post, because i’ve got really in love with this marvelous and unique island which i was before and has change a little bit since last time but always with that so special touch that make her so “querida” (loved).

First of all saying that in Cuba there’s a few things you need to know, the money they use is CUC which isn’t CUP (national one), that one has no actually value at the moment, because everybody uses CUC’s, but i still love to have some national money so i can go out the tourism parts and buy sweets and cuban coffee (by the way, it’s the best in the world for me, but you get it in some paladares, on the street or in some cuban houses which has a lady on the door, it’s soo delicious, doesn’t need sugar at all)  with it, which will cost you less than 1 usd. 1 CUC = 1 usd and 1 CUC = 24 CUP , more or less so you have a clew. The prices changed since the last time, more expensive things. By the way, the dollar has a charge of 10% so if you have like euros much better. Cuba is no more the place you go and buy and eat very cheap, isn’t like an extreme but it got expensive after lately situations. Don’t forget to negotiate always the prices 😉

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Malecon view

There’s a lot of hotels around La Habana and all the popular beaches like Varadero, Cayo coco, etc. But for us the best option was to sleep on people’s house, there are a LOT around the city which has a sign on and you can just walk and call on the door or if you are in the middle of the streets like “Calle Obispo” or Havana street, they will approach you if you want a place to stay. Obviously, if you are searching for an all inclusive thing, just pick an hotel on the beach Varadero, Cayo Coco or any Cayo will be wonderful and you will have what you searched for, also on Havana center you have some near the “malecon” (which you cannot lose a  walk forward of a sunset, just beautiful).

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Cayo Santa Maria – Melia Buenavista

There’s actually a paradise we found called Cayo Santa Maria (which has nothing just beach) in case you want to disconnect for a few days or pass a special occasion, as there are some only adults hotels 😉 It’s just perfect to have some couple time or a celebration as they can prepare you private dinner on the beach 😉 The hotel we found it’s: Melia Buenavista Cayo Santa Maria. The all inclusive food isn’t the best at lunch and breakfast but the place, the peace and that paradise is all worth it! And at dinner they have restaurant a la carte.

A part of that situation and the enormous tourism that has lately, it’s one of my favorites places that i visited, Cuba querida, i mean.

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streets of old Havana

The people is very nice, helpful and kind with you, the colorful streets and the unique cars that are around the city gets you in love with it so quickly that you wish you could stay for months!

Cuba it’s a place where you fall in love with, actually i don’t know a person that hadn’t love it, because a a lot of things. The normal things that people does in Havana as tourist is have a Mojito at the typical  but amazing Bodeguita del Medio  when isn’t busy but the mojito, ambient and the music is always a good plan! Also, taste the daiquiri at Floridita. Walk on the havana streets, go to the Plaza de la Revolución, rent an original american old car and make a tour around the city which is always an experience. So as i went twice to Cuba, this time i made different plan and went to less well known places, walked around All havana, and not only the old part. There is a thing i always do also when i’m going to Miami (as there are lots of cuban) search for the home made coffee, on the people’s house or paladares, or even on the streets — > best coffee in the world ! and obviously, see in live some Buena Vista Social Club artist singing which is always a thing that get to your soul and body 🙂

I truly recommend you to visit the Revolution Museum, it’s a place that represents all the records of their so well known and admired “Revolución Cubana”, also if you are really into the history, you definitely should visit Santa Clara that has the Che Guevara’s Grave and others “guerrilleros”, and some of their belongings. A part of that place, Santa Clara was one of the cities we mostly liked, because isn’t very touristic (of the monument) and more cuban, you feel part of the them a little bit, going to their places. It’s a really nice feeling!

Santa Clara - Che Guevara tumbaAlso a place very charming, not so cheap as Santa Clara because it got more touristic but stills worth to visit and stay 1 or 2 nights, this lovely place is called “Trinidad”, lots of colors of the tinny village and the people are so kind as funny! Also, if you can, eat on one of the Paladares (typical place to eat in Cuba, it’s a regular home of them and they put some tables and cook for the visitor that want to have lunch or dinner), on the village i saw the most unique ones! It’s a lovely place to visit and to enjoy the people, the streets and also the hospitality they have with you, priceless!

Well better than explain i’ll attach some photos so you can have an idea and maybe feel like you were walking on the streets with us.

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Hope you have  enjoyed and don’t forget to follow the sunshine* . Leaving you with some unique sound of Buena Vista social club.

Cuarto de Tula ❤

Invicta com amor e sabor! ::. Porto

 

 

 

Hi readers! Happy to be back on the tec’s! Very proud to write this post about one of which i considere “my cities”:PORTO. You should know that Porto is the second capital city of Portugal, a country with lovely people and fascinating things to do and see, appreciate and taste!

I don’t even know where to start :P! Let me begin with some things that are a MUST in this lovely city. You should pick a boat and make the Douro River to have a general look of the houses, the architecture, the bridges (6) and of course the river and also the “Ribeira” and “Gaia” (another village/kind of small city that belongs to Porto). After that, you definitely should go to some Porto’s wine cave (there are lots of them in Gaia, the other side of the bridge) to make a tour and taste this world-known unique wine and also because it’s a experience to see all the steps/process they do to make it and the place, in general, is very interesting. And if you don’t feel like going to a cave, just sit on one of the bars/restaurants by the river and have a red wine and some “chouriça assada”. Good for pre dinner and to try our amazing wine.

Walk, walk and walk! Discover the city walking, of course you can pick some public transports (subway, bus, train, car, etc) but i normally love to walk on the streets and appreciate those cute typical shops, the food menus on the blackboards, the charming restaurantes around the city and of course the people is the most special. If you can pick a “eléctrico” an old train typical from Portugal (you have to make a trip.Its so lovely with the old people from the city which is there normal transport) that has like 3 principal lines, 1, 22 and 18, you must check it out ’cause you can do like a around on the center and there’s another one that go around the “Ribeira” on the way to the beaches (Matosinhos, Foz, etc). Also get amazed of the  many coffee bars/ bakeries that this city has, i get lost everytime i go (you need to forget about the diet in this country), you really need to stop and try some sweet or salty finger food. Delicious!

On the city i recommend you to see: Palacio de Cristal, Estação de São Bento, Torre dos Clérigos, Rua Das Flores, Ribeira, Mercado do Bolhão,  (the market in the middle of the city where you can find vegetables, bread, flowers, and also if you wanna eat for low prices they have small restaurantes inside the place where you can find typical people from Porto and get in touch with them at the same time try a nice sangria with some portuguese dish), Serralves, Libraria Lello, etc. And as i said, walk and discover the places that this city has to give. You can always buy some magazine like Time Out Porto and it will guide you and inform you about whats happening in town that month, as well as recommend some restaurants and more 🙂

Don’t leave the town without listening to FADO (typical music from Portugal) you have specifics places to go like Restaurante Mariquinhas, which i recommend to reserve in advance because is very small. In case, there’s no show that night, walk by the Ribeira and the small streets around the center and probably you’ll see some place that does it on an Amateur way, where everybody can have a try and sing also if they want! Very special this music, as well the singers and players that made it possible and so emotional.

One thing you have to know about portuguese culture, a parte of the nice people they are and very polite, is the food, we love to eat and to cook! And all the dishes ar not normally light, general about rices, good meat, fresh fish and Francesinha (its a MUST eat this world know kind of sandwich, typical from the city and very good!). About restaurants you have so many options and kinds of cuisine that you can choose, you have the normal “tascas” (it’s the name we give to small places to have lunch/dinner or whatever, cheap and food from the land and made probably by an old portuguese lady or man! very tasty), then, you have restaurantes for every pocket and every taste. If you are into cuisine and want to see and try some food on a special way you have some places like: the Yeatman hotel (1 star michelin), also Pedro Lemos restaurant. There are so many that i couldn’t write them all, let’s just put some of my favorites: Casa solar do pasto, Cepa Torta, LSD, Bar Tolo, Tasca do Antonio, Santiago (for the francesinha), Cantina 32, Toupeirinha (for fresh fish and selfish), Miss opo, Museu da Avó… PS: the best place to eat fish dishes is in Matosinhos, a city that belongs to Porto, has beach also and lots of restaurante that have their grills outside and do the seafood.

 

 

Last and not the less important thing i recommend, is to get to know the nightlife that Porto has to offer. We have like lots of places to have a drink before or after dinner, i mean, with a terrace and more relaxed like: Champanharia (for Sangria), Bonaparte (Foz), Candelabro, Casa do Ló, Café Victoria, etc.. There are 2 streets on the center which are parallel and have lots of bars and pubs “as Galerías”, very nice places with different kind of music when you can go for a drink and seat, listen some good music and also where you can dance and enjoy the ambient. I personally love to go to: Plano B (lovely place with 2 floor and 2 dance floors with different music, normally very good, also Maus Habitos to start the night, Passos Manuel (those last 2 are near the Coliseum – theatre), Armazém do Chá, Rendez- vous, Ferrugem, etc. Depends on what kind of music your are into, check the pages online or pass by and get to know it! If you are into techno music, and more like clubbing you have Gare club (a cave near the train station, nice sound) but i definitely recommend you to go to : Industria Club. Check out the agenda! Nice place, in front of the beach  (Foz), and very very important, lovely people working and amazing music!

About the sleeping part, if you want to stay in a hotel there are lots of them, also in the center with views. But i must tell and show my experience, this time i rent a small loft in the middle of old town, you cannot imagine how cute it was! and could go walking everywhere, also the views were stunning! Here i leave you the link in case you wanna check it out (also Miguel the landor, very nice and very helpful with the places to go and all): Charming loft .

Just to finish, it’s a very nice place to visit and taste! ❤  I truly encourage you to come and get to know our special country.

 

 

 

Hello Spring! ::. My Ibiza Sunday choices

 

 

Hello readers! Back with some tips and some places. This time i’m gonna write about my home, the magnifique white island called Ibiza. Not gonna talk about the summer/season and how many interesting things you can do or visit (that i’ll do it later), but i want to show you all ,that the island also is charming on the winter, less party but more relaxing time.

This post is about one normal sunday in Ibiza for me, or most of the things i like to do on that day, and what the island offer us to enjoy our relaxing day.

If you want to see some interesting people, and things, have some beer and listen to a live music concerts, i definitely recommend to go to “Rastrillo de Cala Lleña” it’s a second hand market but with different kind of stuff like decoration, old cameras, writing machines, clothes, accessorizes, handmade things, etc. But the best part is that you can have a look and at the same time, dance and have some drink while you are entering on the ibiza spirit. Normally the place is open from 10:00am till 4:00pm but the market ends about 2:00pm – 3:00pm and the music goes on till 4:00pm (starts around 1:00pm). Don’t forget to bring cash with you and get ready to feel some good vibes.

By the way, if you are loving the place and the ambient and don’t wanna leave but you are hungry, don’t worry they have restaurante that makes some paella dish nice and good for you pocket because its not expensive at all!

In case you want some different kind of market, less second hand and more new things, special ones, some handmade clothes and amazing accessorizes (bracelets, rings, etc.). You can also go to the Atzaró market on sundays. Has less things but is in a gorgeous place, and weekly. This place is amazing, I recommend you to go, even if you just want to look around. The prices are more expensive than other one i told, but also de quality and the ambient is different. And normally have some barbecue and activities for children, also restaurante a part. If you are on the island next weekend, you must go the spring party they make next sunday, everybody in the island goes and is very famous this party because it’s the party that puts a START on the spring season (a way of saying it). Music, drinks, dancing, performances, also markets, all in one. I’ll put the link so you can check it out: Fiesta de Primavera

Well, stayin in my line of the plan for this Sunday or another one if you want ofcourse (must say that the most of the tips or choices I’m telling you are for before de the summer or after).

Let’s keep with the lunch time as I told you already have 2 choices, my personal choice, I love to go to a typical place from our beautiful island which is “bar aneta” an old post office and you can eat typical ibizian tapas/food, I recoment you defenitly the “montaditos” you must try! And, ofcourse, end with the “hierbas Ibicencas” it’s a must in this place because they made them by themselfs, and that ones you can really feel the flavor of the licor.

Another option which is for all kind of pockets, it’s Santa Gertrudis, the small cute village on the way to Sta Eulalia, there’s different kind of restaurants and most of them good. If you want typical and meat plates you can go to “Can Caus” nice place too. Also exists a lovely place in the middle of the orange trees on the next smallest village (San Lorenzo) but it’s worth it: La Paloma Café (very important, bring cash ‘cause they don’t accept credit cards and are open till 4 pm). Also if it’s sunny and you prefer, go to some beach with restaurant and eat there or just grab some sandwiches and make some picnic with friends or family, always a good choice!

Keeping on the activities, after eating and relaxing and enjoying your Sunday with your people or by yourself, I recommend a place which i  like to go on the afternoon: SLUIZ (on the way to St. Gertrudis), it’s a place that, as you gonna see, gets your attention ‘cause has lots of blue&white cows on the entry, as well as funny park signs. Sluiz it’s a very interesting place if you like decoration, and to discover special/different things and also funny! A part of the place, they have bar/snack/ restaurant, and do activities/wine events and on Sundays if you go, you’ll find live music from 4pm till 8pm, very nice music and every weekend one type of music, and the ambient is perfect. Defenitly my choice to end my Sunday.

Well, my sunshines! I hope you enjoy your Sunday, and maybe discover some new things on the amazing island we have, called Ibiza ❤

Have a nice day and don’t forget to be happy, or at least try it 🙂

 

Colombia en el corazón ::. All in one

 

Hello ! Welcome to this so unique place called  Colombia. As i just came from there, i couldn’t decide which city i wanted to start, so i’m gonna make a general guide/tips about some cities i visited and some i didn’t but i really wanted to. In my next posts i’ll stop in diferente cities of this amazing country and introduce you to the Colombian culture.

  Colombia, as i said before,  is a very interesting place, because has all in one, by that i mean, you have cities to visit, desert, the Amazonia,  volcanos, you’ve stunning beaches and islands where you can lose yourself and relax, breathtaking landscapes, the world famous coffee plantation, also mountains and tribes where you can get to know unique people and fill your heart with their way of living and the love they give you, and to not forget about some of the world beauties and nature reserves, as well as the enormous gastronomy they have (mangos, piña, guyaba, guyabana, patacones, arroz de coco, frijoles, chicharron, areas, etc.)

Also is very good for business, big number of companies from all over the world are building there. The époque of Pablo Escobar has passed away and its a pity that everybody knows this country from that and specifically the city i felt in love: Medellín, which is very safe and has great places to visit.  About this country i have to speak about the people and the way they are with the foreigns, they are such a lovely people with a big heart, everything you ask them is “a la orden” (means that they borrow you everything and try to help you in all ways they can), and the thing i love is that they are just worried about what they need for the day, when you live there for months (as i did) i start to learn some precious lessons about life, the way of behavior and the things you really need in life and which are just no important no more.

Let me start from where i lived almost all the time Caribbean coast, first of all i have to speak about the wonderful Cartagena de Indias which has tourism all year and its a very beautiful place to go for vacations ’cause you have amazing beaches, you have historic places to go sightseeing, lovely streets where you can have a walk, take some pictures and enjoy the Colombian culture. Not forgetting about the 2 important things and a MUST to do in Cartagena: make a trip/excursion/rent a boat and go around all the island they have which are really a little paradise where you can forget about everything and relax yourself and enjoy the views and the sun with some coconut water! If you have opportunity, see Barú, and the Rosario islands because they are unique and gorgeous, you feel like you are in another planet over there. Also, more important, you have to know the “muralla” which inside are museums, places to shop things like the amazing colombian swimwear (Agua Bendita, Patricia Ramírez, etc) and clothes in general, also you can buy the typical accessories and souvenirs/gifts from Colombia, the amazing Esmeralda and the precolombian’s figures necklaces. To the end of the day i recommend you to see the sunset at the Café del Mar, very nice place with music. For dinner you have so many choices, such as Juan del Mar, some pizza and wine places around as well as seafood and all, you have different options for every kind of pockets. To have some drinks, dance a bit and have fun i recommend you la movida  inside de Muralla and also The Hostel media luna in Bocagrande (has 2 floors), some times there’s live concerts, in the area you have also La Havana to dance some cuban music. Also if you can catch a “Chiva Rumbera” jump into it! It’s an old bus transformed and some sort of moving disco, very funny.

Keeping on the Atlantic coast, i have so speak about Barranquilla, a city where is growing because lots of companies are investing there (as well as all over the country). This city has the beachs near (Prado Mar, Puerto Velero, Puerto Colombia…), also has very nice restaurants with amazing chefs and different kind of food, italian (la Girolata, la Piazzeta, Abruzzo..) japonese (KoiSushi Bar), Peruvian (Cuzco with live music), healthy food (La oliva), bakery (La ganache), Steakhouse, Bistros (there are 2 you really should go: Jack Bistro and Bistro 51, both have a really good options and very tasty), well i can make a big list of where you can go and eat stunning food, but i’ll keep it to a next post. For a more colombian ingredients, ask somebody to take you to the “narcobollos” very typical place where you eat typical colombian food. Also you can go for fish near the river or on the beach, don’t forget to try the Pargo and the Morraja Roja. Very important, if you are thinking/planing to visit this city, you have to go for Carnaval dates because all the city is in party with parades, everybody dress up in their Barranquilla’s carnaval costumes, is about 5 days with concerts, parties, parades, all latin music around you and their moves which will make you dance with them!

And if you want to scape for all that “Rumba” (party) you can pick a flight to the splendid island of San Andrés and Providencia, the place with the 8 colors of water, very relaxing beaches and place to buy all the cosmetic products you can, as they are very cheap around there. About that i recommend you to visit Providence, and in San Andrés, see Cayo Bolívar, do some diving, have some lunch at a nice restaurante as  Donde Francesca (on the beach) and at the end, enjoy the sunset at Punta Sur, etc.

Next city or place i have to speak very quickly, is Santa Marta and the famous Parque Tyrona. At Santa Marta you can go for the best beaches, Playa blanca, etc. Very nice sand and clear water. Tagamanga also is nice, and there’s different places you can go for a taxi boat and make around the places it has because it’s gorgeous. I have to talk about a place, little bit far from the beach, La Guajira, the place where the “indigenas/wayuu” live in tribes and also where they make those fantastics, hand made bags named wayu bags, they are just divine as the woman who made them, as well as another things with same material or kind of it. A little bit up , you can go for some “adventure” and visit the Tayrona Park, where the indigenas still live, and you can get to know them as well as make some trekking in the middle of the forest, stay in the cabañas, and discover the cutest beach hidden they have, do some diving  and see all that beauties under the sea. It’s a very special experience i think that people who really want to get to know their culture and history should do.

 

 

Now lets focus on the center of the country. As i told you before, i felt in love with Medellín, and with the “paisas” (the name they give to the people from that city), the people from there are so so kind and lovely, you feel like home at the same time you are entering in the city. You have different places to sightseeing, the Pueblito Paisa, the Antioquia Museum, the Botanic Garden, the mechanical stairs around the commune 13 (take care of your belongings around there), the Botero Plaza, if you are interested in all Pablo Escobar history you can visit also his Hacienda Nápoles, there’s thousands of places to go. 2 hours driving there is a place i didn’t visit but i really wanted to Guatapé, cute little village with a big stone in the middle of the river, so beautiful. A very important point and interesting for me, is the stylists that exists there, you can find them everywhere and see some really nice clothes, and uniques! for all pockets. Have a look if you love fashion/clothes/accesories, etc. Also you CANNOT leave this gorgeous city without trying the “bandeja paisa”typical food from there, you have to forget about diet for some days at least, but it’s worth it! A part of that, i can write about thousands of restaurants i loved as well as clubs, but i’ll keep to the post i’ll make about just Medellin. A last thing, if you go, try to go on December/January because you are gonna see the famous Alumbrado navideño, it’s so beautiful, everything is illuminated!

Gonna keep it near, lets talk about the capital: Bogotá. First of all, you have to be prepared because its cold around there (yes, it is!), you have also many many things to do, but let me just make some fast tips about the city: you must visit the Salt Cathedral with is 180 metros underground, very beautiful and interesting, its located in Zipaquirá, a little village near Bogota. Also you can visit the Plaza Simón Bolivar, Basilica Montserrat Church, also the Barrio de la Candelaria, the Gold museum its a must, etc. Very important, in all those places you have to take care about your belongings and not show them too much, and not walk by the center by yourself at night, it’s not super danger but you have to take some cares. Also at night, to go dinner  in nice places and not so worried about your bag, go the ” T Zone” where are shops, restaurants, pubs, shops, etc. I personally recommend you a place you should go because it’s different and unique, not so cheap but its really worth it on weekends, they have music/dacing and a big variety of food and drinks: Andrés Carne de Res. Lolas and El salto del Ángel are as well place to have some funtime too.

Well, I’m trying to reduce the words but it’s so difficult to make a general view of this so big and so complete country. Let me keep speaking about the center of Colombia and i need to talk about the coffee culture, and all the landscapes, the plantation and all green walks you can do to discover this so tasty trip. You must visit places as Pereira, Salento, Mandizales, Armenia etc, and maybe rent a car and go discover by yourself (best thing to do in my opinion). All around is the coffee plantation, there are some hot thearms you can go and pass the day or inclusive go in the night, there are hotels there. If you can, try to pass a night at some finca in the middle of the coffee plantations, they rent them and its a unique experience to wake up on that green landscapes and to walk throw the trees and all. Try the different kinds of coffee, they are so tasty! Go to the Coffe park also is nice and the views are amazing. Santiago de Cali its a very nice place to visit too and dance some salsa, and a really shame i couldn’t go, but stills on my list.

Finishing, i have to say i totally recommend you to put this country in your travel list because it’s so unique and you will come back with a special way to see things and as i did, probably you’ll bring Colombia and the people in your hearts. Sorry about this post to be so big but as you can imagine, get’s difficult to put all this information in one post. Anyway, Hope i helped you with my small tips about this so big country, and don’t forget the more important thing of all : BE HAPPY – SÉ FELIZ.

 

 

 

 

 

Little paradise by the sea ::. Búzios

Procure um sitio, e perca-se nele*

Search a place, and lose yourself in it! It’s an advice, real one, my philosophy when i travel.

 

Welcome to Búzios, a little paradise from Brazil (1 of 100), 3 hour driving or 20min by air from Rio Janeiro. They use REAL (at the moment is 1$=3.90reales). A place which is known by the lovely fishermen and their boats, the gorgeous beaches and also because Brigitte Bardot lived there some time. A place to relax yourself, have fun, listen some brazillian lovely music,  buy some havaianas, get to know the people, the amazing seafood and maybe, fall in love.

First of all, you have to stop in Rio de Janeiro before Buzios to see all the amazing places they have, Cristo Corcovado, pão de açúcar, amazing streets, beaches, Copacabana, Ipanema but this post is not about that city, so i’ll focus my self on this cute place i recently visited.

Búzios is a place full of Hostels , Hotels and a thing called “Pousada” which are much better than hotels, small places and some are reformed old houses, and now are lovely cozy places with amazing views, it’s literally full of them, for every kind of pockets. There are the ones in the center with the sea views and near Rua Das Pedras (where everything is, the shops, restaurants, its the center of Buzios where you can find the exchange money places, the guys selling you the tours, the taxi boats to the beaches, restaurants, etc).

Well, let me start from some point : the beaches. Let me clarify, Buzios is not a big place but its a little paradise as i said full of incredible beaches. Such as: Praia do Forno, Forninho, Praia dos Amores, João Fernandes, Tartaruga, Praia dos Ossos, Arraial do Cabo (this one you have to rent a car or just pick some tour they offer everywhere, but its worth it), Praia dos Ossos, Azeda, Azedinha, Geribá, Olho de Boi (the nudist one)…  You have so much options, if you want to see them all in a short time, pick a tour and visit all them, choose which you love and lose yourself in it. If you want to discover by yourself, as i did, rent a buggy for 24h (150 reals + 60 gas= 55$) and go make a round on the beaches and around Buzios, its funny and at the same time you have more freedom to see what you want. You also can go walking ’cause isn’t far one from another, except the one i told you before. Every beach is beautiful, some with colder water but gorgeous too, some with red sand also most of them have like water sports, to do and fun stuff for children, some with music, and some places where you can get the amazing Capirinha (the brazilian drink) and eat some “salgadinhos” or maybe healthier with an Açaí, very good and gives you “força”(strenght) as they say.

 

 

The food culture has the base on the fish and also all the sea food, as you can imagine with all those people fishing everyday they are rich on that kind of food. You have to try the camarão  (prawn) in different ways, moqueca, bobó, pasteis, and more, and all good. Also there are some big gastronomy known around the world, some good places and amazing chefs. For example, i had the luck to try a degustation menu on the 74 Restaurant, which is on the Casas Brancas boutique Hotel & Spa Pousada, was incredible with all the flavours from the land and more, they have originality on the food and on the drinks (ask the barman Pedro to surprise you, he will !) All crew were amazing. Congrats to the kitchen! I’m still dreaming about those gin&tonics flavours in my mouth with unique food they gave me. If you can, just go and try, the view, the live music they have and of course the food is from the other world. All was perfect. They have also one called Rocka Beach, which is for the day i recommend to go and pass the day ’cause they have those big beds where you can lye down and have some amazing sea food : ).

Another one i went also marvelous was NAMI, a peruvian restaurante on the Geribá beach, very very good and with all the flavors, if you are not too into peruvian don’t worry ’cause they have a variety on the menu for every taste and each amazing.

I recommend another plan for dinner with a beautiful view and also romantic if you want, in Praia da Barra, the end of the day is gorgeous and they have some different shops if you wanna have a look , more like decoration things and clothes, but there are some restaurantes with a view and good vibe, with music and all. I personally went to Belli Belli, nice place, with some beds in front line you feel like you are on the sea, and with the amazing Caipirinhas types they have, more! The service was very good and the food was nice. If you want to go just for a drink in the end of the day to see the sunset is also a good plan. A part of the ones i’m recommending there are lots of restaurants you can go with amazing food, and for every pocket, i’m telling you the restaurantes i considered specials.

A part of beach life, relaxing time and sightseeing all this fishing paradise and walking around the streets full of colors.  There’s also night life if you want, at the weekends you have Privilege  and also the famous world brand Pacha, also you have Buda beach  which is open every day and also with live music and performances with the Samba, etc. Another less comercial plan and more brasilian is on sundays, you can go to the end of the Orla Bardot (in the center) and listen to Pagode (kind of brazilian music live) or you can just go with your friends to the beach and have some beers appreciating the view and the waves sound (very relaxing for me). There’s always something to do in some place and keeps changing so you just have to ask around.

Well i hope my tips help you if you go to this unique place, and hope you enjoy it as much as me. And maybe if you weren’t thinking about this place, this made you considerate to add it to the “travel list”. Don’t forget about my advice, search a place and lose yourself, doesn’t matter where, and obviously, and very important : SÊ FELIZ – BE HAPPY : )