Lima, Peru Travel Guide

Before you start exploring the tropical treasures of the Amazon jungle, the floating villages of Lake Titicaca, and the mountain of Machu Picchu, discover the striking contrast of Peru’s capital Lima. Practical and elegant, fascinating and entertaining, rich and poor, ancient and modern: Lima is truly a city of contrasts. About one-third of all Peruvians call this metropolis home and they live in everything from humble hilltop shacks to modern high-rise condos.


Lima is an ever-changing city that has a surprise for you at every turn. All you need to do is prepare your senses. You will be immersed in the sounds of chaotic traffic along the boulevards of Central Lima while quiet benches await you in the coastal parks. Everywhere you turn in this city, you will taste the salty sea air and at the same time feel the hot desert sun.

Follow the Bajada de los Bancos to experience the bohemian side of Lima. It is a walkway that runs from the coast to the quaint Barranco district. Stroll over the Bridge of Sighs which is a place of a forbidden romance between a handsome street sweeper and a wealthy girl.

El Malecon is one of the city’s many public parks where the rich and poor find common ground. It is a continuous stretch of flower beds and paths which allows you to explore the Miraflores district coastal cliffs on foot. In this neighborhood, you will almost forget Lima was built on the ruined temples and pyramids of civilization.

Huaca Pucllana is in the heart of the city and place where you can retrace the steps of the people of Lima. It is also a place of sacrifice and ceremony from about 1500 years ago. The locals here still observe the beliefs and rituals of their forefathers despite being committed Catholics today. The Spanish conquistadores introduced them to this religion along with the Baroque architecture and Castilian language.

Visit the Plaza de Armas to see fine examples of their colonial legacy. In the 16th century, Francisco Pizarro a Spanish explorer founded Lima here. His quest to make this city the country’s capital started with the construction of the Cathedral of Lima. Inside the cathedral, look for the gold-plated altar, early religious artworks, and Pizarro’s tomb. Pizarro worked and lived in the Government Palace just across the street which is now the government’s official seat.

In 1821, Peru gained independence but the Spanish influence still remains. Take a peek inside inner-city libraries and museums to find colorful tiled courtyards, soaring glass ceilings, and stately rooms. The 18th century Museo Larco is another highlight of this city which stands on a 7th-century pyramid ruin.

The colonial mansion in the Pueblo Libre district is home to an impressive collection of golden jewelry, artworks, and ceramics from pre-Columbian times. The exhibits here show the history of the ancient country through arts and crafts. After having lunch on the patio, see this museum’s most talked about pieces by crossing the garden.

Remember Lima is the perfect stepping stone to the many historic, cultural, and natural treasures that Peru is so famous for. Choose from the snow-capped mountains, fertile altiplanos, lush rainforests, and coastal deserts to see the many faces of this beautiful country.

Las Vegas Strip Travel Guide – Top Casinos and Hotel Resorts

Are you planning a holiday in Vegas? Las Vegas has changed immensely during recent years and now offers attractions and activities for everyone. In this guide in no particular order we will present some of the city’s best hotels right on the strip.

The Bellagio

Our list begins with the Bellagio. This amazing resort will overwhelm you with its 1,200 fountains and that’s even before you have the chance to step inside this impressive complex. Inspired by a small Italian town with the same name on the shores of Lake Como, this resort offers 3015 rooms spread over 36 floors. This hotel is a favorite of friends of mine who run Performance Chiropractic. This is typically their go-to spot when they travel to Las Vegas. Other attractions in the resort include the gallery of Fine Arts and the Cirque du Soleil show.

The Venetian

Keeping with the Italian atmosphere, our next must visit Resort is the Venetian where you’ll step into St. Mark’s Square and the Grand Canal. It is also one of the biggest hotels in Las Vegas with 35 floors and no less than 4,027 luxury rooms. The resort offers a fantastic nightclub ranked second in the city, 19 restaurants, and a shopping mall. So what more could one ask for?

The Caesars Palace

Next on this list is yet another Italian inspired resort – the Caesars Palace which mixes some of Rome’s Flair with Hollywood’s extravaganza. This is probably the most famous resort in Vegas and its entertainment venue the Coliseum attracts the biggest shows in the area. The Caesars Palace offers two free shows – the fall of Atlantis and the fountain festivals. If you are passionate about poker this is probably the best place for a game or two and if you are looking to do some shopping then the renovated forum with its more than 160 high-end stores should be on your must visit list.

The Cosmopolitan

Moving to our next resort – with its 52 floors and 2995 rooms, the Cosmopolitan is one of the most modern hotels on the strip. It features 13 restaurants, 5 lounges including the famous chandelier bar decorated with 2 million lights, three pools, and one massive shopping mall. If you are staying at the hotel, you will also be happy to hear that most of the rooms offer a 6-foot deep terrace overlooking the amazing views of the strip.

The Mandalay Bay

Our next resort is the Mandalay Bay which offers its guests a private beach in the middle of Vegas. Mandalay Bay’s 3,200 rooms stretch over 43 floors in a wonderful unique Polynesian architecture. It also includes a shark aquarium and two separate boutique hotels – the Four Seasons and V Hotel.

The Circus Circus

Families traveling to Vegas will surely enjoy one of the veteran resorts on the strip -the Circus Circus which is all about family entertainment. Enjoy a free world-class circus act or spend time in the indoors at venture dome theme park – a fantastic activity on a hot day in Vegas. Also, you could play games in the huge Midway Arcade Hall and visit the Chuck Jones Experience.

The MGM Grand

Our next resort is actually a mega resort, the MGM Grand. When it opened, it was the biggest hotel in the world with 6,900 rooms and it features 171,500 square feet of casino space. Although it lost its world top ranking, it still is a massive Resort for families packed with 19 restaurants, four theaters including one that features the Cirque du Soleil cost show, three nightclubs, and family attractions such as the CSI experience.

The Wynn

Finally, visit the Wynn named after Steve Wynn – the person behind Las Vegas. This is one of the most luxurious and elegant resorts in the city and it come with a price tag. Opened in 2005, the resort contains 2,716 rooms stretching over 45 floors. The Wynn casino offers 110,000 square feet of gambling and it’s also home for several entertainment venues including the permanent show Lorraine which is considered to be one of the best shows in the city.

Krabi, Thailand Travel Guide

Krabi is located on the southwest coast of Thailand and it is characterized by rock climbing spots and amazing beaches. This is no doubt a must-see part of Thailand.

Phra Nang Beach

This beach is on the southern strip of the Railay Bay. A twenty minute boat trip from Ao Nang or a ten minute walk from Railay East will get you to the beach. With caves, coral reef, clear water, and super soft sand, this is indeed the perfect beach.

AO Nang

Ao Nang is a resort town known for its long beachfront and easy access to different sites off the nearby islands. It offers visitors the relaxed atmosphere of a small town and the beauty of a beach resort.

Khao Kanab Nam

A pair of 100m high limestone rocks rises from the sides of the Krabi River to form a critical part of the natural scenery. Any visitor to this town will get a glimpse of these iconic rocks and their tilted shapes. You can go on a boat trip to further explore the cave, this will definitely make your day.

Phi Phi Islands

This island is a superstar in Thailand. It is a popular location in TV shows, movies, and should definitely be on your must-do list in Thailand. Phi Phi Islands doesn’t disappoint even with all the hype. The beauty of this island can’t even be captured in photos – it is something you have to experience for yourself.

Krabi Shell Cemetery

According to local folklore, the Krabi Shell Cemetery is older than 75 million years. For those interested in historical artifacts or geology, this is a great place to visit since there are just three such cemetery sites in the world.

Krabi Town

Krabi Town is a market town that has been around long before international tourists started visiting this area. It is laid back, charming, and a great place tourists can live like locals. If you are interested in a dose of Thai hospitality and culture and hospitality, sticking around this Town can be a rewarding experience.

Wat Tham Sua

Wat Tham Sua is one of the finest natural wonders in Thailand. There are beautiful icons in the main temple cave, but the ‘footprint of the Buddha’ is the real attraction here. You need to hike more than 1000 steps up the limestone tower to get to this historic site – but the destination is definitely worth the journey!

Thung Teao Forest National Park

This national park is a great place to spot rare plants and animals that are close to extinction. The forest is filled with limestone foothills, unusual forest creatures, and medieval trees stretching into the sky.

Railay Beaches and Caves

Railay in itself is an attraction. This small peninsula can only be accessed by boat due to the tall limestone cliffs casting it away from mainland Krabi. This is the perfect destination to get away from it all. You will also get to enjoy all what the nature here has to offer.

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Travel Guide

The eastern Borneo island of Malaysia is famous for a luxury resort accommodation, lush jungle scenery, first-class diving, and stunning beaches. Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah state. Often referred to as KK, this coastal city is partly surrounded by rainforest. In the busy KK, you will soon notice a rich culinary spectrum, music scene, blossoming arts, breathtaking fiery sunsets, and fiercely locals.

Kinabalu Park

Kinabalu Park is one of the first national parks in Malaysia and in 2000 became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thanks to its native mammal species and unique vegetation, this park has worldwide ecological importance. From rock climbing to paragliding, mountain biking to canopy walks, there is no shortage of outdoor activities to indulge in while in this park. For a truly adventurous experience, hike up Mount Kinabalu. The summit of this mountain is at over 4,000 meters.

Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

This mosque is nestled beside a picturesque lagoon and is one of Sabah’s most photographed sites. The design of the building was modeled after Saudi Arabia’s Nabawi mosque. It can seat up to 12,000 worshippers. The Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is floating right above the lagoon. With the stars and moon reflection in the water’s surface, it makes for a dramatic backdrop at night. The mosque is open to visitors of all faiths.


Muzium Sabah

The tropic Malaysia weather can be unexpected and intense with sudden rainfall forcing visitors to wait out the passing storms. Fortunately, there is no shortage of indoor cultural activities in Kota Kinabalu. Muzium Sabah is one of the most popular tourist attractions in this city. The museum compound is full of educational buildings and fun activities including a heritage village, an art gallery, a zoo, and an ethnobotanical garden. You will find many exhibitions within the museum covering topics such as history, archaeology, Islamic civilization, as well as ceramics and brassware.

Taman Negara Tunku Abdul Rahman

Borneo is famous for its fantastic water sports activities and clear waters. The best way you can take advantage of this city’s watery treasures is by visiting this national park. The area comprises 5 islands is accessible through a 20-minute speedboat ride. After exploring the island, dive into the waters to try your hand at scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, or snorkeling.

Gaya Street Sunday Market

This street was formerly known as Bond Street. It has been hosting the weekly Sunday Market in this city for more a hundred years. The street is usually shut down to allow pedestrians to have a free zone while shopping. The local farmers and artisans display proudly display their wares. Here you can find herbs, cakes, souvenirs, antiques, flowers, batik sarongs, umbrellas, and more.