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Most travellers who visit Peru will not have much time in Lima. In a country with many highlights, including Macchu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and the Amazon, it doesn’t come as a surprise that people often spend as little time as possible in the capital.

Nevertheless, Lima has a lot to offer, and if you want to see Lima in one day, you’ll have to make clever choices about what to see and what to skip.

With only 24 hours, you can still see a mixture of culture and history while sampling typical Peruvian dishes. Follow our one day itinerary and find out about the best that Peru’s capital has to offer.…

Ecuador

If you visit Ecuador, you will sooner or later end up in Quito. International flights arrive either here in Quito or in Guayaquil, this is a great place to fly onward to Galapagos, and you can also cross the border to Colombia from here.

After a bit of research, I found out that it’s the perfect city to base ourselves for a couple of days. There are lots of things to do in Quito, both in the city as well as in the surroundings. You can easily spend a week or more here without getting bored.

Quito is the second-highest capital in the world (if you want to go higher, you have to go to La Paz) and the one closest to the equator.…

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Architecture and martial arts at the westernmost fort of the Great Wall

Along my way through the Chinese part of the Silk Road, I couldn’t miss the Jiayuguan Fort. Located northwest of Gansu province, near Jiayuguan City, the Jiayuguan Fort is the westernmost one of the Great Wall. Not only that, but it’s also one of its main passes. Its location in the narrowest point of the Hexi Corridor, the traditional trading route of Gansu, made the fortress very valuable in ancient times.…

Latvia

Are you thinking about visiting Latvia?

While this small northern country isn’t on most people’s radar yet, it should be. This Baltic state offered lots of surprises when we visited, and we ended up loving our time here. Yes, the country might not be big in size, but we found so many things to do in Latvia that we had a hard time choosing.

Therefore, we highly recommend that you take enough time when you visit this beautiful country. And to make things easier, we have put together a list of what to do in Latvia. We hope you’ll find them useful for planning your trip.

Lithuania

What are the best things to do in Lithuania?

When we planned our trip to the Baltics, I spent a lot of research trying to find the best places to visit. For Lithuania, I already had a rough idea since I knew I wanted to see my great-great-grandmother’s hometown. And Vilnius, being the capital, seemed like an easy choice.

But for the rest? At that point, I didn’t know much about Lithuania, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. You’re probably in a similar situation, wondering where to go and how to spend your limited time. Fortunately, we’ve done all the research and travelled the country, so we can now share the highlights of Lithuania with you.

Keep reading, and you’ll learn everything you need to know about the best places to visit in Lithuania.…

Estonia

When we visited Tallinn on our recent trip to the Baltics, we instantly fell in love with the city. The charming medieval building, the cobblestone streets and alleys, all of it was perfect.

Additionally, we found lots of things to do in Tallinn. Unfortunately, we only had three days, but we could easily have spent much more time here. And you know what we loved most? Despite being amazingly beautiful, Tallinn hasn’t made it onto the radar of most tourists yet. That means that you will find far fewer crowds than in other European capitals like Paris and Berlin.

If you’re thinking about visiting Tallinn, then let us give you some advice on the best places to see as well as our favourite travel tips.…

Lithuania

Do you want to climb giant sand dunes, admire blue houses or relax on the beach? Then you should visit the Curonian Spit in Lithuania.

As I already mentioned in our post about the best things to do in Klaipeda, my great-great-grandmother came from this area. After she moved to Bielefeld, at the other end of Germany, she kept talking about how much she missed the beauty of her homeland. And now that we’ve visited the Curonian Spit, I understand what she talked about.

The Curonian Spit is stunning and a reason by itself why you should travel to Lithuania. And it’s easy to get there! No matter if you travel by car or by public transport, here is how to visit the Curonian Spit, how to get around and what to do and see.…

Peru

Ever since I heard about Caral, I wondered why it isn’t more popular with travellers. The oldest ruins in the Americas, constructed at the same time as the first pyramids of Egypt. Who would not want to visit them? I was sure that going there would be easy and that I could spontaneously arrange a day trip from Lima, hopping on a bus with lots of other tourists.

Turned out I was wrong. Despite the significance of Caral, it was surprisingly hard to get there. I looked up tours but most of the companies only offered private trips and I wasn’t willing to pay a fortune. Surely, there had to be a better way?

There is! Caral can easily be visited independently as a day trip from Lima for a fraction of the price you would pay for a private tour.…

Chile

Located almost 4000km from mainland Chile, Easter Island is not an easy destination to get to. You have to fly, either via Santiago or once weekly from Tahiti. It is not a cheap destination to travel to either. But those who go through the effort of coming all the way out here will be rewarded with stunning archaeological sites, from stone heads to temples and caves, and a glimpse into a unique culture.

Plus, even if you are on a budget, there are plenty of things you can do around the island. But see for yourself:…

Cambodia

The plan was to stay in Angkor for three days and see the sunrise at Angkor Wat on our first morning. I never thought we would voluntarily get up at four a.m. a second and a third time for more sunrises. But over those three days, we developed a funny kind of routine. We would get up insanely early, watch the sunrise, explore a couple of temples and make it back to the hotel before ten for breakfast. After a nap, we then returned to Angkor for sunset.

Three days of sunrises and sunsets gave me the chance to explore areas away from the well-known sunrise spot at Angkor Wat. That way, I can now present to you my top five sunrise or sunset spots amongst the temples of Angkor.…

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