Peru is a South American country with so much amazing history and such incredible landscapes. It's hard to decide what to do! For us, the Salineras de Maras and Moray sites about 50 kilometers northwest of Cusco are an ABSOLUTE MUST! Not only are they beautiful and unique, but they are brilliant technological innovations.
Our trip to Peru began in the city of Cusco, but due to the high altitude (over 11k feet above sea level!) it was suggested to us to travel down in altitude so that we could acclimate to the altitude without getting altitude sickness. (Tip: Get the altitude medication BEFORE you leave the states! This helps your body to prepare for the incline and it helped us tremendously).
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Joshua Tree National Park covers 1,200 square miles, if you can believe it! The park has three entrances. We have taken trips into all entrances, and I encourage you to utilize the West entrance, 5 miles south of the 62 on Park blvd.
This week's throw back is dedicated to one of our most favorite trips, Costa Rica! When planning for Costa Rica, you will see that you can can fly into San Jose or Liberia airports. Flying into San Jose brings you to the center of the country, which means a long way to the shores. We chose to fly into Liberia, and did not regret it! Liberia is a smaller airport, so it was a breeze to get through customs and immigration. This airport brings you to the absolutely gorgeous, Guanacaste region. You will pay a little more for this airport, but not enough to make it not worth it!
Guanacaste is the Northern Pacific region of Costa Rica. This area is unique because it has what is called a "tropical dry forest." From December to May, this area has a "drought". This makes the region more tolerable because there is low humidity, although you still get the heat!
IF IT'S TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS!
When searching for flights for an upcoming trip to the Galapagos, I used Kayak to help me set my expectations. Those were destroyed when I realized that Kayak was showing me fares not really available. Check out this one:
This is a flash back post to January, 2012. Chris and I decided to make our first trip to the Asian continent, which included Beijing, China, Siem Reap, Cambodia, and many cities in Thailand. We chose to visit Patara Elephant Farm in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We had heard from a friend that was an absolutely amazing experience. Tourists have to be careful with attractions where you are getting up close and personal with wild animals like these. There are a lot of reports of abuse. We chose Patara because it had a stellar reputation for being a sanctuary and successful breeding facility, and we were not disappointed!
Patara's claim to fame is "owning an elephant for a day," and they are not kidding. Unlike other elephant meeting destinations where 50 people ride one sad elephant, Patara provides each of its visitors with their own...FOR THE ENTIRE DAY! There are small groups as well, and each elephant comes with a unique handler who stays with you the entire time.
Our day started off with a meet and greet with some babies. Patara is known for their successful breeding. If you follow them on Facebook, you will be privileged to LIVE birth footage!