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Cusco II, Peru Pt 3

We still had about two more places to cover so had to hurry a bit before the sun sets, but we got to know we won't probably stay long in the remaining places so the pace of the tour would still be conducted quite leisurely else those with altitude sickness would suffer more.

Seeing some houses with interesting exterior.

I knew I was having a headache, but my eyes were definitely normal because I realized that the door and windows are not of a uniform square or rectangular shape! There were also some interesting 3-D images on the walls.
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Time to leave Pisac and explore the sacred valley!

Cusco I, Peru Pt 2

I was a little tired but at the same time excited to start the tour of the city. Cusco, as many have known, is one of the most popular and tourist cities in Peru and is really a magical city with lots of interesting sights. One thing very important to know about Cusco is that it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983 and is known ad the Historical Capital of Peru, hence also another name is known as The Imperial City.

The name Cusco came by as it was said to be given by the Sun God Inti who looked down the earth and named this place Cusco, which in the ancient dialects Quechua meant 'the navel of the earth'.

So touristy. You have to pay if you take photos with them.
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Quite a lot to see so far, but more to come next!

The journey, Peru Pt 1

I wonder if you were able to make any guess from the last photo in the last entry but I suppose there shouldn't be much difficulty in guessing based on the limited number of options.

Congrats if you guessed it right but there won't be any presents!

I'm heading for Peru!

Ooo, I can't tell how excited I was for the trip because I thought it would be a fun-filled trip where I would get to see all the amazing things I have thought of for the first time, and being in Peru is one of the things I have dreamed of because just visiting the country alone will be able to check some of the items in my bucket list.
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Definitely more fascinating things to look forward to in the next entry!

Santiago VII, Chile Pt 9, Last Entry

My initial intention was to take a walk up San Cristobal but I walked five minutes from the entrance and I started to regret. I got a feeling it would take a long time to get to the top. I then decided to head back to the entrance cause I knew there would be a bus heading up to the top at regular intervals so I waited at the stop waiting for the bus to arrive.

I boarded the bus and had a seat by the window so I just enjoyed the view while the bus was on the way up.

A pretty good view halfway up the top.
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Stay tuned!

Santiago VI, Chile Pt 9

The next day at work, I decided to sneak away for lunch myself as I have found this place I wanted to try for lunch. Okay, it was not really a "me" time but I tried asking a few people to join me and they were quite put off by the information I have provided them about this restaurant.

What could it be that is so scary?

I paid a visit to Liguria.
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Did I make it to the top? Stay tuned!

Santiago V, Chile Pt 8

Plaza Vicuña Mackenna was mentioned last entry because a statue of Vicuña Mackenna. He was also the same guy who turned the rocky hill of Santa Lucía to a landscaped park, now it has become one of the top spots where couples would go for dates!

Looking down the entrance from the middle of Santa Lucía Hill.
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What a long day and stay tuned for more fun in Santiago!

Santiago IV, Chile Pt 7

After finishing a weekend out, the rest of the week was back to work again. So this week I explored quite a few places to eat and also revisited a horrifying one. And since work has more or less stabilized a bit, we even started taking long lunches!

Las Condes.
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Let's start the exploration of Santa Lucia Hill proper in the next entry!

Valparaiso II, Chile Pt 6

Finally walked all the way up and reached the plaza at the top at Plaza Bismuck. From here I took another route down along Cumming hoping to see more interesting things.

It wasn't very far before I saw this building:

Parque Cultural Ex-Carcel.
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Not much time left and I had to head back to the bus terminal for the bus back to Santiago.

Valparaiso I, Chile Pt 5

No more suspense I have arrived at Valparaiso! This city has a lot of alternative names and it is considered the second most important city because it is a cultural capital, seat of congress and the most important port in Chile. It is known as "Little San Francisco" and "The Jewel of the Pacific".

From the map of Valparaiso it looks like a very big city, but most of the attractions are pretty much clustered together so it gives an impression that it is easy to cover the attractions within a short time. The truth about Valparaiso is that it is actually a very messy place with hills, maze of streets and slopes which made people ended up spending more time here.
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Hope there's more interesting things to see in Valparaiso in the next entry!

Viña del Mar, Chile Pt 4

So another busy week has past in the office and I had to plan somewhere to go in the weekend. Having done so many domestic flights the previous time here and it really got so tiring especially on Mondays where the flight arrived early in the morning or middle of the night left me with little sleep and some occasional Mondays where I overslept wasn't very nice, so this time round I will try to explore places which are accessible via bus.

Arrived at the bus terminal early in the morning.
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More fun awaits.