Misadventures at the lush Mayan Jungle of Palenque

By 2014, Palenque was the only one of the Top Six Mexican Archeological sites that I haven’t visited yet. The reason for that was mainly because I didn’t have any family members at Chiapas and also because, geography-wise, Palenque is very far removed from both Mexico City (18 hours give or take) and Cancun (12 [...]

March 5th, 2014|Categories: Latin America Travel|Tags: |

7 facts about the world’s biggest monument: The Cholula Pyramid

Up until a few decades ago, there was a consensus among archeologists that the Khufu Pyramid at Egypt was the biggest man-made monument to ever exist. And guess what? They were wrong. It wasn’t until 1931 the Cholula Pyramid was fully explored and its gigantic proportions came to light. How did this huge Pyramid managed [...]

March 3rd, 2014|Categories: Latin America Travel|Tags: |

A visit to the Petrified Waterfalls of Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca

Oaxaca holds a very special place in my heart for various reasons. I visited it for the first time when I was 15 years old to hang out my aunt who lives there. Now, 9 years later and on my way to my new life in Cancun, I paid her a surprise visit for a [...]

March 2nd, 2014|Categories: Latin America Travel|Tags: |

Los Atlantes de Tula, Mexico’s most overlooked wonder!

When I was a little boy, I had a special love/hate relationship with history lessons. Why is that? Because I loved to learn about the many pre-hispanic civilizations of Mexico and I hated how easy it was to get them confused during the exams! Did you know that Mexico has more than seventy archeological sites? [...]

February 22nd, 2014|Categories: Latin America Travel|Tags: |

The day I helped save the baby sea turtles in Acapulco

As I mentioned before in this special photo of the week, one of the first things I did on this New Year was to pay a visit to the local Turtle Camp of Acapulco. Sea Turtles have always fascinated me, even before Finding Nemo was released. There's just something magical about this magnificent and graceful [...]

February 18th, 2014|Categories: Latin America Travel|Tags: |

Cusco: Inca warriors, cute llamas and altitude sickness

Altitude sickness aside, Cusco is one of my favorite Latin American cities that I have visited. This past year, I started my South American journey in Peru with three main objectives in mind:  Take a charter plane over the Nazca lines, have my picture taken next to at least one cute llama and trek the [...]

February 4th, 2014|Categories: Latin America Travel|Tags: |

Christ the Redeemer and the day I saw God

Have you ever felt as if somebody was watching you from above? For Cariocas (word used to describe the inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) this must be a scary feeling as the giant statue (30 meters!) of Christ the Redeemer watches them from atop Corcovado (hunchback in Portuguese) Mountain every single day. While this [...]

January 31st, 2014|Categories: Latin America Travel|Tags: |

Iguazu Falls and the most breath-taking border crossing

Nothing can prepare you for the extraordinary marvel of nature that is Iguazú Falls. Located at the triple border between Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina, Iguazu serves as a nice counterpart for the Niagara Falls located on the north of the American continent. Considered by most to be the crown jewel of nature in South America, [...]

December 19th, 2013|Categories: Latin America Travel|Tags: |

How to exchange USD in Buenos Aires and more

As I'm writing this, I'm just a few hours away from boarding a plane to New Delhi, India to start a new stage of my life. As I wait in London's hectic Heathrow Airport, I fondly remember the best memories of my time in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a city where I spent the last five [...]

October 5th, 2013|Categories: Latin America Travel|Tags: |