10 excuses to visit Cusco

We have made it easy for you to travel Cusco. Here are 10 excuses to visit Cusco, as if you needed anymore. 1. It boasts of the highest Irish pub in the world. An Irish pub at 11,000+ ft. Your new claim to fame. 2. The largest pre-columbian Civilisation, also the most intelligent of human…

Smallest room in Latin America

This was one of the most cramped stays for #Shrimatino and #Shrimanyol ever, marking our reunion after a month of being solivagants. The smallest room possible at a French mansion in the Historic Centre of Lima is what the renaissance dreams are made up of. A room that probably has the highest ceiling in the…

Salt action in Train Cemetery

#Shrimanyol: These rusted out train skeletons are straight out of every child’s fantasy of a life-size ‘Thomas & Friends’ episode. Unfortunately, this Bolivian edition of a train cemetery cuts a very grim picture of Bolivia’s glorious past as a hub of mineral and lithium. These trains had a full-time job lugging the extracted minerals from…

Peruvian Amazon rainforest

This is the Amazon, a hypermart of flora and fauna. Some call it the world’s largest forest which almost covers 40% of South America, we would like to call it the world’s ninth largest country with anaconda, piranha, jaguar and puma being its key citizens. We ended up consuming more mosquito repellant in three days…

Reunited in Machu Pichu

It took #Shrimatino and #Shrimanyol 35 days to reunite, and it couldn’t get any grander than this. We are found on all fours at this 600 year old Inka ruin, also one of the seven wonders of the world – Machu Picchu. A site for quintessential Peru postcards, this ancient city is apparently the most…

Machu Pichu

Found on all fours in Machu Pichu – one of the seven wonders of the world.

High and dry – Atacama

#Shrimatino – Atacama desert changes its attire more often than an Indian bride. Every turn brings new colours and shows a different mood. It is the driest place on earth – some areas have actually never seen rainfall. Yet, it has the magic of active steaming volcanoes, lagoons, salt flats, frozen rivers and sand dunes….

100 Bn tonnes of Salt – Bolivia

#Shrimanyol: This is not a place for people who like their food bland. We are presently leaping off some 10 billion tonnes of salt spread over 11,000 Sq km of land. That’s more salt than Sanjeev Kapoor and Gordon Ramsay have used while cooking, put together. No wonder they call Salar de Uyuni the world’s…

Cowboy feel at Uyuni Salt Flats

#Shrimanyol: This is the place where you expect cowboys and may be, aliens to greet you at every corner. Before you reach the greatest Salt flats in the world you have to do a ritualistic stopover at this dry, saline village called Uyuni. Sandy roads and mud houses with Che Guevara posters and old cars,…

The Peru-Bolivia road experience

#Shrimanyol: How to travel Peru-Bolivia by road? No you don’t. At least if you are in your right mind. There is a reason Wright Brothers invented airplanes, so that they don’t have to do Peru-Bolivia by road. But, being a backpacker on a budget I decided to do what shouldn’t be done. I took a…

Fertility temple – Chocuito

#Shrimanyol: This is the home of inferiority complex. I am surrounded by large dongs, on an average the five times the size of an average man’s willie. Some of them are so huge that if we were in a morning assembly, they would stand behind me. This is Peru’s way of lowering your self-esteem as…