We have to admit, Cusco is our favorite city, since we started our round the world trip. Its beautiful colonial architecture, paved streets, laid-back vibe and nice restaurants will make you love it. When we heard the Inti Raymi festival, the festival of the sun was approaching, we modified our itinerary to get to Cusco earlier.
The Bolivia southern border has been closed for several days because of the snow, which is quite unusual for the season. We checked every day with our tour company, in San Pedro de Atacama, to see if it was opened… And the big day finally arrives.
San Pedro de Atacama is one of those small villages where you feel good as soon as you arrive. The narrow streets are bordered with mud-coloured adobe houses. There’s a small square where people walk around at a small pace and a small white church contrasting with the always blue sky. See the picture?
After a whole day wandering along the Iguazu falls on the Brazilian side, we take our bags out from the lockers at the entrance of the park and we leave in direction of Argentina. The bus stops at the Brazilian border. We’re worried and hope we won’t have to pay an “exit” tax as we don’t have an entry stamp on our passports.
The bus ride to Puerto Iguazu was great! We’re in the “cama” class, the padded seats are wide and recline almost fully. After an 18 hours ride, we’re less tired than after 8h in Asia. Ah, it’s a good start.
We’re approaching the island of Busuanga, and the colors look amazing from the plane. The sea is turquoise and the beaches covered with beautiful bleach white sand. We already know we’re gonna love the Philippines. We’re looking forward to landing and visiting Busuanga and Coron island.
That’s it, we left Sri Lanka. We’ve been travelling for a month already… it started slowly but then went by very fast. It’s time to move to our next destination! So what did we think about Sri Lanka?
We spent 2 weeks between Arugam Bay and Negombo. Here’s our view on all the places we found on the way.
We stop at Dambulla on our way to the cultural triangle. The city seems pretty small and not that exciting until we get to the Royal Rock temple. Located at the top of a hill, it’s made of 5 separate caves containing 150 Buddha statues.