Antigua is the soul of Guatemala

Stepping off the ramp stairs of the airplane, my mind told me my expectation would be surpassed by all the wildest ideas that have formed in my head about this country;  travel to Guatemala was on my list for many years. Right from the first minutes I spent in this country which is a world of Spanish Conquistadors who was led by Don Pedro de Alvarado. The Indian heritage is still present in the City. The expectations and reality on the ground are not quite the same, it will leave you indifferent in the end.

Guatemala: lakes and volcanoes

Lake Atitlán is one of the deepest lakes in the Americas. 

The most famous lake of Guatemala is embellished with three dormant volcanoes, their peaks often clouded by mist.

The lake has been a home base, muse, and inspiration for writers since Exupery, who wrote his famous Little Price book inspired by the teal blue waters of Atitlan.

Hiking Volcano Acatenango : what it’s really like

Have you ever seen a volcano erupt? Now imagine, for a moment, that you are not just watching this incredible phenomenon, but are having dinner on the next summit over, looking at the erupting volcano after hiking up one. The purpose of our Guatemala trip was not specifically Guatemala , well not only . We were there for the ascent…

4 Reasons to Travel to Guatemala

Stepping off the ramp stairs of the airplane, my mind told me my expectation would be surpassed all the wildest ideas that have formed in my head about this country ; travel to Guatemala was on my list for many years . Right from the first minutes I spent in this country which is a world of Spanish Conquistadors who…

Uzbekistan Safety: is Uzbekistan a Safe Country to Travel to ?

Uzbekistan travel safety is an important thing to consider .I should begin this post by saying that Uzbekistan is on top of the safest countries to travel. Politically, Uzbekistan has been a very stable country for decades. There hasn’t been a single war or a protest for over 20 years. Uzbekistan travel safety : tourist police Very few countries have…

Ark Fortress in Bukhara

The Ark is a fortified hill in the heart of Bukhara.Legend has it that the Ark was built by the spiritual hero Siyavush. The Ark fortress was the center of power of the emirs, wali, khans, and their military strength a symbol of greatness. This symbol of state power has proudly stood as the entrance to the old city of…

The Ulugh Beg Observatory in Samarkand

Ulugh Beg Onservatory in Samarkand.The Ulugh Beg is probably my favorite medieval leader. Definitely the most impressive and admiring.  Why? He is one of the leaders that went down in history not by the number of wars and conquered lands or erected mausoleums but by scientific discoveries.  “Religions dissipate like fog, kingdoms vanish, but the works of scientists remain for…

Ismael Samani Mausoleum

Ismael Samani mausoleum is a 1,000-year-old tower built in a nearly perfect cube measuring precisely 35 feet on each side. Its exterior is an elaborate ornament of fine workmanship that looks more like the weaving on a basket than a building. Symbolism of Ismael Samani Mausoleum The dome symbolizes the heavens and complements the cubic form depicting the earth and…

Bukhara Hammam – One of the World’s Oldest

The city centre of Bukhara (meaning ‘abbey’ in Sanskrit) is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site; however, it was historically one of the biggest trading cities along the Silk Road – a network of ancient trade routes across Asia from China to Europe. Bukhara, also referred to as Buxoro, Bukhoro, and Bokhara, is more than 2,000 years old. What is a Hammam? A  Hamam, also…

Kalyan Square in Bukhara

Kalyan Square in Bukhara or Poi Kalyan ( meaning “the foot of the Great”) is one of the most well-known sights of Bukhara. Kalyan minaret is also known as the Tower of Death since Genghis Khan inaugurated the gruesome practice of throwing people from its top.As recently as the 19th century, convicted men were tossed to their deaths from its…

Visiting Ait Benhaddou Morocco

Ait Benhaddou resembles some Hollywood movie set for a biblical scene or Indiana Jones movie from a distance. Don’t be surprised, but this is actually one of the most famous movie props in the world. It is part of the World Heritage Site by Unesco, one of the most prominent examples of Moroccan kasbah (fortress).This natural oasis surrounded by mountains…

Registan Square Sights: What to See in a Day

Registan Square has so many things to see, it might take you a full day to explore all the sights. Samarkand is one of the few ancient cities without a distinct “Old Town” where all major sites and tourist attractions are concentrated. There is only one exception – the city’s main square, that has enough to occupy you for a full…

Gur Emir Mausoleum

The Mausoleum was built to become a tomb for Timur’s favorite grandson. But became the Timurid grave after the conqueror’s death on the warpath to China in 1405.Gur Emir is Tamerlan’s and his famous scientist grandson Ulugbek’s final resting place. Who was Timur Amir ? Timur Amir (Tamerlan) was one of the most brutal rulers in world history.After becoming a…

Uzbekistan Travel Essentials: Money Exchange, Medicine ,Safety

Here is a list of Uzbekistan travel essentials including health and medicine, money exchange pecularities, language , customs ,safety and other useful tips for your trip. Health and medicine in Uzbekistan Some hospitals are working with foreigners in Tashkent. The doctors speak English, well equipped and provide a wide range of services, from dental to emergency incidents. For emergency assistance…

Uzbekistan Safety: is Uzbekistan a Safe Country to Travel to ?

Uzbekistan travel safety is an important thing to consider .I should begin this post by saying that Uzbekistan is on top of the safest countries to travel. Politically, Uzbekistan has been a very stable country for decades. There hasn’t been a single war or a protest for over 20 years. Uzbekistan travel safety : tourist police Very few countries have…

Ark Fortress in Bukhara

The Ark is a fortified hill in the heart of Bukhara.Legend has it that the Ark was built by the spiritual hero Siyavush. The Ark fortress was the center of power of the emirs, wali, khans, and their military strength a symbol of greatness. This symbol of state power has proudly stood as the entrance to the old city of…

The Ulugh Beg Observatory in Samarkand

Ulugh Beg Onservatory in Samarkand.The Ulugh Beg is probably my favorite medieval leader. Definitely the most impressive and admiring.  Why? He is one of the leaders that went down in history not by the number of wars and conquered lands or erected mausoleums but by scientific discoveries.  “Religions dissipate like fog, kingdoms vanish, but the works of scientists remain for…

Ismael Samani Mausoleum

Ismael Samani mausoleum is a 1,000-year-old tower built in a nearly perfect cube measuring precisely 35 feet on each side. Its exterior is an elaborate ornament of fine workmanship that looks more like the weaving on a basket than a building. Symbolism of Ismael Samani Mausoleum The dome symbolizes the heavens and complements the cubic form depicting the earth and…

Bukhara Hammam – One of the World’s Oldest

The city centre of Bukhara (meaning ‘abbey’ in Sanskrit) is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site; however, it was historically one of the biggest trading cities along the Silk Road – a network of ancient trade routes across Asia from China to Europe. Bukhara, also referred to as Buxoro, Bukhoro, and Bokhara, is more than 2,000 years old. What is a Hammam? A  Hamam, also…

Kalyan Square in Bukhara

Kalyan Square in Bukhara or Poi Kalyan ( meaning “the foot of the Great”) is one of the most well-known sights of Bukhara. Kalyan minaret is also known as the Tower of Death since Genghis Khan inaugurated the gruesome practice of throwing people from its top.As recently as the 19th century, convicted men were tossed to their deaths from its…

Visiting Ait Benhaddou Morocco

Ait Benhaddou resembles some Hollywood movie set for a biblical scene or Indiana Jones movie from a distance. Don’t be surprised, but this is actually one of the most famous movie props in the world. It is part of the World Heritage Site by Unesco, one of the most prominent examples of Moroccan kasbah (fortress).This natural oasis surrounded by mountains…

Registan Square Sights: What to See in a Day

Registan Square has so many things to see, it might take you a full day to explore all the sights. Samarkand is one of the few ancient cities without a distinct “Old Town” where all major sites and tourist attractions are concentrated. There is only one exception – the city’s main square, that has enough to occupy you for a full…

Gur Emir Mausoleum

The Mausoleum was built to become a tomb for Timur’s favorite grandson. But became the Timurid grave after the conqueror’s death on the warpath to China in 1405.Gur Emir is Tamerlan’s and his famous scientist grandson Ulugbek’s final resting place. Who was Timur Amir ? Timur Amir (Tamerlan) was one of the most brutal rulers in world history.After becoming a…

Uzbekistan Travel Essentials: Money Exchange, Medicine ,Safety

Here is a list of Uzbekistan travel essentials including health and medicine, money exchange pecularities, language , customs ,safety and other useful tips for your trip. Health and medicine in Uzbekistan Some hospitals are working with foreigners in Tashkent. The doctors speak English, well equipped and provide a wide range of services, from dental to emergency incidents. For emergency assistance…