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  Peru Travel Guide into Machu Picchu and Cusco

By Crystal Travel-Last Updated Wednesday , April 16, 2014
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Are you done with Singapore, or even Las Vegas? A trip to Peru may not be even among the list of every traveller, or even a family that's choosing which destination to explore. Well, it should be now! Well, this answer maybe jaw-dropping. Peru is handcrafted with the most amazing natural beauty, thriving wildlife, vivid locals drenched in history. Truly, there is no place like Peru even if there is no Disneyland or even heart-pounding nightlife.

Hidden Treasures of Peru

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You might think for a while that travelling to Peru might be hard with a 4 year old and a 1 year old, or even leave the family behind and see the land for yourself. Well, you can narrow your wish list and prefer gastronomic delights of Lima, the puzzling and sanctified Machu Picchu and a bit of beach activities towards Northern Peru. 

The Culinary Scene in Peru

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According to what you planned, you land in Cusco, the amazing prehistoric jewel among the Andes that never fails to impress. The colourfully dressed locals are ever happy to receive you with plenty of food and love. If food you're thinking of, the restaurant scene did explode down the years and even the top notch restaurants and burger joints like 'Bembo' have exciting activities for kids. 

Handling the Altitude

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At the Peruvian altitude your brain expands and hence, the headaches. Your endless energy will help you to hop here and there with limited oxygen. Keep your intake of fluids and things will just be fine, allowing you to catch the Peruvian air.

Unforgettable Trip

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The best way to approach Cusco and the Sacred Valley is in a group and a private vehicle can be quite cost effective when you travel with flexibility with 4 people. You will be exposed to immediate toilet stops, eye contact with llamas and local kids swarming around you. So just one advice - be flexible and travel in your own vehicle!

Where to Stay in Peru

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Reserve a room at the Wakapunku Boutique Hotel in Cusco which is big adequate to effortlessly house two families in two detached rooms. It even has a lounge, or a zone to chill with internet facilities and staying in here, will give you a great base to explore the city and its surroundings.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu
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The main feature of this trip was no doubt Machu Picchu. To see it widely and vividly through your eyes is totally a different experience, with a guide of course. The fantastic description and the interpretation were overwhelming. 

Moments to Remember

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You can conclude your trip in the north of Peru, where you can rent your place at a fantastic beach spot called Vichayito, which is highly famous for surfing. At this resort, you are surrounded with infinity pool, a chef, a nanny at £200. It's a heavenly way to finish the trip.

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  Places to Visit from March to May

By Crystal Travel-Last Updated Monday , April 14, 2014
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This particular season is all about Good Friday and Easter celebrations and processions. If you remember about the Scandinavian egg painting event or the processions of Semana Santa Spain, there are special events and festivals adding other recommendations that are held in the months March, April and May.

Springtime in Europe

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Springtime in the northern hemisphere is a great time of year to visit the European cities. The climate in Continental Europe is usually warm during March to May; the days should be dry, without exhaustingly being hot. You may find fares relatively cheaper with a lesser crowd if you avoid travelling during school Easter holidays. The weather can’t be predicted during holidays in Scotland, England and Wales, the clocks jump forward by one hour during that Easter Sunday in the UK, which means, more daylight for sightseeing.

Easter Events

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Easter, this year falls on April 20th 2014, with Good Friday on March 29th 2014. For spectacular festivities you may consider a trip to Spain for the Semana Santa Holy Week when the churches walk through the streets carrying religious emblems of the Virgin Mary or of the Passion.

The parade and processions in Seville and Burgos are among the most expanded and famous in Spain. The Catholic Church plays host to some impressive Passion plays and Easter processions at the Easter weekend.

Easter celebrations are highly regarded in many of the Catholic countries in South and Central America such as Antigua. The days during the Holy Week sees costumed processions being carried out throughout the streets with vivid patterns.

Other Major Events in March, April and May

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Other chief European events and festivals include St. Patrick's Day, March 17. There's also Spain's Fallas in Valencia which is held from March 15-19. Large processions are carried out through the streets with fireworks display, lighting hundreds of papier mache figures and an out-of-the-world experience.

Japan's Cherry blossom (Sakura) Festival

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March and April is the season of a full-bloomed festival of Cherry Blossom in Japan. Every year, in authentic Japanese fashion, the Japan Weather Association, foretells the dates when one could admire the bloomed cherry trees, and as a matter of national pride. Such a season gets extremely busy, mainly in Kyoto, so if you are planning to travel during this time, consider booking your accommodation and transport in advance.

The American Springtime

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New York bags all the attention during springtime and autumn, making sightseeing quite exciting when cherries blossom in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. During this time, it's quite warm, but pleasant for sightseers. It's neither too hot, nor crowded. Notable festivals at this time of the year include the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the South by Southwest.

Spring Attractions in Canada

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Is it skiing you are after? In Canada, the snow lasts until April and May in the mountains and Whistler in British Columbia hosts the World Ski & Snowboard Fest. There are some serious skiing competitions including music, films and each night party. In May, with the arrival of spring, tulips bloom in full and you can pick apples too.

Even globally, March and April is a good time to visit Israel, Caribbean, Turkey, Costa Rica and Ecuador. The main problem is - how to decide on the list and the place to choose.

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  Top Holiday Destinations for UK Travellers

By Crystal Travel-Last Updated Friday , April 11, 2014
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Hey! Planning for a great holiday? Yeah, sometimes planning a holiday and choosing a particular place can be baffling. There are some amazing popular destinations that readers love to read about as well as chart out a travel plan and save upto a huge deal. Let’s chalk out some destinations that our British friends would love visiting.


This exotic country has always been a favourite destination for British travellers and it does remain the #1 holiday destination. Particular spots include, the Balearic Islands of Ibiza and Mallorca are big-timers, not ignoring Menorca, counting Canary Islands such as La Palma, La Gomera and Tenerife. 

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Northern Spain is mostly overlooked, but it consists captivating countryside views, beaches, amazing towns and cities; and the food is out-of-this-world. Apart from beaches there's lot added to Spain holidays. You can enjoy cycling in Catalonia, walking in the north. The booming of low-cost airlines has gained tremendous fame benefiting city breaks in Seville and Palma, both culturally rich.


The affair between French and British may have had its share of happy and sad moments, but love for French things never dies down. From the Islands of the Mediterranean to the Channel ports - the French nation never falls short of unexplored places to discover.

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Among the most favourite spots, are the beaches of Lle de Re and Corsica. You can go cycling in the French countryside, learn cooking, go golfing, ski in the French Alps and spend few days in Disneyland Paris with kids.


Holidays in Greece is all about the hot sun, whitewashed villas, sociable taverns and the tempting blue seas that pulls people year after year. It's mainly the villas and the islands that attract most visitors. Corfu's villas never lose the beauty! 

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If you are planning an escapade, the dreamy small Greek island of Paxos is great for leisure the lazy days and boat trips. Who can forget Crete, the largest and the most interesting island in Greece?


America is highly popular with British holidaymakers and the reasons are many. With an imposing range of landscapes, sociable people, iconic sights and amazing food. New York can definitely be your first priority with a rich culture and outdoor thrills. New England is extremely charming, whether you opt for a coach tour and a road trip, you can see a lot, even being close to the city. A stunning highlight is the Niagara Falls, Philadelphia and Washington DC. 

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The Western Coast and California is packed with things to do. You can drive from San Francisco and San Diego towards Napa Valley with a bicycle. The Mid-west is the heart-throb of America. Las Vegas combining with Grand Canyon is a classic combination. Not forgetting Chicago, one of the grand cities in the world that makes you jump into Michigan and Great Lakes.

If you love beaches, Hawaii has a stunning whether for a cruise tour, island hopping or relaxing. Florida has a whole new world of fun and entertainment and so does Orlando. To explore the wet, you can head to Texas, Miami and the Keys.

Great Britain

Not mentioning Great Britain, for UK travellers would be complete without mentioning their own land. Not just England, but Scotland, Wales and Ireland, but some of the unexplored islands of Isle of Wight and Isles of Scilly are exceedingly alluring.

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Britain offers heavenly holiday experience with renting a lighthouse keeper's cottage, spending your time in a log cabin in a forest, take a tour of the best garden's or boating holiday in the many rivers and canals.

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  Summer Days Out with Kids in British Columbia Canada

By Crystal Travel-Last Updated Wednesday , April 09, 2014
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Most of know that British Columbia as an awesome skiing destination of Canada, but during summers, the place is beautiful beyond comparison, basically for a ravishing family holiday. In British Columbia, here's what you can pick among the best things to do.

Trying Flying over Canada

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To get started, fly over the breathtaking country to being any trip in Canada. It's such an awe-inspiring birds-eye view of how staggering Canada's landscape comprising of mountains, farms and cities can really be. It can be a 7D experience when you look down from your seat in wonder and amazement. Nothing like music playing in your ears and the dramatic scenery passes by.

A Different Perspective of Vancouver

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You can tend to get lost in Vancouver while walking through the city. It's best to get to the top in the glass tower and let out a breath of relief while being stunned at the view.

Bike Riding in Stanley Park

Stanley Park
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Vancouver is spacious and there are expanded places to enjoy a bike tour or even hire a bike. You can get ample information from your hotel desk. Fairmont Waterfront is the place where you can fire a free bike and wade through the thrilling city. 

To explore Stanley Park, take a round of the perimetre that gives a wonderful view of the harbour, the spectacular Lion's Gate Bridge and several statues and monuments such as the 90 Degree Clock Gun and the Mermaid in the Water.

Capilano Suspension Bridge and Cliffwalk

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Take a walk over the lofty trees by walking over the Capilano Suspension Bridge that crosses a deep gorge in a beautiful lush forest. This place is a short ride from the Canada Place. As you enter, grab a map that allows your kid to explore the park, collect stamps from other points and collect a 'well done' certificate.

The walk on the bridge becomes more thrilling when you cross torrential rapids 70 metres below. It does rock back and forth, so cling to the railings and avoid knocking out others from the edge.

Can You Handle Whistler?

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Who doesn't love zip lining? It's totally awesome when you zip through the trees and gaze at the amazing views and enjoy fun rides. Ever tried the Superfly Treetops Adventure Course? It is a combination of high ropes, experienced swings and zip lines for which the kids might get pretty excited. 

In Whistler, Bike Park 101 is made easy for beginner bikers. First task is learning to place your bike over the lift rack; it does need plenty of help. After the short ride, you are infront of the practice space before heading down the mountain. It’s one hell of an experience.

Gondola Ride to the Peaks

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If you enjoy height ride and specially want to crossover from Whistler to the Blackcomb Mountain, the Peak to Peak ride takes you on the most stunning journey. It's a record breaking ride that takes you from one peak to the other peak with a pass that allows an access to other gondolas and chairlifts. 

From the top enjoy hair-raising and heart-stopping views, hikes and walking trails. You do get to walk on the clouds. It's a day’s activity that leaves a memorable impact, wanting you to return and re-explore and re-experience the very best of Canadian splendour.

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  A Shoppers Guide to Rome

By Crystal Travel-Last Updated Monday , April 07, 2014
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Can Rome offer the joy of shopping? The answer is, the age-old ancient city of awe-inspiring art, culture and history offers excellent shopping to visitors and locals. Unveil key major fashion houses and vibrant local markets. The city has more than you can imagine, for everyone.

Ransack the Traditional Markets

Taking a glimpse into the produce markets and into the traditional Roman food can be astounding places to pick unusual and affordable souvenirs, as well as getting a touch of the city customs and colour. The oldest, yet renowned market in the city is Campo de' Fiori Market, dating back to 1869, filled with tourists trying to pick up fresh produce, olive oil and vinegar.

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Other local markets include Piazza dell'Unita Market and the well-known Piazza Vittorio Market. You will surely be thrilled to stop by Volpetti, Rome's most prominent cafeteria. On the other hand, the Piazza San Cosimato Market is petite but bustles with interesting snacks.

Excellent High Fashion

Can you remember an Italian fashion house? If you can, no doubt you can hunt down their main store in Rome. For those with thick cash, this is the most accurate zone to pick a handbag or a designer outfit.

Most of such pricey shops are collected around the Spanish Steps. In Rome, Via Condotti is parallel to Fifth Avenue, and home to Armani, Bulgari, Hermes, Ferragamo, and Roberto Cavalli.

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Exclusive Boutiques

For modish clothes and jewellery, none other than Via del Boschetto, in the stylish district of Rione Monti can meet your needs. Discover vintage clothing, handbags, and designer shops - everything at reasonable prices. Notable shops are Kokoro, Pulp and Ashanti Jewellery for innovative new and vintage garments.

Elegant Shopping Malls

Are you one of them who would skip a high fashion street and head towards the shopping mall? These are usually the right places to check out several cut-price chain stores such as Benneton, Furla and Miss Sixty. Rome has four major malls, each with more than 200 shops, food court and a cinema. These include Mall of Roma, Mall of Euroma, Mall of Parco Leonardo and mall of Porta di Roma.

Antique and Flea Markets

Rome is home to a gigantic flea market in the world, Porta Portese. It opens to the ardent shoppers from 2pm to 7pm in one of the very old districts of Rome - Trastevere. This is the place to see, explore and buy anything from electronics, clothing to souvenirs and home-wares. You should be ready to bargain, and that's your calling card to grab the best.

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There are abounding upscale antique shops along Via del Corso and Via Margutta. To get your hand on prints, engravings and antique books try the Mercato delle Stampe (the print market) which opens during the morning hours from Monday to Sunday.

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