Temple of the Sun, Cuzco, Peru

The Temple of the Sun or Coricancha (surrounded in gold in quechua), was the most sacred place of the Empire of the Incas. It’s from Coricancha that the system of Ceques shone, consisting of forty-one imaginary lines, along which there were three – hundred – twenty – eight huacas (buildings), positioned on one side and other of theTahuantinsuyu (the name that the incas gave to their empire, meaning ‘the land of the four quarters’). This particular organization allowed a total control of the empire from Cuzco. It’s exactly at Cuzco that we find substantial remains of this building which was the scene of important ceremonies of the Inca : marriages, sacred, funerals. It is there that their mummies were preserved, sitting on golden thrones. Its great walls of stone, in Inca’s style, measuring 140 m long and 135 m wide; were richly decorated. Spanish chroniclers have abundantly described its fabulous treasures, until they have melted or disappeared; the edge of the temple, the walls painted in blue, was adorned with a huge gold cornice, altars, doors, statues, were decorated with plates of gold and silver, sometimes inlaid with precious stones reflecting the light of the dayduring the day and at night with the torches. The sactuaire door was adorned with gold and silver patterns. Above the altar, there was a large gold disc representing the sun; for its strategic position, the rays of the rising sun beat on it and did it shine. At he arrival of the Spaniards, the golden plates covering the walls were torn and the mummies of the ancient Incas desecrated. The only things that remained standing were the foundations that, shortly after, served as basis for the construction of the Church and the convent of Santo Domingo.

Tips

Cuzco is located at 3,400 metres of altitude so consider that during the night it’s cold but in the day, especially from April to October, there’a lot of sunshine so you should be careful not to get ill cause of the hot temperatures. Sunglasses and solar protector are suitable.

Búzios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Armação dos Búzios or Búzios is a city of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, located 169 km from the city of Rio de Janeiro; it is a peninsula of 8 km long, surrounded by islands, with more than 20 beaches. Búzios was a small fishing port but it became a very touristic place because there are beautiful beaches different from each other as Buzios receives sea currents from the equator and from the South Pole, so it brings tepid and cold waters. The best known beaches are Geribá, João Fernandes, Ferradura, Ossos, Olho de Boi (reserved for naturism) among others. On the main street, Ruas das Pedras, we find a statue of Brigitte Bardot cause she popularized this place in the 60. There is even a street named Orla Bardot. There are many artists workshops, boutique hotels, numerous shops, cafes and sophisticated restaurants. Buzios is also known as the St. Tropez of Brazil for the Brazilian jet set and tourists from worldwide who prefer it.

Tips

As it is a favorite place of tourists from across the world, you will find no problem with the languages because Spanish, French and English are quite common as of course the local language (Portuguese). There is a French colony and another Argentinian one who are regular residents in the city.
You can stay in small charming hotels ‘pousadas’ or rent an apartment or house according to your preference.

Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Puerto Madero is the youngest area of the city of Buenos Aires. Its location close to the city center, the major expansion of its surface and its view of the La Plata River makes this area one of the most special and loved of the city. It is named after Eduardo Madero, shopkeeper in town who presented three port projects, the last of which was approved by the then president of Argentina (1882) Julio Argentino Roca. Unfortunately, 10 years after its construction it was already obsolete because of the size of the time boats, so the industry went into decline and became one of the most degraded areas of the capital. In 1989 the Puerto Madero Old Corporation had the agreement to deal with the sector to develop a new neighborhood. They traced the streets, avenues, they created the parks, squares, they installed the monuments and restored the existing historical infrastructure. There was the construction of cultural centers and many offices and family homes settled there. Restaurants, a university and the sports field of the National College completed the new sector. Numerous towers were built in a second time raising real estate prices to the point that Puerto Madero has become the most expensive neighborhood in the capital. The Woman’s Bridge also beautifies the area. Hotels (3 five-star) and other stores were added to the project also making it a very touristy area. In the district there is also the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve (located on land reclaimed from the river La Plata) which is covered with native vegetation.

Tips

The area is the ideal place to spend a day full to walk around, especially enjoy the famous Argentinian beef with good Argentinian wine in a restaurant on the harbor promenade, as a sweet end, have an artisanal ice cream in one of its dairies and also enjoy visiting the first Argentine training ship; the frigate Presidente Sarmiento who is currently a museum.
You will also find street posts where to buy a meat or sausage sandwich with a drink on the way to the ecological reserve.