How to visit Luxor independently, in 2 days

Established on the shore of the great Nile river and surrounded by both mango plantations and desert, Luxor is a city of half a million inhabitants and also the world’s greatest open-air museum, containing some the largest and most striking ancient monuments ever constructed. The history of Luxor (originally called the city of Thebes) dates back…

Backpacking in Kyrgyzstan: The ultimate itinerary

With its unique, striking mountains, Kyrgyzstan is slowly becoming a pretty popular trekking destination. However, the mountains of Kyrgyzstan are, definitely, not the only reason why you should come here. From a well-developed public transportation system to a wide range of budget accommodation, hospitable people and just an amazing, undiscovered culture, backpacking in Kyrgyzstan is…

A guide to the Fergana Valley in Uzbekistan

Almost 100 years ago, between 1924 and 1927, Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union, created five artificial Republics named Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. Due to the ethnic complexity of the region, the division was not a simple process. Not at all! Sometimes, several ethnicities were living in a single area and, in…