Huancayo is the capital of the Junín Region, in the central highlands of Peru. The original inhabitants of the area were the Huancas. In 1460 they were conquered by the Inca leader Pachacutec, and incorporated into the Inca empire. The town was a notable stopping point along the Inca royal road.
Huancayo's Plaza de Armas. Photo by Jorge Gobbi
We skipped sailing to the the other two islands (which were supposedly less impressive). But we didn't agree to skip the ice cream in the city center. What ice cream! Everywhere we ate ice cream, and it happened in every place we reached, we were disappointed.
After dinner (not something to "tell the kids" about), and bumping with local officers (which were dressed in civilian clothes, they showed us their badge and asked to see the restaurant receipt - apparently business's taxes are a major issue in Italy) we then retired to sleep for the night.
As the evening rolled in, we continued to our final destination - Mezzano In Chianti, a place in the middle of nowhere, where we discovered an old stone house divided into very large apartments (well equipped kitchen, pool, BBQ outside and other goodies). This is the place we would spend the following two nights.
After two hours of walking in the city, we arrived the center where we made a wise choice - to split...
She went for a shopping spree in the countless shops. While I chose to visit the local Doumo (impressive cathedral, the third largest in the world).
The split ended with a touching reunion, which continued to our last pizza in Italy (at least for now) and the expected return to home - after 2000 km on the roads, the 9 different ice creams we tasted and a single Fiat Punto...
We traveled to Thailand with two toddlers : our eldest was three years old and our daughter was a year and half .
Yes, you got it right - 3 and 1.5.
As the weeks progressed toward the day of the flights, our horror level reached new levels. At the time we thought this was an insane decision, but yet we hoped for the best.
I remember a particular moment at the airport when all hell broke loose. My wife and I looked at each other with a frightened look :)
Eventually, we discovered that Thailand is THE place to spend a family vacation and it certainly was one of our best experiences with the kids.
Oh... My... God...
Seriously... absolute heaven...
We didn't think it could get any better than Punta Cana Princess in Bavaro.. Even after several days in this place, we were shocked each morning.
The beach is so much more beautiful.. quiet.. not crowded. amazing. Food was one of the main highlights here - first class. Everynight, except the "usual" food they had food from a different cuisine.
Sports classes are also included.. volleyball.. Petanque even Trapezoid.
Rooms are ok, but who wants to stay in the room in such a place anyway?!
Small tip though - this resort is huge. Make sure you get a room near the center of the village or you'll have to walk some 10 min to go to the beach.
Take a massage at the waterfront.. hear nothing but the waves.. Its a bit expensive but totally worth it. Tranquility at its best.
This is our second trip to Thailand as a family, two years after our trip to Phuket and Koh Samui. You can find details under my profile.
We traveled with our 5 year-old son and our 3.5 year-old daughter. we chose to go with hotels that have kid's pools, in addition to a private beach (a thing that dictated the level of the hotel~5000 Baht per night). In all the hotels we've been to we've had an extra bed/couch in the room so my two kids were able to share. However, kids policy varies between the hotels so do the research.
All three destinations were amazing. However, we'll definitely visit Koh Chang again. It's less commercialized then Phi Phi, Phuket, and Samui. It has amazing island vibes with a wonderful island atmosphere combined with a great wide beach .