They say childhood is when you form deep wounds that carry over into adulthood and affect your behavior. I don’t know if that’s true (I’ve never been a big fan ...
Would you eat a guinea pig? In Peru, cuy is a delicacy. Check out photos and details of my experience eating cuy in Cusco!
Among a crowd of Peruvians in Cusco, Marko the Estonian is easy to spot. He is tall, blonde, and perpetually in shorts and flip flops despite this city’s chilly weather. On his left arm, a black tribal tattoo reaches down, like roots, from his left bicep; on his right arm, a black lion tattoo sits [...]
Dear Cusco, This is an intervention. I have stood idly by for too long while you blasted music, set off fireworks at all hours of the day and night, threw confetti everywhere and drowned yourself in Pisco sours. But yesterday was the last straw. As I walked past a lovely Catholic church in the Plaza [...]
If you’re one of the approximately one million people planning a trip to Machu Picchu this year, you’re probably wondering how to get to this secluded ancient Inca city. There are several options, from taxis, to trains, to hiking, to buses–or a combination–but in this post I’ll detail exactly how I planned my trip to [...]
Machu Picchu has just been named as the most desired travel destination. Hostelworld.com held a survey that asked users to pick which trip they would most want from a list of the world’s 30 top destinations; Machu Picchu won by a landslide, surpassing the second best pick by more than 1 million votes. In 2013, 1,177,308 [...]
How do I afford to travel the world? In this post I reveal all my “secrets,” along with detailed expense reports, so you can figure out how to travel too.
Alpacas in the street, guinea pigs for lunch, water shutting off at night…just some surprising facts about Cusco, Peru.
As a solo female traveler, I’ve had many rules dictated to me. One of the main ones is I am never to walk alone at night. But be alive for any amount of time, and you’ll see how difficult it is to never be on your own when it’s dark outside. The other night I [...]
I almost didn’t make it to South America. If Fear had had his way, I wouldn’t be here in Cusco. I wouldn’t be sitting in this charming cafe in the bohemian San Blas neighborhood, savoring a dark chocolate, banana and coconut crepe, listening to people speaking Spanish, French and Chinese around me; I wouldn’t be living [...]
Almost every traveler you meet in Cusco, Peru is merely “passing through” on their way to Machu Picchu. I really think if you don’t stay and live here for a while, you’re missing out! The cost of living in Peru is pretty low, the people are friendly, Cusco is rich with Quechuan/Incan history and influences, [...]