The Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary is a privately-owned, family-run organization in the Sacred Valley of Peru that rescues exotic animals that have been injured or have been used for cruel entertainment purposes. ...
Grief. Who among us can escape its snare? Back in May, I met an American woman in her 60s who had come to South America after falling into a deep desolation when her husband passed away. “I was a mess,” she said, shaking her head. “Then, one day, my best friend said, ‘Let’s go to [...]
Cusco is a noisy place (fireworks go off all the time), so I am not too surprised when I’m jerked from my sleep by a “bang bang bang!” But this sounds different. I jolt up in bed and check the time on my phone: 6 a.m. Who the heck is knocking on my door at 6 a.m.? [...]
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 of Freudian theory) but if I had to pinpoint a time, I guess it all started in Kindergarten. I was sitting with my mom at [...]
You’re scared. I know. I was too. Before heading to Cusco, I obsessively scoured the Internet for information about altitude sickness. I even read a couple of articles about people who died from altitude sickness (or complications from it). This almost led me to cancel my trip to Cusco and Machu Picchu. That was silly for [...]
When I was little, my grandma would leave the U.S. every few months to visit the Philippines. I always cried when she left. With hands pressed up against the cool window at the airport gate, I would try to find her seated on the plane so I could wave goodbye.
Often she would tell me stories of when she was a little girl growing up with nine siblings on a farm, where she played among the water buffalo and the banana trees.
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 [...]