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The Danger in Playing It Safe

Contrary to popular belief, I am very boring. This may come as a surprise to you who know me as “Amy the travel blogger” but don’t get to see me on a daily basis. (Case in point: I’m writing this on a Saturday night after a very fun-filled evening of grocery shopping and running to the corner store for toilet paper.) I’m okay with being boring. What I am not okay with is refusing to do things out of fear.…

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In Cusco

What’s the Weather Like in Cusco, Peru?

“The weather of the Andes is like the women of the Andes: changeable and unpredictable.” – A popular Cusco saying When I first landed in Cusco, I was decked out in two layers of shirts and pants, a jacket, a scarf, knee-high boots and wool socks—because a city high up in the Peruvian Andes must be cold all the time, right? I soon found out how wrong I was. When I walked outside of the Cusco airport, I started sweating…

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In Cusco

Transportation in Cusco, Peru

An old man was asking me something in Spanish as I sat, hunched over and groaning, on the side of the main square where the colectivo (shared van) had dropped me off. I had just finished a nearly two-hour ride through curvy roads and high mountains to get to Ollantaytambo, a city in the Sacred Valley of Cusco, and even though my body was now on stable ground, my stomach felt like it was still on that colectivo. I couldn’t…

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In Cusco

17 Foods You Must Try in Peru

Peru is widely regarded as one of the best countries in the world for food lovers. Its capital, Lima, is often called the culinary capital of South America. So of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't tell you my favorite typical foods in Peru that I tried while I was in Cusco. Famous dishes such as ceviche originated in Peru, as well as some of the most adventurous ones, like cuy al horno (roasted guinea pig). …

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In Cusco

How to Plan a Trip to Peru (From Someone Who Did It Three Times)

One month before the date I was scheduled to start my long-term trip to Peru, I still hadn’t booked my flights, gotten the recommended vaccinations, or even thought about what I was going to pack. Trying to juggle the travel preparation, especially since it was going to be my first long-term international trip, with my work and daily life was overwhelming. There were many moments, in the midst of my frustration, when I almost canceled the entire trip.If this is…

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