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Is This Home?

“Have you ever been somewhere and just been struck by this feeling that this is home?” That was the question posed to the audience at a talk I went to last week. The speaker was trying to describe what it was like to finally find her calling. The first thing that came to my mind? Cusco, Peru. May 2014. Sitting by the big window in my small bedroom in a hostel in the neighborhood of Lucrepata and talking on the phone via a spotty Wi-Fi…

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Faces of Peru | Daniel the Tour Guide

“How’s your heart?” Daniel whispers to me as we pick our way through cobblestone streets in Ollantaytambo, Peru, in the drizzling rain. We’ve just finished a harrowing 1.5-hour car ride through winding mountain roads that drastically change altitudes, so at first I wonder if he’s inquiring about my cardiovascular health. But I know what he means. “Mejor,” I tell him. Better. Daniel has a keen intuition I have never seen in anyone else, a sixth sense that feels what other people are…

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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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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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How to Get to Cusco From Lima

After spending four months planning my trip and forking out more than US$3,000 on flights and lodging, the time had come to begin my first solo international trip and my first trip to South America. With my 30-pound backpack and a whole lot of optimism in tow, I boarded the first of three flights to get to Cusco.…

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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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