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15 Things You Should Know Before Visiting Machu Picchu

*This post contains affiliate links, which means if you choose to purchase something through a link I provide, I may get a commission, at no extra cost to you. Planning a trip to Machu Picchu can be stressful (I know; I’ve done it twice!), so I’ve put together a list of 15 things I wish I’d known before visiting Machu Picchu. I hope this helps! 1. It’s worth getting there early. I can’t stress this enough: Get there early (first…

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In Buenos Aires/ Cusco/ Machu Picchu/ Travel

How I Packed for 3 Months in South America in 1 Carry-On Bag

*Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Not sure what to pack for South America? I’ve got you covered. While I ended up staying in South America for five months, I packed with three months in mind. Before we begin, let’s start with this major premise: South America is a large continent consisting of a diverse array of climates, from the hot and humid Amazon jungle to to the arid and cold Andean mountains, so obviously this really depends on where you plan…

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In Machu Picchu

Taking the Train to Machu Picchu: PeruRail or Inca Rail?

*Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you choose to purchase a product through the link I provide, I will receive a commission at not extra cost to you. While doing research on ways to get to Machu Picchu, I couldn’t decide which was better: PeruRail or Inca Rail? After arriving in Peru, I was able to visit Machu Picchu twice, and try each train operator. Below I’ve written a review of both PeruRail and Inca Rail. For…

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In Cusco/ Machu Picchu

10 Ways to Avoid Altitude Sickness in Cusco and Machu Picchu

*This post contains affiliate links, which means if you choose to buy products through the links I provide, then I receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Links are to products similar to the ones I personally used in Cusco. You’re scared. I know. I was too. Before heading to Peru, I obsessively scoured the Internet for information about how to prevent altitude sickness in Cusco. I even read a couple of articles about people who died from altitude…

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In Machu Picchu

My Trip to Machu Picchu Part 2: How Much It Cost & How I Did It

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, including a breakdown of costs and the schedule.…

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In Machu Picchu

My Trip to Machu Picchu Part 1: What I Thought of This Famous Inca City

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 tourists visited Machu Picchu, and the number is likely to increase this year. Every day thousands of tourists pour into Cusco, clogging the streets and…

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In Buenos Aires/ Machu Picchu

I’m Going to South America!

It’s been one year since I told you that I quit my dream job. Now I am about to start another journey, one that may take me around the world. To be honest, I should’ve done this earlier. When I left my job, I told everyone it was so I could start my writing business (which was true), but I got so caught up in meeting people’s career expectations for me that I gave up a huge passion of mine:…

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