Machu Picchu – To Trek or Not to Trek

Everyone says that you cannot visit Peru and not see the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. An UNESCO World Heritage site and declared one of the new wonders of the world in 2007, the majestic city of Machu Picchu receives over half a million visitors each year. But the question remains, what is the best…

What To Pack For A Trip To Peru

We’ve all been there…..the moment we are ready to pack and we look at everything we have and ask “what the hell do I pack?” If you’re heading to one destination with only one type of weather, say the Caribbean, then the task of knowing what to pack becomes much easier. But if your plan is…

Crossing Borders: From Peru to Ecuador

Crossing borders by land in South America is far from straightforward. The bustle of border towns and cities is sometimes overwhelming, without counting the scams or robberies perpetrated by some shameless individuals. The information found on the internet, especially for the Peru-Ecuador border, is also sometimes outdated and unclear…so the question is: Why are we even doing…

Huaraz – The Time Altitude Kicked My Butt

If there is something that most of my trips have in common, it’s hiking. Whether it’s a one or a multiple-day hike, I always enjoy the challenge of going up a mountain. Being from South America, many of my hikes have involved climbing in altitude, and I’ve always passed the test with flying colors, getting…

My Guide to Lima

Lima is just one crazy city…there is no other way to sum it up. The city is shared by beautiful structures reminiscent of colonial times, amazing plazas and awesome neighborhoods, and surrounded by traffic pretty much everywhere you go. Also, there doesn’t seem to be a sure way to get around without hopping on the…