Cusco toilet uses

Ultimate guide to toilets on the Inca Trail

Planning to hike the Inca Trail in Peru? Worried about the toilets? Let’s face it, toilets aren’t exactly the first thing most people think of when they’re planning for a trip, but maybe they should be. I definitely did not do my homework on the toilet situation before leaving for Peru and was just a […]

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Most memorable cab rides: Cusco, Peru

The old cobblestone street zoomed beneath us, visible through a 4″ diameter hole in the floorboard of the car. I recognized this street as one we’d passed over before, just a few minutes ago, in our tiresome search of the neighborhood. I wedged my feet on the ledge next to the door, not having any […]

Beautiful views of Lima

Lima, Peru in 24 hours

Our flight left from Cusco bright and early the morning after we completed the Inca Trail. The flight was a quick one at about 45 minutes. Upon landing, we hired a car from one of the stands in the airport and headed out on our way. I always try to talk with cab drivers when […]

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Inca trail, Last day to Machu Picchu

We were awoken at a pretty miserable hour to start our final trek to Machu Picchu: 3:30 am. No time to lay in bed or even eat a lengthy breakfast. It was go time. We had to be up and running to be one of the first groups at the gate to the last leg […]

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Food on the Inca Trail

Steak, fish, cake, fruit carved in the shape of birds. Believe it or not, all these things were cooked for us on the Inca trail and they were all amazing. Not just edible, amazing. When hiking the Inca Trail, you must go with a licensed guide. Many tour agencies offer both group and private trips […]

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Inca Trail, Day 3

Day 3 on the Inca trail was the easiest by far. Because our group climbed both mountain passes the day before, this hike was relatively short and mostly downhill. Our guide, Casiano, stopped us frequently to talk about Inca history or the flora around us. Day 3 also had some of the most amazing views […]

About half way to Dead Woman's Pass

Inca Trail, Day 2

Day 2 on the Inca Trail… what a beast. I had heard before we left that the second day of the hike was the worst. I read horror stories about Dead Woman’s Pass and watched YouTube videos like this one (just listen to his breathing), but what I hadn’t mentally prepped for was that our […]

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Inca Trail, Day 1

We set off for the Inca Trail bright and early. In fact, it was so early, we could still hear the dance clubs thumping as we walked through the main square of Cusco. We met our fellow hikers in the darkness of a square not far from the center of town. The bus ride from […]

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Señor de los Temblores: Holy Week in Peru

We were in Peru during Semana Santa, the Holy Week leading up to Easter. Christians in the US tend to focus mostly on Easter Sunday and Good Friday, whereas the Peruvians seemed to focus less on Easter Sunday and celebrate the entire holy week. While we were in Lima, I asked (in very broken Spanish) […]

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Pisac, Peru: Ancient ruins and a colorful market

Our second day in Cusco, we asked the front desk staff at our hotel about hiring a driver to take us to the village of Pisac. They called up some guy they knew and he agreed to drive us around the Sacred Valley for 6 hours for about $30 (we ended up tipping him an […]