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Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley

Posted on May 12, 2012

Heather here (again). Fred passed on his turn to let me write about Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley – this is my glory moment of South America and we agreed that, since I have been dreaming of seeing this place for 10 years now, that this post should also be in my voice. You know when you have an idea about a place in your mind, all kinds of expectations, and then you finally get to see that place in real life? This was like that for me, and let me tell you, expectations met! My fascination with Machu Picchu came to a head in college during a Latin American History course I took. We studied the Incas and ancient Peru, the cradle…

Cusco Culture Club

Posted on May 4, 2012

Heather here. Here it is, we finally landed in Cusco (AKA Cuzco, or Qosqo for our Quechua speakers out there), the capital of the Incan empire that reigned over Peru before the Spanish conquistadores came looking for gold and silver. This is the city of legend – everyone who comes to Peru comes to Cusco in order to get to Machu Picchu, in fact most people who come to South America in general come through here at some point. Who can blame them since it’s considered the cultural heritage center of South America. And this has us thinking about what we can really say about it that hasn’t already been catalogued into travel clich√©. So we’ll just tell it how we experienced it, and…

From White City to Canyon Deep

Posted on April 27, 2012

Fred here. After getting our Peruvian travel started in Lima, it was time to get to a little bit more of the wilder side of this country. Before we started this trip, I’d never heard of Arequipa. But that was our next stop. All I knew was that it’s a nice smaller city nicknamed Ciudad Blanca (The White City) with a volcano and a canyon nearby. Check that. It’s Peru’s 2nd largest city (just under 1 million people), surrounded by multiple volcanos, and the two deepest canyons in the world are close by. We hopped a quick 55 minute flight from Lima and arrived in Arequipa right around the evening rush hour. The airport shuttle left the airport and turned down one of the…

Lima, Get in My Belly!

Posted on April 24, 2012

Heather here. Once more back to city life after a ridiculously long trajectory from the island of Boipeba. Some advice: traveling from an obscure island on the Bahian coast of Brazil to Lima, Peru’s capital, is not for the faint of heart. Forty-eight hours later, we reached our destination a little run down, but mentally prepared to conquer this South American metropolis in the 2 days we allotted ourselves here. And most of our plans revolved around Lima’s infamous culinary scene. Lima seems to have a reputation among travelers, and not exactly the most polished of reputations. We heard over and over again how folks tend to gloss over this city as a mandatory stopover on the way to Cuzco, or somewhere else, and…