Off the Beaten Path in Chelan

Only accessible by boat or plane, the town of Stehekin in Northern Lake Chelan holds 80 people, who share it’s natural beauty and open hearted kindness with the few that visit. Stehekin is a town at the top of Lake Chelan. Lake Chelan, 55 miles long, is one of the deepest lakes in the USA, and one of the clearest too. The best, easiest, and cheapest way to get to Stehekin is on the Lady of the Lake. Departing from Chelan every morning at 8:30, there are two routes. The slow one and the fast one. The fast one gives…

A Guide to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a wondrous place. Full of curiosity and history, it is a metropolis. What used to be the capital of the great Incan Empire is now an UNESCO Site, an ancient city and one of the largest tourist filled areas in the world. Everyone who goes to Peru goes to Machu Picchu. That’s not a question. You have to go to Machu Picchu. What is a question, is how to go to Machu Picchu. What to do in Machu Picchu. How to get around, where to go. Here I hope I can answer all your questions with my…

Dia de las Mujeres in Sacred Valley

In the remote region of Sacred Valley, around Urubamba, there is a locally celebrated festival, Dia de las Mujeres, or Woman’s Day. It is slightly different to International Women’s Day, and the way they celebrate it is eye opening into the open minded and open hearted people of Peru. Sacred Valley, hence the name, is a colorful valley full of small towns and rural villages. A beautiful drive is up the surrounding hills towards the small villages and houses. The views are amazing. On the way up to the school we were volunteering at, we pulled over at a festival…

The Best Ruins around Cuzco

Leaving Cuzco was both sad and wonderful. Cuzco is a wonderful city. Full of love and wonder, it is the Pride capital of South America and a culture metropolis. However, we were heading to a day of ruins on the way to Urubamba. The ruins in Cuzco area are hundreds, if not thousands, of years old, and cover a large area of land. These are the best ones to visit, in my opinion. From 7:00 am to 5:30 pm everyday, the historic capital of the Incan Empire is open to the public. It is a citadel on the outskirts of…

Volunteering in Cuzco: An Overview

On the 20th, I went to an orphanage in downtown Cuzco. In a more slummy district, the orphanage is very poor and makes its money from small donations from locals and selling it’s (delicious) baked goods, like most orphanages in Cuzco. Entering the home, the first thing I noticed was the atmosphere. The smiles on the children, the happiness reflecting on all of us. One little girl ran up to me and grabbed my hand, pulling me up to their play area where she sat me down and asked to use my camera. Of course, how could I refuse. I…