15 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Peru

Peru. South America’s dream destination. Culture, nature and city life make this underlying paradise perfect to visit for families and solo travelers alike. It has such amazing spots as Lima’s downtown and, of course, Machu Picchu, and is full of amazing people. These 15 photos perfectly show you exactly what Peru is like, and I promise, at the end of this you’ll want to visit the country yourself. In February 2017, I visited Peru. I went to such amazing places as Lima and Cuzco. Volunteered in orphanages and schools. I even saw the most beautiful ruins, both surrounding the Cuzco area, and around Machu Picchu. Peru is full of…

Top 10 Travel Tips from a Traveler

After 8 countries and 28 states, I think I can say that I have learned what it’s like to be a traveler. I have backpacked, budgeted and booked many trips, and will continue to do so to many more. It is in this way that I have learned how to travel the best, sometimes the hard way. Thinking of many factors, like safety, photos and fun, here are 10 things I have learned as a traveler.   Carry Cash Everywhere Cash is important in most countries. Places like Thailand and South Africa don’t always take credit cards, and as such…

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…

Preparing for Altitude Sickness

The flight to Cuzco from Lima is amazing. The picture perfect views of the Peruvian Andes Mountains make you enjoy the 1 – 1.5 hour flight to one of the highest airports in the world. Along with the mountainous scenery, descending down to Cuzco creates a vista over the city of 350,000. Cuzco is over 11,000 ft up in the air. You may have heard of the Coca leaves, banned in the U.S. because they are used to create cocaine. However, it takes 100 kilos of Coca leaves to create a gram of cocaine. Although it doesn’t necessarily sound appealing,…

A Colorful Introduction to Lima

Lima is an eccentric city. Full of life, hope. People lining the streets, vendors yelling at tourists, and military pressed up against a wall with AK-47’s and riot gear in hand. When you think of Peru, you think of llamas, artisan clothing markets, and, of course. Machu Picchu. At least, that’s what I thought before I arrived in this South American paradise. But once I arrived in the metropolis that is Lima, I realized that Peru is so much more. Peru is the ancient culture of the Incan people. It is walking the cobblestone lined streets of Cuzco, and the…