My Salkantay Trek Packing List

To help other trekkers on the Salkantay Trek (or other similar adventures) I thought I would put together my packing list, and go over what was helpful, and what was a waste of money, and backpack space. I will also give you some pointers that I didn’t do…so my mistakes don’t get made again. [Continue reading…]

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The Peruvian Sweet Tooth

In Peru, if there is one thing they love, it’s sugar. Everything tastes a little sweeter here. The most noticeable differences between things here and in the US are with beverages, but in general, sugary snacks seem to be a part of their daily diet…and are incredibly delicious. [Continue reading…]

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The Legends of Peru: Ica and Huacachina

These are just two of the many legends that make up Peruvian history. With such a strong Indian heritage, so many towns, places, natural wonders, and other items have a story that explains or justifies their existence in a rather fantastical and romantic way. Usually, these legends, much like with a religious story, have a moral and a lesson learned. And the widespread knowledge of each legend is a true testament to their strong connection with Peruvian heritage and culture. [Continue reading…]

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Cusco: the Altitude and the Atmosphere

To take a bus to Cusco from Lima takes 21 hours…to fly to Cusco from Lima takes 1 hour. You would think that this would help me put in perspective how high in the mountains Cusco truly is, but I was still pretty ignorant about the whole thing. Here are a few tips I learned while acclimating to the altitude. [Continue reading…]

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