Who I am and First Impressions of Peru

I have just arrived in Lima to start working on this blog with Karikuy. I had a long flight before arrival and have felt jet lag more than usual. However, I am incredibly happy to be here and the colorful atmosphere I observed while driving from the airport only fueled my excitement and energy. Additionally, I have been looking through many wonderful Peru guide books* and have been completely blown away by the amount of travel options! Since I am new to this organization and blog, I believe a more formal introduction is due. [Continue reading…]

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LIVFund Has Scholarships Available to Those Who Volunteer With Karikuy

If you are looking to travel abroad to Peru or anywhere else in Latin America to learn, intern or volunteer, then you want to check out www.LIVFund.org. LIVFund is a brand new non-profit organization that supports learn, intern and volunteer initiatives in Latin America through the LIVFund Scholarship. This unique funding opportunity allows you to put the money you are awarded towards the abroad program of your choice. You can even design your own program if you’d like as LIVFund also supports people who prefer to experience Latin America “indie” style. Basically, if you are over the age of 18 and have plans to learn, intern or volunteer abroad in one of the following countries for at least one [1] week, you are eligible to apply. Gap year students, that means you too! [Continue reading…]

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Blood and Stones: Life in a Party Tent

And this is how it began; the different layers of excavations started calling us from under the cruel ground, and with trowels, pickaxes, axes ‘the killers’, buckets, gloved hands, sunglasses, some Indiana Jones hats, we started poking the earth trying to find remnants of history, to find those people who ate, played, slept, who had real hopes, wishes, fears, lusts, problems, miracles, who made children and told them stories about their ancestors in the mountains, sacrificed animals to please their gods and in that, made a culture of their lives. [Continue reading…]

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The Cuzco Circuit: Moray and Maras

When planning your stay in Cuzco, it can be overwhelming to pick out activities to fill the limited time you are there. There is a multitude of different tours and activities offered, and it’s hard to decide which ones are worth doing because they all look amazing! When my dad and I were setting up our trip, we had no idea what to choose, so Julio simplified the process by recommending a few of the most popular tours, and also one a little less traveled: Moray and Maras. [Continue reading…]

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The Cuzco Circuit: Introductions and the City Tour

Perhaps the most visited area in Peru, Cuzco and its surrounding area is home to a wide array of archaeological sites and interesting cultural experiences. It’s proximity to Machu Picchu makes it the ideal place to stop over on one’s way to visit the aforementioned famed archaeological site, and it’s own local attractions give tourists a reason to linger in the ancient city for several days. Well, I’m here to verify that there is far more to see in and around Cuzco than you could ever possibly find in a Google search. You are guaranteed to say “this is unbelievable” so many times, that you have start looking for another phrase to use. [Continue reading…]

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