Waiting in the Clouds: Tips for Visiting Machu Picchu

Muffled boot steps ascend stony stone steps. Darkness stretches out around me, broken only by a string of lights from the torches of hikers. The air is both cool and stuffy, crowded with an energy that begs not to be quelled until we reach the top. I can’t stop. I feel the person behind me; I hear his steady footsteps and his haggard breaths. Talk is muted and infrequent; even the jungle stays hushed. We all gasp for more air as the steps continue to wind through to the coming dawn. We keep climbing towards machupicchu sitting in the clouds waiting for us. [Continue reading…]

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Street smart in Lima: Taking Taxis

Taking a taxi in Lima is not for the faint-of-heart. You really have to have a thick skin and an affinity for close calls to even get into one without cowering at the surrounding chaos of traffic. The fact that most of the seatbelts in these cabs don’t work or are missing altogether doesn’t help the matter much either. Aside from the unstable and ungoverned condition threatening the safety of traffic in Lima there is an equally pressing reason to take the road seriously in this city – taxi theft. [Continue reading…]

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Conquering Machu Picchu

It is long regarded as one of the most majestic of structures in the world. Machu Picchu has been depicted as a symbol of power and beauty and a link to one of the world’s greatest empires. It is plain to see that Machu Picchu stands majestically atop the central highlands of Peru. It is a magnificent sight, especially after spending three days hiking in order to get there. It would be really easy to go on and describe how beautiful it was and how it was everything I expected after three days of rigorous hiking. The truth of it all was that it really wasn’t your classic Machu Picchu experience. [Continue reading…]

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