Peru

Peru : The Best & Worst in Pictures

Cusco, Peru

I wish when you googled pictures of places they were a little more all-encompassing. Sure, you can do a street view in some places, but I think the images should have to be a realistic representation of a visit. It’s hard to explain to people that yes, Ireland really is that pretty while also saying dear God I don’t recommend Naples unless you want to become a trash monster.  That’s because both locations yield google searches with tons of stunning pictures, but they definitely are not accurate for either. It’s natural to want to crop the less desirable aspects out of…
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Machu Picchu Day Trip

Machu Picchu

When I told people I was going to Machu Picchu most of them asked if I was trekking there. When I said “no” I got a lot of scoffs – mind you they weren’t trekking. There are 2 ways to get to Machu Picchu. You can take a four day trek, or a 2 hour train. I did look into trekking there, but the more I read about it the less I felt like it was the right choice for this trip. With only a week to spend on holiday, I wasn’t planning on spending the entire trip focused on…
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Dodging Protesters in Cusco

Cusco Protests

Laine has written previously about trips of hers that have fallen through, and I’ve changed my plans while traveling, but my trip to Peru was the first time I’d had my plans completely shut down by protesters. When living in Madrid during an election, protesters filled the city, but they didn’t actually effect me. Protesters in Cusco threw a big gigantic wrench on two of our days in the city. The protests revolved around a law that would allow private companies to provide tourism services to several of Peru’s archaeological sites. A lot of the protesters had signs with Machu Picchu…
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Why you should visit Ollantaytambo, Peru!

Ollantaytambo

Why you should visit Ollantaytambo My trip to Peru last week marked my first time in South America. In my mind, I imagined it as Costa Rica, as that’s the farthest south I’d been so it was the closest thing I could think of, and I must say this comparison wasn’t too crazy off. The flight to Peru also marked the first time I’ve had a journey with two layovers (El Salvador & Lima) which confirmed my theory that it would make the travel time seem one billion times longer. I’ve been lucky that my last few international trips were direct…
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Packing List: 1 Week in Peru

Boots

Each time I envision packing for a trip it sounds super easy in my head, but every time I actually start getting things together I start having a near breakdown over my confusion. Over the summer I put together  a packing list for my trip to Europe, and I was pretty successful overall. I did end up buying an extra sweater and scarf while there, but nothing was a huge mistake. As this trip is only a week long and I’ll only be traveling to one country, I thought it would be a breeze. What has me hung up this…
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What’s Coming: Peru

Today marks exactly 1 week until I head off to Peru and visit South America for the first time. It’s just been in the past few days that I’ve realized how little I know about Peru, and how much more I should have been preparing. My travels over the summer took me to a new country, but essentially the majority of the trip was to places I knew quite well, having visited Ireland a few times previously, and spending part of 2011 teaching English in Madrid. Below I’ll outline my itinerary for 1 week in Peru! With our essentials booked…
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The Other America – Booking a Self Guided Tour of Peru

The Other America After my holiday in Europe in July, and a trip to Ireland booked for December, another international trip wasn’t exactly in my original plan or budget for 2015. That being said, ever since returning home my travel-itis has been excruciating and I’ve been obsessed with looking up my dream destinations. The post travel blues hit me hard, and getting back into the swing of things was rough. The last few trips I’ve been on, the destinations have for the most part been determined by the person I’m traveling with, and I’m not complaining. If I haven’t visited a…
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