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[Lima, Peru] For the first time in a long time, we didn’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn . Our flight from Arequipa to Lima wasn’t until 10:40...

[Arequipa, Peru] Our transport to Arequipa was another bus ride with guided tours of sights along the way. Our first stop was Lagunillas lake, which, in the winter time, is home...

[Puno, Peru] At 3800 m (12500 ft) elevation, lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. We were wondering what the term “navigable” referred to. According to Wikipedia, there...

[Puno, Peru] Anther day, another early morning. I am going to need a vacation from this trip! To cover the 400 km (250 miles) from Cuzco to Puno, we opted for...

[Machu Picchu, Peru] Coming to Machu Picchu felt like a pilgrimage of sorts. We’d been making our way towards it for 2 days now, and this morning, we still had a...

[Aguas Calientes, Peru] Our train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Callientes was spectacular! This was not the luxurious Hiram Bingham, but it was still roomy and clean, and we got snacks....

[Ollantaytambo, Peru] After Pisac, we headed for Ollantaytambo. We had two sights in mind – the temple of Ollantaytambo and the Granaries. Since we didn’t have much time left before we...

[Pisac, Peru] It was another early morning for us today. We were hoping to make our way through the Sacred Valley with stops at Pisac and Ollantaytambo before finally reaching Aguas...

[Cusco, Peru] When I woke up this morning at 5:30 am, I did not feel like I had only gotten 3 hours of sleep. I was excited to finally begin the...

[Lima, Peru] Our first day in Lima could not have been any better! We woke up relatively early so that we can get breakfast and get our day started. By 9...

[Lima, Peru] Despite all my nervous energy about this trip, I got to Lima with no hiccups whatsoever. I got to LAX just after 6 am this morning, proudly parading around...

[Los Angeles, CA] I haven’t even left for Lima yet, and I have witnessed something extraordinary already. This contains my luggage for the next 10 days (I can hear the collective...