Pisac, Peru

After a wonderful time at Media Luna I took an hour bus ride to Pisac. Again I walked around for about 20 minutes before finally finding a place to sleep. Although there was no toilet paper, towel, and you couldn’t sit facing forward on the toilet, it worked just fine for two nights.  Pisac is…

Media Luna, Peru

A twenty minute drive outside of Urubamba lays the community of Media Luna    . The main reason I found myself in Urubmaba was the tourism circuit offered by the Media Luna community. It boasted a hike to salt fields, and classes on local medicinal plants, weaving, guinea pigs, and chicha (a corn based drink)….

Urubamba

After all my time in touristy Cusco I was ready for a change in scenery. Urubamba proved to be the perfect place for me. I arrived sometime in the afternoon and walked throught the whole town (all five blocks) trying to find a place to sleep. After walking about 25 minutes I stopped and asked…

Cusco, Peru (part 2)

After Machu Picchu I returned to Cusco, and after dealing with a not-there-reservation all I wanted to do was sleep for about ten days. However, you’re not in Cusco every day so I forced myself to go out….and promptly got a massage (I know, I know, I’m really living the hard life). I also tried…

Aquas Calientes, Perú 

The closest town to Machu Picchu is Aquas Calientes. Clinging to the side of a mountain, precariously close to the raging river below Aguas Calientes is a town filled with up-and-coming fancy resorts, and old-time budget hotels. I only spent a couple of hours here trying alpaca, and taking a dip in the local hot…

“Cori”-Oro in Quechua, Cusco, Peru

  The dominant native people in Peru are the Quechuan people. They built Machu Picchu, and ruled the “belly button” (Cusco) of the world for hundreds of years. The Quechuan people, culture, and language are a very prominent aspect of a Peruvian experience. There were times during my travels that the language barrier was…

Machu Picchu, Peru

Finally made it to Machu Picchu. I hurt my knee a couple of days ago so while I wasn’t able to do the “inca trail” I still hiked four hours the first day and 4 hours the second day to get there. I met a really nice couple and their little girl on the bus…

Tineo Patagonia glacier 

On my last day at the farm I wanted to take it slow. I tented to hang out with people, sleep in, and relax while enjoying the day. So of course I ended up going on a three hour hike– most of it on hands and knees– up to a glacier. As much as the…

Santiago (all I do is crossfit), Chile

Staying out of hostels has been one of my goals for this portion of my trip. I spent almost my whole trip in south east Asia in hostels, with other back packers. And while this is definitely an experience, it wasn’t the experience I wanted for South America. Before going to Santiago I had stayed…