Hiking to Santa Teresa
Author
Kassandra Miller
We drove to Santa Maria and began our hike on a trail that the Incas had used to travel between the Amazon and Cusco. The trail followed one of the steepest hillsides I have ever seen. I couldn't …
Plaza de Armas, Arequipa
Author
Charles Anderson
To experience Lake Titicaca, one first needs to know about the Inca legend that states that the first Inca emperor arose out of the Lake and went to Cusco to establish the Inca capital which in about …
Author
Graham Gillen
Was it watching the turtles and the miracle of life in the jungle? Was it the rush of adrenaline while shooting the rapids on the Reventazon? Or the surreal view of sleeping in the shadow of an …
An alleyway in Ollantaytambo, most looked like this.
Author
Jeffery Anttila
We awoke early to a nice continental breakfast supplied by the hotel staff, spread out before us of varying treats, breads, meats, and poultry products. I had a cup of the local coffee, which poured …
Extraterrestrial terrain of the Maras salt mines
Author
Madeline Jones
It was cold when I woke up! There was frost on the ground and I had trouble convincing myself to get out of my sleeping bag. In the end the lure of Machu Picchu was too strong and I emerged from my …
Off the rock slides at Sacsayhuaman
Author
Chris Stanford
We meet up with our mountain biking crew in the Ollantaytambo's main square and then begin the drive up to Malaga Pass. The views of Victoria and Wakaywillca Peak along the way were incredible. We …
Getting off the plane
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Kristen Kidder
Booking the “Amazon Extension” was a spur-of-the-moment decision primarily motivated by our shared desire to see monkeys in the wild. (Honestly. And whenever we’d mention our trip, …
plane I took to Rurrenabaque at the airport on the runway
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Claudia Coplan
¡Llegué en La Paz esta noche! ¡Estaba muy felíz! Había mucha actividad en la ciudad, pero tenía que dormir porque tenía sueño. TRANSLATION: …
Biking off the pass
Author
Kassandra Miller
Early in the morning, we load into the van and drive to Malaga Pass. We started our ride a few miles below the pass. The road is newly constructed and hasn't even been opened yet, so we have it …
The Market, Arequipa
Author
Charles Anderson
The next day turned out to be our most physically taxing and I don’t know why, because all we did was ride in the van for several hours. Perhaps it was the up and down change in altitude as we …
Checking out a giant Rhinoceros Beetle in Costa Rica
Author
Graham Gillen
What is it like to fly? I have felt some sense of that in free-fall sky diving, as well as parasailing. But they go so fast it's over before you know it. But we found the next best thing: …
Babies and children were carried on the backs using textiles
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Jeffery Anttila
Our sleep was brief, and our flight to Cusco was even shorter. Surprisingly I slept for a bit of the ride, I accused Kelly of drugging me but she swore she didn’t. It was a beautiful flight in, …
Moray crop circles
Author
Madeline Jones
Daniel was a bit late to breakfast but he was up and walking and, despite being a little quieter than usual, seemed quite normal. We started our day hiking up towards the second pass. On the way up …
The Jesus statue overlooking Cusco
Author
Chris Stanford
We are driven out of Cusco toward the Sacred Valley for a morning of whitewater rafting on the Urubamba River. The river was not running as fast as I had expected it would be, but we still some …
We made it!
Author
Kristen Kidder
Although we’ve been married for nearly three months, the giddiness of our wedding day returns the moment my husband, Cory, and I pass through security at New Jersey’s Newark International …
Urubama River and the Sacred Valley
Author
Kassandra Miller
We woke early again today to head to the Sacred Valley for whitewater rafting! The Urubamba River is the river that flows from Cusco through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. It eventually joins the …
Spider, Nazca Lines
Author
Charles Anderson
The next morning, we had a satisfying breakfast and then headed down into the Canyon. First stop, Cruz de Condor. These large endangered Andean scavengers have a wing span of ten feet and soar over …
Author
Graham Gillen
There are three or four hummingbirds in the garden outside my window. Am I dreaming? Is this paradise? After a long drive from the river after rafting, we arrived in Arenal, near the volcano as …
Plaza de las armas, Cusco, popular place to hang out
Author
Jeffery Anttila
Today we take flight to Peru! We are quite excited as we both have been working and studying immensely, and desperately desire to go somewhere else in the world and forget ourselves. With a short …
Mmmmm.  Cattle mouths.
Author
Madeline Jones
Unfortunately, the day did not end when I closed my eyes. It was cold and I wasn't used to sleeping on the ground and it took me a very long time to fall asleep. I'm not sure if I even did because …
Sacsayhuaman ruins outside Cusco
Author
Chris Stanford
Andrew and I are on an early flight on LAN to Cusco. We are picked up at the airport in Cusco and whisked to our hotel. We soon meet our guide Vidal who takes us to the Plaza Del Armas where we …
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Kassandra Miller
Ashley and I awake at 6:45 AM for our flight to Cusco. I can't believe how packed the Lima airport is. Good thing we got there early! Fortunately, LAN Airlines impresses once again, and we move …
Author
Elizabeth Conway
Great alternative to Classic Inca Trail - the Cachiccata Trek With Inca Trail passes filling up 3 months in advance (sometimes even faster during peak travel months) the last-minute Peru trekker …
Hummingbird, Nazca Lines
Author
Charles Anderson
The next morning after breakfast, we were picked up in a private van for our drive to Colca Canyon. What is it with you Adventure Life People? Do you have a knack for connecting with nice people or …