Valparaiso, or ValPo, is a cute seaside city known for being a colorful, living canvas. We spent 2 days there, taking in the sights and admiring the artwork that is literally on every street corner. It was a lovely, relaxing place to find ourselves after the long car journey from the North. In this case, […]

After successfully crossing the border into Chile (just barely as I had overstayed my visa in Peru by 97 days…) we rented a car in Arica and started the long journey southward to Santiago. We had a whole lot of desert, 1,300 miles and 3 intensive days of family time to look forward to. Plus, […]

After MP and some lovely downtime in Ollanta we took an overnight bus from Cuzco to Arequipa. The bus ride took about 10 hours and included dinner, blankets and terrible American movies dubbed AND subtitled in Spanish. We arrived at Arequipa early and checked into our lovely hotel, Nueva Posada, before venturing out to explore. […]

I headed back to Machu Picchu but this time I was with family and sunshine rather than Andy and rain. While I wasn’t necesarily excited for the hoardes of tourists round 2 I was excited to see MP bathed in sunshine in all its glory. It was also fun to go back so I could […]

It seems like only yesterday that I was writing about how excited, nervous and relived I was to have finally arrived in Ollantaytambo, my home for 6 months. And yesterday I found myself saying goodbye. It was a tough goodbye, one that I felt came too fast but I know that after having had this […]

Socma to Sungate is what we thought we were going to do. In all reality we ended up hiking Pachar to Ollantaytambo which probably means nothing to all of you but should at least inform you that this is to be a blog post about adventure trekking. Not getting lost, adventure trekking.  Regardless, it was […]

The Lares hot springs are pretty well known around here. Lares is a remote community that happens to be blessed with bubbling thermal baths and ringed by glacier topped Andes. You can take a car straight there OR you can hike a number of treks to get there. I kept putting off going to Lares […]