Tagged: Peru

Love Letters to Lima

March 26, 2015 Dear Lima, I’ve only just arrived and already I love you. Our hostel in the Miraflores neighborhood is just blocks from the park on the cliff. We watched the setting sun,...

Iquitos is a Miserable City

  Iquitos is a miserable city.  The constant droning buzzing roaring of mototaxis pollutes the city air as much as their noxious exhaust. If the mototaxis aren’t annoying, the insistent salesmen will be. We...

Blue Elephants in the Amazon Rainforest

Our guide entertained some in our group with stories of malaria, dengue fever, and flesh eating fish as we traveled down the Amazon river to our lodge in the rainforest. The constant droning of...

Broccoli Soup with Spicy Pepper Cream

When I crunched into the raw broccoli on the shores of Lagoon Huacachina in Peru and dreamed of a broccoli soup, I knew it was time to get serious about finding a kitchen. Seriously,...

Peru’s Desert Coast

Finding good, affordable food every day, multiple times a day, consumes so much of my time. For the past couple of weeks, we’ve only been staying at a place for 1-2 nights and our accommodations...

Colca Canyon Adventure

And just like that, we were standing at the town square in Cabanaconde watching our tour group drive away. Martin and I looked at each other. What did we just do? Stunned and excited,...

Why Everyone Should Visit Arequipa

Arequipa is the second largest city in Peru with about 860,000 people and sits at 2300 meters above sea level, which is considerably less than Cusco (3400 meters). Despite it being over 1000 meters lower...

Visiting Machu Picchu Simply and Cheaply

The idea of visiting Machu Picchu was always overwhelming for both Martin and I. A quick internet search flooded us with expensive options, complex routes, and visitor limits. We were confused and unsure if...