Why I’m Not Excited About Visiting Machu Picchu (but Still Can’t Wait to Go)

I’ve already been to Machu Picchu two times (2005 and 2009). Over the years I’ve always tried to be a traveler instead of tourist simply checking off boxes to say that I’ve been somewhere. Despite that, Machu Picchu is the one place I’ve been everyone should see no matter the motivation. I went in 2005 […]

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Three Days’ Hiking in the Sacred Valley

In the past three days I’ve gotten out and taken advantage of the unusually beautiful weather that has filled the skies over Peru’s Sacred Valley with gorgeous sunshine to done a different hike each day. Normally I wouldn’t push myself to do three days in a row of 8-10 miles (at very high altitude!), but […]

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Hiking an Ancient Trail Above Yucay

It seems that every time I go out to explore somewhere new I am amazed by something even more fantastic than the last time. Sometimes it’s just hyperbole, but yesterday time I headed east out of the small town of Yucay in search of a remote Andean settlement and was not disappointed with a truly […]

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