Category Archives: Peru

Ruins Near Cusco- 7 Archaeological Sites Worth Visiting

Cusco is the point of arrival for people wanting to visit Machu Picchu, the most famous Inca ruin in Peru, but there are many fantastic, lesser known ruins near Cusco that are also worth exploring. As one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in South America, and capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco is rich…

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Visiting Sacsayhuaman- An Inca Fortress in Cusco, Peru

The uphill walk from central Cusco to Sacsayhuaman was slow going, since our bodies hadn’t adjusted to the high altitude yet, but the excitement of seeing our first Inca ruin kept us motivated to push on. In between frequent breaks and gasps for air, I hoped that the effort would be worthwhile and Sacsayhuaman would…

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Photo of the Week: Sacred Valley, Peru

The Urubamba Valley is not simply an area to travel through en route from Cusco to Machu Picchu, it’s a destination in its own right. Known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas, this scenic expanse of land is packed with archaeological sites, small villages, colourful markets and weaving communities. If an adrenaline rush is more your style, you’ll find…

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  • Jennifer J. Trego - WoW,
    What a cool place. Do have any more pics of this place?August 26, 2017 – 1:24 pmReplyCancel

The Pisac Ruins- Gateway to the Sacred Valley of the Incas

As we wandered through the colourful markets of Pisac, all I could think about was visiting the Pisac ruins. “No more shopping,” I urged Mike, “let’s get to the ruins!” I was eager to see this spectacular site, known for its steep hillside of agricultural terraces. The Pisac ruins were the only archaeological site in…

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Photo of the Week: San Pedro Apostol Church in Andahuaylillas, Peru

On our last day in Cusco we drove part of the Andean Baroque Route, a scenic road in the South Valley known for its four churches of the Andean Baroque artistic movement. We visited only one, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, about 40 kms from Cusco. San Pedro Apostol may not look very grand from…

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Learning How to Sandboard in Huacachina, Peru

“I’m sandboarding in Peru!” I yell at my GoPro as I proudly surf down the wind-sculpted dunes of Huacachina. This is my first time sandboarding and I’ve got to admit- I’m better than I thought I would be. Maybe it’s because I have a good teacher, Victor “Dito” Chavez, a professional sandboarder and snowboarder who…

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  • Tam - Awesome post! I really wanted to go sandboarding so I just tried it in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. Like you, I was really surprised how good I was at it compared to sports like snowboarding. I would do it again in a heart beat! We plan to head through parts of Peru so maybe I’ll go to Huacachina :)May 14, 2017 – 2:11 pmReplyCancel

Flying Over the Nazca Lines- Peru’s Mysterious Geoglyphs

“Coming up on the right, whale,” one of the pilots announces over the speaker as we approach the first geoglyph on our Nazca Lines flight. Palms sweating with excitement, I stare intently out the window, camera in hand and ready to shoot as soon as I spot the whale. The pilot banks the plane, angling…

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  • Great Nazca Tours - Hi Rhonda,
    Thank you for taking the time to write such a good article to my motherland also nice shots. I love the last picture.November 12, 2017 – 3:12 pmReplyCancel

Hiking the Inca Trail- What to Expect on the 4 Day Trek to Machu Picchu

Of all the things we did and places we saw during our 3 weeks in South America, hiking the Inca Trail in Peru is our favourite memory. It even climbed the ranks as one of our all-time cherished travel experiences. And to think, I was a little hesitant to do it. I’d heard so much…

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  • Frank - Wow, massive post and some great photos. I’ve previously read about it and it always sounded to me like there would be lots and lots of people on the trail. But you’ve made me curious with your experience and fantastic photos…

    Never fun getting sick, glad it didn’t last more than a day. You’re tough!

    Frank (bbqboy)December 16, 2016 – 12:03 pmReplyCancel

  • Natalie - Stumbled upon your site off Pinterest & so glad I did- thank you for all the helpful information for the famous Macchu Picchu. My friend & I are heading there in November & we are so excited to embark on this amazing journey!

    May I ask what company you booked with? There are so many options online and it sounds like yours was wonderful.

    Thank you!July 15, 2017 – 10:30 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Natalie. I’m glad you found my post helpful. We did the hike with Peru Treks and were happy with our choice. The only complaint we had was that their sleeping pads were too thin for our liking.

      I hope you have fun on your trip! Peru is a fascinating place.July 15, 2017 – 10:58 pmReplyCancel

Visiting Machu Picchu- Peru’s Hilltop Inca Citadel

Machu Picchu- just hearing the name conjures up classic images of this hilltop Inca city, high in a tropical forest of the Peruvian Andes. These ruins, once concealed by the jungle, have gone on to become an icon of the Inca civilization and Peru’s most visited tourist attraction. About Machu Picchu- History and Discovery Machu…

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  • the cape on the corner - wow. the photos are amazing, and i can totally see crying over something so beautiful, but also, a long dreamed of location. glad you got some pictures of you both, together.
    bNovember 15, 2016 – 12:29 pmReplyCancel

  • Alouise - Machu Picchu is one of those places I’ve dreamed of visiting for years as well. It’s too bad you didn’t feel whatever energy people said “you’re supposed to feel” when you were there, but I think that’s the thing about travel – we see those pictures with no people and forget there are people in the background, maybe people selling souvenirs, etc. I felt similar when I went to Chichen Itza a number of years ago. I expected it to be like awe inspiring site, of silence and reflection, and it was full of tourists and people selling souvenirs. It was still interesting to visit and I’m glad I went, but I didn’t have the connection I thought of would. Sounds like your experience was similar, but I’m glad you still enjoyed it. The photos look fantastic, and still make me one to to visit one day.November 25, 2016 – 2:09 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Funny you mention Chichen Itza because I kind of felt the same way about it. I was shocked that people were allowed to be inside selling souvenirs. At least that wasn’t the case at Machu Picchu- souvenirs were sold at the gift shop only.December 24, 2016 – 10:10 amReplyCancel

3 Weeks in South America- Our Itinerary’s Hits and Misses

South America has been a place I’ve wanted to visit for 10 years, but for some reason it has always taken a back seat to other destinations. I am happy to say, that is no longer the case! We finally made it to the southern hemisphere, spending 3 weeks in South America (well, 24 days…

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  • Tamara - Sorry to hear you had a poor experience in Huacachina- we loved it, and I don’t remember seeing any garbage at all (we went 2 years ago). I also didn’t notice pollution in Lima like you described, but it’s also one of the only places I’ve ever been where I was terrified about getting robbed anytime we had to get into a taxi. I’m hankering to get back down to South America to explore Argentina!November 4, 2016 – 9:58 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Yeah, it was a big disappointment. Our hotel had a nice pool area that looked out onto a dune, but the sand was covered in garbage. We noticed garbage is a problem in a lot of areas in Peru and Bolivia. It looks like people drive out onto the rural roads and dump their household waste. Then the dogs and other animals come and rip open the bags and before you know it- garbage everywhere!

      I felt safe in the cabs in Lima. Well, from getting robbed that is, not so much when it came to the driving!

      I’d love to explore Argentina too and maybe even go back to see more of Chile.November 11, 2016 – 3:39 pmReplyCancel

  • Victor - Beautiful photographs. It’s so pity there is no Pinterest share button.November 14, 2016 – 10:08 amReplyCancel

  • Michael - Rhonda. Thank you so much for your blog post on 3 weeks in South America. My wife and I are planning 4 weeks starting in Santiago, Atacama, Bolivia, Lake T., Cusco, M.P., Lima and ending with a cruise on the Amazon. I was wondering if it is too much but after reading your blog, I got energized and decided to go for it. Thanks again.

    MichaelNovember 3, 2017 – 10:06 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - That sounds like a fantastic trip, especially the Amazon cruise!November 4, 2017 – 4:06 pmReplyCancel

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