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Cusco, Peru (Day 2)

Today was my final day in Cusco. Staying out at the dance club left me with only a couple hours of sleep, but since we didn’t drink too much, I’m not really hungover. Daniel met me at the hotel at 8 am for the last few archeological tours. My stomach is a little upset though [...]

Cusco, Peru (Day 1)

Today was the day to hit some of the many, many Incan sites near Cusco. We began the day at Saqsaywaman (pronounced “sexy woman”), which has terraces, altars, and a huge center square that is still used today for Incan festivals.We continued on to another artisan workshop, where I saw semi-precious stones being worked and [...]

Chincheros, Peru

As dusk was settling in, we made one more stop, at the small village of Chincheros, which is another town built on top of Incan walls, anchored with a city square and colonial era Spanish church, at an elevation of over 12,000 feet. Walking through the town, Daniel was recognized by a woman who runs [...]

Machu Picchu, Peru

To avoid the massive crowds, we arose at 5:30 am for a quick breakfast and hopped on the bus for the 20-minute ride up to Machu Picchu. The site was spectacular, and difficult to describe in words. A large part of the citadel is comprised of sweeping terraces, which were used for growing food. There [...]

Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Aquas Calientes, Peru

Another rough day of travel: my original flight to Lima, Peru was cancelled, so I had to fly late into Lima on the 17th, crash at a hotel for three hours, and then board a domestic flight at 5:30 am to Cusco. My guide Daniel and our driver Alvaro, met me at the airport and [...]

Santiago, Chile

In Santiago, I stayed at a great, small, affordable hotel called the Hotel Orly. The service was friendly and they had a nice breakfast for me everyday.Santiago is another fairly nice city, but it lacks the street culture and vibe of Buenos Aires. Of course there are some slums around it like other cities in [...]

Bus Through the Andes

Today was the most trying day of the trip. Because of our late dinner and my early bus departure, I got about three hours of sleep. I took a taxi from the hacienda to the bus station only to find that our bus was running two hours late from Buenos Aires. As I was standing [...]

Mendoza, Argentina

From Ushuaia, we boarded our 3-hour flight back to Buenos Aires, connecting to another 1-hour flight to the wine country of Argentina, Mendoza. Here, we rented a small SUV and drove to a lovely hacienda in the town of Luján de Cuyo called Lares de Chacras. Mendoza is an area where street signs are few [...]

Ushuaia, Argentina

From Buenos Aires, we flew Aerolineas Argentinas to Ushuaia, which is the southernmost port and city in the world. Ushuaia is the primary departure point for most Antarctica cruises and expeditions, and is a charming, foggy little town. It is also the site of the Fin del Mundo Marathon, which was an option for the [...]

Colonia, Uruguay

Today we took a one-hour ferry across the Rio de la Plata to the town of Colonia, which lies in the southwestern corner of Uruguay. In addition to another stamp in the passport, the city offers a beautiful Spanish colonial area including a lighthouse, cobble stone streets, and the remnants of the original city fortifications.Check [...]