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History and Architecture of Arequipa, Peru

High in the desert filled with mountains sits Arequipa, different from any other city in Peru. It’s name comes from the indigenous people who inhabited the land before the Spanish conquest. Ari means peak and Quipa means behind, this is … Continue reading

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Visiting Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa is a stunning colonial city, the second most populous in Peru, and it is surrounded by towering volcanoes. It is the jump off point to visit the Colca Canyon, said to be the deepest in the world. I knew … Continue reading

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Hike Ausangate the Rainbow Mountain, Sacred Valley Peru

Every day spent traveling through Peru was magical. However, hiking Ausangate, the Rainbow Mountain was by far my most treasured memory. It was a challenging hike, and I genuinely feared for my life at times when I saw lightening crash … Continue reading

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Visiting Machu Picchu 101

Tickets To assure you will get into Machu Picchu, order your tickets online. You will have a few options available – a simple ticket to enter the ruins, or you can pick from two hikes, and the time slot for … Continue reading

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Visiting Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley Peru

The town of Ollantaytambo is the last stop, where you catch the train to Machu Picchu town, or it is the first stop for some who plan on taking the Inca trail hike. Whatever your agenda is, make sure you … Continue reading

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Lunching in Urubamba, Sacred Valley Peru

While I didn’t have time to fully explore the city of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley, I did get to snag a lunch break. Descending into the valley town was a beautiful ride and there was a lot of action … Continue reading

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Visiting Maras Salt Mines in the Sacred Valley, Peru

Precariously nestled into a steep cliff the Maras Salt Mines of the Sacred Valley are absolutely incredible. The Boleto Turístico does not cover entrance, but it is well worth the small fee ($2) to see the beauty of this place. … Continue reading

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