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Joining a Traditional Peruvian Pachamama Meal during a Machu Picchu Trip

[Images of people shown in this post were taken with enthusiastic consent and appropriate compensation. read more about why consent in travel blogging matters.] Far more memorable than my ascent to Machu Picchu or even my homestay on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, was my opportunity to eat a Pachamama meal in Ollaytaytambo, Peru. …

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Visiting the Quechua weavers in Chinchero Peru

[Images of indigenous people shown in this post were taken with enthusiastic consent and appropriate compensation. Learn more about why this matters.] As I found myself traveling in Peru on the well-trodden path from Cusco to Machu Picchu, I found myself itching to escape the most well-trodden portion of the trip. Even though I designed …

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7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Stay in Aguas Calientes

Machu Picchu has a reputation that looms larger than life. But somewhere in the shadow (literally!) 30 kilometers down the mountain is a ruin that may even be slightly older than Machu Picchu. While most travelers take the fastest route to Macchu Pichu and stay nearby Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes is the city-equivalent of an …

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Packing List + 4 Tips for Visiting the Uros Village in Lake Titicaca

[Images of indigenous people shown in this post were taken with enthusiastic consent and appropriate compensation. Learn more.] Lake Titicaca Floating Islands Packing list: [In order to not avoid reinventing the wheel, this packing list assumes basic essentials typical for a Machu Pichu/Peru itinerary are already packed] Close-toed shoes or hiking boots (sharp-tipped reeds form …

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3 Months in South America Without a Yellow Fever Vaccine: An Itinerary

  I left for three months of digital nomading in South America in the middle of a global Yellow Fever vaccine shortage. When none of the health departments or travel clinics in Seattle had the yellow fever vaccine available, I had to set out on my South America trip unvaccinated. Not having a Yellow Fever …

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