Aguas Calientes

I’ve got a bit of catching up to do on my blog, so this will be my second post of the day. Don’t miss “A Work of Pure Fiction” below. Aguas Calientes, as you may recall, is the town that everyone must go through in order to visit Machu Picchu. It may as well be … Continue reading

A Work of Pure Fiction

Mike and I have been together 24/7 for about 10 months now. Perhaps this has addled our brains a bit. Oftentimes we were the only gringos we saw for weeks, though lately we’ve been in some heavily touristed areas. Unfortunately, we’ve forgotten how to act around other people. At Machu Picchu, Mike was so thrilled … Continue reading

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is the Holy Grail of any trip to Peru, and we finally made it there after 5 1/2 days of walking. Our trek turned out to be much more involved than the traditional Inca Trail. On the 6th day we woke up before the sun rose and started hiking up the last mountain … Continue reading

Salkantay Trek

Mike and I originally planned to travel through the central Peruvian Andes to get to Cuzco, but when we discovered that it would take at least 5 buses and 60 hours of travel time to do so we changed our plans. Instead, we took a bus to Lima. While there, we joined the South American … Continue reading


After returning from the jungle and recouping in Trujillo for a day, Mike and I went for the other extreme: we headed into the mountains. We caught a bus to Huaraz, which is the trekking center of the Peruvian Andes. All of the serious mountaineers, trekkers, climbers, etc. find their way to Huaraz eventually. There … Continue reading

Cha Cha Cha

As much as we liked taking a boat down the Amazon, the return journey wasn’t quite as fun. Not that it was a bad trip; it was just same-old, same-old. It took a little bit longer too, so we ended up spending 3 nights aboard. Banana raft. Which reminds me…while we were in Iquitos I … Continue reading

Amazon Expedition

Note: Mike has requested that I include a Haiku to spice things up. I’ve decided to include many; in fact, all of my picture captions will be Haikus in this post. (I am not a poet.) Since Iquitos is really a large city in the middle of the Amazon, we weren’t convinced that we were … Continue reading