The perfect Amazon Rainforest outfit!

*There’s a fun travel-related giveaway with GPSmyCity at the end of this post! Don’t forget to enter! My trip to the Amazon in Peru is one of the first trips of my life that I felt I had actually packed well enough for that I could pass on my packing tips to my readers. Seriously, this was the first trip. Haha. I almost always over-pack or forget a key wardrobe piece. The biggest key to me finally mastering packing for… Read more »

Growing up in a fishing village, the first question my friends and family asked about our trip to the Amazon was “how was the fishing?” Haha. So, here is how the fishing was! (And we were actually fishing on a tributary of the Amazon River – the Yarapa River – not the Amazon itself.) We also ate all the fish we caught…all but one, and you’ll see why in a video below. (We had hooked a giant stingray on accident!)… Read more »

sloth

*As I mentioned in my previous post, I still have a lot of photos and experiences to share from our treehouse adventure in Peru’s Amazon Rainforest! If you missed my previous Treehouse Lodge posts, click here.* Staying in an honest-to-goodness treehouse in the Amazon Rainforest was quite the adventure in and of itself, however, our days spent exploring were equally as exciting! On our second day, after we returned from a day of spotting wildlife in the rainforest, our guide… Read more »

sloth amazon rainforest

One of the coolest parts of staying in the Amazon Rainforest is all of the incredible critters you get to see during the day and at night. We spotted many different types of monkeys, sloths, birds, fish…and even alligators and gigantic spiders and snakes! My last post was dedicated to what it was like staying at Treehouse Lodge. (Click here if you missed that.) So, for this post, I will be sharing one of the ways we spent our time… Read more »

Treehouse Lodge

As the name suggests, the Treehouse Lodge is indeed a lodge made up of honest-to-goodness treehouses! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that was nonstop excitement for us. (This is where we were over the weekend and earlier this week.) Our 4 days there were chocked full of activities. So, for this post, I’m going to focus just on the lodge itself, what to expect when staying there, some cool wildlife sightings right from our treehouse and my thoughts on the price/how… Read more »

Plaza de Armas

Let me start this post off by saying if you can spend more than 10 days in Peru, by all means, do it! There is SO much to do and see in this amazing country. However, if you’re on a time constraint like I was, this itinerary will help you plan your Peru adventure and see as much as you possibly can in your 10 days! (I’ll also share some suggestions if you’re on an even tighter time constraint.) How… Read more »

Machu Picchu

It wasn’t too long ago that I published my first post on Machu Picchu. However, that post was more centered around travel tips and how to get there. For this post, I wanted to actually share some of the cool things I learned about Machu Picchu and my photos of the experience. Enjoy! A Few Machu Picchu Fun Facts *Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. *Machu Picchu… Read more »

Learning how to make a pisco sour!

One day is never enough time to truly experience a city. But that was, unfortunately, the way my trip to Lima worked out. Lima is a beautiful city that deserves more than a day. However, if you’re like me, and only have a limited amount of time there, this is one way to enjoy the city in just one day! Lima Gourmet Company When trying to decide how to spend my one lonely day, I had to figure out what… Read more »

San Pedro Market

*If you like this post, it is now available as a self-guided walking tour via GPSmyCITY. Click here to download it. I’m going to go ahead and start this post off with a disclaimer. WARNING: If you don’t like seeing dead animals/bits of dead animals this post is not for you. Every piece of the cow is used and sold here (seriously, every piece), and there are some little animals eaten in Peru that Americans regard as pets. So, as… Read more »

View from Taquile Island, Peru

The city of Puno is a relatively small one, with the Islas Uros being its main attraction. However, if you’re making the long journey to Puno, the Islas Uros don’t have to be your only stop. Taquile Island is located about 45 kilometers off the shore of Puno. (About a 2-hour boat ride.) There are just over 2,000 people living on the island, and it is quite beautiful! Over 10 years ago, the island was even proclaimed “Masterpieces of the… Read more »

Islas Uros

You may remember me mentioning the Islas Uros in my previous Peru travel post. They are the unique floating islands of Lake Titicaca that are home to the Uros people. If you read that post you may have noticed too that getting to them is quite a long journey! So, is it worth taking 2-3 days out of your Peru adventure to visit them? I’ll be sharing my opinion and a bit more detail about the islands below. (And I… Read more »

Church of Andahuaylilas

There are a few different ways to get from Cusco to the city of Puno, which is the home of Lake Titicaca. Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world! It is also where you’ll find the “Islas Uros” a.k.a floating islands. I’ll be sharing more details about Lake Titicaca and the Islas Uros next week, though. Today’s post is sharing how exactly you can get to Puno in… Read more »

Salineras de Maras

There as so many cool Inca Ruins in the Sacred Valley, it was worth splitting this series into two! (If you missed the first post, click here.) And just in case you missed the first, I’m not trying to convince you not to go to Machu Picchu by any means – Machu Picchu is incredible! However, don’t let Machu Picchu be the only Inca ruin on your Sacred Valley trip! Moray Moray is an archaeological site that’s a bit off… Read more »

Machu Picchu

*If you like this post, it is now available as a self-guided walking tour via GPSmyCITY. Click here to download it. Machu Picchu is at the top of many bucket lists, and for a very good reason! It is most certainly not an overrated tourist trap and is every bit as magical as one would imagine. However, being prepared and visiting at certain times of the year can make this experience that much better. For this post, I’ll be sharing… Read more »

Alpaca sweater - Cusco Peru travel outfit

*If you like this post, it is now available as a self-guided walking tour via GPSmyCITY. Click here to download it. Click to shop: If you visit Cusco, Peru the first thing you will notice is nearly every shop and street vendor is selling “baby alpaca” sweaters. The second thing you will likely notice is that nearly none of these vendors are actually selling “baby alpaca” sweaters. (As the locals say its “maybe alpaca.” Ha!) How to Shop for Genuine… Read more »

Ollantaytambo

*If you like this post, it is now available as a self-guided walking tour via GPSmyCITY. Click here to download it. Machu Picchu definitely lives up to the hype, don’t get me wrong, but there are so many other incredible Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley worth seeing as well. This post will cover a day spent seeing Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Consider this post “Part 1” of Inca Ruins worth seeing, and “Part 2” is here (didn’t want to do… Read more »

Rainbow mountain, Peru

I’m kicking off my Peru travel series with my favorite part of the entire trip – Rainbow Mountain. Why save the best for last anyway? For this post, I’ll explain why I enjoyed Rainbow Mountain as much as I did, what to expect when hiking it, and how you can prepare for the journey. Enjoy! Why is Rainbow Mountain My Favorite Part of My Peru Trip? I know that this is a pretty bold statement, especially since we also visited… Read more »