Amazon – Manu National Park, Peru

We arrived in beautiful Cusco, the “bellybutton of the world” after a wonderful time in the Sacred Valley and an exhilarating and exhausting day at Machu Picchu.  The next day we thought we’d see what our options were for visiting the Amazon and before we knew it we’d signed up for a 5-day tour leaving [...]

Our 3rd Anniversary at Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu was the second modern wonder of the world on our itinerary, and we wondered how it would compare to the Taj Mahal.  They were built about a century apart, we took a train to get to both, and woke up before dawn at each to “beat the crowds” and see their true majesty.  Well, [...]

First Day in the Sacred Valley of Peru

We took an early morning flight from sea-level Lima to touching-the-clouds Cuzco, and in order to ease our altitude adjustment we hopped into a collectivo (shared van full of Peruvians) and raced down into the Sacred Valley 700m below.  In the collectivo we learned that we were very lucky, and we happened to be visiting [...]