Destination: Machu Picchu, Peru

Known as one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World," Machu Picchu is certainly a looker. With its terraced citadel that's surrounded by looming green mountains (including Huayna Picchu) at over 7900 feet (2400 meters), this once demonstrated the power of the Inca Empire, at the peak of its civilization. Today, it's an incredibly-touristy site … Continue reading Destination: Machu Picchu, Peru

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Destination: Sacred Valley of the Incas & Cusco, Peru

After about one-and-a-half weeks into our South American trip, my family and I would be heading to higher altitudes on our way to the enigmatic, but stunning Machu Picchu. It would be my first time experiencing life at greater than 8000 feet (or 2500 meters), and I was at once nervous and excited to see … Continue reading Destination: Sacred Valley of the Incas & Cusco, Peru

Destination: Lima, Peru

My family and I spent about a week visiting Chile, exploring its capital and Easter Island. Although we were sad to say goodbye to it, we were still excited about moving forward to check out more of South America during our summer vacation. More specifically, we would be spending a week in Peru, likewise to … Continue reading Destination: Lima, Peru

Destination: Easter Island, Chile (Part 2)

Our first half-day on Easter Island (or Rapa Nui) was off to a good start. As a result, my family and I were eager to discover more of the island during our next two days of touring around. Considering that the only way to explore was pretty much to join a guided tour, we had no … Continue reading Destination: Easter Island, Chile (Part 2)

Destination: Easter Island, Chile (Part 1)

  Isla de Pascua, or "Easter Island," is considered one of the most-isolated inhabited places in the world. To the locals, it's known as Rapa Nui, and it's quite incredible just how they've got there, let alone built the enigmatic, but world-famous moai that visitors flock to see each year. Despite just how small the island is, it boasts thousands … Continue reading Destination: Easter Island, Chile (Part 1)