Destination: Cartegena, Colombia

As our last stop on the Panama cruise, Cartagena (officially called "Cartagena de Indias") is a bustling port city in Colombia that has given rise to massive waves of tourism for quite some time. With a vibrant Old Town and stunning beaches in the modern part of the city, it's no wonder that so many … Continue reading Destination: Cartegena, Colombia

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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

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)