Titikaka and Totora

I have said many times that Peru is not only about Machu Picchu and it has a lot more on the plate. One of the must-have experience while in Peru is visiting the floating homes of the Uros on Lake Titikaka or Lago Titikaka. This lake is the highest navigable lake in the world and…

2015 Best Travel Moments: The Day I was in Machu Picchu

10 August 2015, 7:30 AM, there I was: Sweating and panting after climbing the stairs, finally the classic postcard view of Machu Picchu was real before me. I burst in tears of joy!  I nailed it! I was in Machu Picchu, Peru! I felt on top of the world! Yeah, I kinda abuse exclamation marks…

The Journey from Cusco to Machu Picchu Pueblo

August 9th, 2015 I was still a bit sleepy that morning. It was only my second day in Peru. Arrived the previous morning, I spent the whole afternoon and evening exploring Lima Centro’s area. Absolutely jet-lagged, I rushed  to Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport catching an early morning flight to Cusco. Little did I know…

Photo Tale: Salineras de Maras

This ain’t sea-side, folks. This is ancient salt mine located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Yep, the salt has been harvested from these ponds for generations since pre Incas time on 3,400 meters above sea level. Where does the salt come from? The salt is harvested from the evaporation of super-saline ground water….

The Many Faces of Peru: The Celestinos

I would never know how to eat boiled potato with clay sauce if it was not for them. Yes, I tasted boiled potato dipped in grayish clay sauce and it was actually quite good! Folks, meet The Celestinos. Pictured above is Senora Celestino with 4 of her 5 Children. The absent little boy was so…

The Many Faces of Peru: The Girls of Urubamba

I met these two beautiful young girls when they were out herding the livestock in the stunningly beautiful Urubamba Valley. I was on the way back to Cusco from Moray archaeological site that day. In the van I kept on observing the magnificent landscape of the Sacred Valley. Then I saw a quite large group…