One of my favorite things to do when I travel to a new place is check out the local bites being served on the street. Traveler discretion is definitely advised when choosing which street stall to eat from, (especially with undercooked meat as I learned the hard way in Thailand..), but for the true flavor of a country, try shopping locally and see what happens! You never know what locals you will meet and who will end up inviting you home for dinner..
In order to add another dimension to my travels I have recently created a YouTube account, where I will be sharing all my latest video adventures from across the globe. Watch me ride a sand buggy through the dunes of Huacachina, explore the “poor man’s Galapagos” by boat, hike the Inca Trail, dig into local delicacies and more.
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I hope you enjoy, and see you on the road!
When getting to know the capital city of Peru, head straight to the neighborhood of Miraflores, for a scenic introduction to Lima’s charms. Taking cues from its name, Miraflores is peppered with flowerbeds and grassy parks, just calling for you to enjoy it’s lush greenery. From jagged cliffs overlooking the Pacific and the centrally located Kennedy Park, to some dazzling gems in Peruvian cuisine, Miraflores offers the perfect beginning to your Limanian adventure.
- Wander along the boardwalk
With giant, jagged cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the boardwalk through Miraflores is the perfect way to take in Lima’s ocean views. Wander towards the city’s lighthouse and join in with locals for a yoga class or a lesson in Capoeira, a Brazilian mixture of martial arts and dance. Feeling lazy? Settle down in the grass for a picnic and some people watching. You may catch a glimpse of some local tightrope walkers practicing their skills! As the sun sets, grab your loved one and follow the path to the Parque de’ Amour, as you watch the sky change colors surrounded by brilliant mosaic patterns.
Follow a typical day in Cusco, Peru through the lens of my camera.
Now that I am back in NYC after my amazing 2 month journey through Peru, I have had more time to reflect on just how incredible this trip was. Sometimes it takes going back to your old routine to appreciate that special moment in time.
I will still be sharing stories, photos and videos from my journey, but for now, I would like to leave you with a glimpse of some of my favorite moments from Peru.
These are 2 variations of the traditional reed boats on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca. Each boat is made entirely of dried reeds and filled with empty water bottles, and is steered with paddles and a Eucalyptus pole. Floating down the lake on one of these handmade boats is a surreal experience.
There are some places in the world that will always hold a special place in my heart. Florence taught me how to sit for hours in cafes and developed my love for pasta at all hours of the day (or night!) Bangkok took away my fear of foreign cultures and food, and Huacachina gave me a totally new perspective on my place in the world.
Located high among the rising sand dunes, Huacachina, Peru houses a giant oasis at its center; life bubbling forth amongst the miles of nothingness. Just a 15 minute mototaxi ride from Ica, this little resort town is the perfect layover on your journey down south to Cusco. Hostels and streethawkers compete for your business in sand board rentals, dune buggy rides, and neighboring day trips.
Rent a board for the day and spend the sunny hours hiking to the highest dune and racing down, snowboarding style. Enjoy the afternoon from a boat and paddle around the lagoon, or just enjoy the view from the surrounding eateries. An hour before sunset, grab a bottle of Pisco and a trek up as far as your legs will take you. Watching the sun change from red to orange to pink as it dips lower and lower is an incredible sight.
As you toast to good friends and a good life, make sure to take a few moments and get lost in the undulating peaks and neverending sand. Time stands still on these dunes, and it is a rare moment to experience such breathless clarity.
Check out a video of the dunes here!
After a shopping frenzy in the tourist trap that is Cusco, I decided to debut one of my latest Alpaca finds while on a tour of the Sacred Valley. While browsing through the piles of chompas (sweaters) I was unsure at first. I was expecting the itchy quality of wool, and perhaps even a strange animal scent permeating the thread.
I couldn’t have been more wrong! Warm and woolly, my sweater held up marvelously against the finicky Andean weather.
The rest of the day was spent exploring the numerous Inca ruins, and marveling at the glorious pop of color against the bleak landscape.
- Photo of the Day: Traditional Duds on the Floating Islands (anamericangirlintransit.com)