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How to Survive a Crash Landing Paraglide in Lima, Peru

How hard could it be?  I’d already tried tandem skydiving and hang gliding.  I had my first inkling of trouble when we leaped off the Miraflores cliff in Lima, Peru.  But instead of taking flight, we started to descend.  This was the first of several white-knuckle episodes in the Miraflores sky. Miraflores is an affluent […]

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Four Reasons Why Pisac Is Peru’s Most Underrated City

About a one hour drive from Cusco, Pisac is the city used as the starting point to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.  The better-known Inca ruins at Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo are spectacular, for sure.  But Pisac itself is one of the most colorful and diverse cities in Peru.  And with far fewer tourists. […]

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What I Wish Everyone Knew About Lima, Peru

Many people fly into Lima solely as a stop-over for getting to more sought-after destinations in Peru, like Machu Picchu or the Amazon.  But with a history predating Colonial occupation, Lima itself is worthy of spending an extra day or two.  Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Lima is the third-largest city in the Americas and the […]

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Cheat Sheet to 48 Hours in Ollantaytambo

Dating back to the 15th century, Ollantaytambo was established as the royal estate of Inca Emperor Pachacuti and is one of the best-preserved Inca sites and example of Inca urban planning. History The Inca emperor Pachacuti conquered and ruled this part of the Sacred Valley, including Ollantaytambo.  He built a fortress, agricultural terraces, an irrigation […]

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How to Eat Guinea Pig in Peru

On my recent trip to Peru, I was determined to try cuy (guinea pig), a local delicacy.  But not just anywhere.  I wanted the best, so I went to Pachapapa – considered one of the finest restaurants in Cusco. Location: Pachapapa is in the artsy San Blas neighborhood, directly in front of the San Blas […]

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Is Machu Picchu Just for Backpackers? Definitely Not!

The magnificent Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is nestled high in the rugged Andes Mountains.  When people think of traveling there, the famous Inca Trail comes to mind.  The Inca Trail is a multi-day trek through mountain passes at elevations up to 14,500 feet.  Sure, the scenery is beautiful and some operators even provide porters […]

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You Can’t Take Your Clothes Off at Machu Picchu? Now You Tell Me!

The year was 1985.  I was in my 20’s, and my sense of wanderlust had already firmly taken hold, particularly when it came to exploring ancient civilizations.  I’d had a blast traveling throughout Mexico and Central America, visiting and climbing (yes, you could do that back in the day) Mayan and Aztec pyramids and ruins. […]

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10 Ways Cusco Will Improve Your Life. Brace Yourself for Number 8.

Once the capital of the Inca Empire, this vibrant colonial city cradled by the rugged Peruvian Andes is a magnificent fusion of ancient vs. modern.  Tourists who travel to South America’s most famous and most visited draw, Machu Picchu, inevitably start in Cusco, but are soon seduced by the well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage city and […]

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Exploring Peru’s Sacred Valley

Travel Planners Radio Show With Kevin & Sue McCarthy.  Internationally syndicated on GAB Radio Network and broadcast at 1590 WCGO Peru’s Machu Picchu is without doubt, one of the most sought-after destinations.  And it’s no wonder.  The mist-shrouded Inca citadel is magical and mysterious.  Getting there is just as exciting….hiking to numerous other Inca archaeological sites, […]

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Cartagena: My Favorite Latin American City

Cartagena is irresistible, beckoning travelers with its diversity of sights from 16th century stone walls, forts, and plazas, palm-lined Caribbean beaches, to chic, frenetic urban city –enticing unsuspecting visitors with its Bohemian vibe to stay longer than planned. Old Town It never gets old. I stroll down the narrow cobblestone alleys of Old Town gazing […]

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