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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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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel: Affordable Luxury in the Andes

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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Machu Picchu Tourismo Rules: You Can’t Take Your Clothes Off at Machu Picchu?

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 Life-Changing Things to Do in Cusco. Brace Yourself for #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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Rio de Janeiro Vacations: 10 Must-See Attractions

The ocean breeze lifted the curly tendrils that escaped my ponytail, a cool respite from the tropical heat wafting off the beach. I dug my toes in the sand, hugged my knees, and giggled out loud. I was in Rio,  the “Rio” and the excitement was nothing short of intoxicating. It was the week after […]

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