Day Trips from Cusco Peru

Rainbow Mountain - Day Trips from Cusco Peru

Many people plan a trip to Cusco in Peru just for Machu Picchu, but there is so much to explore here!  As well of plenty of things to do in Cusco, there is also a lot to do in the Sacred Valley.  While you are in Cusco you could (and should!) take several day trips […]

Cusco Travel Guide: Things to do in Cusco Peru

Make sure you acclimatize to the altitude before hiking in Peru

Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire and was also known as the bellybutton of the World. Evidence of Inca culture is everywhere, but tourism is big business here and can be overwhelming!  I’ve put together this backpacking Cusco travel guide to help you to figure out what to do in Cusco to experience […]

How to Get from Cusco to Ollantaytambo & Why You Should Go!

Temple Hill at Ollantaytambo Day Trips from Cusco Peru

Ollantaytambo is a fascinating place to visit, and should certainly be on your Peru travel itinerary.  Often overlooked, be sure to give Ollantaytambo, or Ollanta as it’s also known, a chance to show you just why it is so special.  Here I’ve listed my reasons to hopefully persuade you why you should go from Cusco […]

How to Manage the Altitude in Cusco and Altitude Sickness at Machu Picchu

Sunrise at Machu Picchu Peru

Peru is on many people’s bucket lists, and for good reason.  The Inca Citadel at Machu Picchu has graced the cover of countless South American guidebooks and travel magazines, and this iconic UNESCO site is certainly a worthy entry in the New Modern Wonders of the World.  However, for many visitors to Machu Picchu and […]

11 Awesome Photos of Machu Picchu

Photos of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is still one of my favourite places I have ever been.  In the last 2 years I have been backpacking South America, Cuba, and Central America, and watching the sunrise at Machu Picchu still sticks in my mind as an incredible experience that I don’t think I’ll ever forget!  I wanted to share […]

Sunrise at Machu Picchu: My Magic Moment

Sunrise at Machu Picchu

I cried the first time I saw Machu Picchu. It had been an emotional few days! I had been pushed to my physical and mental limits; hiked for four days across peaks up to 4400m high. I had been wet, cold, hot, sweaty and constantly exhausted. While I understand how some people hate Machu Picchu and […]

The Day a Horse named Zaino Saved My Life

Bringing up the rear to Machu Picchu

OK, so I wasn’t really dying. But when you’re 4000m high, your perspective tends to be a little skewed. We had just started day 3 of our 4 day trek to Machu Picchu, and I was exhausted. I’d slept fairly well considering the cold temperatures and aching limbs, but after breakfast I really didn’t fancy […]

The Trek to Machu Picchu

Me on the trek to Machu Picchu

When I decided to book this trip back in June, the traditional Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu had already sold out. However, I had read online that it was often busy, felt over-crowded in places, and there was a mad rush to get through the Sun Gate first. So I wasn’t that upset about […]

Dragoman Overland: Tour from La Paz to Cusco & Machu Picchu

Our Dragoman Truck Rosita - Backpacking Tours in South America

Visiting Machu Picchu by myself seemed way too complicated. I looked online for the traditional Inca Trail trek, to find it was already sold out for the dates I wanted. Apparently you need to book it around 6 months in advance, as they only allow a certain number of people on the trail at one […]