I'm not a hiking or climbing enthusiast, so I'd never heard of Huaraz before I visited Peru. I don't remember who first told me about the city, but that person - whoever he or she was - is a saint. I loved so many things about Peru, but Huaraz was the absolute highlight. Like snow-capped … Continue reading Huaraz


When I was in Peru, a bunch of travelers advised me to spend as little time in Lima as possible. "It's nothing special. It's just another big city," they said. With those less-than-stellar reviews, I arrived in Lima with few expectations. Maybe I just wanted to be contrarian, but I ended up liking Lima so … Continue reading Lima


Cusco is undeniably touristy. You can’t walk five steps around the Plaza de Armas without being brandished with a tour brochure or restaurant or spa menu. Women stroll through the streets with llamas, waiting for squealing tourists to pounce for a selfie opp. But Cusco is a must for even the most independent and jaded … Continue reading Cusco


Puno was my first stop in Peru after crossing the border from Bolivia. Like Copacabana in Bolivia, Puno is located next to Lake Titicaca. However, Puno is considerably larger with a population of more than 100,000. Cruising to the islands of Uros and Taquile is a popular activity for travelers in Puno. A few people … Continue reading Puno