We left the sanctuary of the Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and headed towards Ollantaytambo via taxi to catch the train to Aguas Calientes. Tucked away in the upper Amazon Basin and only accessible by train, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, Agua Calientes sits at the base of Machu Picchu. The day would soon arrive…Continue Reading “Exploring the Sacred Valley III – Ollantaytambo & Aguas Calientes”

Exploring the Sacred Valley II – Salinas, Maras & Moray

In all honesty, writing about Peru has been a slow and tenuous process. It was a wonderful experience but in the midst of trouble stateside. It was the last trip we would take together but I’m glad it was to Machu Picchu. It’s tough to write about the adventure that, at times, I have a hard…Continue Reading “Exploring the Sacred Valley II – Salinas, Maras & Moray”


A lot of people travel to Peru with one thing in mind; Machu Picchu. But there are actually a multitude of Incan ruins in and around the Sacred Valley that are worth taking the time to explore. The first day we arrived in Peru, we settled into the Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and then caught…Continue Reading “Exploring the Sacred Valley – Pisac, Peru”

First Impressions of Peru

For what seems like forever, I’ve wanted to travel to Machu Picchu. Just about everybody says that though right? 🙂 I put Machu Picchu on my bucket list in my early 20’s as my wanderlust continued to grow.  But, it’s always been one of those places that seemed more like a fantasy destination than an actual place. This year, slightly…Continue Reading “First Impressions of Peru”