Category: Peru

Leading a Farm-to-Table Life in Peru: A Sustainability Conundrum

Textiles for sale in Pisac, Peru Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Is True Sustainability Sustainable? I equate striving for sustainability—the practice of not depleting the Earth’s resources—with achieving a certain harmony. On my way to Machu Picchu, I can’t help but observe how the indigenous people in Peru live. The distance…

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In Praise of Pachamama

An image of a shaman at a cemetery in Cusco, Peru

Experience the Tranquility of a Session with a Shaman The organized religion to which I was introduced as a child is one of repetition and repentance; we must constantly seek to avoid damnation for repeatedly soiling ourselves in sin. Also,…

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Taking the Machu Picchu Express

View from Peru Rail

Short on vacation time, the Brawny Sherpa and I opt for a quick trip to Peru. Sure, we’d love to languish in the countryside for a couple of weeks, learn all there is to learn in Lima, gain clarity with…

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To Peru in a Whirlwind

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Overthink, and You May Never See Machu Picchu Is Peru safe for tourists? Photo credit: M. Ciavardini While sipping some coca tea in a small shop in Pisac, I finally have a moment to rest—having taken two planes and a…

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Long Weekend in Machu Picchu: Getting There

Residents of Pisac, Peru

To Peru and Back in Less than Five Days We step out of the Cusco airport—not named anything with the word Cusco in it—and walk into a National Geographic story. The short, old women with the skirts, the knee-length stockings,…

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Practical Picchu

Machu Picchu, Peru

What You Need to Know before Heading to Peru The weather at Machu Picchu is temperamental: cloudy one minute, sunny the next. How to cope? Layer your clothing. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini Fresh from a long weekend spent ascending Machu…

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