Tag: Machu Picchu

Convenience in Cusco

El Arcangel restaurant at the San Agustin International in Cusco, Peru Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Our stay in room 114 at the San Agustin International is short and functional. In Peru to see Machu Picchu, we stay in Cusco a couple of nights after our great adventure on the mountain. After a couple of pisco…

A Spiritual Altitude Adjustment at Machu Picchu

Looking out at the world from Machu Picchu, Peru Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

I am so concerned with the physical challenge of Machu Picchu—how much will the altitude affect me? will my head hurt? will I be able to breathe?—that I don’t spend as much time as I should contemplating the spirituality of…

The Worst Sorts of Falls

Contemplating Colonialism, Missionaries, Politics, Priests Fresh from a trip to Peru, I watch The Mission, a 1986 film about missionaries in South America and their efforts to convert indigenous people to Christianity. Starring Jeremy Irons as a nonviolent priest and…

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,…

To Peru in a Whirlwind

Peru

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…

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,…

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…

Machu Picchu for Tea Time

Set back by the mid-January wind chill and an ick-disease variation of the flu, I turn to Mark Adams’s Turn Right at Machu Picchu to carry me away far from the sniffles and Nyquil-charged fog. I am already enthused by…