Where to Eat in Cusco: Centro Historico

Posted Posted in cocktails, Cusco, destinations, food, foodie, Peru, South America

Cusco is definitely worth more than the few days that people give it, often as a pit stop to or from the nearby main attraction, Machu Picchu. In reality, the city has a charming historic center with the grand Plaza de Armas as a central meeting place, interesting museums and churches, a circuit of impressive ruins and – most importantly – many culinary delights, if […]

100 Days

Posted 6 CommentsPosted in Bolivia, budget tips, Colombia, destinations, Ecuador, Peru, RTW, South America, travel, travel planning

Today makes 100 days since the day I landed in South America. A whole new continent, a whole new language and a whole new world of adventure. I’ve learned so much about the people, places and of course food culture of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and now Bolivia. I’ve made friends from all over the world and I have left pieces of my heart in so […]

Comida Tipica in Cusco: Cuy Chactado

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Cusco, destinations, food, foodie, Peru

Looking for traditional food in Cusco, Peru? Try Cuy! Cuy is a local specialty of the highland regions in South America, especially Ecuador and Peru. You can find it served in a variety of ways, often wood-fired or roasted, though people complain that it can be dry and a lot of work for such a small amount of meat. A friend tried it in a […]

Change of Plans

Posted 5 CommentsPosted in Ecuador, people, South America, travel

When I began this journey, I had a very rough itinerary in mind. In fact, my preferred way to travel is to leave things a bit open ended, to slow down and to allow myself to test the waters in a place before I commit to more than a few days there. There is so much world to see that I try not to waste […]

Things to Do in Portland: Wine Tasting by Helicopter

Posted 1 CommentPosted in destinations, foodie, helicopter tour, Oregon, things to do, Willamette Valley, wine

It might seem odd that, although it’s been a good 15 years since I’d seen her last, Coral looked exactly the same as she stepped out of the helicopter and ducked across the helipad. Come to think of it, she pretty much looked the same as I remembered her from elementary school days, going on adventures up in Piiholo or hanging out in Pukalani. Suddenly, […]