The Backpacker's Way

If the Mountain Won’t Come to Muhammad…

The Trans Salvador bus to Santa Cruz de la Sierra left Calama at 11 PM. I had 31 hours ahead...

The Driest Desert in the World

There is one place on Earth where sunsets are pinker and stars are brighter. It is a village in the...

Quien Puede Puede, y Quien no Puede Aplaude? – Traveling on a Shoestring

If there was anything that spoiled my Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, was a heated discussion with my guide, Edgar, because of...

Living with the Hare Krishna

Of them, I had a vague memory from ten years ago. It was the summer of 2007, and I had...

Arequipa and the Colca Canyon

My hiking boots stomp heavy on the deserted Plaza de Armas in Cabanaconde. A couple of stray dogs are sniffing...

Lake Titicaca

A seagull is quietly floating on the dark blue waters, when it suddenly catches flight. Women are working the fields...

Cusco and the Sacred Valley

Both Peruvians and travelers had been enumerating the beauties of Cusco at annoying levels, so that I had quite lost...

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Going there had been in my bucket list since I first landed in Peru, five months ago. Reaching it after...

Landslides, Visionary Art and a Piece of Europe: Pucallpa to Tarma

The six hour journey from Tingo María to Pucallpa was concerning me a little: according to my Lonely Planet, rapes...

When Saudade Surprises You

For months, I’d been reading travel blogs and I’d been envying all those people who quit their jobs to travel....