Author: Elena

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Falling in Love on the Way (part two)

We kept on walking alongside the red dusty road that would lead us to the next village, São Luiz Gonzaga. We had been told that we still had around 30 km left, which translated...

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Falling in Love on the Way (part one)

We had been in touch for months already, sharing thoughts and feelings about our travels. I had found out about his blog after someone had shared one of his posts on a social network:...

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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 of me, which made it the longest bus ride I had ever been on....

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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 middle of the Chilean desert that lies a few hours between Bolivia and Peru....

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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 moved to London for a couple of months, hoping to find some temporary job...

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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 around: they are my only company in this cold night. It’s only 9 PM,...

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Lake Titicaca

A seagull is quietly floating on the dark blue waters, when it suddenly catches flight. Women are working the fields and it seems that the heat doesn’t affect them under their elaborated and colorful...

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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 my interest in reaching the heart of Gringoland. After all these months traveling off...

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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 hiking 74 km in the Salkantay Trek is what made it memorable. Machu Picchu is...