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The crazy town of Machu Picchu

There’s a bombardment of market stalls, souvenirs, and statues of the Incas, and all in your face the moment you leave the train. The mountains loom above and the first thing you instinctively do in Aguas Calientes is look above to see if you might be able to see the […]

Surrounded by Incan ruins

The taxi driver dropped me off in the main plaza of Ollantaytambo. I paid him the 15 soles and stepped out a little disorientated. I sat with a broken backpack in the square surrounded by double story Mexican and Peruvian restaurants. All catered to the tourist. These would be expensive. […]

Lonely Planet Tour of Cusco

There have been two reliable resources for me to navigate Peru. The first I use is Hostel World, a website and app which helps me decide the hostels I want to stay in. It doesn’t often fail me. The second resource is Lonely Planet’s Peru tourist guide which cost me […]

The Temple of the Moon

  The Temple of the Moon is something that the Moche civilization built, and it’s among the ruins that are near Trujillo in northern Peru. The Moche lived from about 1200 BC to 1400 AD. There were two temples (the sun, and the moon) and the sun temple is closed […]

Burnzy’s Peru Jam

This is part of my playlist that I listen to on my Iphone every day, when I am on the bus early in the morning and on my way home from work. I use it to escape the daily routine, but I cannot understand most of it. Still, a little […]

Adventures to Interpol

  SOUTH African casa-amigo Adriaan and I arrived at Lima Interpol to see a crowd of Venezuelans mingled in front of the front walls. We could skip through the gate. I felt uncomfortable – as if I was benefiting from white privilege, but as it was made clear to me […]

Hostel stories from Barranco

There is an Australian from western Sydney, with short thick and tangled light brown or blonde hair, and she has travelled in Peru four months. Next she goes to the dominican. I do not know much about her. She is a mystery, and I am happy to keep her as […]

Clowns on a first date

I HAVE a jumble of Spanish in my head and it feels worse every time I try to speak it. “Porque, tengo, hace, pasado, fui, estuvo.”ย  I feel like a bit of a joke at my place of work and everywhere else around me when I do not understand words, […]