Our main reason for heading to Cusco was to visit Machu Picchu but, we discovered so much more. While we struggled at first to acclimatize to the high altitude, we soon got into the swing of things checking out the town and surrounding Sacred Valley.
It tops the list of most people's bucket list and it doesn't disappoint. Machu Picchu is amazing but it doesn't have to cost you an arm and leg.
After walking into to at least 30 of the hundreds of tour operators bailable in Cusco, the most reasonable price we could find to Machu Picchu was USD $90 per person (transport to Hidroelectrica & return, 1 x night hostel, meals, and guide).
We didn't want to spend that much so we decided to do the trip independently and save as much money as possible
For those of you that have never heard of Ayahuasca, it is an ancient medicine used by shamans in the Amazon to communicate with nature or to see what's causing a particular patient's ailment on a physical or spiritual level.
It was during our visit to the Amazon near Puerto Maldonado in Peru, that we were invited to join a ceremony with local shaman Hill. This was our experience with ayahuasca.
The Amazon Rainforest makes up some 5.5 million square kilometres of South America and extends through most countries on the continent.
We'd already visited the Peruvian highlands, the desert coast and the sacred valley so, we thought it was time to experience the jungle.
We'd long dreamt of visiting the natural wonderland that is the Galápagos Islands, spending countless hours researching how to do it without selling our first unborn child. We had a loose plan and we were determined to spend 8 days there for less than $1000 each...and we did. This is how.
Northern Peru is often overlooked by travellers in favour of the more popular south however, it’s history is rich with pre-Incan civilisations so with that in mind, we got off the ‘gringo trail’ and went in search of something just a little different. And cheese…I heard there was going to be cheese…
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