Vinicunca: Rainbow Mountain


Machu Picchu is one of the most popular locations in Peru, leaving the Vinicunca mountains in the Andes a hidden treasure. However, in order to get a view of this geologic wonder, you must hike 17,000 feet. The journey to the top in nothing but beautifully diverse landscape that changes from snow capped peaks to red desert mountains. The different coloration that gives it the rainbow appearance is due to different environmental conditions and mineralogy. Continue reading


Huacachina Desert: a legend of love, and sand dunes adventure

IMG_6324The wind echoed her cry and the desert was her only companion. Legend tells the story of a beautiful Inca princess who fell deeply in love with a soldier. When he left to war, she promised she would wait for him until his return. The mornings turned into nights and all she ever received was a notice that her love had died in battle. Heartbroken she cried in despair. Her tears rushed down her face ceaselessly falling into the sand, creating a lagoon. Continue reading

A Dance Celebration in Cusco


Walking around Cusco is like opening a door to the past, where the streets, ancient ruins, food, and the people, preserve tradition and tell its story tracing back to the Inca Empire and Spanish conquests. In the heart of the city is Plaza de Armas, the square that at one point was marked the center of the Incas, and it is still to this day, a focal place for cultural celebrations. I was fortunate to witness the colorful and lively dance festival. Continue reading

The Magic of Cusco, Peru


From the moment I laid eyes on Cusco from the plane, I knew that I had
arrived at a sacred land. I am not sure if the fact that I was traveling here with some of my best friends, to a place that I had dreamed of visiting for so long, incremented the magical experience. Nevertheless, I was certain that this ancient city held the fascinating rich culture I had learned about. Continue reading

Helping Hands Cusco

dsc_1032A dream is born in the heart of every child, with a yearning to do something bigger than themselves. With innocence and imagination they paint a world as colorful as their crayons, where they become the heroine or hero of their story. There are no limits or boundaries to those who believe and dream, that is until someone or something shakes them out into a reality they accept for their lives, and leave their dreams forgotten. Continue reading

When Machu Picchu leaves you Speechless



They say some places leave you breathless and sometimes even speechless. For a while I contemplated the experience I had while I visited Machu Picchu and I was really at a loss of words. It is not that I couldn’t write about its history or offer any recommendations of my trip, but truthfully, I am sure you can find better articles out there about that. You see, I am concerned with the human experience, the civilization that dwelled in this place high above the clouds. Continue reading

4 Simple Lessons I learned from Buddha


Some people regard Buddhism as a religion, but for many, it is actually a philosophy and a way of life. When I was in Thailand, I was intrigued to learn more about the ways one can incorporate some of the basic concepts into everyday life. I visited temples in different cities, observed many of its practices, learned about loving-kindness, and took a meditation class with a monk. Continue reading