10 May10 The Streets of Santa Catalina

Posted in Culture, History and Politics, Landmarks from Plaza de Armas, Arequipa, Peru by

While we were sad to leave Cusco behind, we looked forward to uncovering more of the sights and stories of Peru. Our next destination was Arequipa, a city famous for its grand colonial architecture constructed from sillar, a white volcanic rock. Our hostel was set in a quiet neighbourhood, reminiscent of a small European suburb. […] (Read More)

06 May10 In the Sacred Valley

Posted in Activity, Art, Culture, Food, History and Politics, Nature, Travel, Volunteering from Ollantaytambo, Peru by Calina

Most people come to Cusco, Peru to go trekking through Incan ruins. I came to volunteer. One of my goals for this trip was to find an organization that worked with women and get involved to learn more about women’s empowerment and gender equality in South America. While surfing the web, I came across Threads […] (Read More)

03 May10 Mysterious Machu Picchu

Posted in Activity, Culture, History and Politics, Landmarks, Nature, Travel, Travel Tips from Machu Picchu, Peru by Calina

Before coming to South America, I shamefully admit that I knew very little about Machu Picchu. All I knew was that it was famous and a must-see. Since then, my curiosity has been picqued by its compelling mystery. How is it that this giant complex eluded the Spaniards when they destroyed so many other Incan […] (Read More)