How to Spend 9 Days in Peru: Travel Guide

February 1, 2017Blog, Peru, Travel Guides

I spent a week in Peru in November (over Thanksgiving) with a friend. We visited Cusco, Lima, and hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Here’s what we did: How I Got There We flew Avianca from Dulles to Cusco, transferring through San Salvador and Lima (and snoozing in that airport for a bit since … Read More

Planning a Trip to Machu Picchu and Hiking the Inca Trail

August 26, 2015Blog, Peru

It all started with a poster. Hiking Machu Picchu had been on my list for a while, but it floated on that level that always got usurped by another destination when it came time to book. Then a few months ago my landlord inexplicably decided to plaster the hallway near my apartment door with a floor-to-ceiling mural of … Read More

Rio de Janeiro Travel Tips for First-Time Visitors

February 28, 2014AOL Travel, Articles, Brazil

Published February 28, 2014 on AOL Travel || Rio de Janeiro’s famous sites like Copacabana Beach, Sugarloaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue have been the stuff of postcards as long as people have been sending postcards. Whether you’re traveling here for Carnival, scored 2014 World Cup tickets or are just taking a Brazil vacation, here are five first-timer … Read More

Is Rio Safe?

September 28, 2013Articles, Blog, Brazil, Travel Guides

Safety was my main concern when visiting Rio de Janeiro. I’d heard stories of muggings from people who’d visited, advice from former residents to avoid hills and the beach at night, and terrible accounts of attacks on tourists on public transit. Overall, I didn’t feel as safe as I do wandering around New York. You … Read More