Cuba has been on our destination map for awhile now, but plans to visit never materialized. When the changes between U.S.-Cuba relations were announced, we knew we had to make it happen before U.S. corporations began setting up shop and the allure of the "Old Havana" began to change. We've just returned from a long weekend in Havana and the first…

We set out to see Machu Picchu, the famed Wonder of the World. Crossing mountain passes and descending into valleys, we discovered that the real Wonder was the land, the culture, the people. From the parades of Cusco to the rigorous trails of the Inca, the journey to Machu Picchu captivated in ways we could never have imagined. We've shared…

I typically bring quite a few souvenirs home, but this trip was a little different since we really didn't have time to shop. I'm not an impulse buyer, so even in another country it takes me a long time to select exactly what I want to buy. Though I would have loved a nice alpaca wool blanket, I have no regrets because the treasures…

When we began planning our trip to Machu Picchu, we were overwhelmed at the choices of treks and trekking companies to choose from. Like anyone would, we began with a lot of general Google research, then checked TripAdvisor to see which companies had the highest ratings. Deciding on the Salkantay trek instead of the classic Inca Trail helped narrow our options. The classic Inca…

The iPhone Photography Awards recently announced their 2015 winners and this photo I snapped in Cappadocia received an honorable mention in the Panorama category! This photo was taken about 6am in Goreme, Turkey from the balcony of Nostalji Cave Suit Hotel. I remember welcoming those morning calls to prayer from the nearby mosque, because I wanted to wake up early…

We love Airbnb for finding budget friendly accommodations. Rooms in people's houses, entire houses, bed and breakfasts, locally owned hotels and international chains can all be found on airbnb. For our last night in Cusco, we stayed at a small bed and breakfast, Garden of San Blas. Garden of San Blas, Cusco | $80 per night Rooms: Each room in this home is decorated…

We love Airbnb for finding budget friendly accommodations. Rooms in people's houses, entire houses, bed and breakfasts, locally owned hotels and international chains can all be found on airbnb. For our first two nights in Cusco, we stayed at a small, locally owned hotel, La Estancia de la Abuela. La Estancia de la Abuela, Cusco | $30 per night Rooms: Our…

On our recent trip to Peru we had an overnight layover in Lima before heading to Cusco. We were getting in late, about 10pm, and had to depart early, at 5:30 am. Since we were going to be hitting the ground running in Cusco, we definitely wanted a better night's sleep than what we would have gotten in the airport…

Two days is simply not enough to experience all the culinary goodness Cusco has to offer. But the restaurants we did get to visit were so good, we thought we'd share some yummy food photos to get you ready for your visit to the Inca capital! Click the name for a link to their tripadvisor page for ratings, addresses, menus and…

We showed you what we packed in our bags before leaving for Peru, and now that we're back we're more informed on what should and shouldn't have been included. Overall I think we did a pretty good job, specifically concerning clothing, as we somehow managed to have clean clothes to wear on the plane home without having time to do laundry like we thought we…

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