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Marisa Experience Studying Abroad in Peru

Peru.  It’s known for…

  • Machu Picchu, the infamous mountain top ancient ruins;
  • Ceviche, a marinated raw sea food salad; and
  • Lima, one of the most up-and-coming international cities in Latin America.

But Marisa knows Peru for a different reason.

When she was just 13, Marisa was sent to Peru to study abroad.  Learn how her experience studying abroad changed her life and stemmed a passion for travel…

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Three Day Hike; Colca Canyon, Peru

Oh? You’ve been to the Grand Canyon, eh?

Pretty big, you say?

Hardly.

Colca Canyon in Peru positively dwarfs the Grand Canyon. In fact, with depths reaching 3,400m (11,150 ft.) it is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.Continue

Sandsurfing and Dune Buggies; Huacachina, Peru

Located just three miles (5 km) west of Ica, the small charming villa of La Huacachina, Peru routinely draws international backpackers for two reasons: a heavy party scene overflowing with carefree adrenaline junkies (think “Point Break”) and KILLER sand surfing (again like “Point Break,” but with sand dunes instead of waves).

Let’s focus on the dunes. Continue

Island Hopping; Titicaca Lake, Peru & Bolivia

Lake Titicaca. Sitting 3,811 m (12,500 ft) above sea level, it’s the largest high altitude lake in the world, and spreads over 8400 sq km across Peru and Bolivia’s section of the Andes mountains.

These snowcapped mountains overlook Titicaca’s pristine waters, which surround several small islands where village life has remained unchanged for centuries.

Most travelers arrive in Juliaca. It’s not a pleasant introduction. Home to the only commercial airport around, it’s a necessary, albeit unpleasant place to travel through. Take our advice: hightail it to the much more attractive and laidback Puno.

Puno – a small port town located on the northeastern coast of Lake Titicaca – is the first stop before the islands of Lake Titicaca. Spend a day or two here admiring the few colonial buildings, old fishing boats and setting up a tour of the islands beyond.

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Inca Trail Tours to Macchu Picchu; Peru

Located along a high ridge overlooking the mighty Urubamba river, Machu Picchu – which means “Old Mountain” – is one of South America’s most iconic sites. It is situated between two large mountains in the Andes, and often remains shrouded in mist.

But no matter the weather, the views are astounding. Even more so when you consider this stone fortress was built over six hundred years ago… without the use of heavy machinery. In fact, studies have indicated each giant stone was pushed to its present location by hundreds of laborers and placed – with unerring precision – so expertly that a knife blade cannot fit in between them.

Machu Picchu owes its survival to its remote location. Completely hidden from below, it escaped destruction by Spanish Conquistadors (nearly all Incan architecture was destroyed during the sixteenth century).Continue