Backpack Full of SunshineA travel blog of a boy following his dream and embarking on a four year backpacking sabbatical around the world

South America

Andean peaks, Amazonian rainforest, Patagonian glaciers, Incan ruins, colonial towns, white-sand beaches and vertiginous nightlife: the wonders of South America set the stage for incredible adventures.

Moray

The crop circles in Moray were probably one of the cooler ruins in the valley. Off of what little I gathered from the guide near me, Inca farmers experimented various crops here throughout the seasons. Each elevated platform was meant to be a testing/growing site of some sort to experiment optimal conditions attributing to the best yields (or it’s an evil human...

Maras and the Salt Flats

5/13/14 I spent last night in Urubamba and really wish I hadn’t. More of a bus hub for the surrounding sites, it didn’t have the same magical feel as do those other quaint little towns in the Sacred Valley. I arrived early in the evening and it seemed that everything was either closed for the day or closed permanently. I passed on the first hostel since 40 soles...

Pisac

5/12/14 As I sip on this surprising satisfying double espresso in this cute coffee shop overlooking the central plaza, I am starting to realize the irony of precisely what I am doing at this very moment… reading, or trying to read Catch 22 above the Pisac Tuesday Market is well, a catch 22 all in itself. A part of me wanted to put a good dent in this book and follow...