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

Peru

Barranco, Cliff Side Stacation a Stone Throw Away From Downtown Lima

5/22/14 It was a damp morning. The walk from the hostel to the train station was short and peaceful, so I didn’t mind the drizzle. As touristy as it seemed upon first glance, there was still a lot of charm in Aguas Calientes. The rain did pick up just as the train arrived, and I felt a little bummed out for all the excited day tourists trickling out as those Navy...

Machu Picchu… Top 5 Tips to Visit This Hidden Emerald in the Peruvian Andes

5/21/14 There is a very, very short list of historic landmarks that are so iconic and sublime; their auras surpass that of its host nation, sometimes the entire continent. The Great Wall in Asia, the Pyramids in Africa, the Colosseum in Europe, Petra in Middle East, and of course, Machu Picchu in Latin America, all of which withstood the test of time, and possess a...

Salkantay… A 4 day Scramble to the Mystic Machu Picchu

5/16/14 My run of shitty guesthouse experience continued. Getting electrocuted in the shower turned out to be the lesser of my suffering, as I jumped up out of bed this morning covered in flea bites. I am not sure if it was from my suspect looking blanket or the 3 pups running around; I was absolutely annihilated, covered in red dots and scratch marks from shin to...

Ollantaytambo, Hidden Gem in the Sacred Valley

5/15/14 The taxi driver halted the cab abruptly just as we rolled into the central plaza. He wasn’t all too pleased of having to make an additional stop. Can’t really blame the guy. I waved the girls goodbye and watched their half silhouettes bobbed gaily as the car roared off over the cobblestones. First impression, Ollantaytambo felt like a hidden oasis. It was...

Moray and Inca Crop Circles

The crop circles in Moray were probably the coolest ruins in the valley. Off the 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 sacrificial...

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 Ruins and Handicraft Market

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...

Sacsayhuaman and ruins near Cuzco

5/10/18 The ruin tour took us around a few sites on the outskirt of the city. My favorite was by far Sacsayhuaman. Retaining approximately 10% of its original scale, it used to be the largest temple in all of South America. It’s a shame that only the foundation remained, and it was hard to imagine its former glory in full scale and original colors. But trust me, what...

Cuzco

5/11/14 Of course my cheap old self jotted down the transportation cost for each leg all the way from the Capital… Lima to Ica – 23 S, Ica to Nazca – 11 S, Nazca to Arequipa – 70 S, Arequipa to Puno – 20 S, Puno to Cuzco – 35 S. So, fourth day in Cuzco, and I can already see myself lingering here for a couple of more weeks. Since my first coca tea...

Lake Titicaca, and the Floating Islands.

5/7/14 More of necessity than indulgence, hostel breakies are generally nothing more than stuffing down some empty calories in a budget backpacker’s morning routine. Our hosts in Puno sure had a different idea. Still half asleep and expecting the usual toasts and jam, Sarah and I woke up to a huge spread of bread, eggs, assorted cheeses, ham, avocado, fresh fruits...