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The Mysterious Machu Picchu: An Incan Citadel in Peru

By Eryn on Earth, a Native of Hong Kong Who Is Currently Traveling the World. Fifty-Five Countries and Counting. Machu Picchu is one of the most well-known icons of the Incan Empire and holds a few examples of the intelligence of the Inca culture. It was built in a traditional Inca style, with large pieces of polished stone that fit together like puzzle pieces. Neither cement nor glue was used to hold the grand structures together, and as we wandered...

Bogota, Colombia: A City That Inspires

By Sean Treichler, a passionate global traveler and avid swimmer/ocean-lover who is entering high school this fall in Orange County, California |  Located within the eastern Cordillera of the Andes and 8,660 feet above sea level, Bogotá is a city that has been held dearly in regards to all of my travel experiences. The high-paced, contemporary city not only enhanced my understanding of true culture and artistry, it augmented my spirit and morale through exposure of the capital’s true treasures....

Below the Surface of the Galapagos Islands

By Eryn on Earth, a Native of Hong Kong Who Is Currently Traveling the World. Fifty-Five Countries and Counting.    |  Despite how much I love going snorkeling, I always dread getting into the Galapagos ocean. If it weren’t for the interference of an icy Peruvian current, the water would be much warmer than it actually is. Sitting above water in our this wetsuits, it’s hard to believe that we will soon jump into the home of almost 450 fish...

Cusco, Peru: A Vibrant City in the Clouds

by Retta Karpinski When you fly into Cusco, Peru, you want to look out the window. Cusco is nestled in between breathtaking Andean peaks. There are buildings climbing down valleys and sloping up the mountain sides. It’s a unique and beautiful town (and on the smaller side). Cusco has one main town square surrounded by homes, churches, and cool, rustic alleys paved with stones. In the middle of town, there is a fun market where you can get everything from...