Climbing Pachatusan, and Taking Refuge in a Quechua Home in Peru

The plan is a 2-day trek up mount Pachatusan in Peru; the reality is an adventure we could never have imagined, and a completely unique experience.

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The Path of the Sun: Q’ero Culture and Ayahuasca

by Nora Dunn on November 24, 2014

Following my article about San Pedro, Ayahuasca, and plant medicines in Peru, I was contacted by Seti Gershberg, who lived in the Sacred Valley of Peru for two years, whilst studying with the Q’ero and Ayahuasqueros and making a documentary about it. I had a chance to see his documentary The Path of the Sun, which is available for download online. (See the end of this post for special discount links that give you up to 40% off!)


The Path of the Sun

The Path of the Sun is a two-part documentary (each part is just over an hour in length) that explores Peruvian shamanism, ancient wisdom, consciousness, the healing powers of Ayahuasca, and how all this applies to our 21st century world. Throughout the films over 18 authors, anthropologists, therapists, and practitioners in these shamanic cultures are interviewed.

Q’ero Mystics of Peru

Q’ero Mystics of Peru is the first part of the documentary and provides a good base of knowledge of this unique indigenous culture that is shrouded in much mystery. Not a lot is known about the Q’ero, as they lived in relative isolation in remote Andean communities until the 1950’s. In the duration and aftermath of the Spanish conquest, they maintained a foothold on their culture and beliefs by living remotely in this way.

Their culture is based on living in close connection with the earth, and their healing experience and wisdom is handed down through the generations. They’re a very spiritual (and colourful!) culture based on simple yet fundamentally beautiful concepts such as reciprocity, love, and balance. Although most schools of thought suggest that there are no living bloodline descendants of the Inca, some people feel the Q’ero could indeed be of Inca heritage.

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How Travel Rewards You For Being Impulsive

by Nora Dunn on November 19, 2014

Impulsively enjoying la hora loca after accepting a random invitation to a Peruvian wedding…more on this later


Travel in itself is an exercise in stepping outside of your comfort zone. So, as long as you’re out on a comfort-limb, why not embrace it and be impulsive?

Here are eight ways you can be impulsive on the road (as well as at home for that matter) to expand your horizons and get the most out of travel (and life):


Do Things you Wouldn’t Normally Do

When I was in Canberra Australia, I walked by a derelict encampment that was billed as the Australian Aboriginal Tent Embassy. When invited in by a woman who looked a few sandwiches short of a picnic, I hesitated…and then went in. I spent an enlightening afternoon with her, during which I had preconceived notions challenged, and was reminded that judging a book by its cover is rarely a good idea.

Read more: The Australian Aboriginal Tent Embassy: A 38 Year Protest


Take Action

In northern Thailand in 2008, my partner at the time and I had a close brush with a natural disaster, when Cyclone Nargis blew through Burma and left two million people without food, shelter, or water. Being so close to the event hit us hard, and we hatched a small plan to rent a truck, fill it with water, and drive it to the border where an aid worker could take the water to those in need. It wasn’t much, but it was something we could do right then and there. 24 hours later with some Thai connections, our small plan exploded into starting an impromptu NGO that got international attention.

One of the terrific benefits of this endeavour (aside from doing some good for the cyclone survivors, was that we made some very special inroads into Thai culture, making local friends who we’d never have met if it weren’t for the work we were doing.

Here’s one of the news stories covering our efforts: CBC News Coverage

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A Week-In-the-Life of Drew: Hungry Partier

by Nora Dunn on November 17, 2014

SOLO PICDrew is a recent college graduate who has visited 43 countries since the beginning of 2012. His favorite things about traveling are eating the local foods, meeting awesome people and experiencing the nightlife scene. Here’s a week-in-the-life of Drew experiencing the craziest week of his life backpacking with a friend through four Eastern European countries.


Day 1

8:00 AM- Wake up early in Munich to catch a flight to Belgrade, Serbia. After a long bus ride, we show up at the airport, thinking that our flight is at 10AM, but soon find out that it is actually 9AM. With only 20 minutes left until departure, and not even checked into our flight yet, we scramble to security and they let us proceed through (without a boarding pass). I did not know this was possible. Finally we are boarding the plane just seconds before the door shuts. Phew.

11:30AM- Arrive in Belgrade. It’s a beautiful summer day, 27 degrees Celsius and not a cloud in the sky. We check into our hostel and immediately started to explore the city.

5:00PM- Hike up to the top of the famous Fortress to watch sunset over the Danube and Sava Rivers. It is such an amazing view from the top and it is extremely peaceful. This is one of the most amazing moments of my life.


11:00PM- Meet some local Serbs and they take us to an awesome club. We party all night long with them, and all of the other stunningly attractive and fun Serbian people.

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