If you want to visit the Andes mountains, do you go to Ecuador or Peru? Here’s an analysis, based on the last 3 years of living between both countries.
Although I only intended to stay in Peru for three months, I immediately fell in love with the Sacred Valley and ended up creating a home base there for two years! It was my introduction to plant medicine, and was where I apprenticed with a shaman.
My time in Peru was mainly centered around the Sacred Valley, but I traveled around a bit and also spent a month in the jungle as part of my apprenticeship.
How I stumbled into learning to be an ayahuasca and san pedro shaman in Peru then Ecuador. Notes on shamanism, being a healer, and what’s next for me.
The Peru travel lifestyle is a very different thing from life in the USA and other western countries. Here are some of the challenges (and gifts) of each, as discussed in this month’s Travel Vlog!
2016 started off in one way, turned left, got flipped upside down, then messed up in the blender. Here’s how it all came out in the end:
Even though I’ve been traveling almost 10 years, my departure from Peru required that I relearn some of travel’s inherent lessons. Here’s what I’m doing.
My trek to Mount Pitusiray was not only a poetic close to this Peruvian chapter of my life, but it was also one of the best. It’s also a mystical mountain and solar clock, that casts famous shadows once a year.
At long last, here is an apprenticeship update about my work with a shaman in Peru. Unfortunately, it’s not pretty. Big changes coming my way….
The Peruvian ruins of Tipon are an engineering feat as well as a magical place. And becuase it’s a little-known gem, you might have the place to yourself!
After living in Peru for a while and then returning to Canada for a visit, I was surprised by some of the differences in daily life. Check it out:
Here are some of my jungle journal excerpts after spending the month of June in the Peruvian jungle.
The reason for my month in the jungle of Peru was to do a plant diet and ayahuasca retreat. Here’s what you can expect from such an experience.
During my month in the jungle of Peru, I had all kinds of animal encounters – some better than others. Here’s a humourous excerpt of my experiences.
After spending a month in the jungle of Peru, I learned a few things. Here’s what you can expect, and recommendations for things to bring.
I started (and ended) my month in the jungles of Peru by visiting Iquitos. The Amazon river, Belen Market and the moto traffic; here’s more info on Iquitos!
Peruvian cuisine is the new black, and for good reason. Here’s a collection of street food in Peru that’s cheap and delicious.
I’ve been teasing you with tales of transition for months now. So finally, here it is: my next big step in life – I’m becoming a shaman.
Here’s a week-in-the-life of Chris Reynolds and a group of volunteers as part of The One Effect, expanding sustainable farming in the Sacred Valley of Peru.
Here’s the deal on drinking chicha in Peru – quite the cultural experience, and often quite the acquired taste as well!
I finally made it up to the sacred Pisac Ruins in Peru – proverbially right on my doorstep. Find out more about this magical place, in this photo essay.
In 2014 I traveled through/lived in 7 countries, and traversed over 34,000 miles. Here’s a summary of what I did, and where.
In Cusco, my purse was stolen, with everything in it. Here’s what happened, what I gained from being prepared, and what mistakes I made along the way.
The day-long trek from Cusco to Huchuy Qosqo is filled with history, beauty, and adventure. Check it out!
The Path of the Sun is a documentary about ayahuasca, Q’ero culture, and socio-cultural ramifications. Includes special discounts for you – up to 40% off!
After having a few parasite infections, I’m into clean water now. Here’s a guide to clean water around the world, with some tips to stay healthy abroad.
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.
I’m determined to become fluent in Spanish, and I’m close. Here’s how I’m doing it, with some useful tools and resources.
Attending a Peruvian wedding was a cultural boon and valuable insight into Latin American culture. Here’s what happened:
Here is a personal tale and journey of plant medicines in Peru, including San Pedro and Ayahuasca. This stuff is real: not just hippy-woo-woo crap!
Barratio market in Cusco is much more than a flea market…it’s an experience. Check it out in living colour with these pictures and stories.
Here’s why I’m headed back to Peru to set up shop for a while, and how this plays into my traveling lifestyle.
Here’s a week-in-the-life of Emily and Ewan doing something very near and dear to my heart: hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, in Peru.
For me, Lima was all about the ceviche. I did, however, get to experience some of Lima’s lively culture (enroute to and from ceviche-inspired meals).
When a friend suggested I visit Maras salt mines in Peru, I cringed. But as I discovered, these are unlike any “mines” you could imagine.
With a 1,300 meter ascent, a 1,500 metre descent, and a pass at 4,700 meters (15,400+ feet), soaking in Peru’s Lares hot springs was the ultimate reward.
The Inca ruins of Moray could have been an ancient agricultural lab, a place for festivals, or an extra-terrestrial landing pad. What do you think?
Kinsa Cocha is tucked away high in the Peruvian Andes; we hiked a series of three lakes above 4,500 metres – here are the stunning pictures.
Failing to climb Apu Nusta in Peru was quite a cathartic and culturally enriching experience. Finding success, in failure.
Recently I did a Munay-Ki workshop – a transformation; an initiation and receiving of rites that has the potential to change my life, and many others.
Unlike other small towns I’ve visited and lived in, there is a lack of integration between locals and foreigners. Read on to find out why this may be.
My five-day trip through the Andes culminated in Machu Picchu: a place lives up to, and even exceeds all the hype, and challenged me on many levels.
On day two of our trek in the Peruvian Andes, we perform a Peruvian ceremony, visit the ancient Huchuy Qosqo, and meet our Quechua “Mama” who adopts us.
Miguel wandered into my life as magically as Peru did. Little did I know that a week later, we’d be on the journey of (my) lifetime, trekking in the Andes.
I just did a 5-day digital detox in the Peruvian Andes. Although there was no better setting for it, it wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done.
I’m linking into some amazing and authentic Peruvian shamanistic ceremonies. My first – and most common in Peruvian culture, was that of the despacho.
Here’s a little tale of a magical – almost unbelievable – set of circumstances that brought me to magical Peru for three months.