The Nazca Lines of Peru

“A man with no expectations is never disappointed.” I wish I would have kept those words from Lao Tzu in mind when I went slightly out of my way to Nazca, Peru, where some bored Nazca people scratched interesting geoglyphs into the desert outside of town...

Visiting the Local Market in Cusco, Peru

One of the delights of budget travel for me is wandering a local market in a strange and unfamiliar place. The market in Cusco, Peru, is one of the most interesting I’ve ever enjoyed. Local markets are a welcome assault on the senses. New mysterious smells (some...
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

My legs were still a little sore from our hike down the tracks when the alarm went off at 4:15 a.m. Those who know me know that there are very few things in this world of ours that will make me leave a warm, dry bed so early. The motivation this time was the extremely...

The Inca Adventure Begins

The words from an old army cadence that we used to sing on long road marches filled my head: I used to date a beauty queen… Now I hold my M-16…. and it won’t be long, …until we get on back home. This wasn’t exactly a forced march that I...