If you haven’t traveled to Peru yet, you need to add this country to your travel bucket list pronto. Cusco to Machu Picchu is a journey you must experience once in your lifetime.

Seriously, I have been around the world to 36 countries and one of the most epic moments I have ever experienced is seeing Machu Picchu from around the bend. I also had an out-of-world experience while exploring the small mountain town of Cusco, Peru where I felt like I was reaching untouched universal heights.

There is just something so freakin’ majestic and heavenly up in the Peruvian Andes Mountains.

You know that cliche, “took my breath away”? Peru literally did just that. I could not gulp down enough oxygen nor water during our week there due to the high altitude because Cusco sits at 2.11 miles high above sea level. Yikes.sigh.gasp.gasp.

But you know what? I would have lost my breath no matter what at the exact moment I saw my first glimpse of Machu Picchu. 

Huge tip: When you travel to Peru you can’t overthink or stress out about the altitude sickness. I have a guide on how to best prep for the altitude sickness so you can still make the elevated journey.

Most importantly, it’s a mindfullness play. When I experience any physical or emotional hardships while traveling I rely on the mental and spiritual to come in like a crazy knight in shining armor to save the day. When you focus on what’s in front of you and how life-changing it can be, you almost forgot about everything else — even when you can’t breathe a full breath of oxygen.

When I was starry-eyed gazing at the Andes Mountains I forgot about everything else. It was a moment that carved an everlasting memory in my mind.

From the cobblestone hillsides of Cusco to the snowy-peaked Andes and surrounding countryside, to the mysteriously magical Machu Picchu, you need to add Peru to your bucket list. Right now. Do it. Without a doubt.

If that didn’t convince you enough, Cusco has the most incredible Pisco Sours our world has to offer. 

More Peru journaling coming soon including alpacas, puppies, peruvian food, squirt guns, and textiles. 

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