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The Ultimate Itinerary: 9 Days in Peru

In celebration of my recent transition into a new career, I spent 9 adventurous and fulfilling days in Peru. I traveled in June and split my journey between Lima, Ollantaytambo, and Cusco, where we got to experience some of Peru's jaw-dropping landscapes, ranging from a desert oasis to mystical mountain ranges. Here's my 9-day Peru itinerary, including a budget that I'm sure will leave you with an unforgettable experience in the country.

5 Failed Picture Attempts with Christ the Redeemer

One of Rio de Janeiro's most recognizable landmarks is Christ the Redeemer. Wherever you go in Rio, you will see this glorious statue watching over the city. It attracts 3,000- 4,000 visitors daily, or over a million visitors each year. People from all over the world travel to come and do the most to get a picture with the statue. However, as you can imagine, with such a popular attraction, picture taking is a challenge! Here are 5 of the 100s of hilarious attempts I made at getting a half-way decent shot with Christ the Redeemer:

Exploring Rio de Janeiro During Peak Season

Visiting Brazil has been on my travel wish list for years! After several failed attempts at trying to visit the vibrant country, it finally worked out! On a glorious mid-October day, the stars finally aligned and a cheap flight ticket emerged. I received a text from Phenesse saying, "Girl, flights are $756 on Momondo, but we can also book using points from our Chase Sapphire card!" And in a matter of seconds I went from thinking this trip wasn't going to happen to purchasing my flight to Rio for $198! Here's a recap of our miraculous 6-day trip to Rio during peak season:

Your 4-Day Peru Travel Guide

Last fall, my best friend and I were mulling over where to visit for the winter holidays. We’re both big on travel and hadn’t taken an international trip in ages but deciding where to go was really tricky. Europe? Nah, too cold. Caribbean? Zika…yeah. South East Asia? Way too far for our short trip. And then it hit us: Peru! It’s summer time there and, surprisingly, it isn’t in the thick of their tourist season. Looking back, I’m so happy we went – it was the perfect mix of activity, culture, and leisure. I still remember our train ride through the Andes mountains to Machu Picchu and I seriously miss the amazing food (one word: ceviche!). 

7 Must-See Places in Colombia That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Colombia is the most biodiverse country on earth. From flourishing cities to lavish landscapes, the country offers a taste of everything for the multifarious traveler.  

You’d be remiss not to experience everything the country has to offer. Yet, the average traveler knows little about the bountiful secrets that Colombia has in store. If you want to experience Colombia fully, you’ll want to add these 7 places into your itinerary.