How to Avoid Cusco Altitude Sickness

How to Avoid Cusco Altitude Sickness When You Visit Machu Picchu

More than three million tourists travel to Cusco, Peru annually, the vast majority of whom are on their way to visit the fabled Machu Picchu. While there are no exact numbers or percentages, it is safe to assume that the vast majority feel the effects of altitude and a high number of those go on to develop Cusco altitude sickness. …

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The 9 Best Hostels in Cusco Peru For Your Next Epic Trip

The magical city of Cusco, Peru is one of the country’s most beautiful places to explore (and certainly its most popular). What was once the former capital of the Inca Empire is now a wonderful mix of Inca ruins, colonial architecture, and modern amenities. There are so many interesting things to do in Cusco, Peru that you’ll probably need a …

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Overland Tips: Guatemala El Salvador Border Crossing

As part of my series of overlanding tips from our time driving from the United States on the Pan American Highway through Central America (and beyond to South America), here are my notes and experience from the Guatemala El Salvador border crossing between Ciudad Pedro de Alvarado, Guatemala and La Hachadura, El Salvador. This is the southernmost border crossing between …

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The Coolest Things to Do in Playa del Carmen Mexico

Located on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, Playa del Carmen offers an incredible tropical getaway with pristine views of the Caribbean, colorful coral reefs, and off-the-beaten-path dives with no minimum spend. This charming town sits on the coast of Quintana Roo, lined with palm trees and kissing the Caribbean Sea, and thankfully there are plenty of things to do in Playa del …

August 2019 Monthly Recap and Income Report

Time for another monthly recap and blogging income report. This is where I share what’s new in the world of Desk to Dirtbag over the past month and offer a bit of transparency behind the life of a travel blogger. On to this month’s report… Highlights New Learning Opportunities I’ve been taking more opportunities lately to embrace new hobbies, sports, …

Best Way to Learn Turkish for Travelers

Best Way to Learn Turkish Online and On Your Own

One of the many appealing parts of travel, at least for me, is the prospect of learning and using a foreign language. Sometimes it can be a daunting prospect, but I find that even learning the basics of a foreign language can really open up a new travel destination and allow connections with the locals instead of those who work …

Things to Do in La Paz Bolivia

The Best Things to Do in La Paz Bolivia

If you’re heading to La Paz, Bolivia, congratulations. You are about to embark on a trip to one of South America’s most interesting cities. This underrated destination is among my absolute favorite destinations on the continent. To make the most of your time in this high altitude city, these are my thoughts on the best things to do in La …