Monthly Archives: January 2015

Plane, Train, Automobile: Finding Machu Picchu Pueblo

“Kilometers are shorter than miles. Save gas, take your next trip in kilometers.” – George Carlin

Routing through the Andes is a test of your inner travel agent. The goal: Lima to Machu Picchu Pueblo in both a. an acceptable amount of time and b. on a budget that won’t send Debbie the Debit Card into a 2015 spiral of depression. So logically, it was time for a Google Map date:

Google: " HAHAHAHAHA Good Luck Champ."

Google: ” HAHAHAHAHA Good Luck Champ.”

Fortunately, Beachy Media recently partnered with Yampu Tours on a few Peruvian travel videos. Yampu was founded by a Peruvian man and his wife to share their passion for traveling around the world. The company has won travel awards the past five years. Suffice to say, they’ve been around the block and offer convenient booking services for the non-organized among us.

There are two primary weather seasons in the Andes, rainy and dry. The rainy season (ie: Low Season) lasts from December to February and is a slower time for tourism which means cheaper travel. Don’t worry Debbie, you’ll only go through a mild crisis. Eat a snickers.

Part One: Lima—>Cusco         Mode: Plane            Time: Approx 1 Hour              Price: $109

Prepping to fly from #Lima to #cusco #travel #plane

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  • Use Skyscanner to find cheap flights for flexible days.
  • The area around Lima’s airport is not the safest. Make sure to keep all of your money/electronics tucked away in your bag. Be mindful of your surroundings and if at all possible, work with your hostel or hotel on transportation to and from the airport.
  • You’re going to need to check your bag. National flights in Peru have minimal space.
  • Expect delays and be chill, you’ll get there.
  • Prepare for altitude sickness. Lima is at sea level and Cusco hovers around 11,000 feet. I’ll be posting an entire blog on managing altitude sickness next week.
  • Enjoy the view. You’re flying over the Andes you lucky bastard.

Flying over the #Andes ain't a bad life choice #peru #travel #plane. Blog:

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Part Two: Cusco—>Aguas Calientes in the Sacred Valley    Mode: Automobile     Time: Approx 1hr 30 min     Price: Flexes

  • The farther into the Sacred Valley you travel, the cheaper the train ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • You will pass multiple tiny villages and Incan ruins.
  • If you travel by car from Cusco to the Sacred Valley, you hit 13,000 feet and the view is incredible.

13,000 feet in the clouds: Top of the mountain before the Sacred Valley #thatviewthough

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Part Three: Aguas Calientes—> Machu Picchu Pueblo       Mode: Train     Time: 1hr 30 min     Price: $55-$75

  • Trains to Machu Picchu are incredibly luxurious and cater to tourists. The seats? Plush leather. The tray tables? Gorgeous wood.
  • Stewards/Stewardesses serve drinks and snacks on Peruvian-designed mats.
  • The train route cuts through the Andes following the Urubamba River, Quechua for “sacred river.”
  • If you are interested in a high-end experience (and are Donald Trump) check out the Hiram Bingham Train into Machu Picchu

#perurail: you done good champ #peru #train #travel

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Arrival: Machu Picchu Pueblo

Tune in Thursday for an Abridged Idiot’s Guide to Machu Picchu History.

Tagged Automobile, George Carlin, Peru, Plane, Train, Yampu

2015: Diving Off An Island

I purchased a one-way bus ticket and moved to NYC the day after my college graduation. As an eager idealistic 22-year-old, NYC wasn’t just a floating geographical land mass, it represented freedom.

My first steps outside Port Authority, or as it’s more commonly known, Hell.

My life was going to be equal parts Gatsby-inspired parties, cocktail hours discussing the merits of Dorothy Parker, stimulating conversations with coworkers about the most important news events of the day, and racing up the career ladder. Happiness was a formula, a series of causes and effects solved by some quasi-geometric proof that would miraculously fall into place at a predetermined time. “It’ll happen when I get a promotion.” “It’ll happen when I qualify for the Boston Marathon.” “It’ll happen when I find a man with proper text-iquette.”

…I should have known better. I almost flunked Geometry.

Don’t worry 9th grade Beachy. You’ll pass with a solid C for Character.  Also, the braces will come off but it will be three more years until you land a date.

As I approached my 25th birthday I couldn’t help but wonder; What would a year be like investing in growth as an individual instead of a job title?  968 days, 9 roommates, 5 rats run over via bicycle, a 4-story walk-up, 3 bridesmaid dresses, 2 full-time jobs, 1 tattoo, and a few good men after that one-way bus ticket I started  to realize that happiness is not a formulaic checklist, it’s an action.

Jack you were right, I don’t know if I can handle the truth.

In December of 2014 I left my job, started a digital storytelling company, and booked a one-way ticket to Peru…that leaves seven days from now. So in lieu of resolutions, I have one goal for my 2015 swan dive out of Manhattan — make it count.

Tagged Peru

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