Author: Mariella

Visiting Machu Picchu: My Experience

It was still dark outside when I woke up to get ready for my Machu Picchu adventure. I took my backpack and gear I had planned the previous night, and head over to the hotel’s main lobby for breakfast. The tour guide was waiting for me at the hotel lobby at 4:30 AM sharp. The night before, the tour guide explained the importance of being on time the day of your Machu Picchu visit. Remember: everyone wants to get in line as early as possible to ride the bus to the main site. If you miss your time slot to ride the bus, you are screwed. Words are not enough how excited I was to finally see Machu Picchu. The sun rays were starting to lighten up the sky when I arrived to the top. After a pleasant bus ride, the guide gathered the group and start the archeological site visit of the lost city of the Incas.   I first entered Machu Picchu archeological site at around 7:30 AM. At this time, the fog …

Learning How To Cook Traditional Peruvian Cuisine

          There’s no denying it. Peru has the best cuisine in all of South America! With this in mind, I decided to take a traditional peruvian cuisine class and learn how to cook some delicious dishes.           Cooking is not my forte. It’s never been, not because I can’t prepare anything but because I am too lazy to cook or to actually go to the supermarket to acquire all the ingredients. That’s why delivery Apps are my best friend! Haha Why would I do without Uber Eats or Postmates? Who knows.           Anyways, I was looking forward to actually learn how to prepare my own dishes. “You’re the only one if this tour this afternoon!” the chef said after he introduced himself at my hotel’s lobby. “Great! It’s like a private class.” I thought.           Chef Christian was by far one of the coolest people I met in this trip. Our first stop was el Mercado San Pedro, Cusco’s …

What To Pack For Machu Picchu

Simplicity is the answer. To successfully pack for your Machu Picchu adventure you only need one thing: activewear. Hiking, hiking and more hiking! That’s all you’ll be doing through the length of your trip. Here’s a quick guide of the things you need to take to Machu Picchu:   CLOTHES Day Clothing – Activewear outfits throughout the length of the trip. Footwear – Athletic shoes and hiking boots. Pajamas Accessories: Hats, Gloves, Scarves etc. Raincoat Sweaters BASICS Toiletries – Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, perfume, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap etc. Brush Lip Balm Make up & make-up remover Hair accessories – bobby pins and hair ties. Laundry Kit Hand Wipes   MUST HAVE NEEDS Refillable Water Bottle – Keep your hydration levels up! Sunglasses Backpack – Choose a backpack, not big but not too small, to carry all your belongings throughout the day. Sunscreen and Insect Repellent First Aid Medication Kit   ELECTRONICS + ENTERTAINMENT IPad Camera + Tripod – Don’t forget your SD card! Kindle Headphones PS – don’t forget to pack the device’s chargers! via GIPHY …

5 Things To Do In Chicago

Garret’s Popcorn, a sight for sore eyes.  A famous popcorn store? Yes, please! Delight your taste buds with Garret’s Mix Popcorn. Once you try one, you won’t be able to stop. A post shared by Garrett Popcorn (@garrettpopcorn) on Jun 20, 2017 at 2:20pm PDT Get your shopping fix at Michigan Avenue.  If you’re in the mood for shopping, this is for you. Imagine an entire avenue where all your favorite stores are located within walking distance. For breathtaking views of the city from above, visit The famous Willis Tower.  Panoramic views of the entire city! The Willis Tower is best known for its famous walkable see thru glass floor. A post shared by Raffaella (@raffaellaporto90) on Jul 18, 2017 at 10:42pm PDT Get a taste of Giordano’s famous stuffed deep dish pizza.  Pizza lovers, rejoice! Probably the best pizza slice you’ll ever have in your entire life. You won’t regret going to this restaurant for dinner! #Tip: Make sure you make reservations to avoid long wait.  A post shared by Giordano's Pizza (@giordanospizza) on …