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July Travel Plans: Peru, Argentina & Uruguay

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July Travel Plans
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Hey friends! Welcome to Wanderful Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by and participating in the linkup! Donโ€™t forget to link up a wanderful travel related post below before you go! ๐Ÿ˜€
Today, I have a few things to announce, as I have a ton of travel plans for the month of July!
But, before I get into all theย details, Iโ€™d first like to let you know thatย my travel plans will not affect Wanderful Wednesday. (Except for the fact that I may be a little MIA for a while.) Iโ€™ve scheduled plenty of content ahead of time, so youโ€™ll still be able to come on over and link up at Lauren on Location!
Iโ€™d also like to apologize ahead of time, as Iโ€™m going to have to catch up with all your wanderful posts later. Iโ€™ll have very limited access to Internet service where Iโ€™m going and I wonโ€™t even be traveling with my laptop! (I know, how will I ever survive?) Iโ€™m pretty excited to completely disconnect for a while though and really just soak in everything around me. I havenโ€™t traveled this way in a whileeee, so itโ€™s about time I take a wee little break from the social media/blogging world and immerse myself in some good olโ€™ fashion travel.
So, now that Iโ€™ve gotten that bit out of the way, letโ€™s get on to my plans!
Iโ€™m so so excited/eager/ready for this month of travel (and also a little overwhelmed). Itโ€™s going to be a real whirlwind and a pretty crazy experience! Itโ€™s been a long time since Iโ€™ve packed up and head out on a lengthy journey. Iโ€™ve got some great activitiesย planned and Iโ€™ve teamed up with some awesome companies to give you all an inside look!

PERU

July 6th-18th

Thatโ€™s right! As youโ€™re reading this right now, Iโ€™m on my way to Peru!!
Whatโ€™s on the docket? A few days in Cusco, a 5-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, Virgen del Carmen and Tres Cruces Festival!
Later this afternoon Iโ€™ll be arriving to Cusco (after a short connection flight in Lima) and checking into Pariwana Hostel! Iโ€™ll be spending three nights and two and a half days exploring the gateway to the Inca empire, while also allowing my body to adjust and acclimatize a bit. Did you know that Cusco is located at 3,400m above sea level?!
On one of my two full days in Cusco Iโ€™ll be taking a cooking class with Peruvian Cooking Classes. Weโ€™ll be headingย to the local San Pedro market bright and early, stocking up onย fresh ingredients and then learning how to turn these ingredients into a specialty 3-course Peruvian meal!
During the rest of my time in Cusco, I plan to wander around, pop in and out of local restaurants, cafรฉs and shops and get to know the little city the best I can in a short amount of time.
After two days adjustingย to the altitude and acquainting myself with the wonderful city of Cusco, Iโ€™ll be packing up again and heading into the mountains on aย 5-day Salkantay Trek with Viajes Cusco! After weeks of healthy eating, working out and prepping with weekend hikes around Santiago, Iโ€™m super excited to take on this trek! I have to admit Iโ€™m a bit nervous though, as Iโ€™ve never done an overnight trek before. Still, no matter what happens, hiking for the better part of a week past glaciers and waterfalls, through canyons and mountainous villages will no doubt be one for the books! Iโ€™m also excited to announce that Iโ€™ll be teaming up withย Viajes Cusco to give you all an inside look at the whole darn thing!
You can check out my 5-day Salkantay Trekย itinerary here.
And thenโ€ฆ MACHU PICCHU!

A photo posted by @traveljunkie_xl on


Machu Picchu has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. I still canโ€™t believe itโ€™s actually happening. On the 13th of July, my dreams of exploring the magnificent Inca ruins will finally become a reality!
After a full day in Machu Picchu, itโ€™s back to Cusco, where Iโ€™ll be spending two relaxing nights recuperating at Intro Hostels. I plan to sleep in, explore some more, regain my strength by eating everything in sight and then Iโ€™ll probably sleep evenย more.
Then on the 15th of July Iโ€™m off again with the crew over at Ayni Peru! Weโ€™ll be heading to a little village in the mountains outside of Cusco for their famous festival in honor of the โ€œVirgen del Carmen.โ€ Weโ€™ll be camping and waking up before the crack of dawn to hopefully catch the โ€œThree Crossesโ€ (an optical illusion in the sky) during sunrise at a viewpoint overlooking the Amazon basin! This is the first year that Ayni Peru will be making the journey to this event, so Iโ€™m incrediblyย honored that theyโ€™ve invited me to come along for the ride!

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Source: Pirwa Hostels Cusco
Then itโ€™s back to Cusco for two more nights at Milhouse Hostel before making the daunting journey back to Santiago.

Buenos Aires

July 20th-27th

After one full day in Santiago, to rest a bit, unpack my bag and then pack it once again, Iโ€™m off to Buenos Aires!
After all of my intricate travel planning for Peru, I neglected to plan much for my Buenos Aires trip, but Iโ€™m actually really happyย that itโ€™s working out this way! Iโ€™ve never done the whole solo travel, go with the flow, and see where the trip takes me thing, so Iโ€™m eagerย to see what will happen. As of now Iโ€™ve booked my first night in a hostel,ย so I have a set place to go drop my bags, get some info and explore, but after that, I have a few days of free-exploring ahead.
As for ideas: (letโ€™s be serious, I donโ€™t go anywhere without at least thinking of plans) I am hoping to fit in either a day trip or overnight trip to Montevideo, Uruguay, which is easily accessible by ferry from Buenos Aires. ย Iโ€™m also hoping to hop on a food tour with Parrilla Tours, depending on their availability and schedule.

After a few days of solo-sploring, I have some long-lost friends from my time in Madrid comingย over to join me in BA!! I havenโ€™t seen them in a longggggย time and Iย couldnโ€™t be more excitedย to be seeing and exploringย yet another cityย with this crew! Weโ€™ll be spending the better part of a week taking onย Buenos Aires together!
And then, after a crazy whirlwind month on the run, the 27th ofย July Iโ€™ll finally be returning to my home base in Santiago, where after just a few hours, Iโ€™ll beย jumping right back into work!
And yes, I do realize that I used the word (or some form of the word) โ€œexcitedโ€ about 293,875,230 throughout this post. What can I say โ€ฆ This is all pretty damn EXCITING! ๐Ÿ˜€
Even though Iโ€™ll be MIA from the blog, you can still keep up with my travels! ๐Ÿ˜€

Updates will be periodic and sporadic, Iโ€™m sure, but theyโ€™ll be coming nonetheless!ย 
Do you have any upcoming trips planned? Any advice/suggestions/recommendations for my travels?!


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