How to Enjoy Peru Holidays the Most

Peru is an amazing country to go for holidays and you should also go there at least once because after your first trip the beauty of this country is going to make sure that you come back again. Now, there are a few things that you need to know before you go in for your Peru holidays. The first thing to be paid attention to is planning because it can save you a lot of extra efforts and money. Therefore, you need to start with some amount of background research so that you can shortlist the number of destinations that you are going to visit during the span of your holidays. You can research on how to reach all these places and also you can reach about the local Peru holidays and festivals so that you don’t have to place a close down when you reach there. A little bit of background research might seems as too much an effort right now but actually it can be crucial in making your journey smooth and trouble free. There are a few other key things that you need to keep in mind before you embark on your Peru holidays such as

  • South America is quite a different territory and that is why you need to be properly vaccinated before you start your travel. Now, this may sound a bit odd but actually is very important. As a small precaution only, but if you have all your vaccines done, you can be at a great peace of mind no matter how deep you venture in the rainforests here.
  • Whenever someone is visiting Peru, the first destination they come across is the Inca trail and undoubtedly it is one of the most popular destinations among people going for Peru holidays. However, you need to know that this place is well regulated and that is why the number of visitors is fixed. This means that during the seasons when the rush is high, the trail might be booked out. That is why you need to book your place well in advance and at times this can be 2 to 3 months in advance.
  • Peru is a very peaceful country and that is why if people find themselves unsatisfied here, they resort to peaceful strikes. Therefore, just like Peru holidays and festivals you need to be aware about the strikes too. Though these happen rarely but still you need to keep yourself informed in advance so that because of them your plans don’t face a setback.

Why Traveling is Good for Your Health

Why Traveling is Good for Your Health

Jungle HottubI know, I know. You’re going to tell me about “the worst food poisoning you’ve ever had” from ceviche in a foreign country. There’s plenty of things that can happen while traveling that aren’t good for your health. But, when you look at health from a holistic standpoint (body, mind, stress, emotions), traveling is great for your health, even if you fought with your spouse the whole time, drank the water (it’s true what they say, for the love of god, don’t drink the water!) and missed your connecting train because no one spoke your language. Here’s why:

Reason #1: It gets you out of your comfort zone.
Traveling can be frustrating sometimes. You’re faced with weird food you’ve never seen. (What on earth is that fuzzy red fruit that looks like an eyeball inside? Or the stinky spiky thing? Or the chicken feet soup?) You’re often surrounded by a language you don’t understand, and customs that you are unaware of. (Why is that man mad at me for putting my feet up near his alter?)  Rambutan fruit
Because of this, traveling can feel uncomfortable. So why is this good for your health? Because it’s so healthy to get out of our comfort zone! So many of our daily habits are subconscious actions that we’ve been enculturated to believe are normal. It’s so good to realize which things are cultural, which things are habit, and which things are truly you.

Why is this important? For one, you get to know yourself even better. You learn what are your true passions, and what things are just habitual, and which areas of life you didn’t realize had other options. Also, it gives you the opportunity to make healthier decisions. For example: You’ve always eaten cold cereal for breakfast. (The worst thing to start your day with, but that’s another article). You’re in southeast Asia, and they’re eating Miso soup for breakfast! What??!?! That’s not a breakfast food! (Our culture says). So you try it, and maybe you feel a million times better. I’ve picked up a ton of healthy habits traveling that that never would have crossed my mind.

Reason #2: It’s great for stress

“But traveling can be so stressful!” I hear you arguing. Yes, but even that can be good for you! Even if you have a crazy stressful trip…you’re shocked by poverty you’ve never seen, you don’t have hot water in your hotel, and then you get pick-pocked by a 10 year old. Why would that be a good thing? When you return home, you have the opportunity to be grateful for what you have. And recognizing gratitude daily has been proven to relieve stress and increase happiness.

In my experience, most of the time traveling is fun! New foods, new people, new adventures. And if you’re off work and just living in the moment, that can do wonders for Costa Rica Treehouseyour overworked adrenal glands. When I lived in the Caribbean, I used to back-float in the 90º water and just close my eyes. It felt like I was floating, and I could feel any muscles aches and irritations melting away. We all deserve that feeling! And sometimes it means we remove ourselves from our daily stresses to feel it. (And when you go back to normal life, you have a place in your heart to return to.)

Reason #3: We move more!

This is not always true (there are people who sit in sun chairs and drink margaritas all day when they travel), but for the most part, we move more when we travel. I usually end up walking everywhere, swimming, biking, hiking, and just generally moving. And there’s no time spent sitting behind a computer! So our bodies get a vacation from their usual habits.Yoga Vacation

Reason #4: Enjoying Your New Comfort Zone

Once you’ve pushed boundaries, tried new foods, new experiences, and have a new stock of amazing memories, you get to go home and enjoy your new comfort zone. What Comfort Zonredoes that mean? Well, there could be a lot of things that make you uncomfortable, or things that scared you. Once you face your fears, it’s no longer a fear or discomfort. Are you self-conscious alone at a party? Well once you sit at a bar alone with no one that even speaks your language, that shouldn’t be as scary! Freaked out by new food? Once you’ve checked out the roasted insect vendors, curry should seem pretty tame. Nervous dancing in front of people? Once you’ve been dragged into a salsa dance in front of locals and looked pretty silly, but laughed with them, a club should seem like nothing to fret about.

The less things that cause us La Guajira Colombiadiscomfort, the less stressful and more fun life can be!

 

Tips to make travel as healthy as possible:

  • Instead of an “all-you-can-eat/drink” cruise, take a yoga vacation or sports trip.
  • Instead of staying at American chain resorts, stay in a local place and try the local, homemade fair. (Chain hotels usually served canned imported food.)
  • Don’t just hangout at the hotel, go out and explore and meet new people!
  • Don’t drink the water. Please. Just don’t.
  • Be wary of raw vegetables. Fruits with a peal are usually fine, but salads and such can be a danger zone for travelers. (Raw meat even more so.)

And if you’re looking for something that has it all, come join me for a yoga vacation to Peru! Daily homemade meals included, professional guides, daily yoga, hikes, wildlife viewing, fresh air and all the fun you can think of.

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Peru Machu Picchu Yoga Retreat

 

Amazon and Macchu Picchu New Year’s Yoga Retreat!

Amazon and Macchu Picchu New Year’s Yoga Retreat!
Yoga Retreat in Peru

 

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Come join me in the rainforest and the Sacred Valley of Peru. Traveling is one of my favorite things, and South America is my favorite place. I’d love to share my South-American adventures with you, and I have 12 days of pure awesome planned. Check out the information on my retreat page.

New Year Yoga RetreatWe will start the trip with 5 days in the Amazon Rainforest. We’ll be taking boats down the Amazon, to see fauna and wildlife that only exist here. WhereAmazon Yoga Retreat else can you feed and swim with pink dolphins? There’s also monkeys, sloths, fish, and “pre-historic” birds. We’ll also get the rare opportunity to visit an indigenous tribe, seeing how they live their life on the river, while meeting with their Shaman. This will culminate in a  Amazon New Year’s celebration!

After, we will fly to the Sacred Valley, where you can see history everywhere. (Since I studied anthropology, I really go crazy for this stuff. The origin of gold as a currency? Ancient cities high in the Andes? A fountain that was been flowing for thousands of years? Structures only viewable from the air???? Ahhhhhhhh!!!) We will visit the famed Machu Picchu, and exploNew Year Yoga Retreatre the ancient Pisac ruins. We will visit a local market, and explore the streets and history of the awesome city of Cuzco.

And I forget to mention…all of this unforgettable travel experience, plus a daily yoga practice! We will explores all the wonderful structures of our body, while learning techniques or self-healing. Everyone will get their own “Yoga Tune Up” massage balls, which you can take home with you along with tools for structural maintenance. If you weren’t convinced by exploring the Andes or seeing tree-frogs, then the education of your muscles should be worth it in and of itself. : ) New Year Peru Holiday

So please feel free to contact me with any questions! And view my official retreat page for detailed information. I look forward to seeing you in Peru!
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