Published: July 24, 2017
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By: Diana Laura Ramos, San Diego State University
Category: Personal Travel
Hashtags: #Adventure #Culture #machupicchu #Nature #peru #Photography #Travel
The summer of 2017, I went on a life-changing trip to my father’s homeland, Peru. During my time, I paid my respects to my grandparents, parasailed off the coast of Lima, and hiked up the lush monstrosity of Machu Picchu. Armed with the knowledge from my world history college course, all I could do was marvel at Machu Picchu, the engineering feat, as my fingers traced the dusty carved stones, trying to etch their secrets onto my skin. In my experience, I have learned that although life is temporary, what we create must have substance so it can act as a testament for us long after we are gone. My journey to Peru has been one of true magic as it made me question what type of mark I want to leave on this planet. As I gain this new perspective, my travels required me to speak and improve my Spanish as I practiced with the locals to barter or to call a taxi. Overall, this trip has given me the confidence to be a more competent professional because traveling in a country where you’re not familiar with the customs or the language forces you out of your comfort zone to deal with problems head-on. The things that were once scary to me like getting lost in Cusco eventually happen that there's nothing more to do but smile and ask for directions.