Travel blogger Samantha Ruiz, @samisfierce, takes popular destinations like the now must-do Peru, and figures out how to avoid crowds and tourist traps by getting off the beaten path. Here are some of our favorite highlights from her list, steal them now before her secrets get out.
Few things are more important than having a good travel bag. And I think an easy crossbody is perfect. It’s big enough to fit my camera but small enough that it’s easy to carry around! The color matches everything and the flap makes me feel like all my belongings are secure! I take this bag everywhere!
If you really want to get off the beaten trail stay at PeruEcocamp en route to Machu Picchu. Wake up in the middle of the cloud forest in a cozy geodesic dome, ready to hit the hiking trail. You can stay for the just one night or book tours that for up to a week. Prices range from $150 for one night without a tour to $3,791 for a seven night, eight day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. Other tour options are available. Get 15% off when you book your tour with the code, “glampwithsam.”
Turns out, it’s cold in Peru. I was so happy that I packed this vest! It was small enough to carry around and thick enough to keep me warm! But despite the chill, the sun in Peru is very strong. It’s important to pack a wide brim hat that fits snugly on your head, to protect you from the sun and won’t blow away when you reach trail peaks.
Plaza Vest, Outdoor Research, $175; Traveller hat, Akubra, $153
But it’s not all hiking clothes all the time! Pack along an unexpected red dress to add a pop of color to your insta. Dress, Lulus, $67