"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day. And I believe in miracles."
~ Audrey Hepburn


Marcella's New Groove

HAH. Sorry for the Emperor's New Groove pun -- I had to do it.  Anyway...

Peru was incredible!  Unlike any place I have ever been! 
As our tourbus drove away from Chile's cities, beaches, and deserts, 
we slowly began climbing the windy mountains and passed through
 the vast farmlands and small pueblos that make up the Peruvian countryside. 
I thought places like this only existed in J.R.R. Tolkien novels!
(not that I've read any, haha! No, seriously.)  And once we arrived in 
Cusco, we all fell in love with the culture, architecture, and ambience. 
What I am getting at here is... GO TO PERU!!!!

Here are some photos of our arrival at Cusco,
the former capital of the Incan empire. 

on the road...

exploring Cusco...


Peruvian food was good but not as great as everybody cracked it up to be...
I think we were just relieved to not eat Chilean food (sorry Chileans!!).
I would still rank my favorite foods as: Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, and Thai.




Haha eww. Some Peruanos we met told us that 
guinea pig is delicious in soup. We didn't try it. 

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Why didn't anybody ever tell me how amazing Peru is??
I nearly didn't go there, because I thought my money would be
better spent visiting another, more interesting South American country, 
but I cannot express how glad I am that we went! 
I have around a bajillion more photos from 
our trip so come back soon for more! 


mason said...

Is that the Catedral de San Francisco in one of those pictures? I have several pictures from that same courtyard. I loved Peru. Honestly i liked everywhere in South America i have been except for Ecuador. I had a rough time there.

mason said...

I just realized i was wrong. Thats not what i thought it was. But i think you are close.

Marcella Alyssa said...

Haha, yeah, the two plazas (de San Francisco and de Armas) are literally right next door to each other, but these are pictures of La Catedral de Cusco in the Plaza de Armas. WHere else did you go in South America?? I am planning on doing a road trip from Montevideo to Buenos Aires to Rio in July.

mason said...

I have been all over, Its much more interesting in a conversation rather than a list of places. Its been years since I have seen you. I graduated in '05. You were a year under me right? I am really glad to see that you are traveling. Since the day I graduated it was so important to me to see the world. There are so many different cultures around the world and i want to get a chance to explore them all.

mason said...

I have pictures on my facebook from some of the places I have been. But my first time in South America I spent some time in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lima, and Cusco, Peru. Somewhere In Ecuador that was aweful, And Caracas, Venezuela. I was working for Gloria Estefan at the time.

Style Worthwhile said...

Beautiful photos! Looks like a great trip.


Steffys Pros and Cons said...

these pictures are stunning!!!

<3 steffy
Steffys Pros and Cons

Jenny Ong said...

OMG. The food Marcella, AHH <3

Anonymous said...

Ay Dios Mio! Quiero ir a Perú. Quieres regresar conmigo un dia? Y te dijé que se coman guinea pigs. Porque no lo probaste? Mi amiga Shelley lo comió cuando ella visitó a Perú, y ella dice que no esta tan buena que los Peuranos dice. jajaja. Que bueno que te divertiste mucho. Quiero ver tus fotos de Machu Pichu! Ir a Machu Pichu es uno de mis sueños. Te quiero mucho chica!
<3, Lex

Marcella Alyssa said...

Hahaha you were eyeing the guinea pig, weren't you Jenny??

Lex --
¡Tienes que ir! En serio... Le encantarás Machu Picchu!

Kimberly said...

You guys were mingling with natives and that is awesome. the more you are with them the more you get to know the country and its traditions. I would like to know what that beautiful stone wall of colors was! When I travelled to Argentina,I decided to rent an apartment in buenos aires and I was close to a place called "Tierra Santa" that had walls like the one in your picture. But "Tierra Santa" is a recreation of a religios story of the bible. It is very interesting even if you are not a Catholic.

Marcella Alyssa said...

Hi Kim, thanks for stopping by! In the wall, there is a 12-sided stone that is famous because the Incans who built the wall were able to make it fit perfectly into the wall without using any kind of tools or filler. Cool, huh?