From February, 2016
As I think probably any excited family would, within mere days of learning that we were going to be residents in America Del Sur, we began a list of the places that we hoped to visit during our time here.
Admittedly, over the course of almost 3 years, this list has pared down considerably. It hasn’t been the travel with children that frightens us. I can proudly say I think we’ve finally nailed that (as much as possible, anyway). We love exploring new places with them, looking at these marvels of the world through their eyes, and watching them morph into little world explorers in their own right!
That has been on of my favorite results of living abroad.
The “weeding out locations” I refer to has been more a result of a reality check that a great majority of these “go-to” places are unfortunately not entirely conducive to three children that like to actually try to jump off cliffs, whether their friends are doing it or not. (-:
And unfortunately, some of the most beautiful hotspots in South America are home to just that: cliffs. AKA: at best, deterrents to mom and dad relaxing or enjoying the trip at all!!
But it’s okay! Because in lieu of those, we have discovered some real treasures! SO MANY beautiful places that are cliff and danger free, most that we never would have been able to predict, and even better, right in our Chilean “backyard”! We haven’t had to go to the “Top Places” listed by Trip Advisor and/or the Blogging world…we have found hidden treasures and quiet magic a short drive away!
However, two locations continued to compel us, even draw us.
Machu Picchu and Cusco, Peru.