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The Huffington Post Travel Blog: That Time I Lived on a Floating Grass Island With a Quechua Family


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Huffington Post Arts & Culture: How I Became a Modern Day Treasure Hunter


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Huffington Post Travel: 8 Things Pablo Escobar didn’t want you to know about Colombia


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Ashley and Andrew Wedding in Punta Mita Mexico





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NOVICA/National Geographic Catalog Shoot in Barranco- Lima, Peru





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Flying over the Ancient Nasca Lines- Peru


When we first arrived at the little airport in Nasca to fly over the Infamous Nasca Lines, I met a shaman named Apu-Yaku which translates in Quechua to Mountain-Water. The Nazca lines are geoglyphs and geometric line clearings in the Peruvian desert. They were made by the Nazca people, who flourished between 200 BC and 600 […]




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Manuel Illich, posing for the NOVICA/National Geographic Catalog Shoot in Barranco- Lima, Peru


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El Pueblo de Llachon in Lake Titicaca, Peru


On our way from Juliaca airport to Puno, the main city on Lake Titicaca, we decided to detour to visit the Great Cemetery of Hatum Colla – the Tombs of Sillustani.  This is a woman tending to her sheep along the roadside. We stopped to say hello to a local woman and she let us […]




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Paracas Reserve and Huacachina Sand Dunes in Peru


It was 6am and chilly when we boarded our boat to go see the islands of Paracas, a protected marine reserve. All of the colorful fishing boats and pelicans were out in full force. The limestone rocks were a deep orange which contrasted with the bird guano everywhere. The locals actually collect and sell the […]




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Uros, the Floating Islands- Lake Titicaca – Peru


Sarah and I arriving at Uros, the floating Reed Islands in Lake Titicaca.  We decided to do a homestay there with a local Quechua Family There are 50 islands that are made of floating reeds in Lake Titicaca.  The people live there in peace and solitude (other than the boat loads of tourists that come […]




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Teresopolis, Brazil





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Rio De Janeiro, Brazil





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Bahia, Brazil





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Peru Sacred Valley





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Peru roadtrip from Arequipa to Colca Canyon





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Peru Ollantaytambo





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Peru Macchu Pichu





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Laura Grier at Maras Salt Terraces in Sacred Valley, Peru


It was actually a National Geographic Article that sparked my journey to find this alien landscape outside of Cusco, Peru, called the Maras Salt Terraces. The Incas built these salt terraces a thousand years ago to separate salt from salt water and they are still being used and worked by local Peruvian families in the […]




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Laura Grier on the Peruvian Amazon with thousands of White Storks at Sunset


One of my favorite photos of ALL time was taken during this video and is shown at the end of this clip. There are few moments in life that truly take your breath away and this was one of them! I was on a skiff boat in a tributary on the Peruvian Amazon River at […]




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Peru Lima





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Laura Grier FINALLY makes it to the top of Machu Picchu, Peru


One of the greatest moments of my life and a HUGE check off my “bucket list”. After touring and hiking our way through Peru for two weeks with Celestielle Travel, our last moment was to reach the summit of Machu Picchu. It was a stunning day and the energy of that moment was so powerful […]




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Peru Cusco Hotel Inkaterra





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Laura Grier visiting Peruvian Village Children in the Amazon


After hiking into a remote village in the Peruvian Amazon, our entire Celestielle Travel Group tried to perform for the children. One of the songs was the O-H-I-O Fight song…It was a pitiful performance by the Americans. http://www.wanderlustbylauragrier.com http://www.beautifuldayphotography.com https://twitter.com/#!/beautidayphoto http://www.facebook.com/WanderlustByLauraGrier




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Laura Grier with the Giant Andean Condors in Colca Canyon, Peru


While traveling with Celestielle Travel in Colca Canyon, Peru we learned how to combat altitude sickness with coca leaves and volcanic ash, viewed in awe at the 12-foot-long Giant Andean Condors, and drove through deepest canyon in the world, still etched with 1500 year old Incan Terraces along the valley. Stunning! http://www.wanderlustbylauragrier.com http://www.beautifuldayphotography.com https://twitter.com/#!/beautidayphoto http://www.facebook.com/WanderlustByLauraGrier




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Laura Grier aboard the Delphin II luxury boat on the Amazon River


While traveling around Peru with Celestielle Travel, we spent 3 days aboard the luxurious Delphin II in the Peruvian Amazon leaving from Iquitos. We spent our days hiking to remote villages, bird watching from skiff boats down the smaller tributaries, swimming with the Pink Dolphins, fishing for Piranhas, but the best part was the luxurious […]




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Laura Grier in Cusco, Ollantaytambo and the Sacred Valley, Peru


On my one day to myself while traveling with Celestielle Travel, I hired a driver who spoke zero English and drove for 8 hours around the Sacred Valley and Cusco Countryside on a photo-taking expedition. It was the best Spanish lesson I could have ever had and an amazing day. Some of my favorite photos […]




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Laura Grier tours the Fallen Angel Boutique Guest House and Restaurant in Cusco, Peru


I was SUPER excited to find this strangely bizarre, yet awesome Boutique Hotel and Restaurant in the heart of Cusco, Peru. All of the artwork was collected and created by local Peruvian Artists and it is just too overwhelming and awesome to take it all in. Sorry for the valley-girl narrating! I was SO excited […]




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Peru Cusco





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Peru Colca Canyon





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Peru Arequipa





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Peru Amazon





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Peru aboard the Delphin II in the Amazon





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