It’s a long (embarrassing + frustrating) story but I was not able to board my flight to Brazil Thursday because I didn’t know I needed a Visa for Brazil. I booked my flight a week ago in Peru and yes it turns out Americans need a visa. It also turns out that it takes 5 days to get the Visa. I tried everything possible, EVERYTHING to get it processed in one day. But no luck. So I’m in Lima without a passport until the Visa is ready. In Peru, you can’t travel by major bus or air without your passport, so I ended up 1 hour south of Lima and plan to improve my surfing skills for the next couple days in Punta Hermosa. Peru has endless waves and it’s great to have blue skies and sunshine. The adventure continues. #surf #surfing #peru #adventure #brazil #pacific.

It’s a long (embarrassing + frustrating) story but I was not able to board my flight to Brazil Thursday because I didn’t know I needed a Visa for Brazil. I booked my flight a week ago in Peru and yes it turns out Americans need a visa. It also turns out that it takes 5 days to get the Visa. I tried everything possible, EVERYTHING to get it processed in one day. But no luck. So I’m in Lima without a passport until the Visa is ready. In Peru, you can’t travel by major bus or air without your passport, so I ended up 1 hour south of Lima and plan to improve my surfing skills for the next couple days in Punta Hermosa. Peru has endless waves and it’s great to have blue skies and sunshine. The adventure continues. #surf #surfing #peru #adventure #brazil #pacific.

Looking up… The stained glass skylight of the Union Club, Plaza Mayor, Lima, Peru. #peru #lima #plazamayor #unionclub #travelphotography #architecture

Looking up… The stained glass skylight of the Union Club, Plaza Mayor, Lima, Peru. #peru #lima #plazamayor #unionclub #travelphotography #architecture

I am continuously inspired by what my good friend Monica Watkins is able to accomplish to help others. Check out her (@artinmotionshow) newest endeavor to help end Human Trafficking »»> Take action at WWW.BEAUTYFORFREEDOM.ORG

I am continuously inspired by what my good friend Monica Watkins is able to accomplish to help others. Check out her (@artinmotionshow) newest endeavor to help end Human Trafficking »»> Take action at WWW.BEAUTYFORFREEDOM.ORG

La Plaza Mayor y Yo, Lima Peru. Es Muy Linda! #selfie #lima #peru #plazamayor #southamerica #spanglish (at Plaza Mayor de Lima - Plaza de Armas)

La Plaza Mayor y Yo, Lima Peru. Es Muy Linda! #selfie #lima #peru #plazamayor #southamerica #spanglish (at Plaza Mayor de Lima - Plaza de Armas)

At work this week photographing the ins and outs of La Lucha sandwhich shops in Lima. I’m kinda feeling this new look! #lalucha #lima #peru #travelphotography #selfie

At work this week photographing the ins and outs of La Lucha sandwhich shops in Lima. I’m kinda feeling this new look! #lalucha #lima #peru #travelphotography #selfie

My morning view. Being in Lima during winter is like living in a giant white photo studio with huge soft box lights above. It doesn’t look cloudy, it just looks like the sky is white. Fascinating! #lima #peru #southamerica #travelphotography #travel #happy #work

My morning view. Being in Lima during winter is like living in a giant white photo studio with huge soft box lights above. It doesn’t look cloudy, it just looks like the sky is white. Fascinating! #lima #peru #southamerica #travelphotography #travel #happy #work

The daily winter overcast skies of Lima are kind of tranquil and relaxing. The beach by Miraflore, Lima  #miraflore #lima #peru #travel #travelphotography

The daily winter overcast skies of Lima are kind of tranquil and relaxing. The beach by Miraflore, Lima #miraflore #lima #peru #travel #travelphotography

Last photo from the Sacred Valley. It was a beautiful 5 days of experiencing Inca Ruins. I highly recommend this journey to Peru. Stay tuned for Lima photos coming soon. #peru #sacredvalley #moray #selfie #travel #travelphotography #adventure #southamerica

Last photo from the Sacred Valley. It was a beautiful 5 days of experiencing Inca Ruins. I highly recommend this journey to Peru. Stay tuned for Lima photos coming soon. #peru #sacredvalley #moray #selfie #travel #travelphotography #adventure #southamerica

Another agricultural terrace from the Incas at Moray. Snow capped mountains in the distance.  #moray #peru #sacredvalley #incas #ruins #travel #travelphotography

Another agricultural terrace from the Incas at Moray. Snow capped mountains in the distance. #moray #peru #sacredvalley #incas #ruins #travel #travelphotography

Moray otra vez. It’s winter so the grass is dry and not very green.   #peru #moray #incas #ruins

Moray otra vez. It’s winter so the grass is dry and not very green. #peru #moray #incas #ruins

No this was not made by aliens. The Moray, are ancient Incan agriculture terraces used to test which crops would grow best under certain environments. There are four of these at this location, this being the largest.  #moray #incas #agriculture #travel #peru #travelphotography

No this was not made by aliens. The Moray, are ancient Incan agriculture terraces used to test which crops would grow best under certain environments. There are four of these at this location, this being the largest. #moray #incas #agriculture #travel #peru #travelphotography

The Maras salt ponds are a cooperative in which community members each get a pond area. The size is based off of the size of their family. As the water evaporates they harvest the salt. #salt #maras #peru #travel #travelphotography #southamerica

The Maras salt ponds are a cooperative in which community members each get a pond area. The size is based off of the size of their family. As the water evaporates they harvest the salt. #salt #maras #peru #travel #travelphotography #southamerica

Since pre-Inca times, salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream. The highly salty water emerges at a spring, a natural outlet of the underground stream. The flow is directed into an intricate system of tiny channels constructed so that the water runs gradually down onto the several hundred ancient terraced ponds. [Wikipedia]. #maras #salt #peru #sacredvalley #southamerica #travelphotography #travel

Since pre-Inca times, salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream. The highly salty water emerges at a spring, a natural outlet of the underground stream. The flow is directed into an intricate system of tiny channels constructed so that the water runs gradually down onto the several hundred ancient terraced ponds. [Wikipedia]. #maras #salt #peru #sacredvalley #southamerica #travelphotography #travel

Last nights celebration of one of the Virgin’s of Catholicism. They build these intricate bamboo structures lined with fireworks then light 5-10 fuses igniting different displays on the same bamboo “high rise”. Pretty cool! One guy got hit in the head with a flying bamboo wheel still on fire. No injuries reported! #peru #celebrate #fireworks #cuzco

Last nights celebration of one of the Virgin’s of Catholicism. They build these intricate bamboo structures lined with fireworks then light 5-10 fuses igniting different displays on the same bamboo “high rise”. Pretty cool! One guy got hit in the head with a flying bamboo wheel still on fire. No injuries reported! #peru #celebrate #fireworks #cuzco

Inside the lost city of Machu Picchu re-discovered in 1911. Built in 1450 without steel or nails or wheels. Pretty amazing construction and the alignment with the sun for Summer and winter solstice. #machupicchu #peru #incas #ruins #sacredvalley #travel #travelphotography

Inside the lost city of Machu Picchu re-discovered in 1911. Built in 1450 without steel or nails or wheels. Pretty amazing construction and the alignment with the sun for Summer and winter solstice. #machupicchu #peru #incas #ruins #sacredvalley #travel #travelphotography