The last stop on our Peru journey was Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu | Healthy Green Kitchen

I’ve dreamed about seeing this legendary place for a very long time.

Machu Picchu | Healthy Green Kitchen

It far exceeded my expectations: I was truly astounded by the beauty, mystery, and spiritual significance of the site.

Machu Picchu | Healthy Green Kitchen

Known as “The Lost City of the Incas”, no one knows exactly when or why MP was built. Construction of the buildings is thought to have been completed in the mid-15th century (and the area was apparently abandoned about one hundred years later). Fortunately for us, MP was not discovered nor destroyed by the Spanish conquistadores. The remote location and the surrounding jungle “hid” the site for many years: only locals knew about it until 1911. If you are interested in learning about how MP came to be known to the world, I recommend the book Cradle of Gold: The Story of Hiram Bingham, a Real-Life Indiana Jones, and the Search for Machu Picchu. I read it on my phone while we were traveling in Peru and I really enjoyed it.

Machu Picchu | Healthy Green Kitchen

Machu Picchu | Healthy Green Kitchen

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I am having lots of fun with fruit and herb infused waters this summer. For a recent brunch I hosted, I made up a big pitcher of water infused with strawberries and lemon balm. The one you see here features peaches with basil and lemon balm (I’ve got SO much lemon balm in my garden!).

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I’ve also been dreaming up many other combinations, like pineapple with lavender and plums with anise hyssop, that I plan to try soon. If you are like me and don’t love drinking plain water, infused waters are a nice option.

Infused waters are great because they add subtle, pleasing flavors to the water your body needs. They are also naturally sweet, though much less so than juice. The icing on the cake? They are beautiful to look at…

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I traveled to Peru with my daughter earlier this summer. Last week, I shared some photos of our time in Lima. Today I’d like to show/tell you about what it was like in and around the city of Cuzco.

The airplane ride from Lima to Cuzco took just over an hour and it was stunning. It was a very clear day and there were gorgeous mountain views the whole ride.

airplane view of Peru

We were super excited about getting to Cuzco because so many people had told us we would LOVE it. They were absolutely right: we did!

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Cuzco is a small city flanked by mountains. It was the capital of the Incan Empire and is positively overflowing with history, tradition, and charm. It’s truly a spectacular place.

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