GirlGoTravel: 26th Female Solo Traveler Feature

Akua quit her job to go after a dream. She wanted to live a different life in a new culture, learn Spanish fluently and ultimately challenge herself. By believing in herself and getting a little help from a Spanish immersion program, she did all that plus an internship at a chocolate museum. Where do I sign up?!

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  Grinding raw cacao beans at the ChocoExpedition Farm Tour in Huayopata.     (photo cred: Mr. Serene)

Grinding raw cacao beans at the ChocoExpedition Farm Tour in Huayopata.

(photo cred: Mr. Serene)

  La Fiesta de Virgen de Carmen in Puacartambo.

La Fiesta de Virgen de Carmen in Puacartambo.

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  Viewpoint on the Inca Trail en route to Machu Picchu.

Viewpoint on the Inca Trail en route to Machu Picchu.

  After 45 minutes of hiking uphill… the tip top of Huayna Picchu (meaning “young peak”) at the highest point of Machu Picchu.    (photo cred: Security Guard)

After 45 minutes of hiking uphill… the tip top of Huayna Picchu (meaning “young peak”) at the highest point of Machu Picchu.

(photo cred: Security Guard)

  Machu Picchu, a New 7 Wonder of the World and a must see while in Peru!

Machu Picchu, a New 7 Wonder of the World and a must see while in Peru!

  Biking down the Abra Malaga pass during a 4-day trek to Machu Picchu.

Biking down the Abra Malaga pass during a 4-day trek to Machu Picchu.

  Getting our steps in at Rainbow Mountain. The altitude was no joke!    (photo cred: Andy)

Getting our steps in at Rainbow Mountain. The altitude was no joke!

(photo cred: Andy)

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  Eating “Cuy” (guinea pig, a Peruvian delicacy) for the first time in Urubamba.    (photo cred: Arturo)

Eating “Cuy” (guinea pig, a Peruvian delicacy) for the first time in Urubamba.

(photo cred: Arturo)

  Leaving the Island of Uros paddled by this badass chica.

Leaving the Island of Uros paddled by this badass chica.

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  Street Art in Barranco in Lima.

Street Art in Barranco in Lima.

  Lima’s main square, Plaza Mayor.

Lima’s main square, Plaza Mayor.

  Playing dress-up in Cusco with Maddie.     (photo cred: Crystal M.)

Playing dress-up in Cusco with Maddie.

(photo cred: Crystal M.)

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  My daily walk through Cusco’s main square, Plaza de Armas.

My daily walk through Cusco’s main square, Plaza de Armas.

  View of Cusco Region from Templo de La Luna.     (photo cred: Maddie C.)

View of Cusco Region from Templo de La Luna.

(photo cred: Maddie C.)

  #ALLNEWFRIENDS before an 8-hour hike to Aguas Calientes.     (photo cred: Jesus)

#ALLNEWFRIENDS before an 8-hour hike to Aguas Calientes.

(photo cred: Jesus)

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  Fun with my coworkers in the factory of the ChocoMuseo, Cusco.

Fun with my coworkers in the factory of the ChocoMuseo, Cusco.

  The beautiful Island of Taquile on Lake Titicaca.

The beautiful Island of Taquile on Lake Titicaca.

  The only place one can be salty – the Salt Mines on the Sacred Valley Tour.

The only place one can be salty – the Salt Mines on the Sacred Valley Tour.

  Learning how to make natural lipstick by smashing bugs in Chinchero (Sacred Valley). 

Learning how to make natural lipstick by smashing bugs in Chinchero (Sacred Valley). 

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