Brown uses the feathers of a bird native to a Huichol land in Mexico to conduct spiritual readings. (Photo by Cristina Acuña)

Washington shaman consult spirits to treat anxiety and depression

I assumed the shamanic healing used to treat my mental illness back in Peru wouldn't be an option here in the Northwest. It turns out I was wrong.
Apr 6, 2016
The psychedelic effects of ayahuasca tea actually result from the combination of the ayahuasca vine with other plants that contain DMT. (Photo from Flickr by Jairo Galvis Henao)

Legal Ayahuasca? Pierce County church offers Peruvian psychedelic ceremony

Is it any surprise that the first church in the U.S. to publicly advertise ayahuasca ceremonies is right here in Washington state?
Jan 25, 2016

Documentary Zona Intangible explores meaning of home

Sponsor post: Forthcoming documentary Zona Intangible is named for the signs that ring Manchay, Peru: This zone is off-limits. Don’t build here. And yet, people do.
Dec 16, 2015
Carlo Antonion Chalisea sautees the meat for a Lomo Saltado Sandwich at Hilliard's Beer. (Photo by Cristy Acuña)

Peruvian food, diverse friendships inspire Don Lucho’s

A Seattle street chef aims to become culinary ambassador of Peruvian food in America.
Apr 30, 2015
A porter in Maguina, Cusco, Peru. (Photo from Flickr by Filipe Fortes)

The road to Machu Picchu, traveled on the backs of its builders

A tourist trek on the Inca Trail reveals a centuries old system of bondage.
Apr 7, 2014
Alpacas: the cutest way to alleviate poverty in Peru. (Photo courtesy Heifer International)

No strings attached: the new experiment in international giving

What happens when donors give directly to the world’s poor, without any conditions or accountability?  
Sep 16, 2013
Members of Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco in Peru. (Photo courtesy International Folk Art Market)

‘Empowering Women’ exhibit spotlights artisan co-ops with Northwest connections

Seattleites are leading the way in a global movement to encourage entrepreneurial collectives run by women in the developing world.
Jun 20, 2013

Your hitchhiking days are over, young lady!

Technology is great. But has too much connection with home spoiled the freedom of travel?
Apr 19, 2013

Travel Technology: What gadgets (not) to bring on your trip

When it comes to packing for an international trip, I’ve always tried to live by the maxim, “if you’d be heartbroken to lose it, don’t bring it.” That means I’ll never take along my favorite old comfy T-shirt no matter how much I’d like to have it with me, for fear that it would be […]
May 17, 2012
Carry on bag

What to bring: 7 essentials for my trip to Peru

Editor’s Note: Lila was scheduled to leave early on the morning of Wednesday, January 18th – just as a huge snowstorm struck Seattle. Hyper-prepared traveler that she is, she headed to SeaTac ten hours ahead and got on to an earlier flight – slipping out of the city before the storm. As you read this, I’m […]
Jan 18, 2012