Rachel Ricks packed up her life in the UK and headed to Peru where she was inspired by the stunning sights of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and where she lived for a total of six months either side of travels through Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. She has been writing and editing for travel websites for more than 10 years and currently keeps a blog about her adventures in South America. She penned this article on behalf of South American Vacations, providers of once-in-a-lifetime experiences to Cusco and all over Peru.