Exploring Machu Picchu & the Amazon with a Fitness Guru
Exploring Peru with Kevin and Amy Mashburn
Two adventurous souls take on the bustling cities, mist-clad mountaintops, and deep jungles of South America with Outside GO.
Q: You just returned from a 12-day trip to Peru. Tell us, why did you pick this destination?
We actually were trying to plan where we wanted to go in 2017 and a few acquaintances of ours had recently returned from Peru. They said what an amazing place it is and how we had to go before they closed Machu Picchu (disclaimer: this is not actually happening) so we acted impulsively and decided to go. How can you go wrong with a country that has amazing food, beaches, the Amazon River, the Andes, and a crazy amount of history? It has something for everyone and it’s been on our bucket list for a while now. We also had a huge goal to travel with Outside GO being huge Outside Magazine readers. When we saw there was a trip available, we decided to make it happen.
Q: Was there a special occasion for trip?
Yes! We were traveling to celebrate our five year wedding anniversary.
"We also had a huge goal to travel with Outside GO being huge Outside Magazine readers. When we saw there was a trip available, we decided to make it happen."
Q: It looks like your itinerary was filled with everything from hiking around Machu Picchu to exploring the Amazon. What was your favorite moment?
That is a tough one! We saw and experienced so much from the the sun setting on a skiff on a remote tributary on the Amazon River with the jungle coming alive, to hiking Huayna Picchu with super narrow steps at the top that have been there for over 500 years. For us though, our absolute favorite moment was on the way down from visiting Chinchero in the Sacred Valley. We were surrounded by farm lands with potato flowers in bloom as far as we could see, with the peaks of the Andes as the backdrop. Both of us love photography so we jumped out of the van and were able to head into the fields and explore and take pictures. It was one of those experiences in life that was really unique and fulfilling and I know we will always carry it with us.
Q: What was the most unexpected part of your trip?
Definitely swimming in the Amazon. We were on a skiff on one of the blackwater tributaries and we were allowed to just jump in! There were even pink dolphins swimming just 20 feet from us which made the experience even more exciting. It was something that neither of us expected to do and it was one of the highlights of our trip!
"It was one of those experiences in life that was really unique and fulfilling and I know we will always carry it with us."
Q: Amy, you’re something of a fitness sensation online. Can you give us a few tips for staying fit while traveling?
I get asked this question a lot and the answer is pretty simple. Every time I travel I want to enjoy myself and immerse myself in the culture and food of the place that I am visiting—but I do not want to feel poorly on my trip or when I come home because I overindulged. To keep myself on track I follow a few simple rules (to the best of my ability):
1. Work Out Daily
I bring my home based workouts with me on the road, downloaded right to my iPad or iPhone and I make sure to push play every day. Even if I am tired or not feeling it, working out always helps me maximize my enjoyment of my trip because I can eat as much as I want guilt-free and know I put in a good calorie burn beforehand. I don’t want my clothes to stop fitting halfway through my trip!
2. Make Healthy Choices
I live by the 85/15 rule. This means that I eat right 85 percent of the time and eat what I want the other 15 percent of the time. When I travel I make sure to not indulge on every meal and I eat consciously, making sure I am not filling myself up with junk food simply because I am on vacation. I also try to eat as many "farm to table" options as possible. Peru was amazing for this—the food was delicious and they are very conscious when it comes to growing and preparing their ingredients. In our experience, Peru was still very close to nature and we did not have one bad meal when we were there. As long as you’re eating whole foods (even if you put on a few extra pounds when you get home and back to your meal plan) it’ll shed off within a week.
3. Get Some Sleep
Sleep is so important to fitness, energy, mood, and my over all level of enjoyment when I am at home and traveling. I make sure to get to sleep at a reasonable hour when possible and take naps if I need to. When I run myself ragged I find that I will overeat and eat foods that are not good for me because my body is just craving extra fuel. I notice on vacation people are running around trying to do “all the things” as well as staying up late partying and seem tired the entire trip. You don’t want to go home and need a vacation from your vacation! The key is to relax, take it all in, and treat yourself well.
For more tips check out Amy's blog at amysilvermanfitness.com.
"The key is to relax, take it all in, and treat yourself well."
Q: Where to next?
We are headed to the Amalfi Coast of Italy and the Greek Islands in June to eat more delicious food, explore, and take tons of photos! If you want to keep up on those travels, feel free to follow our travel blog, pullingageographic.com.
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