Agnes Rivera Agnes Rivera Since 2012, Agnes has been living in Peru, getting to know the ins and outs of big cities and quiet provinces through her work as an English teacher, editor, translator, and freelance writer. She graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Oregon, in her hometown of Eugene. In the past 5 years she has gained expertise writing about the travel and tourism industry in South America for sustainable luxury travel companies in the form of blogs, social media as well as newsletters Experience A contributor to TripSavvy since 2019, Agnes has become an expert on all things worth traveling for in Peru since her writing career took off in 2013. For three years she was editor of the leading English-language travel and lifestyle site in Peru, Traveling & Living in Peru, where she also discovered her passion for conducting interviews with longtime residents to dig up the best-kept secrets of Lima and beyond. Soon after she became a freelance writer and editor, contributing to international publications such as Lonely Planet as well as boutique travel companies like Humboldt & Cook. Though she co-founded a successful content creations company in 2018, she ultimately decided to step away in order to focus on writing projects that spoke to her own personal values: sustainability, community, and authenticity. She currently lives in a quiet town in the Sacred Valley of Peru with a house full of animals and plants. Education Though she always dreamed of leaving her hometown, Agnes would return to Eugene after a brief stint of traveling abroad in order to attend the University of Oregon. Dabbling in film, art and language classes, she realized that she was reading novels and writing short stories every chance she got. She graduated as an English Literature major in 2010 and soon after headed south to explore Latin America before settling down in Peru in 2012. About TripSavvy and Dotdash TripSavvy, a Dotdash brand, is a travel site written by real experts, not anonymous reviewers. You’ll find that our 20-year-strong library of more than 30,000 articles will make you a savvy traveler—showing you how to book a hotel the whole family will love, where to find the best bagel in New York City, and how to skip the lines at theme parks. We give you the confidence to spend your vacation actually vacationing, not fumbling with a guidebook or second-guessing yourself. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.