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The Ultimate How to Guide on How to pass Semana Santa in Cusco

10 Apr
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The Ultimate How to Guide on How to pass Semana Santa in Cusco
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The Ultimate How to Guide on How to pass Semana Santa in Cusco

What is Semana Santa?

The Holy Week in Peru lasts from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. During this week, many spiritual festivities take place, celebrating the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Travelers in Peru can witness numerous spiritual processions, traditional costumes, and local culinary delicacies all throughout the country of Peru during this religiously significant week.

What is there to see for travelers during Semana Santa?

The Holy Week is a significant religious festivity for the people of Peru. During the holidays of Semana Santa, many locals travel, witness the spiritual processions or spend time with their loved ones.

Likewise, for international travelers in Peru, this special week has a lot to offer!

Especially in Cusco, visitors can observe extraordinary expressions of local culture, in which they mix their ancient Inca origins with the newer influences of Christianity. (more…)

Adrenaline Pumping Sand Tour Adventures in Peru

04 Apr
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Adrenaline Pumping Sand Tour Adventures in Peru
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Adrenaline Pumping Sand Tour Adventures in Peru

The Peruvian coast South of Lima has a lot to offer for those exporing Peru. There is not only a lot to see and to do in this region, such as the Paracas National Reserve, the Nazca Lines, and the Ballestas Islands. But here you can have so much fun during the adrenaline pumping sand based adventure! Keep on reading and get a glance of how much fun sandboarding in Peru is.

Huacachina is the place where you need to travel to. It is a beautiful oasis in the middle of the Peruvian desert nearby Ica and Nazca; a nice and silent place. I loved it there, mainly because I had spent a couple of days in the more hectic and chaotic Peruvian capital Lima before arriving at Huacachina. The small lagoon is attractive, and the weather is good: a great place to relax. (more…)

Top 8 Things to do in Lima

24 Mar
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Top 8 Things to do in Lima
 
Among travelers in Peru, popular sites to visit in Lima are the neighborhoods Miraflores and Barranco, the architecture in the city center, around the Plaza de Armas, as well as the “Costa Verde”, a famous beach strip on the Pacific Ocean. But there is much more!

For tourists, in Peru, a visit to the majestic Peruvian capital often is both an impressive experience as well as an orientation challenge. Since its establishment by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on January 18 in 1535, the “City of Kings” has grown to an urban giant being home to a population as big as 8.4 million.

In comparison to other Peruvian cities, Lima´s tourist attractions are more disperse in the city and are not that easy to explore on foot. To get a surrounding impression of Lima and enjoy a relaxing stay in the city, you should have minimum 2-3, but hopefully 4-5 days.
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My Trip to the Sacred Valley

20 Mar
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My Trip to the Sacred Valley
 
Early Saturday morning at 08:00 am, my friend and I were picked up from our residence in the heart of Cusco by the van that would take us on a day trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The morning started off cold and quiet, but knowing what was ahead of us this day, gave us all the energy we needed.

We had our first stop at the market of Pisac, about 40 kilometers from the city of Cusco along the Urubamba river. Various items such as sweaters, bags, jewelry and paintings were being sold. The market was not too big, but it did have a nice vibe to it. The huge variety of colorful items, the friendly Peruvian people, the small restaurants and cafes located on the sides of the streets and of course the stunning landscape of mountains and greenery surrounding the area, made it a lovely morning. I couldn’t believe how beautiful this place was. The green surroundings with tiny houses on the hills, along with the old ruins, made for a perfect view, just like a classic painting. (more…)

Practical Tips for your Visit to Paracas & Ballestas Islands

09 Mar
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Practical Tips for your Visit to Paracas & Ballestas Islands

If you travel overland from Lima to Arequipa, you will encounter the National Park Paracas, at a 4 hours bus drive from the Peruvian capital. Many travelers in Peru make a one day stop here (or even less) before they continue their trip further south, to (Ica, Nazca, and) Arequipa. The main attractions of this region are the Paracas National Reserve.itself and the Ballestas Islands. What can you do and see here? Check it out and read our Practical Tips for your Visit to Paracas & Ballestas Islands.
 
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6 Practical Insights to the Best Markets in Cusco

16 Feb
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6 Practical Insights to the Best Markets in Cusco

A very important part of today´s culture in Peru are the many markets. This collection of different kinds of stands and little shops are where the local Peruvians go shopping for their everyday needs and are the best places to go for cheap bargains.

Depending on the size of the market, you will find stands with astounding varieties of fruit, vegetables, and meat. Many markets also expand to a whole outside shopping center where you can buy various items, have breakfast or lunch, or shop for typical souvenirs!

The colorful markets in Peru are a typical and important part of the local culture and are worth a visit for everyone who is exploring this fascinating country! And most travelers in Peru love to visit those local markets
For travelers in Cusco, we’ve prepared this small guide with 6 Practical Insights to the Best Markets in Cusco!

First, a short overview of Cusco’s best markets to visit and where to find them. (more…)

5 Irresistible South American Desserts for Valentine’s Day

10 Feb
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5 Irresistible South American Desserts for Valentine’s Day
 
Every year around Valentine´s Day, chocolate sales skyrocket as lovers around the world empty market shelves to buy toffees and other sweet candies for their loved ones. On this special day of the year, in many restaurants of the world, a romantic dessert creation cannot be missed and rounds up the perfect Valentine´s date. Especially in South America and in Peru, we can find plenty of amazing Peruvian desserts and chocolates that are a perfect fit to show our affection for that special someone.

If you ar traveling in Peru or elsewhere in South America, or, you want to prepare something really special for your Valentine back home, keep on reading and take a look at these perfect Five Irresistible South American Desserts for Valentine’s Day.
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6 Practical Tips for Surviving Salkantay Trek in Peru

08 Feb
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6 Practical Tips for Surviving Salkantay Trek in Peru
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6 Practical Tips for Surviving Salkantay Trek in Peru

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is a great trek to the Inca citadel Machu Picchu. Some people choose this trek when the famous Inca Trail in Peru is sold out (which happens quite often). The Salkantay trek is indeed a great alternative. Are you worried about the Salkantay difficulty? Travelers in Peru say it is a bit more difficult than the classic Inca Trail but well worth the effort. The scenery is amazing! And with these 6 Practical Tips for Surviving the Salkantay Trek in Peru, you will fine!

The difficulty of the Salkantay trek is rated by experts at a level of difficulty of 3-4 on a scale that reaches up to 7. Therefore, if you are in good physical health, no special training is needed for this trek. Your guide will give you the most important information during a special briefing a few days before the start of your trek through the highlands of the Andes, and he or she will also tell you the essential things to bring.
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Travelers in Peru are preparing for La Candelaria Festival in Puno

02 Feb
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Travelers in Peru are preparing for La Candelaria Festival in Puno

This upcoming weekend, the activities of the Festival de la Candeleria of Puno will start again. La Candelaria is Peru’s biggest folcloric Festival and it’s a very important event in southern Peru.

La Candelaria takes place every year in February, in Puno, to honor La Virgen of Candelaria, the patron saint of the city. Attending this big colorful event is a great opportunity for travelers in Peru to visit the city of Puno and make a trip to Lake Titicaca – at the Peruvian/ Bolivian border in Southeastern part of Peru. A tour on Lake Titicaca includes a visit to the floating Urus Islands and, if you wish, an overnight with a local Peruvian family on the islands of Taquile or Amantani.

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Pisco Perfection

02 Feb
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Pisco Perfection

The national drink of Peru, Pisco, is being celebrated in Peru over the next few weeks. The main day of the celebrations is Pisco Sour Day, always the first Saturday of February. The most famous drink that is made with pisco is a delicious beverage that will charm its drinkers into pisco perfection!

As pisco sour is such an important cultural drink of Peru, let’s see how it is produced. First, purely virgin grapes are harvested in February and March, during which care must be taken to avoid the swarms of bees. After the grapes are harvested, the grapes must be ´stomped,´ sometimes by a human professional or a complex machine. After the stomping, the grape juice must ferment, which involves turning the sugar into an alcohol. (more…)