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Visit Maras and Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

20 Feb
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Maras Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Cusco Peru
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Visit Maras and Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

When visiting the Cusco area while traveling in Peru, the Sacred Valley of the Incas is a must-see. Many travelers visit Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Chincheros while doing a Sacred Valley Tour. However, there are also two two lesser known sites called Maras and Moray. Here you read why we recommend you Visit Maras and Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Just 31 miles Northwest of Cusco (Peru) lies Moray. Moray is the number 20 of 127 top attractions to visit in the Cusco region ranked by the Tripadvisor. It is a must see for everyone. First photographed in 1931, these particular ruins have been carved into the earth just about 100 feet deep or more.

The most popular theory is that this site once was an Agricultural Laboratory to the Incas. With sixty percent of the world’ stood crop originating from the Andes the theory seems to fit well. Pollen studies have proven that the earth from each basin was once imported from different regions in Peru. From top to bottom the temperature can reach 20 degrees Fahrenheit and with each level in these circular basins being 2 meters apart one would assume it was apart of these experiments.
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Most Romantic Places in Cusco

13 Feb
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Most Romantic Places in Cusco

for Valentine’s Day, Honeymoon or any other Special Day

Most Romantic Places in Cusco

The old Inca Town Cusco is nowadays a charming city, full of romanticism. It is the perfect destination for couples who are traveling in Peru and who want to spend a romantic Valentine’s Day during their trip, or a Honeymoon, or any other special anniversary or celebration. Due to the wide variety of cozy and nice restaurants, the picturesque, narrow streets, the colorful local people and the amazing scenery, Cusco can be called one of the most romantic cities in South America, without a doubt.

But, where to go in Cusco to make the most out of that amazing romantic event?

Here are the best tips for travelers in Peru staying in Cusco during Valentine’s Day: most romantic places in Cusco. (more…)

Visit Cusco in Rainy season?

09 Feb
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Visit Cusco in Rainy season?
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Cusco in Rainy season

If you are planning your trip to Peru and Cusco, you might have looked into information about the climate in Peru. Knowing about the weather in Peru is essential for planning your trip as well as for packing!  If you plan to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu – and let’s face it: who won’t? – you must have read about the rainfalls in the Andes. Have you wondered what the rainy season is like in Cusco? Is it worth visiting Cusco in rainy season? What is the weather like in Cusco?

And what about trekking in the rainy season in the Cusco area? (more…)

Amazon Tours in Tambopata: The Ultimate Jungle Experience in Peru

28 Jan
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Amazon Tours in Tambopata: The Ultimate Jungle Experience in Peru
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Amazon Tours in Tambopata: The Ultimate Jungle Experience in Peru

A Trip review of an Amazon Tour in Peru: a four-day Tour to the Tambopata Rainforest

Where is Tambopata?

Amazon Tours or jungle tours are an amazing experience in the heart of most biodiverse place on the planet: the Amazone Rainforest of Peru.

Tambopata National Reserve in Peru is located on the border between Peru and Bolivia, where the rivers flow from the Andes into the immense Peruvian Amazon jungle.

Due to the differences in altitude, there are many humidity levels and temperature differences what makes this region is such a unique spot on earth, with an extremely high variety of biodiversity. In Tambopata, you find hundred million insects, hundreds of thousands exotic plants, and about 1500 different birds and 500 mammals. (more…)

Tour Uyuni Salt Lakes in Bolivia

16 Jan
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Tour Uyuni Salt Lakes in Bolivia

Uyuni and beyond: highlights and tips.

A tour of the Salt Lakes of Uyuni and Southwestern Bolivia is not luxurious, comfortable, or warm. These desolate places are difficult to access and require a serious commitment to land travel. But the journey is absolutely worth the effort for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

  • to sleep in a hotel made entirely of salt,
  • to climb to 5000 meters and drive into the crater of an active volcano,
  • to balance precariously on a Red Bull can in the world´s largest salt flats,
  • to visit Fish Island only to discover that it is neither an island nor contains fish,
  • to drive through the Salvador Dali desert and be witness to some of the most beautiful and barren scenery on the planet.

How to get to Uyuni

I was living in Cusco (Peru) at the moment of writing so from there, I took night bus to La Paz. From La Paz, you will take a 13 hour overnight bus on (mostly) paved roads to the small town of Uyuni. Here you will meet your driver, and the rest of your group. You´ll spend the next 3 day touring the Uyuni Salt Lakes with a few tourists and a driver in a very necessary SUV.

 

Car Uyuni Salt Lake

 

In order to make the most out of your Uyuni Salt Flat tour, I have made a list with the Uyuni Highlights for you.

 

Uyuni Highlights!

 

  • Taking the Uyuni Salt Flat Photos that you have always dreamed of – On Day 1, you will have the opportunity to take your own! You can balance on top of small objects, fight with a dinosaur, hold your friends in the palm of your hand, lift a truck over your head, etc…the possibilities are endless. Arrive equipped with funny toys, a great imagination and extra batteries for your camera!
  • Sleeping in the Salt Hotel — interesting of course not only because it is a hotel made of salt but also because of the geographical isolation — when you sleep in such a remote area, you have the opportunity to see an amazing, unobstructed sunset and sunrise (if you choose to get up in time) AND, be sure to go outside after nightfall and look up, or left, or right, or pretty much anywhere, to appreciate the stars and constellations that seem to be right in front of you. Absolutely amazing!
  • Volcano Crater — on the last morning of the trip, you´ll wake up and be on the ¨road¨ by 5am. You´ll reach a height of 5000 meters in altitude as you drive directly into the crater of an active volcano, where you can get out of the vehicle and walk right up (but not too close) to the geysers that are spraying steam! On the way out our driver mentioned that it’s best to leave quickly as we have no scientific information pertaining to that particular volcano exists – truly living on the edge!

 

 

Volcano Crater

 

  • Hot Springs — it would be easy to decide to stay dry when the weather is so cold, but really, when is the next time you will have the chance to dip yourself in hot water that bubbles naturally from below the Earth´s surface, outside, in the middle of virtually nowhere in the no-man´s land where the countries of Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile meet? Probably never. So go for it – you only live once!
  • The Lagunas – throughout the tour you will stop at several picturesque lagunas, most of which are descriptively named (Blanca, Verde, Colorada) and all are unique and provide breathtakingly beautiful photo opps! You´ll get a chance to see many flamingos and if you are luck you´ll witness a performance of their mating parade.

 

 How to prepare for your Tour to Uyuni!

  • Extreme Temperatures – Bring layers, sunscreen as you will be about a meter from the sun, and rent or bring a sleeping bag. We opted not to and on the last night, everyone was freezing cold in our room with 6 beds. We all doubled up and slept 2 per bed so that each bed could have twice the amount of bedding. If you aren´t traveling with a friend and don´t like sleeping with strangers, consider the sleeping bag option!
  • Altitude — if you are coming from an extended stay in Cusco, Puno, La Paz etc., you should have no problem with the altitude. However, if you are traveling from sea level to do this tour, I suggest acclimating for at least a couple of days in one of the aforementioned locations! 5000 meters is no joke and is definitely the highest I have ever been so far!
  • Entrance fees – there are about 180 Bolivianos worth of fees that are not included with the tour. Luckily we were informed by Dos Manos Travel Agency so so we were prepared. But there were people on our tour who were not. There are no ATMs on the journey, so bring the appropriate cash with you — you may also want extra change for snacks, a beer, and a 10 boliviano shower along the way.

 

 

Uyuni Salt Lakes

 

  • Spanish-speaking driver – there are drivers that do not speak a single word of English.  Luckily ours did, but make sure you get one of those if you don’t speak any Spanish and arrange it ahead of time! (if you book your Uyuni Salt Mines Tour at Dos Manos Travel it’ll be taken care of but if you don’t…….)

 

For more information about traveling in Peru or Bolivia , or if you want to talk to one of the Dos Manos Trip Counselors, please  contact Dos Manos Travel Agency.

Most Popular Peru Travel Blogs in 2017

29 Dec
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Most Popular Peru Travel Blogs in 2017
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Most Popular Peru Travel Blogs in 2017

Are you planning a trip to Peru in 2018? Don’t miss out on this inspiration and check out our Most Popular Peru Travel Blogs in 2017!

Many Peru travelers contacted us in 2017, and you can do too! Our trip counselors are happy to help! At our head office in the stunning city of Cusco, the staff of Dos Manos Peru Travel can book the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu Tours by train, bus tickets, plane tickets, we help you with personalized itineraries to highlights and off the beaten trek destinations in Peru. Not only Nazca, Arequipa, Puno, Lima, and Cusco. But also Huaraz, Chachapoyas, Cajamarca, Trujillo, and Mancora.

Peru is one of the most popular travel destinations worldwide, and 2018 is your year to visit Peru!

Get some inspiration for your Peru Trip and read OUR MOST POPULAR blogs in 2017! (more…)

Ausangate Trek: 4 Days Among Untouched Beauty

20 Dec
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Ausangate Trek: 4 Days Among Untouched Beauty
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Ausangate Trek: 4 Days Among Untouched Beauty

Ausangate is a beast of a mountain. At almost 6,400 meters, it is the tallest mountain on the Vilcanota mountain range in Peru and it’s most imposing. Known as “Apu Ausangate” (Apu means “Lord” in Quechua, the original language of Peru), it has special significance amongst local people and in Incan mythology. Ausangate protects the people of the Andean highlands. It is considered the holiest of the 12 sacred Apus in the Cusco region. For me, the Ausangate Trek meant 4 days among Untouched Beaty, a truly amazing experience.

Breathtaking Views

While not the most well-known trek of the Cusco region and devoid of any Incan or pre-Incan ruins, the Ausangate Trek features breathtaking views. This hike offers travelers the rare experience of coming in close contact with the local Peruvian pastoral societies. The trek is made all the more special by the fact that most of the time you and your travel companions are the only people in sight! (more…)

10 Quick Facts about Christmas in Peru

19 Dec
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10 Quick Facts about Christmas in Peru
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10 Quick Facts About Christmas in Peru

Christmas is fast approaching and Cusco is taking on a festive air. Just like any other culture, Peru – and Cusco – has some unique and highly cherished Christmas traditions. Whether it pertains to hot chocolate, a Rooster Mass, or fireworks, there is always plenty to see and do around Cusco during Christmas.   Here is your guide to the fun and (sometimes) strange activities and sites you will come across if you have the luck of spending the holiday season in the Imperial City in Peru.  Here you can read about the most important “10 Quick Facts about Christmas in Peru!”

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8 Reasons Why Peruvian Food is the Best

14 Nov
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8 Reasons Why Peruvian Food is the Best

Peru is considered the culinary mecca of Latin America and for good reason. Who could argue with the variety, tradition, fusion of cultures and freshness of ingredients? Who could argue with Ceviche? Have you had a plate of “Lomo saltado” or “aji de gallina”? Those that have know that it has the power to change lives!

The history of Peru´s rich cuisine and its notable culinary fusion dates back many centuries to the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century. From that point on, the Incan cuisine was wonderfully fused with European sensibilities from France, Germany, and Italy as well as with deliciousness from Asia and West Africa.

But, do you want to know the 8 Reasons Why Peruvian Food is the Best? We have compiled a list of the best eight aspects of Peruvian culinary tradition that make the food scene in Peru one of a kind and Peru a real culinary destination. (more…)

Rainbow Mountain: To Visit or Not to Visit

30 Oct
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Rainbow Mountain: To Visit or Not to Visit
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Rainbow Mountain: To Visit or Not to Visit

If you are traveling in Peru or preparing your trip to Peru, you must have heard about Rainbow Mountain. To many, Rainbow Mountain is, without any doubts, one of the highlights of Peru and one the most beautiful 1-day hikes in the Cusco region. A tour to Rainbow Mountain should definitely be on your Peru bucket list!

However, there are some interesting issues you want to read about, before booking the Rainbow Mountain Tour. You find them at the bottom of this article. So, to make the right decision – and, to make the most out of your tour if you decide to go! – read this blog: Rainbow Mountain: To Visit or Not to Visit. (more…)