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My Trip to the Sacred Valley

20 Mar
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Monday March 20, 2017 - Posted by

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
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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
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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…)

Peru’s Pisco Sour Day

31 Jan
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Peru’s Pisco Sour Day

Peru’s most famous cocktail is by far the Pisco Sour and therefore the people of Peru yearly celebrate the Día del Pisco Sour or, in English, Pisco Sour Day . The event takes places on the first Saturday of February.

The most important ingredient of this delicious Peruvian cocktail is, of course, Pisco. Therefore it is interesting to know a bit more about this typical Peruvian liqueur.

After the Spanish conquered South America, they imported vine plants to Peru in the 15th century. Because they had grapes left that were not good enough for the wine, they decided to use these leftovers in a different product and this is when Pisco got invented.
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Eight Reasons Why you Should Visit Peru!

25 Jan
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Eight reasons Why you Should Visit Peru!

Peru… a breathtaking and diverse country in the Mid-West of South-America. According to The Telegraph,* Peru should definitely be the next destination on your bucket list! Why? Here are Eight Reasons Why you should Visit Peru.

Peru is full of variety

The country is most popular for the old ruins of Machu Picchu that date back all the way to the Inca Empire. However, Peru has plenty of more amazing things to do than hiking the famous Inca trail uphill. Think about all the alternative hiking trails in the various spectacular mountain ranges in Peru. These landscapes give you an astonishing mix of far-reaching views, volcano craters, and many high mountain peaks. These peaks can go up to more than 5000 meters due to the presence of the Andes that runs through many countries in South-America.

In Peru, known for its culinary quality, you have the chance to taste delicious Peruvian food, such as lomo saltado, aji de gallina, and ceviche. Throughout Peru, people are kind, helpful and friendly so expect always to receive a warm welcome wherever you go. See this list, as created by The Telegraph, of even more specific Eigh Reasons Why You Should Visit Peru!
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How to recognize & avoid tourist traps in Cusco

16 Jan
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How to recognize & avoid tourist traps in Cusco
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How to recognize & avoid tourist traps in Cusco

As everywhere, touristy cities in Peru attract swindlers that try to profit from the unsuspecting tourists and travelers in their country. May it be already at the airport, the plaza, restaurants or other occasions, traps are waiting for you everywhere. All travelers know this and are, to a certain extent, prepared for this. However, there are tricks and traps you might not expect! We are happy to teach you ow to recognize and avoid tourist traps in Cusco.

Because with the following information, travelers in Peru will be prepared to recognize the typical Cusco ‘attacks’. With some simple knowledge and information about how much things and services should cost and where you are mostly encountering these traps, life in Cusco will be much cheaper and nicer.

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