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Exploring Lima’s Natural Parks

17 Aug
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Exploring Lima’s Natural Parks

The Peruvian capital is mostly known for its beautiful historical center, the Plaza Mayor, and the Cathedral. Also, because of cool neighborhoods such as Miraflores and Barranco, with great cafes and restaurants with the famous Peruvian food. Furthermore, Lima features many attractive spots with museums and artificial parks on the beautiful coastline.

But did you know Lima also offers endless possibilities for exploring the diverse nature of Peru in the nearby surroundings of the Peruvian capital?

Have you heard of these exciting National Parks not far from the City of Kings? There are excellent opportunities for Exploring Lima’s Natural Parks!

Options include watching sea life, swimming with sea lions, boarding dunes, soaking up the sun on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, hiking through the Andes Mountains on trails that date back to Incan times and exploring one of the world´s bio-diverse hotspots in the Amazon. Peru is simply a paradise for nature lovers! Yes, Including Lima. Let’s see!

 

1. The Marshes of Villa: perfect Spot for Bird-Watching

The natural vegetation in this reserve consists of water grasses and large marshes. This is a 1-day getaway from the city and the perfect opportunity to observe Peruvian wildlife and experience a small ecosystem right on the border of the capital city.
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New regulations for Machu Picchu Peru

18 Jul
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New regulations for Machu Picchu Peru

Machu Picchu, one of most important tourist destinations of Peru, has been receiving increasing amounts of tourist crowds over the past years. Visitor numbers often reached as high as 3800 people per day. In an attempt to preserve the Inca Citadel for future generations, the Peruvian government, in consultation with UNESCO, has decided to control the flow of visitors. Therefore, some new regulations for Machu Picchu Peru have been implemented on July 1st 2017.

Do you plan on taking a Machu Picchu Tour soon, or will you be doing a hike to Machu Picchu? Of so, please don’t stop reading and check this.

We will indicate the most important rules that affect your Machu Picchu Tour:

  • There are now two entrance times per day; from 6:00 to 12:00 and from 12:00 to 17:30. You buy your Machu Picchu Ticket for either the first, or the second time slot.
  • Visitors can only enter Machu Picchu with an official Machu Picchu guide or a licensed tourist guide.
  • There are three defined circuits which visitors must abide by – it is not allowed to deviate from these circuits
  • Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountain retain their schedules as before (see further below)

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The Inca Trail in 7 Steps

30 Jun
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Hiking the famous Inca Trail in Peru is the top #1 on the bucket list of many travellers. But the Inca Trail is a very popular trekking route and Inca Trail permits are in high demand.
In this blog, I want to share “The Inca Trail in 7 Steps” with you to make sure your adventure in the Land of the Incas is going to be as magnificent as you imagined!

The Inca Trail in 7 Steps

Step #1
Select the right time

The high season in Peru is the dry-season of the Andes, from April to October. This is considered the best time to go hiking in the Andes as you won´t have to expect so much rain.

However, this is also the time were Inca Trail permits will be sold out quickly! In order to keep the nature experience on the trek real and to maintain numbers of hikers in an adequate level on the trail, there is a limit of permits per day for the Inca Trail.
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Top 4 Best Souvenirs to Buy In Peru

29 Jun
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Top 4 Best Souvenirs to Buy In Peru

Peru is a heaven for shoppers and treasure hunters! During your travel to Peru, you will find many traditional markets and souvenir shops in cities like Lima, Cusco, and Arequipa that offer this special something to take home from your holiday in Peru!

But what are the best Peruvian souvenirs and gifts to go for? What are the Top 4 best Souvenirs to buy in Peru?

In this blog, I will let you in on the secrets of shopping in Peru. Check out the 4 Best Souvenirs to Buy in Peru! And don’t miss out on my five shopping tips. This way you are well prepared before you head out to the shops and markets in Peru to get those souvenirs for your beloved ones back home!

Top 4 Best Souvenirs to Buy In Peru

1. Alpaca Textiles with Andean patterns

These typical Peruvian textiles are probably the most popular items among tourists on vacation in Peru! In Cusco, you can find them in countless little stores and markets all over the city. The reason why the textiles are so popular? They are pretty, practical and affordable!
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Why you want to book the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu now!

19 Jun
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Why you want to book the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu now!

What is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Peru?

The Peruvian food, the music, the nature, the llamas, or the ancient Inca culture? Probably one of the FIRST things that came to your mind is the famous Inca site, Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Am I right?

One of the most unforgettable and amazing experiences is to hike the traditional Inca Trail leading right to Machu Picchu. Trekking in Peru is a great way to explore the country and learn about the culture and the history of the Incas.

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Corpus Christi in Cusco Unites People from All Over the World

13 Jun
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Corpus Christi in Cusco Unites People from All Over the World

When visiting Peru in the month of June, travelers from all over the world are sure to see many colorful festivities throughout their stay in Peru. This month is the “Fiestas de Cusco”, celebrating the region´s culture and history.

After the traditional native festivities of Qeswachaka and Qoyllur Rit’i, the next major event is Corpus Christi, which is a Catholic procession that takes place sixty days after Easter Sunday; this year it falls on Thursday, June 15th. This celebration is recognized in many places of the world, but Cusco is known as one of the best places to be for Corpus Christi. And Corpus Christi in Cusco Unites People from All Over the World.
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Popular alternative to the Inca Trail: the Inca Jungle Trek

06 Jun
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Popular alternative to the Inca Trail: the Inca Jungle Trek

A trip to Peru usually involves a visit to the number 1 highlight and tourist attraction of Peru: the amazing Inca town Machu Picchu.  One of the man different ways to get there, is the famous Inca Trail.  But if you want to do the very popular Inca Trail, you need to book and buy the Inca Trail permit in time, usually between four till eight months ahead! A great and popular alternative to the Inca Trail is the four day Inca Jungle Trek. The Inca Jungle Trek does not just involve hiking but also cycling and, if you wish, rafting and zip-lining . You will start at a point as high as 4,350 meters after which you descend to warm jungle land. A great adventure tour!
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6 Smart Tips for an Unforgettable Machu Picchu Tour

02 Jun
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6 Smart Tips for an Unforgettable Machu Picchu Tour

Machu Picchu, the amazing Inca Citadel nearby Cusco, is a must-see for every Peru traveler. In case you did not visit Machu Picchu yet or are planning another trip to the fascinating world wonder in Peru, these 6 SMART TIPS FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE MACHU PICCHU TOUR will help you to plan and organize your trip to Machu Picchu. Make sure to make the most out of your visit to this beautiful site in the Peruvian Andes, nearby Cusco.

Tip 1: Getting up early

It is important to know that trips to Machu Picchu should ALWAYS start in the early morning because there is just so much to see! Not to mention the possibility of an amazing early morning sunrise….

Therefore, we always recommend you spent the night before in Aguas Calientes as only waking up early will allow you to. (However, if this is not possible, a one day Machu Picchu Tour is still an amazing experience and totally worthwhile.)

Aguas Calientes – since a couple of years officially called Machu Picchu Pueblo – is the small town at the bottom of the valley, next to Machu Picchu. It is the primary access to the Inca Citadel. In Aguas Calientes you find restaurants, hotels, cafes, all gathered in the (very) nearby surroundings of the train station (or, it is actually built on the train rails). (more…)

Huayna Picchu Hike: a new perspective on Machu Picchu

23 May
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Huayna Picchu Hike: A new perspective on Machu Picchu

All you need to know about the Huayna Picchu Hike

How many times have you seen a picture like the above of Machu Picchu? Probably numerous times, just like me. Before I traveled to Peru, I always dreamt of visiting Machu Picchu and taking a picture like that myself– and I did! But did you know, that the mountain you see here, is actually NOT called Machu Picchu?

What is Mountain Machu Picchu?

I only found this out on my awesome trip to Peru. On these famous pictures of the famous Inca Citadel “Machu Picchu” you see so often, the mountain Machu Picchu is actually behind us! The impressive archaeological site is only named AFTER the mountain Machu Picchu! The fun fact is that the mountain you see in our picture above is called Huayna Picchu or Wayna Picchu! In Quechua – the language that the Inca’s spoke, – Huayna Picchu means “young peak,” while Machu Picchu means “old peak.” (more…)

Prepare for travelling to Peru

18 May
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The best Tips to Prepare for Travelling in Peru

If the big day is almost there and you are ready to start the preparations for your Trip to Peru, this post is for you!  On our website, you can also find some interesting Travel Tips including a Getting Ready for your Trip to Peru Section. But here are the most important ones. So get ready and Prepare for Travelling to Peru!

 

Tip 1: Book in Advance what Needs to be Booked in Advance!

Of course, if you prefer to see where the wind takes you during your travels to Peru, you don’t need to plan every minute details of your trip beforehand. However, if you have your heart set on seeing some of Peru’s most famous and popular sites such as Machu Picchu, you MUST book in advance to avoid grave disappointment upon arrival. The best example, of course, is the Famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu……which MUST be booked at least 4 to 6 months in advance for high season (May, June, July, August).

This must be done at a licensed travel agency in Cusco. If you plan to visit Peru later (or earlier) in the year, 1-3 months ahead might be enough if you are lucky). This is because the Peruvian government limits the entrances to 500 per day (including guides and staff) in order to help preserve the beautiful Inca trail!

Pre-booking recommendations also include all  Machu Picchu Tours such as train tours to Machu Picchu and during some times of the year, entrances to Machu Picchu itself can sell out (always check!). If you don’t have 4 -6-month notice of your trip, you can always consider one of our alternative treks to Machu Picchu, like the Salkantay, Lares, or the super-fun Inca Jungle Trek!

If you don’t have 4 -6 month notice of your trip to Peru or you plan a last-minute visit, you can always consider one of our alternative treks to Machu Picchu, like the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, the beautiful Lares Hike, or the super-fun Inca Jungle Trek!

 

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