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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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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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Peru: 3 Day Hikes off the Beaten Path

10 May
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Peru: 3 Day Hikes off the Beaten Path
 
The Cusco region in Peru is known for its soaring peaks and stunning scenery. For this reason, there are so many great hikes that you can do in here, such as the Inca Trail or the Salkantay Trek. For those treks, you need a travel agency (especially for the Inca trail as only official operators can offer this trek).*

But there are also some really nice smaller hikes you can do on your own. Tackling the Cusco region can be a bit daunting so make sure you are well prepared. With some many mountains and so many unmarked trails left by the Incas, it´s hard to know just where to start.

But for those with an adventurous spirit, interested in exploring this awesome area, we have prepared a list of three day hikes in Cusco, off the beaten path. These hikes are not quite as well-known to the average tourist, so you can enjoy the tranquility of nature without being surrounded by hordes of people! Make sure you are well prepared.
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The Magic of Visting Machu Picchu

06 May
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The Magic of Visiting Machu Picchu

Being one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu Peru, is a Must-See destination! People from all over the world travel to Peru to visit the famous archaeological site of Machu Picchu. In addition to holding an impressive, rich history, Machu Picchu is simply in an amazing location. Read about the Magic of Visiting Machu Picchu…

Where is Machu Picchu Located?

Where is Machu Picchu? It is nestled on the top of a mountain in Southern Peru, surrounded by more gorgeous peaks of the Andes Mountain Range. It truly is incredible that the Incas built the city where they did and managed to carry so many materials to and from the site.  At the bottom of this article, you can read some more Machu Picchu Facts.

Machu Picchu Tour or Machu Picchu Hike

For you as a traveler in Peru, there are two ways of visiting Machu Picchu: choose for a Machu Picchu Tour by train, or, you can do a Machu Picchu Hike. Both depart from the beautiful nearby city of Cusco, the gateway to all Machu Picchu Tours. There are numerous hikes or treks to choose from depending on your interests. Examples are the famous and very popular Inca Trail or the Salkantay Trek.   If you prefer to not go hiking, for all Machu Picchu Tour, there are also different trains to choose from, along with a variety of train times depending on when you would like to depart.

If you want the experience of your Machu Picchu visit to be longer and more intense, you can stay for the night in the small village at the bottom of the mountain called Aguas Calientes. There is a wide range of hotels in Aguas Calientes to choose from, from low-budget to high-ended hotels.  (more…)

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

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

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…)