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Visiting Lake Humantay: 7 tips for the Best Experience

11 Sep
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Visiting Lake Humantay: 7 tips for the Best Experience

Lake Humantay is currently listed as #4 on the list of the Top Attractions in the Cusco Surroundings, making Humantay one of the most coveted day trip destinations for travelers in Peru. On this day trip, you will admire panoramic views over Lake Humantay, the Apurimac River and learn about the region’s Inca and pre-Inca history.  Read more about Visiting Lake Humantay: 7 tips for the Best Experience.

Lake Humantay or “Lago Humantay” – in Spanish – is a gorgeous body of water located at the foothills of the snow-capped Humantay Mountain at an altitude of 4,200 meters or 13,779 feet above sea level. The lake is nestled into a secretive and hidden location like a precious gemstone that you can only see once you arrive directly upon it. The tropical-colored turquoise water contrasts strikingly against the snowy mountain in the distance. In the past, only people hiking the Salkantay Trek were lucky enough to admire this amazing natural wonder, but in recent years the tour or hike to Lake Humantay has become a day trip open to all travelers. (more…)

5 Things to Know about Independence Day in Peru

25 Jul
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5 Things to Know about Independence Day in Peru

Independence Day in Peru – Most countries who celebrate their independence from another nation will do it in one single glorious day. Well, not in Peru! That´s right, Peru will celebrate their upcoming independence from Spanish rule over the course of two days, on July 28th and 29th. As the Spanish conquest and subsequent rule is such a big part of Peruvian history, it made sense that one day would not be enough. The second day (July 29th) is actually meant to pay respect to the armed forces and national police of Peru. Together, the two days comprise the “Fiestas Patrias”, or national festivities. (more…)

What’s best: Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) or Palccoyo?

14 Jun
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What’s best: Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) or Palccoyo?

Many travellers in Peru have heard about the famous Rainbow Mountain in Cusco, but a new tour name is emerging on the market radar: Palccoyo, also known as the Alternative Rainbow Mountain. If you are wondering what’s the best option for you and you question the differences and the pros and cons of each tour, this article is for you!  In this blog, we would like to explain some of the differences between the two tours and what you can expect. This will help you to decide what tour to check off your bucket list and see what’s best: Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) or Palccoyo?

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21 Best Things to Do On Your Next Trip To Lima

27 Feb
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21 Best Things to Do On Your Next Trip To Lima

Of all the places to visit in Peru, Lima has to be somewhere near the top of your list – if only because you’ll definitely be passing through its airport. But it’s well worth a stopover, particularly as there is a wealth of things to do in Lima, Peru’s capital city. Join us as we run through the top 21 Best Things to Do on your Next trip to Lima; they will allow you to experience this multifaceted city from all different angles, starting with its elegant colonial heart and even older Inca ruins, through to its modern side full of delicious cuisine and unmissable nightlife Those are Lima’s 21 best tourist attractions.

 

  1. Explore Lima’s picturesque heart in the Plaza Mayor

    This is where it all began: Plaza Mayor, in the city’s old center. It’s not hard to notice that the buildings surrounding the square are pretty old. The Cathedral was built in the 18th-century, although the original building here dated back to 1535. (more…)

The Peru Rainforest: 6 Amazing Reasons to Choose the Amazon

04 Feb
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The Peru Rainforest: 6 Amazing Reasons to Choose the Amazon

When you think of the Amazon jungle, Brazil probably springs to mind. Containing around 60% of this rainforest, this South American country might seem like the obvious choice for a trip to discover the secrets of the jungle. But the Peruvian rainforest actually makes a compelling alternative. Not only is it far more accessible, but it’s also home to an incredible array of wildlife and indigenous culture. Find out why the Peru rainforest should be your introduction to the Amazon jungle by reading:

 

6 Amazing Reasons to Choose the Amazon in Peru

1. Peru has little competition when it comes to biodiversity

In global terms, Peru is considered a megadiverse country. This stems from its extraordinary richness of flora and fauna, containing approximately 10% of the world’s flora species – despite covering only 0.9% of the world’s territory. (more…)

10 Best Tours from Cusco to the Sacred Valley

14 Jan
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10 Best Tours from Cusco to the Sacred Valley

Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire, remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in Peru. Thanks to its legacy of Inca occupation, which was followed by the brutal arrival of the Spanish who tried their best to wipe out the former inhabitants, the area surrounding Cusco is rammed full of fascinating archaeological sites.

Tours from Cusco span the full gamut of hiking adventures to the former Inca citadel of Machu Picchu to trips to explore historic ruins in the Sacred Valley and ancient, one-of-a-kind bridges. These are our ten favorites. the 10 Best Tours from Cusco to the Sacred Valley.
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How to NOT be a Typical Tourist in Cusco

06 Dec
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How to NOT be a Typical Tourist in Cusco

The beautiful city of Cusco received over 3 million tourists in 2018 and can thus call itself a booming tourist destination in Peru. In the city center you can visit many restaurants, cozy cafes, travel agencies and clubs to meet the needs of the travelers. However, this is not the life that the local people of Cusco live. The local life can be more intriguing, more authentic and best of all: it’s cheaper. This blog will help you to see Cusco through the eyes of the locals and will show you How to NOT be a typical Tourist in Cusco.

Ever Seen a Local Eating in the Historical Center of Cusco?

If you are traveling in Peru, you have plenty opportunities to eat and drink amazing Peruvian food. In the historical city center of Cusco you find amazing and trendy restaurants for different budgets. However, even in the cheaper places you find prices adjusted to the tourists instead of to the locals. Therefore, you won’t see many locals eating in these downtown restaurants. (more…)

Perfect Peru Itineraries for One Week or Ten Days Travel

29 Nov
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Perfect Peru Itineraries for One Week or Ten Days Travel

With its dramatic ruined Inca fortresses, golden coastline and rugged mountains aching to be hiked, Peru has plenty to keep you busy on a backpacking trip or vacation. Whether you’re planning on spending one week in the country, ten days or more, we’ve got the perfect Peru itinerary for you.

Peru itinerary 10 days

With this 10 day Peru itinerary, it’s possible to explore the delights of Peru’s colonial capital, Lima, head down the coast to the wildlife reserve off the shores of Paracas, fly over the Nazca lines, watch Andean condors soaring over the Colca Canyon, explore the city of the Inca – Cusco – before dawn at the world-renowned ruins of Machu Picchu. (more…)

How to stay safe while traveling in Peru

27 Nov
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How to stay safe while traveling in Peru.  —-  From the friendliness of it’s people, to the natural beauty and range of activities — Peru captivates it’s travelers. To ensure you make the most out of your trip in Peru while exploring exciting destinations such as Cusco, Machu Picchu or the Amazon rainforest.  For people traveling in groups, couples or friends or (female) solo travelers, here are some tips to help you stay safe and enjoy the culture while traveling in Peru.

 

Be carefull on the streets

It is important to always be aware of traffic in Peru. When out in the streets of LimaCusco, or any other city, be careful and look both ways before crossing the street. Do not assume that vehicles will yield to pedestrians. In general, pedestrians are expected to yield to traffic. Be cautious: many vehicles follow their own rules.

 

Money in Peru

Small change in Peru is essential. Larger bills are not accepted in certain areas. There are many locations in the cities capable of breaking change or exchanging foreign currency.  Some credit and debit cards are not accepted. The most common credit or debit card accepted is Visa but there is a surcharge. Some places accept MasterCard. Additionally, hold on to your wallet especially when visiting the black markets like El Molino or el Baratillo, in Cusco.
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How much does a trip to Machu Picchu cost?

06 Nov
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How much does a trip to Machu Picchu cost?

It can be confusing piecing together information on the internet to work out exactly how much a trip to Machu Picchu costs. Whether you plan to visit the Inca citadel of Peru independently, or are looking to get an idea of how much different tours, such as the Inca Trail or other hiking routes to Machu Picchu cost, we’ve put together this guide to help you figure it out.

Know before you go: Traveling to Machu Picchu

How far is Machu Picchu from Cusco?

The Cusco to Machu Picchu distance is only 75 kilometers as the bird flies. However, in practice, it’s a lot more complicated than this, as there are no roads that directly lead to Machu Picchu. Instead, you can arrive by train or on foot. (more…)