Travel Peru: Tips, Tours, Reviews

Travel in Peru, Argentina or anywhere else in South America and DOS MANOS TRAVEL AGENCY will be your trusted guide. We are specialists in adventure tours and treks in Peru, including Lima City Tours, Sacred Valley and Amazon jungle excursions and an official Inca Trail operator to visit the famous Inca site of Machu Picchu. Also when you plan to travel to Argentina we can arrange for an unforgettable holiday including the breathtaking Iguazu Falls and exciting city of Buenos Aires and have years of experience organizing roundtrips to multiple other destinations such as the Galapagos Islands, Cancun and Rio de Janeiro. Our TRAVEL BLOG is constantly updated with insider tips, maps, photos and travel stories submitted by travelers just like you! A world of opportunity and adventure awaits you!

Huayna Picchu Hike: a new perspective on Machu Picchu

23 Oct
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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?

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 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…)

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…)

10 Things That May Surprise You in Cusco

19 Aug
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10 things that may surpise you in Cusco. Planning a trip to Peru? No doubt that the picturesque city of Cusco is on your Peru bucketlist. Cusco is a stunning destination, a  not-to-be-missed highlight of a trip to Peru. With the following tips you will be prepared for your stay in Cusco, the gateway for the Inca Trail, Sacred Valley and treks and tours to Machu Picchu.

 

1. Alpacas and baby sheep all over the place

There are alpacas and llamas everywhere in Cusco, grazing in the fields at Saqsaywaman – an archeological site above Cusco – and walking the streets in Cusco´s historical center. They also pose for photos along with women and children carrying baby sheep, all with traditional dress (including the baby sheep).

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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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Wat is beter: Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) of Palccoyo?
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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…)