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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…)

Animals & Wildlife in Peru: A Detailed Guide

02 Aug
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With its array of geographical regions, ecosystems and climate types, it should come as no surprise that Peru is a country with a wealth of different flora and fauna. From the tops of the Andes Mountains to the coast, desert and even the jungle, there are plenty of different places to encounter an array of different Peruvian animals.

Join us as we roam the length and breadth of this unique country in search of its most fascinating native species.

Animals that live in the Andes Mountains of Peru

The alpaca

One of the most well-known animals of Peru would be the alpaca. Often confused with the llama (they are pretty similar), this native Peruvian animal is often found in the Andes Mountains regions of Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile as well. (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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Experience “Día de los Muertos” in Peru

29 Oct
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Experience “Día de los Muertos” in Peru

The 2nd of November is a very special day for Peruvians and therefor for all travellers in Peru. It is the celebration of the “Day of the Dead”, a traditional festivity where families celebrate and greet their deceased on the graveyards with music, food, drinks, flowers and dances. The day before is also celebrated and known as the “Día de los Santos” or Todos los Santos – The day of the Saints. Travelers in Peru will feel the magic atmosphere and feel overwhelmed by Cusco’s amazing bread baking tradition, especially in the streets around the San Pedro Market.

As many people already know, Day of the Dead is a well known tradition in Mexico; but not only here. It is actually celebrated all over Latin America. In Peru, the Incas had a strong connection with their deceased. So when the Spaniards arrived, it was easy to combine the Inca beliefs with the new Catholic elements brought by the Spaniards.

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Pachamama: The Inca Goddess of the Peruvian Andes

08 Jul
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Pachamama: The Inca Goddess of the Peruvian Andes

Pachamama is a goddess revered by indigenous people throughout the Andean Highlands and was an important feature of worship under the Inca Empire.

The Inca worshipped a range of gods from the natural world. The Inca believed themselves to be direct descendants of Inti, the Sun God, and revered the Apus (mountains), choosing to build their ceremonial places such as Machu Picchu at high-altitudes, where they believed they were physically closer to their gods.

Pachamama was believed to be the goddess of fertility, helping to sustain life on earth and therefore an important deity to worship to secure good harvests. (more…)

Wild Peru: Why you Must Visit One of The National Parks of Peru

14 Apr
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Wild Peru: Why you Must Visit One of The National Parks of Peru
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Did you know that Peru has quite a wild side? Peru is famous for its Inca Ruins and for its beautiful, colourful markets, culture and people. But Peru is so much more! The nature of Peru is so diverse that we can dive into different climate zones that generate numerous natural habitats with extraordinary wildlife. This wildlife is protected in Peru by many National Parks and Nature Reserves that all provide their own natural wonders. Here are just three examples of where you can experience the diversity of Peru and see the beautiful nature that it offers… If you book before June 1st, we offer you a discount of USD $ 20 pp the tours described below!

I – Manu National Park in the Amazonian Rainforest
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New Tour to less visited Valley in the Cusco area

01 Apr
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New tour to less visited Valley in the Cusco area

Andean Barroque Route or Souther Valley

The Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru is well-known for its ancient Inca ruins, terraces, markets and the beautiful nature. It is a very popular tourist destination for travellers on a day tour departing from Cusco with stops in Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. From here, it is easy to connect with the train to the famous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.

A less popular destination is the southern part of the valley: el valle sur. This part of the valley is not that well-known, but is definitely worth a visit.

The Andean Baroque Route as it is called, is the perfect opportunity for travellers in Peru to explore the beautiful churches in this part of the valley.
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New! Immerse Yourself in the Roots of the Andes

04 Mar
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New! Immerse Yourself in the Roots of the Andes
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Get a glimpse of daily life in Peru with one of our community based tours in the Cusco area. During one of our immersion trips, you are in direct contact with indigenous or local families, venturing into their day-to-day lives!
One of our most popular options is to the communities in the Potato Park, nearby Pisac, located at approximately 30 kilometers from Cusco.

Being of natural heritage, the Potato Park is part of an ecotourism program for travelers. Tourists can come and fully immerse themselves in the world of the local communities and the native potato. Visitors enjoy the amazing scenery and adventure through a circuit of trails; but they will also learn about and try typical Andean dishes from the “Papa Marka” restaurant, and learn from the local guides about the ecosystem and natural heritage of the site.
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Choquequirao: the second Machu Picchu

01 Dec
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Choquequirao:  the second Machu Picchu

If you are an adventurous type who likes to discover new hidden places behind beautiful scenery and challenges? If you are traveling in Peru and the answers is yes, you should definitely take the time to explore the special road to Choquequirao. This trek in Peru is arguably one of the most extraordinary high-altitude journeys of Peru. The ruins are in an incredible location – perched high on a ledge above one of the deepest canyons in the world!

The name “Choquequiroa’ comes from the Quechua word “chuqui k’iraw” meaning “Cradle of Gold”, and is currently considered to be the second Machu Picchu. With much less visitors though, but this might be changing soon. (more…)