Travel Peru: Tips, Tours, Reviews

Travel in Peru and the team of DOS MANOS PERU TRAVEL AGENCY will be your trusted and informative guide. It is our mission to make your trip to Peru unforgettable, while you discover Peru and the people, culture, and nature through interesting, safe and reliable tours.

We are specialists in Peru travel, cultural and adventure tours and treks. A shortlist of the amazing tours in Peru we offer include Rainbow Mountain, tours Cusco, hikes Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Trek, the Inca Trail, as well as Machu Picchu tour in train, Lima city tours and Amazon tours.

We also offer cultural experiences like Peruvian cooking classes, Andean ceremonies and outdoor adventure tours like hiking, rafting, zip-lining, mountain biking, and rock-climbing in Peru.

We constantly update our Peru Travel blog with insider tips, maps, photos and travel stories with info on how to stay safe in Peru, how to combat altitude sickness, what to do in Cusco, the best restaurants in Lima, and so many more fun facts submitted by travelers just like you!

Visit Peru: a world of opportunity and adventure awaits you!

Quick Steps to Combat Altitude Sickness While Traveling in Peru

30 Jan
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Quick Steps to Combat Altitude Sickness While Traveling in Peru

Do you need dome quick steps to combat the altitude sickness while traveling in Peru? In this blog article you will find what you need.

When traveling in Peru you will visit places such as Cusco, Huaraz, and Puno, all above 3000 meters above sea level. Most certainly upon arrival in those cities, you will feel some of the effects of altitude. The symptoms of altitude sickness or “soroche”, as it is called in Peru, can include, shortness of breath, headache, nausea and problems sleeping.

Most travelers have minor problems adjusting; many only feeling a shortness of breath when climbing the many hills and stairs. Others take longer to acclimatize and may suffer more from the symptoms. Follow those quick steps to combat altitude sickness in Peru.

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Highly recommended: Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

18 Dec
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Highly recommended: the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu
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Highly recommended: Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

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As the traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is always sold out much in advance, for me and my three fellow travelers in Cusco, one of the nicest alternatives was the Inca Jungle Trek. We were looking for both adventurous activities and good hiking trails. And the Jungle Trek offers a perfect combination of activities such as biking, rafting, zip lining and hiking. It is also wonderful way to get to know the Peruvian jungle. And, last but not least, this Machu Picchu  hike ends in the beautiful Inca Citadel Machu Picchu! Highly recommended: Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu.

 

Don’t miss this chance to Join us on the amazing and challenging:

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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
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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. (more…)

10 Things That May Surprise You in Cusco

19 Aug
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10 Things That May Surprise You When You Arrive in Cusco
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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.

All national festivities and celebrations are always mayor events in Peru. But no tourist, or Peruvian, should miss out on celebrating Fiestas Patrias. (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?

Quick Facts about Rainbow Mountain and Palccoyo:

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10 Best Tours from Cusco to the Sacred Valley

14 Jan
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10 Best Tours from Cusco to the Sacred Valley and Beyond
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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.

Trekking tours from Cusco

  1. The Classic Inca Trail

If it’s not already on your bucket list, then get redrafting your plans: the classic Inca Trail is the most famous way of reaching Machu Picchu (more…)

How to NOT be a Typical Tourist in Cusco

06 Dec
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How to NOT be a Typical Tourist in Cusco
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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. (more…)

19 Things To Do for Christmas in Cusco

04 Nov
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19 Things To Do for Christmas in Cusco
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19 Things To Do for Christmas in Cusco

If you are looking for something different for the Christmas holidays this year, a Christmas vacation in Peru could be just perfect for you! Christmas in Peru, as in other South American countries, is a unique experience. It´s probably very different than you are used to, with many new things to see and do!

Christmas in Cusco

On the days before Christmas, the beautiful town of Cusco will become the vibrant center of celebrations for both tourists and Andean people, who maintain many traditions and customs of the Quechua people. Cusco is an ideal spot for travelers, with an impressive infrastructure of hotels, cafes, restaurants and so on. Soak up the Cusco Christmas spirit and enjoy a magical Christmas time in Peru with our 19 Things to Do for Christmas in Cusco. (more…)

Exploring the Cusco Surroundings

08 Jun
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Cusco Surroundings offer impressive ruins, saltpans, churches
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Exploring the Cusco Surroundings

Cusco – the beautiful city, nestled in the Andes in Southern Peru – is the perfect starting point for hikes and visit to interesting Inca sites and beautiful nature. While traveling to the Sacred Valley or the Southern Valley, you can’t stop wondering about the impressive architecture of the Inca culture. Here are some tips for Exploring the Cusco surroundings.

First things first: Cusco Tourist Ticket

If you want to visit the archaeological sites in the surroundings of Cusco, first buy the tourist ticket or the so-called Boleto Turístico. I would recommend buying a ticket that is valid for ten days that will allow you to visit everything. The ticket costs S./ 130, however, if you have an ISIC student card, you only need to pay S./ 70.

Maras and Moray

For my first trip to Maras and Moray we left Cusco around 8 am. (more…)