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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.
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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
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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…)

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. (more…)

Choquequirao: trek to so-called Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu

04 Jun
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Choquequirao: trek to so-called Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu
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Choquequirao: Trek to so-called Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu

Only a 4-hour bus ride away from the city of Cusco you can find the amazing Inca ruins of Choquequirao, another “lost city of the Inca’s.” Choquequirao is bigger than Machu Picchu but almost “undiscovered” (like any other remote part of the Andes here in Peru). While the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is so popular that it is very hard to get Inca Trail Tickets, we could not join a group of hikers to do the Choquequirao Trek, simply because there were no groups available for the date we wanted to go. Unlike Machu Picchu, Choquequirao (or Choqueqirow) was not thoroughly explored and excavated until the 1970’s.

How it is possible that Machu Picchu has 1,4 million visitors every year and Choquequirao only 5,5 thousand? The answer lies in the remoteness of this archaeological site. Of course, this is what makes it so unique too. During the Choquequirao Trek, you will get a more intense feeling of achievement; and, at the same time, an immense appreciation of Peruvian nature. How it is possible the Incas have built this magnificent city here, at this incredible location in the saddle of a high Andean ridge, 3000, above sea level and 1,500 meters above the roaring waters of the Apurimac River? The Sacred or the Lost Sister City of Machu Picchu – as Choquequirao is often called – is only accessible through an (at least) 4-day hike through the beautiful mountains and valley passing over the wild Apurimac river. (more…)

Visit Maras and Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

20 Feb
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Visit Maras and Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

When visiting the Cusco area while traveling in Peru, the Sacred Valley of the Incas is a must-see. Many travelers visit Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Chincheros while doing a Sacred Valley Tour. However, there are also two two lesser known sites called Maras and Moray. Here you read why we recommend you Visit Maras and Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Just 31 miles Northwest of Cusco (Peru) lies Moray. Moray is the number 20 of 127 top attractions to visit in the Cusco region ranked by the Tripadvisor. It is a must see for everyone. First photographed in 1931, these particular ruins have been carved into the earth just about 100 feet deep or more.

The most popular theory is that this site once was an Agricultural Laboratory to the Incas. With sixty percent of the world’ stood crop originating from the Andes the theory seems to fit well. Pollen studies have proven that the earth from each basin was once imported from different regions in Peru. From top to bottom the temperature can reach 20 degrees Fahrenheit and with each level in these circular basins being 2 meters apart one would assume it was apart of these experiments.
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Most Romantic Places in Cusco

13 Feb
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The Most Romantic Places in Cusco
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Most Romantic Places in Cusco

for Valentine’s Day, Honeymoon or any other Special Day

Most Romantic Places in Cusco

The old Inca Town Cusco is nowadays a charming city, full of romanticism. It is the perfect destination for couples who are traveling in Peru and who want to spend a romantic Valentine’s Day during their trip, or a Honeymoon, or any other special anniversary or celebration. Due to the wide variety of cozy and nice restaurants, the picturesque, narrow streets, the colorful local people and the amazing scenery, Cusco can be called one of the most romantic cities in South America, without a doubt.

But, where to go in Cusco to make the most out of that amazing romantic event?

Here are the best tips for travelers in Peru staying in Cusco during Valentine’s Day: most romantic places in Cusco. (more…)

Visit Cusco in Rainy season?

09 Feb
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Visit Cusco in Rainy season?
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Cusco in Rainy season

If you are planning your trip to Peru and Cusco, you might have looked into information about the climate in Peru. Knowing about the weather in Peru is essential for planning your trip as well as for packing!  If you plan to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu – and let’s face it: who won’t? – you must have read about the rainfalls in the Andes. Have you wondered what the rainy season is like in Cusco? Is it worth visiting Cusco in rainy season? What is the weather like in Cusco?

And what about trekking in the rainy season in the Cusco area? (more…)

Ausangate Trek: 4 Days Among Untouched Beauty

20 Dec
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Ausangate Trek: 4 Days Among Untouched Beauty

Ausangate is a beast of a mountain. At almost 6,400 meters, it is the tallest mountain on the Vilcanota mountain range in Peru and it’s most imposing. Known as “Apu Ausangate” (Apu means “Lord” in Quechua, the original language of Peru), it has special significance amongst local people and in Incan mythology. Ausangate protects the people of the Andean highlands. It is considered the holiest of the 12 sacred Apus in the Cusco region. For me, the Ausangate Trek meant 4 days among Untouched Beaty, a truly amazing experience.

Breathtaking Views

While not the most well-known trek of the Cusco region and devoid of any Incan or pre-Incan ruins, the Ausangate Trek features breathtaking views. This hike offers travelers the rare experience of coming in close contact with the local Peruvian pastoral societies. The trek is made all the more special by the fact that most of the time you and your travel companions are the only people in sight! (more…)

Rainbow Mountain: To Visit or Not to Visit

30 Oct
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Rainbow Mountain: To Visit or Not to Visit
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Rainbow Mountain: To Visit or Not to Visit

If you are traveling in Peru or preparing your trip to Peru, you must have heard about Rainbow Mountain. To many, Rainbow Mountain is, without any doubts, one of the highlights of Peru and one the most beautiful 1-day hikes in the Cusco region. A tour to Rainbow Mountain should definitely be on your Peru bucket list!

However, there are some interesting issues you want to read, before booking the Rainbow Mountain Tour.  In this article, we have listed several pro’s and contras and listed Why Visit Rainbow Mountain and Why NOT Visit Rainbow Mountain.  So, to make the right decision – and, to make the most out of your Rainbow Mountain tour if you decide to go! – read this blog: Rainbow Mountain: To Visit or Not to Visit. (more…)