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Most Romantic Places in Cusco

13 Feb
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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
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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…)

Six Tips on How to explore Cusco when you’re 55+ or more

03 Oct
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Six Tips on How to explore Cusco when you’re 55+ or more

The stunning city of Cusco in Peru is a place for all kind of travelers!

Many younger travelers enjoy the adventure tours that are offered in Cusco and the nearby the Sacred Valley. Some decide to learn Spanish in Cusco or to do volunteer work in Peru. Most of them enjoy the bars, the cafes and the nightlife of the former Inca Capital.

However, if you want to explore Cusco, you don’t necessarily need to jump off a hill to paraglide over the Sacred Valley or sleep in an overnight bus-seat to make your tight time plan (as many backpackers do….).

Because Cusco is for everyone! So when you are 55+ or more, Cusco is for you! The city and the tourist attractions of Cusco are certainly not only for younger people.

Cusco’s travel industry is prepared for different travelers and time plans. Regarding accommodation, Cusco offers a wide variety! There is an excellent selection of low-budget hostels for the younger crowd, but for the more experienced traveler, there is beautiful high-end international (luxurious) chain hotels as well as charming Bed and Breakfasts and other options to choose from.

So for all of you who are not 18 anymore… here comes the guide with tips to explore Cusco YOUR way or: Six Tips on How to explore Cusco when you’re 55+ or more…
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Peru: 3 Day Hikes off the Beaten Path

10 May
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Peru: 3 Day Hikes off the Beaten Path
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Peru: 3 Day Hikes off the Beaten Path
 
The Cusco region in Peru is known for its soaring peaks and stunning scenery. For this reason, there are so many great hikes that you can do in here, such as the Inca Trail or the Salkantay Trek. For those treks, you need a travel agency (especially for the Inca trail as only official operators can offer this trek).*

But there are also some really nice smaller hikes you can do on your own. Tackling the Cusco region can be a bit daunting so make sure you are well prepared. With some many mountains and so many unmarked trails left by the Incas, it´s hard to know just where to start.

But for those with an adventurous spirit, interested in exploring this awesome area, we have prepared a list of three day hikes in Cusco, off the beaten path. These hikes are not quite as well-known to the average tourist, so you can enjoy the tranquility of nature without being surrounded by hordes of people! Make sure you are well prepared.
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The Ultimate How to Guide on How to pass Semana Santa in Cusco

10 Apr
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The Ultimate How to Guide on How to pass Semana Santa in Cusco
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The Ultimate How to Guide on How to pass Semana Santa in Cusco

What is Semana Santa?

The Holy Week in Peru lasts from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. During this week, many spiritual festivities take place, celebrating the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Travelers in Peru can witness numerous spiritual processions, traditional costumes, and local culinary delicacies all throughout the country of Peru during this religiously significant week.

What is there to see for travelers during Semana Santa?

The Holy Week is a significant religious festivity for the people of Peru. During the holidays of Semana Santa, many locals travel, witness the spiritual processions or spend time with their loved ones.

Likewise, for international travelers in Peru, this special week has a lot to offer!

Especially in Cusco, visitors can observe extraordinary expressions of local culture, in which they mix their ancient Inca origins with the newer influences of Christianity. (more…)

The most amazing views over the city of Cusco

11 Mar
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MOST AMAZING VIEWS OF CUSCO CITY
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The most amazing views over the city of Cusco —- If you are visiting the imperial city of Cusco and you have some free time left, after having visited Machu Picchu, The Sacred Valley and other Cusco tours, take some time to just wander around and explore the different neighborhoods. Cusco is an amazing city and we suggest here how to get the most amazing view of Cusco city!

Sunset in Cusco

As Cusco is situated in a valley surrounded by mountains, there are several natural as well as ‘official’ view points (“miradores”) in and just outside the city. To start, the closest mirador is only one block from the main square (Plaza de Armas). When you walk up the Calle Suecia (the street at the corner of the Plaza de Armas between the KFC and the BCP office), after 100 meters there are stairs uphill to the right and you will see the first mirador. (more…)

How to recognize & avoid tourist traps in Cusco

16 Jan
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How to recognize & avoid tourist traps in Cusco
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How to recognize & avoid tourist traps in Cusco

As everywhere, touristy cities in Peru attract swindlers that try to profit from the unsuspecting tourists and travelers in their country. May it be already at the airport, the plaza, restaurants or other occasions, traps are waiting for you everywhere. All travelers know this and are, to a certain extent, prepared for this. However, there are tricks and traps you might not expect! We are happy to teach you ow to recognize and avoid tourist traps in Cusco.

Because with the following information, travelers in Peru will be prepared to recognize the typical Cusco ‘attacks’. With some simple knowledge and information about how much things and services should cost and where you are mostly encountering these traps, life in Cusco will be much cheaper and nicer.

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The Ultimate 5 day Cusco Itinerary

02 Nov
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The Ultimate 5 day Cusco Itinerary
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The Ultimate 5 day Cusco Itinerary

Are you travelling to Peru this year?

Then this is for you! This is The Ultimate Cusco Itinerary for you, allowing you to experience the beautiful city of Cusco to the fullest.

What to do in Cusco?

Cusco, the gateway to Machu Picchu, has it all: culture and history, nature and archaeological sites, adventure tours, restaurants, cafés and shops. There are some very nice backpacker hostels and beautiful luxurious hotels that are ideal for your stay in Cusco. In this article, The Ultimate 5 day Cusco Itinerary, you will find the information you need to plan the perfect trip over the holidays that sticks to your budget.

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