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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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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Time in Arequipa

04 Sep
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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Time in Arequipa
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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Time in Arequipa

A few weeks ago, my girlfriend and I decided to take a trip to Arequipa to experience the city and to hike down into the Colca Canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world! It was just after the 477th anniversary of the founding of the city by the Spanish and the city was still buzzing from the festivities.

Our time in Arequipa and the surrounding area was remarkable, and we came back with many recommendations. Here are the things you must see and do while in the “white city” of Peru: 5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Time in Arequipa.

1. Explore the Historic Center and Take in the View of the Surrounding Volcanoes

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My Trip to the Sacred Valley

20 Mar
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My Trip to the Sacred Valley
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My Trip to the Sacred Valley
 
Early Saturday morning at 08:00 am, my friend and I were picked up from our residence in the heart of Cusco by the van that would take us on a day trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The morning started off cold and quiet, but knowing what was ahead of us this day, gave us all the energy we needed.

We had our first stop at the market of Pisac, about 40 kilometers from the city of Cusco along the Urubamba river. Various items such as sweaters, bags, jewelry and paintings were being sold. The market was not too big, but it did have a nice vibe to it. The huge variety of colorful items, the friendly Peruvian people, the small restaurants and cafes located on the sides of the streets and of course the stunning landscape of mountains and greenery surrounding the area, made it a lovely morning. I couldn’t believe how beautiful this place was. The green surroundings with tiny houses on the hills, along with the old ruins, made for a perfect view, just like a classic painting. (more…)

Practical Tips for your Visit to Paracas & Ballestas Islands

09 Mar
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Practical Tips for your Visit to Paracas & Ballestas Islands

If you travel overland from Lima to Arequipa, you will encounter the National Park Paracas, at a 4 hours bus drive from the Peruvian capital. Many travelers in Peru make a one day stop here (or even less) before they continue their trip further south, to (Ica, Nazca, and) Arequipa. The main attractions of this region are the Paracas National Reserve itself and the Ballestas Islands. What can you do and see here? Check it out and read our Practical Tips for your Visit to Paracas & Ballestas Islands.

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Why the White City of Peru is Worth a Visit

27 Oct
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Why the White City of Peru is Worth a Visit
Thursday October 27, 2016 - Posted by

Why the White City of Peru is Worth a Visit

Book any Arequipa Tour before Nov 15th
and get 5% off!
Contact Dos Manos
(just write AQP on the form and you will get
our Arequipa brochure) or write
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The beautiful white city of Arequipa, located in Southern Peru, has it all! Eternal spring, to start with. And a nearby beach. But on top of that, an amazing architecture, nice shopping opportunities, a great gastronomy, beautiful surroundings and…. the deepest canyon in the world!

If you are interested in history and love to visit impressive architectural structures, the City of Arequipa has a lot to offer. But also nature-lovers won´t miss out in the White City!
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Visit the silver mines of Potosi

11 Oct
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Visit the silver mines of Potosi

Many travelers combine a trip to Peru with a visit to neighbor Bolivia. Bolivia is a beautiful country. One of the most interesting things-to-do in Bolivia, besides the salt mines of Uyuni, is are the silver mines of Potosi.

Potosi is known as ‘Silver city’ of Bolivia, because of its silver mines. In Colonial times, the Spaniards took away about all the silver minerals Potosi had hidden in its rocks. Nowadays, miners still hope to find valuable minerals and work in the mines under harsh circumstances. As a traveler, you have the opportunity to visit the mines of Potosi, while the miners are at work.

Guided Tour to the Mines

 
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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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Highly recommended: the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

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

 
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, since we were looking for both adventurous activities and good hiking trails. The Jungle Trek offers a perfect combination of activities such as biking, rafting, zip lining and hiking and is a wonderful way to get to know the Peruvian jungle.

 
 
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10 Things That May Surprise You When You Arrive in Cusco

14 Sep
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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 when you arrive in Cusco for the first time when traveling in Peru. Cusco is a great destination, a not-to-be-missed and 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

There are alpacas and llamas everywhere, 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).

2. Guinea pigs are not pets

Guinea pigs – known here as cuy – are a cheap and nutritional food source for the local people and a must try for adventurous travelers. (more…)

The Annual Restoration of the Q´eswachaka Bridge

26 May
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The Annual Restoration of the Q´eswachaka Bridge
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Travelling in Peru is a never-ending adventure as there are so many places to explore. One of its several hidden treasures is a grass, woven bridge located over the Apurimac River, at a few hours from Cusco. It’s name is El Puente de Q´eswachaka or, in English, the Q´eswachaka Bridge, formed from two Quechua words: “Q´eswa” meaning “to braid” and “Chaka” meaning “bridge”. It is a unique site to see as it is the only Incan bridge of its kind that still remains today. It is located 11,811 feet above sea level, it is 33 meters in length, and hangs 15 meters above the river. The bridge is made out of native supplies and a special grass called “q´oya”. These materials used to build the bridge deteriorate rapidly and thus require a yearly renovation. The techniques used to reconstruct the bridge have been passed on from the 15th century when the bridge was first built. Later it was destroyed as the Incas tried to prevent the Spanish conquistador, Pizzaro, from getting to Cusco. Eventually the Q´eswachaka was rebuilt and continues to be maintained in good condition with the annual Festival. (more…)