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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…)

10 Best Tours from Cusco to the Sacred Valley

14 Jan
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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 much does a trip to Machu Picchu cost?

06 Nov
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How much does a trip to Machu Picchu cost?

It can be confusing piecing together information on the internet to work out exactly how much a trip to Machu Picchu costs. Whether you plan to visit the Inca citadel of Peru independently, or are looking to get an idea of how much different tours, such as the Inca Trail or other hiking routes to Machu Picchu cost, we’ve put together this guide to help you figure it out.

Know before you go: Traveling to Machu Picchu

How far is Machu Picchu from Cusco?

The Cusco to Machu Picchu distance is only 75 kilometers as the bird flies. However, in practice, it’s a lot more complicated than this, as there are no roads that directly lead to Machu Picchu. Instead, you can arrive by train or on foot. (more…)

Why Inca Jungle Trek the best choice is for visiting Machu Picchu

23 May
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Why Inca Jungle Trek the best choice is for visiting Machu Picchu

 

An intriguing question for many travelers in Peru: what is the best option to travel to Machu Picchu, the amazing Inca Citadel? There are several ways to travel to Machu Picchu. Do you want to know Why Inca Jungle Trek the best choice is for visiting Machu Picchu?

When preparing for your visit to Machu Picchu, the first decision you have to make is: will I do a Machu Picchu Tour by train? Or a Machu Picchu hike? My boyfriend, my mother-in-law and I agreed from the beginning that we wanted to hike to Machu Picchu instead of taking a bus or train. But which trek would be the best option for us?

It was not easy to decide for a trek to Machu Picchu. The tickets for the Inca Trail were already sold out months in advance, so this was not an option for us. The 4- or 5-day Salkantay Trek offers amazing views and nature experiences… But it seemed to be a bit too difficult for us. Then we heard about the Inca Jungle Trek. The Inca Jungle Trek offers hiking at a lower altitude than the Salkantay Trek, and it also includes biking and optional activities like rafting and zip lining. That sounded perfect! So, we booked the Inca Jungle Trek with Dos Manos! (more…)

Why you want to book the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu now!

21 Mar
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Why you want to book the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Now!

What is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Peru?

The Peruvian food? The llamas? The ancient Inca culture? No!! Most likely the FIRST thing that came to your mind is the famous Inca site,

Machu Picchu, one of the 7 New Wonders of the World.

One of the most unforgettable and amazing experiences is to hike the traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

BUT it can be hard to get the Inca Trail Tickets on time! So you don’t want to miss out on this great experience, you need to book NOW!

 

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Inside Scoop on Booking Inca Trail Peru

18 Feb
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Inside Scoop on Booking Inca Trail Peru

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular trekking routs in Peru. This is not only because it leads to one of the most visited and renowned Incan sites, Machu Picchu. But also because it lets the trekker discover a landscape full of wonders and beautiful Peruvian nature.

The 43km Inca Trail trek starts in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, near the beautiful city of Cusco. From here, the trek to Machu Picchu continues in the magnificent Andes along ancient Inca ruins. While on this incredible journey, trekkers will experience Peruvian biodiversity first-hand as they dive into a variety of microclimates, flora and fauna, typical Andean highlands, as well as the cloud forest of the Amazon.

There are, however, some challenges! Before reaching the site of Machu Picchu, the traveller has to ascend an altitude of 4600 m, climbing over three Andean passes. (more…)

Why do you need a Boleto Turistico in Cusco and what is it?

28 Jan
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Why do you need a Boleto Turistico in Cusco and what is it?

Many of the most popular tourist attractions in Cusco (Peru) such as the ruins of Sacsahuaman and the ones in the Sacred Valley (Pisac, Ollantaytambo), but also the cathedral, the Temple of the Sun, a few museums and others, can only be visited when you have a ‘Boleto Turistico’ (officially called BTG: Boleto Turistico General). This Boleto Turístico is a ticket that allows you to enter a number of well-known tourist sites in and around Cusco. The money you pay is for the municipality of Cusco and mainly used to maintain the archaeological sites.

 

What is the 2018 price of the Boleto Turistico?

For 130 Peruvian Soles (approx US$42,-) the Boleto Turistico grants you access to 16 different tourist attractions in and around the city of Cusco. It is valid for 10 days. Note that the Boleto is just an entrance ticket. It does not include extra services like guides or transport. The price for students with a valid Student ID or an ISIC Card is 70 Soles (aprox $21,-)
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New regulations for Machu Picchu Peru

18 Jul
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New regulations for Machu Picchu Peru

Machu Picchu, one of most important tourist destinations of Peru, has been receiving increasing amounts of tourist crowds over the past years. Visitor numbers often reached as high as 3800 people per day. In an attempt to preserve the Inca Citadel for future generations, the Peruvian government, in consultation with UNESCO, has decided to control the flow of visitors. Therefore, some new regulations for Machu Picchu Peru have been implemented on July 1st 2017.

Do you plan on taking a Machu Picchu Tour soon, or will you be doing a hike to Machu Picchu? Of so, please don’t stop reading and check this.

We will indicate the most important rules that affect your Machu Picchu Tour:

  • There are now two entrance times per day; from 6:00 to 12:00 and from 12:00 to 17:30. You buy your Machu Picchu Ticket for either the first, or the second time slot.
  • Visitors can only enter Machu Picchu with an official Machu Picchu guide or a licensed tourist guide.
  • There are three defined circuits which visitors must abide by – it is not allowed to deviate from these circuits
  • Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountain retain their schedules as before (see further below)

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6 Smart Tips for an Unforgettable Machu Picchu Tour

02 Jun
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6 Smart Tips for an Unforgettable Machu Picchu Tour

Machu Picchu, the amazing Inca Citadel nearby Cusco, is a must-see for every Peru traveler. In case you did not visit Machu Picchu yet or are planning another trip to the fascinating world wonder in Peru, these 6 SMART TIPS FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE MACHU PICCHU TOUR will help you to plan and organize your trip to Machu Picchu. Make sure to make the most out of your visit to this beautiful site in the Peruvian Andes, nearby Cusco.

Tip 1: Getting up early

It is important to know that trips to Machu Picchu should ALWAYS start in the early morning because there is just so much to see! Not to mention the possibility of an amazing early morning sunrise….

Therefore, we always recommend you spent the night before in Aguas Calientes as only waking up early will allow you to. (However, if this is not possible, a one day Machu Picchu Tour is still an amazing experience and totally worthwhile.)

Aguas Calientes – since a couple of years officially called Machu Picchu Pueblo – is the small town at the bottom of the valley, next to Machu Picchu. It is the primary access to the Inca Citadel. In Aguas Calientes you find restaurants, hotels, cafes, all gathered in the (very) nearby surroundings of the train station (or, it is actually built on the train rails). (more…)

Huayna Picchu Hike: a new perspective on Machu Picchu

23 May
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Huayna Picchu Hike: A new perspective on Machu Picchu

All you need to know about the Huayna Picchu Hike

How many times have you seen a picture like the above of Machu Picchu? Probably numerous times, just like me. Before I traveled to Peru, I always dreamt of visiting Machu Picchu and taking a picture like that myself– and I did! But did you know, that the mountain you see here, is actually NOT called Machu Picchu?

What is Mountain Machu Picchu?

I only found this out on my awesome trip to Peru. On these famous pictures of the famous Inca Citadel “Machu Picchu” you see so often, the mountain Machu Picchu is actually behind us! The impressive archaeological site is only named AFTER the mountain Machu Picchu! The fun fact is that the mountain you see in our picture above is called Huayna Picchu or Wayna Picchu! In Quechua – the language that the Inca’s spoke, – Huayna Picchu means “young peak,” while Machu Picchu means “old peak.” (more…)