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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…)

Perfect Peru Itineraries for One Week or Ten Days Travel

29 Nov
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Perfect Peru Itineraries for One Week or Ten Days Of Travel
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Perfect Peru Itineraries for One Week or Ten Days Travel

With its dramatic ruined Inca fortresses, golden coastline and rugged mountains aching to be hiked, Peru has plenty to keep you busy on a backpacking trip or vacation. Whether you’re planning on spending one week in the country, ten days or more, we’ve got the perfect Peru itinerary for you.

Peru itinerary 10 days

With this 10 day Peru itinerary, it’s possible to explore the delights of Peru’s colonial capital, Lima, head down the coast to the wildlife reserve off the shores of Paracas, fly over the Nazca lines, watch Andean condors soaring over the Colca Canyon, explore the city of the Inca – Cusco – before dawn at the world-renowned ruins of Machu Picchu. (more…)

When’s the Best Time to Visit Peru? A Month-By-Month Guide

20 Sep
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When’s the Best Time to Visit Peru? A Month-By-Month Guide
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When’s the Best Time to Visit Peru? A Month-By-Month Guide

The best time to visit Peru depends completely on which part of the country you plan on exploring. Peru can be divided into three main areas when it comes to the country’s average climate: the coast, the Amazon Jungle and the Andes Mountains – the latter of which being the location of Machu Picchu.

As a result, it’s hard to give an exact idea of the average weather in Peru as it varies significantly across the country; this country covers around 1.285 million square kilometres, making it just a bit smaller than the state of Alaska.

But there are distinct variations in weather and temperatures between the different parts of Peru, meaning there are certain months when it’s better to visit a particular region. (more…)

Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Lake Titicaca

29 Aug
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Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Lake Titicaca

 

With its perfectly azure waters and affinity with the sky that seems so close above, Lake Titicaca has long enthralled those who live on its banks.

Considered the “birthplace of the sun” by the Inca and still regarded as a spiritual, sacred place, it’s a unique stop along the tourist circuit of Peru. Tours to Lake Titicaca allow visitors to learn more about the lake’s fascinating spiritual history and even meet the waters’ inhabitants, whose way of lives have changed little in the last millennia.

What exactly is Lake Titicaca?

Lake Titicaca (Lago Titicaca) is a lake in Peru and Bolivia that is the highest navigable body of water in the world. It’s home to a number of islands, both manmade and natural, where unique Peruvian cultures and traditions still flourish. (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

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…)

12 ways to travel responsibly in Peru

23 Apr
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12 ways to travel responsibly in Peru
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12 ways to travel responsibly in Peru

At Dos Manos Peru Travel, we like to share 12 tips with you: 12 ways to travel responsibly in Peru. We hope this will help you to practice sustainable tourism, not only in Peru but wherever you go.

Because regardless of where we go, we should always have a responsible attitude. Responsible Travel means traveling in a way that you respect local people of Peru and their culture, economy, environment, and way of living. Check out our tips on how to travel in a responsible, sustainable way in Peru.
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Amazon Tours in Tambopata: The Ultimate Jungle Experience in Peru

28 Jan
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Amazon Tours in Tambopata: The Ultimate Jungle Experience in Peru
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Amazon Tours in Tambopata: The Ultimate Jungle Experience in Peru

A Trip review of an Amazon Tour in Peru: a four-day Tour to the Tambopata Rainforest

Where is Tambopata?

Amazon Tours or jungle tours are an amazing experience in the heart of most biodiverse place on the planet: the Amazone Rainforest of Peru.

Tambopata National Reserve in Peru is located on the border between Peru and Bolivia, where the rivers flow from the Andes into the immense Peruvian Amazon jungle.

Due to the differences in altitude, there are many humidity levels and temperature differences what makes this region is such a unique spot on earth, with an extremely high variety of biodiversity. In Tambopata, you find hundred million insects, hundreds of thousands exotic plants, and about 1500 different birds and 500 mammals. (more…)

Tour Uyuni Salt Lakes in Bolivia

16 Jan
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Tour Uyuni Salt Lakes in Bolivia

Uyuni and beyond: highlights and tips.

A tour of the Salt Lakes of Uyuni and Southwestern Bolivia is not luxurious, comfortable, or warm. These desolate places are difficult to access and require a serious commitment to land travel. But the journey is absolutely worth the effort for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

  • to sleep in a hotel made entirely of salt,
  • to climb to 5000 meters and drive into the crater of an active volcano,
  • to balance precariously on a Red Bull can in the world´s largest salt flats,
  • to visit Fish Island only to discover that it is neither an island nor contains fish,
  • to drive through the Salvador Dali desert and be witness to some of the most beautiful and barren scenery on the planet.

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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu: Day by Day

08 Jan
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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu: Day by Day
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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu: Day by Day

The 5 day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu  in Peru is an interesting and popular alternative to the famous Inca Trail. On the Salkantay Trek, you experience different climates of Peru and end up at the country’s most famous highlight, the Inca Citadel Machu Picchu.

From ice-cold mountaintops to the hot jungle…. the Salkantay Trek will be a trip of a lifetime. Going up as high as 4,600 meters, the trek is quite challenging and high up in the Andes you will discover the lifestyle of the remote Andean people.  Do you want to know if the Salkantay Trek is for YOU?  Read Yvette’s Trip Review! And if you book NOW, you get 10% off!
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Best Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu: Inca Jungle Trail or Salkantay trek?

03 Jan
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De Beste alternatieve trekking naar Machu Picchu: Inca Jungle Trail of Salkantay Trek?
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Best Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu: Inca Jungle Trail or Salkantay trek?

We have all heard of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Peru. The Inca Trail is probably the most famous trek of South America, a unique experiences for many travelers. But did you know there are many alternative routes to get there? The most famous alternative hikes from Cusco to Machu Picchu are the Salkantay Trek and the Inca Jungle Trek.  Let’s point out the differences to make your choice easier in case you have either decided to do one of those treks. Needless to say both are great alternatives for when the Inca Trail is sold out.  So, what is the Best Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu: Inca Jungle Trail or Salkantay trek?

To start:  the main difference between the Salkantay trek and the Inca Jungle trek, is that the Salkantay Trek is 100% hiking, whilst the Inca Jungle Trek combines hiking and mountain biking.

The second big difference is about the uphill hiking: where the Inca Jungle trek starts with a downhill mountain bike tour, the Salkantay hike goes up steep. The higher you get the colder it will be. For the Inca Jungle hike it is the other way around: the more you descend the warmer it gets. Walking the Salkantay trek means you will go to warmer places as well, but only after the first two days. On the third day, you will pass through hot, jungly valleys.

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