Category: Peru

7 troupes you’ll meet at Festividad de la Virgen del Carmen, Paucartambo
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July 25, 2018August 6, 2018

7 troupes you’ll meet at Festividad de la Virgen del Carmen, Paucartambo

You’re surrounded. The plaza of Paucartambo, a small town usually almost vacant, has quickly become a vortex of cultural expression and vibrant color…and you’re right in the middle of it. The smell of churros, fresh soups, and cordo de chicharron waft through the air, made even more tempting by the vendors beckoning you for a...

How high is Rainbow Mountain? 5 famous peaks lower than Vinicunca!
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July 19, 2018July 19, 2018

How high is Rainbow Mountain? 5 famous peaks lower than Vinicunca!

Vinicunca, rainbow mountain, sits at 5,200 meters above sea level. (17,060 feet) Most travelers try to do it during the short days that they are visiting the Cusco Region. Basically, it’s not rare for visitors to try going from near sea-level to almost to the altitude of Mt. Everest base camp in a single day! (5,364 m)...

Pava Aliblanca: Why is there a turkey on my Peruvian Sol?
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July 19, 2018July 19, 2018

Pava Aliblanca: Why is there a turkey on my Peruvian Sol?

If you’re visiting/living in Peru and happen to pick up a new s./1 coin, you may notice an unusual figure opposite the traditional Peruvian crest. A turkey? Or more specifically the Pava Aliblanca, the “White-Winged Guan.” Unfortunately critically endangered, there’s only 350 Pava Aliblanca left IN EXISTENCE The return from extinction Characterized by the 9 white...

Machu Picchu drastically limits ticket to ancient ruins, prohibiting bathroom access.
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July 17, 2018July 19, 2018

Machu Picchu drastically limits ticket to ancient ruins, prohibiting bathroom access.

Regulations can be frustrating for all parties involved. In some cases,  respecting basic, good, and necessary regulations can be a problem. In other situations, like this recent case with Machu Picchu, regulations seem so restricting that they are nothing short of absurd! Think you disagree? Read on to learn about time restriction for exploring the ruins,...

The Rainbow Mountains of Palcoyo: An adventure off the traditional tourist path.
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July 2, 2018July 5, 2018

The Rainbow Mountains of Palcoyo: An adventure off the traditional tourist path.

  Deep in the Red Valley (Valle Rojo) there rests a set of colored mountains, overlooked by the famous Ausangate Mountain.Those mountains are Palcoyo, accessible by a 3 1/2 drive from Cusco and a 2 hour hike. The rainbow mountains of the Andes have become incredibly popular among tourists, due to Vinicunca’s opening as an...

What were the mysterious circles of Moray?
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June 19, 2018July 18, 2018

What were the mysterious circles of Moray?

Just about 50 kms northwest of Cusco, you find an architectural marvel and historical curiousity. What was Moray? These mysterious circles built by pre-Inca cultures, stand as a favorite Cusco destination due to its ancient mystery and other-worldliness. Despite the visits it gets per year, the purpose of these structures is still limited to theories....

A Journey through Manu National Park
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October 17, 2017June 12, 2018

A Journey through Manu National Park

An Introduction A few months ago, I found myself living in Cusco, Peru. After getting used to the basic customs and essential culture of the country, I was presented with a chance to adventure through the jungle of Manu National Park. Recognizing this as a rare opportunity, I quickly accepted the offer; it was honestly...

What is the Best Way to Reach Machu Picchu?
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October 17, 2017June 12, 2018

What is the Best Way to Reach Machu Picchu?

There are several routes leading to the famous Inca Ruins of Machu Picchu. Each one is beautiful in its own right and everyone will have their own opinion on which is best. However, when it comes to determining the best way to Machu Picchu, a more personal question must be asked: “What type of traveler...

What to Pack for Peru
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October 16, 2017June 12, 2018

What to Pack for Peru

How to pack and what you need for your trip to Peru When I leave to explore a foreign land, I like to keep my baggage as light as possible so that I can focus on enjoying my adventure.  Generally, I think it’s best to pack one large backpack with just the essentials for the...

Should you climb Huayna Picchu or the Old Mountain?
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October 16, 2017June 12, 2018

Should you climb Huayna Picchu or the Old Mountain?

Machu Picchu. Many people have been mystified by this ancient Inca wonder (it also happens to be one of the New 7 Wonders of the World). However, most people traveling to Peru aiming to explore this stunning sight don’t realize that the trip doesn’t have to end with the citadel. Basically there’s also hikes open...