Category Archives: General Travel Tips

The Amazon Rainforest & Puerto Maldonado in Peru

A visit to the small city of Puerto Maldonado lays the Peruvian Amazon at your feet. It acts as a port for travelers to take boats along the Madre de Dios River to their eco lodges, which will act as … Continue reading

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Celebrate Peruvian Independence during Fiestas Patrias this July

If you’ll be traveling through Peru in July, get ready to string up your red and white streamers and don your Peruvian flag pin! One of Peru’s largest celebrations of the year is Independence Days, celebrated the 28th and 29th … Continue reading

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What to Pack for the Amazon Rainforest

While most everyone can easily pack for a beach weekend, preparing for a trip to the Amazon is confusing to many people. We all know that there will be intense heat, humidity, and mosquitos, but how best to prepare for … Continue reading

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Travel to the Ica Region of Peru for Penguins, Sandboarding & the Nazca Lines

For a desert, the coastal region of Ica in Peru certainly has a lot to offer, including Humboldt penguin colonies, mummies, pyramid temples, the Nazca Lines, sandboarding around Huacachina Oasis, pisco distilleries, and Afro-Peruvian criollo music and food. Learn which activities in … Continue reading

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The 5 Best Treks in Peru That You’ve Never Heard Of

The Peruvian Andes boasts some of the best hiking on the continent, with a great variety of trails that can take a few hours or a few weeks. Considering that Peru is not only home to the storied Andean range, … Continue reading

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Most Scenic Spots in Arequipa

With its elegant buildings of white volcanic stone (sillar), green countryside, rolling Chili River, and imposing volcanoes, Arequipa stakes a claim as the most scenic city in Peru. For those looking for a wonderful view and some memorable photos, we’ve … Continue reading

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Pirwa Travel Guide for Iquitos & the San Juan Bautista Festival

There’s no doubt- Iquitos is one of the best ways to see the Peruvian Amazon. Founded on the left bank of the Amazon River as a Jesuit mission catering to the Napeano and Iquito indigenous communities, Iquitos grew rapidly in … Continue reading

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The Best Beaches in Peru

Peru’s dry northern coastal region has the best beaches in the country, and recent developments in infrastructure have connected these formally inaccessible beaches into great stops for waders and surfers alike. If you’re traveling during the during the hot and … Continue reading

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Manu Biosphere Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon: How to Get There & What to Do

Manu Biosphere Reserve is the preeminent reserve in the Peruvian Amazon, comprising 2 million hectares stretching between the departments of Cusco and Madre de Dios. Many travelers dream of visiting the tropical rainforest of the Amazon, and stopping by Manu … Continue reading

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Travel Cheap: Saving Money While in Peru & Bolivia

We’re compiling some of our favorite money tips for new travelers and veterans who could use a reminder, based on more than a decade providing budget lodging for travelers throughout Peru & Bolivia- and of course, on our own travels!

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