Category Archives: General Travel Tips

BIG Changes to Machu Picchu’s Visitor’s Rules Coming Soon

Machu Picchu is considered the crown jewel of Peru’s many breathtaking tourist attractions, but as a result of its popularity the site has suffered considerable damage. For decades, visitors wandered freely among the ruins, spending the entire day to daydream … Continue reading

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Celebrate the Grape Harvest in Lima During Surco’s Vendimia Festival

Although Peru’s main Vendimia Festival takes place in Ica, Lima’s Surco neighborhood offers a smaller version for locals and visitors in Lima. The historically agricultural district celebrates grapes and all its derivatives in a fun multiday festival that begins with … Continue reading

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Program for the 14th Annual Marcona Tourism Week

The fishing town of San Juan de Marcona is located just 44 miles from Nazca and is mainly known for its beaches and the Bay of San Fernando Reserve, which shelters diverse marine life, including boobies, Humboldt penguins, and sea … Continue reading

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Chincha to Celebrate the Verano Negro Festival this February

Each February and March, the Verano Negro Festival takes place in Chincha, the community considered the country’s cradle of Afro-Peruvian culture. The Black Summer Festival, as it is translated, is the most important tourism event in the Ica region. It … Continue reading

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The Santa Tierra Festival on Lake Titicaca

In Andean myths, Lake Titicaca, the sun, moon and stars came out of Lake Titicaca, as did Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, the legendary founders of the Inca civilization. The lake and some of its islands are still considered sacred … Continue reading

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Puerto Maldonado in the Peruvian Amazon

This December 26th, the department of Madre de Dios in southeastern Peru will celebrate its founding anniversary. Celebrations include singing, dancing and street parades, with the largest events taking place in the capital city, Puerto Maldonado. The area boasts lush … Continue reading

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Visiting Santa Catalina Monastery in Arequipa

The 16th century Santa Catalina Monastery in Arequipa once housed nuns from the high class Spanish families- at its peak, the huge complex housed up to 150 nuns and 300 servants.  At the time, families were expected to send their … Continue reading

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Colca Canyon to Lake Titicaca

The route from Arequipa to Colca Canyon is marked by open plains surrounded by snow-capped volcanoes. Along the way, we make several stops: at the Pampas Cañahuas Reserve to watch the grazing herds of alpacas and vicuña, at the town … Continue reading

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Learn to Make Chocolate at the ChocoMuseu in Lima or Cusco

The ChocoMuseo mission is to make chocolate in the countries where cacao grows, which is why it luckily has three different locations in Peru. In Lima, it’s located 3 blocks from Kennedy Park in Miraflores (very close to our hostels, … Continue reading

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The Santa Cruz Route in Huascarán: One of the World’s Best Treks

Peru offers some of the best alpine hiking in the world, as attested by National Geographic when it included the Santa Cruz Trek in its list The World’s 25 Most Epic Hikes. The trek follows the river of the same … Continue reading

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