Category Archives: General Travel Tips

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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Insider Tips on the Best Way to Reserve Hostels in Peru

When it comes to reserving hostels anywhere in the world, everybody has their own preferred method. Almost every quest, however, begins with a visit to the traveler’s preferred booking site, be it hostelworld or a similar company. However, once you’ve … Continue reading

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Sleeping Well in a Shared Dorm

For many backpackers, staying in hostels and sleeping in shared dorm rooms isn’t just a way to cut costs; it’s a more adventurous, entertaining, and lively way to travel. It does have its frustrations, however: snorers, early wakers, or late, … Continue reading

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What You Need to Know Before Booking Hostels in Peru

Hostels allow travelers to save money on what is often their largest expense after flight tickets: lodging. There are some universals that you can expect in hostels around the globe: plenty of opportunities for socializing and the sorts of amenities … Continue reading

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Excursions in the Bolivian Amazon: Pampas vs Jungle

The Bolivian Amazon is becoming steadily more popular, especially among budget travelers, as it offers the diversity of the Brazilian Amazon at a fraction of the price. Simply put, it’s a more affordable and less crowded way to see the … Continue reading

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Celebrate Peru’s National Guinea Pig Day this Friday

Last year, Peruvian authorities declared the second Friday of each October to be National Guinea Pig Day. Representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture (MINAGRI) explained, “We’ve decided to establish National Cuy Day on the merit of the importance of the … Continue reading

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