Category Archives: General Travel Tips

Jungle Life: What to Do in Puerto Maldonado in the Peruvian Amazon

Most travelers who visit the Peruvian Amazon do so by flying into Puerto Maldonado from Cusco, or by taking the bus along the Interoceanic highway, a 30min flight or a 10hr bus trip. From there, they’ll continue on to Manú … Continue reading

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Sampling Cuy: Eating Guinea Pig In Peru

Guinea pigs have been popular pets ever since European traders introduced them to the West in the 16th century, due to their docile responsiveness and ease of care, meaning many of us have sentimental feelings for these cuddly creatures. For … Continue reading

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What to do 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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What Food to Try During Your Trip through Peru!

For you foodie backpackers out there who are planning on swinging through Peru, we’ve put together a list of some of the most traditional, and delicious, Peruvian foods and desserts to add to your must-try list! Make sure not to … Continue reading

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What are the Best Beaches in Peru?

The coast of Peru has plenty to offer beach bums and travelers looking for respite from cold Andean nights. Right now, South America is in the middle of summer, with Peruvian nationals flocking to sun-backed beaches to enjoy impressive waves … Continue reading

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Traditional Peruvian Food that’s Also Vegetarian

Ever more modest and upscale vegetarian restaurants are popping up throughout Peru. This is due in part to the same growth of nutritional and ethical concerns that other countries are having and in part to small fringe religious movements that … Continue reading

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Arequipa Travel: Journey to the Crater of El Misti Volcano

Misti Volcano looming in the background of Arequipa’s skyline is an iconic sight, representing the White City for Peruvians and travelers alike. It was important in pre-Columbian times as well, as shown by the 1998 expedition which uncovered the mummies … Continue reading

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Pirwa Travel Guide: The Beach Town of Máncora

The seaside resort town of Máncora in northwestern Perú has become an obligatory stop for long-term backpackers seeking some respite after the cold altiplano and snowy Andean peaks. In fact, it’s become so popular with travelers of all stripes, as … Continue reading

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5 Best Spots to Visit in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

For the Incas, the fertile Urubamba River Valley constituted the center of the four corners of the earth. Its breathtaking landscape of abundant crops and surrounding Andean peaks make it obvious why this spot was considered blessed. If you are … Continue reading

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What to Do & Where to Go in the Historical Center of Arequipa

Pirwa Arequipa Hostel is lucky to be located in Arequipa’s striking historical center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s distinguished by its mestizo-baroque buildings (whose intricate carvings include a mix of European and pre-Columbian symbols) constructed of pearly … Continue reading

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