Category Archives: General Travel Tips

Paracas National Reserve: Peru’s Desert Coast…and its Penguins

Paracas National Reserve is known for its natural beauty and surprising wildlife which includes numerous penguin and sea lion colonies. You can reach it by taking a bus from Lima to Pisco, a trip of about 3-4 hours. (Pisco’s a … Continue reading

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Getting Your Laundry Washed in Cusco

For all of its colonial and pre-Columbian charm, many of travelers will attest that the city of Cusco seems to be covered in a fine layer of dust… Add in a trek or two in the mountains or along the … 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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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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The Best Time to Visit Peru

Peru is blessed with a rich and varied landscape that is generally classified into three parts: the Andean mountains and high plains (altiplano), the desert coast, and the Amazon rainforest. Some travelers dream about exploring the colorful Sacred Valley of … Continue reading

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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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