Category Archives: General Travel Tips

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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What to Pack for Backpacking Around South America

  We all stress a bit about packing for trips, especially when all you’ve got is a backpack and whatever goes inside needs to last you months. If you’re struggling to compose your packing list, have a look at our … Continue reading

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How to Cross the Bolivian Border from Peru

Crossing into Bolivia from Peru is easy to do from Puno, but you’ll want to make sure that you have the most up-to-date information regarding transport prices and schedules as well as Bolivian entry requirements for different nationalities. Here, we’ve … Continue reading

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Protect Your Health While Traveling in Peru

Today we’re focusing on the small things every traveler can do to avoid potentially trip-ruining problems brought on by food & drink, insects, sun exposure and altitude sickness. With a few easy steps, you can live the adventure of your … Continue reading

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What to Do in Peru: Our Recommendations for Different Types of Travelers

Making a list of things you can’t do in Peru would be much easier than making one for the plethora of things you can do. Peru boasts diverse roster of tourist attractions, blessed as it is with a varying landscape … Continue reading

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Buying Alpaca in Peru

Aug 1st is National Alpaca Day in Peru. In honor of this, and of the fact that alpaca wool is a more ecologically sustainable choice than cashmere, we’re focusing on purchasing alpaca in Peru. Alpaca sweaters and scarves are one … Continue reading

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Adventure Travel in Peru – Our Top Picks

Peru is rapidly gaining on South America’s other adventure travel meccas, Chile and Uruguay. The country currently receives between 600 and 700 thousand adventure tourists annually. Many dream of hiking trips along the Andes, making their way through cloud forests, … Continue reading

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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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