Peru Travel Tips
From the edge of the Andes to the lush Amazonian rainforests, the allure of Peru lies in its ancient mysteries and unique culture. Despite a 5,000 year old history, Peru still manages to reconcile global influence with the indigenouos pre-Columbian traditions that give its culture a distict flair.
Don't miss hiking the Inca Trail through Cusco and the Sacred Valley to finally take in the impressive sights at Machu Picchu. From the mysterious Nazca lines, volcanoes near Arequipa, and breathtaking views at Lake Titicaca, Peru is arguably the most visually impressive region in South America.
The mighty Inca Empire once stretched from northern Ecuador to central Chile and northern Argentina, encompassing at least 12 million people and lasting 300 years. Beginning in around 1200 AD as a ...
Peru’s capital city was founded by Pizarro in 1535, and the modern-day city of Lima is a sprawling metropolis encompassing ruins from pre-Inca times, ultramodern shopping malls and coastal beaches. ...
Peruvian cuisine is typically South American, but with some surprises! Alongside indigenous and Spanish fare, you’ll find influences from China, Italy, Africa and Japan. Based on the staples of ...
The city of Puno is rarely considered most beautiful destination on Lake Titicaca; the modern and somewhat scruffy city is a working port town. It is a destination not only for tourists, but also ...
Peru’s famed “Gateway to the Amazon” was once just a humble Jesuit outpost in the jungle, until the Industrial Age. With that revolution—particularly after the widespread adoption of the ...
The vast majority of travelers come to Iquitos because it is the jumping off point for Peru’s fine selection of Amazon lodges. These are scattered along the region’s rivers (not only the Amazon ...
At 11,200 feet above sea level, Cusco is the heart of Tahuantinsuyo, Perus's pre-Colombian Empire. Cusco today is the oldest continuously inhabited city in South America, a fascinating and colorful ...
Cusco is the central hub of the Sacred Valley, a magnet for lovers of Inca handicrafts and ruins, colonial charm and churches. There is plenty to see in and around town as well as further afield. So ...
Cusco is Peru’s shopping hotspot for handicrafts, textiles, ceramics, art and jewelry, and the best place to shop for this booty is in the markets. There are several open-air and undercover shopping ...
Iquitos is called Peru’s “Gateway to the Amazon,” a destination for visitors to this diverse nation who wish to experience the rainforest, as well as the Andes and Pacific Coast. While not as ...
Written by Paige, Nicaragua, February 2012
Organizers Promise that Upcoming Protests and Marches Won’t Interrupt Transport or Business in Peru .
Big protests are afoot in some of northern Peru’s tourism destinations, and for the next few ...
Written by Zoe Smith, United Kingdom, November 2012
With sweltering temperatures and not a snowflake in sight, Christmastime is a little different in Peru .
That doesn’t stop the natives from getting in the festive spirit,
though – Christmas light ...
Written by Paige, Nicaragua, June 2012
The colorful culture of the Quechua-speaking peoples seems mysterious to many travelers, an exotic element of Peru ’s
Andean population, always visible in bright woolen textiles, yet
Written by Paige, Nicaragua, July 2012
The epic hike to the sacred city of Machu Picchu is one of the most coveted adventures in Latin America. People plan their vacations—or even years of their lives—around taking this magnificent walk ...
Written by Paige, Nicaragua, October 2012
Brilliant, almost ethereal blue, Lake Titicaca resides in the clouds, at a thin Andean altitude of 12,464 feet (3,812 meters). It is sacred to half a dozen indigenous nations, and is shared today ...
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