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Santa Catalina convent in Arequipa
24 Jul

Top 10 Great Things to Do in Arequipa

In this Arequipa Travel Guide, you will discover all the wonder that awaits you with travel to Arequipa, the nearby Colca Valley and Peru's Colca Canyon. From the culinary magic of picanterias, to the crisp beauty of the sillar built White City, to the awe-inspiring view of the Andean Condors, trips in Arequipa offer a wealth to see and do. Plan time for a stay in the charming Colca Valley and add a Colca Canyon tour to your itinerary to fully experience all that this Arequipa Travel Guide offers.   1) Delight in the delicious Arequipeña cuisine Travel to...

Snow-capped Cotopaxi Volcano with Quito city lights in foreground.
24 Jul

10 reasons to start planning your next Ecuador vacation

Need an excuse to start planning your Ecuador vacation? Well, sit back, relax  and read on, because we've got plenty ideas for your Ecuador vacation. Ecuador is a country of stunning landscapes, rich history and fascinating culture. For once-in-a-lifetime experiences, it’s got the Galapagos, the Amazon and the Andes. There are active volcanoes, colonial towns, colorful markets and spectacular cross-country rail journeys. Ecuador is a wildlife lover’s dream, a hiker’s paradise and an adrenaline junkie’s playground. Now that we've got your attention, here are 10 great reasons for you to start planning your Ecuador vacation today.   1) Be amazed by the beauty of...

18 Jul

Virgen del Carmen Festival in Paucartambo

Immerse yourself in the true local culture and vibrancy of Peru by attending the Virgen del Carmen Festival in Paucartambo. This unique festival, also known as the Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen, features dances of cultural, historical and religious significance. It is also a sensationally raucous party in the streets of Puacartambo. Costumed and masked characters run riot, local beer flows, brass bands perform and fireworks light up the night. It is a dazzling extravaganza; a true feast for the senses. What to expect The Virgen del Carmen Festival is held on July 15-18 every...

Titicaca Travel - Puno travel guide
15 Jul

Ultimate Puno – Lake Titicaca Travel Guide 2017-2018

Make the most of your Lake Titicaca travel experience with our Ultimate Puno - Lake Titicaca Travel Guide.   Why is Puno special? Because of its location on Lake Titicaca, travelers flock to the region of Puno throughout the year. Once there, they discover all that Puno offers, including hikes to heights displaying multi-colored sunsets and moonrises across a wide horizon spanning mountain ranges and countries. There are cultural experiences immersed in authentically preserved communities thriving on what land and lake make available to them. There is lively shopping in vibrant mercados supporting local artisans and producers,...

Cusco travel Guide
6 Jul

Living like a local – The ultimate Cusco travel guide

The ultimate Cusco travel guide Introducing our 2017 edition of the ultimate Cusco travel guide. If you are heading to Macchu Picchu, chances are you are flying into the beautiful town of Cusco - formerly an Inca capital city- now turned tourist meccha. Furthermore what many people don't realise is if you aren't spending a lot of time here, you could miss out on some seriously amazing experiences which really embody the heart and soul of Peru. With it's (seemingly) never ending festivals, bright colours, amazing food, cute little pebbled streets...

30 Jun

Vegan and vegetarian food in Peru: our ultimate survival guide for foodies

When most people think of vegetarian food in Peru, quality and diversity aren't usually the first things that comes to mind. But, seriously though, in 2017 this couldn't be further from the truth. [caption id="attachment_11072" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Peruvian fried rice and dumplings from Green Point in Cusco.[/caption] Vegan and vegetarian food in Peru, especially in Cusco, is big business. Not only that but the quality, freshness and high standard is enough to turn the most hardcore of meat lovers. [caption id="attachment_11066" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Korma filled calzone with avocado and beetroot salad at Green Point, Cusco.[/caption] More...

Visit Northwest Argentina-Quebrada de Humahuaca
29 Jun

10 Good Reasons Why You Should Visit Northwest Argentina

Visit Northwest Argentina With dusty desert towns, tiny vineyards and even its own cowboys, visit Northwest Argentina and you'll feel like you've landed in another era. It is said the American Wild West never died, just moved to Northwest Argentina . You’ll find splashes of colour in this desert region, such as the cliffs of the Quebrada de Humahuaca painted with the colours of the rainbow. In addition, the vivid reds of the Cafayate will transport you to another world. Furthermore, the legacy of the Inca Empire is evident in the music, the food and...

peruvian cuisine
27 Jun

Peruvian Cuisine – Embracing the flavours of Peru

Peruvian cuisine is as fun, colourful and vibrant as the rainbow flag of Cusco.  With national dishes ranging from Cuy Al Palo (Guinea Pig roasted over a spit) to the delicious Alpaca Lomo Saltado; Peruvian Cuisine is not only gaining a reputation for incredible quality but also for its' flair and unrivalled freshness. With so many options to choose from it can be hard to know where to start. Peru food tours are becoming more and more popular every year with increasing numbers of options for tourists to engage in cooking...

26 Jun

Luxury Peru Train Vacations: Onboard the Belmond Andean Explorer

Taking a journey on the Belmond Andean Explorer is by far one of the most beautiful travel trips you could choose to experience. This luxury train is perfect to show off the incredible colours of Peru, to take in sacred sites such as Lake Titicaca, and to holiday in style.   [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhwp1trE6p4[/embed] The Belmond Andean Explorer: South America's first sleeper train There are many different options for train travel in Peru, yet there nothing is quite like the luxury of the Belmond Andean Explorer. With spacious cabins, decadent furnishings, a piano bar, library and observation carriages (plus delicious...

Intirraymi festival
21 Jun

Inti Raymi Festival: A Guide to the Inca Festival of the Sun in Cusco

 Introduction What better time to visit Cusco, the ancient heart of the Inca Empire, than during the Inca festival of the Sun? Inti Raymi festival, celebrated on the winter solstice (24th June) is one of the biggest festivals in South America, and is surely the grandest, most colourful celebration of Inca culture that exists in modern times. As early as two weeks before festival day, the city comes alive with excitement. Groups of dancers and musicians perform traditional Andean music in the main square, and parade through Cusco’s narrow, cobbled streets....

Hiking choquequirao trek
19 Jun

Choquequirao Trek – While It’s Still Pristine

Introduction to a Choquequirao Trek There is another way to travel. It involves throwing the guidebook away. Listen to what every tourist is saying, and then ignore it. You see, the professional tourists that regurgitate the guidebooks find a place they like, write about it in said guidebook, sell millions of copies, and the people who read the guidebooks go to the places that the professional tourists write about. So far, so straight forward. But, of course, this upsurge in tourism fundamentally alters the nature of the location. Naturally, one example...

Uyuni salt flats
9 Jun

Uyuni Salt Flats: your essential guide

 Introduction Uyuni salt flats, Bolivia, is such a surreal and unique place that you would be forgiven for wondering whether you'd landed on a different planet. In the dry season, your world is divided into the perfect, dazzling white salt below, and the perfect blue sky above. In the rainy season, these two halves combine as the film of water on the salt reflects the sky above, and you watch fluffy white clouds scudding across the land. The glorious, bleak beauty of this vast salt desert makes it one of the...

Visit Rainbow Mountain
9 Jun

Visit Rainbow Mountain, a truly magical place!

Are you planning to visit Rainbow Mountain ? If you go 100km from Cusco in any direction, you are liable to find yourself on or near a mountain. This is because Cusco is situated in the Andes mountain range. There are hundreds of mountains in the Andes mountain range above 4,000m. If you lowered that number, it would become thousands; thousands of mountains running through Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and even Venezuela. But visit Rainbow Mountain and ask yourself: how many of these other mountains are magical mountains painted...

Scam Peru-Machu Picchu Travel
8 Jun

Illegal Tourism Companies and Scams in Machu Picchu and Cusco

Tourism Sector in Cusco, Peru Are there many scams in Machu Picchu? Perhaps it's the fact that it's a beautiful, half Incan, half colonial town high up in the Andes mountain range. Just as likely it's the proximity to Machu Picchu and a plethora of ruins from a fascinating, half-understood civilisation. One which was exterminated by European civilisation half a millenia ago. Maybe it's the $7 massages. But for some reason, a very large number of tourists come to visit Cusco each year. The city has much to offer, in itself and...

Amazon jungle sunset
2 Jun

About Amazon Jungle – Tourism in the Amazon Rainforest

Which Is The Best Amazon Jungle Region To Visit In Peru ? The Amazon jungle straddles a number of South American countries, and each would entreat you that their portion of the earth's lungs are the finest. Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world and it certainly likes to lay a claim to being the Amazon authority in the region. But the obvious choice is rarely the best choice. Colombia and Ecuador might like to dispute it, but it is Peru that offers the best Amazon jungle experience. The...

Inca jungle trail to Machu Picchu
30 May

The Inca Jungle Trail – A New Way to visit Machu Picchu

Everything you need to know about the Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu Explore the fascinating landscapes of the Sacred Valley on the Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu. On this adventure, you will bike, hike, and zip line your way from the high mountains to the green valleys and jungle below. Follow ancient Incan paths, as you discover ruins and the colorful culture that surrounds Machu Picchu. This hike to Machu Picchu is an adventure you won’t soon forget!   In this blog post we are going to: Introduce The Inca Jungle...

Galapagos islands tourism
26 May

What to Know about The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands There's no where like the Galapagos Islands. There are many remarkable cities, beautiful mountains, so much jungle and rain forest that it provides the whole planet with oxygen. Nice beaches abound, beautiful countryside, wild serengeti. But there's no where like the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Islands tourism industry is geared up for would-be naturists, explorers and adventurers to come discover what there is to see. Here, at the confluence of three oceanic currents, 1,000km (600mi) from continental civilisation, sit an island range - the product of volcanic and seismic...

A view facing Machu Pichu in the Peruvian Andes with a blue sky and pearly white clouds
9 May

Machu Picchu Information: Everything there is to know about the magic mountain

When visiting Peru, it's likely you will be overloaded with all kinds of Machu Picchu Information. Find out more about this mysterious world heritage site  'Machu Picchu' which means "old peak" in Quechua in this detailed blog post. All you need to know about Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley Located in the sacred valley close to Cusco, in this blog we will give you all the Machu Picchu information you need. We will share with you all kinds of Machu Picchu information about the site itself, as well as the various Machu Picchu...

A boat navigating the Tambopata river during sunrise in the Amazon rainforest in Peru.
21 Apr

Ecotourism in the Amazon – Learn, Relax, Discover

Ecotourism in the Amazon is thriving and offers lots of possibilities for adventure. Explore the depths of this wild ecosystem while supporting Amazon preservation and the local communities. Observe wildlife and explore the jungle with expert scientists conducting groundbreaking research in the field. Most importantly include excursions which will teach you all about the plants and animals in this immaculate area. Ecotourism in the Amazon experience is made possible with our partners, Rainforest Expeditions. Rainforest Expeditions Research Rainforest Expeditions is an ecotourism group dedicated to sustaining the Amazon. The group supports...

4 Feb

Choco Lovers Unite: A Trip To Cusco’s Chocolate Museum (ChocoMuseo)

A trip to Cusco's Chocolate Museum is a delight for any fan of the humble cacao bean. Cusco's Chocolate Museum is the unofficial home of the cocoa bean. Whether you prefer cocoa in a drink, in chocolate, in hair or make-up products  - you will not believe how versatile this tiny bean can be. Cusco's Chocolate Museum experience provides you with a beautiful space and opportunity to unite friends and family in a shared love of all things sweet. This sugary paradise is tucked away on the corner of Plaza Regocijo,...

22 Jan

A behind the scenes look at Peruvian textile weaving

The people of the Peruvian Andes maintain their traditions in a way that much of the world has failed to. Tremendous changes have come to Peru since Spanish conquest and the ever-present globalization, but you will find some parts of Andean life unchanged. For nearly 10,000 years, communities have been producing Peruvian textiles, and the skill runs deep to the modern day. Just outside of Pisaq in the Amaru village, the carefully woven hats and ornate garments are the daily ware.On our recent community based tourism excursion to the Sacred Valley, first...

10 Jan

Pachamanca, A Dining Experience In Peru Unlike Any Other

So you've plucked up the courage to try cuy, or sink your teeth into an alpaca steak; yet if you haven't tried a "pachamanca" you are missing out. This ancient Inca ritual is one not many tourists know of, yet we consider it to be one of the best culinary experiences you could have in your life. Adventurous eaters are given a unique opportunity to experience some of the world's most unique dining experiences in Peru - you just need to know what is on offer. From the world famous raw fish ceviche...

Salt Flat Tours in Bolivia, south american trips,
28 Dec

And when do YOU go on your South America trip?

5 Incredible South American Trips in 2017 There are some vacations that will stay with you forever. From tasting the flavors of the Andean highlands, to experiencing surreal desert landscapes in Northern Argentina, to coming face-to-face with the blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos, Our South American trips offers some of the most diverse experiences on earth. Best trips in South America Let experiential travel be one of your resolutions for 2017. At pie experiences, we understand travel can only be made more memorable through authentic experiences. We have been offering tailor-made travel in South America since 2002. This year, we want you...