Category: Peru

Peru – Beyond Machu Picchu

July 28, 2021
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Peru

Whilst Machu Picchu remains the most iconic and most significant archaeological destination in Peru and is likely to go unmissed on any first-timer itinerary, it can sometimes overshadow some of Peru’s other remarkable destinations. Below we look at five worthy contenders for you to consider when planning a trip to Peru… The Peruvian Amazon Despite covering more than 60% of the country’s total landmass, the Amazonian rainforest is largely ignored by the majority of those who visit Peru. The reason for this is not entirely clear – accessibility is not a major issue and there is no shortage of accommodation options available in the region. Those who do make it here, therefore, are greeted with pristine rainforest, an abundance of exotic wildlife and opportunities to meet indigenous communities, all away from the masses. The northern region is possibly the easiest way to experience the rainforest, reached via Iquitos. Characterised by…

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Focus on: The Amazon Rainforest

January 28, 2021
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Amazon, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru

Stretching over 2 million square miles, entering nine different countries and holding over half of the world’s rainforest, the Amazon is the largest and most biodiverse rainforest on the planet. Stretching from its mouth at the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Peruvian, Colombian and Bolivian borders, the area is best explored via a cruise along the length of the Amazon River. This is undoubtedly an unforgettable experience, and will surely be the highlight of your holiday to Brazil. The Area The main gateway to the Amazon is the bustling city of Manaus. This is an ideal base for your exploration of the surrounding area, and a great place to start your trip and/or cruise. While this city is an experience in itself, the real treat lies deeper into the rainforest – either join one of the many Amazon River Cruises available or stay in a fantastic Eco Lodge…

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The Best Routes to Machu Picchu

May 21, 2020
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Peru

Machu Picchu is one of the most iconic attractions in South America – and the world! and is a must-do if you’re heading to Peru. Located in the Cusco region, the mountain on which it stands is an impressive 2430m above sea level. These magnificent Incan ruins were built around 1450 as an estate for the Incan emperor Pachacuti. The site features more than 200 buildings arranged on wide parallel terraces around a vast central square. It is regarded as one of the world’s most famous man-made wonders. The journey up to Machu Picchu is an experience in itself and there are a number of options available whether you are seeking an adventurous challenge or perhaps a more leisurely day just seeing the highlights. Here are some of the best routes to Machu Picchu… Inca Trail One of the most popular options for visiting Machu Picchu is the famous Inka…

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Let Peru come to you…

May 13, 2020
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Peru

Although we are unable to travel at the moment, it’s still possible to discover the joys of Latin America – from the comfort of your home! Each week we are giving you inspiration from a different destination in Latin America, sharing movies, music, books and recipes to pique your interest, and this weeks destination is the regions most-visited country, Peru. Home to ancient cultures, rich traditions, spectacular scenery, diverse wildlife, lively cities and some of the friendliest people in Latin America. Delve deeper into fascinating Peru with our favourite inspiring read, film, food and music below.  Read: The Time of the Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa Mario Vargas Llosa is Peru’s most famous writer. Born in Arequipa in 1935, he’s one of the leading writers of his generation, known for the use of sophisticated literary techniques. Our favourite of his novels is his first book, The Time of the Hero. A story based on his own experiences in a military…

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Best Places to Visit in South America

August 4, 2017
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Argentina, Chile, Galapagos, Peru, Rio Carnival, Wildlife Week

As a Continent of wonders, South America is the place where the most incredible adventures can happen. If you haven’t been to this exquisite part of the world yet, hold on tight because what we are about to reveal will start a new life addiction – Latin America! Here are 10 reasons why you will be love-struck: Number 10: Perito Moreno Glacier The Perito Moreno Glacier is in the Los Glaciares National Park, in southwest Santa Cruz, Argentina. It’s considered to be one of the most important Argentinian Patagonian attractions and with good reason. It is 30 km long and one of the 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes. Other than that, it’s just another wonder of the world, and one of the reasons why (after this post) you will be booking a flight to South America! You can learn more about the…

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Guide to the Andes

July 7, 2017
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All News, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru

The Andes Mountains. The longest continual mountain range in the world, and neighbour to rainforests, deserts, glaciers and volcanoes, ancient civilisations and modern capital cities. It stretches across seven South American nations and offers visitors unrivalled landscapes, world-class trekking, award-winning vineyards, glistening salt flats, and a chance to experience true Andean culture. Covering an astonishing 3.371 million km², it can be overwhelming trying to narrow down a specific destination or area of the Andes to explore. So, we’ve put together a guide to the Andes, broken down into some of our favourite destinations. Where will you explore next? Where to go in the Andes? Peru Home to Machu Picchu, Peru has arguably the most popular and well-known tourist attraction in the Andes. Whether trekking the Inca Trail, or travelling by train from the stunning capital of Cusco, this is one destination you definitely won’t want to miss. While Machu Picchu…

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My experience of exploring Machu Picchu

December 3, 2015
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All News, Peru

Machu Picchu is one of the most iconic places in South America. It is a mystical place full of history, hidden deep in the Andean Mountains. The high quality of the stonework and the mystery surrounding it makes it a must-see for many people. For this same reason, some may choose to skip Machu Picchu as they feel it is too full of tourists. Nevertheless, I think that most people will find a connection with the citadel, whether that is due to its rich history, the beautiful scenery or for spiritual reasons. For me, Machu Picchu was incredible. It hadn’t always been on the top of my ‘bucket list’. In fact, the first time I thought about visiting Machu Picchu was five years ago. I was sitting in my room listening to the song ‘Machu Picchu’ by The Strokes and I thought to myself, ‘imagine if you could listen to…

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Staying with a local family on Lake Titicaca

September 15, 2015
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Peru

During my travels to South America, I experienced some of the most unique and wonderful moments in my life. One of those special moments was when I visited the islands of Lake Titicaca in Peru. Lake Titicaca is a large deep blue lake located high in the Andes on the borders of Peru and Bolivia. It is famous for being the highest navigable lake in the world but also for the unique Uros floating islands made out of floating reeds. Many families still live traditional lifestyles on the different Islands and Quechua is the most widely spoken language. The diverse culture and unique scenery should be reason enough to want to go. Nevertheless, what really made this experience exceptional to me was staying with a local family on the lake. My journey began in Puno, a town located on the borders of the Lake on the Peruvian side, where we…

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