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Hiking and adventure sports in Cusco

During your trip to the imperial city of the Incas, you will find an infinite number of options for trekking and adventure sports in Cusco. It’s a matter of organizing the trip and not following stressful itineraries. Don’t worry about safety! Since Cusco is a purely tourist city, it offers the best support to its visitors, so much so that in the city of Cusco there are police officers at the service of tourists “tourist police” who provide advice and security.

Cusco is not only Machu Picchu, you can find many extraordinary adventures such as the trek to Choquequirao, the valley of lares, rainbow mountain, horseback riding and tours of the sacred valley on ATVs. which are said to be the “best options for adventure in Cusco“. Anyway, you should know that there are economic trips for all tastes.

In the following list we present only some of the hikes and adventure sports in Cusco that are out of the ordinary.

Rafting on the Urubamba River.

if you are a river lover, this beautiful experience is for you!
There are 1, 2 and 3 day canoeing programs on the Urubamba River.
Keep in mind that the water level changes a lot depending on the season and of course it directly influences the level of difficulty: for beginners, try the adventure during the dry season as the rainy season has levels from 2 to 4.

It is possible to book the rafting trip at some agencies, but few of them really provide guaranteed safety. For the adventure, the pick up from the hotel is included, either in a private transport or in charge of the tourist company.

The rafting usually lasts 1 hour in the rapids with an expert guide. Then you can enjoy the hot showers and sauna at the Cusipata River Camp, before having a good lunch.

The Sacred Valley from the air.

There are several activities to do in the Sacred Valley, such as bungee jumping, slingshot, railroad, or tandem paragliding, always accompanied by a professional. Flights vary from 10 to 20 minutes, to cover between 500 and 900m.

Perhaps considered one of the most beautiful experiences in the Sacred Valley, imagine observing the Urubamba Valley from the top!
Also, if you have more time you can hire a half-day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and of course, you can find luxury or very economical transportation depending on your tastes.

zipline.

There are also zip lines (ziplines), in Pachar for example, with cables between 1 and 2 km long. The advantage of this activity is that it is really accessible for everyone… as long as you don’t get dizzy, of course!
You can book the zip line which also includes the visit to Chinchero (it covers a part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas tour).

Huchuy Qosqo, little Cusco.

“Huchuy Qosqo is an Inca archaeological site that consists of several buildings and an irrigation system. It is no less than the most important archaeological site in the Urubamba Valley after Ollantaytambo and Pisac!

Its great advantage is that it is much less frequented and you have to walk uphill to get to this beautiful place, it is one of the best opportunities for acclimatization walks. If you plan to visit Huchuy Qosqo, you can request a full day tour after visiting the sacred valley and Machu Picchu.

There are several ways to get to Huchuy Qosqo:

-From the village of Lamay: a (intense) 2-hour climb.
-from the community of Tauca (near Chinchero): it is a slightly longer trail (3 hours each way) but much less frequented and with beautiful landscapes. Its highest point is the Piuray Lagoon at 4500m.

Exploring the Andes on quads.

Personally I’m a big fan of the quad and I can’t imagine a more mythical place than the Sacred Valley to enjoy it!
Imagine driving the quad between the high mountains and the quinoa fields to visit the salt mines of Maras and the terraces of Moray

Discover the pre-Columbian cultures.

Located between Pisac and Urubamba, less than 10 minutes from Calca, the Inkariy museum is in the Sacred Valley because it is one of the best museums in the region!

It is a very well designed museum that presents 10,000 years of history, with different pavilions dedicated to the Caral, Chavin, Paracas, Mochica, Nazca, Wari, Chimu/Lambayeque and Inca cultures. The exhibitions are very complete and present their traditional art, customs, beliefs and clothing.

The visit lasts a little over an hour with a guide and is really interesting!

Explore the south of the valley during your adventure in Cusco!

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Tourism in the Sacred Valley of the Incas is concentrated almost exclusively around Ollantaytambo and Pisac, then Chinchero, Maras and Moray.

It must be said that travelers have little time to devote to the Sacred Valley – often considered as a crossroads between Cusco and Machu Picchu – and it is normal to want to concentrate on the major attractions.

But if you want to discover less touristic destinations or if you have a little more time ahead, you should know that there is a tour proposed by some agencies that brings together 3 destinations of the traditional circuits in the south of the Sacred Valley: Tipón, Pikillacta and Andahuaylillas.

Tipon: Tipon is known for two things, its guinea pig -which has a great reputation- and its Inca center. The site of Tipon is a magnificent example of hydraulic engineering and Inca architecture, but it is one of the least visited sites in the valley. There are canals, still in operation, which pass through a sundial, then ceremonial fountains before moving on to the agricultural terraces.

Pikillacta: is a large archaeological complex of the Wari (an important civilization that was eventually conquered by the Incas). It is one of the few Wari sites (known, of course…) in the Cusco region.

Andahuaylillas: is a small town known for the church of San Pedro, a true colonial jewel whose rather sober facade contains a rich baroque interior that earned it the nickname of Sistine Chapel of America.

See the Humantay Lake.

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Lake Humantay is a small, beautiful turquoise lake at the foot of the glacier of the same name, surrounded by several mountains.
From Cusco you have to go to the town of Mollepata (2h) and then to the community of Soraypampa (1h), the starting point of the hike. It takes about 2 hours of walking uphill to get to the lake, which is a short walk that offers a magnificent panorama for taking photos!

To get to Humantay without an agency: Take a bus from Cusco (Arcopata) or special taxi services from Cusco, they are safer. The entrance to Humantay Lake costs 20 soles. It is better to organize the return trip with the same taxi.

Experiential adventures.

Besides living exciting experiences such as hiking, train trips to Machu Picchu or private tours Cusco, the ancient land of the Incas offers experiential adventures where you can choose to stay in a traditional place (communities), to meet and live a couple of days with the native inhabitants. It is one of the most beautiful experiences you can have in Cusco!

If you plan to learn more about Cusco culture, experiential tourism is your best option. During the days that you are in some community, you will be part of customs such as: work in the field, offerings to mother earth, folk festivals, coca reading and healing retreats like the sessions of San Pedro.

Visit Cusco in a different way! Perhaps one of these hikes and adventure sports in Cusco can add more excitement to your trip.

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Visit the famous chocolate museum in Cusco

The Chocolate Museum of Cusco, a place for lovers of this famous drink.

if you are visiting the imperial city and you like chocolates, you might be interested in visiting the famous chocolate museum in cusco. A good opportunity to get to know it, participate in preparation workshops and take away a delicious chocolate made from pure cocoa from the Urubamba Valley.

Peru is an important producer of high quality cocoa and chocolate.
To convince yourself, you must stop in Cuzco, the Cocoa and Chocolate Museum, founded in February 2011 by Isabel and Alain.
The ChocoMuseo is located in the historic center very close to the Plaza de Armas, Calle Garcilaso 210 int, on the 2nd floor.
The chocolate museum is open to all those who love chocolate and want to know more about its origin, history and manufacture.

The chocolate museum is one of many other museums that are in the city of Cusco, it is highly recommended to take at least one day to visit some of the beautiful museums of Cusco, before leaving for adventures or tours like the Sacred Valley of the Incas or trips to Machu Picchu by train.

Admission to chocolate museum in Cusco

Admission to the museum is free every day from 10.30 to 18.30.
The museum also has a cafeteria where you can have a glass of chocolate and coffee.
The moments to learn the art of making chocolate are pleasant, seeing all the stages, from the cocoa plantation to the finished product.

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The workshops offer courses every day at 11:00, 13:30 and 16 h. The price is 70 soles for adults and 50 soles for children from 4 to 12 years.
Finally, the museum organizes visits of 2 or 3 days to the cocoa and coffee plantations, 5 hours by car from Cuzco.
Another ChocoMuseo has just opened in the Miraflores district of Lima. The address is 375 Calle Berlino.

Chocolate’s story

Originally from the tropical forests of Central America, cocoa was cultivated by the Mayans and Aztecs.
These people appreciated this food that was consumed as a drink called “chocolatl” (bitter water).
This drink was prepared with roasted and ground cocoa beans (cacahuatl) on hot rocks.
The obtained paste was heated and then mixed with water, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, anise, etc. were added.
This drink has been recognized as nutritious, fortifying and aphrodisiac.
The Mayans and the Aztecs used cocoa as currency.
The payment of taxes and, in particular, the purchase of slaves was made with cocoa beans.
Christopher Columbus was the first European to discover cocoa in July 1502 on the small island of Guanaja (Honduras today), but he did not give any importance to these “almonds”.
The preparation technique was primitive and remained close to that of the Mexicans.
The worker worked on his knees and hit the chocolate by hand with a cylinder tilted on a hot stone.
In 1732, Dubuisson brought a first improvement by inventing a heated horizontal table in front of which the worker worked standing
Chocolate making improved thanks to a man named Doret who invented or a hydraulic machine to grind cocoa and reduce it to mass.

Do you want to know more things to do, tours and adventures in Cusco? Maybe you are interested in beautiful 1-day tours of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Rainbow Mountain or private transportation services for tours in Cusco at your own expense; or maybe adventures like the Inca Trail and the Lares Valley.

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Tour in Lima, a city to discover.

If he says that Peru “immediately thought of the Valley of the Incas and not all travelers passing through Peru” visit Lima. Still, Lima is a cheerful and colorful metropolis, which deserves a stop for a few days.

Lima a city in the fog

Condemned to live with the garua (thin fog), the city wears a heavy coat in June until the end of October. This gloomy sky earned him the nickname “Gray Lima”, but Lima is not at all a gray color.
The capital of Peru, like all the metropolises of Latin America, is frantic: incessant traffic, pollution and honking everywhere. . A third of Peruvians live in the capital, about 8.4 million inhabitants.
The Spanish, nicknamed the “City of the Kings” and has not lost its shine since colonial times.
Lima, the first industrial and financial center of Peru, deserves a visit to its historic center, the intensity of its nightlife and its varied culinary scene.

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First mandatory stop in the Center, Plaza de Armas (or Plaza Mayor), the traditional heart of Peruvian cities.
Most colonial buildings are yellow, even if most of the facades need restoration.
Most of the monuments and religious buildings, built mainly after the earthquake of 1746, are located in the area, such as the Cathedral of San Giovanni, the monastery of San Francisco (with its rich wooden library) or the church of Santo Domingo. and its catacombs.
When crossing the center, it seems that it goes back in time, as when Pizarro arrived in these lands. However, the frantic activity of the Center, with its large number of stores and sidewalks full of suppliers, quickly brings us to the present.
Only the museums of the capital could occupy the entire stay. Located in Pueblo Libre, the famous Larco Museum is worth a visit for its magnificent collection of pre-Columbian art.
If you have some time, the option is wide with museums dedicated to the nation, Italian art, archeology, popular arts and traditions, gold, Peruvian culture or even Japanese immigration.
Last step and not least the view of Lima from the sky (or almost). To understand a city, nothing better to climb to the top of the hill San Cristóbal, which rises 860 meters. At its peak, the Cross of Miracles stands proudly high for its 26 meters. To access this view, choose one of the bus tours offered in the city center.

Miraflores, terraces in the Pacific

It takes half an hour to reach Miraflores by car from downtown Lima. Expanding city, the Peruvian capital has expanded over the years. With the population explosion, the rich classes “emigrated” to the Pacific Ocean, creating the Miraflores neighborhood at the end of the 19th century.

Luxury hotels, stately buildings, giant shopping center, restaurants and bars … the trend of Miraflores is now a fashionable residential area, much sought after by people from Lima and tourists alike.

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Perched on the Pacific, Miraflores enjoys a long sea (Malecon), decorated with a row of gardens. Among these, the Parque del Amor, which recalls the Park Güell d’Antoni Gaudí, is located a few thousand kilometers away.
From here you can admire the city to La Punta, near the port of Lima, or try paragliding. The summer of the south, when the rain finally leaves the city, the sky catches fire at sunset to offer a wide range of breathtaking beauty.

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Important information before leaving for Peru

Peru is a destination that can give enormous satisfaction to the most adventurous travelers and fascinated by biodiversity, who want to discover and breathe the charm of pre-Columbian civilizations and enjoy spectacular views reserving the best for people who are not afraid of work Lasted.
Peru is also beaches, nature reserves, difficult desert not to be surprised by the variety of environments.
Such a trip is obvious, it requires a little preparation and a solid organization. Here are some tips.

Hire insurance to protect yourself from unexpected events.

Let’s start by taking refuge in the unexpected, big and small. Traveling as a backpacker on the other side of the world, taking out insurance is not a bad idea.
This is to easily remedy the most trivial obstacles, such as loss or delay in the delivery of luggage, until you have essential help in case of health problems.
Making sure is easier and cheaper than you usually think, to be convinced that you only have to see everything a travel policy can offer on cuscotransport.com an example of how online solutions can meet even the most important needs of last minute. Health insurance is strongly recommended for a trip to Peru, given the deficiencies of public facilities and the costs of much more efficient private health.

There are no mandatory vaccines to enter the country, but vaccines against yellow fever and hepatitis A and B, endemic in the Amazon area and in the Andes are recommended. However, it is always important to remember not to drink water except in sealed bottles, avoid ice in drinks, do not eat raw fish unless you are sitting in a high-level restaurant.

As for the weather, from May to September the conditions are ideal for any type of excursion. In order not to miss weather updates, warnings and other useful information about the climate of Peru, you can check online the national meteorological and hydrological service of the Ministry of Environment of Peru (SENAMHI).
In the search engine just enter the location you want to reach and you will have three-day weather forecasts and temperature indications. An interesting climate map of the entire state is also available on the site, useful considering the variety of environments present in an area of ​​1,285,216 square kilometers.
The Peruvian currency is the Sun (the PEN exchange symbol is used). 1 euro corresponds to approximately 3.8 Sol. The National Superintendence of Customs and Tax Administration, known by the acronym SUNAT, provides information on taxes and exchange. The US dollar is accepted almost everywhere. The time zone marks minus 6 hours compared to Italy, minus 7 when there is summer time. We speak mainly Spanish.
If you choose to travel on the road, the Italian driving license is valid for a maximum stay of six months in the state.

Driving is on the right and to rent a vehicle you must be 25 years old. The best way to get around is to take advantage of the most popular bus lines or use internal flights, the fastest solution if time runs out and the travel stops are far away. The problem of security when traveling at night is real, robberies to the detriment of passengers on the road are not uncommon, so it is advisable to move during the day, always with due attention and minimum precautions.

When entering the chapter of travel documents, you do not need a visa to enter Peru from Italy, as long as the stay does not last more than 183 days.
Therefore, for a short holiday, it will be sufficient to have your passport with you and verify that it is valid for at least another six months from the day of arrival.
At the border, you may also be asked to show your return ticket. If a visa is required, the list of necessary documentation is also available online, for example, on the website of the Consulate of Peru in your country.

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Frequently asked questions about Machu Picchu

Are you traveling to Machu Picchu? At least 90% of the questions about Machu Picchu will be answered in this article, it is to clarify the last ambiguities and very frequent questions about the Inca citadel. This includes questions such as “What will the weather be like”, “Are there mosquitoes in Machu Picchu”, “Where are the baths”. If you have more questions, post them as a comment and we will add the answers in the text.

Frequently asked questions about Machu Picchu:

1. What is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?

One of the most frequently asked questions is about the climate. As the highlight of a trip to Peru, everyone wants to make sure the sun shines on Machu Picchu. But unfortunately it’s not that simple. The Inca site is located at 2,430 meters in the eastern mountain rainforest, where the climate is rainy all year round. It tends to rain less in the dry season from May to October and more in the rainy season from November to April. If you combine tours of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, or perhaps you plan to hike (Inca Trail, Salkantay or Lares Valley hike), you can choose the dry season months if possible. During the day, the weather at Machu Picchu changes very quickly. It is mostly cloudy early in the morning, which means that the view of Machu Picchu is completely overcast. This can change completely in a few minutes when the clouds rise from the valley to the sky.

2. Where can I buy my ticket?

The trip to Machu Picchu can be done in several ways, among the best known are; trip to Machu Picchu by train (economic train and luxury trip), walks as the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu by bus (economic).

You can buy the ticket in Cusco without problems, preferably 2 to 3 days in advance. Address: Garcilaso House, Garcilaso Street (without number) or 340 Maruri Street. If you also want to book Huayna Picchu or Mountain Mountain, you must do so 1 or 2 months in advance. Therefore, it makes sense to book the ticket online. This is through the official government website www.machupicchu.gob.pe, but it is a bit cumbersome. You can book your ticket easily and safely through Cusco Transport Agency.

3. Do I have to book the entrance tomorrow or afternoon?

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Since 2017, visiting time has been divided into morning and afternoon. When you buy your ticket to Machu Picchu, you must decide at what time you want to visit the Inca site. If you have booked one of the panoramic mountains of Huayna Picchu or Mountain, automatically choose the entrance in the morning. The afternoon has its charm because the multitude of visitors decreases significantly and the weather is usually better than in the morning.

The entry times are as follows:

  • Turn 1: from 6:00 a.m. at 12:00 p.m.
  • Turn 2: from 12:00 to 17:30
  • Entrance hours to the panoramic mountains:

1) Huayna Picchu:

  • Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu 1st group: 7:00 a.m. at 8:00 a.m.
  • Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu 2nd group: 10:00 a.m. at 11:00 a.m.

2) Machu Picchu Mountain:

  • Machu Picchu + Mountain 1st group: 7 a.m. at 8 a.m.
  • Machu Picchu + Mountain 2nd group: 9:00 a.m. at 10:00 a.m.

4. How do I get from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu?

Aguas Calientes is a tourist town on the Urubamba River. From there you can take the shuttle bus to Machu Picchu, which lasts 25 minutes and costs US $ 12 each way. You can also walk on foot, which lasts an hour and is free. The walk is not particularly attractive, it goes uphill for an hour and crosses the bus lane several times.

5. What clothes do I need?

Most visitors like them to be comfortable and sporty. I advise you to wear sturdy shoes because you never know how the weather will develop in Machu Picchu. During the day it can be very hot, so a few layers of t-shirt, polar jacket and raincoat (or poncho) are suitable. It is better to enter the hashtag #Machupicchu on Instagram and see what other travelers use.

6. Are there mosquitoes in Machu Picchu?

Not many, but there are. We suggest storing mosquito repellent in your day luggage.

7. Where are the bathrooms located?

This question also has its raison d’être and now I would like to inform you about the situation of the toilet: the toilets are in front of the entrance and really ONLY in front. That means that during your visit to the facility you have NO possibility of going to the bathroom, you have to leave the facility. This is not so easy, since Machu Picchu is designed as a round trip and is not allowed to go against the flow. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that you will re-enter. Therefore, my well-intentioned advice: go to the bathroom before admission and don’t drink too much water 🙂

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Peruvian dances you should know

Get to know the colorful and varied Peruvian dances that remain intact despite the passage of time.

Can you imagine that music and dance have existed in some areas of the world for 10,000 years? Thanks to the latest archaeological finds of musical instruments, the history of music in Peru dates back to this period. And we all know where music is created, present the corresponding typical dances that give expression to the music. In Peru there is an incredibly wide variety of customs that can be found in the different dances of the different regions.

In the area of ​​Lake Titicaca alone there are 300 different dance forms. We would like to introduce you to the most striking dances in the different regions of Peru.

1. The Marinera, the most representative of Peruvian dances

has its origin on the coast of Peru. It is also considered a national dance and comes from the La Libertad region in the north of the country. The mixture of the Spanish-African-American natives can be found and it is danced all over Peru. Over time, different forms and variants have developed in the different regions, which can be divided into three categories: 1. the Nordic, 2. the coastal and 3. the Bergische Marinera.

The elegance of the female crotch, the gentle movements of the handkerchief in the hand and the rattling of the castanets are essential elements of the Marinera. But also the arrogance of the gesture and the figure, as well as the representation of the conqueror and in love are very particularly important components.

2. Alcatraz

You will find Alcatraz along the coast towards the Peruvian capital Lima. It is also a very popular dance of Afro-Peruvian origin and is mainly danced in the Chincha province. It is a very erotic, festive dance. The usual supporting instrument is the box drum. The musician sits on it, which is very rare, and so accompanies the dancers. The man and woman each have a piece of paper attached to the back waist and the man tries to light the paper bag with a lit candle while the woman swings her hips.

3. Huyano, Peruvian dances.

It can be found in the mountains of Peru, more precisely it is the most popular genre of Andean music and at the same time the most widespread dance in the Peruvian Andes. It is danced a lot during the celebrations, costumbrista parties, as well as for various rituals such as the payment to mother earth “Pachamama”. Its origin goes back even to the times of the Inca Empire. To date, it has certainly been modified and changed by external influences. Huayno is danced by couples with relatively little physical contact. The man asks the lady directly to dance with his arm extended. Then they take a recreated “paseo”. It is a tap dance in which the man chases the lady. His movements are both joyful and malicious. The instruments that accompany her are the flute, charango, mandolin and violin, so that the huayno is accompanied by soft string music.

If you have the opportunity to tour the sacred valley during local festivities, you may be lucky enough to see the huayno dance in its original form.

4. The witti originated in the southern highlands of Peru, in the famous Colca Canyon. It tells the story of an adolescent man who fell in love with a young girl. However, she lives in a rival area, which is why he can never go to her. One day he takes the opportunity to disguise himself as a woman at a village festival and kidnap her. The original dance is shaped by Christian and local influences. The latter are clearly due to the Inca culture. The dance consists of several choreographies. One of these makes the men form a small circle, which is surrounded by the larger circle of women. When the music stops, the men start singing, to which the women also answer singing.

5. The Diablada

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Is danced on the border with Bolivia, in the area of ​​Lake Titicaca. This devil dance represents the struggle between good and evil. The main devil wears a mask in the form of reptiles, which is coated with gold and silver. He has ears like a frog, tusks in his mouth and huge horns. They were made of plaster and later of metal. The other devils also wear colorful masks with horns and colorful costumes. The angel, who also participates in this dance, is equipped with wings, a skirt and a sword. Nowadays, the Diablada is accompanied by an orchestra and a band. It is performed once a year at the Puno celebrations.

This festival is still held today in memory of the myth that the two children Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo of the creator god Wiracocha, abandoned on the island of the sun, went ashore in Puno. From there they moved on to Cuzco, where they finally founded the Inca Empire.

Peru is not only a country that possesses one of the wonders of the modern world, but it also has beautiful customs that both local and foreign travelers like. If your plans are only to visit Machu Picchu, you will be missing a great part of the culture of the people. Before traveling by train to Machu Picchu or walking the Inca Trail, we recommend that you experience the villages and rural communities through experiential and mystical tourism. You can also participate in yoga retreats, ayahuasca sessions and many adventures.

Do you know any other typical Peruvian dances or have you ever watched one live? Then tell us about your experiences? We are very curious!

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Travel through the south of Peru

A travel through the south of Peru links the most important tourist regions, among them; Arequipa, puno and cusco, which receive thousands of travelers every year. Many of those who visit Peru aim to see the wonderful Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, as well as enjoy the rich colorful culture offered by the towns located in the Peruvian highlands.

During the travel through the south of Peru you can enjoy places like; the Titicaca Lake and the famous floating islands of the uros in Puno, the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas and the majestic Machu Picchu in Cusco, Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve and Colca Canyon in Arequipa.

AREQUIPA.

The city of Arequipa is located at 2,400 m above sea level. As in any city in Peru the climate is changing and a day of acclimatization is recommended, so every activity should be done with calm.

In the first hours of the morning it is recommended to tour the city, either on your own or by hiring a tourist agency. We recommend visiting the Santa Catalina Convent and the Juanita Mummy Museum.
The best places or adventures to visit in Arequipa are

  • Salinas National Reserve and Aguada Blanca.
  • Colca Canyon.
  • Walk to the Misti volcano.
  • Cotahuasi Natural Reserve.
  • Stone forest.

AREQUIPA – PUNO.

The trip from Arequipa to Puno is done early in the morning, you can travel by public services or also by private transport if you have a travel agency. The trip is 5 hours long. acclimatization will be very important and it is advisable to rest or, at most, go out for tea at the house of Corregidor, right in the Plaza de Armas.

LAKE TITICACA AND TAQUILE ISLAND.

Lake Titicaca and its islands are the most popular tourist spots in Puno. Among the many islands in the lake, Tequile Island is the most visited. The trip to the island starts early from the boat dock. After a brief stop at the Uros Islands, the famous floating reed islands, the trip ends in Taquile where you can stay in a house of the Huayllana Community.

The most beautiful part of this trip, besides the beautiful views of the lake, are the days spent with the families who will show you their customs and traditions, both in terms of cultivation, handicrafts and daily habits. During the time you decide to stay in that beautiful place.

PUNO – CUSCO THE FAMOUS ROUTE OF THE SUN.

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The famous route of the sun will be the one that completes the trip through the south of Peru. In addition, for this route you can hire special transportation services, private transportation provided by travel agencies located in Cusco or simply buy an interprovincial bus ticket.
It is recommended to hire private services or tourist agencies to make the long trip more pleasant, it includes some stops like Pukara, Raqchi and Andahuailillas, and if the transport has a tourist guide, the trip will be extremely spectacular.

CITY TOUR IN CUSCO.

walking tour cusco - city tour cusco - private tours cuscoyou can visit the Inca complexes of Qenqo, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuamán, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco. The fortress is famous for its enormous stones, which form the outer walls of the complex, intertwining with each other with a wonderful and inexplicable perfection. Some of these stones are more than 9 meters high and weigh more than 350 tons.
You can continue to the Plaza Mayor, the Temple of the Sun or Qoriqancha, the market of San Pedro. The city tours can be public or private in both cases it will be necessary to buy tickets and tour tickets.
We recommend the purchase of the complete Cusco Tourist Ticket (BTC), which will allow you to access many of the sites you will have the opportunity to visit during your stay in Cusco.

VISIT THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS.

One of the best tours in Cusco, for this tour we recommend hiring private transportation services, and if you want to travel in comfort we recommend hiring private Sacred Valley tours.
you can go to the sacred valley of the incas for a long day dedicated to your knowledge. You can also visit the spectacular Inca salt mines of Maras, which are located on the side of a mountain and still used by the inhabitants for salt extraction; Moray, unique craters worked by hand and used by the Incas to acclimatize the seeds of cereals, potatoes and tropical flowers to the Andean heights.

ADVENTURE TO MACHU PICHU.

Suggested and highly recommended program. After a tour of the sacred valley we recommend taking the train trip to Machu Picchu or the luxury tour of Machu Picchu. The transfer from the town of Aguas Calientes to the mountain where Machu Picchu is located starts very early from the Aguas Calientes bus station.

Once you arrive, you will make a long tour of the citadel, visiting the Plaza de Armas, the Circular Tower, the sacred Sundial, the royal houses, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries. In the early afternoon, depending on the time of the return train, you will get off at the Aguas Calientes station and return to Ollantaytambo and a private transfer to Cusco to end the adventure.

A trip through the south of Peru is highly recommended if you like to learn about the current and ancient culture, colorful Peruvian landscapes and travel through roads meeting friendly and respectful people.

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The best tours and adventures in Cusco

are you looking for the best tours and adventures in cusco? Discover some of the best options that the wonderful imperial city has to offer. You can spend a lot of time in multi-day adventures or also get short half-day tours, it’s a matter of taste, but nobody regrets after a trip to the ancient capital of the Inca empire.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit Cusco yet, you may not know that many of its most famous attractions are located in towns far from the city; this is why Cusco remains the starting point for all popular adventures and is a must see destination for anyone traveling on the southern route of Peru.

On your journey to Cusco you will find majestic Inca buildings, magnificent hiking trails and above all, walks through the wonderful traditional communities and some highlights that can be easily reached in a couple of hours.

VISIT PISAC.

pisac tours - sacred valley day trip - tours and adventures in CuscoThe archeological center of Pisac is only 45 minutes away from Cusco, actually Pisac is a district of the Calca province, but there you can find one of the most beautiful Inca constructions in the sacred valley.

Pisac, a small and photogenic traditional and very colorful town, is the entrance door to the archaeological center that has the same name, the Inca constructions are on the top of the mountain.

The visit to Pisac is almost mandatory for those who are very interested in knowing the Inca engineering or living the mystic tourism, like the Ayahuasca retreats, because in that place you can find emblematic places like the serpent’s door “Amaru Punku”, the tambos, the Inca cemetery, agricultural terraces, the Inca bridge, water channels and above all you have a wonderful view of the sacred valley of the Incas.

Pisac is always included in the tours and adventures in Cusco, and gives us the opportunity to visit one of the best Inca buildings in Peru, where there is also a colorful first class market – for locals and tourists from all over the world.

LAKE HUMANTAY AMONG THE BEST TOURS AND ADVENTURES IN CUSCO.

humantay lakeThe beautiful Humantay Lake, located at the top of the sacred mountain of Cusco “Salkantay”, has a very beautiful landscape as well as the 69 Lake and the Parón Lake located in Huaraz, in the north of Peru. It is one of the best options you can have when visiting Cusco.

Not only the tour is spectacular, but also the organization of the trip and the ease of travel are extra points that encourage all travelers to take that beautiful experience. A day trip from Cusco, the trip to Humantay will also serve as part of the acclimatization for all visitors planning to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

The tour usually starts very early, with departure at 3 a.m. from Cusco to Mollepata (district where all travelers usually buy their food and everything necessary for the trip). From Mollepata, the last stretch by car starts on a trail until arriving at Soraypampa, and then starting with the hike. The hike itself is only 7 km long and you can find tours starting at $50 per person.

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN.

rainbow mountain toursthe Rainbow Mountain tour has been on sale since 2015, previously it was almost unknown. Today it is one of the most requested and easily accessible day tours.

During the tour you can see the most unique mountain ranges in the world, a colorful mountain due to the presence of minerals and oxides give that unique and spectacular color for cover photos and blogs.

The Rainbow Mountain Tour is fighting to position itself as the best destination for tourist adventures in Cusco, a natural wonder like this must be cared for and visited responsibly.
This tour starts in the city of Cusco between 3 and 4 in the morning, it is a three hour trip to the entrance, and then you will start walking for about two hours to the top of the beautiful mountain.

Entrance fee is 10 soles, maybe after some time it is increasing, but it is worth visiting.

MACHU PICCHU.

machu picchu exclusive tour - machu picchu luxury tour - tours and adventures in Cuscothe preferred destination for all visitors is the majestic Machu Picchu. It is known that the vast majority of visitors – national and foreign – only have the purpose of getting to know the beautiful Inca citadel.

A day trip is one of the best and easiest ways to get there, but without a doubt an adventure along the Inca Trail will be the most magical way to visit Machu Picchu. However, many of the visitors only have a few days to stay and must be adapted to visit as many archaeological sites as possible, which is why this short tour to Machu Picchu was born.

You can make an independent trip to Machu Picchu, but it is not recommended. Tickets and royalty payments will always be the difficulty for many travelers, that’s why it is recommended that the tour be done by a tour company and they will be the ones who organize the whole trip and the pertinent paperwork.

MEET MORAY AND MARAS.

Moray and Maras toursMoray, an impressive Inca construction used for agricultural and experimental purposes; Maras, a high quality working salt mine Both sites form one on the tourist ticket, the other requires a separate entrance, but is worth visiting.

The half-day tours to Moray and Maras are the most accessible and are always done together. You can also travel on your own, but it is better to travel accompanied by a guide for safety or on a full Sacred Valley tour. For those looking for a little more adventure and excitement, taking this tour that includes driving an ATV through the roads that lead to the sites, will be your best option.

In addition, something to keep in mind is that on dates such as August 1st, in several places in Maras and Moray, the well-known offerings to Mother Earth (Pachamama) are celebrated as a way of thanking for all that Mother Earth has to offer.

Entrance to Moray requires the purchase of a partial tourist ticket for Circuit III in Cusco, but it is more advisable to buy a complete ticket.

Being on vacation in the imperial city will present many tours and adventures in Cusco, many of them will be quite economical and others will be very long and somewhat expensive trips like: Salkantay, the Lares trek, trips on the Inca Trail or by train to Machu Picchu, so there will be no lack of private tour offers. but it is worth living those adventures.

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The 5 most popular typical gastronomic dishes of Cusco

The typical gastronomic dishes of Cusco, Peru, reveal a mixture of aboriginal and European elements. The gastronomy of this area is not closed to innovations and foreign influences; That is why it has distinguished itself nationally and worldwide.
Cusco cuisine is an example of Andean culture. We prefer to use the wood oven in front of the kitchen, the flavors that remember nature and the earth and the herbs used that are simple but give flavor to the dishes.

To obtain earthy flavors, tubers such as potatoes, celery and cassava are used. The figure of the potato is very important: it is native to Peru and is a reference to the traditions of the Incas.
In addition to this, there are about 300 potato species that are grown in the country, so this ingredient adds variety to the dishes.

The 5 typical gastronomic dishes of Cusco

1- Timpo

The timpo, also called puchero, is a soup that is prepared with the meat of the breast of the head of cow, pork and lamb.
To add flavor, you can add previously fried pieces of bacon. Season with herbs, salt and pepper to taste.
To accompany this dish, prepare a boiled rice, sweet potatoes (especially sweet potatoes), cassava, chickpeas and cabbage.
At the time of serving, the preparation of soup and rice are presented in separate dishes.

2- Guinea pig or guinea pig

Pepián is a dish prepared with guinea pig or rabbit. The procedure is the same: the animal is skinned, the viscera are removed and cut into four parts, one for each limb.
The pieces of meat are passed through the beaten eggs and then covered with cornmeal, wheat flour or breadcrumbs. Then fry in plenty of oil until the meat is very crispy.
To accompany this dish, prepare an onion dressing, garlic, red chilli and chives. All this is fried to highlight the flavors of the vegetables.
Pepián can be served with boiled potatoes, rice or boiled ears.

3- Rocoto stuffed

Rocoto is a kind of big pepper. To prepare this dish, cut the top of the rocoto and clean the inside, removing the heart and seeds.
At the same time, a stew is prepared with meat, peanuts, nuts, chili peppers, onions, cereals (beans, peas, beans), raisins and olives.
When the stew is ready, the rocots are full of this preparation.
Then, place the top of the rocoto, cover with the beaten eggs and fry them in plenty of oil. To accompany this dish you can prepare fried or boiled potatoes and rice.

4- Adobo

The marinade is prepared with pork cut into very thin pieces. This meat is marinated with alcoholic drinks, vinegar and spices.
The wood is cooked in terracotta pots, to give the pig an earthy flavor.

5- Chicharrón a la cuzqueña

Chicharron is a dish prepared with pork. This is cut into pieces and fried without adding oil, since the natural fat of this meat will do this job.
In Cusco we prefer to keep this dish simple. For this reason, no spices or herbs are added, with coarse salt.
The fried pork is served with corn or wheat bread, with ears of boiled wheat, potatoes or cassava. Usually, it is eaten for breakfast and patron and religious holidays.

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Main festivities and events in Peru

Heirs of native and European cultures, Peruvians celebrate a wide variety of festivals and traditions that are part of their immortal cultural heritage.
A series of events and festivals throughout the year give color and flavor to the days, with celebrations that, between vibrant dances and acts of deep religious devotion, fill the life with passion and joy.
It is worth taking a look at the calendar of the main celebrations before planning a trip to Peru, to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in spectacular events with a unique flavor.

Holy Week in Ayacucho

There are many cities in Peru where Easter week is celebrated with great participation and euphoria. Among the main cities are Catacaos, Lamas, Arequipa and Cuzco, but a special religious fervor is perceived in Ayacucho.
Holy Week in Ayacucho is the second largest in the world, after the one in Seville, Spain.
Processions, parades and festivals, which combine Andean beliefs with Christian devotion, encourage, throughout Holy Week, the streets of this city with a constantly spring weather.
Located in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, Ayacucho is also famous for the pilgrimage of its 33 churches, a number that refers to the years of Jesus Christ.
For ten days, people of all ages went to the streets, giving life to vocal and colorful meetings, which surprised the spectators.

The virgin of the candelaria

Puno, a city located at 3800 meters above sea level on Lake Titicaca, is considered the folk capital of Peru.
The expression of traditional customs and traditions reaches its peak every year in February, when the imposing celebration of the feast of the Virgen de la Vela, or Candelaria, comes alive.
The feast of the Virgen de la Candelaria includes religious and cultural events that have their roots in Catholic traditions and in the symbolic elements of the vision of the Andean cosmos.
It is one of the main celebrations of Peru, which lasts 18 days during which more than 200 typical dances are presented.

The Sun Festival or Inti Raymi

If you plan to visit Machu Picchu and Cuzco, keep in mind that the Inti Raymi or Sun Festival is celebrated on June 24.
The largest, most important and spectacular celebration of the Inca era, which marked the beginning of the new calendar year in Tahuantinsuyo (Quechua name of the Inca Empire).
During this event, which coincides with the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere, the locals celebrate the return of the sun with a series of shows, dances and demonstrations with traditional clothes.
Folklore that has its epicenter in the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, which dominates the sacred city of Cuzco from above.

San Juan, the Jungle Festival

June 24 is also the day when the Amazon rainforest is celebrated San Juan, the Catholic celebration in honor of San Juan Bautista, patron of the Amazon.
It is a large and colorful religious celebration that takes place mainly in the regions of Madre de Dios, Loreto, San Martín and Ucayali.
The day before, the inhabitants of the forest went to their respective rivers to immerse themselves in its waters and thus participate in a purifying bath, which is believed to bring happiness, health and work as a gift throughout the year.
The San Juan festival is above all a celebration that allows you to enjoy the excellent dishes of the Amazonian culinary tradition, such as the classic Juane, wild dance and typical music until dawn.
For more information read: Madre de Dios.

The carnaval of Cajamarca.

As in all of South America, even in Peru, carnival is a particularly sincere and hectic celebration, which finds its highest expression in the colonial city of Cajamarca.
The month of February, one of the hottest of the Peruvian year, marks the beginning of the carnival, which means many parties, parades, but also a lot of water.
Since one of the typical customs of the carnivals of Peru is to throw balloons and buckets full of water, and nobody is saved.
In Cajamarca, tourists can appreciate the typical dances around the Yunsa tree, a kind of cuckoo tree adorned with ribbons, toys and other decorations.
There are also several beauty, strength and skill contests.
Other places worth visiting during the carnival weeks are Iquitos, Puno and Rioja.

Other great festivals and events.

Peru has established itself in recent years as the venue for important international events such as:
• the Marinera festival,
• the Mistura gastronomic festival
• The Dakar Rally.

Mixtura

Considered the most important gastronomic fair in Latin America, Mistura allows local and foreign tourists to know and immerse themselves in the sensations, flavors and colors of a multifaceted festival in which Peruvian cuisine is the queen.

Dakar Rally

The Dakar Rally moved to South America for a few years due to threats of terrorism in African territory.
Today it brings its competitors to compete in the desert dunes of Peru, where the 2019 edition will be held in its entirety, which will begin in the first days of January.
Other important dates to consider are July 28 and 29, days when the national holiday of Peru or Independence Day is celebrated.
The country is getting closer and closer to the bicentennial of its modern foundation, scheduled for 2021, which will be the occasion for celebrations with great joy.