Friday, March 2, 2012

History and Nature Meet on Walks in Peru

Whether you're looking for a glimpse into a civilisation older than most, or a sighting of some rare birds, plants and insects, there's one place where you can always be sure you'll find them on walks: in Peru!

Popular both for its treks highlighting the richness of an ancient people who have vanished from the earth long ago, and the lushness of a rainforest with endangered species that may be about to vanish, this South American country bordered by both Colombia and Ecuador is destination appearing on many people's bucket lists. It's no wonder- there are so many sights to see here on the many available walks. In Peru, history and nature go hand in hand- there is no need to forgo one for the other when planning your Peruvian hike.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Peru Vacation: Exploring History and Culture With A Cusco City Tour

There is no better way to experience Peru than taking a Machu Picchu tour. However before you head out on your exciting Machu Picchu adventure be sure to spend time in the heart of the Inca Empire, Cusco.

The city of Cusco is the jump off point for exploration of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, but the city itself holds a lot of history and culture. Starting your Peru vacation off in Cusco and taking a Cusco city tour will allow you to be better informed before visiting the many ruins in the area. With many options for your time in the city, you are sure to learn a lot about the Incas before visiting their hidden temple, Machu Picchu. Check out these top destinations included in most Cusco city tour itineraries and get the most out of your time in the city.

Friday, January 6, 2012

5 Awesome Machu Picchu Peru Tours

Travelers often head to Peru to see the impressive Inca city called Machu Picchu, but it can be difficult to choose where else to travel to in Peru. Peru boasts a variety of unique travel destinations, from the desert coasts, beaches, and archeological areas, to the beautiful Lake Titicaca in the south, to the Cordillera Blanca hiker's paradise in the Andes, and to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest in the north and east. Here are 5 Awesome Machu Picchu Peru tour ideas that you can use to plan your trip to Peru.

#1 A Whirlwind Tour of Peru's Highlights

On a two week Machu Picchu Peru tour, start in the capital of Peru, Lima, and make sure to take a Lima city tour and dine in one of the restaurants along the Costa Verde. Then travel down the coast of Peru to Paracas Bay and the Ballestas Islands, often called "the poor man's Galapagos." Continue on to the Nazca Lines and see these mysterious lines during a short flight. Then travel inland to Arequipa & the Colca Canyon, where giant Andean condors reign supreme. Next stop is Puno & Lake Titicaca, the legendary birthplace of the Inca Empire. Travel by train from Puno to Cusco, passing spectacular scenery of the high Andes along the way. In Cusco, spend some time exploring the museums, churches, and nearby Inca ruins. Then head to the Sacred Valley to go shopping in the Pisac Market, see more Inca ruins, and relax in the tranquil environment of these rural towns. Finish with a full-day tour of Machu Picchu, sure to be the highlight of your stay. Return to Cusco, and then to Lima for your international flight home.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Peru Adventure Treks and Tours

Peru's diverse geographical landscape of mountains, rivers, forests, and deserts creates some excellent opportunities to embark on adventure tours in the country. Of course, treks are the most intense experience, but day-long biking, horseback riding, and water rafting tours are also among the options.

A very popular option is the trek to Machu Picchu. This includes the classic Inca Trail, which can be done in 1 to 4 days, or alternate routes such as Salkantay or Lares, and the less well-known Vilcabamba and Choquequirao. The Inca Trail requires a permit and travelers must plan well in advance as these are limited to 500 a day and sell out quickly. In addition, there are treks in the Andes that don't go to Machu Picchu, including Ausangate, Vilcabamba, and others. Finally, there is an increasingly popular multisport tour of the Sacred Valley that includes Machu Picchu. This 4 day and 3 night tour involves mountain biking from Cusco to Santa Maria of the first day; hiking on the second and third day, first from Santa Maria to Santa Teresa, and then from Patallacta to Aguas Calientes; and a tour of Machu Picchu on the final day.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Luxury Travel in Peru - Top 10 Tips to Get the Most Out of a Luxury Tour to Peru

Machu Picchu was revealed to the world, when the famous historian, explorer and archeologist Hiram Bingham stumbled upon the site whilst on an expedition in 1911. Initially the importance of the citadel was over looked, and only when he returned over a year later the true significance was realized.

Perched high up on the edge of a cliff set deep in the high jungle of Southern Peru, Machu Picchu fabled 'The Lost City of the Incas' is truly a first class destination for many world travelers. Invisible from the Urubamba Valley below, Machu Picchu lay dormant for more than 4 centuries, nestled neatly at 2,800m (4,000 feet) above sea level. It was considered to have been abandoned by the Incas at the time of the Spanish invasion, and became something of folklore and mystery, until it was re-discovered hidden and preserved in the dense jungle of Vilcabamba.

This incredible Inca Citadel combined with many other top attractions like Lake Titicaca, the Amazon, Nazca and Cusco make Peru a very attractive destination for travellers seeking something new and exciting. This demand for travel to Peru has seen a large increase in visitors, and along with it the increased demand for luxury travel.

Below are our top 10 tips to get the best out of your luxury Peru tours.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Peru Travel: Machu Picchu Train Changes in the Rainy Season

If you're visiting Machu Picchu in February, or any other month during the rainy season, you should be aware of some factors that may impact your travel. The most significant change is that train travel is modified between Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Throughout most of the year, travelers wishing to move between these two destinations are able to travel by train with no problem. However, during the months of January and February, heavy rains may produce landslides, both big and small, that can temporarily shut down the roads and railways between Cusco, Ollantaytambo, and Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu village).

Friday, September 16, 2011

Walking Holidays in Peru: Beyond Machu Picchu

Due to its wealth of natural beauty, history, and culture, the best way to see Peru is undoubtedly on walking holidays. Peru has something for everyone, whether you are a history buff, a nature lover, seeking spiritual guidance, or just love seeing new and amazing sights.

Many of the country's historical sites are protected, which means as tourists you will likely need permits if you want to visit them, as well as licensed tour leaders who will not only provide important information regarding the sites, but will also keep you on track during the guided walks. Below is a list of must-see sites that you should include in your walking holidays. Peru is at your feet, literally!