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The Blogger Experience was created by Tierras Vivas as your peru travel guide,  a place where you can discover the real Peru,  South America.  We want to invite you to the authentic world of Peru, to uncover what really goes on behind the scenes,  you will find everything you need to know, for your travels, including food, videos, photography—anything worth sharing, really. We aim is to deliver the raw beauty that can normally only be seen up close.

 

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Salkantay Trek Advices and Tips

13 July 2017
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What is the Salkantay Trek about?


Salkantay Trek is one of the alternatives to reach Machu Picchu by trekking. This route runs through the southern part of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range, showing its beautiful landscapes ranging from hills to the forest. Salkantay offers privacy and authenticity to the travelers who make this trek.
With a duration of 4 to 5 days, this ...
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Top 10 Treks in Peru

04 July 2017
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Traveling to Peru is awakening pending dreams, is to connect with oneself, is entering into 5 thousand years of alive history. Get ready to dominate waves on caballitos de totora, surfboards and enjoy sunsets in the oasis with protective dunes. In the sierra, with the sound of quenas in the wind, you will breathe the pure air of the Andes and contemplate with devotion the harmony of man with ...
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Inca Trail permits new regulations 2018

28 June 2017
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Between 2017 the way of getting the permits for the tour operators were the following: Every November the tour operators had to get the authorization that it used on the year. Once got the authorization you could make the booking the Inca Trail on January and above. Now the process has changed with new Inca Trail regulations, the Ministery of Culture published today the following: All tour operator can get the the authorization on August, then the ...
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Inti raymi 2017 Cusco

27 June 2017
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The Inti Raymi (Sun Feast) although formerly known as Wawa Inti Raymi (Festival of the child Sun) was a ceremony that was performed on June 24 (Winter Solstice in the southern hemisphere) in the Main Square (formerly called Huacaypata) of the city of Cusco in Peru. Inti Raymi means resurrection of the Sun in quechua.


The day of Inti Raymi was the largest and most ...
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Corpus Christi Cusco 2017

20 June 2017
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The Corpus Christi festivity is done in June but the date can change. The “Cusquenian Corpus Christi” is the most important religion festivity in Cusco even though the date is always on a Thursday. The feast starts a day before with the traditional “entry”.
The festivity gets started with the entry of the saints to the main cathedral of the city, accompanied by butlers, devotees, bands of musicians ...
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Best Schedule to visit Machu Picchu Peru

05 June 2017
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The Culture Ministry of Peru changed the schedule to visit Machu Picchu last April 27 2017 and here we give you all the infomation about it.

 

The Ministery of the Culture published the following: 

First: In complainance with the regulations for sustainable use and tourism for the conservation of the Incan city of Machu Picchu (by the ministerial resolution N°070-2017-MC), the following schedules of entry to the Incan city of Machu ...
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Discover Peru

24 May 2017
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DISCOVER PERU

 

Machu Picchu, the myth-and mist-shrouded inca citadel, but hands up who knew that peru boasted more ancient archaeological sites than any other country in South America? Or that it vast green carpet of jungle is home to the greatest diversity of plants and wildlife on the planet? How about the fact that peru is the ...
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Cusco tourist places

24 May 2017
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CUSCO TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

 

Cusco is one of the cities that will surely pass if you are traveling the country. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Peru, we advise you to spend a few days to enjoy not only some of its essential visits, such as the Church of Santo Domingo and Qorikancha or its famous San Blas neighborhood, but also to lose you for its Streets, ...
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Cusco and the Sacred Valley

23 May 2017
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TOP REASONS TO GO

  • Alpaca Clothing: Nothing says "Cusco" quite like a sweater, shawl, poncho, or scarf woven from the hair of the alpaca.
  • Andean Cusine: Where else in the world will you find roasted cuy (guinea pig) and alpaca steaks rubbing shoulders on fine-dining menus.
  • Inca Architecture: How did the inca construct stone walls so precisely using 15 th-century technology how could they position a temple so it would be iluminated ...
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Machu Picchu & The Inca Trail Peru

23 May 2017
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The exquisite architecture of the massive inca stone structures, the formidable backdrop of steep sugarloaf hills and the Urubamba river winding far below have made Machu Picchu the iconic symbol of Peru. It's a mystical city, the most famous archeological site in South America, and one of the world's must-see destinations.

 

The world did not become aware of Machu Picchu's existence until 1911 when yale university historian hiram Bingham (1875-1956) ...
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Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu

23 May 2017
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Machu Picchu. The district of Machu Picchu is situated in Peru's South-East, in the Province of Urubamba-Cusco and located in Inter Andean valleys and mountains. Machu Picchu Village or Aguas Calientes (district Capital), lies 110km, from Cusco, at the foot of the mountain that shelters the Incan city of Machu Picchu, at the confluence of the Vilcanota , Aguas Calientes and Alccamayu rivers. The district's territory ...
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The Inca Ceremonial and agriculture calendar

23 May 2017
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Societies, in all the stages of their development, have always tried to order time according to their cosmo vision (welfenchaung) of their necessities, opportunities and genius. So the inca culture created its own calendar, which must have collected the experience from previous times.

 

About it, the chronists polo de ondegardo, Guaman Poma de Ayala and Cristobal de Molina el Cusqueño, say that, with some differences, there is a coincidence between ...
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The alpaca Cusco Peru

23 May 2017
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PACHA MAMA – THE ALPACA

The alpaca is a South American camel with a natural soft fiber of several color shades varying from black to white. The alpaca eyes are also of colors that vary from black, light brown to sky blue. The domestication of the vicuña, and its crossbreeding with the guanaco, gave origin to the alpaca and its presence in the Andean ...
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Puno attractions

22 May 2017
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Puno is one of the most important cities in the edge of the Titicaca, the most navigable and highest lake of the world. The city of Puno is considered the Folk Capital of America, because of its 300 variety of traditional dances. The Sikuri and the Diablada are typical dances perfomed during festivities such as that of the Virgen de la Candelaria the city's patron. This festivity is ...
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Discovering Peru

22 May 2017
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Peru neatly dicides into unparalleled; biodiversity in the nine regions, each with; amazon Basin. The country's its own distinct character architecture stands testament and landscape. The capital to the great Inca builders and Lima. Lies on the parched their Spanish conquerors, while coast, hemmed in by the Andes; numerous monumental ruins. The other regions include high; reveal how peru was one of the peaks and glaciers in the Andes, ...
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Tours of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

22 May 2017
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The typical tour of the Cusco region combines the city with the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu in three awesome days, including the full Boleto Turístico. We recommend devoting five days to get the most out of your visit-including one day to get acclimated to the high altitude.

 

Tierras Vivas is an excellent tour operator in Cusco, and it's specialize in adventure tours, trekking/hikking rafting excursions and others in llama ...
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Food on the Inca Trail

22 May 2017
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Steak, fish, cake, fruit carved in the shape of birds, animals or others. Believe it or not, all these things will be cooked for our cook on the Inca trail. Not just edible. Our cooks are specialized to prepare different dishes for you.

 

When hiking the Inca Trail, you must go with a licensed guide, porters and cook. Our chef is trained at a ...
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Folkloric Celebration Calendar

22 May 2017
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January 01:

Passing on of the Mayor's Cane

Andean ceremony in which the comunal authorities or "Varayoq" and their successors do the passing on of the leader ship after having fulfilled one year of ruling. At the end, provinces and the whole region.

 

January 20:

Ch'iriaje Festivity in the Community of Checa.

Ritual fighting among the inhabitants of the communities of Checa and Quechue, in the Province of Canas, Cusco who confort each other ...
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Inca Trail Booking Online

22 May 2017
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Do you want to hike the Inca Trail?  How far in advance do your book the Inca Trail? Usually you will need to book 6 month in advance and your trek is guaranteed 100% departure, then it is fully booked. Because of the amount of people wanting to do this hike, the Peruvian government has restricted the availability of the Inca ...
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How far in advance to book Salkantay Trek

22 May 2017
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How far in advance to book Salkantay Trek? The Salkantay Trek has departures guaranteed, but train tickets and entrance to Machu Picchu are subjet to availability. For that reason, we HIGHLY recommend booking it in advance to ensure you receive exactly what you want!

 

PLEASE NOTE: The best time to do the Salkantay trek is on March, April, May, June, July, August and September. The weather is dry season and usually you can ...
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The cultural patrimony of cusco

22 May 2017
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THE CULTURAL PATRIMONY OF CUSCO

Cusco, the sacred city. Political, economical and administrative center of the tawantinsuyo, was designed by masters with absolute knowledge of its physiography, resources and conditionsfor the development of life, the usage of the spaces, their distribution and functions foreseeing the continuity in time, like demonstrates the green belt that surrounded it and the accomplished balance between ecology and humanity.

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Useful facts for your Machu Picchu tours

22 May 2017
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Do you know this?

The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is a 0.04% of Peruvian territory; however contains a large biological and ecosystems diversity of our country. The Machu Picchu area is 32592 hectares included a wonderful variety species (300). It has different ecological levels range from 1725 to 6000 meters above sea level, from humid subtropical cloud forest to the glaciers and snowed peaks. In Machu Picchu, there are two ...
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Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Tour Map

22 May 2017
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The Sacred Valley, Vilcamayo to the Incas, traces its winding, astonishingly beautiful course to the nort-west of Cusco. Known today as the Urubamba river - Valley of the Spiders - It's still easy to see why the Incas considered this a special place. In the upper, the stupendous ruins of Pisac dominate the broad alluvial valley floor: less than an hour by bus from Cusco, this is a site ...
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Salkantay Inca Trail Google Map

22 May 2017

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Around Cuzco

22 May 2017
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Cuzco is easily the most exciting region in Peru, and all too many visitors overlook the less well-known attractions which surround it. Quite rightly, most people choose to spend at least three days in the immediate vicinity of the city, and nearly everyone visits Machu Picchu and the other sites in the Sacred Valley - at least another two or three days gone. But with more time there are ...
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Inca Trail vs Lares Trail

21 May 2017
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There are many similarities to the Lares Trek, however overall they are different locations in the Andes mountains.

Within the magnificent snow-capped Andes, the beautiful Lares Valley has all the natural beauty of the magical mountain scenery and the legacy of the Incas but without the busy tourist crowds. In fact, the Lares Trek is so far off the beaten track that ...
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Inca Trail Alternative treks

21 May 2017
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The Inca Trail (That leads you from one point of the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu) is today’s best-selling route in Peru. That is the reason why the Peruvian Government has limited the income to the Inca Trail to only 500 people per day, including guides and porters. The objective is to safeguard and protect the road from its progressive destruction. However, the fact that ...
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Having Fun in Cusco

21 May 2017
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Cusco is perhaps the most cosmopolitan city in Peru. Entertainment here is, like the city itself. Both global and modern as well as highlands and traditional.

 

Horse Riding

Visit the ruins closes to the city: generally Saqsayhuaman, Q'enqo, Tambomachay and Pucapucara.

 

Adventures Sports

Hang glidingfroma mountain is an unforgettable experience. Canoeing and kayaking are available to those interested in challenging the rapids on the rivers Urubamba or Apurimac. For landsmen, what better than ...
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The Amazon

21 May 2017
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Northern Amazon

The Amazon is one of Mother Nature's greatest works of art. The river is ever-changing its course. New islands are forming all the time, with new forests and new inhabitants.The river will eventually swallow the islands whole and even newer ones will arise. Sixtyfive million years ago (give or take) the Amazon River actually flowed into the Atlantic, but the rise of the Andes cut off the flow ...
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Exploring the Inca Trail

20 May 2017
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Inca Trail in Peru is one of the most popular hikes in the world. It brings thousands of tourists to Cusco each year to experience this unique four day hike in the Sacred Valley. Trekkers will pass many magnificent archeological ruins and native flora and fauna, while treading along a truly unique path, carved hundreds of years ago, on the way to the ancient citadel of ...
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Cusco General Information

20 May 2017
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Cusco General Information

The city of cusco is the historical capital of Peru, the country's tourism center, and the ancient capital of the inca empire, the city's unique heritage is preserved in the cyclopean stone walls and foundations of the numerous inca buildings and monuments cusco was originally named Qosqo in Incan times, which means "Navel of the Earth" in the ...
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Inca Trail Tours

19 May 2017
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Short Inca Trail 2 Days/ 1 Night

Our 2 day Inca Trail starts idyllic by a wake-up early. Then we are taken by our private transport to the railway station at Ollantaytambo to board a train taking us to the starting point of the 2 day trek - so called Km 104. Then we pass through an Inca Trail checking point and ...
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Useful data in the city of Cusco

19 May 2017
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LANGUAGE:

Peru's official languages are Spanish and Quechua which is spoken by the majority of natives residing in Cusco, Sacred Valley of the incas and Machupicchu. In some areas, the Aymara which is the third language officially recognized by the Peruvian State, is spoken in some areas of the country. English is spoken by people who work in tourist services, such as travel agencies, tourist information center and hotel reception. ...
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Tips for Machu Picchu

19 May 2017
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RECOMENDATIONS FOR YOUR TRIP TO MACHU PICCHU


It is advisable to travel to Machu Picchu in the dry season that is from April to October. If you go in the rainy season, which is from November to March, take into account the climatic conditions that may vary. When arriving at Cusco it is important that at least you rest about 2 hours so that your ...
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Salkantay Trek Peru

18 May 2017
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The Salkantay Trek Peru is an alternative hiking trail to the classic Inca Trail and is one of the most exquisite regions in the Andean jungle, on this route you will see the snow covered Salkantay (6372 m) Mountain surrounded by an abundance of vegetation. You will have the opportunity to see stunning land with various types of flora and fauna, and ...
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Corpus Christi Cusco

18 May 2017
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The Incas once paraded the mummies of dead Incas rulers through the streets, but since colonial times the ritual has been boringly changed. Sixty days after Easter Sunday 15 images of saints and virgins arrive from throughout Cusco and greet the body of Christ, which is kept in a golden tavernacle which is 1.2 m/3.9 feet tall.

This celebration is considered one of the most ostentatious ones in Cusco.

The purpose ...
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South American Tours

18 May 2017
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South America offers a huge number of natural, cultural and historical beauties making it an extraordinary goal to tourists from all around the world ranging from backpackers to exacting customers! South American visitors either visit just one country or visit a couple of countries at once. The latter is more common. Most of tourists return to South America several times as they are attracted by its exceptional atmosphere as ...
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Inca Trail vs Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu

18 May 2017
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Classic Inca Trail

The Classic Inca Trail is one of top treks in the world! The trek offers a 4 day journey through Andes including amazing views of snowy peaks, hardly accessible, but impressive Inca ruins and the overwhelming Inca city of Machu Picchu! This hike is very popular, which unfortunately makes it a bit crowdy. For that reason, the Peruvian government ...
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Peru Outdoor Activities

18 May 2017
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Peru offers a multitude of outdoor activities to suit everybody's interests. abilities, fitness, and wallet. Ones highlight is a trek, a multiday camping and hiking expedition surrounded by the world's highest tropical mountaineering, river rafting, mountain biking, surfing,or watching wildlife in the Amazon Basin. Sand-boarding, an unusual sport, is possible only in the huge dunes around Huacachina on the south coast.

 

TREKKING AND MOUNTAINEERING

 

Trekking and mountaineering are extremely popular among ...
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Five tips before making the Inca Trail

18 May 2017
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You already made the decision to fulfill one of your dreams: making that mythical trip crossing the Inca Trail to the citadel of Machu Picchu.

We want to collaborate with your plans by giving you 5 tips before you make the Inca trail, planning that it must be a vital experience that you’re never going to ...
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Inca Trail Trek - Porters Working

17 May 2017
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Every year, thousands of people do the Inca Trail. They usually complete the 43-km trail in 4 days. For most of them, the trip is their lifetime experience and fulfillment of their personal ambitions. The satisfaction of having completed the trek and visiting the spectacular Incan city of Machu Picchu is hard to beat. Although, this feeling is ...
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Peru Treks

17 May 2017
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Peru Treks -presents two types of trekking opportunities. Jungle trekking and mountain trekking. Jungle trekking. Tierras Vivas offers a variety of jungle tours and mountain trekking tours which folllows paths with beautiful flora and fauna, chances to interact with local communities and be surrounded by wonderful landscapes. Most of the trekking routes are walked on often by the locals though some of the popular paths are getting damaged. ...
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Packing List for the Inca Trail

17 May 2017
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Prior to Your Inca Trail:

Luggage Storage

Your belongings not necessary on your hike will be stored in your Cusco's hotel (alternatively in our office).

Please note: Each hotel/hostel in Cusco has a luggage storage free of charge!

 

Inca Trail Load Limit

You receive a small duffel bag for your Inca Trail at a pre-trek briefing mostly held at evening prior to the trek. The duffel bag accommodates up to 7 ...
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Arequipa Attractions

17 May 2017
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The Main Square

Surrounded by beatiful balconies and portals it has an impressive fountain in the center made of solid bronze. On both sides "Portal del Cabildo", "Portal de las Delicias" and "Portal del Regocijo".

 

The Cathedral

It was built with ashlar stone of volcanic origin in the seventeenth century. In 1844 it was burned completely and later, in 1868,rebuilt in neoclassical style where the entrance is through the side aisles.

 

The Countryside

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Machu Picchu & The Inca Trail Planner

17 May 2017
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When to Go

All the high-season / low-season trade-offs are here. Winter (June through August) means drier weather and easier traveling. But it is prime vocation time for those in the northern hemisphere. Don't forget that three major observances - Inti Raymi (June 24), Peru is Independence day (july 28), and Santa Rosa (August 30)-fall during this time, and translate into exceptionally heavy crowds ...
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Peruvian Connection

17 May 2017
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PERUVIAN CONNECTION

 

To most people, peruvian history starts with incas, but they were very much the new kids on the block in historical terms. Before them came several equally influential cultures whose advanced architectural and artistic styles and techniques were copied by South America’s last great indigenous civilization. Most of these amazing pre-inca sities are found along Peru's long stretch of ...
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Inca Trail 2017

16 May 2017
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The Inca Trail is possibly one of the most unbelievable travel adventures in the world. However it is not the only one, there are various trails that also lead to lost city of the Incas. We offer various hiking experiences, devised to be suitable for most budgets and break agendas.

 

Classic Inca Trail, This is the one if you want to trek the ...
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National Parks Reserves & Sanctuaries

16 May 2017
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Peru's national parks are run by SERNANP, protected areas cover 12.7% of the entire country. There are 10 national, parks as well as several national reserves and santuaries. Here are some of the highlights:

 

Manglares de Tumbes National Sanctuary- This is Peru's only swamp forest and it covers 8,320 acres near Tumbes. There is quite a bird of aquatic wildlife that inhaits ...
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Peruvian Gastronomy

16 May 2017
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Coast

Dishes, in the Peruvian coast are mainly "criollos" made with ingredients from this region, predominantly sea food like "ceviche", "pescado a la chorrillana " or "choritos a la chalaca" . You can also taste delicious dishes like  "arroz tapado", "crema de esparragos". Cities at the North of Peru such as Piura, Trujillo and Chiclayo are know for their tasty dishes such as "seco de cabrito a la norteña", being ...
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Visible History

16 May 2017
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About 15,000 years ago, the first people to inhabit what is now Peru filtered down from Northand Central America. They were confronted by diverse and extreme environments at varying altitudes. An ocean rich in fish contrasts with sterile coastal valleys that are only habitable where riveres cut through the desert. To the east the Valleys and high plateau of The Andes mountains slope down to Amazon rainforest, home to ...
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Lares trek as one alternatives to get Machu Picchu

15 May 2017
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This Machu Picchu hiking leads on a rugged mountain route observing mountain lagoons, snowy peaks, mountain passes, meeting local people living in remote areas along the Lares trail, who had to learn on how to live in these extreme weather conditions.

 

Mountains bring out the philosopher in you. It can't be helped. It's something to do with fundamental consciousness, the presence of eternity, the ...
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The Inca Heartland

15 May 2017
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The Incas' innate ability to build in harmony with the environment is more than apparent in this picturesque Andean province. The Sacred Valley, which they took to be a representation of heaven on earth, is rich in nature as well as ancient history, with many Inca temples and fortresses. Of these, none is more spectacular than Machu Picchu, a UNESCO world Heritage site.

 

Fore two centuries, ...
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Inca Trail Trek vs Salkantay Trek

15 May 2017
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Few travel excursions will top as many bucket lists as the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and for good reason. Combining sub-tropical jungle, lush cloud forests and staggering alpine scenery, the 44-kilometre trek is ranked among the finest in the world.

 

But there are certain drawbacks. With an increasing number of travellers looking for their piece of the action – 2012 saw 62,789 pass the ...
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Chan Chan

15 May 2017
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Chan Chan Archeological complex

For the remains found it is assumed that Chan Chan was in the past a sacred political cnter. An example is this personage that dressed up with the governing stick and a tunic, reminds us of the pre Hispanic heroes and gods. These idols were placed in niches in the walls built in architectonic forms with mud bricks.

 

Several restorastion works are carried out by sectors because ...
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Trekking in the Andes Peru Inca Trail

15 May 2017
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The great andes mountain chain stretches the entire length of the South American continent, and is made up of dozens of individual mountain groups known as cordilleras.

In Peru, these snow-capped peaks have been the source of supersition, frustration and inspiration to mankind for thousands of years.

Pre-colombian cultures worshipped individual mountains and made ritual offerings to the deities they believed abided within.

Mountain worship, in remotes areas, is still practiced by ...
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Welcome to Peru

15 May 2017
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WELCOME TO PERU

 

Despite its complicated and often impressive and unexpected weather or landscape, Peru ranks amongst the world's great centers of ancient civilization. The sun worshipping incas are only the most famous in a long line of highly developed cultures that thrived thousands Years before the Spanish invasion. His remains their remains fascinate travelers and archaeologists alike. Along with The impressive ...
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How to get to cusco

15 May 2017
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How to get to the historic capital of the world - Cusco

 

Basic recommendations How to get to PERU?


With 1,285,215 km2, Peru is the third largest country of territory in South America, after Brazil and Argentina, ranking it among the 20 countries with the largest territory and a population of over 30 million inhabitants.
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How to book the Salkantay trek to Inca Trail

15 May 2017
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If you like to do the 7 day Salkantay to Inca Trail, please first check an availability of Inca Trail on our website. Go to the section “Inca Trail Avalaibility” and choose month when you like to do the tour.

 

Please note: the Inca Trail starts on the fourth day of the Salkantay trek to Inca Trail tour! (For example, if you like to start the ...
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Machu Picchu historical sanctuary

15 May 2017
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MACHU PICCHU'S HISTORICAL SANCTUARY

110 km. North-Wenst of the city of Cusco (three and a half hours by train), lies the locality of Aguas Calientes or Machupicchu's Village, from which an extra 8 km.(10 minutes by bus), take us to the Historical Sanctuary or Archeological complex of Machu Picchu which is an impressive incan city located on a mountain. its Quechua name translated to ...
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Inca Trail alternative and Machu Picchu

15 May 2017
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If you intend to carry out the Inka trail, keep in mind the following: The Peruvian government has limited access due to its poor condition and only 500 people can access it a day, of which only 220 are travelers since the rest are guides and the porters. In addition, it is necessary to request with a 4 days of advance a governmental permission that allows us the access ...
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8 Tips before to hiking the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

14 May 2017
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  • From May to September, the solar radition is high so it is recommended to wear suncreen, hats and sunglasses with UV protection.
  • From November to April rainy season comes, so it must carry implements and clothing for the season
  • It is recommended that the walk wearing headlight, first aid kit, binoculars, insect repellent and shoes
  • Going along only established trails
  • Always follow the parkranger
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Backpacking Peru

13 May 2017
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Peru is a travel goal for millions of backpackers. A country topographically plentiful, culturally abundant, and full of opportunites for unexpected exploits! Peru is immersed in the enigmas of the Incas and other prehistoric cultures. With beautiful landscapes and foreign mountain ways, Peru carries the fantasy of the backpacker far far away!It presents economical travel with memorable adventures from the Selva, an abundant region of subtropical uplands which is ...
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The Northern Desert of Peru

13 May 2017
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This ones of Peru's riches archaeological regions, from the Moche Valley to be Túcume Valley, north of Chiclayo, monumental adobe pyramids rise majestically over farmlands. Discoveries over the last 20 yeards have revealed incredible treasures, such as the Lord of Sipan's tomb and Bataán Grande, that confirm the historical importance and development of these people in ancient times.

 

Often described as South America's Egypst, this region was the gradle of ...
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Peru Activities and Sport

12 May 2017
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Not many countries can compete with Peru when it comes to bio-diversity and beauty, which is why it is the perfect place for ecotourism, hiking trekking, biking, river-rafting, paragliding, sport fishing, rock climbing, sandboarding, etc. Peru is endowed with far reaching regions of wild and rural nature, including the highest tropical mountain range in the world, the ...
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Top Peru Adventure Trip

12 May 2017
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Machu Picchu

No matter how you get there or how many tourists are there, the city of Machu Picchu is still one of mankind's most incredible creations!


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This high jungle citadel built by the Chachapoyas culture is called Machu Picchu of the Northern Peru and it has a potential to become the second most important tourist destination of the Peruvian ancient country!

 

Colca Canyon

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Inca Trail Reservations

12 May 2017
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Inca Trail Regulations

Over the last decades, Peru has become a most popular travel destination. There are many great treks throughout Peru, but the Inca Trail is the most known. During the peak season of 2000, many campsites were crowded and the trail got polluted with rubbish. In early 2001, Peruvian government proposed to reduce number of trekkers on the trail to 500 per day. This figure ...
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Mystical tourism in Cusco

12 May 2017
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MYSTICAL TOURISM

Participate in Andean traditional rites and ceremonies means connecting one self to the mystical energy and ancentral identity of a nation and place. In the Andes, Mountains are venerated as master works of the Universal Creation. The Offerings to Nature are a ritual that definitely helps one feel the spirituality and connected with the place. It is a stimulus for our integration and adventure that renovates and purifies ...
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Top Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu

11 May 2017
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Lares Valley Trek

Hidden within the magnificent snow-capped Andes is a part of Peru where you have all appeal of the Inca Trail – magical mountain scenery and the legacy of the Incas – without the tourist crowds. An exceptional alternative to the busy Inca Trail, the Lares Valley trek is so far off the beaten track that it has changed little ...
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Inca Trail Regulations

11 May 2017
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Over the last decades, Peru has become a most popular travel destination. There are many great treks throughout Peru, but the Inca Trail is the most popular. During the peak season of 2000, many campsites were crowded and the trail got polluted with rubbish. In early 2001, Peruvian government proposed to reduce number of trekkers on the trail to 500 per day. This figure roughly comprises 200 tourists and ...
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How to Book the Inca Trail

11 May 2017
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Why should I hike the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an inseparable part of Top Ten lists of all trekkers since it is a unique path following perfectly preserved original Inca trail that ends with a visit of the stunning city of the Incas – Machu Picchu!!! After viewing it, you will not doubt ...
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Lares Trek And Machu Picchu

11 May 2017
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The Lares Trek: a calmer, three day alternate to the Inca Trail, no permits necessary

 

The Lares Valley is one of the most picturesque places in southern Cusco, home of many traditional weavers and farmers. The people of this area cultivate what they will eat and knit what they will wear. The ...
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Lares Trek Map

11 May 2017
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The Lares Trek: a calmer, three day alternate to the Inca Trail, no permits necessary on this trek. The Lares Valley is one of the most picturesque places in southern Cusco, home of many traditional weavers and farmers. The people of this area cultivate what they will eat and knit what they will wear. The trek is moderately paced with sufficient time to ...
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Peru Travel and Tours

10 May 2017
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Peru is a country of vast diversity in climate, landscapes and cultures. From the high glaciar areas and the Andean mountains, lush valleys, beautiful coastal regions, amazing desert landscapes and of course the vast Amazon Jungle.

There are an almost limitless variety of activites to do in Peru. Trekking in some of the best places in the world, for example The Classic Inca ...
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Backpacking Machu Picchu

10 May 2017
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Peru is a huge country involving many climates and micro-climates as it covers territory from the equatorial zone, coastal areas, mountain ranges as well as the Amazon Rainforest that represents 1/3 of the whole country!! Apart of this geographical richness, there can be found a huge number of monuments of pre-Colombian civilizations such as the adobe city of Chan Chan (the Chimu civilization), the Huaca del ...
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Peru Packages

10 May 2017
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Peru is an amazing country that can take pride in a huge natural diversity, climates and microclimates as well as enormous cultural and historical richness!!

There can be found 3 main geographical zones:

  • Amazon that covers 62% of the Peruvian territory!
  • Andean highland zone
  • Coast

The biggest natural jewels of the country involve the Manu National Park, the Tambopata National Reserve, Ballestas Islands,Colca Canyon and Titicaca Lake.

North ...
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The Amazon Basin- Peru

08 May 2017
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The fabulous Amazonian rainforest is home to more species of animals than any other area on earth. This is where visitors may see monkeys and macaws, army ants and armadillos, thousands of butterfly species, 900 bird species, and a variety of trees and plants. National reserves protect the flora ansd fauna, and provide inaccessible areas where indigenous tribes live untouched by the 21st century.

 

The original rainforest inhabitants are separated ...
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Peru Specialized Holidays

08 May 2017
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Peru, with its rich culture and biodiversity, is becoming a hotspot for those looking beyond conventional travel. Specialized activities such as butterfly-and bird-watching are increasingly popular. Staying with and working in the fields with an Andean community can be a life-changing experience. Learing the secrets of Peruvian cuisine, one of the most varied in the world, is possible through culinary courses or tours around local markets and gourmet restaurants. ...
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Camino Inca

08 May 2017
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Considered one of the most spectacular trekking routes in the world, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was discovered by Hiram Bingham for the western world in 1911, while he worked on the discovery of a different formidable citadel. Almost three decades later, in 1942, the route was traced and studied in detail by the Viking expedition of the Werner Gren Foundation.

 

The 48 km (about three days of travel) ...
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Cooking Classes in Cusco

08 May 2017
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1. First Stage (approx. 1 hour):

Go with a specialist to the nearby San Pedro market to buy the ingredients you need for cooking.

 

2. Second Stage (approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes):

Take the ingredients you got at the market back to the kitchen and cook them into an authentic Peruvian meal.

 

 

 3. Third Stage (On your own time):

Enjoy the product of you work in a restaurant-like setting!

 

Choose one menu from the ...
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Walking Inca Trail Tours

08 May 2017
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Because of the amount of people wanting to do this hike, the Peruvian government has restricted the availability of the Inca Trail in order to protect the path. 500 people are now allowed on the trail per day, this includes about 180 tourists and the rest is staff (guides, cooks, porters). Now if you would like to do the hike, you will need to see the ...
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Salkantay Trail Google Maps

08 May 2017

Salkantay mountain, the tallest mountain in the Cordillera Vicabamba at 6,272 m/20,569 feet and the second highest in the Cusco area. The Salkantay trek offers more natural beauty, as opposed to ancient ruins. You pass high mountains and sweltering jungle, all in very desolate areas.

 

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About the Inca trail Machu Picchu

08 May 2017
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The Inca Trail is the most popular trek on Peru, four days of trekking that gives you an incomparable experience, such as reaching the Puerta del Sol (Intipunku) or the last day, you can view of Machu Picchu.

 

Well, although there are hundreds of beautiful trails in Peru, this is the only one that comes directly to Machu Picchu. Other alternative and popular treks are the ...
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Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu

03 May 2017
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Only 3,000 people are allowed to enter Machu Picchu each day. The government website lists how many tickets are available for each day. Also, if you would like to climb the Huayna Picchu mountain, you must book the ticket for Huayna Picchu in advance and there is an additional fee to USD 75 dollars to hike Huayna Picchu. There ...
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The most colorful mountain in the world and the hiking trail of the moment

03 May 2017
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Whoever looks at the viewpoints of Ausangate will discover the thousand colors that this unique mountain shows. A true geological gem that is slowly getting more international visitors.

It is a magnificent backdrop of one of the most desirable hiking trails in the world for its beauty. And all this just 100 kilometers from Cuzco, Peru.
We are talking about Ausangate, the fourth highest mountain in Peru with 6,372 meters ...
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Hiking the Inca Trail Luxury tips and tricks

03 May 2017
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The Inca Trail luxury is designed for people who want to make your trip a dream experience. We offer you a personalized and exclusive deal in each of our services that are combined with the natural beauty, history and great mystery that surround the Inca Trail. Come and discover the beauty and walk through the same paths that the Inca’s did in the past in ...
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Salkantay Trek Tours

19 April 2017
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When this idea come to your mind: “I want to do the hiking the Inca Trail”, you’ll immediately think of booking the Classic Inca Trail. However, when you check the spots available, it is sold out! You can’t do the Inca Trail and you are pleasantly surprised! You realize you can’t change your travel plan and you need to choose one of ...
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Machu Picchu Discover with Instagram

13 April 2017
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Machu Picchu - seven wonders of this world - magical Machu Picchu - 4800m altitude trekked, Machu Picchu conquered, fantastic trip.

 

Those the most important attraction of Peru. The lost city of the Incas is located at 120 kilometers of Cusco, in the Urubamba Valley. Since its discovery back in 1911, by the American researcher Hiram Bingham, there have been many hypotheses regarding the construction of the city. However, it ...
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Inca Trail Permit Availability 2018

11 April 2017
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Did you stay with the desire to do of the Inca Trail this year? but you didn't find spaces available. We recommend to book in advance. Last year, The Inca Trail permits AVAILABILITY sold out.  On January 20th were fully booked April and May. On March were fully booked June, July, August, September and October. By the end of April, the permits were sould out until November, December and January. Book now ...
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Cusco & The Sacred Valley

24 March 2017
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Cusco

Most come to Cusco (also spelled Cusco and Qosqo; population 350,000) en route to Machu Picchu, but to many it is Cusco that leaves them breathless, although maybe thatis from the altitude, which stands at 3,360m/11,000 feet above sea level.

 

It's a city shrounded  in myths and legends, thiught even now to have elements of magic. At night the lights on thesurrounding hillsides ...
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Inca Trail Map Google

24 March 2017
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It is important to choose your season for the hiking the Inca Trail, Between June and September, it is usually a pretty cosmopolitan strech of mountainside, with gringos from all over the globe coverging on Machu Picchu the hard way. From October through till April, in the rainy season.

 

Inca Trail Map google: Discover and explore the camping, ruins and itinerary. This maps will help you to find campsite and ...
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Tips for Traveling Colca Canyon

17 March 2017
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Colca Canyon Trips and Tips

 

Colca Canyon is the second deepest canyon in Peru and one of the deepest in the world. It is rich with natural hot springs and tradition dating back to pre-Incan times, with the cultivation of the terraces along the sides of the mountains. The main local populations are the Cabanas and the Collaguas, who speak different languages and have ...
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Inca Jungle Trek Advices and Tips

17 March 2017
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10 Tips for the Inca Jungle

The Inca Jungle is a popular and adventurous trip in Cusco, comprised of a wide variety of enjoyable activities ranging from mountain biking to river rafting. The Inca Jungle trip passes through many different climates, beginning high in the Andes Mountains, where the group coasts down a winding road with breathtaking views on mountain bikes and ...
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Salkantay Tips and Trips

15 March 2017
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Tips to Trek Salkantay

 

Salkantay that means “Wild Mountain”, it is the highest peck of the Vilcabamba and one of the highest of the Andes and it is located on the north-west of Cusco. The famous Salkantay Trek is considered one of the 25th best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine. It’s a trek open for all the people and ...
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Trek Lares Tips and Trips

13 March 2017
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TIPS TO TREK LARES

In an attempt to confront the heavy traffic of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, international organizations and local agencies are betting on alternate routes of sustainable tourism. People thing they have found the ideal place in the remote and spectacular Valley of Lares.

 

During the last 25 years, novice ...
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Tips Choquequirao Trek

08 March 2017
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Choquequirao General Information

The name of the underappreciated city Choquequirao comes from the Quechua language (“chuqui” meaning gold, k’iraw meaning cradle) and means “Cradle of Gold” – and is certainly a relatively undiscovered and, therefore, undisturbed treasure of Peru. It was an Incan city, cultural hub, religious site, and fortress, and is much more difficult to reach than its sister city, Machu Picchu, or ...
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2 Day Inca Trail Avalaibility

07 February 2017
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On January 2016, the Peruvian government added 250 trek permits are issued per day for the 2 day Inca Trail. The bad news is that the website that shows availability is not open to the public.

 

Before 2016 you may have heard about the limit of 500 people per day allowed on the Inca Trail. Included Classic Inca Trail ...
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Alternative Inca Trail Treks

30 January 2017
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Inca Trail vs Alternative – What journey should I do?


In 2004, the Peruvian government regulated the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu limiting the total staff and hikers to 500 per day. We support the sustainable tourism – but the impact of this regulation changed the face of trekking around Cusco and the creation of new alternatives ...
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Superior Salkantay trek vs Cheap Salkantay trek

28 January 2017
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Planning on visiting Machu Picchu by trekking Salkantay Mountain?, The Salkantay cost offered is very expensive and do you want the best prices for the Salkantay Trek?..

 

Tierras Vivas has created the Superior and Cheap and you can choose the best alternative for you trekking to Machu Picchu.

 

Tierras Vivas gives you the chance of a lifetime with two tour packages to choose from. Here you will see their similarities and differences ...
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Important tips to do choquequirao trek

23 January 2017
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TIPS FOR CHOQUEQUIRAO


Choquequirao is a wonderful place just as Machu Picchu but lest known and lest explored. Choquequirao is also known as the sacred sister of Machu Picchu (Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu). It’s a big archeological place with buildings and balconies. Choquequirao is located on the jungles “eyebrow” which is the transition of the Andean ...
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Ausangate trek Tips and tricks

12 January 2017
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Ausangate Trek

 

Ausangate is the fifth highest mountain in Peru with 6,384 meters of altitude. For centuries it received many names, the most known are “The Roof of the Inca Capital” and “Vinicunca” that means rainbow mountain. It’s located in the Pitumarca District, providence of Canchis, Cusco. Ausangate is considerate the most important mountain in the Andean cosmovision. And although ...
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Cheap Inca Trail vs Superior Inca Trail

11 January 2017
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Classic Inca Trail tour (Superior) or Cheap Inca Trail (Budget), which one do you prefer? What is the difference between them?

Tierras Vivas was created to provide an excellent service for tourists to experience the adventure of the Inca Trail, no matter which you prefer Superior or a Budget tour.

 

Classic Inca Trail - Superior

The Superior Inca Trail offers clients the ...
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Inca Trail Permits Availability 2017

16 December 2016
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Today, the Ministery of the Culture published the following:

 

All the Inca Trail tour operators and Tour Guides have the Inca Trail authorization ready on the 19th December 2016 to operate the Inca Trail 2017. The Inca Trail can be booked from March to December 2017.

 

We recommend to book this trek in advance. Because of the amount of people wanting to ...
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Machu Picchu Inca Trail Huayna Picchu Rates 2017

02 December 2016
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Do you want to hike the Inca Trail or visit Machu Picchu? below you can find the new price 2017 for the Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and Inca Trail  tickets. This price 2017 was publish of the Ministerio Desantralizada Cusco - Ministerio de Cultura on December 01st 2016.

 

Only 2000 people are allowed to enter Machu Picchu each day, 400 people for Huayna Picchu Mountain each day (08:00 am - 09 am / 10:00 ...
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Destino Machu Picchu

04 July 2016
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Machu Picchu.

Esta obra maestra es la maxima represenacion del gran impulso del espiritu de una cultuta muy altamente desarrollada, que adoro a los Elementos y al Naturaleza, construyendo en las cumbres andenas, una Ofrenda a la Humanidad, en una especie de acto de fe, dejando bien puesto sus caracter mistico. Su construcción compromete a las estrellas ya  toda manifestacion terrestre, en la cual vivie el Espiritu. Fue construidad con ...
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Inca Trail Availability

20 May 2016
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Since only 500 trek permits are issued per day for the Inca Trail tours (trek permits are also required for the porters and cooks) it is important to try to make a trek reservation as far ahead as possible. There is no clear rule as to how far ahead be enough to guarantee you a space since this depends on demand.

 

Hiking the Inca Trail - Best time to hike

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Inca Trail Tour Operator

30 January 2016
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With the new regulations introduced in 2001, only officially sanctioned travel operator are permitted to organize group treks along the Inca Trail. With the higher-end agencies, it is usually possible to assemble your own private group with as few as two hikers. Budget trekkers will join an established group. In addition to cost, hikers should ask about the group (10 or fewer is best), the ...
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