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10 things you should know before visiting Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Permits? Check. Hiking gear? Check. Passport? Check. If you're planning to book a trip to Peru, looked at the different ways to reach Machu Picchu and feel ready to go then think again. We've put together ten handy points you should know before you set of on your big Peruvian adventure.

1. You don't need to hike to visit Machu Picchu

Whenever there's mention of visiting the iconic Machu Picchu, it's natural to assume there's only one way to get there. Through...

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Peru

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4 things you should definitely do when you visit Cusco

What was once known as the ancient capital of the Incas is now bursting with so much culture, tradition and a legacy that dates back to the 15th Century, you won't wan't to miss out on a visit! Don't let the 3,399m eleveation put you off as this iconic city is bursting with plenty to see and do.

1. Market shopping

One of the greatest things about Cusco is its rustic charm that reflects the city's history and tradition. Unlike Peru's larger cities such as Lima,...

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Peru

South America

Food and drinks of Peru

When you think of Peru, what cuisine do you associate with it? Heavy on the meats and veg? Or does it perhaps resemble Mexican cuisine? After visiting Lima which is known as the culinary capital of South America, we shortlisted some of our favourite and most fascinating drinks, ingredients and dishes we recommend trying for yourself when visiting this Andean treasure of a country.

Chicha Morada

Originally made from purple corn, this refreshing drink is packed full...

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Peru

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5 Things you didn’t know about Lima

Lima

Welcome to the bustling capital city of Peru. Here you will come across pretty much anything you can expect from a large city, including amazing restaurants selling local cuisine, colonial architecture, busy shopping districts and a vibrant nightlife. But what about those hidden unexpected treasures that you didn't know you could do?

1. You can hang out with cats

At the heart of the Miraflores district you will find Kennedy park. Named after John. F. Kennedy,...

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Peru

South America

Journey to the Amazon Jungle

Amazon Jungle in Peru

When it comes to travel or even thinking about where to travel next, few probably think to consider visiting the Amazon Jungle.  With such a remote location in the world that covers an area of 2,300,000 square miles of rainforest filled with a rich variety of biodiversity, it's unbelivable to think that you could have an opportunity to catch even a glimpse of such a different but intriguing part of the world that we live in.

Naturally with the Amazon Jungle being so impressively large,...

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My Inca Journey: The Inca Trail diaries

Making friends in Peru

We’ve all heard that famous saying of: “It’s not about the destination, but the journey.” Well I would say that when it comes to the Inca Trail, it’s most definitely about both. Apart from the research done around what was the best time to visit Machu Picchu and what to pack, I decided to go into the Inca Trail and Peru as a whole with an open mind. I wanted to be surprised and make up my own mind on whether this truly was one of the world’s greatest hikes and why it’s...

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Trip planning

What to pack for the Inca Trail

The Inca Trail

I’ve recently returned from an incredible two weeks in Peru, naturally booking myself on to do the famous Inca Trail as part of my trip. Like the majority of travellers, I’d searched online and asked around for tips on what to pack for a four-day adventure that would take me to the lost city of the Incas.

A question I’ve often been asked is why Peru? And why the Inca Trail? What’s so special about this country and this experience that’s so talked about in the travel...

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Recipes

South America

Peruvian Tacu Tacu recipe

Peruvian cuisine might not be on the map in the same way as some of its Latin American neighbours, things are set to change and there’s a lot to shout about. It has a strong identity, whilst empanadas might be Latin American thoroughfare Peruvian dishes are uniquely Peruvian and brilliantly diverse. Not surprising when you consider that Peru has 30 microclimates ranging over the Sechura Desert into the Andes and onto the Amazon jungle.

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Chinese New Year celebrations from around the world

Chinese New Year

With 2018 in full swing and the month of February finally here, it also marks the beginning of Chinese New Year’s celebrations. 2018 is the year of the Dog, and it’s all about getting together with loved ones in a celebration filled with lights, colour and sound.

Ancient Folklore

Legend has it that Chinese New Year was born from an ancient tale about a mythical Ox-like creature named Year who appeared on the night of New Year’s eve with the...

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Obtaining an Inca Trail Permit

This week, the Peruvian government has released the permits for Inca Trail treks running between March and December 2015. Permits often sell out several months in advance, so it’s best to book as early as possible, especially if you’re planning to do the trek in the peak season from June to August. Get the low-down on how to reserve your place here.

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