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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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About Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca is undoubtedly on the top of my list when it comes to highlights in South America. Spanning across the border of Peru and Bolivia it is the highest lake in the world.

On a full day tour of the lake I had the opportunity to visit three islands in particular, and experience the local culture of their inhabitants.

The Uros Islands, also known as the floating reed islands, are fascinating in their structures. They are set on stilts and can be moved to different locations if...

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Huacachina Oasis

Huacachina is like a landscape from a sandy planet. Located near a quiet little town of Ica, approximately a 4-5 hour drive from Lima. Huacachina is a small paradise where you can take some time to relax while visiting Peru. The Oasis is a mysterious lagoon in the middle of the Ica desert’s white sands. There are a few places to stay and charming little restaurants which overlook a stunning lagoon but more importantly, it’s surrounded by large sand dunes. You can relax by the lagoon or...

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Helping Communities near Cuzco

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For the last ten years, we have been visiting local communities around Cuzco bring chocolate and gifts to the children and families. Here, Jess speaks to Keiko, who works in Tucan Travel's Cuzco Office.

When did we start doing La Chocolatada? We started giving chocolate and gifts to the children around 10 years ago. The first time was at one of the hotels we regularly used .

Why did we start doing this? There are lots of causes we can...

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Finding Machu Picchu with Tucan Travel

What's at the top of your bucket list?  If you are among the people who voted for the New 7 Wonders of the World, there is a 1 in 7 chance you would say Machu Picchu.  It was certainly near the top of mine, and enough of a motivating factor for me to plan a week long trip to Peru. Read about the first three days of my tour which took me to the Amazon Jungle here.

Day 4

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The Amazon Jungle in Peru

What's at the top of your bucket list?  If you are among the people who voted for the New 7 Wonders of the World, there is a 1 in 7 chance you would say Machu Picchu.  It was certainly near the top of mine, and enough of a motivating factor for me to plan a week long trip to Peru.  Approximately a year ago, I rallied up my friend Kristen, and we decided to make this trip happen.  We spent several months researching different tour options and taking into consideration cost, time, and...

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Reaching Machu Picchu on the Inca Trek

Early start this morning. Woken up at 3.30am. We were all packed and fed much earlier than planned so we headed off at 4.05am. First stop was the check point which was only a short walk away. We arrived to find we were the first ones there. Opening time was 5.30am so we had a bit of a wait. Meanwhile lots and lots of people joined the queue behind us.

We then had a walk of about an hour to reach the sun gate overlooking Macchu Picchu. We pretty much legged it as we were determined to be...

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Flying over the Nazca Lines

As the tiny 6 seater Cessna lifted off the runway, I began to feel nauseous. I’d heard that the flights over the Nazca lines could be a bit rough, but had never experienced air or motion sickness before, so thought all would be fine. I’d also never been in a small plane before and my stomach realised the reality of small aircraft travel as soon as we were airborne. My head kept telling my stomach to get over it and my eyes to stay open and on the lookout for those famous lines.

It...

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Los Baños de Perú

Margaret travelled through Peru with her husband and her son, Owen, who was a Tour Leader for Tucan Travel.

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Spotting the condor

One of the deepest canyons in the world, it is difficult to see the bottom. Chloe Prince describes her most recent journey to the mesmerising sight.

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