Peru Off The Beaten Path

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Peru Off The Beaten Path

  • Sacred Valley

    Cusco Off The Beaten Path

    Our horseback ride from Urubamba up past the salt terraces to Maras and Moray was the best adventure of our entire visit to Peru, For a mere $US60 a person, Rancho Casa Hospedaje supplied a non-English-speaking guide (Juan Carlos) to take for a nine-hour ride along the Urubamba River, then up a canyon into the high country, wher a whole new world...

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  • Museos - Museums

    Lima Off The Beaten Path

    Lima is by excelence, a city of museums. With more than 50 museums in the city, the best ones in Peru are located here. From public to private and from general to specialized museums, visiting them can be a good experience to know the different processes in topics like history, archaeology, anthropology, nature, culture, technology, art, religion,...

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  • Ruins

    Machu Picchu Off The Beaten Path

    We can upon these impressive ruins which were only rediscovered in 1941 enroute to the Sun gate as you can see from my photo restoration work in going on using techniques which are as ancient as the ruins

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  • Las Salinas de Maras

    Cusco Off The Beaten Path

    This was definitely one of the more bizarre sights we saw on our trip to the Sacred Valley! A huge salt mine carved out of the hillside, with terrace after terrace of mini salt-pans spread out in front of us. Although it was a Sunday a few people were working in the pans, dredging up the piles of salt and leaving them to dry out (I was going to...

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  • Inca Trail

    Machu Picchu Off The Beaten Path

    Stumbled across a really great way to see machu Piccu and to see some authentic Peruvian life along the way. Some friends found a Dutch guy in Cusco who arranges tours on behalf of a Coffee cooperative. It is a bit of a DIY tour in terms of not having a guide with you every step of the way but that was one of the bonuses for me. If you don't speak...

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  • San Blas

    Cusco Off The Beaten Path

    Well San Blas isnt too off the beaten path but its somewhat of a walk if you want to get there from the Plaza de Armas. Of course we did do a bunch of stops by the time we got here. But I think San Blas was one of the places in Cusco that I really really liked. Adrianna and I took a hike up on of the streets and it was a pretty steep walk with very...

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  • Moray

    Cusco Off The Beaten Path

    Moray was one of the more unusual Inca sites we visited. It's basically a series of big, circular terraces in the middle of nowhere, with an out-of-this-world quality about them. These formed an Incan experimental farm; as the terraces descend into the centre of each circular formation they present a subtly different micor-climate from the...

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  • Machu Picchu

    Cusco Off The Beaten Path

    Being in Cuzco, Machu Picchu - South Americas most famous place - of course is on your list of places where you must go! . Looking on the most common photos you see behind Macchu Picchu the steep, beautiful top of Huayna Picchu - the young mountain (Macchu Picchu = the old mountain). If you have enough time on Macchu Picchu I recommend you to try...

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  • The Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve

    Located about 14 miles (23 kilometers) south of Iquitos, the Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve was created by the Peruvian government in January 2008 to protect 142,332 acres (57,600 hectares) of white-sand forest and its unique micro-habitats. The soil in much of the reserve consists of white-quartz sand which was deposited by the Amazon River...

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  • Qenko

    Qenko is a small Inca ruin in the hills about four miles (six kilometers) northeast of Cuzco and within a short distance of Sacsayhuamán.Much of Qenko, which means "zigzag" in Quechua, is a large outcropping of rock that has zigzag channels carved down its face. It is thought that Qenko was the site of an annual pre-planting ritual in which Inca...

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  • Ayahuasca

    ECOAMAZONÍA LODGE offers you the exclusive “room of mysteries,” to experience expertly-guided shamanic sessions using the Ayahuasca plant. In the heart of the jungle, you will enter a higher world of spiritual powers and different and unknown dimensions. The Ayahuasca plant with its natural healing power intensifies your feelings and senses. During...

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  • Sacred Valley

    There's a lot to do in Peru and usually not enough time. To visit the entire Cusco region properly one'd need 2 weeks but who has so much time?I suggest you pick carefully the places you want to visit and spend enough time in them. Just Cusco city deserves 2 full days, Machu Picchu 2 more days (though most people make a full-day visit there) and...

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  • Colca Canyon

    The Colca Canyon is reputed to be the deepest in the world, even deeper than the Grand Canyon in the US. Though not as spectacular as the latter in my opinion, it was a tropical paradise down at the bottom and well worth making the effort to get there.

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  • Horse-back ride to Puma Marka

    We had a private guide take us on a beautiful ride up a secluded valley to a special Inca site, Puma Marka - marvelous!

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  • Pucusana

    Located about 37 miles (60 kilometers) south of Lima, Pucusana is a picturesque traditional fishing village situated on a small harbor. The town and harbor are surrounded by arid hills with no vegetation whatsoever. This area is part of the Atacama Desert, one of the driest regions in the world. There is not much to see in the town itself, but...

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  • Puerto Bellavista

    Puerto Bellavista is the northernmost suburb of Iquitos, situated at the confluence of the Amazon and Nanay rivers. There is not much to see or do in Puerto Bellavista, but it is an interesting place to visit due to its colorful atmosphere and its houses built on stilts over the water. One of the main attractions in Puerto Bellavista is its market...

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  • La Calera Hot Springs

    La Calera is a complex of hot springs at the end of the Colca Canyon. There are both indoor and outdoor pools as well as changing rooms and showers. We spent more than an hour here relaxing in the warm water.It is 4km from the town of Chivay. You can take a collectivo here from Chivay market.Opening hours: 4.30 am - 8 pm.Admission is around US$2

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  • Chauchilla Pre-Inca Cemetery

    30 km south of Nazca in the middle of an arid plain is a fascinating pre-Inca cemetery, where mummies are preserved, with their original clothes and hair. They date back to the period 800 BC-200 AD, when the Nazca culture flourished here. There is also a small museum at the site. You will need a 4WD vehicle to get there as it is 7 km off the...

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  • Las Islas Ballestas

    Las Islas Ballestas, off the south coast of Peru, are nicknamed "the poor man's Galapagos''. They are teeming with wildlife, including colonies of sea lions, seals, Humboldt penguins, boobies, pelicans, guillemots, cormorants and Inca terns. A three-hour boat trip from Paracas around the islands costs S/.35 and I'd highly recommend it.

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  • EATING BOILED TURTLE EGGS

    Last year at about this same time of the year my Peruvian wife, my Peruvian mother, and I left our house and rode the motor-carts down to the embarcadero along the banks of the Nanay River just upstream from where it dumps into the Amazon River. The area is known to the locals as just Nanay, and is a location in the evening hours that very few...

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  • La Huaca Esmeralda outside of Trujillo

    La Huaca Esmeralda, located in the northern suburbs of Trujillo, is a beautiful temple well worth visiting. It is essentially a satillite temple of the Chan Chan complex, located further north. La Huaca Esmeralda was built between the 12th and 13th centuries by the Chimu Empire. The temple was only discovered and excavated in 1925. Today it is...

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  • Stay in Peru

    hawkhead:Thank you very much!Actually I'm just gonna be there as a tourist - I think. I'm gonna visit a language school which takes 5 months. Well maybe the school can help me with a special visum, so I don't have to fly to Ecuador or Chile after 3 months.I really hope I don't need to buy a return ticket, because I plan to travel to some other...

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  • Alpaca farm

    If you like Alpaca's then go to a farm. We were able to pet and feed them. They also may tourists items for purchase. they are expensive here. You can find much less expensive deals in town at local markets.

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  • Salinas de Maras Cusco-How to do it?

    If I want take advantage of the time and tours. I take a day tour that includes Chinceros, if I do that, then I'll arrive to Chinchero 6pm. Is there a place to sleep and go to Salinas the next day? and when I finish, I can take one bus of the tours way back to cusco. Then take advantage of the travel to Chincheros, only if there a place to sleep in...

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  • Between Cuzco and Ollataytambo

    At the beginning of our train adventure (see transportation tips), the train stopped for one hour in the middle of nowhere. After a while, the crew let us disembark, and the whole trainload invaded the little shack of an imperturbable old lady who was cracking corn and roasting guinea pigs. It was very Fellini or Buñuel. All of us clowns with our...

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  • As high as a kite and as cold as ice

    Since there were strikes and roadblocks when we visited Peru, we had to take a detour through the mountains to get from Arequipa to Puno. We had the get up in the middle of the night (not quite a problem, being an insomniac), but fortunately the splendour of the Andes mountains made the little rest we got worth the while. Here you see two pictures...

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  • watch out for the ants!!!

    After a short flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado. Spent a few days at the Tambopata lodge. We had a few jungle walks and learned right away to tuck your pants in your socks...cause the ants are very painful...

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  • Visit Manu Biosphere Reserve and...

    Nearly half the size of Switzerland and encompassing almost two million hectares of virgin cloud forest and rainforest, Manu Biosphere Reserve and National Park is one of the best places to experience the Amazon Rainforest. Home to more than 20,000 species of vascular plants, 1200 species of butterfly, 1000 species of birds, and 200 species of...

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  • Casinelli's Museum in Trujillo

    Casinelli's Museum is probably the most unusually situated museum any traveller will come across. This is for the fact that it is actually underneath a gas station. To enter you must go to the rear door where you will meet an attendent who will show you around the museum. Inside is a marvelous collection of ceramics from all of the ancient...

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  • Huajsapata Park in Puno

    Huajsapata Park is a park that overlooks Puno. It sits on a hill high over the city. The site is marked by a statue of what appears to be a condor. It is in fact Manco Capac. From this point there are outstanding views of Puno and Lake Titicaca. You can climb up to this point by way of the Pasaje Contique steps, however if you have yet to adjust to...

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  • Do not overlook Pisac

    Pisac is a wonderful sleepy little town situated a bit lower than Cuzco.In Pisac, there are great ruins you wouldn't want to miss, and a spectacular market.Pisac is famous, yet you won't bump into hords of tourists. It feels authentic and charming.My guide, contracted by the Royal Inka Hotel, played the pan flute for me alone in the ruins, in some...

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  • Carnival in the Andes

    Around Lago Titicaca communities gather to dance for Carnival. They also drink and fight. I saw lots of these gatherings in the countryside. I got this picture because the dancers crossed the highway causing a traffic jam. Carnival in the countryside is different than in a small town like Juli, or cities like Puna and Juliaca.You will not find...

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  • The Lake of Querochocha in Huascaran NP

    Most tours to Chavin stop off at the Lake of Querochocha along the way there. The lake is quite picturesque with a backdrop of two huge peaks, Yanamery and Pucaraju. Both mountains soar over 5300m. The lake itself is at the 4000m point and if you have not adjusted to the altitude yet then you will feel here. Some locals will take you out on a...

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  • Salinas and Moray

    Check out the salt pans near Urubamba if you get a chance. I've really never seen anything like it. A hot spring at the top of the valley puts out a stream of salt water which are diverted into pans and evaporated to collect salt. While it's listed in many books, not many people were there and those that we talked to didn't look to go there. A...

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  • Day tripping from Lima

    Are you looking for a day trip off the beaten path? There is a magazine in English online at www.enjoy peru.com called "Conosca Peru' which features lots of places that might interest a VT member for a day or overnight trip from Lima. At www.elcomericioperu.com click on Guia de Diversions to get you to Viajes y turismo. Here you will find the best...

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  • The Cathedral

    Located on the southren side of the Paracas peninsula is The Cathedral. It is an interesting formation that juts out into the ocean. There is evidence of erosion that in the future large chunks of land may fall into the ocean. If you take a half day tour of the Paracas peninsula it will most likely include this.

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  • sand surf

    Huacachina, Peru: Sandsurfing and ride a dune buggy. For around $12US they took us out for 1 1/2 hours for both. It was easy to learn.

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  • watch Afro-Peruvian performance

    Chincha and El Carmen has a large Afro-Peruvian population. They have dance performances on the weekends. It's a great place to soak up Afro-Peruvian culture.

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  • It rains in the Amazon Basin

    The Amazon Basin of Peru lies on the Equator. Average daytime temperatures are about 88 degrees and it only goes down to about 74 at night. It's very humid. The usual weather pattern is a lot of sun with afternoon rain showers likely. Notice the clouds in this photo of the Amazon. The cycle of sunshine-evaporation-condensation-precipitation is what...

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  • The Church of San Francisco and its...

    The Church and Convent of San Francisco is one of the most important colonial buildings in Lima. The church itself is a very fine 17th century building that has managed to survive Peru's numerous earthquakes without severely being damaged. Like so many of the religious buildings in Peru, the church is mustard yellow and white in colour. Both the...

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  • Museo de Arqueología in Trujillo

    Located in a 17th century colonial mansion called the Casa Risco, the Museo de Arqueologia actually proved to be a pretty interesting museum. Although by no means large the collection has some good artifacts excavated from the Huaca de la Luna which is located just south of Trujillo. Most of these artifacts come by way of ceramics but there is also...

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  • Huaca Pucllana

    The Huaca Pucllana, located in the Lima suburb of Miraflores, was the very first pre-Columbian ruin that I visited in Peru. The adobe built pyramid like structures were built before the rise of the Inca empire. Like other such ruins, Huaca Pullana was used as a ceremonial centre for sacrifices. Both on the grounds themselves and in the small museum...

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  • Pisaq Market

    Pisaq Market is a place that's only open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Try to get there if you can. It's like a giant flea market with different booths set up to sell a variety of items from alpaca sweaters, to ceramic mugs, to jewelry. It's a great experience to walk through the section where the vendors are selling fresh fruits, vegetables...

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  • Massage in Machu Picchu

    In the town close to Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) you will find many massage centers. Why? First, the town is famous by its thermal waters, there are hot springs there and this is a kind of complement.Besides, many people arrive to Machu Picchu after 4 exhausting days along the Inca Trail and some really need a massage!!!

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  • Barranco (Lima)

    If you want to see modern Lima, most people go to Miraflores area. There are many backpackers hostels there too. But I found this area crowded and touristy and headed south to nearby BARRANCO area. Also by the coast, this area is much nicer, bohemian, quieter and is the refuge of many artists in Lima lately. There is a laid-back and festive...

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