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See all 1117 Cusco Tips
  • Sacsayhuaman

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    The ruins are still pretty much in a natural state although preservation work has begun. The fortress was built by the Inkas in the 1300's on the site of earlier occupations. it commands a view over the city of Cusco in the valley below.

  • Hotel Monasterio Cusco

    Cusco Hotels

    We didnt really think of coming here until we started mapping out a plan of our independant walking...

  • Pacha Papa

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Restaurants

    The evening after going to Machu Pichu, I went to this restaurant Pachapapa on the recommendation of the hotel I was staying at. The hotel provided the transportation so, it was an easy choice. i didn't want to explain directions to a taxi driver. I decided on the Lomo Saltado (I've never had it). The wait was not long (as expected on a rainy...


Machu Picchu

See all 699 Machu Picchu Tips
  • Huayna Picchu

    5 out of 5 stars

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    You may think Buying Machu Picchu tickets online should be simple, however it could be a daunting task for travelers. There is a lot of confusion and frustration. Since Machu Picchu tickets can not be purchased at the actual Machu Picchu Citadel, you must purchase your tickets in advance, especially if you want to climb Huyana Picchu or Machu...

  • Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

    Machu Picchu Hotels

    Av. Hermanos Ayar Mz 1 L-3, Aguas Calientes, Sacred Valley, Peru

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Combined Suggestions

    2.5 out of 5 stars

    Machu Picchu Restaurants

    Having already mentioned that we took advantage of the buffet lunch at the Tinkuy Restaurant which was included in our tour, I'd still like to mention 2 more options for where to eat during your time at Machu Picchu -- 1) The "Tampu Restaurant Bar" -- located inside the Sanctuary Lodge, offers fine dining in a nice setting with a view for lodge...



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See all 316 Arequipa Tips
  • Panamá

    Arequipa Shopping

    No dejes de comprarte un sombrero de paja (Panamá) , son muy buenosLo metí en la maleta doblado y llegó a casa sin arrugarse ni estropearse you must buy a straw hat (Panamá) , they are very goodI folded it , put it in the suitcase and it arrived at home perfect without spoiling and without any wrinkel

  • Colca Lodge

    Arequipa Hotels

    It's located in the Colca Valley , relatively small hotel but has unique features. One of them is...

  • An Oasis!

    Arequipa Restaurants

    This is the restaurant in the Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection - it has a name but I cannot remember it. The hotel is in the loveliest old casa, which was once The Mint. Beautifully restored and adapted. Service is as expected in a 5 star hotel. BUT, the prices are NOT five star. Only a few soles more than one pays in an ordinary restaurant in...



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See all 137 Iquitos Tips
  • Relatively new air route to Iquitos (NOT...

    Iquitos Things to Do

    Two updates for Iquitos, PerúI have visited this fascinating island town about 12 times in the last 5 years. My favorite place in South America!Great food in some of the market stalls. Mercado Modelo and the outdoor market at Nanay, especially.The Hostal Huayruro is relatively new...perfectly beautiful, original artwork, clean, economical (about...

  • Victoria Regia

    Iquitos Hotels

    Nice staff, good service, you can eat here or just on the other side of the street (se tip). Air...

  • Amazon jungle trip

    Iquitos Things to Do

    Hi, I´ve spent 11 days in the jungle with Gerson´s family/guides, doing camping and sleeping in their village. A very authentic experience I recommend and the price is reasonable. His family/guides (Kid and Olin) were very friendly and always flexible regarding the activities, asking your opinion about what you would like to do.I’ve swum in the...



See all 106 Huaraz Tips
  • Get your HUARAZ Hand made scarf

    Huaraz Shopping

    the woman sell woven scarfs , hats , mittens etc in the streets near the "Plaza de Armas" or near the bus stops. scarfs, hats, globes, socks all hand madethe scarfs are the ones I like the most, they are so soft . all white with HUARAZ written in black wool the price for the scarfs is around s/7 soles (around $4 ) they are superb and it is a must...

  • Llanganuco Mountain Lodge

    Huaraz Hotels

    Lake and Ruins of Keushu, Border of Huascaran National Park

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Pizza & more while you rock climb while...

    Huaraz Restaurants

    Excellent desserts ( I had a mango pastrie ) that was out of this world. I am not a pizza lover so it was just another pizza but the ambience was greatwhile you wait for your food you can climb the big wall with the various levels or organize your trekking trip. your ice adventure or any activity surrounding Huaraz including mountain biking,...


Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu

  • Hot Springs

    Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu Warnings and Dangers

    The hot springs seemed like a nice way to relax after a long day of hiking, so we decided to check them out. The gentleman working at the entrance was kind and helpful, and we walked up a beautiful path to get to the springs. It seemed like a great start to a relaxing afternoon. Unfortunately, it was exactly the opposite. The hot springs had the...

  • Restaurants

    Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu Tourist Traps

    Walking up the main street, you will be greeted (or harassed, depending on your point of view) by dozens of people shoving menus in your face. These people are paid for every group they bring into the restaurant, not by the restaurant itself, but by the groups themselves. This extra fee is added into your bill as a "local tax". They often try to...

  • Machu Picchu

    Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu Things to Do

    Machu Picchu would arguably be the most popular of all 'things to do' in Peru, if not all of South America. Translated as 'Ancient Mountain' it is a 15th century Inca site located at 2430 metres on a mountain ridge overlooking the Urubamba Valley.The significance of the site is not exactly known but most archaeologists believe it was built as an...



See all 212 Cuzco Tips
  • More Picchu pics

    Cuzco Things to Do

    See above. Of course you are going to take pics of this place. I am not going to be an exception - gotta have something to show the family. There is no shortage of locations to push buttons on your camera here here so enjoy.

  • Sol & Luna Hotel

    Cuzco Hotels

    Sacred Valley of the Incas, Urubamba, Sacred Valley, Peru

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Guinea pig and pizza

    Cuzco Restaurants

    Located on San Blas main square this place was recommended by our hostelMajority of seating is outside so a little unusual to be eating in your coatAnd no idea what happens if it rainsBut it's a nice ambience and exceptional serviceHowever your clothes will stink of smoke after due to the open wood burner oven located by the outdoor tablesSo, the...



See all 75 Trujillo Tips
  • Signs

    Trujillo General

    Of course in Peru, all the signs are in Spanish. I suppose it is an indication of how few people from North America visit that there are no translations into English on these signs or plaques on the sides of buildings. Some of them I can almost figure out what they say. Some I have to use Google translate on them. And Google translate does come...

  • Hotel Libertador Trujillo

    Trujillo Hotels

    I have not stayed at this hotel, but I took pictures in the square, so I got a picture of it without...

  • Architecture Details of the Temple of...

    Trujillo General

    Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon) is part of Huacas de Moche an ancient Moche capital city called Cerro Blanco. Although I was not particularly interested in archaeological sites of South America, and getting around the site was quite difficult for me, I found that I was interested in spite of myself - especially in the polychrome relief...



See all 121 Nazca Tips
  • Cruz del Sur

    Nazca Transportation

    We chose Cruz del Sur for our bus trip from Lima to Nazca. The tickets were easily purchased on line, and the bus station (at Javier Prado) was modern, spick and span, with shops and places to eat before departure.The journey was uneventful, though not spilling ones drink as the bus bounced around was tricky. We had chosen the upstairs, front of...

  • They aren't really

    Nazca Restaurants

    The Grumpy's has it sights set firmly on the travelers riding the Gringo Trail from Lima to Arequipa. The bright sign says it all, but we did not find the proprietors at all surly, ill-tempered or sullen. Maybe they got the translation wrong?The food is freshly cooked by the owners on order. The stirfried beef with 'Grumpy's chicken was a good...

  • Search for ancient astronauts (not)

    Nazca Things to Do

    You need to leave at least an the entire morning (and then some) for your flight across the Nazca lines. Our experience was that delays are common, and this should be allowed for in one's schedule. The fights themselves take only about 30 minutes, but including waiting time we were told that we'd be away for about two and a half hours.We booked our...



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  • Lima to Pisco: Soyuz buses

    Pisco Transportation

    Soyuz has a bus every 15 mins or so between Lima and Ica. They stop just outside Pisco on the Panamerica. You then need to take a short ride in a taxi or taxi tico to your hotel.Soyuz bus are reasonably comfortable and cost a fraction of what Ormeno charges. We paid 14 soles from Lima to Pisco and 15 soles from Pisco to Lima (market day...

  • Getting to Paracas from Pisco on the...

    Pisco Transportation

    If you are looking to go to the Ballestas Islands from Pisco you can save some money by booking your boat tour in Paracas (where the boats leave to go to the island). The cheapest way to get there is to take a combi. It's much more exciting than a taxi or a tourist bus, and it gives you a good glimpse of how the locals live. Our combi dropped off...

  • A Walk on the Pier - watch out for holes

    Pisco Off The Beaten Path

    The street that heads west from the south-west corner of the Plaza de Armes will take you to the pier. It's about a 10 minute walk. The guidebook warned us about potential robberies in the area so we were cautious but didn't feel threatened at any time. When we got to the pier we were a bit hesitant to walk on it because it looked like it was ready...


Puerto Maldonado

  • Music.

    Puerto Maldonado Warnings and Dangers

    Nobody loves music more than I do, but, the jungle is a fantastic place to just listen. So, do us all a favor and don't be "that guy" who has to bring his "tunes" out into the jugle and share them with everybody else. I thought people had I-pods these days???

  • Sandoval Lake Lodge

    Puerto Maldonado Hotels

    Puerto Maldonado Peru, Puerto Maldonado, Peru

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 1 out of 5 stars

  • The people

    Puerto Maldonado Things to Do

    The people are very welcoming. They wave as tourist buses go by. There is a clinic in town but I have not used it. It seems like this would be a really fun town to just spend some time in with the locals... ie the town isn't yet filed with gringos :)



See all 49 Ica Tips
  • Visit the vineyards (Bogedas)

    Ica Things to Do

    We went to the very touristy El Catador and to the less visited but equally interesting Vista Allegre.El Catador is good to see the traditional method of processing the grape, while Vista Allegre will give you an idea of the modern methods now in use.Both vineyards have friendly staff who will give you a tour of the place. Both charge nothing if...

  • Hotel Las Dunas

    Ica Hotels

    Av. La Angostura 400, Ica, Peru

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • bring mosquito repellent as precaution

    Ica What to Pack

    Mosquitos were not much of a problem here but we still recommend you bring a bit of repellent for the early evening hours. sweaters in the evening, bathing suit, shorts for day shampoo and beach towels (for pool facilities) camera and video cam useful clothes to go sand boarding, fossil hunting, bathing suit for pool Super-nice and secure taxi...



See all 57 Pisac Tips
  • Chicha Beer, Music or Pan Chuta Bread...

    Pisac Local Customs

    While traveling through small towns and villages in the Sacred Valley, we would often see lots of doors with a bamboo pole attached and with a red crepe-paper "flower"/red plastic bag attached at the end of the pole. Sometimes there would also be a blue flower or blue plastic bag too. I wondered about them momentarily but really thought no more...

  • Royal Inca Pisac

    Pisac Hotels

    Carretera Picas Ruinas,Sacred Valley, Sacred Valle

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • "To Market, to Market ......."

    Pisac Things to Do

    I did not do much shopping while in Peru, but that is not because there weren't quality items to buy. It was mostly due to the lack of time to shop, the lack of knowledge when it came to judging the alpaca content of woolens which were unmarked, and the lack of willingness to do hard bargaining over more expensive items.However, the market at Pisac...


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  • hawkhead's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    You might be interested to learn that on 1st February LCPeru is starting flights from Lima-Pisco.

    On 1st April, LCPeru is starting flights from Lima-Pisco-Nazca-Cusco-Lima. When you reach Pisco, you changed to another plane and have a flight over Nazca (1hr 40 mins) and then return to continue on to Cusco. Or you can stop at Pisco and do the Nazca bit and then continue on your own way by another itinerary and mode of transport.


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