Peru Travel Guides for Backpackers

4 Reasons Why You Should Visit Peru at Least Once in Your Life

Writing about Peru is a difficult job because I always feel that somehow I am missing out. That is why I decided to come back with a more thorough, maybe even more convincing article. So there we go! Ancient History Now, as related previously, after visiting the most famous historical site in South America – Machu Picchu – one actually discovers that there are way more sites out there to see. Hence, from Cuzco and the Sacred Valley with its innumerable Inca sites, going up and taking a flight over the Nazca lines it is also something that one cannot […]
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Cusco: Peruvian Food, Petting Llamas, & Quechua Living

Every traveler planning their Peruvian itinerary has heard of Cusco and what to do but rarely does the name Pomacanchi come up. This little district is nestled just two hours away from the big city. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to live in this cozy Andean village for five months and can tell you first hand how you can go beyond the tourist traps and live life with the locals. The Cusco Tours You Know About Now, of course, I couldn’t mention the Pomacanchi district without pointing out that it’s surrounded by glittering tourist attractions. As soon as you begin […]
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Exploring Cusco and the Sacred Valley

Peru is one of those countries where it is easy to arrive but difficult to leave behind. It is here where I gave fuel to my passion to explore, travel and stay – participate in the everyday life of the people, discover them, the food, breath the air and eventually understand the place better. I have roughly spent seven months full of excitement, sparkling vistas, nourishing delicious food and soul-stirring moments. Mostly renowned for the Inca sites, and of course, Machu-Picchu – Peru has so much more to offer than that. And once you step on its lands, I guarantee […]
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Low-Budget Tips To Enjoy Cusco – And Machu Picchu

Cusco is a city in the southeast of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, in the Andes region. It is the best-known city in Peru due to the presence of one of the 7 wonders of the modern world, the Machu Picchu. Because of the altitude of Cusco, about 3400 meters above the sea, it is normal that many tourists feel uncomfortable with altitude sickness, feeling headache, panting and tired. In addition, due to the altitude, the temperature of Cusco varies from the 30s to 40s Fahrenheit at night. But don’t get nervous, because cold items are sold in every […]
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Arequipa; What To Do In Peru's Second Largest City

Having spent 6 months living in Arequipa, it slowly became my favourite city in Peru – yes, even more so than the charming city of Cusco. Known as the ‘White City’, Arequipa was conquered by the Spanish in 1540 and is famous for its neoclassical Cathedral which dominates the historic centre and the many colonial-style buildings which are constructed from ‘sillar’ rock, a white volcanic stone. When stepping out onto the streets, you feel as though you are walking around a Southern European city rather than being on the edge of the Andean plateau. Arequipa lies at 2,335m altitude within […]
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My trip to Peru: colours, smiles and a thousand landscapes

Before setting off, the only few things I knew about Peru were that the Inca civilization lived here over 5 centuries ago and that the Machu Picchu is one of the seven wonders of the modern world. I definitely had to add quite a few more interesting facts on my short Peru knowledge list and now I would like to share them with you! LIMA- The capital Lima not only is the capital city of Peru but it also is the second largest capital city after Cairo in Egypt. For this reason, it rarely rains in the city and the […]
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Top 3 Things to do in Arequipa, Peru

I recently spent the last eight months traveling with my children through Arequipa, Peru.  Famously named, “The White City,” for its buildings constructed from sillar, an ashy variety of volcanic rock formed from eruptions of andesite lava, Arequipa leaves the wandering explorer with an impression of quaint, colonial architecture and picturesque charm. Welcome to Arequipa Collected from three imposing peaks, Misti, Chachani, and Pichu Pichu (all of which can be viewed and summited from the city itself) sillar forms the composition of almost all of the colonial buildings in Arequipa. From the impressive, “Mirador de Yanahuara,” (where one can take in […]
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How to Survive Lima (Actually)

It was now or never. After 2 days holed up in my tiny Airbnb apartment reading about how utterly dangerous it was to even take out your phone in public view and fighting with myself over how safe it was to step outside, I decided: go hard or go home. About 2 hours later, I felt rather naïve for so easily believing the horror stories and being so worried about Peru. Almost 4 months later, I can tell you a bit more about Lima: the good, the bad, and the crazy beautiful. If you were anything like me, have no […]
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Escape mass tourism and experience local culture in Peru

While most tourists head to the South of Peru, the Amazonas region, located in the Northen Peruvian Andes, is still under the radar. I visited Chachapoyas last September and was amazed by the raw beauty of the landscapes and the surprising culture. Why you should visit Chachapoyas and the “Cloud people” Chachapoyas is home to the ancient nation of the “Cloud People”. This name comes from the mist constantly present in the mountains, due to the fact that the city culminates at an elevation of 2335m. You can learn about their ancient rites, see well-preserved ruins and artifacts from before the […]
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Best Places to Visit in lima, Peru

Lima, the capital of Peru. Located on the edge of the Andes mountains and on the coast of the Pacific ocean. Due to its location, Lima is the perfect spot to start your trip along the “gringo trail”. During the two months I lived in Lima, I fell in love with the city. The food, the people and the culture took me in and showed me all that Lima has to offer. Lima is often considered a dirty, noisy city with lots of crime. This is partially true, like any big city. However, this article will help you to get […]
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The best ways to enjoy Lima

  You wouldn’t believe it. I didn´t at first. Everybody told me that Lima was grey and awful, depressing actually. I got here last year on January 18 and I couldn’t believe what my eyes were seeing. A beautiful city with the most beautiful sunsets ever. I have to tell you something, people rarely know about Lima. They think that all there is to Peru is Machu Picchu. And most tourists are losing a great opportunity to discover a great city with a great history and lots to eat, walk and enjoy. The real Lima My first impression of Lima […]
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Peru Culture Travel Guide: 4 Things To Do in Cusco

If you are a traveler who seeks to truly understand the culture of every place like me, this article is for you. In this opportunity, I want to recommend you 4 things to do in Cusco that I consider will give you the big picture of the Andean culture of Peru. Here is my travel guide: 1. Appreciate the beauty of the principal churches This is definitely the first thing you have to do in this magical town. Located in Cusco’s main square in the center of the city, there are three beautiful religious buildings with Spanish architecture. To begin, […]
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San Roque De Cumbaza a hidden paradise in the Peruvian Amazon.

If you were to visit the small jungle village of San Roque De Cumbaza.  Only a 45-minutes drive from the city of Tarapoto.   You will be welcomed by such a friendly community and quickly feel part of an extended family.  With only 1500 residents.  Finding your way around is easy – everyone knows everyone. Local people are accustomed to strangers from out of town and are patient with those who can not speak Spanish.  Even though not a word of English is spoken.  It is a great place to sit in the plaza (public space) and practice your Spanish with the village […]
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The Top 3 Ways to Get to Machu Picchu

  Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful places in this world and not only said by me, but also it is considered as one of the seven wonders of the world placed on the Andes Mountains and surrounded by the Urubamba River it was the home of the ancient Incas. Nowadays, Machu Picchu is one of the high destinies around the world and receives more than a million tourist a year. However, getting there it is not so easy, but there are lots of ways available to choose from, each of one has its magic, and the election […]
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Lima, beauty in a 12 hours stopover

One of the funniest ways to get to know a place is through a stop-over. The way I see it, you can squeeze a city in just a few hours and enjoy the best of it; of course we will always be short, but even so, we are hardly disappointed and in some cases, we want to return with more time to discover it. One of the many layovers I had in my life, was in Lima, Peru from a trip to New York. Little, very little time and a lot, a lot of traffic in one of the most […]
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Best Places to Visit in South America

Now that I am home in the U.S. after spending a year in South America, the most common question I get is, “What was your favorite place?” This is a very difficult question because South America has it all. It ranges from tropical beaches to snowy mountains, from ancient ruins to stark modernity, and from tranquility to raucous chaos. Whatever interests you, you can find it in this enormous continent. In the news, South America gets a bad rep with some people feeling intimidated by an image of drugs, crime, and poverty. As a female solo traveler throughout the continent, […]
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5 cool things to do in Cusco that most tourists don’t know about

Cusco, the Imperial City of Peru, is one of the most touristic destinations on Earth, given its proximity to the Modern Wonder of Machu Picchu. The ancient capital of the Inca Empire has so much to offer, from a cultural, historical and naturalistic point of view! However, most people don’t even scratch the surface: there are so many cool things to do in Cusco that most tourists don’t even know about! Let me give you a short list of some of the things I enjoy and value the most. Buy textiles from a local Andean community Textiles are one of […]
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Things to do in Cusco

Cusco is known as the historical capital of Peru, although the current capital is the city of Lima, is declared as such in its constitution. Also is one of the most incredible cities in the world to be in one of the highest places in the world, 3 400 meters to be precise. Cusco is full of customs, myths and legends and beautiful landscapes. All worthy of an authentic postcard, so be sure packed your camera. Besides, this magical and amazing city offers natural and cultural attractions. The ancient capital of The Inca Empire was adorned by the Spaniards with […]
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5 reasons to visit Paracas

Did you know that there is plenty of beautiful places just three-four hours away from Lima? Paracas is one of them. I love this place. Even in July and August (the coldest months in Lima), Paracas stays warm and sunny. If you don’t want to spend too much time in Lima you can rent a car and get away from the foggy and overpopulated Peruvian capital. So, you can buy an excursion in Lima. I suppose all the travel agencies are offering this kind of trips. The other option is to rent a car. Usually, you have to pick it […]
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Villages and Pink Dolphins on the Peruvian Amazon

Iquitos Launching Point While Peru is revered for Machu Picchu above all else, it’s rich bio-diversity makes for a potentially unique trip should you choose. When my parents and I went, there was no doubt, we absolutely HAD to visit the Amazon River. Iquitos is the launching zone of all Amazonian trips. The easiest way to get there is definitely by air. We had arranged a tour with Libertad Jungle Lodge. They were to pick us up at 8:30 and by 8:45, my sweet, middle-aged, and very punctual parents (ahem, dad) were starting to worry we’d been forgotten. But of […]
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Making the Most of Three Days in Huaraz

Exploring La Cordillera Blanca Huaraz, Peru may be small, but the city provides a home base for a not so small number of treks through Huascarán National Park in La Cordillera Blanca. Also quite considerable is the city’s altitude of about 3,050 meters, eliciting triple the satisfaction upon completing said treks. Keeping this in mind, a visit to Huaraz is not to be taken lightly, nor is it to be missed. Perhaps you’re making your way south from Ecuador or heading down the “Gringo Trail” from Peru’s northern coast to Lima, looking to break up what would otherwise be a grueling […]
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Uros Islands, Titicaca: A Peaceful Idyll

Puno port: a warm welcome ¨Come to my island, to have dinner with my family¨― invites me Felix, an old native Uro Indian, spending his days in the port of Puno, Peru. What a success! Or is such hospitality usual among the Indians? At the port, Felix helps friends to attract people on lake tours.  His outgoing character fits the busy port more than the quiet isolation of manmade Islas de los Uros. Natives live there almost the same way as their ancestors did, and don’t seem to prioritize material values, simply because not much of them can be of use […]
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Planning Your Machu Picchu Trip

If you are traveling to Cusco, no doubt Machu Picchu is at the top of your to-do list. It is hailed as one of the modern Wonders of the World, an ancient gem hidden away from the world and untouched by the Spanish conquistadors. And it lives up to the hype. Machu Picchu is breathtaking and momentarily transporting, and it is an absolute must-see even if you are just passing through the region. There are several ways to get to the Lost City of the Inca’s, and trekking is certainly one of the most popular. These treks take time and […]
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The Best of Mancora, Peru

Mancora One amazing month in Mancora left me knowing the best party spots, the best beaches to lounge upon, the best restaurants to eat at, and the best hostels to sleep at! Mancora is the best beachside party town in Peru, popular with both locals and tourists. You will find a mix of avid surfers, hippies, beach hopping westerners, and vacationing Peruvians. It’s the perfect place to watch a gorgeous sunset, relax and recover after hiking in Cusco or Huaraz, or to party your nights away.   Where to Stay The three best options in Mancora for budget accommodation are […]
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