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Visiting Peru

The Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and the cobblestoned streets of Cusco steal the spotlight in this coastal country, but Peru offers a wealth of alternatives in every direction. To the north, Iquitos provides a jungle haven on the Amazon; the south, near Arequipa, offers miles of sand dunes; and Lima’s congested streets create a quintessential South American urban center right on the ocean.... Read More The Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and the cobblestoned streets of Cusco steal the spotlight in this coastal country, but Peru offers a wealth of alternatives in every direction. To the north, Iquitos provides a jungle haven on the Amazon; the south, near Arequipa, offers miles of sand dunes; and Lima’s congested streets create a quintessential South American urban center right on the ocean.    Close

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Westwards on the Plateau

Written by SeenThat on 11 Jun, 2010

Roughly 115 kilometers from La Paz, Desaguadero makes an interesting site, combining natural views with cultural borders.Taxis, vans and buses to Desaguadero, leave from La Paz main cemetery - roughly half the way down from the Andean High Plateau to the downtown area (which here…Read More


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Studying Spanish at Llama Education: A Highly Enjoyable Experience

Written by Owen Lipsett on 03 Feb, 2010

Although it's easily the most pleasant place I've spent time in Southern Peru, my purpose in coming to Arequipa was to improve my Spanish rather than to sightsee. Indeed, the two can be mutually exclusive to a certain degree. Cuzco attracts far more…Read More


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A Brief Introduction to Peruvian Food

Written by Owen Lipsett on 03 Feb, 2010

Although it's justifiably growing in popularity abroad, too often Peruvian food either calls to mind either inexpensive pollo a la brasa (spit roasted chicken) or expensive (outside of Peru) ceviche (raw fish "cooked" in lemon juice sometimes mixed with aji). In honor Arequipa's status…Read More


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Cultural Experiences

Written by LenR on 07 Sep, 2009

We spent some hours at the Inti Wata Cultural Complex which is controlled by the Transturin destination management company. In some ways this is entirely artificial and is nothing more than a tourist trap but it does give you some cultural experiences that we didn’t…Read More


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Sun Island and Boat

Written by LenR on 07 Sep, 2009

Just off the northern tip of the Copacabana peninsula, Isla del Sol has been attracting visitors for many hundreds of years. The island was one of the most important religious sites in the Andean world, revered as the place where the sun and the moon…Read More


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Copacabana

Written by LenR on 07 Sep, 2009

The pleasant little town of Copacabana is just a few kilometres inside Bolivia from the Peru border. It is a good base for exploring the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca and is also the most important Catholic pilgrimage site in Bolivia because it is home…Read More


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The Border

Written by LenR on 07 Sep, 2009

South America is not like Europe in that each country still religiously controls its borders and crossing between countries can be a time consuming business. Even though things were quiet when we were there the crossing still took us half an hour.The final Peruvian town…Read More


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Around the Lake

Written by LenR on 07 Sep, 2009

The bus left Puno early morning and fortunately it was not full. As we were the last to board, due to the operator forgetting to pick us up on time, we were forced to the back of the bus because the bus operator had let…Read More


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Aguas Calientes

Written by LenR on 27 Jul, 2009

This is where the tourist trains for Machu Picchu terminate. The town is not great but the setting is magnificent. Aguas Calientes lies in the valley below Machu Picchu and is situated along the roaring Rio Urubamba where it intersects with the Rio Aguas Calientes.…Read More


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The Train

Written by LenR on 27 Jul, 2009

While doing a four-day trek along the Inca Trail may seem exciting to some, most visitors to Machu Picchu travel by train. This is still a spectacular way to travel as you follow the increasingly narrow Urubamba Valley towards Aguas Calientes.There are several train options…Read More


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