Machu Picchu Guide

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When you say Peru, first thing that comes to most people’s mind is Machu Picchu. If you are a fan of mystery shows, you probably heard a lot of stories associating Machu Picchu into some out-of-this-world beings. The ruins are built with perfection and it remained undiscovered until 1911.  The fact that it was perched on the top of the mountains hidden away by the mist made it seem that it was not intended to be seen at all. Even the Spanish conquistadors never found this site. Until now, it remains a mind –boggling mystery and that made it very popular among individuals from allRead More →

Ballestas Islands Tour

A trip to the Galapagos islands is surely a dream vacation for nature and animal lovers. However, its remote location renders the whole trip not only expensive but also time-consuming. Alternative? Yeah, there is and you’ll surely love it. It’s called the Ballestas Islands, also known as the poor man’s Galapagos Islands, near the town of Paracas which is located on the south coast of Peru. Compared to other tourist attractions in the country, Ballestas Islands are actually one of the least known destinations. I’ve only learned about its existence through Peru Hop since it is one of their recommended activities to do during theRead More →

Cusco Travel Guide

Culture and history are two of the main reasons why many tourists visit Peru. Before the Spanish conquerors came to the country, Inca civilizations dominated and the city of Cusco became the capital of their empire. Although their reign was short-lived, there are a number of artifacts, beliefs, practices and structures that have withstood time and ravages of conquerors. Many of their spectacular creations are found in Cusco and it continues to impress visitors from around the world. What to know before you go Elevation The city of Cusco sits at 3,400 m.a.s.l.. If you are planning to hike the nearby mountain peaks, you willRead More →

Peru Hop Review

Are you heading to Peru but can’t still figure out how to get around the major tourist attractions easily and safely? You’ve spent a great deal of time searching for safety travel advices but all you keep seeing are kidnappings, harassments, scams, crashes and hijacking incidents? Feeling already a bit overwhelmed that you are now having second thoughts about pursuing your travel escapades in this country? I had the same feeling too. Lucky enough, after weeks of stressing myself out, I finally found the answer to all my worries. I booked a pass with Peru Hop and am going to share my experience with youRead More →

Must-try foods in Peru

Aside from its picturesque and diverse landscapes, Peru has been a popular destination in South America because of its food. Its unique immigration history has created an incredible fusion of flavors from China, Europe, Japan, Africa and Middle East which made the country a perfect foodie destination. With Peru’s wide array of cuisines, exploring can be daunting and endless. You might not be able to sample each and everything out but this list might help you out. Here are 26 must-try foods and drinks in Peru. Ceviche This can probably be Peru’s national dish. You will find ceviche in every restaurant’s menu all around Peru.Read More →

Machu Picchu Facts

Machu Picchu was actually known already to some locals of Peru however it was Hiram Bingham who made it known to the world when he published his book “Lost City of the Incas”. He was actually searching for Vilcabamba, the last refuge of the Incas to fall to the Spanish conquistadors, but a local farmer pointed him and his team of explorers to some ruins on top of the mountain. The farmer called the place “Machu Picchu” which means Old Peak in the Quechua language. The mysterious facade of Machu Picchu intrigued a lot of people from all over the world. There are numerous historians andRead More →

Walking tour in Miraflores

Miraflores has undoubtedly become a popular destination for tourist who wishes to stay in Lima, Peru. As compared to other parts of Lima, Miraflores has a great western influence but what makes it stunning and vibrant is the six-mile stretch of parks situated along the cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The district also has a lot to offer when it comes to shopping, hotels, parks, beaches, restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs. Most international flights enter through Lima so you are bound to stay there for a few days before you head to your final destination. Even if you decide to stay in another district, you shouldRead More →

Arequipa things to do

Many people say that the moment you step into Arequipa, you wouldn’t want to leave anymore. I had the exact same feeling the moment I arrived in this city. With Arequipa’s rich culture, outstanding gastronomic delights, prestigious colonial buildings and picturesque landscapes, it wouldn’t take long before this city will capture your heart just as it did to mine. I was able to spend only two days in Arequipa so I tried my best to make the most out of it. Here are the 17 things you should not miss out when you plan to step foot into this white city in the south. TopRead More →

“A tiny oasis in Peru? For real?” It seems completely unreal but this tiny village sits right there at the Southern part of Peru 5 hours away from Lima. Although it is not the most inspiring place to visit in Peru, tourists flock there for two main reasons: sandboarding and dune buggy ride. I actually went to Huacachina because I’d really love to see the place in person but I didn’t have it in my mind to try any of these adrenaline inducing activities. The thought of rolling over the sand and swallowing mouthful of sand really scared me so I decided that maybe IRead More →

What I hate most about every trip are the long layovers. I had a 6-hour stop in Aruba on my way to Peru. Being a Philippine passport holder, I am required to apply for visa before arrival. However, since the trip was so sudden, I wasn’t able to do that at all. I landed in Aruba prepared to endure 6 hours of waiting until the unexpected happened. I was able to tour around the island, no need of visa! I got out from the airport and took a private driver who showed me around for the price of $45 per hour (standard rate). During theRead More →