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I'm planning a 10-day trip to Peru in October! Thanks for helping me. :) I look forward to contributing my own Highlights when I return!
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We almost didn't make it to this place. We took the (very) early morning train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Piccu. Watched the fog clear and the majestic mountain reveal itself. After a few hours we decided to go back to Aguas Calientes to eat...
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This photograph was taken at Ccaccaccollo Community outside of Cusco on the way to Pisac. The women of the village farm, dye and spin the wool. Then use the yarn to weave and knit beautiful traditional peruvian textiles.
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Plazoleta Nazarenas 223, Cusco 08000, Peru
Orient-Express has turned an 18th-century convent into a hotel, preserving the courtyards and frescoes. Native experts designed bath products that use coca leaves and white sage from Lake Titicaca. From $595. 51/(0) 16-108-300. This appeared in...
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221, Plazoleta Nazarenas, Cusco, Peru
Top off your evening in Cusco with a pisco sour at Fallen Angel, just across the street from the Hotel Monastero in the chic San Blas Neighborhood. The edgy decor is downright trippy. Incredible Trip to Peru: http://bit.ly/11IZdBX
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Coripata, Cusco, Peru
Cherubs hang from the ceiling and flying pigs decorate the bar. Aquarium bathtubs covered in glass are the tables and funky, modern art with Christian themes decorate the walls. Behind the bar a disco ball glitters the rows of liquor bottles and...
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Plaza de Armas, Arequipa, Peru
Arequipa, Peru, is known as the white city because of the use of cillar, a volcanic mineral, on most of the city's downtown buildings and can be seen just fine at eye level. However, if you decide to climb about five flights of stairs to to the...
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Calle Carmen Alto 227, Cusco 08000, Peru
This store is just a little ways off the main street of the San Blas arts district in Cusco, but definitely worth the diversion. Inside, funky, modern jewelry and handbags are mixed with neatly hung vintage dresses, shirts, and jackets. The walls...
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Taquile Island, Peru
Lake Titicaca is the largest navigable lake in the world. It's worth taking advantage of it's navigability to find your way onto a boat to Isla Taquile from Puno. The island is inhabited by a cooperative society of people who welcome travelers to...
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Av. de La Cultura 220, Cusco 08000, Peru
Along the wall of the Coca museum in the San Blas District of Cusco, are about six artifacts from major ancient civilizations from Peru. They are anthropomorphic figures and they all are all shaped to include a wad of coca leaves in their cheek....
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Máncora District, Peru
Across from the central market. Away from the tourist restaurants sit the amazing cevicharia hermanos Lama. Being away from the tourist center means the prices are lower, and being directly across from the market means the fish is fresher. The...
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Lago Sandoval, Peru
One of the most memorable day trips you can take on a visit to the Peruvian Amazon is to the one-of-a-kind Lake Sandoval, a short hike from the Madre de Dios River, a tributary of the mighty Amazon. My husband and I visited Lake Sandoval during a...
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Comprised of over 2,000 small salt wells, the "Salineras de Maras" have provided a steady source of salt for residents of Peru's Sacred Valley since potentially before the days of the Inca. Diverting water from a naturally salty spring, small...
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Nauta, Peru
On an afternoon spotting pink dolphins in the Hatum Posa area of the Peruvian Amazon, these girls offered rides in their canoe. The rain is about to fall, gently first, then hard. I declined their offer in lieu of a swim, as this was the one spot...
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Portal de Panes 115, Cusco 08000, Peru
I was told to always drink/chew coca leaves to help with altitude and to go easy on the alcohol. The Inka Grill on portal de panes has found the best of both worlds. Coca sour. Pisco infused with coca leaves. I get my pisco and the coca helps with...
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Paradero Rumichaka, Urubamba 08660, Peru
My husband and I recently went to the Sacred Valley region in Peru and stayed in this paradise called "Willka T'ika", which means the sacred flower. Every single meal we had at Willka T'ika came freshly from their garden: salads made of freshly...
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Puno, Peru
Strolling through Puno, Peru, on the banks of the fascinating Lake Titicaca, we passed many stores displaying produce and fish for sale, but nothing looked or smelled as tempting as this freshly-baked bread. Curious to find out if it tasted as...
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Juli, Peru
Driving in the countryside around Lake Titicaca on the Bolivian border, we came across many farms like this one. Sheep and pigs were prevalent, with most every house having at least a couple. The red soil looked so rich and fertile that it was...
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To celebrate my husband's 40th birthday, I planned a trip to Peru for the two of us, scheduling our itinerary so we would spend the day of his actual birthday at the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. I wanted him to always be able to remember exactly...
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Máncora District, Peru
A true desert outpost, the Peruvian town of Mancora enjoys the most sunshine hours of anywhere in the country. Unlike the rest of Peru the water is warm enough to surf without a wetsuit, a welcome complement to an area already featuring some of...
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Calle Santa Isabel 376, Miraflores, Lima 15074, Peru
A few years back, when Lima's Central Restaurante was closed because of zoning issues, Peru's celebrity chef, Gastón Acurio, was one of many who petitioned for it to be reopened. I knew that meant the young chef at Central, Virgilio Martinez, must...
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Paucarpata, Peru
Just southeast of Arequipa, Perú, a great place to go for a walk is in "la campiña" (the countryside) around the town of Paucarpata. Founded by the Spanish in the 1570's, it's known for its terraces, which date back much earlier, to pre-Inca...
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Cusco, Peru
Nosh on some traditional aji de gallina and wash it all down with some Inca Cola at Los Candiles Restaurant in central Cusco before exploring all that this gorgeous mountain city has to offer. In the evening, weave your way through the maze of...
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Puno, Peru
About 2,000 people in the Uros tribe live on large floating islands made of reed in the middle of Lake Titicaca - the highest navigable lake in the world. Each island is controlled by a family with its own mayor. The lovely and gracious people...
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Cusco, Peru
The route to Machu Picchu has gotten smoother, thanks to two hotels outside Cuzco. Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and Wellness resort is built on a 17th century hacienda and has one of Peru’s largest spas. Treatments feature coca leaves and camu...
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When I decided to go to Peru, I knew there would be plenty of handicrafts to capture my attention. I even packed a collapsible tote bag to lug my purchases back home. In Lima, I stayed at a hotel in Miraflores. On my first venture out into the...
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Puno, Peru
During a trip to Peru's Lake Titicaca, my husband and I debated whether to visit the Uros Floating Islands - we'd received mixed reviews from travelers who had already visited the islands. We decided to give it a shot and hired a private boat to...
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Puno, Peru
When my husband and I visited Peru's Lake Titicaca in March 2011, we couldn't decide whether or not to take a trip out to the Uros Floating Islands. People who'd been there before us had offered mixed reviews. But we decided to give it a go and we...
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Avenida Miguel Grau 369, Barranco 15063, Peru

By Mariana Tschudi

Everyone in Lima knows Canta Rana—some consider it the best cevicheria in the city. The owners’ son has a spot in the main market called Canta Ranita where the ceviche is just as good, and even though it’s a stall, the place has...

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Sanchez Carrion 199, Barranco 15063, Peru

By Mariana Tschudi

Some of the best bands in Peru play at this dive bar. It also holds an annual film festival. This year, I’m applying to screen my short film about the Peruvian sea, Madre Mar [Mother Sea]. Avenida Bolognesi 307, 51/(0) 1247-1012,...

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Arriving at the gate at 6:30am, I was extremley excited to see and explore this amazing place. I have been planning this trip for over ten years and the moment was finally here! After entering, the entire mountain range and ruins were covered in a...
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ICA, Peru
The pisco sour cocktail, made with a grape brandy called pisco, egg whites, lime juice, ice, simple syrup, and bitters, is now served by mixologists around the globe. In the Ica region of Peru, about 180 miles south of Lima along the Pan American...
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Antigua Panamericana Sur 31.5, Lurín LIMA 16, Peru
The hills and coast around Lima can seem almost lunar--the climate is arid, despite the 'garúa,' the low-lying but rain-less clouds that hang around this part of Perú for about half the year. But the desert is archaeologically rich. Lima itself is...
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Santa Catalina 301, Arequipa, Peru
In 1580, just four decades after the Spanish founded the city of Arequipa in the highlands of Perú, the Monastery of Santa Catalina de Siena was established. Wealthy families paid lavish dowries in order for their daughters to become nuns here....
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Cerro El Calvario, Copacabana, Bolivia
Climbing Calvario Hill in Copacabana rewards you with a spectacular view of the town and Lago Titicaca (just take it easy if the altitude gets to you).
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Sacred Valley, Peru
Our entry into the Sacred Valley of Peru, on the way to the Pisac Market.
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Máncora District, Peru
Mancora, a tiny fishing village in northern Peru near the border of Ecuador, is one of the most beautiful beach towns I've ever visited. Walk the beach and you pass fancy boutique hotels, old wooden fishing boats, vendors hawking coconut water and...
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Trujillo, Peru
Just about 15 minutes outside of the center of Trujillo - Peru's colonial town in the northwestern part of the country and third largest city - you'll find the quaint seaside town of Huanchaco. Here you will find many surfers teaching local kids...
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Huaraz, Peru
Hiked the Lago 69 loop to the lake of the same name. It was a breathless hike with the high altitudes, but the views were worth it!
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Urubamba, Peru
With limited time, we had to forego hiking the Inca trail to get to Machu Picchu. The alternative? Taking the train down the Urubamba river valley. The ride from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes, at the base of the mountain crowned by the ruined Inca...
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Carmen Bajo 120, Cusco 08000, Peru
In the San Blas district of Peru, was the restaurant Pachapapa. This was by far the best meal we had in Peru. It was nestled in a courtyard and all the dishes were prepared in an oven next to us. Quite spectacular. DELICIOUS!
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Lake Titicaca
One of my favorite places when I visited Peru in April was the famous Lake Titicaca in Puno. At 12,500 feet above sea level and nestled between Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the highest commercially navigable lake in the world. The lake has a...
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This month marks the hundred-year-anniversary of the "re-discovery" of this Inca citadel by Hiram Bingham. Machu Picchu deserves its clichés--'place of a lifetime,' 'bucket-list destination'...'mystical'...'amazing'... Sometimes, it's okay to...
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Camino Inca, Peru
We made it to camp after a really long day of hiking. Our guide asked if wanted to be in awe a bit more that day. We obviously wanted to! We trekked through the camp and a little out of the way to arrive at the amazing Winay Wayna. It ended up...
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One of the best things to do while in Cuzco is to visit the Sunday farmer's market in the nearby Andean town of Pisac, taking either a taxi or a more economical bus to get there. The villagers surrounding Pisac come from miles around to sell their...
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Lake Titicaca
Last year when visiting Peru's beautiful Lake Titicaca, my husband and I went back and forth about whether to visit the lake's famous Uros Floating Islands. We'd received mixed reviews from travelers who'd already visited the islands. Ultimately...
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Calle Plateros 334, Cusco 0000-0000, Peru
All along the square and branching streets of Cusco are restaurants that serve Western-style and Peruvian meals. The meals are hearty and meaty. However, if one is craving warm soup in characteristically simple surroundings, Kintaro is the stop....
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In the predawn, I rose with my friends to catch the bus to Machu Picchu. We are ready to see the sun magic light hit the ruins of the ancient city. Our guide shows us a wonderful location above the city - away from the crowds. We watched the sky...