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One of the most difficult hikes I've ever done, due to the altitude. It was worth it at the top though!
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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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Manú Province, Peru
Peace and quiet on the Tambopata River in Peru
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In the summer, the Lachay Hills are desert-like and unpopulated. Winter is when the magic happens. Between the months of July and October, the humidity of the mist generates a unique ecosystem of wild flora and fauna, including eagles, foxes,...
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Amazonas, Peru
Gocta Falls, with the longest drop at 1772 feet, have been ranked everywhere from the third to the fifteenth highest waterfalls in the world. This hidden gem lies in the Chachapoyas region, between the Andes Mountains and lush Amazon rainforest....
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Huarmey, Peru
Huarmey is a small beach town located on the Ancash shore. The town itself is quiet and nondescript, but the beach is spectacular. You'l find crystalline water, sea-swept rock formations, and a deeply peaceful atmosphere. Huarmey is also a popular...
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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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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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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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Pisac, Peru
A great place to find local goods.
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Cusco, Peru
Ollantaytambo, Peru is a historic site, with both ruins and an ancient main town founded in the 15th century. The town boasts some of the oldest still-inhabited buildings in South America, and its cobbled alleyways are inviting little passages...
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Barranco District, Peru
If you take a walk along Pedro de Osma Avenue, in the neighborhood called Barranco, you’ll find great examples of most the colorful, stylish and original street art in Lima these days. Peruvian street art is an expression of the hopes and fears...
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Pevas cdra. 1, Iquitos 00016, Peru
The Peruvian Amazon offers an interesting line-up of liquors, many of them said to be potent aphrodisiacs. These liquors often contain high levels of honey and pollen, along with various barks and roots from exotic plants found amid this region's...
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Peru
Rupac is a pre-Incan ceremonial site nestled into the highlands near Lima. To reach the ruins, you must undertake a three-hour trek uphill to 3,000 meters above sea level, but the view is worth it – especially if you arrive in time to witness a...
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Calle Roca Fuerte 245, Urubamba, Peru
Our entry into the Sacred Valley of Peru, on the way to the Pisac Market.
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Huarochirí Province, Peru
Some say that the sunrise at Marcahuasi is the best in the country. This high plateau, located 4,100 meters above sea level, has long been a popular camping site for locals. The main attractions are mysterious rock formations which resemble...
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Machu Picchu, Chaska Tika 203, Aguas Calientes, Peru
The town of Aguas Calientes offers a wide array of options for lodging. One good budget option is Supertramp, a family-friendly eco-hostel that provides a welcoming place to relax after exploring Machu Picchu. Prices range from $18-22 USD....
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Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), Aguas Calientes, Peru
Treat yourself to this beautiful hotel at the top. Worth it for the hummingbirds alone!
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Carretera Hiram Bingham KM 7.5, Machu Picchu, Peru
If you ride the Hiram Bingham and are not staying at the lodge, you can do tea at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel on site. It's a big spread of sandwiches, fruit, and desserts, along with tea, soft drinks, or coffee. While it's...