I’m positively buzzing with anticipation! On the 10th of November, the time has come: I’m hiking the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu! I’ve been professionally involved with Peru for more than six years, working with travel agencies, traveling all over the country, and advising clients on their trekking tours. In my mind, I feel like I’ve walked them all: Inca Trail, Salkantay, Inca Jungle, you name’em … In real life, however, my feet have only touched the Ausangate Trek. And it was no joke! I struggled heavily with the thin mountain air, the extreme temperatures, and my „unfitness“ at that time. I was just badly prepared. Which won’t happen with the Inka Trail! In this article, you’ll find out what to expect on a trek through the Andes and how I’m currently preparing for the Inca Trail.
Many travelers start their adventure in Latin America with Peru and the classic South Route. It makes sense — the highlights Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, and more await them here. Long-term travelers in particular, however, are soon drawn into the still relatively untouristic north, Peru’s true treasure trove! The adventurers are greeted by numerous ruins and temples, surfer villages, and, of course, freshly caught fish — perfect for the national dish Ceviche. You’ll find various ways to include the coastline in your itinerary in our personalized guidebook ALL ACROSS PERU. It also includes detailed city guides with plenty of info on lodging, restaurants, and other tips.
Altitude sickness in Peru is a topic that every traveller should read up on before travelling to the Andes in order to avoid unpleasant surprises. This post will show you how to prevent altitude sickness and what to do when you start to feel even slight signs of it!
Lima is a cultural jewel with unique museums and a captivating history, a patchwork of cultures and a rapidly changing city. Lima is the synonym for haute cuisine, a top gastronomy that sets worldwide standards. Lima is at the heart of all the culinary influences of the entire country – the best ingredients of the coast, the Andes, and the rainforest are thrown into one pot in Lima. It’s also the courage to be creative that drives this city forward. Lima has overcome its bad reputation for quite some time now. Yes, the coastal fog sticks to the city’s rooftops 300 days a year and yes, Lima is still swamped by a gigantic chaos of traffic – but if you want to get to know Peru, you need to see Lima. In 48 hours. We’ll show you how to make the best of your time here:
Just arrive in Cusco, buy a ticket to Machu Picchu, and off you go? Wouldn’t that be nice! Visiting Machu Picchu is a science in itself. It starts with the right time to travel, continues with a pretty complicated ticket purchase, and ends with the questions: How do I even get to Machu Picchu and where do I spend the night? Fortunately, we have great answers to all these questions!
Did you know that the highest mountain range in the world outside the Himalayas can be found in Peru? We’re not talking about Cusco and the Andes in the south. Hidden away in the north is a real gem for adventurers and the outdoor scene: the Cordillera Blanca. With 22 snow-capped mountains, each more than 6,000 meters high, this mountain range runs through northern central Peru and is a true mecca for all adventurers.
Is one day enough to visit Cusco? It’s a question we get asked a lot. And the answer is nope. No way. Not enough. Anyone who wants to experience the real Cusco should plan at least two to three days. After all, Nora lives in Cusco for more then two years and never got bored 😉
We’ll share 9 things you should definitely check out in Cusco!
Coast, Andes, rainforest, and an abundance of climatic zones in between: Peru is blessed with an incredible amount of natural wonders that cover the whole country. Be it desert, waterfall, mountain lagoon, natural beach, colorful fields, or snow-capped Andean peaks — if you love nature, you will love Peru! In this article, we’ll tell you which places took our breath away.