Gocta Waterfalls

2019 Must-See Sites in Peru

2018 is quickly coming to a close and it was an exciting year for Peru. Peru made its first World Cup appearance in over 30 years. It hosted the Summit of the Americas, bringing together leaders from most countries in the Americas. And, travel-wise, Peru welcomed an astounding 4.4 million visitors, a new record for Peru!

 

If you weren’t one of the 4.4 million who were lucky enough to travel to Peru this year, you need to put Peru on your 2019 travel list. But, in 2019, let’s broaden our view of Peru – it’s so much more than Machu Picchu (which you still have to see!). Here we’ll give you our list of the Top 5 places to visit in Peru in 2019.

Ten Must-Have Apps for Traveling in Peru

So, you’ve booked your flight to Peru, bought your Machu Picchu tickets and you’re all ready to go?? Have you packed your bags? If not, this blog can help you with that. The last step is to make sure your phone is ready to go too. Below you’ll find our list of the Top Ten must-have apps for your travels in Peru!

Choosing a Travel Agency for Peru

We absolutely love planning our travels. It’s fun and exciting to visit a new place and figuring out what to do and how to do it is one of the great joys of travel.  But, it can also be overwhelming. Working with a tour agency can help ease the stress – they can help you sort out all the options, organize your travel and make reservations. In addition, they often know about places you may otherwise miss!

 

Choosing the right agency can be a daunting task – there are literally hundreds of options. In this post, we’ll help you think through the important factors when choosing a travel agency, give you some of our tips and even provide you with our recommendations for some of the best travel agencies for your travels in Peru!

 

Read on to learn all about Choosing the right Travel Agency for your travels!

Sacred Valley of Peru

10 Sites to See in the Sacred Valley of Peru

The Sacred Valley of Peru is one of those incredible, you can’t really believe it until you see it, kind of places. There is a reason the Inca chose this as the seat of their empire. The lushness of the flora, the incredible diversity in the fauna, the eternal Spring weather. It has been called, not inaccurately, paradise.

 

If you’re planning a trip through Peru, you must plan to spend some time here – After all, the Sacred Valley is home to Machu Picchu. But, outside of Machu Picchu, there are so many sites to see and cities to visit. It can be overwhelming to keep track of them all. In this blog post, we’ll give you a summary of some of the main sites and cities in the Sacred Valley and tips for how to make the most of your time there.

Inca Trail Peru: 9 Tips to Properly Prepare for a Trek through the Andes

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.

Airplane on tarmac peru

Airlines Peru: All you need to know about domestic flights in Peru

Peru is a relatively large country in Latin America – at about twice the size of Texas, there is a lot of land to cover. Couple that with some pretty intense mountain and jungle terrain, and travel by road can be incredibly time-consuming (and downright impossible at some points of the year).

 

Luckily, there are many options for flights and flying in Peru is relatively cheap and easy. For many itineraries, we really do recommend flying over driving (but see our notes below – some routes are best done by bus/road for health reasons!).

Peru Home-Stay

5 Reasons to do a Home-Stay in Peru

Why choose a Home-Stay?

 

A home-stay during your trip to Peru is a great option for so many reasons. In case you are not totally familiar with what a home stay is, it is typically a local family who has an extra bedroom or house and they welcome guests to stay with them and experience their daily life. Rather than staying in a hotel, a home stay is a great option, not only for accommodations, but for an unforgettable experience on your trip.

 

Below, we’ll give you 5 great reasons to book a home-stay.

Port at Taquile Island Lake Titicaca

5 things to do at Lake Titicaca

What’s there to do at Lake Titicaca? 

Lake Titicaca.

120 miles (193 km) long by 50 miles (80km) wide.

Situated high in the Andes Mountains on the border of Peru and Bolivia.

Highest navigable lake in the world at 12,506 feet/3812 meters in elevation.

Supposed birthplace of the Inca’s first king, Manco Capac.

 

But, you may ask yourself, is it worth a stop during my Peru trip? What is there to do at this beautiful location? And the answer: So much! There are many great ways to experience Lake Titicaca and we want to share with you our top 5 things to do at Lake Titicaca.

Sandy Beaches and Pre-Inca Culture: The Coastal Route from Lima to Ecuador

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.

Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain

Which mountain to hike? Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain

There are two mountains, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (also called Montaña Mountain) surrounding Machu Picchu that provide opportunities for hiking (and great views of Machu Picchu). But, as with all things Machu Picchu, it isn’t as simple as it first may seem. You must decide before you book your Machu Picchu tickets (or Inca Trail trek tickets that include your Machu Picchu entrance) whether you want to hike one of these mountains or not.

 

ALL ACROSS PERU is here to help you make sense of the options:

Peru style

What to wear on your trip to Peru

Having trouble deciding what to wear for your trip to Peru?

One of the reasons we love Peru so much is the incredible amount of diversity you can find here. But, this also can make a packing for a trip to Peru difficult. Have no fear, ALL ACROSS PERU is here to help you! Our travel guide (being published soon!) is full of tips like what you should pack and wear. Sign up for our newsletter below to get updates on when the book is released!

 

In this blog we’ll give you our tips for what to wear in each of the three main areas in Peru (coast, mountains, jungle).

Peru Market

5 tips for Peruvian Markets to get the best delicacies and meet the locals

When visiting a new country, one of the most exciting daily experiences is going to the local market. And every country has its own market “culture” that makes the experience unique and memorable. When I arrive in a new place, one of the first things I do is find the local market and buy a piece of fruit that I have never had before. It’s a fun way to welcome yourself to a new place and a great conversation starter with the stall owners – They usually love to introduce travelers to their local delicacies!

48 Hours in Lima – Discovering Perus capital in 2 days

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:

10 Steps to Machu Picchu: Everything You Need to Know

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!

The Himalayas of South America: A Detour to Huaraz in Northern Peru

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.

9 Things You Shouldn’t Miss in Cusco!

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!

10 Natural Wonders in Peru That You Shouldn’t Miss

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.