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The definitive Peru travel guide with expert tips, advice and ideas for planning a trip to Peru for the most rewarding of Peru vacations.

Couple Admiring The Spectacular View Of Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu Honeymoon: A Romantic's Guide To The Ruins

Congratulations! You are married and now ready to set off on your Machu Picchu honeymoon. Your honeymoon to Machu Picchu will have you surrounded by mountainous landscapes, which offer the perfect romantic […]
View Of The Amazonia , Manu, Peru
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5 Best Places To Visit The Amazon Jungle To See Wildlife

One simply runs out of superlatives describing the rainforest of the Amazon Basin (the so-called “Amazon jungle” of popular conception). About the size of the conterminous United States, this biggest river basin […]
Mindo Eco Lodge, Ecuador
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Luxury Amazon Rainforest Hotels: Where To Stay In The Amazon

The Amazon Rainforest is by far one of the most mysterious and exciting locales to visit in all of South America. Teeming with abundant wildlife, exotic trees and plants, and even indigenous […]
Magic Water Circuit And Light Show
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11 Top-Rated Peru Tourist Attractions To Visit

When it comes to discovering the history, culture, and natural features of South America, one country in particular offers all three and so much more. Located on the west coast of the […]
Dense Vegetation On Cuyabeno River
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11 Tourist Attractions In The Amazon Rainforest You Must See

When it comes to untouched nature in a wildlife-rich environment, the Amazon Rainforest is one of the last places on earth to explore. Even hearing the word Amazon conjures up images of […]
Misti Volcano And Arequipa Cathedral
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The 9 Best Things To Do In Peru

These days you have many choices when it comes to travel, and Peru is often near the top of the list for a number of special reasons. Whether you wish to relax, […]
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Peru With Kids: Top 9 Things To Do In Peru With Family

Planning a family vacation brings with it many unique challenges, and when the destination is a South American country, the more you know, the better the trip will be for all. This […]
Intihuatana, Machu Picchu
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14 Must-See Sights & Tourist Attractions In Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is the most visited tourist attraction in Peru because of its intricate system of Inca ruins. Machu Picchu sights are famous because it was the ceremonial center for the Incas, […]
Royal Tomb In The Citadel Of Machu Picchu
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Top 10 Things To Do At Machu Picchu

Located in the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru, Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca citadel and is one of the most familiar icons for the Inca civilization. You will be amazed by […]
Couple Looking At The Sea, Tayrona National Park Tropical, Colombia
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South America Honeymoon: Dream Destinations & Inspiration

South America presents an unrivaled combination of adventure and indulgence. With everything from romantic candlelit dinners under the stars to remote jungle trails; exciting cities to enchanting colonial towns; far-flung islands to […]
Happy Family Enjoying The View In the Sacred valley Of The Incas In Cusco - Peru
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7 Best Family Destinations In South America

Soaring mountains, incredible wildlife and beaches, historical remains, the greatest natural and manmade wonders in the world, and spectacular cultural highlights from food to art, South America is a perfect destination for […]
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Best Food In South America? 12 Must-Try Specialty Dishes

One of the strongest arguments in favor of vacationing in South America is to have the chance at sampling its fascinating specialty dishes high in colors and flavors. The cuisine has numerous […]
couple dancing tango in buenos aires, argentina
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Top 10 South America Tourist Attractions You Have To See

South America is a continent of contrasting landscapes, featuring the highest, the driest, the largest, the deepest, the rarest, and more… If planning a vacation to South America, below please find our […]
Aguas Calientes In Machu Picchu Peru
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Top 10 Things To Do In Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes)

Aguas Calientes is a small village near the base of Machu Picchu and offers plenty of things to do for tourists coming to visit the area. This village is the perfect place […]
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11 Best Places To Stay In Peru

When traveling to Peru where to stay is at the top of the list when planning an itinerary. Fortunately the country has a wealth and variety of luxurious accommodations to suit the […]
Panoramic view of Miraflores Distric, Lima - Peru
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When Is The Best Time To Visit Peru?

Iced-over mountains rearing past 20,000 feet, yawning and mist-clawed selva soundtracked by bellowing howler monkeys, ethereal desert hills easing down to the surf: Peru’s scenic variety can bowl you over. Throw in […]
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Waqrapukara, Peru: More Spectacular Than Machu Picchu?

There’s no way anyone could accuse the ancient Inca site of Waqrapukara, Cusco of being over-visited. In fact, most people have never even heard of the place. Hear the words ‘Inca fortress’ […]
Amazing View In Spectacular High Mountains, Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru
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5 Best Treks And Hikes In Huaraz, Peru

The gateway to Peru’s most spectacular hiking routes, Huaraz is a small Andean city found at the foot of the almighty Cordillera Blanca. Snow-capped peaks and crystalline glacial lakes entice the keenest […]
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Choquequirao: Peru’s Secret Cradle of Gold

Ever found yourself cursing other tourists? Wishing for a photo album not populated by posing strangers? Dreaming of a meaningful experience not shared by crowds of other travelers? There seem to be scant […]
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13 Tantalizing Lake Titicaca Facts To Know

You’ll quickly recognize Lake Titicaca from the mesmerizing photos: deep blue skies mimicking the rich blue color of the waters below, fringed by yellow grass reeds that are used to construct the […]
Taricaya Turtles In Amazon Lake
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The Best Place To Visit The Amazon In Peru

The Peruvian Amazon jungle is massive, so it’s difficult to know which area is the best place to visit. There are so many reasons to explore this living, breathing sanctuary of biodiversity […]
Interior Of The House Of The Guardians, Machu Picchu
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10 Must-See Ancient Ruins In Peru

Peru is a country that boasts a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty. At the heart of this South American nation lies a treasure trove of spectacularly situated and fascinating […]
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Sacsayhuaman: Fortress of Cusco, Peru

Cusco is Peru’s most visited city due to its proximity to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. While most people just spend a few days here either side of their tour, there […]
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Gocta Waterfall: A Visitor’s Guide

The Gocta Waterfall in Peru, commonly known as Gocta Falls, is one of the world’s tallest waterfalls, anywhere from the third to the sixteenth tallest depending on how you classify it. Named […]
Alpacas Along The Inca Trail, The Andes Mountains
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10 Fun Facts About Llamas

Llamas may be a little intimidating up close but that doesn’t stop them from being absolutely adorable. These big, fluffy creatures can be found all over the world but are native to […]
Blue waters of Peru's lake titicaca
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How To Get To Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca sits on the border of Peru and Bolivia at an altitude of almost 13,000 feet above sea level. It is shrouded in mystery and still bears a great spiritual and […]
Dancing,Devils,Of,The,Candelaria,Festival.,Puno, Peru
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Fiesta De La Candelaria

Every year from the 1st until the 14th of February, the quiet town of Puno, on the edge of Lake Titicaca, is transformed by the Fiesta De la Candelaria, a festival to […]
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Huaca Pucllana

Nestled away in the heart of Miraflores, the most picturesque district in Peru’s capital city Lima, is the Huaca Pucllana. Steeped in history and culture, these remarkable ruins are one of the […]
Restaurant at Monastario Hotel, Cusco
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The 6 Best Restaurants In Cusco, Peru

Cusco is famed for its rich Andean heritage, Incan history and luxurious hotels, but when it comes to cuisine and recommendable restaurants has always been seen as something of a poor relation […]
Inca Fortress Of Ollantaytambo
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Ollantaytambo Ruins: A Visitor’s Guide

Nestled in the heart of Peru’s spectacular Sacred Valley is Ollantaytambo (or Ollanta as it is known to the locals), a small town that is home to the famous Ollantaytambo Ruins. These […]
Lake Sandoval In Tambopata Natural Reserve
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What Things Are There To Do In Puerto Maldonado, Peru?

A delightful change from the brisk chill of Peru’s mountainous region, Puerto Maldonado is the perfect introduction to the Amazon. The town itself is small but lively and is surrounded by thick, […]
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Best Hiking Boots For The Inca Trail

The Inca Trail might see a lot of footfall but its terrain is just as rugged as ever, meaning that your choice of footwear can really make or break your trip. Hiking […]
8 Best Places To Visit In Peru
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The 10 Best Hotels in Cusco, Peru

Cusco, Peru, once the navel of the Inca Empire is rightly one of the most popular tourist spots in the world, and not just because of its proximity to the world famous […]
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Colca Canyon: A Visitor’s Guide

One Peruvian destination growing in popularity every season is the beautiful historic town of Arequipa, along with a host of superb natural attractions in the surrounding area, none of which are more […]
Tuk tuk in the beach
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5 Best Things To Do In Paracas, Peru

Paracas is a town, peninsula, bay, pre-Inca Culture, as well as Peru’s oldest and largest protected coastal reserve. Most visitors come to Paracas to visit the spectacular Islas Ballestas and the Paracas […]
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Top 4 Things To Do in Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa is Peru’s second largest metropolis and whilst it is less known internationally compared to the likes of Lima, Cusco or Machu Picchu, it’s fast evolving into a firm favourite on the […]
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Islas Ballestas: Peru’s Poor Man’s Galapagos

The Islas Ballestas of Peru are commonly referred to as the “poor man’s Galapagos”, and for good reason. The islands rank as one of Peru’s best wildlife-watching destinations, serving as an important […]
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Top 5 Things To Do In Huacachina, Peru

Perhaps the last thing you’d expect to find in the bone-dry dusty Peruvian desert is a picturesque lagoon surrounded by palm trees and lush foliage, highly reminiscent of those seen in the […]
Aerial View Of Monkey Geoglyph
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What Are The Nazca Lines?

Rich in history, culture and ancient archaeology, Peru is brimming with more than its fair share of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Perhaps none are more intriguing than the Nazca lines, one of […]
Exterior Of The Rosa Nautica Restaurant In Miraflores
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10 Best Restaurants In Lima, Peru

It’s been named South America’s Best Culinary Destination and the World’s Best Culinary Destination for several years in a row now: Lima, Peru is a feast for the palate of any traveler, […]
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Kuelap Fortress: A First-Timer’s Guide

The ancient fortress of Kuelap is a unique archeological site in Northern Peru, pre-dating Machu Picchu by 1,000 years. Often called one of the most overwhelming pre-Inca sites, it is quickly becoming […]
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10 Best Peru World Heritage Sites

The synergistic blend of rich history, vibrant culture, and ancient ruins make Peru’s top destinations read more as a laundry list of Wonders of the World, bucket list toppers and World Heritage […]
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Top 13 Things To Do In Downtown Lima, Peru

A designated UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site, the historic downtown of Lima, Peru is bursting with magnificent monuments, notable art and architecture, and a rich history that spans over five hundred years. Here […]
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Manu National Park: A First-Timer’s Guide

Manu National Park is one of the largest protected areas in the world, containing much of the Peruvian Amazon’s greatest flora and fauna. Almost 25,000 rare and endemic species reside here, with […]
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Sillustani: Puno’s Pre-Incan Colla Chullpas

The Sillustani ruins are an above ground Pre-Incan burial site situated around the beautiful Lake Umayo, located in the Lake Titicaca region, approximately 30 kilometres northeast of Puno. While Sillustani is lesser […]
Panoramic View Of A Traditional House And The Amazon River
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Nauta, Peru – The Gateway To Pacaya-Samiria

You may not have heard of Nauta, but virtually all Peru Amazon River cruises depart from this small port on the northern bank of the Marañón River, 11km from its confluence with […]
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Cusco Cathedral

Home to countless architectural relics and historical sights, the city of Cusco is teeming with attractions that offer visitors a glimpse into its rich history. The city’s main square, the Plaza de […]
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Which Train To Machu Picchu Should You Take?

Machu Picchu can be reached by foot or rail, though there’s no doubt that taking one of the classic trains through the lush countryside is a more relaxing way to experience the […]
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Top 5 Lake Titicaca & Puno Attractions

For many travelers, witnessing the breathtaking glistening waters of Lake Titicaca (whether from its Peruvian or Bolivian shores) is a highlight of their trip to South America. Blessed with some astonishing archaeological […]
belmond-rio-sagrado-view from terrace
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The 6 Best Hotels In The Sacred Valley, Peru

A popular alternative to staying in Cusco with its bustling plazas and heady elevation is to head to the lower, verdant and more picturesque slopes of the nearby Sacred Valley. Home to […]
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What Is Pachamanca & How To Make It

Peru is a country known for its traditional yet inventive cuisine, with each region of the country offering dishes that maximize the unique ingredients found within them. On the coast, the pride […]
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu
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8 Best Places To Stay Near Machu Picchu

Located at the base of the Machu Picchu Mountain, home to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, is the small town of Aguas Calientes (also known as Machu Picchu Town). Whether […]
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Pachacamac: A Visitor’s Guide

Settled in 200 A.D. and situated only 40 kilometers southeast of Lima in the Valley of the Lurin River, Pachacamac is an impressive pre-Incan archaeological site covering a sprawling 450 hectares of […]
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Quechua: Language Of The Inca Lives On In The Central Andes

Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile and Argentina. When asked what language these six countries share in common, most will immediately answer: Spanish. But Spanish is just one of several languages you’ll find […]
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Peru Honeymoon Perfection: Ideas, Tips & Top Destinations

You’ve just tied the knot and are ready to embark on the honeymoon of your dreams: you and your loved one are headed to Peru. For couples who are looking for a […]
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Peruvian Food: 10 Traditional Dishes You Must Eat In Peru

In case you haven’t heard, Peruvian Food has been taking the gastronomic scene by storm in recent years – and it’s about time the rest of the world took notice. This South […]
Aerial view of Lima's coast
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Top 10 Things To Do In Lima, Peru

Lima, Peru is a city rich in culture new and old, where classic architecture stands amongst gleaming modernity and the country’s oldest traditions carry on in the lives of modern Peruvians. Perched […]
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Which Is Better Iquitos Or Puerto Maldonado?

No trip to Peru is complete without a trip to the Amazon. But with so much space and multiple ports to enter through, it’s hard to know the difference between which Amazonian […]
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8 Best Places To Visit In Peru (Besides Machu Picchu)

When thinking of Peru, countless destinations rush to mind: the mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu, the untamed Amazon, the culinary metropolis of Lima. With multiple millions of tourists visiting the country every […]
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Huayna Picchu vs Machu Picchu Mountain: Which Hike Is Best?

Traveling to Machu Picchu is often synonymous with trekking. However, the options for trekking are far wider and varied than just the Inca Trail to the ancient Inca citadel. For those don’t […]
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What To Pack For Cusco And Machu Picchu

Heading to Cusco and Machu Picchu? The Andean highlands of Peru are known for their varied weather, so it can be hard to know how to pack appropriately for your trip. Different […]
The Inti Raymi Or Sun Festival
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Inti Raymi Peru’s Festival Of The Sun

The famous Incas of Peru held four major religious celebrations each year, the largest and most important of which was Inti Raymi, attracting pilgrims from all corners of the Inca Empire. This […]
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Christmas Traditions in Peru

Christmas in Peru is a very special time of year in the largely Roman Catholic country, full of cozy traditions and religious celebrations with friends and family. Some celebrations are very reminiscent […]
Round Agricultural Terraces In Moray, Sacred Valley
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Moray & Maras Salt Mines

Just 50 kilometers from the city of Cusco, Peru sit the archaeological sites of Moray & Maras Salt Mines, a duo of rare Inca ruins that remain two of the most intriguing […]
Sacred circles in the grass in the foreground with the Andes in the background
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5 Best Things To Do In The Sacred Valley, Peru

The Sacred Valley of the Incas sits high in Peru’s Andean highlands, right between the city of Cusco and the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. Previously at the heart of the Inca […]
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A Brief History of Cusco Peru

The city of Cusco, Peru is currently known as the cultural capital of the country, but its significant history goes back much further. As the oldest living city in the Americas, Cusco […]
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Top 10 Places To Visit In Cusco, Peru

The city of Cusco is the heart of any visit to Peru. Tucked into the Andes, it’s the former center of the Inca Empire, cultural capital of the country, and gateway to […]
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10 Best Things To Do In Barranco – Lima’s Artsy District

The Barranco district is known as the SoHo of Lima, Peru. There are plenty of things to do in Barranco; it is full of renowned art galleries, cute boutiques and trendy coffee […]
Pisac ruins panorama
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Top 5 Things To Do In Pisac, Peru

Tucked into the Sacred Valley of Cusco, the sunny Peruvian village of Pisac is one travelers to Cusco shouldn’t miss. Right on the Willkanuta River, the area is best known for its […]
Small Home In Near Ausangate Mountain
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A Guide To Hiking The Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is known as one of the most sacred pilgrimages in the world. Built within the dramatic landscape between the Peruvian Andes and the Amazon Basin in […]
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How To Prevent Altitude Sickness In Cusco

Reportedly, 50% of travellers that go to Cusco get Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS), so there is a 50/50 chance that you will feel some of the symptoms on your travels to the Peruvian Andes. […]
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10 Best Iquitos Amazon Lodges

A great way to immerse yourself into the Amazon jungle is to stay in an incredible Iquitos amazon lodge right in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. There are a number of […]
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Where To Stay In Lima: The Best Hotels & Areas

Home to some of Peru’s greatest gastronomy, art, museums and culture, Lima is the perfect entryway to your travels throughout the country. If you are planning to visit Machu Picchu or the […]
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How To Get To Iquitos, Peru

No place on earth compares to the Peruvian Amazon; it is one of the largest untouched stretches of rainforest in South America and offers you the chance to experience an Amazon river […]
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The Best Time To Visit Iquitos, Peru

There surely could be no more fitting place for an Amazon vacation than in Iquitos, Peru – a city that can only be reached by air or water; there are no roads […]
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Where to Stay in Iquitos, Peru

If you don’t want to stay in a lodge in the depths of the Peruvian Amazon, or merely just want to experience city life in the rainforest before your Amazon river cruise, […]
The first sun rays at Machu Picchu
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When Is The Best Time Of Day And Year To Visit Machu Picchu?

Located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu is not only one of the wonders of the world, but also a testament to the ingenuity and talents of the Incas […]
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Top 15 Iquitos Tourist Attractions

The untouched Amazon Rainforest surrounding Iquitos is undoubtedly the main reason why travelers visit this jungle city, but Iquitos should not only be considered a jumping-off point for a Peru Amazon tour. […]
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Machu Picchu With Kids

Traveling to Machu Picchu with kids is not easy, but it is possible. Ironically, despite working in travel – creating custom itineraries for our clients each day – I found myself struggling […]
Square in Iquitos
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Top 10 Things To Do In Iquitos, Peru

If you are heading to Peru to discover the Amazon rainforest, chances are you will be headed in the direction of Iquitos, the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon. Just a native village […]
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The Story Of Juliane Koepcke: Surviving the Amazon Rainforest

Juliane Koepcke has one of the most impressive and enthralling survival stories of the Amazon rainforest. Incredible good fortune, a determination to survive, and some basic survival training learned from her father […]
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A Brief History Of Iquitos Peru

Iquitos in the Region of Loreto is the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon with almost half a million inhabitants. It’s the largest city in the world not accessible by road – […]
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Ayapua Boat Museum: Peru’s Historical Rubber Era Riverboat

The Ayapua (pronounced Ah-ya-Pooah) is perhaps the best way to get a glimpse into what life was like on a historical Amazon riverboat. It is one of the few remaining “Rubber Era” […]
Belen Market in Iquitos
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A Guide To Belen Market In Iquitos, Peru

To visit Belen Market in Iquitos, Peru, is to subject the five senses to a world of stunning stimulation. One of Iquitos’ most unique attractions, Belen and its market is located on […]
Amazon Manatee
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Manatee Rescue Center Iquitos

The Amazonian Manatee (Trichechus inunguis) is a freshwater species of manatee that inhabits the Amazon basin. It habitat includes Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana and Venezuela. To learn more about this graceful […]
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