17 Things to Know Before Traveling to Peru

Peru was unexpectedly remarkable – from the scenery to the culture. Planning a trip to Peru, however, can be a bit daunting, especially if you have never been to South America before. This may stop some travelers from pursuing their interest in Peru. With some preliminary research, visiting Peru is no more difficult (but possibly 10x more rewarding) than anywhere else in the world. To help you get started planning your trip, here are the 17 most asked questions for people preparing for a trip to Peru.

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Exploring Lake Titicaca and The Islands of Uros & Taquile | One Day in Puno, Peru

Lake Titicaca, in addition to being incredibly fun to say, is the highest navigable lake in the world and home to some incredibly unique cultures. This large lake spans Peru and Bolivia in the Andean Highlands. It is believed, by the Andean people, to be the birthplace of the sun. The Peruvian side of the lake includes the ingenious Uros people who live on man-made floating islands and the pre-Inca inhabitants of the beautiful Taquile Island. One day is all you will need to visit the mysterious and charming islands in Lake Titicaca and the sights around Puno.

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New York City in 6 Days | Itinerary for First-Time Visitors

Just like Paris, New York City is always a good idea. No matter the time of year, a first-time visitor to New York City will have an overwhelming number of places to see. Initially, it is hard to imagine exploring such a diverse city in a week. Honestly, there is no way to see all of New York, regardless of how long you are visiting. This itinerary will hopefully help you make the most of your time and cover all of the most important attractions.

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A Guide to Maui, Hawaii | 13 Best Things to Do

Beach bums and adventure lovers alike will be in paradise on Maui, Hawaii’s second-largest island. You can find humpback whales, black sand or pristine white sand beaches, volcanos, renowned snorkeling, tropical forests, and so much more. A must-visit destination for all travelers. Start planning your trip to Maui now with this list of the 13 best things to do.

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The 10 Best Inca Ruins to Visit in the Sacred Valley and Cusco

The mighty Inca Empire stretched along the west coast of South America, spanning 6 countries. The empire was divided into four regions, all of which met up at the Incan capital of Cusco. Cusco and the nearby Sacred Valley of the Incas is filled with centuries-old ruins. While one might immediately think of Machu Picchu, this area has so many more impressive sights that might even rival the great lost city of the Incas. This list ranks the 10 best Inca ruins in Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

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Best Way to Get from Cusco to Puno, Peru

Going from the Sacred Valley to Lake Titicaca (or vice versa) is a common route for most travelers in Peru. Puno is the gateway to the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. With car travel often discouraged in Peru, it is often difficult to figure out the best way to travel across the country. Here we outline the different ways to get between Cusco and Puno and each ones’ benefits.

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Luxury PeruRail Lake Titicaca Train Ride: Cusco to Puno

The Titicaca Train from Cusco to Puno is not only the most beautiful train ride in Peru but also one of the most scenic in the world. Also known as the Andean Explorer train, this route goes between the city center of Cusco and Puno. This train ride is so much more than transporting you from A to B. This luxury train is styled after a 1920s Pullman train and goes through the Andes Mountains, reaching over 14,000 feet of elevation. The total journey takes 10 hours and includes 2 gourmet meals, traditional Peruvian dancing, and endless panoramic views. As a sucker for train travel, our expedition through the Andes Mountains by train was a highlight of our trip to Peru.

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Why are There so Many Unfinished Buildings in Peru?

Likely one of the first things you’ll notice upon landing in Peru, besides the reduced oxygen in the air, is the prevalence of unfinished homes everywhere. You think: these cities have around for centuries, is it possible that they are still expanding? A quick google search will reveal that it has looked unfinished for decades. With exception of the wealthy neighborhoods in Lima, this problem is widespread throughout Peru. But why?

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Machu Picchu Day Trip from Ollantaytambo, Peru

A visit to Peru would be incomplete without a trip to the Lost City of the Incas. Machu Picchu is the perfectly placed hill-top Inca city in the middle of the jungle. Many travel books and guides advise spending a night in Aguas Calientes prior to visiting Machu Picchu – this is completely unnecessary. Machu Picchu can be visited as a day trip from the Sacred Valley or Cusco, saving time and money without sacrificing your experience in Machu Picchu. This is a guide for visiting Machu Picchu as a day trip from Ollantaytambo: how to get there, when to visit, where to eat, and what to know before you go.

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11 Things to Do in Cusco, Peru

If you are going to Machu Picchu, you will most likely have to go through Cusco. Cusco is much more than just a gateway to Machu Picchu. This alluring city has beautiful architecture, abundant history, vibrant culture, and delicious food. The city’s buildings are a mix of Inca and Spanish colonial styles and there are many Inca ruins just outside the city’s hub. The strong Catholic faith and history in this area means frequent colorful festivals and parades. Hopefully, these 11 things to do in Cusco encourages you to extend your stay beyond Machu Picchu.

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A Vegetarian Food Guide to Peru

Peru is not known for being vegetarian-friendly. Most of their cuisine centers around meat – a nice large slab of meat with some carby vegetables on the side. Even something labeled as vegetable soup will likely still have large chunks of meat attached to the bone in it. However, with a little bit of prior planning, it is actually quite easy to eat a vegetarian diet in Peru without starving. Most touristy cities now cater to vegetarian visitors, producing incredibly delicious food. Even if you are traveling off-the-beaten path in Peru, this guide can help you identify what you can eat that is still traditional Peruvian.

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71 Gifts Travelers Will Actually Want | Massive Travel Gift Guide

A true traveler values experiences over possessions – making them particularly difficult to shop for. However, there are many gifts that will greatly improve their adventures. Aside from an around-the-world plane ticket, these 71 gifts are ones that travelers will actually want. Below is a massive variety of gifts for all categories of traveler: the backpacker, the luxury-seeker, or the family globetrotters. Prices range from $5 to $500 – so no matter your budget, we got you covered.

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3 Days in Peru’s Sacred Valley

With most visitors beelining to the incredible bucket-list destination of Machu Picchu, the rest of Peru’s Sacred Valley is often forgotten. To fully experience this area, spend a few days outside of Cusco in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This river valley in the Andes Mountain range is less than an hour drive from Cusco and spans 60 kilometers from Pisac to Ollantaytambo. It is full of Inca ruins, Spanish colonial villages, fertile farmland, and colorful local markets. While most of these sights can be visited as day trips from Cusco, staying in one of the towns along the Urubamba river as a base saves you time, eases altitude sickness, and lets you enjoy the breathtaking views all day and night.

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What to Pack for Peru in August | 9 Days in a Carry-On

Figuring out what to pack for Peru can be challenging.  South America is very geographically diverse.  You could be at the beach on Monday, high up in the Andes Mountain range on Wednesday, and then trekking through the Amazon Jungle on Friday.  Oh, and don't forget that weekend excursion to the desert.  Additionally, with all that traveling around, lugging large suitcases on and off trains, planes, or buses can be a nightmare.  You need to be strategic with your packing.

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Cost for 9 Days In Peru | Sacred Valley, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Lima

The cost to travel in Peru can be incredibly difficult to estimate.  Even if you are a backpacker trekking around the country, the prices you will encounter can vary widely.  Peru is a fairly inexpensive country, but you will likely experience a "tourist tax" – paying more for items than the locals.  Visiting the major sights in Peru, like Machu Picchu, is pricey no matter how you get there (Inca Trail vs Train).  However, other luxuries may be a lot cheaper in Peru than elsewhere.  With some pre-planning and knowledge on fair prices, you can get some great deals on food, accommodations, and ground transportation.  In this article, every individual cost during our 9 day travels in Peru is outlined, with tips on saving money.

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The Best Art Museums in Paris for Non-Art Lovers

Spending an afternoon in an art museum is not my idea of a good time.  While traveling I would prefer to be outside enjoying nature, devouring some great local food, wandering around small villages or large cities admiring the architecture or just people watching.  Rarely do I love to be stuck inside a crowded museum looking at boring art.  Art which I cannot for the life of me figure out why it is important or worthy of paying to see.  Paris is full of art museums.  Nearly 50.  Many of which, for me, would be torture to have to visit.  However, Paris does have three excellent ones that anyone would enjoy.  Even if you could not tell me who painted the Mona Lisa.  

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11 Days in Iceland | Complete Itinerary for the Ring Road

I do not know if there is any country in the world more picturesque, unique, and just downright unbelievable as Iceland.  I am generally averse to visiting the same destination multiple times as there are so many other places in the world to explore, but Iceland might just be an exception.  With so much of the island untouched, you can come back and visit multiple times and still find new and unexpected gems.  We visited in the middle of June for 11 days and drove around the entire country.  All seasons have their perks and there really is no wrong time to visit.  We chose mid-June because it was only at the start of peak season, 22+ hours of daylight, lupines would be in peak bloom, and temperatures would be getting warmer.

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Sunshine Blogger Award

This is a bit of a more personal post than the normal travel guides.Yesterday was a pretty great day for me as a newbie blogger.  Not only am I starting to get 500 views daily on this website, I reached 1000 followers on Instagram and was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award!  Big thank you to Girl Around Europe for the nomination!! The Sunshine Blogger Award is a peer-recognition award given to bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring.  

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