Visitors to part of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru (where it's the national animal and is even on the country's coat of arms) may come across this quintessential South American mammal, a camelid related to guanacos, llamas, and alpacas (which are descended from vicuñas) The smallest of the camelids, vicuñas stand about three feet tall at the shoulder; weigh between 70 and 150 pounds; and have long necks and legs as well as relatively small heads with long pointed ears.
The altitude sickness, also known as soroche, is a problem that afflicts different people who wish to visit destinations with higher elevation above sea level, being the case of the Peruvian highlands one of them. Different sites report on this ailment and it is not surprising that tourists inquire a little about it in order to get information and know how to prevent this discomfort; however, there is nothing to worry about.
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As we have always mentioned in past notes, the great city of Cusco was once the capital of the majestic empire of Tahuantinsuyo. Today, we are the heirs of a millenary culture. This is reflected not only in the archaeological complexes that have survived throughout the city and the Sacred Valley, but also by the architecture of many of its buildings that have survived and by the oral tradition that is kept alive to this day.
The Legend of the Ayar Brothers
In the past we have already told you abo
The imposing figure of the sacred snow-capped mountain Salkantay watches over the path of the visitors who step by step advance towards the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Depending on the season, some sections of the trail are filled with snow, green meadows, rain-soaked earth, or radiant mornings illuminated by sunlight. What is the best time of year to hike the Salkantay?
Weather on the Salkantay trek
During the five days of the Salkantay trek your steps will take you through different places wit
Located in the Cordillera de Vilcabamba, among the Cusco Andes, the Salkantay rises over 6271 meters high, so conquering its summit is a huge challenge even for the most experienced trekking and climbing enthusiasts. Ascending its steep slopes, surrounded by impressive landscapes, dreamlike lagoons and a great diversity of flora and fauna, make this adventure a unique and incomparable experience.
Although the journey to the summit offers a wonderful spectacle, reaching the final objective implies
The Huchuy Qosqo Trek connects the city of Cusco with the Sacred Valley of the Incas, it is one of the treks that combines natural and cultural attractions in one day.
From the beginning, the Huchuy Qosqo Trek surprises us with beautiful Andean landscapes, high Andean lakes, South American auquénidos (Llamas and Alpacas), picturesque canyons and Inca archaeological remains.
The archaeological remains ofHuchuy Qosqoare located on the left bank of the Vilcanota River, on a mountain in front of the t
Peru is an enchanting country known for its culture, beauty and rich heritage culture. The place is loved by the travelers all across the globe since there are so many highlights to discover in Peru. The lush landscapes and the unique destinations make Peru one of the best destinations in the world. Explore the ruins of the Incas empire, pristine beaches, beautiful nightlife and dramatic landscapes. Read the places listed with research to make your trip the best experience of your lifetime.
Within recent years more and more people have come to realize that Peru is a country with a lot to offer, so much in fact that it has grown to become one of the most popular travel destinations within Latin America. This is however, not surprising, considering that Peru is home to some of the richest bio diverse zones in the world.
The most known of these sites is Machu Picchu, which since its re-discovery in 1911 has been the number one reason to visit Peru. Why you should Travel to Peru?
The trek is rated moderate and any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route. It is fairly challenging nevertheless, and altitudes of 4200m are reached, so ensuring that you are well acclimatized is important. If arriving from sea level, plan to spend at least 2 full days in Cusco ( 3 days is better ) prior to commencing the trek. This should allow plenty of time for acclimatization and give you sufficient opportunity to visit the City of Cusco and nearby Inca ruins at Sacsayhuaman
Daily departure to Machupicchu by Car
Day 01: Ollantaytambo - Santa Teresa
the journey out will be 07:30 am in the main square of your hotel. We continue the journey along a winding ascent toward the Abra Malaga and the snowy veronica is located at an altitude of 4,316 meters where we can enjoy the magnificent landscapes of the Cusco geography. After a short break of 15 minutes in the Abra Malaga, the des
Effective July 1, 2017, all entry tickets to Machu Picchu will be for half-day.
Visitors can choose from the following 3 options:
- 6 am - 12 Noon (1st shift)
- 12 Noon - 5:30 pm (2nd shift)
- 1 pm - 5:30 pm (discounted "VESPERTINO" rate)
All tickets can be purchased from the new updated Machu Picchu government website. Other changes include the requirement that all groups must be accompanied by a licensed guide on their first trip into the citadel. However, this regulation cannot be enforced yet because
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Permits for 2015 Inca Trail season went on sale January 12, 2015. By 11:05 am, most of the month of May was sold out, and as of today's date, the entire month of May in 2015 is sold out. And the week before and after Easter are sold out.
This includes permits for the easy 1-day hike or the classic 4-day hike.
To get a permit, you will need a valid passport (or we can get permits with an expired passport as long as you travel with both old and new). Individuals cannot buy their own permits. Pe
There is an exciting trend for destination weddings. Brides and grooms are stepping out of the comfort of all-inclusive resorts around the world, to seek out meaningful "new" venues for their ceremonies in "old sacred places." Some are willing to hike 30 minutes to 2 hours, hauling dresses and wedding garb, for the chance to stand in the shadow of ancient Inca ruins & snow-capped volcanoes. Alone with a shaman priest. And each other.
Although it is not possible to conduct ceremonies in the Na
La administración de ese vasto territorio se ejercía mediante el concurso de dos niveles de funcionarios. En primer lugar estaba la aristocracia de los orejones, formada por miembros de las panacas (linajes) de los incas antiguos y por algunos sujetos elevados a esa dignidad en virtud de su talento para la labor gubernativa; tanto unos como otros tenían el derecho de legar su posición privilegiada a sus descendientes. Los orejones desempeñaban cargos eminentes en la organización del Cusco, dirig
The buzz for the next Inca Trail hiking season is underway. Permits for 2015 season will go on sale in early January. (the exact opening day for the permit office is not known. They open when they're ready!) Last year, permits for hikes in the month of May sold out first. Most of the month of May sold out opening day.
It's recommended that people planning to hike the easy 1-day hike or the strenuous 4-day hike to Machu Picchu should reserve their dates now for April, May and June. And any
Machupicchu is not all Peru
Lake of The Condors ( Leymebamba Chachapoyas )
Archeological complex composed of six mausoleums, presents architectural features of the Chachapoyas Civilization and is decorated with paintings in which were found close to one hundred bales funeral, fine fabrics, wooden carved ceramics, decorated quipus mates, crowns and various objects of great value. It is located in the district of Leymebamba. To reach the site,
Volunteering your time to an organization and dedicating some of your time to a cause is one of the most noble and meaningful things a person can do. Whether assisting the poor, taking care of abandoned children or helping communities grow, the simple and generous act of participation is a rewarding experience to both the volunteer and the people they help.
Being that our own volunteer program is only months away we thought it a good idea to highlight why volunteering in Peru is such a special an
Let’s face it: When we think about Peru, Machu Picchu and Cuzco, along with Lima, are usually the first places to spring to mind. But many are this country’s alluring destinations, and none more so than its second city, Arequipa, in the deep south, at the edge of the Altiplano highlands. If the capital is stress, hurry, and humidity, Arequipa is the opposite – relatively tranquil; with a crisp, sunny climate (more than 300 days of sunshine per year); rugged countryside punctuated by the trio o