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Views 25 Jun Excursions in Mendoza
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Mendoza is worldwide famous for two things: its fine wine and great outdoor sports due to its location on the shoulders of the Andes mountain range. A gorgeous city with its three-lined city’s boulevards, nice architecture with indigenous and colonial influences and not forgetting the many restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs make this an extremely popular travel destination in Argentina to hang out for a while.

Enough temptation to convince us to pay Mendoza a visit, in spite its 14 hours by bus from Buenos Aires. I know it sounds terribly long, but since we arranged for a ‘cama suite’, a luxurious chair/bed with its own TV screen, it was very comfortable and we even got champagne and really good wine!
There are many places to stay the night and we picked a beautiful Bed & Breakfast with its own vineyard and swimming pool. We were really lucky to be there at the right time just when the harvesting season commenced!

Excursions in Mendoza

There are many world-renowned bodegas close to Mendoza which are well worth visiting, even if you’re not a wine lover. Organized trips are available but if you have the energy and want to be a little more adventurous its worth hiring a bicycle and choose your own route. 

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Views 18 Jun Get off the beaten track: Huaraz and the Santa Cruz trek!

Huaraz is not too far from Huanchacho, a popular beach destination in Peru, but instead of the waves there are glaciated peaks in every direction demanding your attention.

This still rather anonymous trekking mecca offers something for adventure seekers of all skill and fitness levels. There is an assortment of easy hikes of a day or two, multi-week mountaineering expeditions requiring technical mountain training, sport climbing, mountain biking routes, or for the most adventurous of mountaineers, glacier ice climbing.

Get off the beaten track: Huaraz and the Santa Cruz trek!

The most popular trekking route is the Santa Cruz, with its starting point at the Alpamayo at 5947m. It takes a 4.5 hours bus ride from Huaraz to get there.  

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Views 15 Jun Machu Picchu exposed!
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Was Machu Picchu a city home to magicians? A summer residence for Inca rulers? An elite cosmological university or, perhaps it was more a refuge, functioning as a safeguard from wild Amazon tribes?

Even if you discard just another popular belief that is was used as a landing place for extraterrestrials, there are countless other theories floating around why it was constructed and in such a miraculous location.

The true answer to this question will be forever unknown. However there are some secrets we are able to reveal with certainty. The best thing is that these will only enlarge the mystic sensation grabbing you while visiting Machu Picchu:

Machu Picchu exposed!

There is a hidden shrine
You can climb, or better said crawl up the famous mountain known as Huayna Picchu; yes, that pointy one serving as a backdrop on every classic Machu Picchu postcard. It takes some serious hiking effort and clever preparation as only a limited amount of visitors are allowed to take on this relentlessly steep trail every day. What not many people know is that besides the impressive views from the top at 2,700 meters altitude, you can get to the Temple of the Moon where an elaborately shrine is sculpted out inside a cave, which most likely used to be a hidden rest place for mummies.

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Views 14 Jun Tipon: the perfect daytrip from Cusco
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I have now been in Cusco for almost a year and I am never lost for things to do. This particular weekend I was accommodating some friends that came to town to tackle the famous Inca Trail.

However, before they headed off on their big adventure I felt it would be appropriate to go for a small acclimatization walk. I decided that Tipon would be just the place.

At first glance we could not help but be impressed by the sheer size of the complex and the intricate jigsaw piecing of the enormous stones placed in such a form to achieve perfectly flat and symmetrical surfaces.  The calculations that would have been made in order to accomplish this perfection included factors such as the gradient of the waterways and the angles of the channels that were constructed in order to slow the speed of the water.

Tipon: the perfect daytrip from Cusco!
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Views 11 Jun Festivals in Peru with Dos Manos!
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The month of June is all about festivals in Peru. It kicks off with Qoyllority , one of the most intriguing festivals in the Andes, and the celebrations continue with the religious festival of Corpus Christi in Cusco, when the streets and plaza of the ancient capital of the Incas are packed with colorful dancers and musicians accompanying the folkloric processions.

Only days later you can join Dos Manos to visit the rebuilding ceremony of the Q’eswachaka Inca Hanging Bridge, located in the province of Canas about 160 km. south of Cusco.

"Q’eswachaka" is a native name formed by two Quechua words, ‘Q’eswa’ which means to braid and ‘Chaka’ which means bridge. A very special bridge, because it is made from woven grass (q’oya). The original Inca material and construction techniques have been passed down from generation to generation since the first bridge was built in the 15th century.

Festivals in Peru with Dos Manos!
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Views 06 Jun Top 5 Machu Picchu Side-trips!
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Machu Picchu is been considered, by its astonishing magnificence and harmonious construction, as one of the most important architectural and archeological monuments of the planet.

Surrounded by mysteries, because archeologists have not been able to decipher the history and the function of this stone city, erected by the Incas in a magic geographical zone, where the Andean and the Amazonian come together.

To really appreciate this significant location we suggest to take your time and explore these easy to reach nearby destinations:

  1. The Sun Gate

    Top 5 Machu Picchu Side-trips! Watching the sun rise over Machu Picchu is magical. Getting up early enough and making sure you get to the Inca Sun Gate in time to watch the sun slowly appearing from behind the snow-covered peaks, just as the Incas did, is a once in a life-time experience. It is recommendable to make your way to Machu Picchu around 4 am as it is still a good hour’s walk to the Sun Gate after you passed the main entrance gate.

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Views 01 Jun The Traditional Festival of Corpus Christi in Cusco, Peru
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The festival of Corpus Christi in Cusco is an annual celebration which has continued tradition since Colonial times. This festival is one of the most important religious festivals in Peru.

The procession starts in the Plaza de Armas of Cusco on the 60th day after Easter Sunday with a parade of Saints and Virgins, which is this year on the 7th of June. Eight days later, they are paraded back to their corresponding places of worship where they will remain for the rest of the year.

The Traditional Festival of Corpus Christi in Cusco, Peru

This particular event brings throngs of crowds to the streets of Cusco to appreciate the effigies of Christ and the Virgin Mary. It is a festival which is treated with great respect and admiration from the Catholic community; during the processions it is common to see armed guards escorting the Virgin to the front of the Cathedral.

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