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Views 11 Jun How to prepare for your trip to Peru…mentally and physically!

Five Tips to Help You Prepare for your Trip to Peru ! By making a few easy preparations before departing for your journey to Peru, you can be assured a much more comfortable stay! The following tips have been (almost) life-savers for me… Buen Viaje!

  1. Book in advance!
    Of course not everything needs to be planned in advance…but if you want to see one or more of Peru’s most famous and sought-after sites, you NEED to book beforehand! The best example of this is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, but also a train tour to Machu Picchu should be booked before arrival, at least in high season. You don’t want to come all the way here just to be disappointed….. The Inca Trail needs to be booked with a travel agency in Cusco 4 to 6 months in advance in high season ( 1-3 months in mid and low season). This, because there is a limit of 500 entries per day, and this includes staff! If you want to trek to Machu Picchu but don´t have 4 to 6 months to plan ahead, you can always check out an alternative treks to Machu Picchu such as the Salkantay, Lares Valley or the ever-popular Inca Jungle Trek!
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Views 31 May ¡Los 3 Museos de Lima Perú que no debes perderte!
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La mayoría de los turistas que visitan Perú no se quedan mucho tiempo en Lima, capital de Perú. La mayoría van directamente al sur y visitan las Islas Ballestas, Líneas de Nazca, Arequipa, Lago Titicaca, y por supuesto, Machu Picchu y Cusco. Sin embargo, ¡Lima es una gran ciudad, especialmente si sabes a dónde ir!

He aquí una breve reseña de nuestro Top 3 de los mejores museos en Lima, son los mejores y por supuesto que tienes que visitarlos, aunque sólo tuvimos tiempo de visitar 3 durante nuestra estancia en Lima. Si deseas conocer más museos en Lima, te recomendamos que consultes esta Guía de Museos Lima.

Museo de oro:
El museo de oroEl Museo del Oro presenta una gran colección de objetos de oro creados por las civilizaciones pre-incas. Hacer un recorrido por el museo es una gran manera de observar y aprender a preciar la habilidad de los antiguos peruanos. Su capacidad para elaborar joyería a mano, como pulseras, pendientes y narigueras, es realmente impresionante! Además, puedes ver los textiles, la cerámica, y una colección completa de las armas de diferentes culturas y civilizaciones de todo el mundo.

Dirección: Alonso de Molina 1100, Monterrico – Surco
Horario: Lunes a Sábado de 10:30 a.m. a 6 p.m.
Tickets: Adultos S/.33, Niños menores de 11 S/.16

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Views 30 May How to get the most out of the city of Buenos Aires! Top 5 must-do activities Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is an intriguing city, an amazing place to visit and experience. Ideal for (cultural) city trips, for learning Spanish in Argentina at one of the modern and professional Spanish language schools of Buenos Aires, for participating in the different options for volunteer work and community work that Buenos Aires offers, or just living there for a while as an expat.
Buenos Aires offers an amazing number of opportunities. Here are just a few examples of the essential activities of Argentina´s capital of Buenos Aires, and these are exactly five important reasons for a visit to Buenos Aires.

For being so amazingly green ?

Bosques de Palermo, ArgentinaThe « Bosques de Palermo » are a green zone of 25 ha. situated in the center of the neighborhood of Palermo, right in the heart of the big city of Buenos AIres. The area is well-known for its groves, lakes, and rose garden, the Argentinians, on foot or by bike. It’s also possible to take a ride in a rowboat on one of three artificial lakes. In this area of Buenos Aires, you´ll find the peaceful Japanese Garden, the lovely Rose Garden of Palermo with its Andalusian Patio, the entertaining Zoological Gardens, and the relaxing Botanical Gardens! The Bosques de Palermo are an urban oasis and a perfect escape from the crowds and the busy streets of the city itself!

For the artistic fiber : El Caminito (La Boca)

El Caminito (La Boca)What was formerly a storage area has become one the most celebrated street of Buenos Aires! It inspired Juan de Dios Filiberto, back in the 1920’s, to compose a tango called »el Caminito »! In the 1950’s, the street theatre appeared, in the 1970’s local artists became authorized to display their art in the street and the houses became multi-colored. This 100-meter long pedestrian street has become a symbol of Buenos Aires, and is now considered an outdoor museum! Here you can enjoy singing, tango dancing, browse the craftsmen´s works, and admire paintings, ceramics, and the representations of prominent figures from Argentine history, such as Carlos Gardel and Maradona. This place is definitely unique and unforgettable!

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Views 26 Feb Tour en el Valle Sagrado & Quad Biking en Cusco Peru
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Con un fin de semana de sobra en Cusco – Perú, pensé en hacer alguna actividad  de aventura alrededor de la ciudad del Cusco. Yo opté por un tour en el Valle Sargrado, el sábado, y el domingo por la tarde me subí a un Quads. No hace falta decir que fue un gran fin de semana!

TOUR EN EL VALLE SAGRADO

El tour en el Valle Sagrado nos llevó primero a un pequeño centro artesanal a las afueras de Pisac, donde nos sorprendimos  viendo la amplia gama de potenciales souvenirs y ropa de alpaca que estaba en oferta.

Sacred Valley Tour & Quad Biking in Cusco Peru

Luego nos dirigimos a las ruinas de Pisac – un conjunto impresionante de ruinas y terrazas en una montaña aislada. La guía que tuvimos fue excelente y nos habló sobre las tradiciones incaicas y als funciones que en tiempos incas cumplió cada sitio. Una breve parada en el pueblo siguió, antes de nuestro traslado para el almuerzo.

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Views 26 Feb Sacred Valley Tour & Quad Biking in Cusco Peru
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With a weekend to spare in Cusco – Peru, I thought I’d get down to some furious activity in and around Cusco city. I opted for a Sacred Valley tour on Saturday, before a Sunday afternoon’s quad biking. Needless to say it was a great weekend!

SACRED VALLEY TOUR

The Sacred Valley tour took us first to a small artisan centre just outside Pisac, where we wondered around the stalls and checking out the vast array of potential souvenirs and alpaca-wear that was on offer.

Sacred Valley Tour & Quad Biking in Cusco Peru

We then head to the Pisac ruins – a very impressive set of ruins and terraces on an isolated mountaintop. The guide we had was excellent and told us of old Inca traditions along with the functions of each site. A short stop in the town followed, before our transfer for lunch.

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Views 31 Ene How to Book YOUR Inca Trail Trek for Spanish students
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Step 1: Choose YOUR trek. Choosing the right trek for you depends on your how much time you have before, during or after your Spanish studies, and on your personal preferences. The Classic Inca Trail Trek lasts 4 days and 3 nights and the Short Inca Trail Trek lasts 2 days and 1 night. It is important to note that this trek involves a lot less trekking and camping.

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Step 2: Check available trek dates. Our travel partner Dos Manos Peru recommends booking your Inca Trail Trek approximately three months in advance, especially for the high season, which takes place from June through August. The Inca Trail is closed during February for maintenance every year. The Peruvian government limits the number of people, including trekkers, guides, porters, etc., that are allowed on the trail to 500 per day. To check the number of spaces available for any day, visit the official Peruvian Ministry of Culture website: www.machupicchu.gob.pe or send an e-mail to info@dosmanosperu.com for updated info.

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Views 20 Jun Choquequirao… Machu Picchu’s Sacred Sister (part II)
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The Choquequirao Trek is one of the most exciting alternatives to the Inca Trail. Getting well off the beaten track, trekkers journey toward the mystical allure of the ruins of Choquequirao.
Here follows the second instalment of our latest account of the unique adventure that is the Choquequirao Trek…

Day Three
Another early start and we headed off to the mysterious ruins of Choquequirao. After an hour and a half of walking we arrived at the “Cradle of Gold”.

Choquequirao - Cusco Peru
Although the early Spaniards were aware of its existence, Choquequirao was protected by its remoteness. Some speculate that the Incan Emperor Topa had it built as a personal spiritual retreat to rival his father Pachacuti’s magnificent estate at Machu Picchu.

Whoever built this place, it was undoubtedly an elite settlement, built for ceremonial purposes and occupied by Inca nobility.
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Views 15 Jun Choquequirao… Machu Picchu’s Sacred Sister (part I)
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The Choquequirao Trek in the Cusco area in Peru is one of the most exciting alternatives to the famous Inca Trail to the old Inca town Machu Picchu. Getting well off the beaten track, trekkers journey toward the mystical allure of the ruins of Choquequirao.

Experiencing Incan history in all its authenticity, this spectacular yet challenging hike crosses the Canyon of the Apurimac River and takes you to Choquequirao´s incredibly located ruins – perched high on a ledge above one of the deepest canyons in the world.

Choquequirao - Machu Picchu’s Sacred Sister

If the opportunity to partake in this trek presents itself to you it would be a crime not to take it. A truly unforgettable experience.

Day One
After a very early awakening I left Cusco to travel to Cachora, the village from which we would begin our Choquequirao adventure. The bus journey was an experience in itself, careering around sharp curves at a pace that did not do my stomach any favours… an entertaining escapade

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Views 11 May Sand-boarding in Huacachina – Animal spotting on the Ballestas Islands & visiting the wineries of Ica
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Huacachina is a beautiful oasis located 5km southwest of Ica. It is a small and attractive lagoon that was traditionally revered for the believed medicinal properties of its waters. Nowadays it is famous for the more exhilarating activities of sand-boarding and dune buggying!

Sand-boarding excursions leave twice a day at either 10am or 4pm, the best option of which is undoubtedly the latter. Not only is the sand markedly cooler underfoot, but after two hours of adrenaline pumping activity you will find yourself soaring across the endless sand dunes with the most beautiful sunset you have ever seen as your backdrop.

The tour begins on the dunes next to the oasis where you climb aboard a ´Wacky Racer´ style buggy and prepare for a speedy ascent up into the dunes. After a rollercoaster ride of dips and turns your driver drops you at the summit of some of the perfectly shapen dunes and you are issued with your sand board, along with a piece of wax to rub on the base of your board for speed increasing purposes!

Sand-boarding in Huacachina

From here on you will spend two hours flying headfirst (or standing up if you have the skills!) down the dunes of the truly stunning landscape of the Peruvian coast. After reaching the base of one dune you will be met by your buggy and taken to the top of another dune, each time getting higher and higher as you become more confident in your sand-boarding ability.

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Views 24 Dic Sandboarding in Nazca, Peru
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The tiny little town Nazca, in southern Peru – famous for The Lineas de Nazca – has the highest sand dune of the world: “Cerro Blanc”  is around the 2080 meters and lies in the desert.  Sandboarding is one of the most popular things you can do here and it attracts a lot of people. The only part that you don´t expect is that you have to walk up the dune with your sand board because there are no elevators here. Therefore, tours leave really early in the morning,  to prevent the tourists from burning: Nazca is in the middle of the desert so temperatures can go up to 35 – 38 degrees. I left for my trip around 11 in the morning, which was quite late. However, even although I had to walk up the sand hill and it was terrible hot, it was definitely worth the effort! Up on the sand dune, the guide takes his time to explain you what do.

Sandboarding in Nazca, Peru
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