Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Travel Tips

Posted by on July 16th, 2013
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Visiting Machu Picchu will almost certainly be the highlight of your Peruvian adventure. With real bucket-list destinations it pays to do your homework before you go, so that you can make the experience everything you imagined it to be. Follow these Machu Picchu travel tips to get the most out of your visit. Three ways […]

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A brief history of Cusco

Posted by on July 2nd, 2013
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Cusco is so much more than the gateway to Machu Picchu. It’s probably the most important historical city in South America, and its architecture includes Killke, Inca and Spanish constructions. Before the Incas Located in a valley, at an altitude of about 11 000 ft, Cusco is surrounded by mountains in the truest sense of […]

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Zen Birding in South America – Macaws in Peru

Posted by on June 26th, 2013
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While preparing for a recent trip to the Mindo Cloud Forest in Ecuador, one of the most bird species-rich areas of the world, with over 450 species of birds, I stumbled across a book by David M. White and Susan M. Guyette entitled Zen Birding which reminded me of my experiences with macaws in Peru.  […]

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Hiking Machu Picchu Mountain

Posted by on June 3rd, 2013
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Most photos of Machu Picchu include the rhino horn-shaped peak of Huayna Picchu, making this peak almost as iconic as the archeological zone itself. Maybe this is why many visitors to Machu Picchu eagerly queue every morning to be one of the 400 people who are permitted to ascend the 8,920 ft. peak per day.  […]

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Hiking and Biking in Peru: Video Highlights

Posted by on August 16th, 2012
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On a recent trip to Peru I followed our Peru Highlights Active: Hike & Bike Peru’s Top Spots itinerary, and brought my HD video camera along.  The result is this less than 2 minute piece of work, set to some Peruvian guitar and charango music.  Clips include:  hiking near the ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, […]

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Afro-Peruvian Music: Another Side Of Peru

Posted by on August 14th, 2012

One of the great benefits of living and traveling in South America has been the chance to learn more about its incredibly varied music and dance traditions. On one warm summer evening in Lima, Peru, I attended a party hosted by a vacationing Peruvian family. Laughter and lively conversation emanated throughout the house, but it […]

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An Introduction To The Best Lima Museums

Posted by on August 11th, 2012

Lima’s excellent and diverse collection of museums serve as a road map to Peru’s rich historical, cultural and archaeological past. Use this overview of the best Lima museums to decide which ones to visit during your trip to Peru. Archaeologists date ancient Peruvian society as far back as the year 9,000 BC. A colorful mosaic […]

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