Peru

Machu Picchu Travel Tips

Posted by on July 16th, 2013

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… Read Full Post

A brief history of Cusco

Posted by on July 2nd, 2013

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… Read Full Post

Pristine Peruvian Amazon: Manu

Posted by on June 27th, 2013

The Manu National Biosphere Reserve is a 2 million hectare park located in the Amazon basin of Peru. A large percentage of the park is protected and inaccessible to visitors but the areas that are accessible provide arguably the best wildlife viewing possibilities in Peru and the chance to experience primary rainforest. Access to Manu… Read Full Post

Zen Birding in South America – Macaws in Peru

Posted by on June 26th, 2013

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. … Read Full Post

5 Amazon animal species

Posted by on June 18th, 2013

A trip to the Amazon is on many people’s bucket list, and with the variety of species on offer it’s no wonder why. Here’s a list of five animals that were highlights of my months in the jungle. (I’ve strategically left sandflies and mosquitoes off the list – the less said about them the better!)…. Read Full Post

A guide to shopping in Peru

Posted by on June 6th, 2013

Peru is a fantastic place to buy traditional arts and crafts, but the quality on offer varies enormously. Make sure you don’t buy a fake alpaca sweater (or a real Inca relic!) by following our guide to the best of Peru. Alpaca wool Just like quinoa was the food of the gods, alpaca wool was… Read Full Post

Hiking Machu Picchu Mountain

Posted by on June 3rd, 2013

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. … Read Full Post

Four key ingredients of Andean cuisine

Posted by on May 1st, 2013

The Andean region is characterised by high altitudes, low rainfall and bitter winters. Not only does this make it hard to grow crops, but it also results in a hungry populace. Here we look at four cornerstones of the Andean diet, with a particular focus on Peru and Bolivia. Potatoes The potato was first cultivated… Read Full Post

Two Werner Herzog Movies Set in South America

Posted by on April 6th, 2013

Reading Nick’s article on his favorite Latin American movies, I just can’t help giving a shout out to a couple of my own particular favorites. Both are by the same director, Werner Herzog, and both are set in the Amazon: “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” and “Fitzcarraldo.” Aguirre Wrath of God starts off with an… Read Full Post

Where to Visit Pre-Inca Ruins in Peru

Posted by on March 1st, 2013

On my first visit to Peru my girlfriend made me promise that we wouldn’t do any high-altitude touring. We’d been living in La Paz, Bolivia for the six months prior to the trip, and she had been apuñada (suffering from altitude sickness) for much of that time. Obviously this meant that we missed out on Machu… Read Full Post