Cusco to La Paz - leaving Cusco
25 Nov 2015

Cusco to La Paz: Crossing the Border between Peru and Bolivia via Lake Titicaca

I was sad to be leaving Cusco. We spent around a week in and around this awesome city, visiting Inca ruins, grand Spanish churches, rugged mountain scenery and, of course, Machu Picchu. We then hopped on a bus headed for Bolivia – here’s everything you need to know about the

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14 Nov 2015

Walking the Streets of the Santa Catalina Monastery in Arequipa, Peru

You read the title right; the Santa Catalina Monastery has streets! It’s more like a small town than a religious complex — there’s a cafe, lots of small houses and even a park. We took a few hours to explore the Santa Catalina Monastery during our stay in Arequipa, Peru.

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31 Oct 2015

Huacachina: Adventures in the Peruvian Desert

You’d be hard-pressed to find a small town with a more interesting setting than Huacachina, Peru. Sitting quietly below huge sand dunes, this tiny desert oasis a great place to relax and, if you’re feeling adventurous, do some sand boarding and tear around on a dune buggy. Dune buggying “Let

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Fun things to do in Cusco, Peru
15 Oct 2015

Fun Things to Do in Cusco, Peru: Inca Ruins, Spanish Style and the Sacred Valley

Whenever you mention Cusco you can bet that Machu Picchu isn’t far away from entering the conversation. Cusco is the city you’ll pass through on the way to that wonder of the world, but there are plenty of Spanish colonial buildings, Inca ruins and quaint neighbourhoods to keep you busy before

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01 Oct 2015

The Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu, Peru

You’ve seen the photos, you’ve dreamt of visiting, but what is a morning spent wandering around Machu Picchu really like? Keep reading to find out! Machu Picchu covered in clouds After a short, uphill walk from the entrance gate, the stone city of Machu Picchu and its jagged, emerald mountain

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Ballestas Islands, Paracas, Peru
25 Sep 2015

Islas Ballestas, Peru: A Budget Version of the Galapagos Islands

We thought long and hard about whether we should visit the Galapagos Islands while sitting in a tourist agency in Quito, Ecuador. We eventually decided that we couldn’t afford it. A month later we were on a boat headed to Islas Ballestas (Ballestas Islands), a great option for those of

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22 Sep 2015

The Trek to Laguna 69, Peru: One of the Best Day Walks in South America

Have you ever been to a place that looks amazing in photos but turns out to be a bit disappointing? Laguna 69 isn’t one of those places; it’s impossible to capture the full scale of its beauty. Despite sounding like it was named by a porn star, Laguna 69 is

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22 Sep 2015

The Night Bus from Ecuador to Peru: Cuenca to Mancora

I found a lot of misinformation while searching how to cross the border from Ecuador to Peru. I heard that it was one of the dodgiest border crossings in Latin America and that it was best to do it during the day – both of these are wrong. It is

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