5 best reads before trekking in Peru

Are you heading off on a trek in Peru soon? Here are some ‘must read’ books that will get you inspired (or scared) to pull on your boots and get out and discover! These are a little more specific than general Peru reads, but just perfect if you want in-depth knowledge of the Incas, and their empire and the people that recently have explored this fabled land.

  1. Turn Right at Machu Picchu (by Mark Adams)
  2. Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie
  3. Lost City of the Incas by Hiram Bingham
  4. The White Rock by Hugh Thomson
  5. Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa

For reviews of each book, please visit our website.

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Things to do in the Sacred Valley, Peru

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Apus Peru FOCUSThings to do in the Sacred Valley, Peru

This series is a collection of travel tips and stories shared by other bloggers and traveler’s around the web.

We hope these tips and stories will inform and inspire you to visit the Sacred Valley. If you have already been, please share a tip on things to see and do in the Sacred Valley.

 

 

 

Sacred Valley Travel Essentials – What You Need To Know About a Visit To The Sacred Valley

Exploring The Sacred Valley – While this article does not provide a lot of text, what it does provide is many pictures to help paint an image of the region, especially for those who have never been. I find images to be helpful to gain a sense of what the culture, and community is like.

The Symbolism Is Strong With This One – This is a fun read that highlights the story of how the beloved ruins of the Sacred Valley came to be.

The photo below is just one example of these ruins. It shows a close up of the God Tunupa
overlooking the city of Ollantaytambo

Things To Do In The Sacred Valley

Hiking With Llamas…And Kids! – Peru is known for its many incredible trekking trails. This one just so happens to be kid friendly! You get the chance to get to hang out with some pretty cool llamas as well as hike with them – who wouldn’t want to do that?!

To Market, We Will Go – It’s no secret that the Cusco region hosts one of the world’s most famous markets drawing many tourists and visitors! As it is a tourist destination, it can be a little hectic at times, remain patient and take your time as this is one stop worth waiting for! Also, please note that some of the vendors may not enjoy having their photo taken, so please ask before doing so!

 

 

Festivals Galore – The Sacred Valley hosts some incredible and exciting festivals throughout the year! This is a great, and helpful calendar of sorts that highlights when each festival takes place as well as a short description of each. The festivals provide a chance to not only see but to take part in the culture.

Learning On Vacation – While visiting, why not take up a few fun and exciting classes? These are just a few that are offered through this particular group. You can take cooking classes, learn how to weave and even learn Spanish!

 

 

Another Path Less Traveled – Speaking of weaving, Apus Peru offers a tour designed to take you away from hiking the dirt trails and instead give you a glimpse at another village tradition – weaving! (don’t worry, we still go hiking). This particular village is one of three that our NGO Threads of Peru works with!

Where To Stay in the Sacred Valley

A Family Friendly Stay – If your looking for somewhere family friendly to stay – look no further! This blog post has you covered! Please note that these suggestions are not limited to just families – anyone can stay! I found this post to be helpful as it highlighted the pros and cons of each of the three main towns located in the Sacred Valley

 

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Photo via www.worldoftravelswithkids.com

 

 

The Best Of The Best – This is a longer list of suggestions on where to stay when visiting the Sacred Valley. Again, these are family friendly but not limited to just families. Each hotel has a fantastic little description along with it, as well as a photo!

Don’t Break The Bank – If you are a solo hiker, or even a couple looking for a quick and clean place to stay, this is a list of many hostels located in the region. With affordable prices, they might be a worthwhile option! I love that this site provides reviews of those who have visited previously so that you know what to expect from each.

Sacred Valley Hotel – recommendations from the folks at Apus Peru. These hotels have been tried and tested by people that work in the area.

 

 

 

 Where To Eat In The Sacred Valley

Looking For Food Fuel In The Sacred Valley – A fantastic travel website that breaks the restaurants down by not only area but cuisine type too! It uses a simple dollar sign to show the range of prices for each restaurant – how helpful! When clicking on each restaurant it will open a new page which has a short description, address, phone and website of each restaurant should they have one.

Things to do in Huaraz, Peru

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Apus Peru FOCUSThings to do in Huaraz, Peru

This series is a collection of travel tips and stories shared by other bloggers and traveler’s around the web.

We hope these tips and stories will inform and inspire you to visit Huaraz. If you have already been, please share a tip on things to see and do in Huaraz

Huaraz Travel Essentials – What you need to know about a visit to Huaraz

A Short Guide – This is a short, but very helpful guide that covers a range of topics on Huaraz. From a quick introduction to tips on how to combat altitude sickness – this page is worth taking some time to look at!

An Introduction – This is also a relatively short post that focuses on highlighting Huaraz’s environment as well as a bit of history. At the bottom of the page, if you click the “read on” link it moves to a new page that gives recommendations on some activities to do!

Things To Do In Huaraz

5 Things To Do – Huaraz really is known as the hiking town. There are limited things to do there if you are not planning on trekking. This post lists a few activities that don’t include hiking. The images on this post are broken, but because of the more in-depth insights, I felt I still wanted to share. Upon doing some quick research, it doesn’t seem like there are many, if any child-friendly activities to partake in here. 

More Things To Do – This is a more comprehensive list of things to do in Huaraz, however, most of the entries are restaurants or bars. There are a few other options mixed throughout. Make sure to click on the titles to see a longer description!

 

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Photo via Flickr

 

 

Good Eating In Huaraz

Tips To Eating Good – This is a fantastic post that highlights tips to eating in Huaraz. From knowing where to treat yourself – and how to tip, I found it very useful! It also mentions quite a few locations around town that you can find delicious meals at!

Restaurants To Visit – This post is full of cafes and restaurants to stop at during your visit! Each of these restaurants has been personally visited by the author of the post, and he includes some great photos as well!

Where To Stay in Huaraz

A Place To Stay – The Churup hostel is a great option when needing a place to stay. They boast affordable prices, and many services to boot! The rooms provided are clean, bright and very colorful!

 

 

 

Things to do in Trujillo, Peru

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Apus Peru FOCUSThings to do in Trujillo, Peru

This series is a collection of travel tips and stories shared by other bloggers and traveler’s around the web.

We hope these tips and stories will inform and inspire you to visit Trujillo. If you have already been, please share a tip on things to see and do in Trujillo

 

Trujillo Travel Essentials – What you need to know about a visit to Trujillo

A Brief Taste – This website offers up a quick, but helpful read on the history of Trujillo, as well as a short paragraph detailing the climate and community. Perfect if you are in a hurry and need a fast read!

What To Do?  – This website is not a blog, however, it does provide a fantastic list of things that you can do in Trujillo. I especially love that each activity is rated, and has reviews by many who have previously visited! I can’t tell you how much I love reading reviews, they can be so useful! 

 

 

Traveling to Trujillo With Kids

Child-Friendly Activities – This list provides many fun activities for the littles to do on your trip. From horseback riding to exploring on a reed boat, there are always fun and exciting things to do! 

Eating in Trujillo

Looking For Grub – One of the best things to do while traveling is to take the time to try, and enjoy all of the many different culinary experiences. This is a smaller sized list of recommended restaurants to stop at, but full of good content including the locations for each! I will try to pretend I’m not completely jealous!

Where Stay in Trujillo

A Home Away From Home – Again, as with before this is not a blog post but rather a long and helpful list of places to stay in Trujillo. From hotels to hostels, there are plenty and all at very affordable prices! Reviews, ratings and most with free breakfast included!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things to do in Iquitos, Peru

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Apus Peru FOCUSThings to do in Iquitos, Peru

This series is a collection of travel tips and stories shared by other bloggers and traveler’s around the web.

We hope these tips and stories will inform and inspire you to visit Iquitos. If you have already been, please share a tip on things to see and do in Iquitos in the comments down below

 

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Photo via Youtube

 

Iquitos Travel Essentials – What you need to know about a visit to Iquitos

 

A City That Cannot Be Reached By Road – A fantastic blog post chock full of extremely interesting facts about Iquitos, as well as many photos to help you gain an insight of what daily life is like in this busy city. 

High Water, Low Water – I find that one of the most wondered about things when planning a vacation is – what will the weather be like? It’s always a good thing to know how the weather will affect your stay in a new place. This website offers a great explanation on Iquitos’s high water and low water seasons so you can be prepared!

Just A Sample – This website offers up several activities to partake in while in Iquitos. This list is rather short, so it seems important to mention that you are not limited to these activities alone. There are many other things to do if the ones mentioned do hold your interest. 

 

Traveling to Iquitos With Kids 

Family Friendly Adventures – I had a great time reading through this blog post – and I know you will too! This post lists several great things to do, and also warns against some too. With lots of photos, it almost feels as if you took the journey too! 

An Island Full Of Monkeys -What’s this you say? An island full of monkeys? Who wouldn’t want to put this on the to-do list? This blog post cautions against a second monkey island that does not treat their animals well. Please make sure to read this blog post to know how to travel to the correct location

Where To Eat In Iquitos

Food For Thought – It is inevitable that you will need to eat during the course of your visit to Iquitos. Rather than walking in a door, and hoping for the best this website offers a good sized list of recommended restaurants to try during your stay. Each restaurant listed has a short description as well as a photo so there are no surprises! All you have to do is enjoy the delicious food!

Lore in Iquitos

The Legend… – Do you know of the legend of the pink dolphin? If not, I urge you take the time to read this short story. Full of heartbreak and mystery, it is not one that should be missed. 

 

 

Things to do in Cusco, Peru

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Apus Peru FOCUSThings to do in Cusco, Peru

This series is a collection of travel tips and stories shared by other bloggers and traveler’s around the web.

We hope these tips and stories will inform and inspire you to visit Cusco. If you have already been, please share a tip on things to see and do in Cusco in the comments down below! 

 

 

Cusco Travel Essentials – What you need to know about a visit to Cusco

The Do’s and Dont’s of Cusco – It can be scary traveling to a new place, especially one that is on the other side of the world! Even small tips and tricks, such as the ones that this website provides can make an enormous difference in your visit!

Activities In Cusco – This website gives a fantastic rundown of the top 10 things you can do in Cusco from hiking the Inca Trail to mountain biking, the possibilities are just about endless! This website also links to a great Peru travel guide to help you plan your own trip to Cusco! I highly recommend taking a look at it!

 

 

 

Save Money on Travel in Cusco

You Don’t Have To Skimp On The Fun – Some people may think, that saving money on a vacation means you have to limit your to-do list of fun activities, but that just isn’t the case! This website offers many helpful tips on how to help keep cash in your wallet – isn’t that everyone’s dream?!

Currency Matters – One of the most important things to know when traveling to a new place, is what kind of currency they use, and if traveling from another country – the conversion rate. This website can help with both questions, plus more!

Visiting Cusco with Kids

The Kids Won’t Get Bored – Traveling with kids anywhere, can be a terrifying thought.Y have to account for packing more, spending more and finding kid friendly activities. In Cusco, you won’t have to worry about a lack of things to do. From the local markets to the all-age workshops, there is no doubt you will find something that you can all enjoy!

Great Eats For Kids – Not only does this website list a few great places for kids to find delicious food, but it also lists several other activities for children – including a planetarium!

Cusco for Food Lovers

Delicious Dining in Cusco – This website is written by a wonderful duo, who have traveled to many locations around the world, including Peru. On this particular blog post – you can find many photos from their own personal trip including information about some fantastic restaurants. I may, or may not have drooled over those photos (shh, don’t tell anyone!)

Where to stay in Cusco

Cusco Hotel – recommendations from the folks at Apus Peru. These hotels have been tried and tested by people that work in the area.

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Photo via lickmyspoon.com

 

 

Trip Review – Custom Inca Trail

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We greatly appreciate those who write in with feedback about our trips!

Our trip was fantastic and there is nothing we would have changed.  We were fortunate to have Herbert as our guide.  As expected he was excellent throughout the hike, keeping us motivated when needed and educating us along the trail.  He literally knows every inch of the trail.  He seemed to quickly assess our strengths and patterns, or “rhythm” as he said which helps all of us to work together.  Very quickly we built a rapport and friendship with him and are grateful for the experience he gave us.  Apus is certainly fortunate to have Herbert.

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The porters and our cook were very hard working, professional and also fun and friendly.  The food was surprisingly really impressive – I never expected fresh fish and meet on a hiking trip.  Our only regret is that we couldn’t communicate with our porters – it’s something we should have better prepared better.  They worked very hard for us and it would have been nice for us to be able to thank them in their language.

The trip truly exceeded our expectations and we will highly recommend you to friends who consider the Inca Trail.  In fact, last week a friend inquired about our trip to pass to another friend.  The three day approach was also very manageable and I think it could become very attractive for other hikers.

Thank you for all of your support and service as we planned our hike.  Again, it was a fantastic time!

Best Regards,

Bridget

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