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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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!

 

 

 

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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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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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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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5 Delish places to eat in Cusco that won’t bust your budget

 

Peruvian cuisine is one of the most diverse in the world. Peru is considered to have the most traditional dishes in the world with 491.

This affluence comes from three sources :

  • The geographical regions of the country
  • The mix of ethnicities and cultures
  • The adaptation of traditional cultures to modern cuisine

The four traditional staples of Peruvian cuisine are corn, potatoes and other tubers, the popular grains of the Amarinth family (Quinoa, Kañiwa and kiwicha) and legumes (beans and lentils).

In this article I would like to give you an example of the most delicious and traditional Peruvian dishes, and some tips where you could try these delights in Cusco.

 

Churros

Churros are one of the most famous desserts in Peru, especially in Cusco. A delicious treat introduced from Spain, made with a doughnut type batter, deep fried and typically served with powdered sugar, cinnamon and sugar or dipped in chocolate. You can find these easily on most street corners. They are normally eaten for breakfast or as a snack, dipped in chocolate, with a cup coffee, hot chocolate or tea.

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In our opinion, the best place to enjoy Churros is in a small store called  Muchaway, on Pardo Avenue, (Number 510) In this shop you can find many different types of Churros and even choose your preferred filling or topping !

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I have tried quite a few of them (fillings and toppings), and they were very tasty ! The aroma in the cafe is  incredible and they have great ambient music. The toffee filling is thick, rich and pudding-like, and the churros are light and crisp on the outside and very soft ‘melt in the mouth’ on the inside.

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Muchaway is open from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and the prices vary between S/.2 and S/.5 (for the most gourmet churros).

Link for Churros recipe : http://allrecipes.com/recipe/24700/churros/

Link Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/churros.muchaway/?fref=ts

 

Picarones

This is another famous traditional dessert made in Peru made of fried dough and sometimes in the mix is the natural sweet potato ! Once again the origins of this dessert are from Spain. Picarones are always topped with an unprocessed sugar cane syrup, locally called «piloncillo or chancaca. This syrup mix usually has the added ingredients of cinnamon, cloves, and fig leaves.

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The best place to try Picarones is located on Ruinas Street (number 200), on the corner of Tullumayu Street. There is a river flowing, of the same name, underneath  this street,  which even to this day, defines Cuzco’s city limits.

This is the most famous place in Cusco to enjoy picarones. They are very large, rich and freshly prepared with a sweet honey based sauce. For five soles you receive four picarones, and to be honest it is difficult to finish ! I advise you to share with your friends and to combine that with a chicha morada (purple corn drink). You can enjoy this dish between 4:00PM and 10:00PM.

Link recipe : http://perudelights.com/picarones-peruvian-doughnuts-bunuelos-or-beignets-are-one-of-a-kind/

Link recipe in video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKtJJHsa478

 

Anticucho

 Anticucho’s are one of the most famous street foods in the highlands of Peru. Indeed, with the aroma that fills the streets when they are being prepared it is reminiscent of a barbecue, however Anticuchos vary in a couple of ways. At first glance they look like kebabs, as the meat is always on skewers and they always have a potato on then end of the stick. These kebabs tend to use the hearts of the cows, however occasionally you can find a chicken anticucho.

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The word Anticucho comes from Quechua, the main indigenous language of Peru. One of the oldest typical dishes in the Andes they can be made of any type of meat, the most popular being beef heart (Corazon).

Arguably the best place to eat Anticuchos is the « Condorito on Cultura avenue and you can certainly find anticuchos in many restaurants however this is traditionally a street food and that’s the best place to try them !
This delicious dish is surprisingly nice ! The only difference between this and beef is in the texture. They tend to be a little more fibrous, but is surprisingly tender, as is the marinated chicken option.  Tasting this popular Peruvian Street food is an experience and one you should try on your next trip to Peru.

Link recipe (beef heart) : http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/anticuchos-grilled-beef-heart-recipe.html

Link recipe (chicken) : http://perudelights.com/chicken-anticuchos/

 

Cuy chactado

If you would like to enjoy an authentic Peruvian dish, you should not miss the Cuy Chactado which is a fried cuy (a guinea pig). This is a traditional dish from the Andes for over 5,000 years. Cuy chactado was consumed by the nobles and was used not only in sacrificial ceremonies but also to foretell the future. However, now you could find Cuy chactado in all the most restaurants, even though this kind of dish is usually reserved for special occasions – birthdays, fiestas, and holidays.

The main ingredients of this dish are very nutritious in minerals and proteins  it includes   guinea pig, vegetable oil, cornmeal, garlic, pepper, salt and lime.
Link recipe : http://gosouthamerica.about.com/od/cuisine/a/cuy.htm

Traditional video to cook the cuy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEFOt79lXaU

 

Chicharrones

 
Chicharrones are associated with a lot of events and traditional festivals throughout the year, for example Corpus Cristi, Inti Raymi ( fiesta  of the sun) and the  Qollor’iti pilgrimage in and around the Cusco region. It would be shameful not to try this very Cusqueñan dish, and would be an opportunity missed. The Chicharonnes (deep fried pork ) originated in Spain and spread to Latin American countries. This dish is generally served  on a bed of typical accompaniments such as corn, red onion, mint and fried potatoes.

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After trying several places to define which was the best restaurant to enjoy eating Chicharrones, I choose a small restaurant located on the Pulluchapata Street, 128 (Avenida El Sol), and every day it is full of local people. You could enjoy Chicharron for only S/.10, and also appreciate other Peruvian dishes such as Abodo (traditional soup with pork), or Escabeche de Gallina (chicken marinated in vinegar). The restaurant on San Andres is only open during  lunchtime,  11:30AM to 5:00PM.

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Link recipe in video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZVLe6dOqgI

Step back in time at Hotel San Agustin Monasterio, Urubamba

When the wrought iron gates part and you step into this distinctive hotel, be prepared to step back in time to Peruvian yesteryear.

The San Agustin Monasterio of Recoleta hotel offers the once in a lifetime opportunity to stay in 17th Century Franciscan Monastery and convent!    Such an opportunity is relatively rare in this price range and this is a wonderful chance to stay in an extremely atmospheric cloister, located alongside a beautifully renovated chapel.

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There are two parts to the hotel, in the original section there are small, and simply decorated rooms around the Cloister which includes tiles from the original building.  It is also decorated with artefacts from the church and other relics). The other part of the building is a newer wing done in keeping with the original building and includes very cute suites with two stories including a romantic loft for the bed.

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Rustic, old world and charming the Monasterio de Recoleta is run by the 3-4 star San Agustin hotel chain and has a cute personal restaurant, lovely gardens and places to connect.  They are extremely proud of their ‘Bio Huerto’ (organic orchard) and have numerous fruit trees around the property and their own fruits in season in their restaurant. They also offer a magnetic healing garden.

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For those considering an un-paralleled and unique Peruvian wedding or renewal of vows, the chapel has been restored with attention to detail and there is a beautiful atmosphere.   Weddings can be arranged at this hotel, please contact Apus Peru for more details.

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The Hotel San Agustin, Monasterio of Recoleta, is technically in Chichubamba (and the community apparently still use the church on festival days) but on the outskirts of Urubamba, but it feels very remote and isolated.   There are opportunities to walk around the hotel, or, if you wish, into Urubamba itself, though this would be a longer walk.

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