Things to do in Machu Picchu, Peru

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Apus Peru FOCUSThings to do in Machu Picchu, 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 Machu Picchu. If you have already been, please share a tip on things to see and do in Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu Travel Essentials – What You Need To Know About a Visit To Machu Picchu

The Basics – This is a great list of several things that are important to know before visiting the magnificent Machu Picchu. From pickpocketing to cold nights, these quick tips serve as a basic “heads up” to help prepare you for your stay.

Book Ahead – When traveling to Machu Picchu, you will need to purchase various tickets depending on your traveling needs. It is important to book early, as this blog post suggests as permits and tickets sell out fast!

An Overview – This website offers up a fantastic post highlighting the history of the stunning ruins. It is a bit lengthy, but certainly worth the read!

Things To Do In Machu Picchu

A Service Town – Aguas Calientes is the service town for Machu Picchu. With several hot springs located throughout, it is the perfect place to relax! This blog post is worth a read as it makes several other important notes ie. increased prices and lack of ATM’s

A Visitors Point-of-View – This is a great post, full of close up photos from a traveler who has been to Aguas Calientes. While it doesn’t offer a list of things to do or specific restaurants to visit – it does show one what they will be able to expect – and when traveling, surprises are the last thing anyone wants.

Things To Do With Kids In Machu Picchu

Let’s Be Realistic – Traveling with children is infinitely different than traveling alone. There are always inquisitive minds to appease! Between all the questions, and probably more than a few complaints you can utilize some of the fantastic tips listed on this blog post! Written by our very own Ariana Svenson, a mom who has traveled with younger kids, we know that we can rely on the advice she gives!

Bits And Pieces – This is a short post, with several small tips however I still felt like they were important, and could come in handy for a visitor. It highlights a few of the sights, instructs you to keep a close eye on your toddlers and reminds you to take the time to enjoy what you see.

Where To Stay In Machu Picchu

Affordable Family Hotels – Finding a hotel to stay in that is child-friendly can sometimes be a fight! Thankfully, Machu Picchu offers several affordable options!

A Fancy Accommodation – The Belmond Machu Picchu Sanctuary hotel, is located right next to the ancient Incan citadel. They boast fun activities, beautiful gardens, and massage treatments. This hotel can accommodate children but comes with a much higher price tag.

A list of recommended hotels – from our very own folks at Apus Peru Adventure Travel Specialists.

 

 

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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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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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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 Arequipa, Peru

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Apus Peru FOCUSThings to do in Arequipa, 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 Arequipa. If you have already been, please share a tip on things to see and do in Arequipa in the comments down below!

 

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

Petty Theft Is Quite Common – It is always important to be wary of your surroundings while on a vacation. This website offers up several useful tips to help keep your money where it belongs – in your pocket!

Experience The Culture – Arequipa is home to many incredible festivals. If you are visiting during one of these times, don’t miss the opportunity to take part in a wonderful, and beautiful tradition. Through dance and costumes, these festivals allow you to enjoy the Peruvian culture

The Attractions of Arequipa

The Museum of Archaeology – Displaying around 1,000 items, this museum is just one of the many beautiful sites of Arequipa. This website offers up a background of the museum as well as what you can expect to see. It even lists their hours! Don’t forget to mark this as a stop on your to-do list!

Hike The Colca Canyon – This blog post is written by someone who has traveled to Peru, and experienced hiking the canyon themselves. While stating it is possible to do so independently, I highly recommend a guide – it’s never a bad idea to be safe especially when you are in a new place. 

 

In Arequipa With Kids 

What To Do…That Is The Question… – Taking the kids along on a vacation can be a difficult feat. Fortunately, Arequipa has some excellent kid-friendly activities, that won’t bore mom and dad. Whether it’s a bus tour or a chocolate making class, you can be sure to find something everyone can, and will enjoy (just don’t forget to bring me back some chocolate!)

Where To Stay And Eat in Arequipa

Accommodations That Won’t Break The Bank – One of the most important things to think about while traveling is where you will stay. Of course, vacations can already be expense without adding on a $200 per night stay at a hotel. This website offers up a fantastically long list of hostels. The hostels are rated, and most offer free wifi and breakfast for only several USD!

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

 

Good Eating In Arequipa – Arequipa is known for it’s fantastic regional food specialties. This website lists the top 5 restaurants that should be on your dining list for sure! Equipped with opening hours, price range, dress code and photos – it’s enough to make any belly hungry!

 

 

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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