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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Things To Do In Lima, Peru

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

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

A Quick History – Lima, Peru is home to many beautiful sights. Full of museums and churches, Lima is able to offer tourists an authentic and unique experience. This website highlights everything from the weather to incoming festivals.

Sights To View in Lima – It’s no secret that Lima is overflowing with an abundance of things to do. From the Larco museum to taking a bike tour (and not without filling your bellies at La Mar of course) you will never find yourself bored.

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Save Money on Travel in Lima

Some Helpful Tips – This forum offers many different options to help save money while traveling in Lima, Peru. While it isn’t a verified source, the suggestions come from those whom have visited the area or are familiar with traveling in general thus they are able to offer up some helpful tips ie. good places to stay, where to eat etc.

Keeping Your Money Safe – It can be nerve-wracking to travel with money. What if someone steals your wallet? Don’t leave yourself penniless on a family vacation. This website offers many great tips on how to handle your money – so you can feel more secure and avoid a dangerous situation

Visiting Lima with Kids

Children Friendly Activities – It can be difficult to find fun, family friendly activities that don’t empty your wallet. A World of Travels With Kids uses their personal experience to highlight a few fun things to do that won’t break the bank, in Lima Peru. They also created a to-do list to help remember activities for their next trip – a great idea!

Cool Places To Stay – It’s no secret that finding kid friendly accommodations while traveling can be frustrating. This is a fantastic list of several hotels that are more than happy to have your little one’s tag along. It is important to note that each of these hotels has been tested by a traveling family, and they are in way no endorsed by any of the hotels listed. 

Lima for Food Lovers

A Guide To Peruvian Food – Peruvian cuisine is among the best in the world. Each region has its own local cuisine, and this website can help serve as a guide to some typical dishes. From appetizers to desert, they have you covered!

Where To Eat – Finding a restaurant to eat at can be an anxiety-inducing event…will you like the food? Is it overpriced? This website offers up the best restaurants to visit while you are in Lima. They even list the address, phone number and hours as well as a high budget indicator – how helpful! Allin mikuna!

Where to stay in Lima

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

 

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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Ausangate Trek « why should someone do this trek? why is it special »

 

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¨Ausangate¨ or ¨Auzangate¨ is a mountain, located in the region of Ocongate, at an altitude of 6384 meters (20,945 ft), this is one of the highest mountains in the Cusco region and in fact the whole of Peru. The hike around the base of the Ausangate mountain includes  spectacular mountain scenery and highland wildlife. The Ausangate trek is becoming an increasingly popular trek, that is usually 5 days long but can be done in even 4 days).

The mountain is highly significant in Incan mythology. Every year the QollorRiti festival (Quechua for “snow star”) attracts thousands of Quechua pilgrims as well as an increasing number of tourists. It takes place one week before the Corpus Christi feast.

The region is inhabited by llama and alpaca herds, and constitutes one of the few remaining farming communities of its kind, in the world. During this hike you have to walk between lakes (each is a different color) and snow capped peaks, you can actually hear the slabs of ice as they crack, crumble, and finally crash to the waters below.

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 On the First day, you start to walk from Tinqui (the biggest town near to the Ausangate Mountain) to arrive in Upis, which is the first campsite and where it is possible to enjoy some beautiful hot springs.  On the second day, you have to climb the first pass  at 5 000 metres  to get to the Ausangate Lake for the second campsite. On the third day, you have to go to Jampa after climbing another 5000 meters pass, and if you don’t have time you could stay for the night. If you have time to continue, you can go to Pacchanta (it is possible to enjoy a dinner and a beer at the hot springs). You need to ascend  another pass at 5000 meters for this. On the fourth day, you return to Tinqui, from where you will be transported back to Cusco.

 To be honest, it is one of the most beautiful treks around Cusco, having awesome scenery every day. Compared to the Salkantay trek, it is quiet and remote during the hike, and even though it is a famous trek, you don’t have lots of tourism. In addition, the scenery is more beautiful than Salkatay in my opinion. Of course this trek is difficult, but not impossible. It will be easier to enjoy this trek with an expert guide, and all the equipment from Apus Peru .
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Apus Peru offers a number of Ausangate options!

5 day traditional Ausangate trek:

http://www.apus-peru.com/treks/ausangate_5days.html

The All new in 2016 Ausangate and Vinicunca Trek:

http://www.apus-peru.com/treks/ausangate_vinicunca_rainbowmountain.html

Also mentioned in this story is the Qollor Riti Piligrimage:

http://www.apus-peru.com/treks/qolloritty_pilgrimage_trek.html