Lares to Machu Picchu in pictures…

Sharing – this year we’ve received some great fotos from some great clients – BIG thanks to all of you – keep a look out for foto blogs and facebook posts!

THANK YOU to Dee Andrews and Theresa Seiwald for these beautiful shots of your 4 day Lares to Machu Picchu trek with us in June.

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The unsung heros of the trek our Arrieros and their best friends

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Theresa Seiwald up high in the fabulous wide open spaces of the Andes

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Lush Lares Valley

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A warm welcome!

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Local girls

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Beers in the Valley

Apus Peru have a sister NGO called Threads of Peru with whom we work directly in support of their work; “..connect(ing) the world to handmade textiles of Peru helping to preserve ancient craft techniques and empower indigenous artisans.”

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Threads of Peru work with great commitment and dedication in their continued efforts to create a sustainable international market for the amazing textile products created by weaving communities in rural Cusco.

It seems we are not the only ones that consider Threads of Peru (ToP) a worthy organisation and positive contributing force in Cusco. The folk down at The Sacred Valley Brewing company (Cerveceria del Valle Sagrado) also think so too! Their team consists of: Alex Ball (New Jersey, U.S.), Juan Mayorga (Peru), and Joseph Giammatteo, the Brew-Master (Maryland, U.S.).

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On the last Saturday of every month the brewery holds a party to celebrate their wonderful beer and 20 percent of beer sales go to a non-profit of the brewery’s choice. ToP was chosen for March, so naturally we headed out to the Valley in support of our friends and partners at ToP and to enjoy a couple of pints in the process!

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It was a really great turn out, the weather was perfect and the beer flowed freely all in support of a good cause! In addition to the monthly party, the tasting room (or tap room) is open to the public from Friday to Sunday in the afternoons or by special arrangement.


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9 day Choquequirao, Vilcabamba to Machu Picchu – foto blog

Many thanks to Father and Son team Matt and Russ Wood for their photographs and our Chef Mauro and Guide Herbert for their skills along our 9 day adventurous trek from Choquequirao up to Vilcabamba including a visit to Machu Pichcu as a just reward!

We have 4 confirmed departures ready to join for this trek on 19th July, 2nd and 17th of August and 5th October. Check out our trekkers wanted page:

We think you will agree a truly magestic route, enjoy the photographs…

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Festive Peruvian family adventure!

We would like to share a review with you and a little anecdote from one of our clients while travelling with us on their Peruvian family adventure tour, Christmas 2014. We helped plan their bespoke ‘child friendly’ itinerary in which they spent time on the beach in Lima, went hiking in Chaullacocha, visited Maras Moray and Salineras, the Chichubamba Community project, onwards to Machu Picchu and last but not least discovered the Amazon jungle! Unfortunately, the children got a little sick whilst in Cusco but soon recovered and were able to complete their adventure…


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“I have been meaning to write to you and thank you once more for all your hard work that contributed to making the trip such a memorable adventure. I particularly appreciate your flexibility when things didn’t go according to plan (all part of the adventure).


Village of Chaullacocha

The trek to the village was a highlight for everyone (even though we had to truncate it), and it made a huge impact on the kids. In particular, we have to thank Jose (our guide): when I asked what the villager ate, he replied “Potatoes”. “And with potatoes?”. “Potatoes with potatoes”. Now the kids don’t complain about dinner!

Here’s a lovely foto provided by the family of the girls in their Apus T-shirts enjoying the sunshine in Lima. Thank you to the Veitch family, for your comments and anecdote, wishing you happy future travels! From all the team at Apus Peru!

Tara and Tanaya soaking up the Lima sunshine

Tara and Tanaya soaking up the Lima sunshine

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Six things that may surprise you on a trek in the Andes!

Even for experienced campers and trekkers, a trip in the Andes is often a unique experience with new challenges.  Here are a few ideas and suggestions to take into consideration as you prepare for your trek!

Trekking in the Andes is challenging – but easier if properly acclimatised. Photo by Isaiah Brookshire.

  • Altitude can greatly influence how you feel and what you are capable of. Depending on how long you are in Cusco or other high-altitude areas before you depart, the altitude of most Apus Peru treks can be very physically challenging!  For this reason we recommend at least 2, ideally 3 days at altitude pre trek, in order for your body to acclimatize and to recover from any symptoms of altitude sickness. During this time, it is a good idea to drink plenty of water, try the coca tea (it works :) ) eat lightly and get plenty of rest the first day. After that, mild to moderate physical exercise can help you prepare for your trek.
  • You will get very dirty! Depending on the length of your trek, quite a long time can pass without an opportunity to shower or bathe.  While most people expect plenty of sweat during a long day of trekking, there is also dust and mud to deal with depending on the season. Wet wipes, plenty of clean socks and liquid hand sanitizer go a long way toward making you feel comfortable at the end of the day.

Trekkers on the hike to Huchuy Qosqo, a little known ruin in the Sacred Valley. Photo by Isaiah Brookshire.

  • Reading up on the region and route before departure will enhance your experience. The Andes and Cusco area have rich cultural histories and natural diversity, which you will be experiencing first hand! Our guides are well prepared to teach you about all of this, but arriving in Cusco with background knowledge in areas you are interested in will provide context and allow for deeper understanding.
  • The sun is extremely strong! Sunshine and UV rays are much stronger close to the equator and at high altitudes. You will be very happy to have your wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunblock once your trek is underway! If you have lighter skin or are especially sensitive to the sun, lightweight clothing to cover your arms and legs is useful for sunny days.

Guide Herbert provides an overview of the ruins at Huchuy Qosqo. Photo by Isaiah Brookshire.

  • Communicating with your guide before and during your trek is important. Our guides are professionally trained and experienced in what they do. That said, every client is different! Letting your guide know about any new medical issues or dietary requests before departure helps them prepare. Updates regarding how you are feeling, walking pace, if you need more drinking water, or any other question or concern will help your guide ensure that you have a rewarding and enjoyable experience during your trek.
  • Be prepared for surprises. Many times, the most memorable events on a trek are the ones you don’t anticipate! Because Apus Peru tries to give our clients unique, “off the beaten path” experiences, treks and tours often include unplanned sights and opportunities. Keeping an open mind can help you make the most of your trip!
Nosey llama, early morning misty clouds and Machu Picchu!!

Nosey llama, early morning misty clouds and Machu Picchu!!

Many thanks to Amanda Zenick for this article, updated for 2015

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185 days until Christmas 2015

I know I know… who wants to hear it? But you would be counting down if you had your Inca Trail permits!! Maybe Machu Picchu has always been on your ‘bucket list’? Well why not fulfil that dream this holiday?

The Classic Shot of Machu Picchu. Photo by Michael Mossop.

The Classic Shot of Machu Picchu. Photo by Michael Mossop.

Selling of the Saints a typical Cusqueño Yuletide festivity

The Plaza comes alive all through Christmas Eve and right into the night selling handmade artisan prducts

Submerse yourself in the fabulous Peruvian culture that celebrates Christmas with a mix of Catholic and Andean beliefs, like the “Selling of the Saints” or “Santurantikuy” in Quechua.

Santurantikuy: local people come in from their villages to sell plants that are used to decorate the Nativity scenes for the Christmas celebration.

Apus Peru have carefully designed special Christmas itineraries and tour packages that enable you to choose your prefereces, including a special once a year trek that involves one of the most beautiful Peruvian Christmas traditions –  the Chocolatada which involves the giving of hot chocolate, bread, and toys.

Merry Christmas in Chaullacocha, foto Apus Peru 2014

Merry Christmas in Chaullacocha, foto Apus Peru 2014

Other features of our Christmas and New Year itineraries highlight little known community projects in the Sacred Valley, as well as knock-your-socks off sites like Sacsayhuaman and typical Cusquenean events such as El Sinkuy in Ollantaytambo on New Years day.

Natural slides Sacsayhuaman, foto Emily Doherty

Natural slides, Sacsayhuaman, photo Emily Doherty

El Sinkuy

El Sinkuy – men in masks!!

So, get away this year and make the most of your Christmas break, or vacation period by taking a holiday in Peru and experiencing a very different culture from your own!!

Apus Peru provide unique itineraries which make a solid foundation for any visitor’s exploration to Peru. From these foundations you are able to create your own bespoke itinerary. Here are our links to the varied and exciting packages that could make this Christmas a very special and memorable one for years to come… Happy Holidays!

Ausangate Sibinacocha trek to Yayamari: a personal account

Paul Seery and his friend Chris Vayansky trekked with us in May this year, read Paul’s account of that experience here:

“We elected to trek with Apus Peru for the opportunity to get away from the places where most people were trekking. Their profile seemed to fit with what we were after. The excellent communication and professionalism from the planning stages (thanks Matt) throughout the adventure made the entire experience worthwhile.

Our guide Joel was friendly and knowledgeable about the local region. His insight into the history and culture made this more than just a hike. The food prepared by our cook Joseph and the horsemen was excellent.

The trek itself was challenging but definitely worth the extra effort to have the experience of trekking through the higher elevations.


We saw many things along the way: snow capped peaks, rugged rocky terrain, the animals of the region and some local people. We even saw an avalanche on our 3rd day (which was quite loud though we were a good distance away). At night there were more stars visible than you could imagine.

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Crossing the Abra del Condor pass on day 4 was definitely a highlight. The opportunity to actually trek through some snow was awesome. The views from the top were amazing.


We camped near Lake Sibinacocha as well as hiked around the south end and up the western coast the next day. The views of Sibinacocha were absolutely breathtaking. A massive lake with incredibly clear water.


We would definitely recommend the option to scramble up Cerro Yayamari. You get to be one of the few to reach its summit. Perched on the narrow rocks of the peak, we became aware that we were higher than many mountain peaks around us. Cerro Yayamari (5500m/18040ft); It’s a pretty cool thing to do, to get so high with a non -technical climb! The views in every direction were beyond what I could explain here.


For anyone looking for a truly off the beaten path experience (and a few challenges) we highly recommend this trek and Apus Peru.”

Many thanks to Paul and Chris for choosing Apus Perú and especially to Paul for taking the time to write this blog and for sharing your fabulous photos! Paul and Chris added the extra day to climb Yayamari . Contact us for more information:

Happy trekking ! :)