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.