The best way to visit the South Coast

 Welcome to this week’s edition of the Apus Peru FOCUS – The best way to visit the South Coast!

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 South Coast in Peru! If you have already been, please share a tip on things to see and do in the South Coast

 

 

South Coast Travel Essentials – What you need to know about a visit to the South Coast

A Short Overview – A short, but a very informative overview of the South Coast region of Peru. It discusses climate, history and even lists a few things to do while visiting!

Idea-Packed Travel Guide – A helpful travel guide that provides a more in-depth overview plus more! They even have a section to help you plan your trip ie. different transportation options, medical etc.

 

Things to do in the South Coast

Adventures You Can’t Miss Out On – A short but excitement packed list of activities to do while visiting the South Coast. Riding and sandboarding on the dunes sounds like a ton of fun! Have you ever done either of those?

 

 

Things to do with kids in the South Coast

Family Friendly Activities – If you by chance, need to take your little ones on a vacation with you, don’t fret! In the South Coast of Peru, there are many fun and family-friendly activities that everyone can enjoy!

Where to eat in the South Coast

Food For The Trip – A great list of restaurants located all along the South Coast of Peru. If you click on the name of the restaurant, you will be able to see the location, contact information, and a short description!

 

Where to stay in the South Coast

Finding A Place To Stay – A great list of some beautiful hotels located along the South Coast. As with the link for the restaurants above, once a hotel name is clicked you will be able to view a short description, location, contact details and you can even book a room directly from the page! How convenient is that?!

Children Friendly Accommodations – A short list of four great options for child-friendly accommodations while visiting the South Coast! Don’t worry, you will have the chance to relax! All of these hotels have been kid tested, and approved!

 

The best way to visit Nazca, Peru

 Welcome to this week’s edition of the Apus Peru FOCUS – The best way to visit Nazca, 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 Nazca, Peru. If you have already been, please share a tip on things to see and do in Nazca, Peru

 

 

Nazca Lines Travel Essentials – What you need to know about a visit to Nazca, Peru

A Mystery of Old – This is a fantastic post from National Geographic that speaks about the history of the Nazca lines – aren’t they incredible? Have you ever heard a theory as to how they got there?

Things You May Not Know – This is a short list of 15 fun facts about the Nazca lines that you may not know as of yet! The lime in the rocks helps keep the designs from eroding! They are a pretty stunning sight if you ask me!

Prepare For The Trip – This post is a very informative, and helpful place to find tips on how to prepare for your flight about the Nazca lines! It’s better to be safe than sorry as they always say!

Things to do in Nazca, Peru

There’s More Than Lines Nearby – Nazca, Peru is home to many exciting activities other than just flying above the lines. This list provides 7 other options that are sure to delight! Have you ever been to Nazca, Peru? What did you do to bide the time?

Keeping Busy in Nazca – While this isn’t a post – it’s a good list of thing you can do while in Nazca, Peru! Among the activities are quite a few interesting museums and some ancient ruins, not to mention much more! You are able to see the ratings, and reviews that each location has acquired.

 

 

 

Where to eat in Nazca, Peru

Food For The Trip – A decent sized list of great restaurants in and around the area of Nazca. If you click on the name of the restaurant you’ll be able to see price range, website, and a short description! Pretty helpful, I’d say!

 

 

Where to stay in Nazca, Peru

Finding A Place To Stay – A great list of some beautiful hotels in and around Nazca, Peru! If you click on the name of the hotel, you can see their website, location, price range and a short description!

An Alternative Option – If you are staying in Nazca, Peru and are looking for an affordable place to stay – consider this highly related hostel! It’s clean, bright and comes with some wonderful amenities!

 

 

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 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 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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Photo via lickmyspoon.com

 

 

A luxurious retreat at the Rio Sagrado…

Nestled into a hillside alongside the roaring Urubamba River and with the craggy mountains of the Sacred Valley as a backdrop, the Belmond Rio Sagrado property is beautifully placed for those looking for a serene getaway, located halfway between Machu Picchu and Cusco.

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Rio Sagrado means ‘Sacred River’ in Spanish and the connection with the river, mountains and earth are evident in many aspects of the hotel.  When you arrive you are seated in a cosy study, filled with books and with a huge telescope for viewing the night skies, which were so important in Incan times.

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Originally constructed as a family vacation spot, with the original villas now accommodating larger groups of up to 10 people,   the Rio Sagrado hotel has expanded out over a hillside, with a variety of different rooms and options. Natural materials are a feature, and the way that the rooms and casitas mould over the hill makes you feel that it’s grown organically.  With only 23 rooms in total, it’s a small, boutique hotel with a feel of exclusivity.

Food is a feature, and we were offered a delicious pachamanca picnic by the river.  El Huerto (the Orchard) restaurant is a delicious fusion of Urubamba’s best-kept culinary secrets and provides elegant dining by the river.

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A highlight is an outdoor heated pool, fantastic for year round relaxation, which sets this hotel apart from most other SV Hotels which only offer unheated (and therefore cold!) pools.   A beautifully appointed spa is located in a wooden and stone building and offers a luxurious range of treatments using local therapies.

As you would expect for a property of this standard, the Rio Sagrado rooms have been created with careful attention to detail.  Balconies are carefully concealed from their neighbours using plantings of indigenous trees, and you can shower looking out over the landscape –with your private parts modestly obscured by clouded glass! Large beds, pima cotton sheets – and heated wooden floors, as expected from a hotel like this, your stay will be extremely comfortable.     We also were pleased to see recycling options in the rooms.

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As the aim of the hotel is to getaway from the busy world, relax and connect with nature there are no televisons in the rooms, but wifi is accessible if you wish.

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Finally a word on access – the hotel does offer one disabled/easy access room at the top of the hill and provide a golf buggy to access all locations in the hotel, including the restaurant located near the river. Otherwise, access to the rooms is via a series of steep steps and may not be a wonderful option if you struggle with climbing or descending steps!