Cusco’s Boleto Turístico – should you buy it?

Cusco is Peru’s number one tourist destination, welcoming over 2 million tourists every year. Machu Picchu is just one of the many attractions close to the city, but there’s a lot more to it than that. Think art galleries, Inca ruins, viewpoints, cathedrals, and temples, Cusco has them all. Rather than paying a single-entry fee …

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Pisac, gateway to Peru’s Sacred Valley

I found out today that my insect repellent is completely useless today when the biggest and bluest mosquito I have ever seen started feasting on my leg. I’d only sprayed it seconds before with the stuff. I then proceeded to spray the mosquito, which scornfully looked straight into my eyes, gave a cackle, before moving …

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What on earth is so special about this stone?

If you’re in a big city that has a lot of tourist attractions, not all of them can be fantastic. Take, for instance, the crying pillar in Istanbul. If you’re unfamiliar with this, it is a pillar in the city’s Basilica Cistern. People visit this because it’s wetter than the other pillars in the cistern, …

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Everything you should do on a trip to Arequipa.

Arequipa, Peru’s second largest city, is one of my favourite places that I’ve visited in South America. It’s considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the country, with many of the buildings in the historic centre made of a white volcanic stone called sillar. As well as a picturesque historic centre, it is …

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Why volunteering isn’t always responsible tourism

In recent years, there has been a growing trend in responsible tourism. But what exactly is it? Responsible tourism is travelling in a way that benefits communities where you’re staying. It often includes staying in homestays, eating locally and ethically grown food, and engaging with a country’s culture in a different way to how you …

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How to make ceviche – what to expect from a Peruvian cooking class

Peru is said to be the foodie capital of South America, and Arequipa is fast becoming one of the best gastronomic destinations in the country. It rivals the capital Lima, which is home to 3 of the best 50 restaurants in the world (they’re very expensive, I’ve looked). Some of the most famous dishes include …

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A 3 day trek in Colca Canyon

There’s nothing special about these trees. However, for a short time, they were the most beautiful trees in the world. These trees represented a shower, bathrooms with toilet paper and hot running water, coffee, fresh juice, and most importantly, a chance to find out the Newcastle score (although I wish I’d never found out we …

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