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Day Trips from Cusco Peru

Day Trips from Cusco Peru

Many people plan a trip to Cusco in Peru just for Machu Picchu, but there is so much to explore here!  As well of plenty of things to do in Cusco, there is also a lot to do in the Sacred Valley.  While you are in Cusco you could (and should!) take several day trips from Cusco to explore the different towns, landscapes and archaeological sites that surround the city.  Some Cusco tours are ideal to help you acclimatize to…

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What is the Boleto Turistico Cusco Tourist Ticket & Why Do you Need It?

What is the Boleto Turistico Cusco Tourist Ticket & Why Do you Need It?

If you are coming to Peru to visit Machu Picchu, it is a good idea to spend a few days in Cusco to explore the city and acclimatize to the altitude before taking on any treks or more strenuous activities.  If you want to visit the archaeological sites around Cusco, you will need the Boleto Turistico or Cusco Tourist Ticket.  The Boleto Turistico Cusco ticket gives you access to several key sites in and around Cusco, so you can explore…

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Airbnb Guide: How to Use Airbnb for the First Time

Airbnb Guide: How to Use Airbnb for the First Time

Airbnb has taken the world by storm.  In many cases, it is cheaper and more convenient than booking a hotel room, but if it is your first time using Airbnb you may be wondering how to use Airbnb properly and be looking for some tips for getting started with Airbnb.  Look no further!  I’ve designed this Airbnb guide to share all my Airbnb tips and tricks, including how to set up an Airbnb account, explaining how the Airbnb booking process…

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Backpacking South America: A Backpacker’s Guide to South America on a Budget

Backpacking South America: A Backpacker’s Guide to South America on a Budget

Backpacking South America was my dream trip.  So many beautiful places, delicious cuisines, friendly people and some of the best parties in the world.  It was my first proper backpacking adventure, and I jumped right in at the deep end when my plane landed in Bolivia.  It took me a few days to find my feet, then it didn’t take long at all for me to fall in love with this incredible continent.  What began as a once-in-a-lifetime journey triggered…

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The Best Hikes in Peru – Hikes & Treks in Peru You Will Love

The Best Hikes in Peru – Hikes & Treks in Peru You Will Love

Peru is one of the best countries in the world for hiking and trekking.  Hiking in Peru you will discover vast mountain ranges and deep canyons, stunning snow-capped mountains and turquoise lakes as well as the ruins of ancient civilisations.  There aren’t many countries in the world which can match the variety and beauty of trekking in Peru!  I asked fellow travel bloggers to share their favourite hikes and multi-day treks in Peru to come up with this epic list…

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Why Taking a Cruise Isn’t as Expensive as You Might Think

Why Taking a Cruise Isn’t as Expensive as You Might Think

When I used to hear the word ‘cruise’, I automatically thought expensive.  I couldn’t help it, I had images of posh people quaffing cocktails in evening gowns and spending a year’s salary on a two-week cruise.  However, I have recently come to realise that cruising actually isn’t as expensive as I thought.  There are plenty of ways you can take a cheap cruise without breaking the bank, so you can enjoy cruising on a budget.  Read on for some top…

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Things to do in Cusco Peru: Your Ultimate Cusco Guide

Things to do in Cusco Peru: Your Ultimate Cusco Guide

Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire, and was also known as the bellybutton of the World. Evidence of Inca culture is everywhere, but tourism is big business here and can be overwhelming!  I’ve put together this Cusco guide to help you to figure out what to do in Cusco to experience the culture, food and history, so read on for the top things to do in Cusco Peru, whether you’re backpacking in Cusco on a budget or here…

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The Best Gift Experiences to Give to Travel Lovers

The Best Gift Experiences to Give to Travel Lovers

Ho Ho Ho, it’s December already!  If you haven’t already filled your Christmas present quota with Black Friday deals, why don’t you take a different approach to Christmas gifts this year?  Giving experiences instead of things is a wonderful way to show you care, and there are lots of fantastic gift experiences you can give to your loved ones, and even join them on the experiences too so you can enjoy some quality time together.  I’ve picked out some of…

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Trekking to Laguna 69 Huaraz Peru

Trekking to Laguna 69 Huaraz Peru

I was excited about my Laguna 69 trek from Huaraz Peru.  Laguna 69 may seem like an odd name but there are so many lakes and lagoons around Huaraz that they ran out of names and resorted to numbers instead.  The name Laguna 69 may raise an eyebrow among the smutty minded, but this stunning lake is worth the smirks!  Read on to see more about trekking Laguna 69 Huaraz and how to get to this beautiful lagoon in Peru….

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Backpacking Mexico: A Backpackers Guide to Mexico on a Budget

Backpacking Mexico: A Backpackers Guide to Mexico on a Budget

Mexico is a vast and varied country, sadly marred by a reputation for drug wars and dangerous immigrants.  Don’t believe the hype.  Of course, Mexico has its problems, but not usually in places frequented by backpackers or tourists, so the risk for visitors to Mexico is minimal.  While backpacking in Mexico I found the people to be friendly and kind, the food to be DELICIOUS, and the scenery, culture and history utterly mind-blowing.  I’ll share all my tips for how…

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