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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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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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Why You Should Go from Cusco to Ollantaytambo Before Machu Picchu

Why You Should Go from Cusco to Ollantaytambo Before Machu Picchu

Ollantaytambo is a fascinating place to visit, and should certainly be on your Peru travel itinerary.  Often overlooked, be sure to give Ollantaytambo, or Ollanta as it’s also known, a chance to show you just why it is so special.  Here I’ve listed my reasons to hopefully persuade you why you should go from Cusco to Ollantaytambo before heading to Machu Picchu. READ MORE ABOUT PERU: Backpacking Peru Budget Travel Guide Why Go from Cusco to Ollantaytambo Instead of Straight…

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How to Manage the Altitude in Cusco and Altitude Sickness at Machu Picchu

How to Manage the Altitude in Cusco and Altitude Sickness at Machu Picchu

Peru is on many people’s bucket lists, and for good reason.  The Inca Citadel at Machu Picchu has graced the cover of countless South American guidebooks and travel magazines, and this iconic UNESCO site is certainly a worthy entry in the New Modern Wonders of the World.  However, the altitude at Machu Picchu and the rest of the Andean region of Peru is high enough to cause problems for many visitors to Cusco and Machu Picchu.  After spending several months…

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Backpacking Peru Travel Guide: How to Backpack Peru Like a Boss

Backpacking Peru Travel Guide: How to Backpack Peru Like a Boss

Peru is a magical destination, deserving of its place on anyone’s bucket list.  Most people come to see one of the new wonders of the world – Machu Picchu – but Peru is much more than Machu Picchu.  Backpacking Peru is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, so prepare yourself for one hell of a ride with this backpackers’ Peru guide.  I’ll give you the low-down on how to backpack Peru safely, with info on how to get around, where to go, what…

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Mancora Peru – Beaches, Surfing and Nightlife

Mancora Peru – Beaches, Surfing and Nightlife

I didn’t expect to like Mancora in Peru, a small beach town on the northern coast known for surfing and partying.  I hadn’t planned to go there, but after returning to Lima before going to Ecuador, Mancora Peru was a good spot to break the long journey from Lima to Guayaquil in Ecuador, with spectacular beaches and a more chilled out vibe than I had imagined.  If you’re travelling to Mancora I’ve put together this mini guide to Mancora to…

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Chachapoyas Peru – Gocta Waterfall and Kuelap Pre-Inca Ruins

Chachapoyas Peru – Gocta Waterfall and Kuelap Pre-Inca Ruins

Chachapoyas is the unlikely capital of the Amazonas region in Peru.  Unlikely because it isn’t actually in the Amazon Rainforest, it is located in the Cordillera, and doesn’t feel remotely Amazonic!  Chachapoyas itself is a quaint town, with white painted buildings and colonial architecture.  There isn’t much to ‘do’ in the town, but it is ideally situated to explore the surrounding treasures. Find accommodation in Chachapoyas on Hostelworld Way off the usual tourist route up the Peruvian coast, Chachapoyas isn’t…

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11 Awesome Photos of Machu Picchu

11 Awesome Photos of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is still one of my favourite places I have ever been.  In the last 2 years I have been backpacking South America, Cuba, and Central America, and watching the sunrise at Machu Picchu still sticks in my mind as an incredible experience that I don’t think I’ll ever forget!  I wanted to share with you some of my favourite photos of Machu Picchu that I took during my time there, including a few from the trek to Machu…

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WIN A FREE PASS ON PERU HOP WORTH $199 USD

WIN A FREE PASS ON PERU HOP WORTH $199 USD

COMPETITION TIME!   I am very excited to announce that Tales of a Backpacker has teamed up with Peru Hop to give one of you lucky people a free pass to travel through Peru, worth up to $199 USD!  About the Prize The lucky winner will receive a free pass on Peru Hop worth up to $199 USD.  They can choose their route from the options available from Lima to Cusco, or Cusco to Lima, or a Short Tour (subject…

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Pisac – Exploring Peru’s Sacred Valley

Pisac – Exploring Peru’s Sacred Valley

Pisac wasn’t quite the “Andean Shangri-La” that Lonely Planet painted it out to be, but is definitely worth a visit!  After the hustle and bustle of Cusco I wanted to escape for a while.  My hostel ‘Hospedaje Chaska Pisac’ promised great things, it had a gym, meditation room and only 2 beds in the 3 bedroom dorm room I had booked, so I had high expectations of my visit. The town is easily reached from Cusco by colectivo, people carrier…

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