The Cuzco Circuit: Sacred Valley

While my dad and I unfortunately didn’t have the time or the energy to hike the famed 4-day Inca Trail to get to Machu Picchu, we chose an equally exciting way to get there; the Sacred Valley Tour. Instead going to Aguas Calientes (the town at the base of Machu Picchu) directly from Cuzco via train, we drove for several hours through the mountains to small town of Ollantaytambo where we boarded the train. Along the way, we stopped at three archaeological sites and drove by several more that were nestled away on the hillsides. It is a beautifully scenic and enjoyable way to start the journey to Machu Picchu, and I highly recommend it! . [Continue reading…]

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The Cuzco Circuit: Wonderful Weaving

As mentioned in the previous article, my dad and I had the pleasure of attending a weaving demonstration during one of our tours. Held at a local artisans shop, the demonstration covered the multitude of processes that an artisan goes through when creating a product. Having seen so many beautiful woven items throughout my time in Peru, it was amazing to be able to learn the intricate craftsmanship and processes behind them. [Continue reading…]

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The Cuzco Circuit: Moray and Maras

When planning your stay in Cuzco, it can be overwhelming to pick out activities to fill the limited time you are there. There is a multitude of different tours and activities offered, and it’s hard to decide which ones are worth doing because they all look amazing! When my dad and I were setting up our trip, we had no idea what to choose, so Julio simplified the process by recommending a few of the most popular tours, and also one a little less traveled: Moray and Maras. [Continue reading…]

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The Cuzco Circuit: Introductions and the City Tour

Perhaps the most visited area in Peru, Cuzco and its surrounding area is home to a wide array of archaeological sites and interesting cultural experiences. It’s proximity to Machu Picchu makes it the ideal place to stop over on one’s way to visit the aforementioned famed archaeological site, and it’s own local attractions give tourists a reason to linger in the ancient city for several days. Well, I’m here to verify that there is far more to see in and around Cuzco than you could ever possibly find in a Google search. You are guaranteed to say “this is unbelievable” so many times, that you have start looking for another phrase to use. [Continue reading…]

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Peru and YOU: How Tourism Benefits Local Economy

One of the things that continues to impress me about Peru, even more so than the beautiful cities and sites it has to offer, is the fact that tourism has such a large impact on the community. Unlike some of my previous experiences abroad, I feel like the money I spend traveling here actually goes to people who need it, rather than to large money-hungry tourist agencies.

There have been several moments over the course of my stay that have really demonstrated the importance of tourism in Peru, and I’d like to share those here. [Continue reading…]

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