Lose Yourself in Paucartambo

I was completely lost. Not directionally lost (it would be an accomplishment for even me to lose my bearings in a three-street town), I was lost in the chaos, the madness, the anything-goes that is the Virgen del Carmen Festival. I dug into my homework research to make some sense out of it all, but nope, textbook knowledge doesn’t apply today in Paucartambo. [Continue reading…]

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Viva la visa: getting foreign visas in Lima

Peru has plenty to fill up your holiday schedule, but if you’d like to explore more of the continent that close to 400 million people call home, it’s time to check the entry requirements for the eleven other countries that make up South America. Currently listed below are details for Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay and Paraguay; Venezuela does not give out visas to non-residents of Peru. [Continue reading…]

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Marcahuasi – Mystery of the Mountain

Marcahuasi is the Quechua name given to a plateau 60 km northeast of Lima, one that roughly translates as “the House of the Sovereign”. Exactly who this sovereign is, or what the stories are behind the stone abodes and rock monuments that dot the landscape, most experts have little clue. Some have offered a geologic explanation for the sculpted landscape, while others, such as proto-historian Dr Daniel Ruzo, believe that the rocks, which resemble everything from faces to dinosaurs, are markers left by an ancient civilization, long since annihilated by cataclysms of (literally) Biblical proportions. [Continue reading…]

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Peruvian/Japanese Fusion: Oceanika Bar and Lounge

It’d be pretty hard to top anticuchos or the guinea pig as the epitome of “exotic” Peruvian cuisine, but for those fresh off the plane and not quite ready to tackle the heavyweights in the Limeño culinary world, there is always the option of tasting a little piece of Peru in… a sushi bar. [Continue reading…]

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