Peru Travel Articles, Photos and Panoramas

Machu Picchu, A Different Perspective [360-Degree Panorama]

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Whether you've been to Machu Picchu or not, chances are that the most common images you've seen of it carry a familiar quality about them. Sometimes it takes looking at something iconic from a different perspective, however, to broaden your understanding and appreciation of what it might have taken to create all that's behind the icon. And so it is with Machu Picchu … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Guinea Pig Farm, Peru

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Guinea pig (cuy) is apparently a critical component of Andean cuisine. At the pre-Incan ruins of Kuelap, we were told that guinea pigs have been domesticated and bred as a source of protein for thousands of years.And although the selection of meats throughout Peru and Ecuador has (thankfully) expanded substantially, guinea pig remains a prized meal. … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Cusco, Peru — Indigenous Crafts Market

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In Cusco, Peru on the first Sunday of every month, a corner of the main square Plaza de Armas fills with indigenous crafts vendors from around the surrounding hills. If you get up early enough, you'll have a chance to not only check out their wares without the crowds, but you'll also enjoy a bit of conversation with the vendors about where they come from and how they … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Pre-Incan Ruins of Kuelap, Peru

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The Incan ruins of Machu Picchu outside Cusco, Peru grab the lion's share of that country's travel press. But before the Incas stormed through this region in the 15th century, there were actually some other clever people living in Peru. They built an impressive city and lived in circular houses on a mountaintop in the north, near the town of Chachapoyas (meaning … [Read more...]

Keep Peru on Your Bucket List: Here’s Why

Maybe you’ve seen the photos coming out of Peru over the last week or two: raging rivers, washed-out bridges, mud-buckled railroad lines, and tourists being airlifted from under the shadow of Machu Picchu in the town of Aguas Calientes.We’re here to suggest -- despite it all -- that you keep Peru on (or consider adding it to) your travel bucket list. … [Read more...]

Peruvian Food: More than Just Ceviche

I feel sorry for the Colombians. They only have three types of peppers. -- A pepperista -- surrounded by 40 different pepper varieties at the Mistura Peruvian food festival -- sheds unintended humorous light on one of the many advantages of Peruvian cuisine.Peruvian cuisine has attained a certain hipness over the last decade. So when we put out a call to our … [Read more...]

Fawlty Tours: 7 Games Tour Companies Play

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We began this piece by writing a narrative tracing the hiccups in our Salkantay to Machu Picchu trek, but soon realized that our lessons learned go beyond Peru’s tourist-laden Inca corridor.So what happened? Our guide got drunk two nights in a row, tried to pinch us for more money with unplanned and overpriced transport, didn’t buy our Machu Picchu tickets in … [Read more...]

Travel and Value: What Can You Buy For $0.66?

Value: a topic of great debate, perhaps nowhere more so than in the world of travel.We've had friends rave about inns in Costa Rica that are a "great value" at $300 a night. At the same time, we've met travelers who do the "bad value" balk when accommodation anywhere runs more than $3.Call one a spendthrift. Call the other cheap. Value is in the eye of the … [Read more...]

The Salkantay Trek: From Glaciers to Machu Picchu

“Oooh, Machu Picchu!” Even my mom caught the hype when I told her we were headed there last week. As excited as she’s been about our travels, I think that was the first "Oooh!" of our trip she ever uttered.We kept our expectations low, however. Maybe it’s our reflex reaction to the prevailing travel wisdom: “Machu Picchu is the granddaddy of South American … [Read more...]

Machu Picchu? Not Yet. A Slideshow of the Other Peru

As much as anyone else, we enjoy visiting world-famous tourist sites and embarking on adventure trips. Peru has been no exception. In fact, in just a few hours we depart for a five-day trek to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu by way of a mountain pass at 4650 meters/15,500 feet.But there’s almost always another side to the countries we visit. And sometimes we … [Read more...]