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What not to do during your Peru holiday

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You are excited for you Peru holiday and you have browsed thru several Peru guidebooks, surfed the net for different Peru travel guides, and listed the different best Peru destinations and best things to do in Peru like trekking the Andes, trying a Pisco, or getting up close with an alpaca. Now here are things that you need to avoid when you visit Peru:

Do not limit yourself to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu should be among your top destinations in Peru but do not limit yourself to this remarkable wonder of the world. Tourists will be flocking here but make most of your time in Peru and pick two or three more destinations for your Peru holiday.

Do not skip Lima


7 Treasures in the Ruins of Northern Peru

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Long before the Incas conquered the Sicán, Chimú, and Chachapoyas people in the 1450s, Northern Peru was already home to the Chavin, Cupisnique, Recuay, Moche, and Cajamarca civilizations.  The advanced and rich cultures of these people have been evident in the great ruins of northern Peru.  Sadly, despite the many historical facts and stories these ruins hold, the following sites are the least visited by tourists:

Huaca de la Luna


In 50AD-800AD, the old civilization of Moche constructed the Shrines of the Moon and the Sun, locally called as the Huacas de la Luna y del Sol to serve as their centers of religious and administrative activities.  These two temples are part of the Huacas de Moche, which is the remnants of Cerro Blanco, the capital city of ancient Moche.  Today, only the Huaca de la Luna is open for visitations because the Huaca del Sol was largely destroyed in 17th century by the Spanish conquerors.


The Perfect Lima Vacation

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Known to many as the ‘City of Kings‘, Lima, Peru is one of the most beautiful modern cities today. With an eclectic mixture of Spanish colonial architecture, ancient Peruvian ruins, and ultra-chic modern buildings and attractions, Lima has developed a certain reputation over the years as a quickly developing hot spot for tourism.

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Salute: The Strangest Liquors in the World

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Handing out homemade beer at a liquor store, Tom and Athena Seefurth, chefs based in Illinois, surprised several people with the smell of their beers—from garlic to tomatoes. They are also the inventors of “pizza beer.” They thought of creating beer that will match their favorite dishes perfectly, and so came up with pizza beer.

Like these two, people all over the world have created different kinds of liquors, which have become worldwide traditions. Wines have been used during the ancient times as medicine, and though people now no longer use them as such, the recipes have survived, and people continue to enjoy them. When in a foreign country, knocking down that glass of strange liquor is also a great way for you to get to know the culture of the people.


Machu Picchu Hotels

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It’s not as hard to find information on Machu Picchu hotels as one might think. If you know anything about Machu Picchu, you know how primitive the area sounds. Steep cliffs that lead to breathtaking ancient ruins in the middle of a rainforest. It sounds like a setting for a novel, doesn’t it?

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But in your novel is the hero on the run, using the rainforest as cover? Is he sleeping on the ground, fighting off all kinds of insects and predatory animals? Or is he on a grand adventure, sleeping in comfort on some of the softest mattresses, enjoying culinary delights most people can only dream of?


Your Little Lima Travel Guide

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There is nowhere quite like South America. A combination of ancient and modern, no matter where you go you will always have plenty to do and see, and may end up experiencing more then you ever thought possible. But even with so many great travel locations, there is one that sticks out, and that will always have you coming back for more: Lima.

Lima skyline at night

Lima skyline at night

The largest (and capital) city of Peru has long since been a place of wonder and entertainment, with plenty of culture and history rich areas, as well as modern playgrounds that give the best of both worlds. It is also a place of mixed heritage, showing the origins of the indigenous people, as well as the influences of the Spanish conquistadors who settled the area in the 1500’s, adding some extra flavor to the region.


Sacsayhuamán | A Tourist Spot in Cusco, Peru

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In the beautiful old city of Cusco, Peru, an immense fortress was built by huge stone blocks weighing upto 300 tons. There isn’t any such record on how these stones were actually cut and moved to put into that place. These stones are so well placed that some of them won’t even let a single piece of paper come between them.

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Saksaq Waman is an ancient Inca ruin at an altitude of 3,701 meters and it is walled with mystery near Cusco.  “A good example of Inca stonework at Sacsayhuamán, Peru. They cut and hauled huge stones to make walls like this, and fit them together — without mortar! — so tightly that you coudn’t get a knife-tip or a piece of paper between them. Solid enough to have survived tremendous earthquakes.”

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Peru beaches

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When you are planning a beach holiday you probably don’t immediately think of Peru, but this South American country has a Pacific facing coastline of over 2,500 km, which is dotted with some of the most beautiful and exotic beachfronts in the world.

For those that like the glamorous life there are a number of top class beach resorts, particularly to the south of Lima, which is the capital city. Here you will find long stretches of white sandy beaches, washed by the cool clean waters of the Pacific ocean, which are perfect from peaceful sunbathing, and also a variety of water sports including scuba diving, snorkeling, yachting and jet skiing. Some of the beaches in Peru are not suitable for swimming, as there are some tricky underwater currents and water quality is poor in some areas, so make sure you check each beach out before you jump straight in the water.