Peru

Cañon del Colca – The Seed Scatterers of Peru

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Cañon del Colca – The Seed Scatterers of Peru

Ancient cultures all revere the night skies and many myths revolve around the heavens. One of the oldest in the Andes, and one involving a star cluster generating myths in cultures around the globe, concerns the Pleiades. Cañon del Colca I leave Arequipa early on a modern 16 seat Mercedes-Benz bus bound for the headwaters of the Cañon del Colca. This is the giant gorge cut into the Andes Mountains by the Rio de Colca – a physical expression combining the Pacific Ring of Fire, river water, and the aftermath of a collision between two enormous...

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Much More than Machu Picchu

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Much More than Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a Must but… There is more to Peru! To most, Peru is the country where Machu Picchu is located. Yes, this is true, and what an incredible landmark to boast: the incredible Inca ruins made up of huge rock structures built without mortar—so perfect that not even a piece of paper fits in between the slabs—miraculously and majestically sit up on a cliff in the middle of the lush Cuzco vegetation. But having been born there, Peru is about bok choy the size of your head and chirimoyas the size of your heart. As a Peruvian...

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Islas y Huacas, Bolivia

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Islas y Huacas, Bolivia

The harbor waters are still. Beyond this sheltered inlet a stiff wind whips the lake into whitecaps. I don’t much like choppy waters… Lake Titticaca sits just over two miles above sea level and encompasses 3200 square miles. This makes it the highest and largest navigable lake in the world. Shared by Peru and Bolivia, I sail these rough waters from the Peruvian side, headed for Isla del Sol. Although my destination is an island under Bolivian jurisdiction, there’s no passport control to deal with here. Inka Steps My boat puts ashore at the...

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Learn Spanish in Peru

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Learn Spanish in Peru

Learn Spanish in Peru Llama Expeditions to Host Spanish Language Learning Adventure November 2013 in Peru SAN FRANCISCO, CA, June 13, 2013 – Andean trekking specialist Llama Expeditions will host a 9-day Spanish immersion program in Peru Nov. 9-17, 2013, that combines the signature elements of a Llama Expeditions adventure with the services of Carlos Bazan who runs one of the top-rated Spanish-language schools (Enjoy Spanish) in San Francisco. The trip that begins and ends in Lima integrates a traveler’s natural curiosity at being in an...

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Solstice Sun Peru

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Solstice Sun Peru

Solstice Sun Peru Inca Festival Returns in June 2013 DENVER, Colo.— Each year on June 24th, one of the largest and most colorful celebrations in Latin America erupts on the cobbled streets of Cusco, Peru. In the colonial city at 11,150 feet above sea level and gateway to the legendary Machu Picchu, the Inti Raymi festival attracts foreigners and Peruvians alike with a re-enactment of a sacred Inca solstice celebration. Denver-based adventure tour operator, Southwind Adventures is offering a unique set of itineraries that include the festival...

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Family Friendly Peru

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Family Friendly Peru

  Peru Travel Specialist Launches New Family-Friendly Itineraries Aracari Travel, an award-winning travel agency based in Lima, Peru, has announced a range of new family-friendly tour itineraries for summer 2013. Responding to increasing demand for family-oriented experiences in Peru, Aracari Travel has developed two itineraries that incorporate the destinations, accommodations and activities that are most suited to younger families with children aged up to 12 years old as well as families with children aged 13 years and older. Family...

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LAN Airlines’ Biannual ‘Big Deal’ Sale to South America

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LAN Airlines’ Biannual ‘Big Deal’ Sale to South America

(MIAMI, FL – May 31, 2012) – LAN Airlines, South America’s premier air carrier, and its affiliates are excited to announce the mid-year ‘big deal’ sale! Plan an adventure to one of South America’s most sought after destinations and take advantage of some of LAN’s lowest prices yet. Savings this big only happen twice a year, so book now for an unforgettable travel experience that can be found only in South America and only with LAN.   Passengers who book now and fly later will enjoy savings to Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil,...

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LAN Airlines Offers Spring Specials to South America

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LAN Airlines Offers Spring Specials to South America

(MIAMI, FL, March 2012) – LAN Airlines, South America’s premier carrier, and its affiliates invite passengers to celebrate the arrival of springtime by booking a trip to South America. Savvy travelers can get a head start on planning a summer getaway this year by taking advantage of LAN Airlines and its affiliates’ low fares on travel taking place from March 15 to June 15. Passengers can book now through March 12. “We are excited to offer these incredible fares to our travelers. With prices as low as these, this spring is the perfect time to...

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LAN Airlines Announces the Biggest Deal of the Year

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LAN Airlines Announces the Biggest Deal of the Year

 (MIAMI, November 28, 2011) – LAN Airlines, South America´s premier air carrier, and its affiliates announce the biggest deal of the year! Passengers looking to travel to South America next year can book now through December 12, 2011 and enjoy savings on trips to Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela.   “LAN is making a big deal about South America this year! With prices this low to destinations this exciting, there’s no time like now to book a trip to South America,” said Pablo Chiozza, LAN Airlines’ Vice...

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Trafalgar Expands Family Experiences with New Itineraries

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Trafalgar Expands Family Experiences with New Itineraries

(Anaheim, October 2011) – With family travel in high demand, Trafalgar has introduced four exciting new itineraries in the 2012 Family Experiences brochure. Now adding up to 18 itineraries, the Family Experiences guided vacations are activity-packed and designed specifically to meet family travel needs.   The four new itineraries invite guests to explore Europe, as well as North America, Costa Rica, Peru and South Africa: Sorrento & Sicily Surprise; Greek Island Hopper; Conquistadors, Sacred Valleys & Inca Mysteries; and Dude...

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New Latin American Vacations in 2012

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New Latin American Vacations in 2012

Brendan Vacations, the Ireland Specialist, is also a leader in providing unique and memorable guided vacations to Latin America. Brendan is now pleased to announce their 2012-13 South & Central America 2012-13 Brochure highlighting the region’s vibrant culture and vast natural and historical treasures. Brendan knows it’s all about you, the customer– everyone has different travel needs and expectations. By “taking you personally,” Brendan ensures its highly trained, hands-on team focuses on old fashioned service, taking care of each...

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The Best Show in Cusco, Peru

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The Best Show in Cusco, Peru

I had the good fortune to be in Cusco, Peru, for much of June with a group. The itinerary featured being in the city for Inti Raymi, the Return of the Sun. Marking the winter solstice, this is one of the biggest ceremonies in South America, held every June 24 in Cusco and not to be missed, according to the guidebook. This Inca ceremony was suppressed in 1572 by the Spanish viceroy and revived in the 1940s. Inti Raymi is the climax of City Month and involves a giant multi-stage pageant with processions, offerings to the Inca, animal sacrifice...

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Update: Access to Machu Picchu

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Update: Access to Machu Picchu

(LIMA, PERU) – Given the situation of tourists unable to access Machu Picchu due to limited capacity, Rocio Merino, Director of Tourism Promotion of PromPerú, has stated: 1.     The Master Plan of the archaeological park of Machu Picchu, which was elaborated by the ministries of Environment and Culture established in 2005 that no more than 2,500 visitors per day should enter the citadel. 2.      In May 2011, the Ministry of Culture created an electronic system to purchase entrance tickets to the citadel. This system determines the exact...

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Amantani Island, Lake Titicaca

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Amantani Island, Lake Titicaca

After four hours on a boat from Puno, its single engine huffed and puffed along the still waters of  Lake Titicaca, we arrived on Amantai, largest freshwater lake in South America. “Hola! Hola!” The locals were already waiting; arms waving, dressed in their cleanest traditional clothing, skirts and shirts and thick black woolly head dress, embroidered with colourful patterns. The community chief was head of the pack, short and stout, with a broad grin on his sun coarsened face. I have volunteered myself for a community development project on...

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Machu Picchu, After the Flood

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Machu Picchu, After the Flood

No longer is Machu Picchu a mere half-day train/bus journey from Cusco. (Note the Peruvian spelling, with an “s”, not a “z”.) The devastating flood in late January took out large sections of train track, stranding not only thousands of frightened tourists, but dozens of rail cars as well. There are still options available for travel to Machu Picchu, but all of them involve extra time and effort. I chose a motor coach trip from Cusco to the city of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley, an aptly named corridor of lush greenery and ancient ruins along...

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