Over the three days of trekking on the Quilotoa Loop, you stay in three quaint little towns set amongst the Central Andean mountains. Each town has several hotels, hostels and ecol-lodges catering towards backpackers completing the hike. Here’s a guide to the three towns you need to stay in and the best hostels in each one.
This is the ultimate highlight of many people’s trips to South America. Visiting the marvellous citadel of the Incas, hidden amongst misty valleys and set high above the clouds, truly feels like you are walking back through time. Trying to get there and organise tickets however, isn’t such a magical experience. We’ve laid out the three different ways clearly for you, so you can plan easily and make your trip as stress-free as possible.
No visit to Cusco is complete without visiting the ancient Inca citadel – Machu Picchu. There are several ways to see this incredible site and the train is an especially scenic route taking you through the heart of the Sacred Valley. Visiting via train is also the most direct and fastest way to visit Machu Picchu. Here’s everything you need to know from booking a train to choosing the right itinerary.
The beautiful city of Cusco located in the Andes at 3,400m above sea level has a lot more to offer than just Machu Picchu. We’d recommend spending several days here to learn about Incan history, taste local Andean cuisine and acclimatise before making your once in a lifetime trip to the ancient Incan site.
The buzz and energy of travellers readying themselves for their once in a lifetime trip to Machu Picchu are reflected in Cusco’s nightlife scene. Every backpacker seems to ooze a sense of excitement either preparing for or have completed the journey, which bleeds out into the bars and clubs in the city. This makes nights out in Cusco one to remember – or not depending on how much you drink. Below we’ve listed what we think are the best places to celebrate your experiences. Remember: Always drink responsibly.
Cusco is the cultural capital of Peru and with that title, a tourist hotspot welcoming people from all around the globe. This means every food need is catered for; from French to Japanese, and junk food to vegan – Cusco has you covered. We’ve given you our top recommendations for each category, cheap eats, restaurants and cafes, so that it will be easier to decide where to go.
There’s something for everyone in Lima with the local gastronomy pf the bohemian district of Barranco, to the thriving bars and upper scale restaurants of Miraflores. Here’es our list of the best places to eat and drink in Peru’s capital.
Set high in the Andes at a breath-taking 5,200m, the colourful Rainbow Mountain has come onto everyone’s bucket list over the last few years when it emerged from the snow in 2015. While this natural wonder is a must-see, there are a few things you should know before attempting the climb to decide whether it’s worth your time. Here’s everything you need to know about preparing for Rainbow Mountain.
Colca Canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world, is must-see if you’re in Peru. If you want to hike it then there’s two ways: a guided trek or by yourself without a guide. Here’s everything you need to know about both.