27 Traditional Foods You Must Try in Peru

27 Traditional Foods You Must Try in Peru

One of the best reasons to visit Peru is gastronomy. In fact, Peru has been the best culinary destination in the world for many years now. The wide variety of climates, ecosystems, and environments allow for a multitude of products to be grown, making the Peruvian cuisine very diverse. 

By the coastal region of Lima, you can have some of the best Peruvian ceviches in the world. While higher up in the mountains in the city of Cusco, dishes using alpaca meat are more common. In the southern part of Peru near Pisco, you will find a region where they produce a liquor called Pisco. Peru has so much diversity when it comes to food.

In fact, the capital of Peru, Lima has 2 of the top 50 restaurants in the world.

However, there are hundreds of Peruvian dishes. Below we have selected our favorite 27 foods you must try in Peru.

Traditional Peruvian Dishes

1. Aji de Gallina (Peruvian Chicken Stew)

Aji de Gallina is a Peruvian stew made with chicken and cooked with yellow chili peppers, walnuts, garlic, turmeric, and other spices. The dish traditionally comes with half a hard-boiled egg as well. The Aji de Gallina was believed to be introduced to Peru in the 16th century by the African slaves. Now it has become a staple dish in all of Peru.

At first glance, you might think this dish is packed with flavors. Actually, the taste is quite mild. The yellow chili peppers are not as spicy as you think they are. The flavors are just enough and not so salty that you have to drink glasses of water afterward.

Where can you find Aji de Gallina? 

Most of the restaurants will have Aji de Gallina on their menu. But if you are trying to get it cheaply through “menu del dia” (cheap set menu with drink and soup included), you may have to look around.

Generally, Cusco has some of the best Aji de Gallina. My favorite was from a restaurant in Cusco named Pachapapa!!

Address: Carmen Bajo 120, Cusco 08003, Peru
Hours:11 AM – 11 PM Daily

2. Alpaca Meat, An Exotic Traditional Peruvian Food

Yes! You can eat alpaca meat in Peru.

Those cute little animals running around the city of Cusco and in the mountains are actually a traditional Peruvian food. Some of you are probably thinking “alpacas are too cute to eat” but they are also extremely delicious. Sorry not sorry!

Like beef steaks, there are different parts of the alpaca that will have different tenderness and taste. A good alpaca meat/steak is tastier than some of the best steaks I have ever had!

Where can you find alpaca meat? 

The only city in Peru that I encountered alpaca meat was in Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas. Many restaurants will offer grilled alpaca (Alpaca a La Plancha) but those are usually bad cuts and aren’t as tasty. The best alpaca meat I had in Peru was at Pachapapa in Cusco.

Alpaca meat is a dish you MUST try in Peru when you visit Cusco!

Address: Carmen Bajo 120, Cusco 08003, Peru
Hours:11 AM – 11 PM Daily

3. Anticuchos, The Strange Peruvian Street Food

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Anticuchos at first glance might be your typical shish kebab or just your regular skewers. Though they are skewers, they are not your typical chicken or beef. Anticuchos are typically made with the heart or the liver of a cow

I still remember ordering it for the first time and getting really excited for some beef skewers. But when I bit into it, I knew something was off completely. The tenderness and the taste were nothing like what I was expecting. It felt like I was eating street food in Southeast Asia again.

Even if you are not into that type of stuff, Anticucho is a Peruvian street food you must try. It originated from the Andes part of the region and has been a traditional food for a very long time.

Where can you find Anticuchos?

You can find Anticuchos easily on the street. Anticuchos are very common street food in Peru. Just make sure you pick the street cart with more people so you know the meats are a little fresher.

4. Arroz con Pato (Rice With Duck)

Arroz con Pato (Rice with Duck), is a traditional Peruvian dish from a city in Northern Peru called Chiclayo. Over time, this dish has become so popular that you can find it almost everywhere in Peru.

Ducks have always been a native species in Peru. With the arrival of new ingredients such as rice, onions, and cilantro, all of these ingredients are cooked with the duck to create a rich flavor. The original Arroz con Pato can be easily found in Chiclayo, where the rice is green due to the spinach and cilantro they put in it.

Where can you find Arroz con Pato?

If you want to find the traditional Arroz con Pato, you will have to go to Chiclayo. The only problem is that Chiclayo is off the tourist path and there is not much to do there.

Lima, the gastronomical capital of Peru, has some amazing Arroz con Pato as well. If you decide to try Arroz con Pato in Lima, you have to go to Fiesta Restaurant Gourmet!

Address: Av. Reducto 1278, Miraflores 15074, Peru
Hours12:30 PM – 12 AM Daily EXCEPT Sunday. Sunday they are closed.

5. Caldo de Gallina (Hen Soup)

Caldo de Gallina, or Hen Soup, is one of the oldest traditional foods in Peru. The traditional soup consists of hen (not chicken), noodles, eggs, different types of potatoes (Peru has over 3,000 types of potatoes), and Chinese onions. The hen is usually cooked in the soup for hours so the flavors of the hen can come out.

Keep in mind that you can also get Caldo de Pollo, which is chicken soup. You might think they are the same thing but it is not. Hens are kept in the wild and eat everything organic, chickens are not. As a result, the meat of the hens will be much tougher and tastier.

Where can you find Caldo de Gallina?

You can find Caldo de Gallina throughout the entire country. It is a very popular dish. However, my recommendation is to eat it in Cusco because Cusco is really cold. The warmth of the soup and the flavor of the hen will be the perfect dinner after doing the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu or other hikes in Peru.

Looking for tours and treks to Machu Picchu? Check out our recommendations below:

6. Causa Rellena

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The Causa Rellena is a unique traditional dish with lots of history from Peru. On the surface, it looks like a cake stuffed with vegetables, kind of like a healthy dessert that your parents tricked you into eating when you were a kid. In reality, it is a dish made with two slices of fried potatoes with different kinds of ingredients stuffed in the middle. The filling in the middle can be a permutation of chicken, salad, or seafood.

In English, Causa Rellena translates to a stuffed cause. This translation literally does not make any sense unless you know the history behind it.

Back in the Pacific war, Peru was fighting Chile alongside with Bolivia. When supplies and food came short during the war, the women would go around villages asking for whatever they could get. With more than 3,000 types of potatoes in Peru, it wouldn’t surprise you that they were able to gather some potatoes and vegetables such as corn, cabbage, and carrots.

With all the ingredients, the women made what is today known as the Causa Rellena for the soldiers. And when the women were handing the “stuffed causes” to the tired soldiers, they would say “This is for the cause”. Hence, the name Causa Rellena was born.

Where can you find Causa Rellena? 

Causa Rellena can be found throughout all of Peru, but Lima definitely has some of the best I have ever tried. Punto Azul in the beautiful and safe neighborhood of Miraflores is the restaurant to go to if you are in Lima. Not only does Punto Azul have some killer Causa Rellenas, but it also has some of the best Peruvian ceviches!

Address: Calle San Martin 595, Miraflores 15074, Peru
Hours: Sunday: 11 AM – 5 PM | Monday: 6 PM – 12 AM | Tuesday to Saturday: 11 AM – 12 AM

Looking for places to stay in Miraflores in Lima? Here are our recommendations:

Low Budget: Alpes Hostel|Mid-Budget: Miraflores Guesthouse | High Budget: Apart San Martin

7. Charqui (Dried Alpaca or Llama Jerky)

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If you think you are done with alpaca meat, then you are wrong. Charqui or Ch’arki in the indigenous language in Peru is alpaca, llama or a mixed jerky.

Do I need to say anymore? This is one of the most authentic Peruvian snacks to try! You can even take some with you back home or for your Machu Picchu hike!

Where can you find Charqui?

Charqui is going to be hard to find if you are not looking for it. It won’t be in restaurants, stores on anything like that. Your best bet is the mercados or markets around town. You can find it in the Mercado Central de San Pedro in Cusco.

Address: Tupac AmaruCusco 08003, Peru
Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM Daily

8. Chicharrón, A Delicious But Unhealthy Food You Must Try In Peru

Chicharrón is a classic dish made of fried pork belly or pork rinds. This is probably the dish you want to stay away from if you have any sort of heart problems. It is no joke how unhealthy but tasty this dish is.

In Peru, you can often find street carts selling Chicharrón, either just the meat or in a sandwich. You can usually tell when you start to smell it from a street away. The smell when they fry the pork in its own fat will have you salivating before you even see it.

But in my opinion, chicharrón definitely smells better than it tastes. But don’t let that discourage you, you must try this food in Peru at least once.

Where can you find Chicharrón?

Typically the street carts will sell some decent quality Chicharrón. But if you are looking for some of the best ones I have ever tasted, you have to go to a place called El Chinito in Lima. They have some amazing Chicharrón (sandwiches).

Address: Av. Almte. Miguel Grau 150, Barranco 15063, Peru
Hours: 9 AM – 12 AM Tuesdays to Thursday | 9 AM – 3 AM Friday, Saturday | 9 AM – 1 AM Sunday | Closed Monday

9. Cuy (Guinea Pig), One of the Classic Peruvian Dishes

Cuy, or guinea pig, is probably the most famous Peruvian food. Unlike the name suggests, guinea pigs are not actually pigs. They are rodents like rats and hamsters.

Cuy has been a Peruvian delicacy way before the Incans or the Spanish came around. They were much more popular than cows or pigs since they were so much easier to breed and much more nutritious.

Where can you find Cuy?

Cuy is one of the most popular dishes in the Andes. For that reason, the city of Cusco will have some of the best Cuys you will ever find. The best place I had it was at Pachapapa in Cusco. They also have some of the best Aji de Gallina and Alpaca meat.

Address: Carmen Bajo 120, Cusco 08003, Peru
Hours:11 AM – 11 PM Daily

10. Leche de Tigre (Tiger’s Milk)

Leche de Tigre, or tiger’s milk, is commonly confused as the leftover juice to Peruvian ceviche. However, that is not entirely accurate. Leche de Tigre is prepared beforehand using a fish stock made with actual fish, a lot of lemon juice, salt, and pepper to give it some spice. The resulting juice itself is sometimes consumed straight or sometimes used as a sauce for ceviche or other kinds of seafoods.

Many Peruvians believe that the Leche de Tigre is a restorative drink, a drink that will give strength back to the user. Some also believe that it is an aphrodisiac.

Where can you find Leche de Tigre?

Lima! Lima! Lima! You should only try Leche de Tigre from Lima. It has some of the freshest seafood in all of Peru. Go to Astrid & Gaston and you won’t be disappointed.

Address: Avenida Paz Soldan 290 Av. Paz Soldán 290, San Isidro, Lima, Lima 15073, Peru
Hours1 PM – 3 PM, 7 PM – 11 PM Monday to Saturday | 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM Sunday

11. Lomo Saltado, One of The Most Popular Foods in Peru

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Lomo Saltado is a local Peruvian dish that many Peruvians enjoy on the daily. It is usually made with marinated beef strips, onions, peppers, cilantro, tomatoes, and other ingredients. Lomo Saltado usually comes with rice and french fries on the side. This is the dish you want to try if you are “playing it safe.”

Where can you find Lomo Saltado?

Literally everywhere!! Lomo Saltado is so popular that you will often find it as a menu of the day option.

12. Papa a la Huancaina, The Classic Pervuian Appetizer

Papa a la Huancaina is a popular Peruvian appetizer that originates from Lima. The potatoes are boiled and served with a creamy and spicy yellow sauce made from chili peppers. The yellow sauce is called Huancaina, hence the name Papa a la Huancaina.

It is also one of the few vegetarian Peruvian foods.

Where can you find Papa a la Huancaina? 

Pretty much everywhere in Peru. They can be found easily as appetizers in restaurants that have a menu of the day! 

13. Peruvian Ceviche, Peru’s National Food

Peruvian ceviche is the national dish of Peru. It is the one dish you must try when you visit this gastronomically diverse country. In fact, many travelers come from all over the world just to get their hands on some of the freshest Peruvian ceviches.

But what exactly is ceviche (sometimes called cebiche), and is it safe to eat? The answer is YES.

Ceviche’s most important ingredient is the fish, followed by the quality of the lemon. The lemon in Peru is unique to the region and much more suitable for making ceviche than any other lemons. The acidity of the lemon juice actually cooks the fish, killing all the harmful parasites and bacteria.

That is how strong Peruvian lemons are!

Combined with other fresh ingredients such as red onion and cilantro, the Peruvian ceviche gives off a flavor that is unique in its own ways. Traditionally, it is made with chili peppers to give it some spice, making the Peruvian ceviche much different than any other ceviche.

Where can you find Peruvian Ceviche?

Peruvian ceviche requires some of the freshest fish, so it would make sense that the coastal city of Lima has some of the best ceviches. Even though you can find ceviche in places like Cusco, the fish they use is trout. Trout is not a fatty fish and contains many bones, making trout ceviche one of the worst dishes I have ever tried in Peru.

Trying Peruvian ceviche doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money. There are many good and affordable places for Peruvian ceviche in Lima. My favorite place is definitely Punto Azul in Miraflores.

Address: Calle San Martin 595, Miraflores 15074, Peru
Hours: 
Sunday: 11 AM – 5 PM | Monday: 6 PM – 12 AM | Tuesday to Saturday: 11 AM – 12 AM

14. Pollo a la Brasa (Rotisserie Chicken)

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Pollo a la Brasa (sometimes referred to as Peruvian chicken) is simply known as rotisserie chicken in the United States. It is a dish that originates from Peru and was only served in high-end restaurants back then. Nowadays, it is one of the cheapest and most consumed classic Peruvian dishes.

Where can you find Polla a la Brasa?

You can find Polla a la Brasa pretty much everywhere in Peru. They are so common that you will see them being roasted as you stroll down the streets of Lima or Cusco.

15. Rocoto Relleno, The Most Spicy Food In Peru

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Rocoto Relleno, or stuffed pepper in English, might look like the typical stuffed pepper that you can find in other countries. But don’t be fooled by its innocent appearance.

Is Peruvian food spicy? A rocoto pepper is a least 10 times spicier than a jalapeño when raw. If you like spicy food, then this is the one food you must try in Peru. If you can’t handle it, my advice is to stay away from it.

Rocoto Relleno is stuffed with minced meat among other ingredients and then topped with melted cheese. The taste is great if you can handle the spiciness.

Where can you find Rocoto Relleno?

Rocoto Relleno is popular in the city of Arequipa, a city one-night bus away from Lima or Cusco. Arequipa has many local restaurants known as Picanterias. My favorite one to try Rocoto Relleno is Picantaria La Capitana.

Address: Calle Los Arces 209, Urbanización, Cayma 04014, Peru
Hours:12 PM – 5:30 PM Daily EXCEPT Thursday when it’s CLOSED

16. Tiraditos

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Tiraditos look like the Peruvian form of sashimi from Japan. In fact, tiraditos are what many considered to be a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian food. It combines the sashimi from Japan and the tiradito sauce from Peru. The tiradito sauce is a spicy sauce usually made from a mixture of lemon juice, various seasonings, peppers, and sometimes even rocoto.

Like ceviche, the main ingredient is raw fish. The difference between the tiraditos and the ceviche is that ceviche is submerged in the sauce before it is served. Tiraditos are not. The sauce of tiraditos is poured on top right before it is served, therefore the fish is still uncooked. You can taste the freshness of the fish much better in tiraditos than ceviches.

Where can you find Tiraditos?

The city of Lima has some of the best tiraditos due to its geographical location on the coast. Many seafood restaurants will serve a fairly decent tiradito but I had my favorite tiraditos at La Mar.

Address: Av. Mariscal La Mar 770, Miraflores 15074, Peru
Hours:12 PM – 5:30 PM Friday to Sunday | 12 PM – 5 PM Monday to Thursday

17. Trucha Frita (Fried Trout)

Trucha Frita (fried trout) is a typical cuisine in the Andes of Peru. The Andes mountains provide freshwater resources where trouts can easily reproduce. Many cities up in the Andes (such as Puno) will have trout farms. If you are lucky enough, you can even catch your own trout at one of these trout farms and have it cooked in front of you.

Peru is one of the largest exporters for rainbow trouts. They have shipped trouts all over the world including the United States, Europe, and many other countries. Trouts in Peru are considered some of the best trouts in the entire world. So don’t forget to try this dish when you are in Peru.

Where can you find Trucha Frita?

Trucha Frita can be easily found throughout all of Peru, but I recommend eating at places closer to the Andes Mountains. Cities like Puno and Cusco will have some of the freshest truchas you will ever encounter.

Trucha Fritas are usually offered as one of the options for the menu of the day. These restaurants can be found easily throughout the cities. 

Going to Puno and looking for some tours on the floating islands? Check out our recommendations:

 

Best Drinks In Peru

I have to be honest when I first went to Peru I was overwhelmed by the various types of drinks. Food will always be familiar, a chicken will always look like a chicken, beef will always look like beef. But drinks, those are some things that will confuse you. Here are some of the drinks I have encountered in Peru that you must try.

18. Chicha Morada, The Most Popular Peruvian Drink

Chicha Morada is the number one local drink in all of Peru. I can guarantee that you will find it in every restaurant that you encounter. You will find it on the streets, in the markets, in a cheap restaurant, or even in the fanciest restaurants. Peruvians drink Chicha Morada like it’s water.

Chicha Morada is made using purple corn grown in the Andes mountains. Yes, there is a thing called the purple corn. In fact, Peru has 55 different varieties of corn. Chicha Morada is a mildly sweet drink that tastes like some kind of expired grape juice. One thing for sure is that it definitely has its own unique taste.

Can you believe that the Incans used to drink chicha?

Where can you find Chicha Morada?

In Peru, you don’t find Chicha Morada. Chicha Morada finds you. You can run and you can hide, but Chicha Morada will find a way to you.

You can find Chicha Morada in literally every restaurant in Peru.

19. Chicha de Jora

Chicha de Jora is pretty much Chicha Morada’s cousin, expect that Chicha de Jora is fermented and has alcoholic content. Jora is a type of yellow corn found commonly in the Andes mountains.

The process of fermentation is very similar to the fermentation process of European-styled beers. However, Chicha de Jora usually contains only around 1-3% alcohol. 

Chicha de Jora is known as corn beer of Peru.

Where can you find Chicha de Jora? 

Chicha de Jora is a lot harder to find than its counterpart, Chicha Morada. I have only seen Chicha de Jora is some of the fancier restaurants. The restaurant that had the best Chicha de Jora was Pachapapa in Cusco.

Address: Carmen Bajo 120, Cusco 08003, Peru
Hours:11 AM – 11 PM Daily

20. Inca Kola, Peru’s Most Popular Non-Alcoholic Drink

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The second most popular drink in all of Peru after the Chicha Morada is definitely the Inca Kola. Inca Kola, with a yellowish appearance, might not look appetizing at first. But once you take a sip of it, you will understand what the hype is all about.

Inca Kola is a drink that originates from Peru but can now be found in many parts of the world. Many say it has a bubblegum flavor to it. Honestly, at first taste, yes it has hints of bubblegum flavor to it. But soon your brain forgets about it due to the heavy amount of sugar they put into Inca Kola.

Where can you find Inca Kola?

Literally everywhere Peru. Restaurants will have it. Bars will have it. And grocery stores will have more than you will ever need.

21. Mate de Coca (Coca Tea), aka Peruvian Coffee

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Mate de Coca, or coca tea, it a traditional drink originated from the Andes. There are certain myths surrounding coca leaves and if they actually contain cocaine or not. The answer is YESThe cocaine alkaloid content in coca leaf ranges between 0.5 and 1 percent.

Coca leaves are used to make cocaine. And if you ingested coca tea or coca leaves in Peru, you are at risk of failing any upcoming drug tests. Many countries such as Canada and Netherlands consider coca leaves the same as cocaine! And if you fly into Singapore airport with coca leaves, you might receive a death penalty! Even though the actual amount in coca leaves are minuscule compared to actual cocaine.

History says coca leaves were used by the Incas to help build some of their ruins such as Machu Picchu. The coca leaves give them the energy to work for long hours a day and can suppress hunger in large quantities.

Nowadays, coca leaves are used to give people a little extra boost. They are also known as Peruvian coffee. Coca leaves will help you overcome the high attitude in many regions of Peru.

And most definitely don’t hike in Huaraz without having a few coca leaves with you.  

Where to find coca tea/leaves?

You can easily find coca leaves at markets and stores around Peru. Cusco is the best and easiest spot to find them. You can pay 1 sol for a huge bag of coca leaves in the central market in Cusco.

Coca tea can be found at restaurants and hostels. There are also tea bags they sell in the supermarkets.

22. Pisco Sour, The National Drink Of Peru

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Now let’s get to our favorite drink in Peru, the Pisco Sour! Pisco sour is an alcoholic drink that uses Pisco as the base liquor. Different ingredients such as fresh lemon juice, syrup, bitters, and egg white are then added to it.

Yes, you got that right. Raw egg whites are added to the drink, creating that foamy substance you usually see at the top of a Pisco sour.

However, unlike the name sounds, the drink itself isn’t really that sour.

Peruvians love their Pisco sour so much that they named it after the city of Pisco.

Where can you find Pisco sour?

Lima has some amazing Pisco sours. But obviously, you can also visit the city of Pisco to sample the drink directly from the source.

Traditional Desserts In Peru

No meal is complete without a nice dessert. Luckily for you, the amazing traditional desserts in Peru will send your taste buds to heaven. Here are some desserts you must try in Peru. 

23. Arroz con Leche (Rice with Milk)

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Arroz con leche is the Peruvian form of rice pudding. However, they are known to be a lot sweeter than their western counterparts. Arroz con leche is not the fancy dessert that you have in a French restaurant. In fact, it takes pride in its simplicity.

Arroz con leche is simple and delicious but not too heavy on your stomach. It is the go-to dessert when I am stuffed from eating other delicious food Peru has to offer.

Where to find Arroz con Leche?

Many bakery shops, or pandeleria in Spanish, will sell arroz con leche. With a proclaimed origin of Lima, your best bet would be to try it there.

24. Lucuma Ice Cream

Is there any other dessert better in the world than the classic ice cream? The answer is YES!!

A lucuma ice cream!

Lucuma is a fruit native to the regions of Ecuador and Peru. When eaten raw, the fruit is very dry and not very tasty. But for some miraculous reason, when you put it into a milkshake or an ice cream, it suddenly becomes a gastronomical masterpiece.

Where can you find lucuma ice cream?

You can find it in most ice cream shops in Peru. However, my favorite lucuma ice cream was definitely from Blu il Gelato del Barrio in Lima. 

Address: Calle Miguel Dasso 115-101, San Isidro 15073, Peru
Hours:12 PM – 8 PM Monday to Saturday | 11:30 AM – 8 PM Sunday

25. Picarones, Popular Dessert Street Food

If you have been on the road for too long and miss the donuts from Dunkin Donuts, fear not. Picarones, or what I call the Peruvian donuts, will have your cravings satisfied.

Picarones are made from squash and sweet potato, making the donuts themselves mildly sweet. Then they are fried until its nice and crispy on the outside and served with syrup.

Where to find Picarones?

Picarones are common street food in all of Peru. Go to your nearest Plaza de Armas and you will be able to find these sweets quite easily. If you are in Lima, head to Puente de Los Suspiros and you will find quite a few places selling them! 

26. Queso Helado, Arequipa’s Traditional Dessert

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Queso Helado, translated literally to cheese ice cream, is a dessert strictly from the city of Arequipa in Peru. I mean strictly. I was not able to find it in any of the big cities like Lima or Cusco.

It is such a popular dish that every 4th Sunday of January, it is Day of Queso Helado. Yes, Queso Helado has an official day of celebration like Day of the Dead in Mexico or Thanksgiving in the United States.

That’s how big of a deal Queso Helado is.

A little misleading but Queso Helado actually does not contain any cheese. It is a Peruvian dessert that is made with condensed milk, through a very complicated procedure.

Where can you find Queso Helado?

I am sure there are vendors that sell Queso Helado throughout Peru but I was only able to find them in Arequipa!! My favorite Queso Helado was in an old traditional restaurant called Tipika Restaurante.

Address: Av. Luna Pizarro 407, Arequipa 04001, Peru
Hours:
9 AM- 5 PM Daily

While you are in Arequipa, make sure to check out Colca Canyon. It is twice the height of Grand Canyon in the US!

27. Suspiro a la Limeña

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Suspiro a la Limeña, or sigh of the Lima lady, is a traditional Peruvian dessert that should have some interesting history. However, the history of the Suspiro a la Limeña is actually quite simple.

A poet named Jose Galvez tried this dessert that was made by his wife and found it sweet and light, “like a woman’s sigh.” Just like that, the dessert has been called Suspiro a la Limeña ever since.

Suspiro a la Limeña is made out of manjar blanco, which is something made out of milk, sugar, almond vanilla, and egg yolks.

Where to find Suspiro a la Limeña?

Many dessert shops around Peru will sell Suspiro a la Limeña. But the best place to try it is definitely where it originated from, Lima. The shop called El Buen Gusto is one of the most famous pastry shops for Suspiro a la Limeña.

Address: Torre Tagle 249, Lima 15074, Peru
Hours: 8 AM – 8 PM Daily

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13 Important Things to Know Before Visiting Machu Picchu

13 Important Things to Know Before Visiting Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is surely on many people’s bucket list.

But with a title such as the Seven Wonders of the World comes a lot of important rules and restrictions, especially since Machu Picchu has become an endangered UNESCO Site.

We had to buy an entire set of tickets just to be able to enter Machu Picchu to take pictures. Don’t ruin your Machu Picchu trip by making some of the same mistakes we did.

Not sure what to know before going to Machu Picchu?

Don’t worry, here are 13 important things to know before visiting Machu Picchu based on personal experience!

What To Know Before Visiting Machu Picchu

1. Bring Your Passport To Machu Picchu!!

You will need your passport to enter Machu Picchu! So make sure you have it with you on the date of the visit! Don’t leave it in your hotel in Aguas Calientes! 

2. Buy Your Ticket in Advance and Aim for the 6 AM Entry

Make sure you buy your ticket in advance and aim for the 6 AM entry. The later it gets, the more crowded Machu Picchu gets. Don’t let the crowd ruin your experience at Machu Picchu!

Buy your Machu Picchu ticket here on the official website. 

3. The Last Entry to Machu Picchu is at 2 PM

If you were planning on getting your picture-perfect shot at sunset in Machu Picchu, well bad news, you can’t. The last entry is at 2 PM and you must be out by 5:30 PM. 

If you have no option but to visit in the afternoon, just make sure you make it there before 2 PM!

4. Most of Machu Picchu is ONE WAY!

This is where we messed up big time!

We entered Machu Picchu early in the morning at 7 AM with a tour guide. The tour guide shows us the famous guardhouse where everyone takes the most iconic picture of Machu Picchu. However, it was really foggy that day and we wanted to wait for the fog to clear up.

So we said no problem, we will come back when we are done with the tour.

We finished the tour at the bottom of the ruins and tried to go back the same way we came from.

“No puede pasar, una via” the guard yelled. That means you can’t pass, it’s only one way.

We tried arguing and telling the guard we didn’t know and the tour guide never said anything.

It didn’t work. 

We had to leave and re-enter and buy another ticket for 152 soles. Luckily they weren’t sold out that day.

Note: You can only re-enter for free if you are doing the Huayna Picchu or the Machu Picchu hike.

5. You Can Hike Up From Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

If you are looking to save money or want the satisfaction of hiking to a Seven Wonders of the World, you can actually do that from Aguas Calientes! The bus ride is $24 dollars one-way so it is definitely a good idea to at least hike back down.

Where is the route? Download the app maps.me and it will show you the trail from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.

It takes about 2 hours to hike from Aguas Calientes up to Machu Picchu.

If you are interested in doing a longer trek to Machu Picchu, check out my Salkantay trek guide!

The Salkantay Trek is one of many ways to get to Machu Picchu!

6. Buy Your Bus Ticket Early to Make Sure You Can Get There For Your Entry Time

Not only do the tickets to Machu Picchu sell out, so do the tickets for the bus to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes.

Make sure you buy your ticket early the day before or even two days before just to be sure. The cost is 24 USD one-way and they only accept cash.

Also, make sure you get to the bus station early in the morning. If your bus is at 5:30 AM, get there at least 45 min to 1 hour earlier to make sure you can get on that bus. Yes, that means getting there at 4:30 AM.

7. There Are No Bathrooms Inside Machu Picchu

There are absolutely no bathrooms in Machu Picchu. The only one that they have is at the entrance so make sure you take care of business before you enter! I wished I was warned about this before entering! 

8. Machu Picchu Can Be Foggy in the Morning

Machu Picchu can be very foggy in the morning around 6 AM and 7 AM. This makes it hard for people who wake up early to avoid the crowd but also want to get a good picture as well.

Of course, you have the option of getting there early and waiting until the fog disperses.

What do you choose? More tourists but a better view? Or fewer tourists but a foggy view? 

9. You Need to Bring a Physical Copy of Your Ticket to Machu Picchu!

Don’t forget to bring a physical copy of your ticket to Machu Picchu. You are not allowed in without a physical copy of your ticket.

Luckily for you, many accommodations in Aguas Calientes will print out your online ticket for you!

10. You Can Get a Passport Stamp Outside of Machu Picchu!

Make sure you stamp your passport for FREE before leaving Machu Picchu. Out of every little thing that they charge, you would think a stamp would cost money but it is totally free! 

You can find the stamp right outside the exit of Machu Picchu, close to the bathrooms.

11. Reserve Your Huayna Picchu and Mountain Machu Picchu Ticket Way in Advance

Did you know there are three types of Machu Picchu tickets? One just for the Machu Pichu ruins, one for the ruins and Huayna Pichu (the big mountain behind when looking at the ruins) and one for ruins and Machu Picchu mountain (the one opposite of Huayna Picchu).

If you are interested in hiking the Huayna Picchu, which is one of the coolest hikes in Peru, you have to reserve your tickets weeks in advance before they only have 400 entries per day.

If you are interested in hiking the Machu Pichu mountain itself, you also have to reserve weeks in advance because there are only 800 entries per day.

The official Peruvian website for reserving any type of Machu Picchu ticket is here.

12. It is “Required” to Enter With a Tour Guide But They Don’t Check

On the government website, it says that a tour guide is required to enter Machu Picchu. But in reality, no one checks.

The amount of people that are entering at the same time makes this a difficult law to enforce.

It is definitely good to have a tour guide to explain to you all the history of Machu Picchu but it also restricts you from walking around freely.

If you are looking for a guide, you can easily get one in Agua Calientes at any of the tour agencies. Do not get a guide at the entrance, it is a lot more expensive. 

Want to secure a tour guide before going to Machu Picchu? Check out our recommendations:

13. Machu Picchu is at An Altitude of 2430m. Altitude Sickness Should Not Be a Concern

Many people heard of horror stories concerning the altitude in Peru, especially in Cusco. Many have said they weren’t able to follow their Peru itinerary because altitude sickness had debilitated them for days.

Luckily, Machu Picchu sits only at 2430m, a lot lower than Cusco’s 3400m. If you don’t feel well in Cusco and want to cancel visiting Machu Pichu, you might be better off going to Aguas Calientes (2040m). Within a day or two, you will feel a lot better and Machu Picchu will only be a few steps away!

Where to Stay in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town)

Best Hostel in Aguas Calientes – Ecopackers Machu Picchu Hostel

Ecopackers Machu Picchu Hostel is a very basic accommodation but has all the necessities you need. Featuring clean and spacious rooms as well as a bar and a pool table on the terrace, Ecopackers is a great place to meet other travelers. A very standard breakfast is also included.

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Best Cheap Hotel in Aguas Calientes – El Tambo Machupicchu

El Tambo is a basic no-frills hotel in Aguas Calientes. Spacious and clean rooms, free breakfast, the hotel has all the necessities you will need for a comfortable stay. If you need help planning yourself Machu Picchu trip? Their friendly and accommodating staff is always there to help!

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Best Luxury Hotel in Aguas Calientes – Tierra Viva Machu Picchu

Tierra Viva Machu Picchu is one of the best and most modern hotels in Aguas Calientes. Located a short 5-minute walk away from the busy town center, you are surrounded by lush views but never too far from the action. Their delicious breakfast is the perfect way to start your morning to Machu Picchu!

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9 Best Treks and Hikes in Huaraz Peru

9 Best Treks and Hikes in Huaraz Peru

Huaraz, a small city located 8 hours north of Lima by bus, is filled with amazing snow-capped mountains, exotic flora, and stunning landscapes. 

As the capital city of hiking in Peru, it shouldn’t surprise you that many travelers come to Huaraz to chase some of the most breathtaking treks and hikes in the world. It is also probably the only thing to do in Huaraz.

But with Huaraz surrounded by mountains such as the famous Cordillera Blanca, which hikes and treks should you pick?

Below we have compiled a list of the 9 best Huaraz hikes and treks so you can jump straight into action!

Best Day Hikes in Huaraz Peru

There are some beautiful day hikes that you can do from Huaraz. Some of these are a good way to get acclimatized to the high altitude of Huaraz or used for training for the more difficult multi-day treks. 

But don’t underestimate the beauty and difficulty of these treks. Some of these day hikes and treks definitely took my breath away (physically and metaphorically).

1. Laguna Paron

Laguna Paron, or the Paron Lake, is definitely one of the most beautiful lakes there is in Huaraz. As a result, day trips to Laguna Paron are very popular and you can find tours in pretty much every agency there is.

The transport drops you off at the bottom of the cliff and it takes about an hour to hike to the top, along the way you will see snow-capped mountains, crystal blue lagoons, and lots of big rocks scattered around.

Paron lake sits at 4200m so if you just got to Huaraz. I would recommend you to take a day or 2 to acclimatize. Don’t jump right into it.

Duration: 2-hour hike round-trip
Difficulty:
Moderate
Maximum Altitude:
4200m

2. Laguna Wilcacocha

Laguna Wilcacocha is probably one of the easiest day hikes in Huaraz. About 4 hours of hiking in total, not only is the path easy, but the way to do-it-yourself is even easier. If you are lucky with the weather (unlike us), you should see a range of snow-capped mountains behind the Wilcacocha Lake.

To do it yourself, simply take the Route 10 or Route E at the northeast intersection of Raymondi and Hualcan Streets. You will see a bunch of vans pass by but just make sure you get on the right one. If you are unsure, you can always ask the locals for Route 10 or Route E.

When you get on the bus, tell the bus driver you are going to Laguna Wilcacocha. The other option is to download the app maps.me and look for the Wilcacocha trailhead on the map. Get off when you are close to the trailhead.

Laguna Wilcacocha is the perfect hike to acclimatize to the altitude and prepare for your other big hikes in Peru.

Duration: 3-4-hour hike round-trip
Difficulty: Easy
Maximum Altitude: 3786m

3. Laguna Churup

Credit: Heiner Amado Cadillo

Laguna Churup is the hidden gem of Huaraz. Though fairly unheard of compared to the other popular hikes such as Laguna 69, Laguna Churup offers some spectacular views as well as a challenging and fun hike and minus the crowds. There are few parts towards the end where you have to free climb and use a rope to pull yourself up!

The best thing about Laguna Churup is that you can do it completely by yourself without a guide. Though a guide is recommended if you don’t speak much Spanish.

To get to Laguna Churup, you have to take a shared van at the corner of Av. Agustin Gamarra and Las Americas. This van will take you to the town of Pitec where you will be dropped off at the beginning of the hike. The van leaves at 7 AM so make sure you get there by then. There are more vans that leave at different hours but ask the reception at your accommodation what other hours they leave at.

When you get off, the driver will tell you he will be back at a certain time to pick you up. If by any chance you cannot make it on time, you can walk to the town of Llupa and catch a shared van from there. It will be an extra 1-hour walk to get to Llupa.

Duration: 5-hour hike round trip
Difficulty: Moderate
Maximum Altitude: 4450m

4. Laguna 69, The King Of Huaraz Day Hikes

Trekking Laguna 69 is probably the one of the hardest things to do in Huaraz. Chances are, before you even decided to do this hike, travelers and locals are already urging you to do it. Why? Because Laguna 69 is absolutely gorgeous. The hike is gorgeous, the final Lake 69 itself is gorgeous, everything about this hike is so beautiful. If your time is short, I would highly recommend you to skip all the other hikes (except maybe to acclimatize) and just hike Laguna 69.

The good and bad thing about Laguna 69 is that it is a difficult hike. The hike up is only about 3 hours but you are gaining a lot of altitude in a short period of time.

If there is one thing you do in Huaraz, it has to be hiking Laguna 69.

Duration: 6-hour hike round-trip
Difficulty: Hard
Maximum Altitude: 4600m

5. Lagunas Llanganucos

Lagunas Llanganucos, or Llanganucos lakes, are comprised of two small lakes, the Orkoncocha and the Chiancocha. Typically people arrive at Llanganuco through an organized tour or taxi and then walk around the lake and trails.

The trail is very easy, lasting 1-2 hours and you get to see the beautiful Llanganuco lakes from different perspectives.

This is a very good activity to help you acclimatize to the altitude of Huaraz.

If you do the Laguna 69 tour, you will pass Laguna LLanganuco, where you will be dropped off for 10 minutes to take photos.

At the Laguna LLanganuco, you also have the option to ride boats and cross the lake.

Duration: 1-2-hour of hiking if desired
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Maximum Altitude: 3800m

6. Laguna Rajucolta

Credit: Lapalabranecesaria

Laguna Rajucolta, or Rajucolta lake, is a rather unpopular destination. However, that doesn’t mean it is not beautiful. The hike to Laguna Rajucolta takes you through 3 hours of flat and peaceful walking through the Nevado Huantsan mountains.

Rajucolta lake is a very good hike to acclimatize to the altitude of Huaraz and prepare you for harder hikes.

As far as I know, only tour companies offer transportation to Laguna Rajucolta. However, you can try your luck asking around the reception of your accommodation to see if you can do it yourself.

Duration: 6-hour hike round trip with 1 hour of driving each way
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Maximum Altitude: 4270m

7. Glacier Pastoruri, One Of The Highest Hikes In Huaraz

If you are getting tired of the beautiful lakes in Huaraz, why not change it up and see a glacier instead? Glacier Pastoruri is located 5000m above sea level but don’t be intimidated by that. The walk up to the glacier is well paved and extremely easy but you should still take it easy because of the altitude. 

Nowadays, visitors can no longer walk on the glacier because of how much it has declined. Matter of fact, glacier Pastoruri isn’t even a glacier by definition. It no longer builds up ice in the winter due to GLOBAL WARMING so by definition it is just a piece of ice. Peru makes up for 70 percent of the world’s glacier and it is extremely sad to see some of them disappear.

Glacier Pastoruri probably would not even exist in the upcoming years, so check this out before it is too late.

Duration: 2-hour hike round trip
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Max Altitude: 5000m

Best Multi-Day Treks in Huaraz Peru

Other than day-hikes and treks, Huaraz also offers plenty of options for those interested in longer hikes. Though these multi-day treks in Huaraz are extremely beautiful, probably some of the bests in the entire world, they can also be long and tough. The shortest multi-day trek is 3 days and the longest is 12 days! That is almost 2 weeks! 

1. Santa Cruz Trek, The Famous Cordillera Blanca Trek

Credit: Esmée Winnubst

The Santa Cruz Trek is a great introductory multi-day trek to what Huaraz has to offer. On the Santa Cruz trek, you will pass by many local villages that live in the Cordillera Blanca and have some stunning views of the beautiful snow-capped mountains nearby. The Santa Cruz duration is usually about 3 to 4 days, with each day composing of 3 to 8 hours of hiking, depending on your fitness level. You definitely want to be acclimatized and trained for this hike.

The Santa Cruz trek is also a Huaraz trek you can do independently! 

Looking to do a 5-day trek to Machu Picchu, check out this guide to Salkantay Trek.

Duration: 3-8 hours of hiking per day, 3 or 4 days of hiking
Total Distance: 50km (31miles)
Difficulty: Moderate-Hard
Max Altitude: 4750m (Punta Union)

2. Cordillera Huayhuash Trek, The Hardest Trekking In Huaraz

The Cordillera Huayhuash Trek is the most impressive multi-day trek in Huaraz. And let me tell you, it is definitely the most beautiful trek I have ever seen in my life. Travelers fly from all over the world just to hike this trek and see the beauty it has to offer with their own eyes.

Though not as difficult as Mt.Everest hike, The Cordillera Huayhuash trek is pretty much the Mt.Everest trek of Peru.

On the trek, you will see Peru’s second-highest mountain, Yerupaja, sitting at 6634m. You will also see Siula Grande, made famous by the book and movie, “Touching the Void.”

It is the most amazing thing to do in Huaraz.

There are many variations of the Huayhuash trek but the most common one is 130 km (81 miles) in 9 to 10 days. Though I have heard of 4-day Huayhuash trek as well as 12-day Huayhuash trek. The travel agencies will have more information on that.

After you finish that trek, make sure you treat yourself with food you must try in Peru.

Duration: 4-12 days depending on the trek.
Total Distance: 130 km (81 miles) the typical one.
Difficulty: Hard
Maximum Altitude: 5000m

How to Prepare for Hiking in Huaraz Peru

Many of the hikes in Huaraz are at very high altitude. Even the city of Huaraz is at 3000m, an altitude that can give you altitude sickness easily if you are not careful. 

No. 1 thing to not do is arrive at Huaraz from 0 elevation and immediately start a trek. Huaraz trekking is no joke.

I arrived in Huaraz and immediately went hiking Laguna Paron (4200m) the next day. I couldn’t breathe the day after because I had HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema), a condition that happens when you don’t have enough oxygen in your blood. The scary thing is HAPE is the reason for many people’s death while hiking Mount Everest.

A great tip for traveling in Peru is to always bring some Acetazolamide, or Diamox, with you. They are great medication for cases of bad altitude sickness.

So, please don’t rush your trips, especially for people on a short vacation. Take time to get acclimatized.

No. 2 thing to be aware of is that most of these treks are difficult, especially the multi-day treks. It is a good idea to hike around Huaraz and use some of the easier hikes to acclimatize and train for your multi-day treks.

Things to Bring on Your Hikes and Trek in Huaraz

Depending on which hike you pick and the duration of your hike, the items you need to bring might alter slightly. But in general, these are the things you should bring:

1. Sunscreen is a necessity. The sun at high altitudes is much stronger than the sun at sea level. Plus, the reflection of the sun from the snow makes the damage much worse.

2. Rain poncho or raincoat. Weather can change so quickly at such high altitudes. Pack one for safety.

3. Filtration Water Bottle. It will help you in dire circumstances, especially if you are on a multi-day trek. You can save weight and money by having a filtration water bottle.

4. Gloves and hat. For the cold weather you will encounter at high altitudes.

5. Hiking shoes. No surprises here.

6. Coca leaves. Trust me, you will need (want to) have some for your hikes. They built Machu Picchu using these things.

7. Food/Snack/Water. Pack accordingly to how long your hike is going to be.

8. Money! A lot of these parks will charge an entrance fee. Also some villages you pass by will also require you to pay them.

All other questions should be addressed to the tour companies before the start of your trek! There are plenty of tour companies to choose from on the main street (Centernario) of Huaraz.  

Where to Stay in Huaraz Peru

Best Hostel in Huaraz – Selina Huaraz

Selina Huaraz is one of the best looking hostels in Huaraz. With comfortable beds and spacious rooms, guest can enjoy spending their days here relaxing and acclimatizing to the altitude! The most important thing is that their showers are boiling hot, one of the things you must need in Huaraz!

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Best Cheap Hotel in Huaraz – La Aurora

As one of the best cheap hotels in Huaraz, guesthouse La Aurora has all the facilities you need. It has Spacious rooms and comfortable beds along with amazing views of the beautiful mountains in Huaraz. A free complimentary breakfast is included so you are up and ready for hiking in Huaraz!

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Best Luxury Hotel in Huaraz – Hotel & Bungalows Villa Valencia

Located in a quiet part of town, Hotel & Bungalows Villa Valencia is perfect for a good night’s sleep after a day of hiking in Huaraz. With their comfortable beds and warm covers, you will be sleeping like a baby! Their interior design is very modern, the breakfast is good, and is one of the best overall choices for accommodation in Huaraz. 

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Here are the best hikes and treks in Huaraz Peru. Which hike is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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7 BEST Things to do in Ica Peru

7 BEST Things to do in Ica Peru

Ica, a small city located 4 hours south of Lima, is often overshadowed by its neighboring towns, namely Paracas and Huacachina. While those towns do have their own unique flair, they tend to be overrun with tourists, making the prices extremely high.

Many travelers believe there are no attractions in Ica and skip the town. However, they cannot be more wrong.

Stunning oasis, beautiful oceans, desolate deserts, those are just some of the best places to see in Ica. The town itself is also one of the best places to observe local Peruvian lives and culture, something that is hard to do if you stay on the “gringo trail”

If you have just arrived and you’re not sure what to do in Ica, don’t worry.

We have prepared a personal list of the 7 best things to do in Ica, Peru. Enjoy!

What To Do in Ica: 7 Top Things To Do in Ica, Peru

1. See the Mysterious Nazca Lines

Located about 2 hours away to the southeast of Ica lies one of the biggest mysteries of the universe. Figures of animals, plants, and various objects are drawn into the sand, covering an area as big as 50 sq km (19 sq mi).

Debates have been going on for centuries regarding the mystery of the Nazca Lines. When were they drawn? What purpose did they serve? Were they from extraterrestrial beings?

Archaeologists, scientists, and historians have been trying to determine the actual purpose of these lines for years. Yet to this present day, the mystery has not been solved.

How to Get to The Nazca Lines from Ica?

There are actually two ways to see the Nazca Lines. The best way, though the most expensive, is seeing it from the air in a plane. Up in the skies, you will have the best views of the different figures. Your tour guide will also explain to you how they are made and what they believed happened there. You will find tour companies located sparsely in the city of Ica.

I recommend you to book your Nazca Lines tour in advance. Check out our recommendations: 

The other option to get to the Nazca Lines is a DIY option. If you do pick this option, you will need to take a bus from the bus station to the Nazca Lines. I recommend taking Soyuz because they are economical and clean.

Once you arrive, you can climb the observation deck which takes you 13 meters (42 ft) up. It is not the best but you will get a good idea of what these Nazca lines are about! If you are adventurous, there are several hills nearby that offer better views at the top!

2. Explore the Paracas National Reserve (By Bicycle)

My favorite thing to do in Ica is definitely visiting the Paracas National Reserve. It is a place unlike any other place I have seen in the world, a place where the turquoise ocean meets the orange, desolate desert.

The Paracas National Reserve is a protected area of 335,000 hectares. Located in the arid zone, the Paracas National Reserve rarely gets any rain. Hence, the majority of the reserve is a desert.

You can find many tours in the town of Paracas. These tours are usually the ones that drop you off at the viewpoints, give you 20 minutes, then you get on the bus, and they take you to the other viewpoints.

If you are adventurous and reasonably fit, consider renting a bicycle and riding it across the desert.

How many people can say they have ridden a bike across a desert to reach the ocean? It is an unforgettable experience in Peru that will last a lifetime.

How to Get to The Paracas National Reserve from Ica?

To get to Paracas National Reserve from Ica, you will first have to get to the town Paracas. Luckily for you, Paracas is only a little more than an hour from Ica. Many bus companies have buses that go from Ica to Paracas but I’ve found Soyuz to be the most economical company and their buses depart frequently.

Once you arrive at Paracas, you will see many different tour companies offer tours to the Paracas National Reserve as well as places to rent bicycles. Paracas is a small town so you will not have any problems finding them!

3. Visit the Isla Ballestas and See Wildlife

Ballestas Islands, otherwise known as the “Poor Man’s Galapagos”, are a group of rocky islands located 24 km (15 mi) off the coast of Paracas.

Home to many animals such as penguins, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and many more, the Ballestas Islands are some of the best places to catch a glimpse of the various species of wildlife in South America.

A visit to the Ballestas Island will take you on a 2-hour boat journey where you will get very close to the Ballestas Islands. However, no personnel is allowed to set foot on the islands because they are protected environments. An intrusion from humans can affect such a delicate ecosystem. 

How to Get to Isla Ballestas from Ica?

All tours for Isla Ballestas leave from Paracas at either 8 AM or 10 AM. There are times where there are tours at 12 PM but that depends on the weather. You will find an ample amount of tour agencies on the main street of Paracas, the street where you will most likely be dropped off. To get to Paracas, you would have to take a bus from any of the bus companies in Ica. I recommend Soyuz because they are economical, comfortable, and their buses depart frequently.

If you want to secure your tour beforehand, check out our recommendations below: 

4. Visit the Huacachina Oasis to Sandboard and Ride Dune Buggies (My Favorite Attractions In Ica)

Huacachina oasis is the only desert oasis in South America and definitely one of the top things to do in Peru. After backpacking in Peru for 2.5 months, I can say I liked the Huacachina Oasis more than Machu Picchu (but the Salkantay Trek was amazing). Connected only by one tiny road with the city of Ica, Huacachina feels like you are in the middle of the desert. You are completely surrounded by beautiful sand dunes on all sides.

Some of the most popular activities in Huacachina include sandboarding and dune buggies. Tours for both can be found throughout the oasis. However, if you want a more intense sandboarding experience, I recommend you rent out just the sandboard gears and do it on your own.

You can also take the sand buggy taxis as far out as you want and be in complete isolation! It is a surreal experience that must be on any Peru itinerary.

How to Get to Huacachina Oasis from Ica?

Take any mototaxi from the city of Ica to Huacachina. Mototaxis (tuk tuks) are cheap and the ride is only 15 minutes. You can also take a proper taxi but that will be more costly. 

5. Go to El Catador For a FREE Winery Tour

The region around Ica is one of the best places for wine and pisco production. Pisco is a liquor that originated in Peru and is one of the drinks you must try when visiting Peru

For that reason, there are many amazing wineries in that area. 

My favorite one to visit was definitely El Catador. Not only do they offer a FREE tour of their winery, but they also offer you FREE tasting at the end. That is a win-win-win situation right there. 

At the end of the tour, you can purchase their exclusive types of wine with flavors you have never tasted before. Some were definitely strange but some were good. Either way, you can’t complain about free alcohol!

How to Get to El Catador from Ica?

El Catador is located 15 minutes away from Ica. Take a mototaxi from anywhere in the city and the driver should be able to take you there.

6. Explore the Canyon of the Lost (Cañon de Los Perdidos)

Discovered recently, Cañon de Los Perdidos (or Canyon of the Lost) is one of the hidden attractions in Ica. It is a place that won’t be in most of the guide books. Located around 2 hours away by car, the only way to reach this place is either through a tour agency or a rental car.

When you visit Cañon de Los Perdidos, you will feel like you are in a desert. With nothing around you for miles, a sense of isolation rushes over you. You are alone with one of the most magical places in the world. The geological formations of the canyon will tell you stories about what happened there many years ago. You don’t want to miss this place in Ica.

How to Get to Cañon de Los Perdidos from Ica?

Cañon de Los Perdidos is located about 2 hours away from Ica. The safest way to go there is through the tour agencies located in Ica, Huacachina, or Paracas. Though it is possible to reach by yourself with your own vehicle, I wouldn’t recommend doing so because you will be in a desert with no service.

7. Visit the City of Pisco (The City Named After the Liquor Pisco)

Located a little more than an hour away from Ica, a visit to the port city of Pisco is a great day trip idea. Many people that come from Lima to Ica will often pass Pisco on the way, but not many tourists actually visit Pisco.

Why? I am not so sure. The national drink of Peru, Pisco, is named after the city Pisco. You will find many stores and bars serving up some of the finest local Pisco sours.

Other than getting drunk, the Pisco beach is quite a nice place to relax. If you are into archaeological ruins, pay a visit to the Tambo Colorado. If you didn’t get a chance to try the seafood in Lima, the ones in Pisco are good alternatives.

How to Get to Pisco from Ica?

To get to Pisco from Ica, take any bus headed towards Pisco. My favorite company for that route is still Soyuz because they are economical and have frequent departures.

Where to Stay in Ica, Peru

Some of these recommendations might be in Huacachina because the abundance of high-quality accommodations there. To get to Huacachina from Ica, simply take a mototaxi (tuk tuk) for 15 minutes.

Best Hostel in Ica – Ica Adventures II

Located in the center of Ica, Ica Adventures II is a great budget accommodation with lots of local activity around. An amazing breakfast is included, the rooms are spacious and clean, the beds are comfortable, and it even has a bar on the roof. A great choice for budget travelers and backpackers.

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Best Cheap Hotel in Ica – Hotel El Huacachinero

Hotel El Huacachinero is located in Huacachina Oasis, making it a convenient home for the Huacachina-related activities. The hotel has a great swimming pool and outdoor lounge area where you can relax and admire the landscapes around you. Rooms are excellent and a great breakfast is also included.

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Best Luxury Hotel in Ica – Hotel Las Dunas

Hotel Las Dunas is like its own oasis inside Ica. 3 swimming pools, a tennis court, gym and spa facilities, and on-site bars, it has pretty much everything you need. If you have the money, I would recommend you to stay for at least one night, it is an experience you won’t forget.

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How Long Should You Stay In Ica, Peru

I recommend staying around 2 days in Ica. It all depends on what you want to do.

For example, if you only want to visit Paracas and Huacachina, you can do it in one busy day. 

If you want to visit more places in Ica such as the Nazca Lines or El Catador for a winery tour, then you will have to stay for at least 2 days.

I stayed a total of 3 days in Ica when I was backpacking Peru. 

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Where to Get the Yellow Fever Vaccine for FREE in Lima, Peru

Where to Get the Yellow Fever Vaccine for FREE in Lima, Peru

If you have ever wanted to travel to South America, you have probably realized that there are some vaccines you will need. Some of those are Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, Tuberculosis, Yellow Fever, and many more. Many of these vaccines you will already have since a young age, but one that you probably do not have yet is the Yellow Fever vaccine. 

Yellow Fever virus is mostly a problem in African and South American countries. So, if you have not traveled to those places before, you probably do not have the vaccine.

But DO NOT WORRY, I will tell you where you can get the Yellow Fever vaccine for FREE in Lima, Peru. That’s right. COMPLETELY FREE. That is going to be about $200 USD that you will be saving by getting the yellow fever vaccine in Lima instead of back home.

You will just need to follow the directions below and bring an item with you!

Getting the Yellow Fever Vaccine for Free in Lima

The place to get the yellow vaccine for FREE is in a hospital called the Cayetano Heredia Hospital.

Cayetano Heredia Hospital is located in a neighborhood called San Martin de Porres. Remember that when you are calling an Uber or taxi, there are many hospitals with similar names so make sure you are going to the one in San Martin de Porres.

If you are staying at Miraflores or Barranco (which you should), a taxi or Uber ride should be 30 minutes. I highly recommend taking the Uber there because the hospital with the free yellow fever vaccine is a fairly dangerous neighborhood.

Here are some personal accommodation recommendations in Miraflores or Barranco:

Low Budget: Alpes Hostel |  Mid-Budget: Miraflores Guesthouse | High Budget: Apart San Martin

After you have arrived, make sure you check that you are in the right place. There is a clinic nearby that the Uber driver might drop you off at (like us). The entrance of the hospital should look like the picture above. Once you pass through the entrance, you need to go to the information kiosk. The information desk should look like something like this.

In the information kiosk, you will tell them you want the yellow fever vaccine, or “vacuna contra la fiebre amarilla” or even “fiebre amarilla” will work. The guy at the kiosk should either personally take you to the office for vaccines or tell you where to go.

The office for vaccines should look something like this.

Here you will give the nurse the necessary documentation (passport) and put your name on a sign-in sheet. You will also tell the nurse that you need the yellow fever vaccine and nothing more. After you have registered yourself and the nurse has put you into the system, you will wait in the waiting area until your name is called.

The waiting area is directly outside the office for vaccines and should look like something like this.

That’s it! Wait until your name is called and you are on your way to your FREE yellow fever vaccine! Just remember that you need to be vaccinated at least 10 days before you travel to a country at risk of yellow fever. The Cayetano Heredia hospital also provides other vaccines for free if you have your passport as a foreigner.

After you are done, they will give you a pink/purple vaccination card issued by Peru’s Ministry of Health. Here is what the front and back looks like. 

Here is what the inside looks like. 

What Do you Need to Bring for Your Free Yellow Fever Vaccine

There is only one thing you need to bring for your free yellow fever vaccine: your passport. You don’t need anything else besides your passport. If you are Peruvian, it is a little different and you need your DNI.

Hours of Operation of the Hospital

The Cayetano Heredia Hospital where you can get the yellow fever vaccine for free is open all days of the week. However, the center for vaccines is not open every day and the hours are very different from the main hospital. So if you tried to look up the hours of operation on the internet and decided to follow that and go, you might be in for a little bit of disappointment like we were. So please, follow the hours of operation I have listed below. We got this information directly from the center of vaccines itself.

The hours of operation to get your vaccines are:
Monday-Friday: 7 AM – 12PM | Saturday: 8AM-11AM | Sunday: Closed

What is Yellow Fever and Why You Should Get the Vaccine

If you are unsure what the yellow fever virus is and whether you should be protected against it, then continue reading.

The majority of the countries in South America should have yellow fever as a recommended vaccination. In 2017, there was a yellow fever outbreak in Brazil and many governments such as the United States has put yellow fever vaccination as a requirement for Brazil. Recently, the problem has gotten better and Brazil and Bolivia have been demoted to only recommended.

That does not mean you should forget about the yellow fever virus. Many parts of South America, especially near the Amazon jungle, are still at high risks. The virus itself is transmitted by certain types of mosquitoes that carry the virus.

Many of the countries in Europe and North America provide the yellow fever vaccine but at an exuberant cost. In a travel clinic, the yellow fever vaccine would cost $200 USD. This is 200 USD you can save by getting the yellow fever vaccine for FREE in Lima, Peru. 

Symptoms of Yellow Fever Virus

Yellow fever virus has a three to six days incubation period, meaning you won’t see any symptoms doing that time. After that period of time, the disease enters an acute phase and then a toxic phase.

In the acute phase, you will have symptoms of fever, headache, nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, dizziness or more. In the acute phase, the symptoms are very similar to other common diseases such as dengue fever, malaria, and other diseases.

The symptoms of the acute phase usually improve or resolve within several days. However, some individuals enter something called the toxic phase. This is where the yellow fever could be deadly. Symptoms of the toxic phase include yellowing of the skin and the whites of your eyes, abdominal pain, and vomiting, sometimes with blood, liver and kidney failure, and much more.

For more information on the symptoms of yellow fever, refer to MayoClinic

Diagnosis of Yellow Fever Virus

If you think you have the yellow fever virus and your symptoms are similar to what is described above. Then the only way to diagnose it is through a blood test. If you have been traveling in high-risk regions then please don’t hesitate to get the blood test. Tell your doctor what your travel history is and what your symptoms are. Better safe than sorry!

Treatment of Yellow Fever Virus

The bad news are that there are no antiviral medication that has proven to be helpful for the yellow fever virus. As a result, more of the “treatment” available are just ways to mitigate the symptoms. If you are diagnosed with yellow fever, you might need to stay in a hospital to get the necessary help you need. Or the doctor might tell you to stay home to prevent spreading the virus to anyone else.

Good news is that once you have had the virus in your body once, you won’t get infected again! That means you are immune to the yellow fever virus for life!

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Guide to Salkantay Trek: An Alternative to the Inca Trail

Guide to Salkantay Trek: An Alternative to the Inca Trail

Every year, millions of tourists come to Peru for one of the most spectacular Seven Wonders of the world, Machu Picchu.

For sure if you are thinking about visiting Machu Picchu, the hardest decision would be which trail to take. The original Inca Trail that takes you to the roads that connected the Incan empire to Macchu Picchu, or other alternative treks such as the Salkantay Trek?

Nowadays, the most popular route to visit the Machu Pichu ruins is through the Inca Trail. However, the government of Peru has put an effort to stop human traffic erosion on the Inca trail and Machu Picchu, limiting the number of people that can be on the actual Inca trail. No more than 500 people are allowed on the Inca trail per day, and the Inca trail is closed in the month of February.  

Out of the 500 people, 200 of them are actually there for Machu Picchu, others are porters, chefs, and guides. Consequently, many other trails such as the Salkantay trail, Ausangate Trail, and many others are starting to get popular.

The demand for the Inca trail has grown over the years while supply has declined. This has caused the price to increase to about $500 to $1000 USD for the Inca trail, as well as needing to book a few months in advance.

As a result, not many people get to participate in the Inca trail. But worry not, there are many other alternative trails to the Inca trail and I am here to tell you why especially the Salkantay trek might even be better. 

Short History on Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is an ancient Incan site that was abandoned hundreds of years ago. It is believed that when the Spaniards arrived and started fighting the Incan empire. The people at Machu Picchu left to help aid the war. 

The Incans lost the war to the Spaniards and never had the chance to return to Machu Picchu.

The location of Machu Picchu was so secretive that the Spaniards actually never discovered Machu Picchu.

What that means is that everything you see in Machu Picchu is at its original form. No reconstruction, nothing. Just the natural course of weathering throughout the years. 

The Popular Alternative to Inca Trail: Salkantay Trek

Let’s understand why the Salkantay Trek is such a popular alternative to the Inca trail.

Both trails have beautiful landscapes, amazing history, and leads to one of the most visited Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu.

But here’s where they are different:

Inca TrailSalkantay Trek
Length4 days/3 nights5 days/4 nights
Distance25 mi(40km)45 mi (72km)
Cost$500-$1000 USD$150-250 USD
Highest Peak4200m (Dead Woman’s Pass4600m (Salkantay Pass)
ProsPasses through many Incan ruins where you can learn about the mighty Incan empirePasses through many beautiful sceneries including the Humantay Lake and many others

Both trails are good options for Machu Picchu. But my recommendation is that if you are a nature lover, go with the Salkantay trek. If you are more into the history and being a part of where the Incans were many years ago, do the Inca trail. Also if you are on a budget, the Salkantay trek is much more affordable.

Here are some Salkantay Trek Tours that you can purchase ahead of time: 

 

Salkantay Trek Packing List

Great you have decided to do the Salkantay trek, you are in for some fun.

Before we get into details, let’s go over the things you will need to bring on your Salkantay trek.

They will have a donkey that will carry 4-5kg of stuff for you. But make sure whatever the donkey is carrying is rugged and can get dirty. It is advised to have a big bag for the donkey to carry and a small daypack for your hike.

11 Things you will need to bring for the Salkantay trek (Salkantay Trek Checklist):

1. Extra layers (Gloves and hat, wool socks). For the cold that you will encounter at such high altitudes. The first night you will camp at 3900m at Soraypampa. Unless you paid a lot of money, there won’t be proper insulation.

Filtration Water Bottle. A filtration water bottle for the Salkantay trek will save you lots of money as well as not having to carry so much weight. Highly recommended.

3. Wet Wipes, toilet paper, and toiletries. For the days that you don’t want to shower because it is too cold outside or they only have cold water. Also, you won’t ever find toilet paper in the bathrooms. 

4. Bathing suit– You have the option to go to the hot springs on day 3 of the trek at Santa Teresa.

5. Hiking pole– Salkantay trek is very challenging. You should definitely bring some if your trekking company does not provide them.

6. Bug Repellent. This one has Picaridin and is more environment-friendly and effective than DEET.

7. Sunscreen.  The sun at high altitude is very strong and dangerous to the skin. Make sure you have some on your Salkantay Trek.

8. Rain poncho or jacket. Weather is unpredictable at high altitude and you will be hiking through many different biospheres.

9. Coca leaves. Highly recommended that you have some for your hike. The difference between hiking with coca leaves and without coca leaves is day and night.

10. First aid kit/meds. Your tour guide should have a first aid kit as well as oxygen. But he probably won’t have medicine for altitude sickness or other illnesses you might get along the way.

11. Passport! You CANNOT enter Machu Picchu without your passport!

What To Know Before Hiking Salkantay Trek

Looking back at the trek, there are some things I wish I knew before hiking the Salkantay trek.

Now I will pass down my experience and these things to you.

1. Day 1 of the hike is extremely cold. Chances are you won’t want to shower on day one because there is no hot water. This is when wet wipes will be useful.

2. There is the option to have hot water for showering on every day of the trek except day 1 but you will have to pay for the hot shower.

3. Day 2 and on you will have the option to buy Wi-Fi. But on Day 3 you should get signal when you reach Santa Teresa.

4. Day 3 you will arrive at Santa Teresa and there will be music, alcohol, and dancing at night.

5. Food is surprisingly quite good for the entire trek but it is still recommended to bring snacks. Also, when drinking any prepared beverages, make sure the chef is not using tap water.

6. You get to see Laguna Humantay on the way!! Talk about killing 2 birds with 1 stone.

7. Get acclimatized in Cusco before you star the Salkantay trek. I recommend staying for at least 2-3 nights in Cusco beforehand.  

How Hard Is The Salkantay Trek

The Salkantay Trek is definitely not a joke. Anyone that wants to hike the Salkantay Trek should prepare accordingly. When I did the Salkantay Trek, I had already been in Peru for two months. I had done a lot of hiking in Huaraz, which is known as the capital of hiking in Peru.

Even then I found it difficult on the long hiking days. My friend who just flew from Lima to Cusco and immediately did the Salkantay Trek felt like he was dying. The crazy part is that he is a marathon runner. Acclimatization is important for the Salkantay Trek.

Hiking the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 1 of Salkantay Trail: Mollepata (2900m)  to Soraypampa (3900m) | 6 Hours  

Day 1 of the Salkantay Trek begins with the tour company picking you up at around 5 AM. After getting picked up, you will then drive to Mollepata where you will have your optional breakfast. After your breakfast, you will then be driven to the starting point of the hike.

After 3 hours of ascending, you will reach your campsite of the day at Soraypampa (3900m) where you will have lunch. After lunch, you will then ascend to the Humantay Lagoon (3 hours round trip) for a total of 6 hours of hiking on Day 1. 

Day 2 of Salkantay Trail: Soraypampa (3900m) to Salkantay Pass (4600m) to Chaullay (2900m) | 9 Hours  

On day 2 of the Salkantay trek, you will wake up early to prepare for the hardest day of the trek. Today you will climb through the Salkantay pass (4600 m). If you are not acclimatized, this will be a difficult day for you. Make sure you have enough coca leaves and take it slow. 

After hiking up to the Salkantay pass (3 hours), the rest of the hike is all downhill. But it is a lot of downhill, almost 6 hours of downhill. After an eternity of hiking, you will reach Chaullay (2900m) very late into the day.

Throughout the day, you will gradually transition from a mountainous area to a cloud forest environment. You can feel the temperature get a little hotter, the air gets more humid, and you will start to see crops and birds! Congratulations, you just finished your toughest day on the Salkantay trek.

Note: This campsite has hot water and Wi-Fi for purchase!

Day 3 of Salkantay Trail: Chaullay (2900m) to La Playa (2000m) to Santa Teresa (1550m) |  5 Hours  

Day 3 is probably one of the least challenging days of the Salkantay Trek. It begins early in the morning at Chaullay and you will hike through the cloud forest to reach La Playa. On the way, you will see many different species of plants and animals. You will encounter fruits where you can just pick off the trees.

After around 5 hours of hiking, you will arrive in La Playa where you have lunch. After lunch, there will be transport that takes you from La Playa (2000m) to your campsite in Santa Teresa (1550m).

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At Santa Teresa, the weather is very tropical. When you arrive, you will have the option to visit the nearby hot springs for an additional charge. Hope you brought your bathing suit! If not, you can wander around town until it is time for dinner!

Note: Some tour companies will camp in La Playa and go to Llactapata ruins the day after. When I did my Salkantay trek, we were told we had the options to do that if we wanted. However, the tour guide said we cannot because they had already booked everything. Make sure you confirm with your tour company about this before buying it with them. 

Day 4 of Salkantay Trek: Santa Teresa (1550m) to Hidroelectrica to Agua Calientes (2040m) |  5 Hours  

Congratulations, you have made it to Day 4 of Salkantay Trek!!

Day 4 is another fairly easy day so don’t worry. In the morning, you have the option to hike to Hidroelectrica (1-1.5 hour) or take transport for an additional charge. After you arrive at Hidroelectrica, you will have an early lunch and prepare for the remaining of the hike.

You will also have the option to leave anything you don’t need at Hidroelectrica because you will be coming back to the same place tomorrow.

For the remaining of the hike, you will be walking along the train tracks through the lush mountains! Occasionally, you will see trains pass by so make sure you stay on the side.

The hike should take about 3 hours from Hidroeletrica to Agua Calientes.

Agua Calientes is also called the Machu Picchu town and it has everything you need.

Tonight you will be sleeping in a nice hostel with WiFi and hot water!! You earned it!

At dinner time, your tour guide will give you your ticket for Machu Picchu and tell you your entrance time. He will also introduce you to the guide you will be having inside Machu Picchu. 

Day 5 of Salkantay Trek: Agua Calientes (2040m) to Machu Picchu (2430m) to Hidroelectrica |  5 Hours  

After 4 long days of hiking the Salkantay Trek, you are finally there!

But wait you are not done, you have to hike all the way up to Machu Picchu on Day 5 of the Salkantay trek. There is an option to pay for transport up there but you didn’t hike 4 days on the Salkantay Trek just to pay for transport, did you? The hike from Agua Calientes to Machu Picchu is 2 hours up and is definitely a difficult surprise considering how easy the last 2 days have been. Depending on what time your entrance is, you will have to start hiking accordingly.

After you arrive at the entrance of Machu Picchu, you will meet your tour guide and go in Machu Picchu with him.

And there it is.

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu, with its years of history, stands in front of your eyes. It is everything you have seen in pictures and more.

There your tour guide will give you an explanation of Machu Picchu and walk you through the ruins. After the tour, you are allowed to wander in the ruins.

Note: You cannot go back to an earlier stop in Machu Picchu. The tour ends at the bottom of the Machu Picchu ruins and you CANNOT go back up (unless you have a ticket that includes Huayna Pichu or the other mountain). If you want to take your time with photos at the top of Machu Picchu, you will have to leave your tour in the beginning. Don’t make the same mistake I did.

After visiting Machu Picchu, you will get back to Hidroelectrica where you dropped your belongings off the day before. You will walk on the same train tracks you did coming here and the route takes about 3 hours. Don’t miss your bus at Hidroelectrica going back to Cusco!

Where to Find The Cheapest Salkantay Tour in Cusco

If you are planning on doing the Salkantay Trek have an extra day or two to book your tour from Cusco, you will save lots of money!

In Cusco, the cheapest Salkantay tour I found was at Quechuas Expeditions. But remember to haggle and make sure it has everything that you need (sleeping bag, hiking poles, etc). Of Course you results may vary.

Hostel Atawkama also offers a very cheap Salkantay tour as well. In addition, if you book a night with them, you can store all your belongings at Hostel Atawkama for FREE! 

If you cannot book in Cusco, check out some of our recommendations before arriving:

Where to Stay in Cusco

Picking where to stay in Cusco is imperative for having a good experience because of the altitude. herefore, we have written a separate guide on where to stay in Cusco here.

Low-Budget Accommodation

Atawkama Hostel– Amazing hot water. More than bread for just breakfast. No bunk beds. Cheap tours including the Salkantay Trek. Atawkama is definitely one of my favorite budget accommodation.

Mid-Budget Accommodation

La Escala Guest House– Family-owned guest house that has some of the most comfortable beds. The hosts are very helpful in terms of providing recommendations. Breakfast is also included every morning. 

High-Budget Accommodation

Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa–  This is the hotel to stay at if you want the best of the best. Complimentary shuttle service to the airport, swimming pools, fitness center, spa, this hotel has it all.  

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