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Lake Titicaca and Cusco

Since June 30th I have been travelling around Peru and it has been such an eventful, fun journey so far. On 13th July, I visited lake titicaca for 2 days and it was the most idyllic, beautiful lake I have ever seen. Crisp blue water, and great opportunities to walk up the mountains to get better views, it really was an amazing experience I’ll never forget. My sister and I booked a tour via Pariwana Hostel and it was well organised and didn’t let us down – unlike other tours we had booked.

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Islas Ballestas and Paracas

On your way from Ica to Lima, you can find the beautiful “poor man’s Galapagos” islands, called the Isla Ballestas. Only an hour from Ica, this trip can run you between S/.30 – S/. 50 soles. I paid S/.50 soles, including the boat ride to the islands. There is a hidden charge of 12 soles, which is a required tourist tax.

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Three Unusual Museums to Visit in Cusco

There are many unusual museums to visit when you are staying at Pariwana Hostel Cusco. Here is a look at three of the best. Learning about the area through your visits will make your adventurous backpacking trips to ancient sites even more enjoyable. The hostel’s friendly staff can advise you on planning your visits.

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Surfing at Punta Hermosa

Peru has one of the world’s most ancient surf cultures, dating back thousands of years. However, its beaches have been little-known to the rest of the world — until recently. Over recent years, international surfers have been catching up on what is on offer here, with Punta Hermosa being one of the most celebrated areas.

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5 Top Restaurants in Miraflores

Arguably, Lima has one of the best food scenes in the world. On the doorstep of Pariwana Hostel you have the bustling neighborhood of Miraflores with numerous restaurants to suit any budget. With so much to choose from, it’s difficult to know where to go first, so to make it easy for you I’ve shared my favorite Lima restaurants below.

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Discovering the Ruins of Puruchuco

Puruchuco is one of the Lima area’s many impressive archeological sites. It’s worth spending the time to organize a visit to this 800-year-old palace and famous burial site while staying at Pariwana Hostel Lima. You can either get there by bus or book a taxi.

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Visiting the Pre-Inca Walled City of Pikillacta

The ancient walled city of Pikillacta is one of the many historic sites to visit while you are based at Pariwana Hostel Cusco.

This pre-Inca site is around 30 kilometers away on the road to Puno, just past Tipon, and is well worth the trip. It is possible to get there by taking a bus to Urcos and asking to be dropped off – staff at the hostel will be able to give you details. Alternatively, you can book a tour or taxi to take you there.

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Trekking to Huchuy Qosqo

Are you looking for a trek with a difference to enjoy during a stay at Pariwana’s hostel in Cusco? If so, for an adventure you won’t forget, travel to the spectacular Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo, also known as “Little Cusco“. This site is not accessible by road, so it is hard to get to, but definitely worth the effort.

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For Americans: Getting a Bolivian Tourist Visa in Lima

Americans need a visa to enter Bolivia. It’s possible to get the visa at the border, but there are several known scams, not to mention you would have to carry US$135 and all your paperwork throughout your backpacker trip.

A good alternative is to get the visa at the Bolivian embassy in Lima, which is located at Los Castaños 235 in San Isidro, about 20 km / 12 miles from Pariwana Lima Hostel. The staff at Pariwana can help you get to the embassy. It’s open from 09:00 – 13:00 and you should get there no later than 11:00.

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Hiking the Incan Ruins in Cusco

There are several Incan ruins just outside Cusco, and the map that Pariwana Hostel provides upon arrival has an adventure trekking route through these ruins. It’s best to do this after you’ve acclimated to the altitude for at least a day, and plan to spend at least five hours. Bring lunch, water, and sunscreen!

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Splurge Restaurant Reviews: Chicha and Uchu

After weeks or months of adventure travel on a backpacker budget, sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself to a meal at a highly rated restaurant. Luckily, the food scene in Cusco is thriving and the variety of dishes is astounding. Chicha and Uchu are excellent choices, and both are located within a few blocks of Pariwana Hostel.

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Rodriguez de Mendoza

Rodriguez de Mendoza, a charming district south-east of Chachapoyas famous for the quality of its coffee and the friendliness of its people, is not even in your guidebook. The reason is a mystery, because it has a surprising selection of local attractions.

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Tarapoto – Peru

The Lonely Planet describes Tarapoto as “a sweltering jungle metropolis”. While it is a bit far from being a metropolis, this is definitely a hot vestige of the vast Peruvian jungle. Whether you have been traveling in the cool Northern highlands, or along the coast which is cold during our summer months, or perhaps just finished trekking in Huaraz, Tarapoto is a welcome change in climate where you can finally put on some shorts and get an ice-cream of an exotic flavour (granadilla? guanávana? chirimoya? — it’s your pick!).

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10 rules for traveling on buses in Peru

Unless you came specifically and only to climb the Machu Picchu, chances are you will see a lot of bus travel in this country. Major roads are in very good condition and long-distance buses are much more comfortable than in the US or Canada, for example. Bus companies to choose from are legion, so here are some tips to make planning bus trips easier:

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Things to know about going to Machu Picchu

Of course you have heard of it, and if you are travelling to Peru, you most likely want to see it, too. And if you are like most people, you probably have lots of questions about the best way to “do Machu Picchu”. Fear not, for here are some tips on the essentials to save you some money and maximize your enjoyment.

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