Arequipa is an old place that holds close to its Spanish roots.It’s a city in a valley with three massive volcanoes (Misti, Chachani & Picchu Picchu) that have been the focus of folklore and tribal wanderings across cultures past and present.
Camana is a popular tourist destination, but not for most international backpackers. During the summer months of December through March Peruvians flock to this bustling south coast town, flooding downtown hotels and hostels, filling the beachfront accommodations and saturating the beachfront.
Say the word beach in Peru and immediately the name Mancora will fall. Mancora is known for its waves and gorgeous beaches and is located some 1200 kilometers north of capital Lima. A bus from Lima will take you around 16 hours and cost between 120-180 soles aprox.
Cusco is the most visited cities in Peru, and one of the most visited in the entire of the continent. As such, it has a lot of transportation options to choose from. Peru does not have the best domestic travel services, but the system is quite functional.
Lima is a sprawling metropolis of 8 million people. Giant cities are usually a traveller’s nightmare, but Lima doesn’t have to be yours. The places you’re going to want to visit are easy to get to from Pariwana Lima, and they’re quite centrally located.
Tucked away against the slopes of volcano Misti, you find Arequipa – the white city – all the way in the south dessert of Peru. The area is especially known for its mountainous adventures and retained culture, as many of the surrounding volcanoes have been used for ancient Inca rituals with many possible gems still to uncover.
Peru is a great country to backpack in as it is rough, cutting edge and still very unexplored. Add to this the wild life, wonderful people and untouched nature and you have a summary of all the great things that make Peru so unbelievably great to travel.
The backpacker is a backpacker not just for the culture of hostelling and backpacking, but also because he or she is likely on a tight budget. Hostels exist in the first place in order to accommodate the needs of the financially-strapped. Over the years the hostel has evolved into a fine-tuned machine that recognizes not only the need for affordability, but also the tendency for social interaction. It’s great, and that’s why you’re reading Pariwana’s blog: you love the place!
Peru is becoming increasingly popular as it has many great spots to visit. You see more and more hostel, camping grounds and other accommodations for travellers popping out of the ground in no-time. As a backpacker it is likely you will be staying in a range of different places to spend a night, usually with a lot of fellow travellers.
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:
Travelling from Pariwana Hostel in Cusco and looking to enjoy Lake Titicaca? The two most popular destinations to enjoy the lake are Puno in Peru and Copacabana in Bolivia.
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.
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.
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.
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!).