Friday, September 26, 2008

Kuelap as impressive as Machu Picchu

While most people know about the Incas and Machu Picchu, relatively few have heard of the Chachapoya civilization or visited their domains, a swath of Amazon headlands and breathtaking cloud forest on the eastern slopes of the Andes. Kuelap, an impressive pre-Inca fortress, located in Peru’s northern Amazonas Department, is slowly uncovering its secrets and showing its majesty –rivaling Machu Picchu in scale and grandeur.

Kuelap –meaning “cold place” in the native language-- is located at four hours drive from Chiclayo (Lambayeque) at an altitude of 2945 meters above sea level (9,500 feet) on the misty realm of the cloud forest, between the towering Andean peaks and low lying Amazon plains, on the left bank of the Utcubamba River. Archaeologists working on this site have estimated that it was a stronghold of the Chachapoyas culture, sheltering up to 4,000 people, as they have found scores of skeletons and thousands of artifacts, shedding new light on one of the most remarkable and least understood of Peru’s pre-Columbian advanced civilizations.

This ancient citadel, dating back to the 8th Century, remained hidden from the outside world until 1843; it is gigantic, with over 400 million square feet of construction, three times the volume of Egypt’s Great Pyramid. The circular stone defense walls that surround it are over 20 meters (64 feet) high and have gargoyle-like stone carvings and stone missiles to repel invaders. It is believed that the inhabitants of Kuelap abandoned their city shortly before the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors to the shores of Perú.

Kuelap, still covered in an aura of enigma and mystery, is rapidly becoming a major tourist attraction and you can know more about it and plan a trip by entering, where you will find suggested tours to Kuelap and all destinations in Peru.


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Cuzco Marriott Hotel to open in 2010

Cuzco Marriott Hotel will be managed by Marriott International under a long-term agreement with Inversiones La Rioja. The hotel will be located on a 14,000 square foot site at the intersection of San Agustin and Ruinas, in the heart of Cusco's colonial district.
For dining and entertainment, the hotel will offer a casual three-meal restaurant that will accommodate early-risers planning a day-trip to Machu Picchu and an informal, lobby lounge whose ambience will evolve throughout the day. In-room amenities will include high-speed internet access, two-line telephone with dataport and voicemail, coffee service, mini-refrigerator and oxygen for those impacted by Cuzco's altitude.
Recreational amenities will include a fitness center offering a large whirlpool and two treatment rooms. The business center will provide for internet booths. For conferences and social events, the hotel will have 2,300 square feet of space comprised of one room that will be divisible into two sections and a boardroom.
You can book your hotel in Cusco at, which offers you about 120 hotel opcions in downtown Cuzco, among several more at Machu Picchu and Urubamba Sacred Valley


Hiram Bingham named as the best trip in 2008

In an article titled “Custom-made Luxury, Adventure and Vacations” in the september edition Italian magazine Class, the trip to Machu Picchu aboard the Hiram Bingham Train operated by PeruRail, was classified as the “Best Trip of 2008” in the world.

The Hiram Bingham is a luxury train between Cusco and Machu Picchu. The train carries passengers on a spectacular journey through the changing landscapes and wonderful vistas of the beautiful Andes.
Departing from Poroy Station (a 20 minute taxi ride from Cusco) the Hiram Bingham gives a more leisurely start to the day than traditional departures. Brunch is served on board and guides are present to explain points of interest en route.
Upon arrival at Machu Picchu there will be a guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel for you and entry tickets will have been pre-purchased.
After exploring the ruins, Afternoon Tea is served at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, located just steps from the ancient citadel.
Once back on board, pre-dinner cocktails are served, accompanied by live entertainment and a 4-course gastronomic menu.

You can book this and all type of tourism train tickets in Peru at


Paracas Reserve ready to receive tourism again

A year after a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck Ica and Lima, the Paracas National Reserve is recovering from the devastation and tourism is on the rise. The Paracas National Reserve is located in the department of Ica, province of Pisco, district of Paracas and has a surface of 335.000 hectares.

Paracas National Reserve is the only coastal marine reserve that includes a portion of the Pacific Ocean within its borders. The damage caused by the strong earthquake forced local authorities to close the park's doors; but fortunately, this measure only lasted two months. The employees working at the national reserve, intensified efforts to reopen this ecological attraction which has a great marine biodiversity.

Today, Paracas along with Nasca Lines are waiting for you to show you all of their beauty and enigmas. You can see and book tours regarding Ica, Paracas and Nazca at, as well as tours along all of Peru.


Peru: The Latin American Boom in Tourism

A news article about Peru and its current economic situation, as well as its cultural and historic features, has been published in the Sunday supplement of the Chilean newspaper El Mercurio.

As per the report, Peru is living a unique moment with its economy growing at nearly 10 percent annually, its exports soaring and the international media praising its new writers.
"Travel magazines recommend its charms, from the wild Amazon to the refined cuisine in Lima," the Sunday supplement says.

If you are to travel to Peru, you must visit for buying online tickets within Peru and all sort of travel services, ie. booking hotels, tours, adventure tourism, ecotourism, transfers, etc. You can pay online.

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Trekking Route Salcantay Machu Picchu considered among the top 25 in the World

The influential and well recognized magazine National Geographic Adventure has published “The World's 25 Best New Adventures of 2007”, an annual report on innovative trips. In this article, the Salcantay-Machu Picchu route is promoted as one of the most exciting treks of the world.

This amazing trek runs beneath the sacred Salkantay Peak (6.271m/20569ft), one of the highest and most stunning in the Peruvian Andes, passing through Quechua communities and lesser-known Inca ruins, to finally join the 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu lies directly north of Salkantay, at the end of a ridge that extends down from this mountain. Viewed from Machu Picchu, the Southern Cross is above Salkantay's summit when at its highest point in the sky during the rainy season. The Incas associated this alignment with concepts of rain and fertility, and considered Salkantay to be one of the principal deities controlling weather and fertility in the region west of Cuzco.

This amazing journey, led by expert guides, through glaciers, rainforests and Andean mountains is a magnificent experience that you can take contacting the online travel agency and tour operator in Peru.

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Sixteen Peruvian Natural Wonders nominated for the Natural Wonders of the World Contest

Sixteen from a total of 51 nominated Natural Wonders in South America are located in Peru. From oasis to endemic micro climates, and from high snow peaks to the deepest canyons, Peru is a natural treasure to be discovered. After man-made Machu Picchu was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, now the variety of Peru’s natural richness is being recognized worldwide. South & Central America are the regions with more nominations around the world and Peru is the country with more nominations, selected by experts on nature and environmental commitment.

These are Peru’s nominated Natural Wonders:
Alpamayo Mountain Peak (Cusco, Southern Peru)
Huascaran National Park (Huaraz, Central Peru)
Rivers and Waterfalls:
Amazon River /River Forest (Iquitos, Northern Peru)
Apurimac River (Apurimac, Southern Peru)
Gocta Waterfall (Amazonas, Northern Peru)
Colca Canyon (Arequipa, Southern Peru)
Cotahuasi Canyon (Arequipa, Southern Peru)
National Parks:
Lomas de Lachay National Park (Lima, Central Peru)
Manglares de Tumbres National Park (Tumbes, Northern Peru)
Manu National Park (Madre de Dios, Southern Peru)
Pacaya Samiria National Park (Iquitos, Northern Peru)
Beaches, Lakes, Lagoons and Oasis:
Huacachina Oasis (Ica, Southern Peru)
Lake Titicaca (Puno, Southern Peru)
Llanganuco Lagoon (Huaraz, Central Peru)
Paracas Bay (Ica, Southern Peru)
Ballestas Islands (Ica, Southern Peru)

Alpamayo Peak

You can plan a trip to ANY of these potential wonders by asking for a tailor made trip at, the online travel agency and tour operator from Peru

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New Luxury Hotel in Cusco

Casa Cartagena Cusco, an old couse built in the Inkas time, modified during the colonial period is now Casa Cartagena Hotel & Spa and has just opened its doors offering a luxury alternative in downtown Cuzco, few blocks away from main square.

The owner of the hotel is the italian chain Luxury Properties. Recognizing the historic value of the building, they have made an important investment but respecting the original architecture as well as their goal which is offer the passengers comfort and hospitality in a luxury climate.

Counts with only 16 suites, all of them with heating and air conditioning service, butler service and WiFi, enriched with oxygen for a better aclimatation and a 350sq.m Spa.

The restaurant offers peruvian and international gastronomy and an interesting wine list with around 200 wines

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