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July 20, 2011 10:44:49

Running the Inca Trail with two Olympians

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Roberto Carcelen on the Inca Trail. All photos by Walter Rhein. 

By Walter Rhein

Peru's first winter Olympian, Roberto Carcelen, called me up recently with the question I dread to hear from professional athletes.

"Hey, what's your fitness level?"

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July 14, 2011 16:55:21

Party in Paucartambo: Highland festival in Peru

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The festival of the Virgen del Carmen in Paucartambo, Peru. See slide show.


By Marie Meyer

One sunny Lima day, over lunch, my friend Alicia mentions that her husband Ernesto is from the town of Paucartambo in Cusco province, and that he is getting reading to dance in “The Festival” again this July, at about the same time that my family and I will be visiting Machu Picchu and Cusco.

“The Festival?”

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July 13, 2011 16:29:16

Andahuaylillas: South America's Sistine Chapel

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The interior of San Pedro Apostol in Andahuaylillas (Photo: Skyscaperlife)

By Susana Aguirre

The small town of Andahuaylillas is 40 km southeast of Cusco. It's one of those places where there isn't much to do or see except for that hidden gem that makes the trip well worth it. And if you like getting lost wandering the streets of a small but picturesque town then you must visit Andahuaylillas.

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July 6, 2011 10:24:39

Where to get the best Cusco street food

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Buying a cuy (Photo: Jo Self)


By Jo Self

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June 27, 2011 17:18:07

Peter Frost to lead Machu Picchu centenary trip in August

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Scholar Peter Frost will lead an unique and luxurious expedition to Machu Picchu.


By Simon Ross-Gill

British writer and photographer Peter Frost will lead a much anticipated trip in August in celebration of the centenary of Machu Picchu's discovery.

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June 15, 2011 12:12:42

A hotel in Cusco with a badass view

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Spectacular views from the terrace at Casa de Campo. (Photos by Morten Bruun Jensen)


By Morten Bruun Jensen

Isn't it always the views that matter when you go travelling in general, and probably in particular when traveling to Cusco? Views from the Plaza de Armas of the neighboring mountains; views from the mountains of the Plaza de Armas, and double up with views from the restaurant or hotel where you'll want both views of the Plaza de Armas and the mountains.

So, is this even possible to achieve? At Casa de Campo, it sure is.

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June 14, 2011 18:39:58

A week of celebrations will shake up Cusco

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Festivities will take over the Plaza de Armas in Cusco this month. (Photo by Jesse Reeder-flickr.com)


By Karen Espejo
Translated by Susana Aguirre


The interminable celebration. Qoyllur Riti, Corpus Christi and Inti Raymi will take place consecutively between June 19 and 24. All the cultural and religious splendor of Cusco compacted in a week of festivities.

It doesn't end there: In the first week of July, Machu Picchu will celebrate 100 years since its discovery by Hiram Bingham. The Imperial City is preparing to host what's being calculated as the biggest touristic demand Cusco has seen.

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March 29, 2011 21:08:52

Travel to Cusco, finding fresh mountain air

Cusco Travel: luxury stay at Aranwa
Aranwa's five-star hotel in Cusco's Sacred Valley. The hotel's competition for beauty is the natural surrounding itself, writes Morten.  See slide show. (All photos by Morten Bruun Jensen)


By Morten Bruun Jensen

Almost 30 degrees and a dense summer air had been lowering energies in Lima, and a luxurious weekend stay in Cusco should cool down and recharge the overheated batteries. Last weekend when natural disaster tragically hit Japan and alarmed Peru’s pacific coast, I was quietly escaping the urban heat of Lima and on my way to Cusco for breathing the fresh mountain air.

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March 15, 2011 16:50:06

Peru travel: Five reasons to visit Andahuaylillas

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Women on the street of Andahuaylillas, a town in Peru's highlands.


By Gabrielle Gorder

Andahuaylillas is one of Peru’s best-kept secrets. The indigenous village’s treasures are tucked away in the Andes Mountains southeast of Cusco in the province of Quispicanchis.

Its name may be a tounge-twister and it’s located at an altitude that takes your breath away, literally, and it’s overshadowed by neighboring attractions such as Machu Picchu, Ollyantaytambo and Pisac. But the village of Andahuaylillas is well worth a visit. Here are five things to do.

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February 23, 2011 10:17:39

Just walk: Travel Peru step by step.

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Trekking through the Cordillera Vilcabamba in Cusco, Peru. (Photos courtesy of Alejandro Miguel de la Cruz and Josep Pubill Torrejon)


By Alejandro Miguel de la Cruz and Josep Pubill Torrejon

We have now been walking for two and a half months, crossing snow-capped mountains, the high plateaus called punas, pampas, and the endless variety of landscapes that characterizes the Andes.

Our idea is to cross the different Andean mountain ranges walking, from the Equator, through Peru and Bolivia to the Patagonia, creating a kind of trans-Andean route. Linking up all the existing routes, we have as our objective to come up with only one route that will cross this huge vertebral column which unifies the continent.

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