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July 5, 2011 17:28:15 | in Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu by car: The backpacker's alternative

Through the Inca walls at Macchu Picchu. All photos by Meghan Jones

By Meghan Jones

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July 4, 2011 16:05:05 | in Machu Picchu

Album: Celebrity photos from Peru's Machu Picchu

Susan Sarandon and local children (Photo: El País)

Every day, thousands of people pass through Machu Picchu's gates. Mixed into these crowds have been numerous famous actors, athletes, thinkers and leaders. Here are some of our favorite Machu Picchu celebrity photos.

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July 1, 2011 16:53:23 | in Trujillo

Travel to Chan Chan, Peru's ancient adobe kingdom

The city of Chan Chan had an estimated population of 35,000 between 1100 and 1300 AD.

By Andrew Kolasinski

Ten minutes outside Peru’s northern city of Trujillo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose scale staggers the imagination. Chan Chan, the ancient adobe city of the Chimu culture is simply immense, covering almost 5,000 acres.

The site, the capital of Peru’s biggest pre-Inca empire is the world’s largest adobe structure.

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June 30, 2011 14:05:46 | in Amazon

Tweets from the Amazon River Raft Race

Rafting the Amazon River. From left, Nathan, Adam, Andreas and Isis.

Nathan Paluck

Last year, three friends and I built a wooden raft and paddled 200 kilometers down the Amazon River in Peru. The Amazon River Raft Race. The only one of its kind in the world. It was one of the funnest things I’ve ever done. It was also, at times, similar to mild torture.

Adam, Andreas, Isis and I took off at the start of the Amazon River in the small town of Nauta with 40 other teams. Three days and 20 hours of raft time later, we arrived to the finish line in Iquitos, Peru’s largest jungle city. We were exhausted but happy.

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June 27, 2011 17:18:07 | in Cusco

Peter Frost to lead Machu Picchu centenary trip in August

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 24, 2011 17:34:42 | in Peru

Huayllay: Peru's Rock Forest

It will cost you a couple of soles to spend an afternoon amongst these magnificent rock formations. (Photos by Nathan Paluck) See more photos from Huayllay.

"It's like being on another planet," said a philosophy student from Lima who was spotted hiking around the rock forest with friends.

Huayllay (pronounced why-yaee), in Peru's central Andes, seems untouched by the tourism industry. A collective taxi from Cerro de Pasco will drop you off at a visitors hut, where a park ranger will invite you in for two soles. Enough to let you wander the forest for several hours.

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June 22, 2011 17:17:03 | in Peru

The ugliest city in Peru

The mining city of Cerro de Pasco. See slide show of Cerro de Pasco. (All photos by Nathan Paluck)

By Nathan Paluck

I’ve wanted to visit Cerro de Pasco ever since I saw it listed last for Peru tourist destinations. Cerro de Pasco is a mining city about 2.7 miles high, frigid, low on oxygen and high on pollution. The fact that an open copper mine is swallowing the city was also an incentive.

To visit such a bleak place seemed perfect for Semana Santa vacation weekend, when fun travel seems an obligation in Latin America. In Lima I bought a 50-sol ticket at Empresa Transportes Junin, and arrived at dawn seven hours later.

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June 20, 2011 15:50:17 | in Junin

Train to Huancayo | Highest ride in the Americas

Only the Pan-Himalayan line in Tibet beats this 4,000-plus meters above sea level experience.

By Susana Aguirre

I remember one morning at a Starbucks in Hyde Park, Chicago a couple years back, I met a nice man sipping coffee and reading a newspaper who said he was Lara Flynn Boyle's uncle. I was sitting at the table next to him studying for finals, so the distraction was all the more welcomed. After a few minutes of chit chat he found out I was Peruvian and began to tell me about his youthful adventures.

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June 15, 2011 12:12:42 | in Cusco

A hotel in Cusco with a badass view

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 18:40:57 | in Lima

Rupac: A stone city above the clouds in Lima

Rupac, in the highlands of Lima, is a hot destination for adventure seekers. (Photo:

Published in Oveja Negra
Translated and adapted by Susana Aguirre

Now that the summer weather has drifted leaving grey skies and the relentless humidity lingering, it's the perfect time to escape to the provincial highlands of Lima. Between popular destinations like Huancaya, Lunahuana and Viñak, the archeological remains of Rupac in Huaral stand out for their beauty, proximity and the interesting challenge presented to tourists, making Rupac one of the major attractions in the Lima region.

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