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Iguassu Falls in Peru!!, Check out the 'lost' Gocta Falls

Nevertheless South America has so much more to offer when it comes to waterfalls. Few know that the highest falls in the world, with a free drop of 979 meters- the Angel Falls, are located in the South of Venezuela. Part of the reason they are not widely known is that these falls are hard to reach due to almost non existent infrastructure and the dense jungle surrounding the area.  

 

New Years Eve in Cusco!!!

Thousands of people coming from all over the world flock into Cusco around these days looking for the best way to celebrate their passing to a new year. Cusco, located on an altitude of 3400 meters above sea level and surrounded by large mountains is indisputably a special place to celebrate this festivity and several typical Peruvian and local rituals all add up to the experience.

100 Years of Machu Picchu

In July this year it was hundred years ago that Hiram Bingham discovered Machu Picchu the most famous landmark of Peru and maybe of South America. Arguable one of the biggest archeological finds of the 20th century in South America this site has spoken to the imagination of many over the last 100 years. It was on July 24 1911 that Hiram Bingham, an American professor and adventurer made his second trip to Peru in search for the mythical lost city of the Inca, the last retreat of the Inca, on the run from the Spanish.

Trains to Machu Picchu

 

In general trains do no longer leave from Cusco (San Pedro) Station. All services leaving Cusco have been replaced with services starting in Poroy at about 20 minutes drive from Cusco or Ollantaytambo Station in the Sacred Valley at about 1.5 hours driving from Cusco.

 

There are 2 train companies that travel to Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes). These two companies provide in total 3 types of trains going to Machu Picchu; the economy trains, the middle class trains and the top end train.

 

Cusco…the best city in South America!!!

True, these yearly competitions often are not completely unbiased but therefore not necessarily unrealistic. Personally I feel that this is definitely true for this year’s winner of the category; Best city in South America, Central America and Mexico and that would be Cusco, Peru.  It cannot be denied that putting South America, Central America and Mexico into one category is not the greatest idea and that this huge region is filled with mindboggling cities full of Latin flavor (where else…).

New section of Inca Trail discovered at Machu Picchu

The Inca’s hegemony may not have lasted more than 150 years but in this relatively small period of time, they were able to create the largest empire ever known on the American Continent. Stretching from what nowadays is Colombia all the way to Argentina and Chile, traces have been found of a well-established Inca presence. In order to keep a territory of almost half of the continent, the Inca were aware of the fact that communication was paramount.

New flights directly to Iquitos in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest

 

As Copa is already connecting most major hubs in the USA with Panama City, this means that there is now a possibility to start your Peru adventure in the Jungle City of Iquitos instead of obligatory passing by Lima. From Iquitos there are daily flights to Lima connecting with almost all domestic airports within Peru on a regular basis.

Machu Picchu vacation; one or two days at Machu Picchu?

The central part of Machu Picchu includes the agricultural sector with the large Andean terracing, the Urban sector divided into the popular district and the sacred district for the nobles. The agricultural part is the part that is located at the modern entrance of Machu Picchu and is mainly made up out of large terraces and some small constructions. The urban part is probably the most elaborated part of all Machu Picchu sectors and holds most of the many famous structures within the site.