1. Machu Picchu
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1. Machu Picchu
For a lot of people these are all reasons for visiting the area and experiencing what it is to spend some time in these deep and dense forests. As the number of people interested increases, the number of great lodges and retreats also increases. In Peru the two most famous cities from which to visit the surrounding rainforest are Iquitos and Puerto Maldonado. Iquitos is located in the far north of Peru on the banks of the Amazon River. It is the second biggest jungle city in the world after Manaus (Brazil), located about 5 days down the Amazon River.
The highlight for many people in their Peru vacation package is without a doubt Machu Picchu. Together with Cusco and the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu is the attraction that is at the top of peoples lists when they come for a vacation to Peru. Nevertheless as a trip to Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu takes about 3-4 days, the questions arises, what other destinations may be possible when looking for a 10 day Peru vacation package?
It is because of its unique and relatively remote location that the question how to travel to Machu Picchu is one of the most common questions among people wanting to visit Machu Picchu. Basically there are two ways to get to Machu Picchu; either by train or walking.
Check out this new website , Love Peru Food, where they try and introduce the wide variety of dishes and drinks that Peru has to offer. As Peru is a country with a large variety of ingredients and cooking cultures spread over the three geographical regions of the country, it is obvious that Peru holds a lot of culinary potential. It is this potential that started to bloom and made Peru into one of the most upcoming culinary revelations in the last couple of years. So check out the website and get in the kitchen and try some of these amazing dishes.
Ceviche is made generally from fresh raw fish which is marinated in a citrus juice normally lime in South America and often lemons in Europe. It is then spiced with chilli peppers that are native to the region. Ceviche often has other seasonings such as onion, salt and coriander. Ceviche is often accompanied by side dishes such as sweet potato, lettuce and corn. The main thing to rememeber is that you always need to use the freshest fish possible to avoid food poisoning.
What to include in a Peru vacation package
For a lot of people the biggest vacation decision has been made when they have decided to come to Peru, until they realize the amount of destinations and things to see and do in Peru besides Machu Picchu.
Peru does not have the same approach to tipping as in the US for instance but for many local people this does represent a large part of their income and therefore is good practice when on vacation in Peru. The Peruvian approach is a merit-based approach but does come with some kind of minimal expected tip for different services.
Article in the Waterford News and Star on one of the owners, Stephen Morrissey and his journey over the last few years to end up having a travel business in Peru. Will post the article on the newspapers website as soon as it is available.
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