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Cusco by night

When it comes to nightlife, the city of Cusco is really Peru’s hotspot and one of South America’s best! So, don’t forget your dancing shoes and let’s get this party started!!! 😉

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The former Inca capital now features an incredibly diverse array of bars and clubs for you to pick your favorite or try a bunch of them on a kick-ass bar-crawl. You’ll find everything from laid-back bars serving the best pisco-cocktails or a fantastic selection of local craft beers, to busy nightclubs where you can show off your best dancing moves or pubs with great live music shows. Tip: If you are planning on doing the Inca Trail or other hikes, you might want to choose the less boisterous options and save the others for when you’re back.

 And, for those keen on picking up new skills, there are opportunities for learning some salsa steps or how to make pisco cocktail at the many classes offered for tourists throughout the city.

So, let’s dive into it and see what the Inca city has in store for you!

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Museo del Pisco (Santa Catalina Ancha 398)

This is pisco paradise, people! This place was setup by a group of passionate pisqueros (enthusiast pisco experts) to serve tribute to the national drink. Enjoy a diversity of pisco and cocktail options or dive heads first into the matter, signing up for a pisco tasting, pisco cocktail classes or pisco-chocolate pairing sessions. Museo del Pisco also serves food and has some live music to lighten up the atmosphere.

República del Pisco (Calle Plateros 354)

Of course, you can satisfy your thirst for pisco here too… maybe give the flavored pisco sours a try? The coca sour or passion fruit sour are amongst the favorites. Live music shows are a great boost to the night at this bar and at some point people might start dancing too.

Fallen Angel (Plazoleta Nazarenas 221)

It’s really a restaurant-bar, but has a funky nightclub atmosphere and occasionally hosts special gatherings, including LGTBI events. It’s located in a historical patrimonial 17th Century colonial house, built on top of Inca foundations, and features an eccentric décor and funky art pieces. It’s a very fun, vibrant place to go for drinks and a true classic of the local nightlife.

Cholos Craft Beers (Calle Palacio)

If you are an absolute craft beer fanatic, then you can’t miss this spot!!! Picture 20 taps pouring the best craft beers in town. Burgers and other bar food is available to keep you comfortable while you taste them all!!!

Nuevo Mundo Draft Bar (Portal Confituria 233, Main Square)

A newer option for you, beer fanatics! This one has a nice view over the Plaza de Armas (main square). Heads up: The “Papas Sacred Valley” (French fries with a local twist) seem to be very popular too!

The Cross Keys (Calle Triunfo 350, 2nd floor)

If you want a break from pisco and other local classics, try this English pub where you can drink the night away while playing pool, poker or darts. English food also available!

DANCE, DANCE, DANCE!!!

Mythology (Portal de Carnes 298)

If you are ready for some more action, head to this groovy and usually crowded club, generally playing a reggae-hip hop mix, as well as other modern genres. If you get there early, though, you might catch their nightly salsa classes (9-11pm). This is definitely a favorite of locals and tourists.

Ukukus (Calle Plateros 316)

Are you looking for a place that’s a bit rowdier and buzzing??? Head to Ukukus, a very popular disco-pub that attracts the younger, most lively crowd, and prepare yourself to dance all of your stress away!! Local music talents generally put on a good show and when the DJ takes over, the mix can include pretty much everything that might keep the party going until morning time.

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Nighttime tour, plus pisco sour lesson

If you are still unsure about what to do with your spare night in town, maybe our Cusco by Night tour is a good way to kick-off!! Contact to one of our travel specialist! 😉

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Break time: Adventure season in Galapagos

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Ever since we saw our friend’s pictures from his epic trip to the Galapagos Island we had wanted to go. “Of course, he still lives with his parents and has no mortgage to pay”, we kept repeating to ourselves. But with that last Christmas bono at work, we really did not have any excuse to keep postponing it anymore… ¡YEEEY… Time for our NatGeo- style adventure as we follow Darwin’s footsteps! 😉

So, the time finally came. We couldn’t wait to come up close with those sea iguanas, see thousands of bird species, giant tortoises, the splurge of volcanic rock, snorkel, hike and kayak, etc. We arrived at Baltra Island and went straight to the Itabaca Channel to explore its turquoise waters… There’s no better introduction to the Galapagos than to get in the water upon arrival! Regardless of whether on a kayak, a stand-up paddle-board or snorkeling, this place feels like being part of an expedition to nature’s paradise. (more…)

Quick travel guide to Argentina

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With a rich cultural scene, lots of history, as well as superb natural areas, Argentina is one of the most popular destinations in South America. To make the most out of your Argentinian experience it is best to plan in advance. Here are some considerations about places to go, things to see and do, as well as practical tips that will make your trip an absolute amazing one!

Where to go

Of course you must not miss Buenos Aires… allow some time for exploring this vibrant city full of culture, with hints of its Spanish, Italian and indigenous legacy all over the place. But you also should consider getting out of the capital and visit some of the most iconic places in the country. Head down south to the Argentinian Patagonia if you are in seek of some serious nature encounters and adventure. For breathtaking views of one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world, visit the Iguazu Falls. If your thing is rather to sit back and relax over a good glass of wine, consider a few days in the Mendoza region and sip your worries away at any of the numerous world-class wineries. Or check out Salta if you are craving for culture and history.

What to see & do

  • Have your own little tango experience, venturing into a beginners’ tango class or even just enjoying a milonga (a tango dancing gathering by locals).
  • Seize Buenos Aires café culture and just unwind at any of its many little coffee shops. If you are a literature-lover, you must visit legendary Café La Biela, where Borges and other famous writers used to go.
  • Eat dinner at a closed-door restaurant, having a chef cook something special just for you and a small group at a special location. A plus: you’ll get to meet some people while sharing the table with them.
  • Try a classic Argentinian asado (roast), along with some of the many topnotch wines that the country produces. If you really are not hungry, ditch dinner and go straight to a wine bar! 😉
  • Go to a boliche (nightclub) to experience the local nightlife. Just beware that the scene begins to warm up no earlier than 2am.
  • Head down to the Recoleta Cemetery and pay a visit to Evita Peron’s grave.

How to successfully face the “mate” ritual

You can’t leave Argentina without giving the mate ritual a shot. Mate (pronounced “mah-tay”) is a hot beverage, similar to a tea, made of yerba mate. There are rules around this social ritual. It is served in a communal cup with a metal straw (bombilla). The group sharing the mate sits in a circle and the cup is passed onto the person on your right hand side, only after having drank all the liquid and having had the cebador (the person in charge of serving the mate) rebrew the beverage. Do not stir the yerba mate and don’t say “gracias” (thank you) unless you don’t want any more.

Cultural tips

  • It is standard to greet both men and women with a single kiss on the right cheek.
  • It is custom and much appreciated to tip around 10% at restaurants, although it is not mandatory.
  • Arriving fashionably late to social meetings, between 20 and 40 minutes, is perfectly normal.

When to travel to Argentina

This really depends on the specific places you want to visit. The south is cooler and therefore is most agreable during the Argentinian summer, from December to March… although you should bear in mind that it will always be sort of cold down there. The north, on the other hand, enjoys a permanently warm climate, so it is ok to visit throughout the year. Buenos Aires can also be visited year-round, however, the best times are Spring (September to November) and Fall (March to May).

Other practical notes

  • Visas: Most western countries do not require a Visa to visit Argentina for tourism purposes, for stays up to 90 days. Check out this list to see if your nationality is included: http://cnyor.mrecic.gov.ar/en/node/1816. If you do need a Visa, it is strongly encouraged to apply for it at least 45 days in advance.
  • Language: Spanish is the official language in Argentina. The accent and local slang varies radically from that of Spanish spoken in Spain or other hispanic countries, though.
  • The time zone for Argentina is UTC -3.
  • Local currency is the Argentinian Peso. The current exchange rate is approximately 17 pesos for 1 US dollar, and 19 pesos for 1 Euro. But be sure to get an updated rate at http://www.xe.com/?c=ARS or any other online converter.

The best of Brazil

Picture this: you in a stunningly gorgeous beach, sipping on a caipirinha… a relaxed yet vibrant urban atmosphere, boasting with music and joy… impressive waterfalls surrounded by awe-inspiring rainforests… plus an extremely spirited culture everywhere you go. From the exhilarating Rio de Janeiro and the mesmerizing Iguassu Falls, to the enchanting colonial Salvador de Bahia and the paradisiac beaches of Buzios, when you visit Brazil you are in for the treat of a lifetime!

While it might take you a whole sabbatical year to explore this country, let us take you through some of the best of what Brazil has to offer!

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OF COURSE, RIO DE JANEIRO!!!

Visiting Rio is like having an intensive stress-relieve therapy. This city can loosen up even the most stressed of its visitors with its laid-back yet lively character. Enjoy a great nightlife scene, with a never-ending celebration vibe, as the sun goes down… and relax at some breathtakingly beautiful beaches as the temperatures rise at daytime. There are also some must-see landmarks and areas that you should definitely save some time and energy for, such as the historical center, the sambodromos and the iconic Pão de Açúcar.

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Beaches: Surely, you must not miss the famous beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, right on the city’s coastline. But there are some other slightly lesser crowded ones, a bit more tucked away from the urban area. For picking up some surfing moves, head to Barra da Tijuca beach. And if you are keen on something more secluded and unique, try Prainha Beach or Praia Vermelha… a taxi is your best option for getting there and having your trip back scheduled in advance is highly advisable. Don’t forget your sunscreen and Brazilian bikini or sunga!!! 😉

Historical Rio: Rio de Janeiro has a rich past that’s worthwhile exploring. The city center hosts many historical buildings and monuments that tell the story of their colonial legacy, such as the Town Hall, the Palacio Tiradentes, the Rio de Janeiro Cathedral, among others. For a peek into the country’s Indian roots, check out the Museu do Indio (Museum of American Indians).

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Pão de Açúcar: Called “Sugar head” or “Sugarloaf mountain”, the iconic Pão de Açúcar is an attraction that you cannot miss. The perspective from the top is simply breathtaking, offering sensational panoramic views of Rio at a glimpse. If you want a truly extraordinary show, head up there near sunset time and you’ll be in for a treat!!! To get to the top, seize the opportunity for a scenic ride on the cable car or you can hike through tropical forest for about 40 minutes up to Morro da Urca and take the cable car from there on.

Christ the Redeemer: Another iconic attraction and also offering superb views of Rio de Janeiro, is Christ the Redeemer, on top of the Corcovado Hill. From up there, you can pretty much tick off the whole list of major landmarks and say you’ve seen them all… Of course, don’t forget your camera to take some postcard-perfect pictures to then brag about! ☺

Samba, the sambodromos and the world’s greatest carnival: There’s no way you are in Brazil and don’t experience samba… it’s pretty much everywhere! Samba dance and music is an essential part of the country’s culture and you have to give it a try while you are there. Pick up the basics and let your inner carioca go wild. There are many styles of samba too, from the electric vibrant carnival samba, to slower, more sensual versions. Of course, Carnival season (February) is the absolute blast for samba lovers, but you can also visit the sambodromos, the place especially built for appreciating the samba schools parades, during off-season. The impressive venues will give you an idea of how big this is for the local culture!

IGUASSU – A WORLD NATURAL WONDER

The Iguassu Waterfalls are definitely a must-see destination, especially for nature lovers, but really for everyone… it’s truly impressive! It’s really difficult to explain the feeling of being in front of such a powerful expression of Mother Nature, hearing the roaring sound of the numerous falls of the widest waterfall range in the world, while watching the massive volumes of water rushing down. It’s like nothing else on the planet and it will make your Brazilian getaway that much more extraordinary!

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SOME EXTRAS TO SEAL THE DEAL

It’s impossible to squeeze in all the must-sees of Brazil into one post. So, while you have plenty on your plate with Rio de Janeiro and Iguassu, we can’t leave out a couple of extra tips for those with some extra holiday time…

For a journey in time back to the colonial period, Salvador de Bahia, former capital of the country, is boasting with legacy and History. It’s also a picturesque city with a laid back vibe.

But, if you consider yourself a beach-lover, Buzios is an absolute must, featuring many gorgeous white sand beaches to unwind at.

Check out this program to get you started and give as a shout if you have any questions! 😉

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5 places in South America that are even greater than the picture

South América is a continent that invites you to explore and immerse yourself in out-of-the-ordinary experiences that will give you away memories that will last a lifetime. The amazing scenery and colorful cultural expressions also grant travellers with great picture opportunities. But some places are so stunning that any photo can really do them justice. Here are our top 5 destinations that are even more impressive life than in pictures. 😉

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1. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

These islands are in every other travellers wish-list for a reason. Galapagos islands are considered a living laboratory of nature and evolution because of their unique characteristics… they are like a huge natural playground where visitors can experience up close encounters with nature, with breathtaking scenery as a backdrop. It is one of the most important marine reserves in the world, so that there’s not only amazing things to see on the archipelago’s islands, but under the sea as well. Pretty much everywhere you look there is a chance to spot some of natures wonderful creatures… from cute blue-footed boobies, to impressivly gigantic land and sea turtles, playful sea lions, pengüins, marine iguanas, among many others. Regardless if diving at its reefs and underwater caves, relaxing at any of the endless beautiful beaches or exploring the islands by land, there isn’t any picture that can really show how special this place is.

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2. Sacred Valley in Cusco, Perú

The Sacred Valley is nestled in the heart of the former Inca Empire, just over 30 kilometers outside from the city of Cusco. It streches over aproximately 60 kilometers along the Urubamba river, a fair bit lower than Cusco, making it into a very fertile and warmer land. These milder conditions, along with astonishingly beautiful landscapes, make it into a great place to just kick back, relax and enjoy life. There are also many magnificent ruins tucked away throughout the valley, as well as Spanish colonial villages, such as Pisca, where you can engage with locals and score some fine handcraft pieces. Follow the footsteps of the Incas exploring the many hidden gems that this very special Incan settlement has to offer. There are also many opportunities for adding an adventure component to the experience, for those keen on a bit of an extra thrill. Have your camera ready, but beware of possible lamas photobombing your shot! 😛

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3. Uyuni Saltflats, Bolivia

This attraction is of an uncomparable natural beauty. It’s the largest salt flat in the world, with an area of 12,000 square kilometers, perched at over 3,600 meters above sea level. The endless white-painted salt desert creates an amazing optical ilussion that distorts the sense of distance between things that may be far away from each other. So you can try and take those funny pictures, like you were “crashing” a truck with your foot or “eating” your seemingly tiny friend. To top this up, this place hosts more great sites, like the Incahuasi Island, a volcanic outcropping covered with immense cacti up to 10 meters tall, volcanoes, mountains full of minerals, where you can let your inner geologist go wild or just enjoy some unbeatable sunsets.

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4. Atacama Desert, Chile

The Atacama desert is another imposing natural scenario. To discover it is a whole adventure, featuring endless shapes, colors, shades, lights, volcanoes, dry salt lakes, ponds, geysers and a starring performance by the power of nature at its finest. Some of its landscapes really look like out of this world, such as the mystical moon Valley (Valle de la Luna), where merely watching a sunset can be a show of remarkable beauty. A contrasting but astounding experience is the visit to El Tatio Geysers, the highest geothermal field in the world, at about 14,100 feet of altitude. The steam plumes towering high, cutting through the morning sky and the reflections on the salty crystal steam pools are just astounding.

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5. Buzios, Brazil

This destination seems to be tailored for complete relaxation on beautiful beaches. The Buzios Peninsula, 170 kilometers from Rio de Janeiro, is as close as you can get to beach-lovers paradise. More tha 20 crystal-clear-water beaches are in store for you. Some of them sort of tucked away, perfect if you are planning a romantic trip or just appreciate some layed back beach time. Buzios also offers opportunities for some great snorkeling and also for hiking through its gorgeous Atlantic forest. So, regardless of how active you choose to be, this destination will provide you with a picture perfect setting for it!

¿Need some ideas to start planning your South American journey? 😉

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Peru Route #5: Northern Beaches

If you thought that after offering you the best of our Amazon and Andean tours, there were no more interesting places to visit, you’re wrong. In Peru, there are many beautiful beaches, waiting for you to enjoy an amazing and unforgettable trip.

At the beautiful Peru Northern beaches, there’s a whole variety of and entertaining activities and tourist attractions in Tumbes and Piura, such as surf, windsurf, whale watching, fishing, and mountain cycling along the Sechura Desert. The sea water is usually warm and very pleasing all year long, so you can bathe at any time of day.

If you are a beach lover, you can start your trip to Peru flying from Lima to Piura or Tumbes. Some of the places at a driving distance are: Colan, Los Organos, Vichayito, Mancora and Punta Sal.

At Vichayito you can have spectacular romantic get-a-ways in the most comfortable bungalows. At Mancora (Las Pocitas beach) you will find the boutique hotel DCO Suites, Lounge & Spa, the best choice for those who want to relax on the seaside with a Peru luxury travel. What could be better than the spa treatment you’ve been dreaming of while you listen to the waves?

At Punta Sal, you can find the following hotels: Punta Sal Club and Royal Decameron, a beautiful place for all the family. Here you will have great learning opportunities and the best of Peru ecotourism, ideal for having fun on the seaside.

So, are you ready now? Get your luggage because Peru Northern Beaches are waiting for you. Get in touch with us and we will prepare a tour package that suits your needs. Travel to Peru now!

Peru Route #4:The Amazon Basin

After reading so much about Peru, aren’t you impatient to explore this amazing country? This time we want to share with you the fabulous Peru luxury tours and tour packages around the Amazon basin. This is where the Amazon River breaks through the jungle with its breathtaking meanders, where the most unbelievable wildlife awaits you hidden in the humid forests.

Starting with the Puerto Maldonado tours, the most visited attractions are the Tambopata National Reserve and Manu National Reserve. In this unspoiled territories you can have guided tours, learn about the wildlife and be one with nature. Another beautiful attraction is Lake Sandoval, a tour around it will let you know about the lake formation and you’ll discover Anacondas and monkeys, and you’ll understand what mega biodiversity really means.

You can have amazing encounters with wildlife in any of our 4-day tour package. If adventure is what you’re seeking, you can take the Hacienda Concepción lodge package. If you’re interested in learning about the local tribe (the Ese-Ejes) Posada Amazonas could be your best option. But if you rather have a Peru luxury tours, Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica is a great choice, been an example of sustainable Peru’s ecotourism that will provide a comfort way of looking through Tambopata’s biodiversity. Be part of this experience; spend the night near one of the most important protected areas in the world: Tambopata – Puerto Maldonado.

Moving ahead to the region of Iquitos, here you can visit the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Peru’s largest protected area with a mean annual rainfall of nearly 3,000mm, by far the largest protected wetland reserve in the world. Biologically, this kind of forest is probably one of the richest habitats on earth, supporting the most species of plants and animals per unit area. You can take a luxury cruise, where you can explore the deepest areas of the jungle and maybe see the mysterious Pink Dolphins.

You can have all these Amazon River Cruise as part of our package Aqua Expeditions or Delfin II. You would be able to experience Amazon guided tours to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve and during the night, lay back and relax with a delicious dinner.

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Book your Travel to South America and share with us what you would expect to find in the middle of the humid rainforest.

Peru Travel Route #3: Arequipa, Puno and Cusco

Are you thinking of spectacular snow-capped mountains and breath taking Andean landscapes, not to mention the amazing highest navigable lake in the world? Want some? This time we offer the information on touring Arequipa, Puno and Cusco, a very traditional Peru Travel  route.

Let’s start by Arequipa, known as “the White City”, due to its stone buildings made of sillar, a volcanic stone that gives the characteristic color to the city. Surrounded by three volcanoes, Arequipa was founded in 1540 and has an amazing downtown and colonial buildings. From Arequipa is easy to reach the deepest canyon in the world (twice as deep as the Grand Canyon), the Colca Canyon. On the road between Arequipa and the Colca there is the town of Chivay where you can take an invigorating dip in the hot springs of La Calera. Finally, the Cruz del Condor, the best place to observe the magnificent Andean condor in its natural habitat, not to mention the breathtaking view of the canyon. For an excellent stay in Arequipa we offer you our 4-day tour package Arequipa, the White City and the Colca Canyon.

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Let’s continue with Puno. Must see are the archaeological site of Sillustani Tombs and Lake Umayo. But what is more representative of Puno are Lake Titicaca and its islands, among which the floating islands of the Uros and Taquile Island, where residents live according to their ancestral traditions, have to be included on your journey. If you have three days, our Puno and Lake Titicaca Tour Package is perfect for you.

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Finally, the last destination of this route: Cusco, the imperial city, a mixture of Spanish and Andean culture. In this charming city the Santo Domingo Convent, built over the ancient palace of Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, The Main Square, and the Sacsayhuaman fortress, are tourist attractions not to miss. From Cusco is easily to get to the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas; the essentials here are the colorful Pisac Market and the Village of Ollantaytambo from where one can walk to the homonymous Inca fortress. To end up on a high note, the lost city of the Incas: Machu Picchu. To get to Machu Picchu you have to take the train to Aguas Calientes and from there you get to the citadel by bus. Not need to mention that tour of the ancient citadel will be an unforgettable experience. If all described above is what you were looking for, our 4-day Classic Cusco, Inca City and Machu Picchu Tour Package is what you need.

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If you want to enjoy our Peru Route # 3 in full and you have enough days, we recommend our 11-day Adventure in the Peruvian Andes Tour Package, a comprehensive tour with the best of the southern highlands of Peru. But if you do not have enough days you can try alternative combinations with our tours From Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu and Colca Canyon, both 9 days tour packages, and thus enjoy the most essential of the Peruvian Andes.

So, are you ready to have the most incredible journey of your life in Peru? Contact us and we will prepare the Andean package that best fits your needs and your tastes. Book your holiday to Peru now!

Peru Travel Route #2: Moche and Kuelap

On this second post, we will advise you some more on the amazing attractions you can visit on your journey to Peru. This time we will talk about the Moche and Kuelap routes.

Your trip to Peru starts with your arrival to the northern city of Trujillo. Take a city tour around this beautiful city, where you will be able to appreciate ancient Republican and Colonial architecture. Additionally, go to Huanchaco beach to enjoy delicious sea food. Ending your day at the Chan Chan ruins (ancient Chimu culture). The next day, visit the overwhelming Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon (ruins of the Moche culture). Then see the adobe frescos at the Temple of the Moon. And end the day visiting the local museum of Huacas de Moche.

On your third day, you will have a field trip to the Lord of Sipan tomb at Huaca Rajada. Followed by the “Tumbas Reales” Museum; where you will see the reconstruction of the main tomb and marvelous royal jewels. At the end of the day you will be taken to the Tucume Pyramids Complex (a group of 26 pyramids, the largest complex of its kind on the Peruvian Coast). The most amazing closure for his trip will be with the visit of the Witches Market in Chiclayo (where Shamans sell artifacts and herbs for their rituals). All of this as part of our 5 day package to Trujillo and Chiclayo.If the route to the north of Peru isn’t enough and you want to get to the deep of the Peruvian forests, then you can take the 10 day package that we have for you: Northern Peru and its Powerful Kingdoms of Mud. Start this adventure in Lima: “The City of the Kings”. Walk around the Plaza Mayor (Main Square) and the historic buildings that surround it. Continue visiting the pre-Incan archaeological complex of Huaca Huallamarca, followed by the Miraflores residential district and its beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean.

This adventure continues…travel to the northern city of Trujillo where you will take the Trujillo and Chiclayo tour, but instead of shopping to the Witches Market, you will travel to the jungle, to Chachapoyas. Once in Chachapoyas, walk through the jungle and amaze yourselves with the colorful mausoleums of Revash. Visit the Mallqui Museum of mommies (of the Chachapoyas culture). During the next day, take the adventure tour to the Kuelap Fortress, an amazing construction still covered with vegetation so its real dimensions remain unknown. Spend the night at Cocachimba, and end your trip visiting the Gocta Waterfalls, walk about 5km to get to the bottom of the falls, if you’re lucky enough you’ll get to see the famous Gallito de las Rocas (a red and very funny shaped kind of bird).

So now, are you ready yet to start your adventure to Peru? Contact us and we will prepare a Peru luxury tour package especially for you. Let us know if you liked the Peru routes #2. Book your Peru vacations now!

Lady of Cao, The Tattooed Mummy

Dama de Cao In 2006, at the Temple of Cao Viejo, the archaeologists of El Brujo Archaeological Project made a discovery that would forever change the vision of ancient Peru. A tomb containing the mummy of a woman perfectly preserved, tattooed and surrounded by grave goods showing the important role that this woman would had played in one of the most important societies of ancient Peru.

The Moche or Mochica culture developed between the I and VIII centuries A.D. along the northern coast of Peru, where the remains of its monumental pyramids, fortresses, palaces, and irrigation works motivate tourists nowadays to venture out on a trip to northern Peru. The Moches are also recognized for its ceramics, but mostly for their extraordinary jewelry, in which they demonstrate their mastery of metal working methods.

But who was the Lady of Cao? Evidence and symbols indicate that it was a Mochica governor with apparent supernatural abilities. It is very likely that she was a female shaman, a kind of priestess who had power over Moche’s society at the Chicama Valley, and that probably governed between IV and V DC centuries. Its importance comes from the fact of being the first evidence that indicated with certainty that in the pre-Hispanic Peru women were also meant to rule.

The Lady of Cao, like other great Mochica Lords like the Lord of Sipan, was buried with their most prized possessions: shiny nose rings, crowns and necklaces made out of gold, silver and precious stones, exquisite textiles, weapons that could only be carried by Mochica’s rulers, and also four companions to ensure a safe journey to the afterlife.

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So if you want to learn more about the mysterious history of this powerful woman, we invite you to visit the Cao Site Museum at El Brujo Archaeological Complex, 40 kilometers (24 miles) from the city of Trujillo. Take a look to northern Peru tours and unveil the mystery of the Lady of Cao, the tattooed mummy.