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Spring: the Best Time to Visit Peru!

Tourists dancing in the Sacred Valley of Cusco, Peru - JourneyouHave you figured out, when’s the best time to visit Peru? The answer is: now! Spring starts in the Southern Hemisphere this 23d of September, the ideal moment for an Amazon guided tour or to enjoy any of the three beautiful regions of Peru: The Coast, The Andes or the Amazon Rainforest.

In this time of year the countries in the northern hemisphere see Autumn coming closer: temperatures get lower and the tree’s leaves start to fall. Meanwhile, in the southern hemisphere: Spring starts, climate gets warmer. This is why it’s the perfect timing to get away from the colder days and come to enjoy the warmth of South America.

During this time of year, on the Andean region, it rains just a little, so you can enjoy of hiking, climbing, cycling and horseback riding around the Andes. On the other hand, in the jungle region, temperatures are warm year round (between 30°C-35°C/86°F-100°F) during daytime. September is almost the end of the dry season, so you will be able to take Amazon tours with peace and tranquility. Take a bus and explore the curves of the roads between the Andes and the Amazon Basin, where you’ll see more than a hundred of unique landscapes. In the Costa, even though it’s too foggy to go and freshen up at the beach, if you’re a beach lover you can hang out there year-round, weather is sunnier, cold temperatures start to rise and rains are less often. This is the perfect time for a Peru luxury tour around the cities and the ancient historic cities’ centers.

Panoramic view of Miraflores, Lima

Share with us, what kind of adventures would you like to have in Peru? Tell us how would be a perfect trip to Peru on spring. Remember that there are a thousand of opportunities to have the best vacations ever. Doesn’t matter if you visit the Coast, the Andes or the Amazon Rainforest, the best time to go to Peru is ¡now!

Informational Travel Guide:Trip to Machu Picchu

Journeyou - Machu Picchu from aboveWe are sure you’ve heard about Machu Picchu, a mysterious and ancient Inca citadel located few hours from Cusco city. There are so many stories about its origins. We invite you to travel and discover for yourself the mystery of the most famous Inca citadel. We have put together ths brief yet helpful information guide for a trip to Machu Picchu.

To start your trip, take one of the trains to Machu Picchu, either at Poroy or Ollantaytambo station, there are several prices and categories so it is not hard to find one that suits your budget. The train will arrive to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will take a bus drive up Machu Picchu Mountain, where the real adventure and Machu Picchu tour will begin.

The best way to have a full and peaceful visit to Machu Picchu is to get there with a pre-booked tour as only 2,500 visitors are allowed to enter the citadel each day; and as one can imagine, there are lots of people from all over the world that wishes to reach the lost city of the Incas. Machu Picchu doors are opened at 6 am. At that time you can appreciate and relax in front of one of the most beautiful sunrise you’ll ever see, when the sun glows between the stone walls and the humid trees surrounding. If your desire is to also climb the Huayna Picchu you need to book your tour well in advance as there is also a limited number of 200 visitors a day. We also recommend that you spend the night in Aguas Calientes, where you can find from the most luxurious hotels to basic but clean tourist hotels, but beware; this also should be planned in advance. Staying near Machu Picchu will give you the time you need to explore the citadel, watch the sunrise, climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain, and enjoy the beauty of the flora and fauna of the Peruvian cloud forest.

Machu Picchu can be visited throughout the year, and there are only two distinct seasons during the year: the dry season between May and November, and the rainy season from December to April, although as a rule it is a rainy area, so during the dry season we may also be surprised by some precipitation. Temperatures during the day are usually warm, but due to its altitude above the sea level, nights might be cold, especially during the dry season.

Journeyou - Machu Picchu

Selected as one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” in 2007, the citadel of Machu Picchu is undoubtedly the major tourist attraction in Peru. That famous view from above the ruins is one that you will never forget! Don’t think about it twice, plan your trip to Peru now.

We are sure it will be a mystical, magical and a surreal experience. Have you ever imagined the feeling of been in such a place like this? Share your thoughts with us, how do you think it will feel to be in this mind-blowing stonemasonry citadel on top of a steep mountain?

Mistura 2012: A Contemporary Peruvian Cuisine Tradition

Mistura Peruvian Gastronomy Fair

Have you ever fantasized to take some culinary vacations in Peru? Well this is your chance; Mistura 2012, the famous Peruvian Cuisine fair opens its doors from September 7th to 16th in the city of Lima. In this fair thousands of attendees will delight their senses with the best of Peruvian cuisine, its splendid colors, spicy and sour touches, its succulent flavors … Anyway, all the tradition that surrounds it and that has made of this cuisine one of the most important and recognized worldwide.

Mistura is a Peruvian food festival that started just a few years ago and takes place every year in Lima for ten glorious days. As it brings the best of Peru’s food (cooks, bakers, pastry chefs, farmers, etc.) it has become a tradition itself. This is your chance to finally try the famous Peruvian hypnotizing tastes.

In this amazing gathering of the best Peruvian tastes, you can find food from the Coastal, Andean and Amazon regions, all different from each other. The interesting part is that you will find a variety of recipes for each plate, feel free to judge between them and try them all!

Mistura Peruvian Gastronomy Fair - Mr. Wong preparing a traditional ceviche

Travel to Peru, come to Mistura and start your culinary vacations in Peru, some vacations that we assure will not fail to delight even the most demanding connoisseur. Are you already craving for some of these? Maybe want some “ceviche”, “lomo saltado”, “rocoto relleno”? Maybe the amazing “pisco sour”? Tell us: what kind of Peruvian food would you like to try first?

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.

Lady of Cao Nose Ring

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.

The Peruvian Amazon Rainforest: A Nature’s Masterpiece

Sandoval Lake - Peruvian Amazon

Have you ever wondered how amazing it would be to discover the Peruvian amazon rainforest? What if you were able to walk through the jungle, take an Amazon guided tour as you never dreamt before? Let us take you there! Travel to Peru and navigate through a mysterious land on an Amazon River cruise.

Some of the places where we could take you are Puerto Maldonado and Iquitos. Here you can enjoy magnificent ecotourism and rainforest expeditions. Where you will be able to discover the richness of its animal and plant species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world, reason why the Amazon River & Rainforest are officially (since August of 2012) one of the seven wonders of nature. Fulfill yourselves with the richness of these unique natural reserves (Pacaya Samiria, Manu, Candamo), all part of the Peru luxury tours we have especially for you.

Something to remember about the Amazon: The humid climate keeps steady the temperature with an annual average of 26°C (79°F), being the hottest months from August through September. Although is usually hot, sometimes occurs the “Surazo” or “friaje” phenomenon: when polar winds blow from the south mountains and temperatures drop dramatically for several days. So the best time to take Peru’s Amazon tours is between May and October.

Doesn’t matter how hot or cold the Amazon gets, Peru’s Amazon tours are filled with exotic adventures. What are you waiting for? We want to know how you imagine your trip to Peru, share with us and share it with your friends, you could be part of an unbelievable journey.