Pearls of Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldona, Peru

Puerto Maldonado is a town bordering on the edge of the Amazon jungle – one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet. It is relatively accessible however if you compare it to other Amazon jungle locations. From Cusco, for example, you have the choice of a ½ hour…

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Photo Friday – Easter Parade in Cusco

Easter parade in Cusco Peru

This week’s Photo Friday was shot at Easter in Cusco last year. For the whole of Semana Santa, the week leading up to Easter Sunday, Peru was filled with parades, celebrations, processions and fireworks – it was a fantastic atmosphere! If you have a great photo from South America, send…

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Photo Friday – Condor at Colca Canyon

Today’s Photo Friday is a shot of an Andean Condor, spotted from the Cruz del Condor in Colca Canyon, Peru. With a wingspan of up to three meters, these enormous birds are among the largest in the world that are able to fly. Early in the morning, they take off…

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Photo Friday – Swing at Baños, Ecuador

Today’s Photo Friday comes from Baños in Ecuador, a town known for adventure sports. The photographer was Rinaldo Wurglitsch on Flickr. If you have a great photo from South America, send it to info@backpacksouthamerica.co.uk to see it featured in Photo Friday. 

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Photo Friday – Plaza de Armas in Cusco

Today’s Photo Friday is a shot of the Templo de la Compañía de Jesús in Cusco, one of my favourite cities in Peru. The Plaza de Armas is the main square of the old town area in Cusco, and it’s a great place to sit and chill out on sunnier days, plus both…

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Photo Friday – Little Girl in Cabanaconde

I met this highly suspicious little girl in Cabanaconde, Peru, whilst trekking to Colca Canyon. I shared some Skittles with her, in exchange for a quick photo, but I couldn’t convince her to smile or speak to me! I liked her cute, angry glare though. If you have a great photo from…

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How to Get Off the Beaten Track in Peru

When we planned our trip to Peru, hiking the Inca Trail was on our itinerary, as well as exploring the cities of Cusco and Arequipa, a foray into the Amazon Jungle, some sand boarding in the desert oasis of Huacachina, and a bit of island hopping on Lake Titicaca.  These…

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Hiking the Inca Trail: Tips, Information and Advice

Like many of you out there, hiking the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu had been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. The 4-day trek follows ancient trails laid by the Incas, as they snake their way through the Sacred Valley, passing stunning mountain vistas, pre-columbian…

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Photo Friday – Machu Picchu

Today’s Photo Friday needs no introduction as it’s probably the most famous destination in South America; the iconic Machu Picchu! If you have a great photo from South America, send it to info@backpacksouthamerica.co.uk to see it featured in Photo Friday. 

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