Peru and the world’s center of the wool industry is in Arequipa. The high altitude plains outside of the city are home to massive herds of alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas and every major alpaca clothing manufacture is based here. You’ll find alpaca and vicuña wool woven into brightly patterned sweaters,… Read More →
European citizens do not need a visa to enter Bolivia from Peru and are usually granted a 90-day tourist stay without hassle, however Americans must purchase a visa in advance through a Bolivian Embassy or Consulate or at the border for $140 (must have cash, passport photos, and a yellow… Read More →
The only real health issues I have had while traveling in Peru are mosquito and sand fly bites and sunburn. Nothing worse than I would find back in the United States. Keep in mind I have spent several months in the Amazon too, much of it sleeping in hammocks in… Read More →
A restaurant guide to Puno, Peru, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
The majority travelers will be affected by some degree of altitude sickness, or Soroche during a visit to the Peruvian Andes. Each person reacts differently to changes in altitude.
There are quite a few treks in the area, they even rival that of Cuzco in scenic beauty, however, and the small Andean villages here are far more unspoiled and rarely see a foreign visitor. Incas del Peru is the most qualified tour company and offers the widest variety of… Read More →
The one soft drink that you will see above all others, even more than Coke or Pepsi, is the neon green Inka Kola. This herba luisa (a type of lemongrass) derived cola tastes like a cross between bubblegum and cream soda. Herbal teas are also quite big. Menta (Mint), Herba… Read More →
There is an 18% restaurant tax added to the end of checks, however, this only applies to top end restaurants and hotels. Some will include it in the menu price and will say so. Cheaper restaurants don’t add tax.Regardless, this is not a tip. Tipping is not expected in most… Read More →
There are many aspects that make Peruvian food so dynamic. First, the level of diversity that exists within the countries landscape. So many different fruits, vegetables, animals, and fish are found here, that the plate easily becomes canvas for some of the countries greatest artists.
About 40 km inland from the Pan American highway sits the pleasant valley town of Lunahuaná. Although small, the town has quite a bit to offer in the way of outdoor activities. Good kayaking can be had upriver on the Rio Grande.