What to do in Puerto Maldonado: Attractions and practical info
Puerto Maldonado is the main town of the Madre de Dios region, in the Amazon, and the gateway to the Tambopata National Park and Manu Park.
Having developed very quickly in 10 years, partly because of tourism, but especially thanks to the many NGOs that have settled there, we feel a certain disorganization, or a certain “lack” in the tourist offer of the city itself. If you are looking for Puerto Maldonado, you will notice that there is not enough information. Even TripAdvisor, which generally offers a good base, is particularly lopsided when it comes to the Amazonian capital. But in any case, the vast majority of travelers head directly to the surrounding eco-lodges and rarely spend more than half a day in Puerto Maldonado.
As I had the opportunity to spend 3 weeks there (making many trips back to the Tambopata reserve), I challenged myself to look for attractions and cool addresses while walking up and down the streets. notebook in hand.
Here is the little practical guide to Puerto Maldonado:
What to do in the Tambopata?
No doubt: the great attraction of the region is nature! From Puerto Maldonado, travelers head for either the Manu Park or the Tambopata Reserve which is closer.
In the Tambopata are organized many activities of observation of the fauna (parrots and other exotic birds, alligators, monkeys, etc.) and the flora, in addition to boat ride, bathing, fishing, camping, etc. In this region of Amazonia, activities are much more focused on fauna and flora than cultural discovery among local communities as seen in Iquitos in the north of the country, for example. Several ecolodges offer accommodation packages + activities, and there is really something for every budget! Here are the places I tested in the Tambopata and closer to Puerto Maldonado.
1. Discovery of the region with a Tambopata community
These are 4 days of discovery of the Amazon with the local community of Infierno! You will learn more about the traditions of the Ese Eja ethnic group, such as archery, and medicinal plants, presented by the shaman of the community. In addition to the cultural aspect, we discover the Amazon with several activities such as a boat trip to Lake Tres Chimbadas to observe many species of monkeys, parrots, birds, and night out to observe insects and caimans .
In addition to being a unique tour to discover many aspects of the region, the money is invested in youth education programs, local culture conservation and seniors’ health! You can book the tour here.
2. Adventure tour: hiking and cycling in the Amazon
These are 4 days of responsible adventure organized by the agency of Johanna, a French expatriate in Peru (watch her interview here!). A full program: mountain biking through the trails of the Amazon, navigate the Tambopata River in search of caimans and capibaras, swim in the pure water of the Gato Falls, observe the many species of birds colorful in their natural habitat, and participate in a local cooking class. The money from the tour is invested in the reforestation of the Amazon jungle and in the local community of Florida Baja.
3. Discover Sandoval Lake
Only lodge having permission to be on the shores of Lake Sandoval, we really feel privileged to be able to admire the sunset without any tourists around! To get there, it’s a real adventure: 45 min to 1h30 walk (depending on the season and state of the road!) And a boat trip to cross the lake, but the ride is absolutely unforgettable. Check out the Sandoval Lake Lodge and the article on my stay.
4. Refugio Amazonas
This is one of those Robinson Crusoe cabins we dream about in the jungle, but upscale version, with beautiful wooden rooms open in the countryside (and in complete privacy), natural products and specialized guides that offer many activities to observe animals and discover the surroundings. A big crush, definitely! Discover the Refugio Amazonas and the article about my stay.
What to visit in Puerto Maldonado?
Apart from resting watching the children play in the Plaza de Armas – a classic of a trip to Peru – one can still stroll along the main street Leon Velarde, starting with its end which is a small square with a bridge.
If you are traveling through Arequipa on your trip to Peru, a visit to Colca Canyon is a must-see. Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon of the United States, it has long been considered the deepest canyon in the world. Recently, he was stuck in 2nd place when it was discovered that Cotahuasi Canyon (3535m), exceeded it by about 130m.
The landscape is quite dry, but the road to the canyon is impressive. In the distance are several volcanoes and glaciers, including the Mismi (5597m) which is the source of the Amazon River.
To help you organize your next visit, here is my guide to the Colca Canyon with the main attractions and all the practical information!
What to do and see in Colca Canyon?
1. The landscapes of Colca
The Colca Canyon is great with the Colca River (374km long) which meanders it and the numerous terraced mountainside crops used since the Inca era!
On the way from Arequipa, we come across a few isolated houses, small villages and the national reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca, the natural habitat of vicuñas, the elegant cousin of the llama, who produces the finest fiber in the world. There are also Andean flamingos, and all framed by large volcanoes such as Ampato (6310 m), Sabancaya (5076 m), Hualca Hualca (6025 m), Huarancante (5426 m) and the Chucura (5200 m). A whole panorama!
The highest point of the course is 4900m above sea level. Not far from there, the guides are used to making a stop so that we can stretch our legs. In a burst of enthusiasm, I had the very bad idea to get out of the van and climb very quickly a little stop to go see “small houses” that intrigued me.
At such an altitude, changing so suddenly from a state of rest to a high activity made me sick and this condition lasted for hours: nausea, headache, dizziness. And worse (you have the right to laugh!), Arriving at the top I realized that these small houses were only toilets. Do not do like me!
To read also: how to avoid mountain sickness?
2. The Condor’s Cross
The Condor Cross or Cruz del Condor is a must see in the Colca Canyon. Down below, sneaks the Colca River at 1200m and opposite stands the Mismi Volcano at 5547m.
It is a viewpoint that offers not only a superb view of the canyon, but also a strategic place to observe the Condor of the Andes, one of the largest birds in the world (it can reach a span of 3.50 meters!)
Seeing him soar, it is easy to understand that he has been venerated by the Incas.
Tip of friend: go there in the morning, it is easier to see at this time of the day!
Visit the cross of the condor: take a local bus to Cabanaconde (Yanque 4 soles, Chivay 5 soles).
3. The villages of the Canyon
There are several villages in the Colca Valley, here are the main ones:
Chivay: at 3700m altitude, it is the main point of arrival in the canyon (and the most touristy). There are many restaurants, hotels, inns, etc., and several buses to other destinations in the canyon. Also, its belvedere offers a beautiful panorama on the region. At 3km (in colectivo 2 soles) are the thermal waters of La Calera (17 soles) a good option to relax with long hours of driving.
Cabanaconde: village of 3000 inhabitants, it is the hikers’ must-haves since it is the start of the trek in the canyon. Also, 20min walk you will find the watchtower Cejana or that of Achachihua.
Yanque: 7km from Chivay, it is the village that has the prettiest main square in the region (its church is very pretty!). Here, almost every morning at 7am, children in traditional costumes dance to typical music: it’s a must see!
There are also other small typical villages like Tapay, Ichupampa, Maca, Madrigal, Lari, Achoma, Tuti, Sibayo, Callalli, Caylloma, Tisco, San Antonio de Chuca, Coporaque, Majes, Huambo, Huanca, Lluta.
4. Make a trek in the Colca Canyon
And if you are a fan of trekking, know that it is possible to do treks of 2, 3 or 4 days in the Colca Canyon. For those who do not like organized excursions, it is easy to do a trek without a guide because the trails are well marked.
You do not have to be an experienced hiker because the way is pretty simple, but you have to have some physical fitness.
The starting point of the main trail is the town of Cabanaconde.
Make the trek in 1 day: you can go to Sangalle (the oasis) called the Oasis – and go up (3h to 5h return).
Trek in 2 days: there are several options for 2 days in Colca
1st day: go to San Juan de Chuccho and spend the night
2nd day: do Coshñirwa, Malata and Sangalle
or Sleep in Coshñirwa or Malata to enjoy the oasis the next day.
Tip of friend: if you have a very tight itinerary and do not want to sleep 1 night in the canyon before starting the trek, it is technically possible to leave the same day of Arequipa. But as it is better to start early the trek, take the bus Arequipa-Cabanaconde (5-6h ride) so take the bus 1 or 3am, you will not regret it! And plan enough water, with the heat, it disappears quickly!
* In reality there is a 4th ticket which is the museum of Machu Picchu, which does not include the entrance to Machu Picchu and is not located on the citadel. Buy it directly at the museum entrance if you decide to visit it, it’s better.
Machu Picchu Ticket
This ticket only gives access to the site of Machu Picchu.
When buying, you must choose the time of entry:
Morning tickets are the most popular and fly away faster so do not wait until the last minute to buy it!
Machu Picchu ticket with Huayna Picchu
The Huayna Picchu or Wayna Picchu is the mountain behind all the classic photos of the site. It rises up to 2700m above sea level and from the top, we get an impressive bird’s-eye view of the site.
Is the Huayna Picchu difficult?
The climb is quite demanding and constant, with stairs, as well as narrow and steep paths. So yes, you have to be fit to ride it.
If you suffer from vertigo, it is better to avoid this climb because you may not necessarily have a good time. On the other hand, for a good dose of adrenaline, it is the ideal choice!
The round trip is done in 2h-2h30
When buying, choose:
Entry on the site at 6am and Wayna Picchu 7h-8h
Entry on the site at 7am and Wayna Picchu 7h-8h
Entry on the site at 8am and Wayna Picchu 10h-11h
As the Wayna Picchu is very popular, you must book several months in advance!
Machu Picchu Ticket with Machu Picchu Mountain
Do not confuse the Machu Picchu mountain with the Machu Picchu site. It is the mountain in front of Wayna Picchu.
It is higher than the latter (3082m) and offers another point of view on the site and the surroundings.
Is Machu Picchu Mountain difficult?
The route is longer, but less demanding than the Wayna Picchu, with more established trails, a less steep climb. It is a better option if you are traveling with children or are afraid of being dizzy.
Anyway at altitude, we lack of breath, so take your time to climb!
The round trip is in 3 hours.
Entrance to the site at 6am and Machu Picchu Mountain 7h-8h
Entrance to the site at 7am and Machu Picchu Mountain 7h-8h
Entrance to the site at 8am and Machu Picchu Mountain 9h-10h
The Machu Picchu Mountain is less touristy than the Wayna Picchu, but you still have to book a few weeks in advance.
What is the difference between Wayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain?
If in addition to the information above, you want to know more to make the right choice of ticket, the best is to consult my comparative article between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain!
What does the time of entry on the ticket mean?
For Machu Picchu, this is the time from which one can enter.
For the Waynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, this is the time slot in which you must absolutely arrive.
For example with a ticket Machu Picchu 6h + Wayna Picchu 7h-8h: I can access the site of Machu Picchu from 6am, but I must absolutely start the ascent of the Waynapicchu between 7am and 8am.
How to buy tickets for Machu Picchu?
Tickets can be purchased online or on site
Buy Machu Picchu ticket online easily
It can be complicated to buy Machu Picchu tickets on the official Machu Picchu website because it is sometimes slow and there are some bugs that happen from time to time that prevent online purchase.
It even happens that some do not receive confirmation of their tickets!
If you want to avoid this hassle, there is a slightly more expensive, but very effective and fast alternative, which is to go through GetYourGuide, an intermediary platform that allows you to buy official tickets for Machu Picchu.
3 types of tickets are available, to buy them, just click on the buttons below.
“Navel of the world” at the time of the Incas, actively coveted by the Spanish conquistadors, heritage of UNESCO since 1983 and object of fascination of travelers and historians, welcome to Cusco. Although it is the starting point of all the excursions leading to Machu Picchu, it is a city that deserves to be visited. We could spend days browsing the streets discovering a new charming corner, a nice little restaurant or an architectural detail.
But by the way, do we say Cusco or Cuzco? In fact, both spellings are officially accepted. On the other hand, Peruvians always write Cusco and that is why we prefer to use this form.
Be aware that flights to Peru will take you to Lima. You will need to arrange a transfer to Cusco, either by bus or plane to Cusco Airport (Alejandro Velasco Astete).
Since today’s weather is a rare commodity, choices must be made. Here are 5 attractions not to be missed in Cusco, during your trip to Peru.
1. The Place d’Armes
Place d’Armes is still the central heart of Latin America’s major cities. It is therefore definitely a strategic place to start a visit. It is here that begins the famous celebration of the Inti Raymi the great Inca festival in honor of the sun on June 24th.
There is the magnificent Baroque cathedral, built in the middle of the 17th century on the Inca Wiracocha Palace. She is huge and loaded with details. If I have a particular affection for the Cathedral of Arequipa, it must be admitted that that of Cusco is breathtaking, especially if you are art lovers (there are beautiful examples of paintings from the school of Cusco) and history. We offer a guided tour at the entrance. I highly recommend it if you do not want to miss anything. We enter the cathedral via Iglesia del Triunfo, the first Christian church in the city.
The Compañía Church, built by the Jesuits on the ancient palace of the Inca Huayna Capac, is also a must-see attraction. Among other things, there are beautiful examples of Métis art.
Visit the cathedral: Tuesday to Saturday 10h-11h30 14h-17h30, Sunday 14h-17h30, entrance 25 soles
Visit the Church of Compañía: Tuesday to Saturday 11h-12h 15h-16h, free entry.
2. The Coricancha
Dedicated to the sun, the Coricancha, sometimes written Koricancha or Qoricancha, was the most sacred temple of the Inca empire. It is said that up to 4000 priests lived in its enclosure. Richly decorated with gold, silver and precious stones, it was unfortunately destroyed by the Spanish conquistadors. On its walls was built the Santo Domingo Convent around the middle of the 16th century. It is possible to see some original walls, consisting of large blocks of stone perfectly nested, a typical Inca construction process that can also Machu Picchu, for example.
Visit the Coricancha: Santo Domingo chapel Monday to Saturday from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Sunday from 2 pm to 5 pm; museum Monday to Sunday 9 am-5pm, entrance 10 soles, guided tour 10 soles.
3. San Blas district
Travelers often forget to leave the area around Place d’Armes, for fear of getting lost or lack of time. However, everyone who has traveled the San Blas district will tell you: it is charming. Small, steep and narrow streets, white houses, small craft shops, cafes, restaurants, it is a romantic place and offers, as a bonus, a superb view of the city. Go ahead without hesitation, it is only a few blocks from the Place d’Armes. Do not forget to climb slowly or you will be quickly out of breath because of the altitude.
4. The ruins
Cusco having been the capital of the Inca empire, it is not surprising that there are many archaeological sites nearby. There are four sites not to be missed: the fortress of Puca Pucara, Tambo Machay, Qenqo and Sacsayhuaman, where the celebration of the Inti Raymi takes place. They are all close to each other, within a radius of 8 km from Cusco, so they are easily accessible. In addition, you will have a breathtaking view of Cusco, as evidenced by this photo taken from Sacsayhuaman.
5. The museums of Cusco
Like any city with a great history, Cusco has many interesting museums. I concede, with so many places to visit, museums are not necessarily a priority. But know that the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (Plaza Nazarenas, 231, Cusco) presents a beautiful collection of gold objects, beautiful works of the colonial era (mainly paintings and sculptures), as well as beautiful exhibitions on Pre-Columbian cultures: Inca, Nazca, Mochica, Huari, Chimu and Chancay. This is an opportunity to discover the great civilizations of Peru, which we finally talk about very little, compared to the Incas. You can end the visit with a meal or coffee at MAP Café, one of the best restaurants in Cusco. You will find it in the patio.
Admission: 20 soles, 10 soles students
Hours of operation: museum Monday to Sunday 9 am-10pm, Map Café Monday to Sunday 11 am-10pm
El 24 de junio, la fiesta en honor al dios Sol, se realiza en los tres escenarios históricos y naturales que habitualmente se utilizan para la escenificación como son:
Templo de Q´oricancha
Plaza de Armas
7:15 -7.45hrs estamos pasando a recogerlos de su hotel con nuestro trasporte para iniciar nuestro el tour.
**Es necesario salir temprano para guardar espacios frente al Q´oricancha.
08:00 hrs nos reuniremos en el Q´oricancha donde nos ubicaremos en unas bancas, para apreciar la salida del inca junto a su sequito.
**Inician normalmente entre las 09.00 a 09:30hrs.
10:00 hrs. Subiremos caminando con rumbo a la Plaza de Armas donde nos ubicaremos por una de las esquinas para apreciar el paso de la comitiva inca. Después tomaremos nuestra movilidad en la plazoleta de regocijo para dirigirnos a Sacsayhuamán.
*En la movilidad 20min Aprox. (Cusco -> Saqsayhuaman)
12:00 hrs Sacsayhuamán (voz que deriva de los términos quechuas “Saqsay” y “Waman” que traducido al español significa “sáciate halcón”)Este impresionante centro arqueológico se encuentra a 3,555 m.s.n.m., a un kilómetro del barrio inca de Qolqanpata.
Servicios y ubicaciones en su lugar de preferencia.
A las 13:00hrs estaremos brindando el servicio del box lunch y así mismo se dará inicio la ceremonia del Inti Raymi.
Nosotros nos ubicamos en la mejor parte de la tribuna VIP naranja, verde y azul del escenario para tener la mejor vista del espectáculo.
15:30hrs aprox. Es el fin de la escenificación del Inti Raymi, luego nos reuniremos y dirigiremos hacia nuestra movilidad y los dejaremos en sus respectivos hoteles.
*(Este día habrá mucha congestión vehicular algunas personas que sus hoteles está cerca de la plaza optan por bajar a pie hacia la plaza de armas aprox. 15 min de bajada, por su cuenta propia)
The population of Cusco is a tourist paradise that keeps within itself more than four centuries of architectural history.
The buildings of this city show excellent engineering works, which exceed many techniques used by construction professionals of the time.
Knowing all the architectural creations of the place is one of the best ways to appreciate and enjoy every place you visit in Cusco.
Cusco History of Architecture
The city of Cusco is the product of the clash of two cultures that marked this territory forever.
In the first instance, the Inca empire marked an important boost in the history of Cusco. Pachacutec decided to rebuild the city of Cusco and perform it with new architecture because, according to his knowledge, it was poorly designed. On the other hand, the reconstruction of Cusco began by channeling streams and all the water from rivers and ditches.
The history of this city shows its beginnings at least 1,000 years before Christ, and of course, it cannot be denied that its perfect architecture is due to the Inca empire.
The construction of this city seizes many puma-shaped temples, as a symbol that this animal has everything necessary to overcome. The head of the puma represented the strength of the town, and the body of the animal was the representation of the city that extended.
The Inca army is not only historically characterized by its battles, but also because it made all the architectural pieces and buildings of what is now known as tourist sites in the city of Cusco.
Thanks to the locals this population can make themselves known to the world and show the excellent engineering work carried out by the Incas.
What are the most important architectural buildings in Cusco?
The Incas focused on creating temples and palaces on one floor, but with such sublime perfection that many centuries later they can continue to be the object of tourism for the world in the city of Cusco.
In general, the Incas are admired even today because their architectural works have a fantastic quality in the polishing of the rocks.
Many scientists who have visited Cusco try to reaffirm theories made by television channels and professionals in the area of construction. The buildings of Cusco are almost perfect even when the iron had not been discovered.
There is no city in the world that has as many architectural monuments surviving the different climatic changes and sedimentation processes like Cusco.
Despite the fact that the city was subjected to an earthquake in 1950 that greatly shook this town – leaving more than 3,000 houses in ruins – the locals managed to restore the affected monuments so as not to lose their Inca traditions.
Historians reach conclusions that show that the Incas had an ingenuity from the experience they had with the rocks used, and the use they gave to the tools available at the time.
Among the most important buildings or pieces of the city of Cusco are:
Twelve Angle Stone
The main square is located two blocks from this enigmatic place, it is perhaps the most famous stone in all of Peru, because it has a perfect countenance that shows perfectly handmade cuts – without the use of any type of current machine -.
There is no arithmetic explanation of what calculations they used to make this beautiful monument that is a privileged heritage for the city of Cusco.
This house is a sign that the architecture of Cusco is a place of infinities to explore. The colonial house or government house was elaborated for the commanders or leaders of the Spanish empire after having arrived in these lands in search of conquest and exploitation of resources.
Today this architectural work is used as a historical monument to receive people from all parts of the world.
Santa Clara Arch
It is located a few blocks from the main square of the city and is a symbol of the Peru-Bolivian confederation, the construction of this arch was on the occasion of the celebration for the union between Peru and Bolivia in the now mythical confederation. The architectural design is derived from Roman bases with columns and pedestals.
The Inca wall
Strolling through this majestic city without bumping into places that clothe the best of the Inca culture is practically impossible, as Cusco preserves the best palaces and buildings of the Inca empire.
This wall is formed by perfectly aligned and united blocks using the stones as the only material, the more this beautiful wall is observed, tourists wonder how they were placed so that they remain static for so many centuries.
The beauty that this place has has no comparison with other places in the world, this city originated thanks to a planning process that the Incas had to build each of its parts.
The architecture of this place implies that the stones are perfectly carved. There is no known scientific book that explains how it is possible that the stones can be built perfectly without the use of any type of glue. Today this place is among the seven wonders of the world.
Of course, to be able to name each of the places of striking architecture of the city of Cusco – and its explanations – it would be necessary to write a complete encyclopedia housing the different mathematical theories for the calculations of the buildings.
The wealth of Cusco has nothing to do with economic sources from tourism, the wealth that really stands out in this city are the stories found in each building made in the city by the ancestors of the current inhabitants.
In the past, if you wanted to visit a tourist place, you should look for information about it in tourism books – and like everything else in life – in this type of books there were positive and negative things about certain places, which generated doubts about visiting it or not. .
Nowadays, thanks to technologies, keeping informed about a place is as easy as blinking, online traffic shows in a few seconds the thousands of options to go on vacation.
Peru is one of the best options in Latin America for tourism, especially if you visit the city of Cusco and its hundreds of tourist attractions.
Likewise, one of the main reasons for coming to Cusco on vacation is to be able to visit The Rainbow Mountain, located 6 kilometers from the Pampachiri community, and about 100 kilometers away from the city of Cusco.
The main attraction of this place are the hillsides and summits that over the years acquired different colors and shades, product of the melting of the ice and the different minerals that were formed under sedimentation millions of years ago.
Before giving an exact explanation of what are the steps to follow to get to the Rainbow Mountain, it is necessary to know what is the price to get there and what are the best options to hire a tour guide service.
Prices and Rates to Visit the Rainbow Mountain
To make an ideal quotation corresponding to the visit of The Rainbow Mountain, it is advisable to use several web pages that function as travel agencies and have the best guides to make the tour properly.
The entrance to the Mountain of the 7 Colors varies if the visitor is a native of Peru or if he is a foreigner. National tourists pay two dollars for each entry, while foreigners cancel approximately 3 dollars.
Routes to reach the Mountain of the 7 Colors
To reach the entrance of the mountain also called Pampachiri, an understandable route plan must be put together so as not to go through the wrong areas.
Starting from the city of Cusco
If you are staying in the city of Cusco, the ideal is to take a taxi to the town of Cusipata or you can also look for the bus stop located on Huayruropata Avenue. The cost of this tour is 5 soles or its counterclaim to dollars. This tour takes about 2 hours from Cusco.
At this stage through a taxi you can reach the community of Pampachiri. This tour takes an hour.
In this place you can find the tickets to The Mountain of the 7 Colors and in turn hire a horse to be able to purchase products during the walk.
Rainbow Mountain in cusco
Once the entrance is paid, the tour begins on the red hill that takes about two hours.
Why it is better to hire Tourist Agencies to visit The Mountain of the 7 Colors
The tourist agencies have complete services for the tour of this wonderful mountain that reveals among its hills great beautiful colors, which reveal the diversity of attractions that can be found in the city of Cusco. Tourist agencies usually include everything necessary to go and return to the city of Cusco without inconvenience.
Services provided by a Travel Agency
Transportation: When a travel agency is hired to make the tour or tour of the Mountain of the 7 Colors, the agency allocates a vehicle to transfer tourists back and forth from their point of origin.
The vehicles used by the agencies to make transportation are quite comfortable, which is a guarantee that the visitor will get the best attention on the trip.
Fooding: Food is the main thing in every trip -and unless the tourist decides to waste time in the purchase of food and the search for transport- the agencies are still the most viable option to reach the Mountain of Colors.
The agencies offer excellent quality food, so the visitor can be sure that they can be well fed during the tour to this beautiful mountain located in Cusco.
Entrance: When an agency is in charge of a tourist tour in any of the natural landscapes of Cusco, they also pay the entrance ticket saving the tourist time.
Tourist Guide: Without a doubt, the tour guide is the main reason why you decide to pay a travel agency to make a tour of this magnitude, a tour without a specialized person to which you can ask questions related to the destination To visit is a waste of time. Clothes to use during the tour
The climate of the mountain of the seven colors preserves the climatic factors of Cusco, therefore, it is cold and sometimes the temperature often reaches 0 ° C during the nights, but in the day the sun can raise the temperature considerably.
Clothing for this type of visit must be:
Caps to protect yourself from the sun.
Sunglasses to protect the view from the sun’s shine.
Shoes that are slippers but non-slip.
Pants and blouses should cover the body as much as possible to avoid decompensation from the cold.
Book hotels in the sacred valley: When you go on vacation to a different country or city you should carefully review the tourist guides of the places you want to visit. To get an appropriate place to stay, it takes much more than simply placing a location in Google’s smart search engines, the ideal is to search websites 100% focused on the place you want to visit.
Tourism in Peru is the third largest source of income in the region, with mining and fisheries as the first. This wonderful country has many archaeological sites with more than a thousand sites throughout the region that are of interest to people who come from abroad and who see many alternatives in Peru to visit.
Documentation before visiting a place is essential to have the best experiences of the site you visit, without a doubt Peru has many wonderful places where to go sightseeing and vacation with your loved ones you should look for the best hotels in the Sacred Valley of the Incas that adapt to your tastes and give you total comfort in your facilities.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is an extraordinary place that is located specifically in the Peruvian Andes and includes the towns of Pícac, Urubambay Ollantaytambo. This beautiful place has numerous rivers that descend through gorges reaching many valleys. You can’t talk about the Sacred Valley of the Incas without thinking about the beautiful indigenous descent that accompanies South America and, of course, all of Peru.
In the last decade, the Sacred Valley of the Incas has managed to position itself among the first places in South America with more tourist visits, thus considering it a place of reunion with nature and with itself.
The valley has beautiful Andean villages around and within it shelters many fantastic stories of colonial times, in addition to the many alternatives that visitors from different parts of the world have to stay and get to know the best of the region.
Making a count between the best hotels that are around this emblematic place, the following can be highlighted:
SOL OLLANTAY HOTEL:
It is one of the favorite hotels of tourists who frequent the region, this because it is located in the historic neighborhood of Ollantaytambo.
At the head of this hotel is the Patacancha River and has many services such as spacious rooms, restaurant and free internet zone which makes it ideal for executive guests who need to be connected to the outside world.
In addition to this the rooms are very comfortable and the prices are excellent.
SOL NATURA HOTEL:
It is located in Ollantaytambo at a distance of 42 km from Cusco, this hotel stands out among others thanks to the beautiful mountain view and its terrace.
The most luxurious rooms have a living room. For the most demanding clients this hotel has baths with bathtubs and is only 500 meters from the train station.
TAYPIKALA SACRED VALLEY DELUXE:
It is located in the city of Urubamba has beautiful rooms with air conditioning and free WiFi, also has a bar within its facilities. The best thing about this hotel is that it is only 34 km from Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport.
SOL MIRANDA HOTEL:
It has its location in the city of Ollantaytambo and has beautiful rooms, as well as the rental of bicycles to explore the place.
Those guests who like to have fun to the fullest will enjoy the stay of this hotel, as it has terraces and a beautiful restaurant with attention 24 hours a day.
ARANWA SACRED VALLEY HOTEL & WELLNESS:
It is a luxurious hacienda located in the city of Urubamba and is part of the history of the region because it was founded in the 17th century.
This hotel has the most complete equipment that any guest needs, as it has a spa with alternative medicine treatments, a swimming pool, and a museum that revives the best of the region. The rooms are decorated in a colonial style, have a jacuzzi and free internet.
FROM PILAR OLLANTAYTAMBO:
Del Pilar Ollantaytambo is located 30 km from Machu Picchu, although it is a small hotel that has only 16 rooms and 2 family bungalows contain everything necessary for the guest to enjoy a wonderful stay.
All rooms have WiFi, hot water, cable TV and private bathroom with shower.
LIVING LAND SACRED VALLEY URUBAMBA:
In addition to being located in the city of Urubamba, this hotel, as the name implies, has rooms designed under the typical concept of the rural town of Cuzco, so the rooms were designed with wood to give it a proper tone with the town.
Among the main attractions of this hotel are free breakfasts, a spa with a hot tub and a cozy sauna to relax.
WHITE HOUSE LODGE:
This hotel is an excellent option when you have a low budget and you want to have pleasant accommodation.
The rooms are excellent, they mostly have a bathtub, they also have free internet in all their facilities. Compared to other hotels mentioned, it is a very viable option for guests who need to save money.
Each hotel located along the wonderful landscapes that comprise the Sacred Valley of the Incas is a beautiful option for those who have the vision to visit this beautiful place full of rivers and streams.
Ideally, when visiting such an emblematic site like this, it is to book the hotel that best suits each traveler’s budget in advance to ensure the perfect stay.
Getting a hotel that suits the needs of each person is no problem with the many options that the Sacred Valley of the Incas has to offer its surroundings.
The tourism and climates in Cusco: Sightseeing anywhere in the world is a way of knowing and doing recreational activities that generate well-being in humans. Cusco is a tourist population highlighted by all the tourist attractions that it has, according to reports from Peruvian censuses that population occupies the first place in the tourist destinations of those who visit Peru with the purpose of vacationing.
Thanks to its architectural heritage and its spectacular climate, Cusco is the right place for tourists from all over the world to know and live different experiences within this population.
Cusco bases its economic since the nineties on tourism and everything related to it. Tourism represents for Cusco a way of maintaining its economy in one of the best positions in all of Peru, although this region has suffered some earthquakes it is still one of the most beautiful places to know because many economic projects are currently working in the construction and restoration of tourist places.
Tourism and Cusco are a combination to make visitors live the best experiences throughout their territory. In global figures, this tourist destination is among the first attractive positions to receive national and foreign visitors. Cusco is also known as the archeological capital of America.
Within its history, it is found as a precursor to the Inca empire, thus being called the navel of the world. Tourists who need to reunite with their own being look for this city because they consider it an ancestral wonder that makes the individual reunite with himself and nature.
What places can be visited in Cusco?
Cusco has countless places to visit throughout its territory. Although the population of Cusco is small in relation to other places in Peru and only has approximately half a million inhabitants, this population has more than 100 places to visit and enjoy the best vacations. Among the most prominent places in Cusco are:
Plaza de Arma de Cusco: It is located in the historic center of the imperial city of Cusco, this square is one of the main heritage of the region thanks to its temples and colonial arches.
It is ideal for tourists to taste the best of Cusco cuisine because many restaurants are located around this emblematic square. Another attraction of the place are the many celebrations made at different times of the year.
Stone of the Twelve Angles: It is only one block from the Plaza de Armas and this is characterized by having twelve perfectly barked edges or angles fitting with other stones of the Inca wall.
Kanamarca Archaeological Complex: It is located in the province of Espinar specifically in the Alto Pichigua district, it is an ancient settlement of the K´anaslos which were subjected to the expansion of the Inca empire.
Inca Trail Machu Picchu: This road is surrounded by numerous ravines and snow-capped peaks, in addition to glacial streams so it is crossed along the way. There are two paths to explore the beautiful landscapes of this route. The two paths for the tourist route are: Classic Road of the Incas (it is 43 km of walks and leads to archaeological complexes such as Pattallapta, Intipata and others) and Short Inca Trail (They are 12Km of walk and the route starts from Km 104 to Machu Picchu.
Sacred Valley of the Incas: It is among the main natural attractions of Cusco that is why the tourist is required to be very harmonious with the environment. This valley is located on the banks of the Urubamba River and is extended by the districts of Ollataytambo and Pisac. Its total assessment corresponds to the conservation of a pleasant mountain climate and also the best hotels in the region are located in this area.
The mountain of seven colors: It is located more than 100 km from the town of Cusco and its exact position is in the northeast of the city. This mountain is famous for having shades of different colors that form a rainbow. Among the colors that can be seen in this mountain are: purple, red, green, yellow, pink and others.
The Humantay Lagoon: It is located at the foot of the Humantay mountain and its main attraction is focused on its turquoise blue color that accompanies this lagoon throughout its route.
This beautiful city has many tourist attractions that are classified in Archaeological Parks, Natural Attractions and the most emblematic buildings of Inca origin, as well as the different temples built in the region.
The climates in Cusco
The climate of this population is constituted by a typical mountain climate, which is fresh at any time of the year. In other aspects the climate of the city of Cusco varies rapidly, since it can happen from a sunny day to a torrential rain. In dry seasons the climate is maintained between 13 and 15 ° C while in rainy seasons the weather can drop up to 4 ° C.
When tourists wonder when to go Cusco, the best answer to this is that at any time of the year you can visit the hundreds of tourist places in the region without any problem. Without a doubt Cusco is a city full of ancestral cultures, interesting stories and natural landscapes
En el antiguo Perú se narraba acerca del origen del hombre… El dios Wiracocha, había creado a una primera generación de hombres y mujeres, pero sin embargo estos primeros seres no habían sido lo necesariamente buenos, hicieron daño y se portaron mal e incluso olvidaron a su creador.
Wiracocha los consideró soberbios convirtiéndolos en piedra y que hoy en día se pueden observar en Tiahuanaco.
Tiempo después, llegó una gran lluvia que terminó inundando todo, Wiracocha visitó el Lago Titicaca para luego crear el sol, la luna y las estrellas así estas puedan iluminar el planeta entero, pero no antes de crear personas a su imagen y semejanza, ya no con la misma esencia de antes ni el poder, pero si con una consciencia gigante para así poder aprender de sus errores.
En seguida, por parejas, los sumergió en el lago Titicaca; para luego dirigirlas a las aberturas o cavernas en las paredes y pisos del lago. Por ellas penetraron hasta salir por bocas que se encontraban ubicadas en cerros, puquios y árboles de diversas provincias.
En su largo peregrinar pidió a los pueblos poblar la tierra, pero también habían pueblos que no cumplían su mandato por lo que los convirtieron en piedras.
Continuando su camino llego a cierto sitio creó a un señor al cual puso el nombre de Alcaviza y al lugar por nombre Cusco; dejando el mensaje que después de este señor vendrían los Incas Orejones a quienes todos respetarían.
Las aberturas por las que emergieron a tierra recibieron el nombre de «pacarinas» (cuevas por donde se amanece o se sale).
Wiracocha siguió su camino haciendo cada una de sus obras hasta que llegó a la línea equinoccial cerca al Ecuador, donde queriendo dejar esta tierra, dijo:
“Con el tiempo vendrá gente diciendo ser Wiracocha y ustedes no tienen que creerles”.
Dicho esto se adentró al mar caminando por sobre el agua como si fuese su espuma, deseando que sus creaciones hagan lo correcto y crean en él.
Wiracochaes el gran Dios, el creador en la mitología pre-Inca e Inca en la región andina de América del Sur… Wiracocha era adorado como Dios del sol y de las tormentas
Fue representado usando al sol como corona, con unos rayos en cada mano, y lágrimas en sus ojos en forma de lluvia.