Arequipa is one of my favorite cities in South America. The beauty of the colonial center is rivaled only by three volcanoes towering over the city in the background. While quickly becoming more and more popular among travelers, Arequipa is still a bit of a hidden gem among international travelers. Backpackers quickly find themselves falling… Read More The Backpacker’s Guide to Arequipa, Peru | The Partying Traveler
Ayacucho is one of Peru’s largest and most exciting cities. Tucked away in the mountains of central Peru, almost halfway between Lima and Cusco, it is a wonder that is almost overlooked entirely by travelers. Boasting a rich history, stunning architecture, and a gateway to natural wonders abound, Ayacucho is a hidden gem for those… Read More Is Ayacucho, Peru Worth Visiting?
One of my biggest dilemmas in Cusco was how much to shell out for their tourist ticket. With various packages at varying prices, they cater to travelers on any schedule and budget. However, as a budget backpacker, seeing the 130 Soles ($40 USD) price tag on the all-inclusive ticket was still a bit off-putting to… Read More The Complete Guide To Cusco’s Boleto Turistico Tourist Ticket | Peru
Peru sets the gold standard for backpackers. This country is brimming with incredible adventures, ranging from the Amazon to the Pacific Ocean to vast deserts and the Andes Mountains. It is a paradise for travelers of all types, especially budget backpackers. The hostel game in Peru is top-notch, with some jaw-dropping properties at unbelievably cheap… Read More The Best Hostels in Peru | The Partying Traveler
One of the lesser-known activities that one can take on in Peru’s Sacred Valley is the stunning hike from Chinchero to Urquillos. With its starting point in the archaeological complex of Chinchero, the views and adventure are constant throughout. Along the way, I hardly encountered any other travelers, making this hike one of the best… Read More Hiking From Chinchero To Urquillos | Best Day Trips in Cusco
Cusco and Machu Picchu are rightfully two of Peru’s most popular and desirable travel destinations. I personally can’t get enough of Cusco, and I will never forget the morning I arrived at Machu Picchu all those years ago. Seeing the clouds clear to reveal the iconic view of Machu Picchu is something that still sticks… Read More The Ultimate Guide to Cusco’s Sacred Valley | Peru
One of the best off-the-beaten-path activities you can do in the Cusco region is the hike around Kinsa Cocha. About 45 minutes outside of Pisac in the Sacred Valley are the stunning three lakes of Kinsa Cocha, which in Quechua literally means “three lakes”. A winding taxi ride up into the mountains will take you… Read More The Complete Guide to Hiking Kinsa Cocha Three Lakes | Pisac, Peru
A few years ago, I conquered the beast of a hike which was Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain. Since then, it’s probably become the most common sight I’ve seen on Instagram. It is without a doubt Cusco’s most popular day trip, and despite the 3 AM wake-up call and brutal high altitude conditions, hundreds of travelers a… Read More Palccoyo vs. Vinicunca: Which Rainbow Mountain Should You Do?
Ollantaytambo turned out to be one of my favorite little towns in Peru. After paying the small village of Pisac in the Sacred Valley a visit, I decided that I needed to explore more of the villages just outside of Cusco. I visited Chinchero, Urubamba, Yucay, and more. However, most of these paled in comparison… Read More The Best Things To Do In Ollantaytambo, Peru
I first visited Cusco’s now world-famous Rainbow Mountain about four years ago. At the time, it had just been recently discovered. Something like that doesn’t stay hidden for long, though. It has easily become Cusco’s most popular day trip, and one that often sets travelers up for disappointment. Don’t get me wrong, I had an… Read More The Complete Guide to Palccoyo, Cusco’s Other Rainbow Mountain