13 Amazing Hostels in Cusco, Peru

A shortlist of the best Cusco hostels for backpackers! If you want to meet fellow travellers and have an amazing time in Cusco, choose…

13 Unmissable Hikes in Peru

13 Unmissable Hikes in Peru

Peru is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. if you’re looking for trekking inspiration, these hikes in Peru offer world-class scenery and an adventure you’ll never forget.

Places to Visit in Peru

15 Amazing Places to Visit in Peru

Looking for places to visit in Peru? Look no further! Our list compiles the top destinations in the country, from world-class attractions to off the beaten track gems!

Peruvian fruit

Delicious Fruits From Peru You Should Try!

When it comes to unique tastes, visitors should not miss sampling a variety of Peruvian fruit. With sweet treats and sour citrus options, you’re bound to find something refreshing!

Ayahuasca: The Shamanic Vine That is Luring Backpackers to Peru

Ayahuasca: The Shamanic Vine That is Luring Backpackers to Peru

There’s a powerful and sacred plant that has been used by shamans in the jungles of South America for thousands of years. Due to its perceived spiritual powers, backpackers from all over the world have been traveling to remote communities to experience special ‘ceremonies’ deep in the heart of the jungle.

11 Mouth-Watering Peruvian Drinks

11 Mouth-Watering Peruvian Drinks

The Pisco Sour might be Peru’s national drink but there is far more to the country’s drink scene than that! Here are our pick of the top Peruvian drinks that you can’t live the country without trying!

Explore More: A visit to Uros, Amantaní and Taquile Islands, Peru

Lake Titicaca Tours, Peru: A visit to Uros, Amantaní and Taquile

Whilst most travellers head to the floating islands from Puno, there is far more to see. Explore Taquile on foot and stay in a homestay on Amantaní island! This tour offers an authentic look at the culture and the lives of those living off the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Peruvian cuisine

Top 23 Peruvian Foods That You NEED to Try!

A foodies paradise! Peru is celebrated as having one of the most exciting gastronomical scenes in the world. And the best news for backpackers is that it’s cheap, not restricted to fancy restaurants and there is a huge variety of healthy, delicious dishes that could having you trying something new every day of your trip!

Machu Picchu In The Clouds

How To Reach Machu Picchu – 8 Options to Suit Every Budget!

There are several well-known ways to travel to Machu Picchu; the Inca Trail which will set you back over $600 USD, or the more ‘backpacker-friendly’ Salcantay Trek or Inca Jungle Adventure Trek (around $225 USD). But what if your budget doesn’t stretch to tailored treks and expensive tourist transportation? How can you visit the world famous UNESCO World Heritage site whilst spending as little as $70 USD including all of your transport and accommodation? Here’s how…

Sandboarding in Huacachina Peru!

Sandboarding & Sand Skiing in Huacachina, Peru

Sanboarding is a must do activity in Huacachina but did you also know you can sand ski there? Our writers went to check out both of these adventure activities. But how did they measure up? Is this backpacker rite of passage worth the hype?

Swimming with Sea Lions at Palomino Island, Peru

Swimming with sea lions at Palomino Island in Peru is a great activity for backpackers. It is cheaper than a trip to the Galapagos and promises unforgettable memories. Here is everything you need to know about this unforgettable activity close to Lima!

Trekking Laguna 69 in Huaraz: A Comprehensive Guide

Trekking Laguna 69 in Huaraz, Peru

Laguna 69 is one of Peru’s most beautiful natural wonders. This magical lagoon is located at 4,600 m.a.s.l and is one of the main reasons that travellers visit Huaraz. Trek up to the lagoon for breathtaking views and decide whether to visit independently or on a day tour with the help of this article.

Hiking the Inca Trail, Peru: A Comprehensive Guide

Hiking the Inca Trail, Peru: A Comprehensive Guide

Curious about hiking the Inca Trail, regarded as one of the world’s most iconic journeys? Tine Haslam Nielsen heads off, ready to tackle a three day trek through the Andes Mountains of Peru. With blistered feet she climbs, upwards and onwards, working towards the rewarding vistas of Machu Picchu which await at the finish line. Along the way history dances, nature stuns, and a healthy dose of self pride emerges…

The yard of Geko Hostal, Máncora, Peru

A Rustic Escape from the Party – Geko Hostal in Máncora, Peru

Backpackers heading to the party town of Máncora can be overwhelmed when it comes to accommodation choices. If you’re partial to a tipple but still want to get out on the waves first thing (not to mention save your pennies), head to Geko Hostal. Check out our review, here.

Le Foyer Hostel is set inside a beautiful colonial style building.

A room with a view at Le Foyer Hostel, Arequipa

For a central stay in the city of Arequipa, look no further than Le Foyer Hostel. It certainly brings in good reviews from travellers but does it live up to the hype? South America Ambassadors Sheree and Tim went to check it out!

Tantalise your tastebuds with Cusco Culinary! 

A Taste of Peru with Cusco Culinary Cooking Class!

Peru may well be the foodie capital of South America. With so much of the continent being known for stodgy carbs and deep fried food, Peru offers a much-needed change for the traveller looking to expand their palate! This country boasts 3000 species of potato and 55 varieties of corn, surely there is no better place to do a cooking class!?

Casa Nomade, Máncora.

Casa Nomade, Máncora, Peru – The Ideal Chill Spot!

An oasis of paradise located just minutes from the sea in Peru’s beach town, Mancora, Casa Nomade is the perfect escape from the tooting of tuk tuks of town and the overzealous beach vendors. Both quiet and peaceful with beautiful green spaces, this is the ultimate home away from home!

Local Riverboat Travel in Peru: Yurimaguas to Iquitos to Pucallpa

Backpacker Ian Saberton savours the slow pace of authentic river travel in Peru, travelling from Yurimaguas to Iquitos to Pucallpa. Travelling the way the locals do, Ian watches the river landscape go by, makes friends with his fellow passengers and gets a nasty bout of every traveller’s favourite topic of conversation – traveller diarrhoea!

Mountaineering in South America: Breaking the Ice in Bolivia and Peru

South America offers some of the best mountaineering adventures in the world. With the spine of the mighty Andes stretching along the West coast from Colombia to Chile – the hiking opportunities are endless. 18-year old backpacker, Tomas Aramburu tells us about how he summited Huayna Potosí in Bolivia and Mount Soray in Peru and fell in love with the mountains…

A Pair Of Peru Shoes

How Peru Inspired Three 23-Year Old Backpackers To Start a Socially-Conscious Business!

When three 23-year old French backpackers travelled to Peru last year, they didn’t think that their journey would result in a life-changing project. Wandering through the streets of Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire, they came across a pair of shoes, sneakers to be precise, with a textile pattern that was unique and eye-catching. Why not bring this distinct design to Europe and the rest of the Western world? AND – at the same time, create a brand that is beneficial to the local people of Peru… Here is their special story!

Yoga in Máncora, Peru

There’s More to Peru than Machu Picchu! Discovering Yoga in Mancora…

Machu Picchu, Inca ruins, Cevice, Pisco sours, trekking, the Andes… We don’t often associate Peru with Yoga and Meditation. Here, traveller and yoga teacher, Laura Heininger describes her experience of living and teaching Yoga in the seaside town of Mancora, Peru, a place once renowned for surf and party…

A surfer in Ayampe

Ilo – The Surf Spot Peru Forgot

We sat on our boards waiting for another set to come in, with the sun bouncing into our eyes off the cold Pacific water as a lone Pelican skimmed the surface just meters from us, pausing momentarily in mid-air like time had stopped, shaking the water from its feathers before beating its giant wings and gliding away again toward the distant fishing boats in search of food. In this exact moment I smiled and thought to myself, ‘I love my life!’

Volunteering at an Animal Orphanage in Iquitos, Peru: Saving the Red Faced Uakari

It’s kind of a surreal experience the first time a baby Red Faced Uakari monkey drops out of a tree onto your head. Due to hunting and habitat destruction this species is among the rarest primates in South America. Corey Callahan describes an incredible experience working as a conservation volunteer at Pilpintuwasi Animal Orphanage in Padre Cocha, Iquitos, Peru…

Two Gringos Biking, Climbing and Paragliding Our Way Round South America!

Mila Brill and her boyfriend spent six incredible months mountain biking, rock climbing and paragliding in three countries of South America: Peru, Chile and Argentina. Through their encounters with local people they discovered amazing roads, scenery, secret climbing Meccas, awe-inspiring places to pitch their tent and along the way found ultimate freedom of life on the road and learnt some very important life lessons…

Home is Where the Hammock is: Iquitos to Pucallpa Via Cargo Carrier – Peru

Travel writer Andrew Digges shares his experience traveling down the Amazon river via cargo boat. With monkeys as neighbors, a hammock for a bed, and a colorful cast of characters to help pass the time, we are transported into a world rarely visited by backpackers. Read about this unique and exciting adventure and get inspired to step far off the gringo trail!


The Long Haul: Overland From Cuenca, Ecuador to Mancora, Peru

We recently traversed ‘the most dangerous border crossing in South America’ from Ecuador to Peru. What did we find? A whole lot of nothing, the process was actually quite easy. Read our account of the trip so that your experience is equally unspectacular!

24 Hours on the Island of Taquile, Peru

Located on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca, Taquile is one of those rare places that remains remarkably untouched by globalization. From hearty bowls of Quinoa soup to fortunes told by coca tea leaf formations, we realize just how much you can soak up in a mere 24 hours.

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