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Six Amazing Reasons to Visit the Peruvian Amazon

The Peruvian Amazon is one of the most magnificent and unique places on Earth. Where else can you see the macaws in all their glory or spy pink dolphins in their natural habitat?

Peru offers three wonderful springboard points to visit the Jungle – Puerto Maldonado and the nearby Tambopata National Park, Iquitos, the well-known port city, and the protected reserve of the Manu Biosphere Reserve. June through to October are the most popular months as it is the dry season in the jungle. Outside of these months be prepared for lots of rain and even more humidity. Whichever destination you visit, there is no denying that you will have some amazing memories.

Unique wildlife

The wildlife that inhabits the Amazon Jungle in Peru is one of the reasons why many people visit the area. Depending on your destination, you might be able to see capybaras, caimans, turtles, puffins, poison dart frogs, fresh water dolphins, otters, monkeys, macaws, coati, tapir, sloth, toucans, parrots, capuchins, jaguars and more. And don’t forget the colorful Amazonian butterflies and the unusual insects which call this place home. Whether you venture out during the day, or in the evening, there are so many incredible experiences waiting to happen.

Tropical flora

You may be surprised to learn that the Amazon Jungle features a large number of plants with amazing medicinal properties as well as plants that are only found in this part of the world. Did you know over 3,000 species of orchids can be found in the wilds of Peru alone? Jungle treks are great opportunities to explore the flora and learn about the plants and plant remedies such as ayahuasca.

Boat rides

The Amazon River is a huge draw card to the area. As soon as you see it, you can feel its amazing power and understand why explorers have been drawn to the waters for thousands of years. Imagine taking a boat ride up the Amazon River at night on the lookout for caimans? You can even fish in the lagoons or ride on the lakes spotting the myriad of animals in and around the water. Visiting the Amazon Jungle in Peru, these and other amazing adventures, are indeed possible.

Nature walks

Imagine hiking the pristine trails in the Amazon jungle? There are so many fascinating things to see and do; and, if you are lucky, you may even spot a monkey or two. There is just no better way to connect with nature than a relaxing ethno-botanical walk. This bio-diverse area is a treat for all the senses, and don’t forget those fabulous sunsets which are not to be missed.

Eco-friendly accommodation

The jungle offers a fantastic array of lodgings, many of which cater for eco-friendly tourists. They are often located directly in the jungle habitat, allowing the local fauna to venture close to your door. Jungle huts with mosquito nets and traditional set dinner menus are the norm for those visiting the Selva. And all accommodation offers nearby access to expeditions, hikes and boat rides as part of the remarkable jungle experience.

Fun experiences

Do you like action and adventure? How would you like to zoom through the jungle on a zip line or kayak down the river? Would you like to visit a Manatee Rescue Center or learn about the traditional culture of the indigenous population of the jungle area? Perhaps you would like to try your hand at fishing in a lagoon or undertake a canopy walk? These are all experiences that you will not forget in a hurry.

Seemingly endless and naturally beautiful, a trip to the Amazon Jungle or a ride down the Amazon River is unlike anything else. Tours can be arranged to suit your timetable and your budget. Contact Perú InsideOut for more information.

How to Plan the Perfect Trip to Peru

Peru is a once-in-a-lifetime destination, so you want to make sure it is as magical and as spectacular as you imagine. As experts in creating customized tours to Peru and other South American countries, our team at Perú InsideOut would like to share their expertise with you. Here are our tips on how to plan the perfect trip to Peru.

  1. Do your research

Before you book your trip, do some research to learn a little bit about the culture, the history and the amazing selection of destinations available to visitors, Peru is a vast country and offers exciting trips to the desert, the jungle, mountainous villages and busy cosmopolitan cities. You can visit the floating islands, or hike the Inca trails and canyons. Once you know what there is, you can start to plan your trip.

  1. Consider your Peruvian bucket list

After you have done your research, you can plan your bucket list – the ultimate must-see destinations you don’t want to miss. Do you intend to go to Machu Picchu? Do you want to visit the Amazon jungle? Is Lake Titicaca on your wish list? Did you want to fly over the Nazca Lines? Once you have decided on what you don’t want to miss, it is easier to come up with your itinerary.

  1. Take into account time restrictions

If you are planning to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and visit Lima, Cusco and Arequipa, with side trips to Nazca, Lake Titicaca and the Ballestas Islands, you will obviously need more than a few days. Some places require a couple of days to visit, whilst others, such as Cusco, need a bit of acclimatization due to the altitude. Your destinations will act as a base guide to the length of your tour.

  1. Think about the best time of year to travel

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is closed in February although the ruins remain open all year long. May to September is the best time to visit Peru as it is the dry season. December through to March is the wettest period with constant showers, although you can still visit during these months and create great memories.

  1. Consider your budget

Your budget will also have something to do with the planning of your trip. If you are looking at the train ride to Machu Picchu, a boat road on Lake Titicaca, a 3-day hike to Colca Canyon and a flight over Nazca Lines, then you will need to cost it out to see if you can manage the expense. Remember you will need to take into account accommodation costs, dining out expenses and enough money for souvenirs.

Once you are ready to book your travel, contact the team at Perú InsideOut, and we can work with your plan. We offer both packaged and personalized plans to Peru and will be happy to advise you on your trip.

How to plan a perfect trip

Travel is fun until something goes wrong, so it is important to ensure you have covered all the basics before you set off. Here are our 5 useful tips to help you plan the perfect trip.

  1. Decide where you want to go

The first thing is to decide where in the world you want to go. Are you dreaming of far-flung destinations like Peru or Bolivia? Or are you looking for something a little closer to home? Think about what you want to see and how much time you have for your vacation. Research your destination and start planning. Let your imagination run wild.

  1. Check your documents

Check your passport  to ensure the validity will expire after you return from holiday. If it is your intention to apply for a passport, make sure you allow enough time for processing and delivery. There are expedited services available, but these, of course, will incur extra fees. If you plan to drive abroad, you may need to consider getting an International Driving Permit. Double check whether a visa and whether vaccinations are required for your destination.

  1. Set a budget

Once you have decided where you want to go and what you want to see, its time to budget for your holiday. Are you aiming for a personalized tour or prefer a group experience? Do you want to travel solo or arrange a trip with friends? Look at the options and assess all costs involved, leaving nothing to chance. Once you have a budget, you can start making a plan.

  1. Create a rough plan of your itinerary

When you know how much you can spend on your trip, you can start to plan your itinerary in more detail. Research the cities and sites you want to visit and ensure you exploit at best the allotted time, staying within your budget. Firm up dates and timing as much as possible, allowing some time for relaxation.

  1. Start saving for your trip

It is important you have enough money, so you have no worries whilst you are away. Also make sure you have enough to let your hair down a little at least once or twice during the trip. 6. Book your flights and accommodation

Once you know you can take the necessary time off work and have enough money available, you need to book your flights and accommodation, maybe also tours. When your flights are booked, you can refine the rest of your itinerary.

  1. Notify your bank and let them know you are traveling

It is always a good idea to let your bank, and/or credit card issuer, know you will be traveling. Banks can be very quick to put a hold on cards if you are in faraway countries. To ensure your transactions are not marked as fraudulent, give them plenty of notice. There is nothing worse than being on holiday without access to money or credit card payments.

  1. Pack well in advance

Make a packing list and make sure you have all you need. Allow yourself enough time to have everything ready so you aren’t running around at the last minute.

  1. Travel insurance

You may not think travel insurance is necessary, but it is definitely worth looking into. It may cover flight delays or lost luggage. Read the fine print and make sure you understand the terms and conditions. You may need to shop around and compare policies to find one to suit you.

  1. Have fun

Once everything is pre-arranged and you are ready to go, don’t forget to relax. It is a holiday after all!

Cusco Attractions: Koricancha and the Temple of the Sun

Koricancha (meaning golden courtyard) located in Cusco was one of the most important sites of the Inca Empire. It was said to be a splendid place with gold doors, emerald studded wall; and courtyards filled with gold statutes.

Within Koricancha the Temple of the Sun was a holy site for the Inca. Dedicated to Inti, the walls were covered gold plated and the temple housed a jeweled-encrusted golden statue of the sun god. Each day the statue was taken outside and moved back inside the temple each evening. A gold and silver garden was created in Inti’s honor featuring a corn field, guinea pigs, birds, shepherds, jaguars, llamas, monkeys, insects and butterflies. What a sight to behold! Unfortunately all that remains today is a selection of corn stalks as proof of the people’s respect for the sun god.

In addition to the Temple of the Sun,  Koricancha housed five separate temples dedicated to Viracocha, the creator god, Quilla, the goddess of the moon, Illapa, the god of thunder, Cuichu, the rainbow god and Venus, the goddess of the dawn. Each temple contained a statue in honor of the god as well as art and other religious objects.

It is said that the original construction of Koricancha had been carried out under the orders of Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui and additional construction was done by Maco Capac in the early 12th Century. The site was built to resemble the sun complete with rays shining in all directions.

The Spanish colonists eventually built the Church of Santo Domingo demolishing the temple and using its foundations for the church in an attempt to obliterate the Inca beliefs. Any remaining gold was melted into ingots and claimed by the Spanish crown.

Little remains of the Koricancha original buildings or the temple other than sections of the stone walls for which the Inca are well known.  Their masonry skills were avant-garde. It is definite worthwhile visiting Koricancha and the Santo Domingo Church to admire the combination of Inca and colonial architecture.

Huacachina – An Oasis in the Peruvian Desert

For thrill seeking and bold tourists, we recommend heading away from Lima and visit Huacachina. Known as ‘the oasis of America’, the famous lush oasis in the desert has quite a folktale behind it; but it is not the mermaid from the lagoon that draws in the majority of the crowds.

The desert of Huacachina entices men, women and children of all ages to climb aboard the dune buggies or slide down the dunes on sandboards. Unlike snowboarding, no experience is required; you can literally lie down on your stomach and ride the sand dunes to the bottom where your buggy driver will be waiting to take you to the next dune. Then repeat twice more, each time the size of the dune gradually increases.

Note that the sand dunes in Huacachina are huge and buggies go fast – very fast; together they ensure quite an adrenaline-fueled rollercoaster-like experience.

This tour is one of the most popular in the area and even rivals the Pisco tours in nearby Ica.

A local legend attributes special healing powers to the mud and the water in the area for curing all manner of ailments including arthritis, asthma and rheumatism.

If you think the oasis looks and sounds familiar, then you may be surprised to learn that the image of the Huacachina Oasis is actually on the Peruvian 50 Nuevo Sol note.

The sand dunes in Huacachina are inspiring and offer a truly out of this world experience. A rare opportunity to have a personalised and unique tour of the desert.

Perú InsideOut –Testimonials Speak For Themselves

We specialize in creating travel packages for visitors from all over South America. Some are first time visitors to Peru and others are return visitors wanting something a little different from what the traditional tour guides offer.

Our team works hard to source quality guides and reputable experiences that showcase the best that Peru, and in some cases Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile, have to offer. Here is what some of our customers had to say.

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