Friday, June 13, 2008

General Tourism Information for Peru

Updated 28 October 2017

The most visited tourist attractions include Machu Picchu, Cusco, Puno and Lake Titicaca in the East, Chiclayo and Trujillo and their ruins, Mancora, Punta Sal and Colan Beaches and Cajamarca in the Northwest. In the South, you could go to Ica, Nazca, Pisco and Arequipa. Iquitos is in the Jungle in the northeast. In fact, in the Andean Mountains (Cordillera Blanca, near Huaraz), you can find snow. Lima is smack dab in the center on the coast. Before you go, be sure to grab some guide books on Peru so that you have a basic plan about what you want to see. Guide books also give useful info about safety, transport, weather, and more. 

You can find more about popular Peruvian cities in this article. If you're looking to get away from Lima for the weekend, there are lots of places to go to in this article. Try Real Adventures where you can find Peruvian vacations, travel, and adventures at a good price.

Peru For Less
Peru For Less is part of the Latin America For Less family. The company is unique in its ability to offer a price match guarantee as well as the highest standards in quality and customer service. They have special travel deals and travel packages, so you get the most for your money. English is spoken, so you communication won't be a problem. They also publish "The Traveler", a monthly e-magazine that is loaded with insider knowledge, travel tips and vacation ideas and a travel blog to keep abreast of the latest travel news from across the region. You can also find resources, such as Peru facts and lists of hotels on their website.

The South American Explorers Club
If you're in Cusco or Lima, the best place that I've found with travel information, and in English is The South American Explorers Club. In Lima, it's in Miraflores near the Ovalo on Calle Piura 135. In Cusco, it’s on Choquechaca 188, buzzer No.4 near Plaza Nazarenas, near the Monasterio Hotel. SAE has rooms chocked full of books. They have tons of info from guidebooks to magazines, flyers, recommendations from other travellers and even information for volunteering. In fact, many travel writers, such as those from Lonely Planet,use the information that the SAE have put in their guidebooks.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Peruvian Culture

Updated 23 April 2014

Peruvian culture is absolutely amazing: from famous authors to handmade crafts, they have it all.

In many cities around Peru, you’ll find evidence of the Spanish occupation. And colonial architecture can be found mainly in churches and cathedrals, however, you may also find preserved building in the old section of towns.

The most famous Peruvian author is Mario Vargas Llosa who was born in 1936. His first novel was The Time of the Hero. Other authors include José María Areguedas (1911-1969) who wrote Deep Rivers and Yawar Fiesta and Ciro Alegría (1909-1967) who wrote The Golden Serpent. As far as poetry is concerned, César Vellejo (1892-1938) is famous for his avant-garde poetry. You can find info about books and libraries in English books.

There are only a handful of Peruvian actors, like Christian Meyer, who have made it to the big screen. Most of the movies shown in cinemas come from Hollywood and are shown in English. Exceptions are movies for children and those from Spain. Since burned DVD are the norm and much less than a cinema ticket (about 3 soles compared to 17 soles), many people simply buy DVD on the street and watch them at home.

You can also watch movies online at DIVX Online. It's like YouTube. The titles are in Spanish, but the movies are usually in English. There's also Cine Gratis or Justin TV, where movies are played often. It's like watching TV without the commercials.

Alpaca wool is used to make sweater, scarves and other woolen goods. It’s expensive, but some of the finest quality you will find. Weaving is also an important craft here in Peru. You’ll also find plenty of handmade jewelry sold by street vendors.

The traditional dance is the marinera. Traditional music is criolla, afro, cumbia, folkloric, and chicha. Some instruments that you may see include the cajón (wooden box), charango (small guitar) or zampoña (panpipes). Reggaton, bachata, salsa are modern music styles that you will often hear in discos. Some black music singers are Susana Baca, Eva Ayllon and Zambo Cavero. Andean singers include Manuelcha Prado and Raúl García Zarate. Jazz singers include Hijos del Sol, Wayruro and Manuel Miranola.

If you can’t move your hips like a Latino, don’t worry, gringos have a reputation for being duros, or stiff. Keep practicing, you’ll get the hang of it. Gianmarco is probably the most famous Peruvian singer to be international known. He recently won the Latin Grammy and spends time between Miami and Lima. Try looking at this music site for more info.


Monday, June 9, 2008

Travel Insurance for Peru

Updated 23 April 2014

It's always a good idea to have insurance. Lost luggage or stolen goods can be troublesome. Being forced to go to an ATM and take all your money is another problem you might run into.

If you buy your own insurance ask if they cover medically supervised emergency evacuations, emergency reunions, repatriation of remains, and lost or stolen goods. Lonely Planet recommends World Nomad. Another popular insurance company for is BUPA.

However, which travel insurance you should get will depend on your needs. This guide will help you to travel smarter, pay less, and get the right coverage.

Medical Insurance
If you're only going to be in Peru for a short time, you might consider the places below. However, if you're going to stay for a while, because sure to look at the medical section for local medical insurance providers.


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