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If you re looking for an off the beaten track experience then this is the place for you.

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The coastal and Andean areas north of Lima are less visited than the rest of Peru. If you re looking for an off the beaten track experience then this is the place for you. Attractions here include the world s second largest Archaeological ruins, Chan Chan, an adobe city built by the Chimu Culture, and the Andean city of Cajamarca. One of the most crucial parts of Peru s history occurred in Cajamarca. The Spanish Conquistadors captured and subsequently executed the Inca Atahualpa. Recently the Chachapoya city of Kuelap (City in the Clouds) has also gained a lot of international attention, being the subject of a number of documentaries.

There s no doubt about it that if you re interested in ancient history and archaeology, you must try to make the effort to include the North of Peru in your itinerary.

You may also be interested in this region if you enjoy surfing. The little town of Mancora, not far from the Ecuador border, is considered a surfer s hotspot, with warm, turquoise waters and good waves. The ocean temperature here averages around 24 degrees Celsius (although with the Humboldt Current it can drop as low as 14 degrees!) The nearest airport to Mancora is Talara or Tumbes and the flight time is two hours from Lima.

When to Visit the North of Peru

Depending on where you are, the north of Peru can get very hot. Summer temperatures (December to April) have been known to reach the 40 s (degrees Celsius). Rain is more likely in the summer which can cool things down, but if you prefer more comfortable temperatures we recommend for you to travel Peru s North between April and November. It s generally warm and dry during these months.

Note: For Andean destinations such as Cajamarca, refer to When to Visit the Peruvian Highlands (above).

Cusco and Machu Picchu are clearly the most popular destinations of Peru.

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Cusco and Machu Picchu are clearly the most popular destinations of Peru. Machu Picchu is a 15 th century Inca site, located 2, 430m above sea level on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley. It is the most famous of all Inca sites but it was not until 1911 that it was brought to the world s attention by the American historian Hiram Bingham. The Incas abandoned the city just prior to Spanish colonisation meaning that the Spanish conquerors never had a chance to pillage the city. As a result the ruins are still in fantastic condition and given the location of the city on a dramatic ridgeline  surrounded by sheer cliffs and the Urubamba River on three sides it truly is a remarkable place to visit. Machu Picchu was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and in 2007 it was voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

Nearby Cusco is equally as fascinating and teems with Andean pride. Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire and although the Spanish looted and rebuilt much of the city there are still plenty of Incan remains. Narrow, cobble-stoned streets lined by Inca walls stretch out from the main plaza in every different direction. Most colonial buildings were built on top of Incan foundations and the stonework is unparalleled in its precision and beauty. Some of the Inca s most sacred sites still exist in part. The incredible Koricancha (Temple of the Sun) and Sacsayhuaman (fortress overlooking Cusco) are two definite must-sees. A visit to the local market is also an experience not to miss, and you can find all sorts of culinary delights in Cusco, from the very traditional to the very modern.

The Sacred Valley or Rio Urubamba Valley contains several other famous and beautiful Inca ruins. The colonial village of Pisac sits at the base of the spectacular Pisac Ruins a hilltop Inca citadel and fortress with impressive agricultural terracing. Pisac itself is worth exploring especially on market days when the village comes alive with locals from nearby hillside villages in traditional dress selling local fruit and vegetables as well as handicrafts. The quaint town of Ollantaytambo is also dominated by Inca ruins. There are a few houses in the town dating back to Inca times. The ruins were not only a fortress, but were also of religious significance.

Both Cusco and Machu Picchu are at a high altitude (Cusco more so than Machu Picchu) and as such please be aware that you could suffer from altitude sickness in these areas. We do try to plan our itineraries to ease people into the altitude with low impact tours and activities on your first few days in the Andes. We also recommend you to consider adding one or two extra days purely to relax, acclimatise and get used to your first high-altitude experience. A great way to do this is to ask to book a transfer direct from Cusco Airport to one of our lovely hotels located in the Sacred Valley (located at a lower, more comfortable altitude). Staying in the Sacred Valley for two nights is a great way to ease your way slowly into the altitude. You can then continue rom here to Machu Picchu and leave Cusco, which is highest of the three, for last.

When to Visit the Peruvian Highlands

The Highland Region has two distinct seasons: wet and dry. The wet season runs from October to April and the dry season from May to September. The drier months are generally considered the better months to visit, although due to the popularity of these destinations many people now consider the wet season better. The wet season isn t necessarily continuously wet. There is a higher chance of rainfall from October to April (particularly January and February) but you do often get cloud-free days. It can also, of course, rain in the dry season. We recommend that you don t put too much importance on wet/dry season. A lot of it is luck!





05/12/2017

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Places to Visit

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Rio de Janeiro holds some of the country s best-known and iconic tourist attractions, including Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer Statue.

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Rio de Janeiro

For many travellers, the first port of entry in Brazil will be Rio de Janeiro.  Known as the Cidade Maravilhosa , or Marvellous City, Rio never fails to amaze with its sandy beaches, carefree lifestyle and unparalleled natural beauty.  As the capital of Brazil until 1960, Rio is today one of the most culturally and economically prominent cities in the country, and receives more tourists than any other part of Brazil.  Rio de Janeiro holds some of the country s best-known and iconic tourist attractions, including Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer Statue and the world-famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.  Rio is a lively, vibrant city, and its inhabitants (known as Cariocas ) are full of energy and always ready for a good time.  This is no more obvious than during Carnaval, when the city comes alive with the beats of Samba for a 5 day non-stop party.

Buzios, Ilha Grande and Paraty – Rio State

For those looking for a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the big city, the nearby fishing village of Buzios is a short 3 hour drive to the North, while to the South the pristine Ilha Grande island and colonial town of Paraty offer quieter but no less idyllic alternatives.

When to Visit Rio and Rio State

Rio is warm year-round and rain can occur at any time of year, but it tends to rain a lot more in the summer (Dec March) meaning that days can get very hot and humid at this time of year. If you have the choice it s preferable to travel outside this time, as the days will be more pleasant with more chance of sun and less chance of rain between April and November.

Considered Brazil s most culturally enriched cities, Salvador has a lively art scene and it colourful streets are filled with dance and music all year round.

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Over 1600km to the North-East of Rio lies Salvador, capital of Bahia State and long considered the birthplace of Brazilian culture.  The oldest city in Brazil and its first capital, Salvador was a major post for the slave trade and is now a thriving centre of Afro-Brazilian life. The local cuisine, music, dance and vibrant visual arts are all testaments to this pervasive African influence. Considered Brazil s most culturally enriched cities, Salvador has a lively art scene and its colourful streets are filled with dance and music all year round.

As one of Brazil s greatest historical destinations, the city is filled with colonial churches, houses and forts that reflect stunning Portuguese architecture from the Baroque period. The historical centre of Pelourinho was declared a World Cultural Centre by UNESCO in 1985. Hundreds of old buildings were restored. It s a real must-do : a compulsory addition to every Brazilian travel itinerary!

Praia do Forte and Morro de Sao Paulo Bahia State

Outside the city of Salvador lie some of North-Eastern Brazil s most pristine beaches, including the renowned Praia do Forte and Costa do Sau pe.

Just a short catamaran ride away from Salvador lies the idyllic tropical island of Morro de Sao Paulo, where the only thing you ll have to think about will be which beach to visit during the day and which fruit cocktail to order at night

When to visit Salvador and Bahia State

With its situation being very close to the equator, the year-round temperature varies very little in Bahia. You re pretty much guaranteed of warm days and lots of sun all year round! The only thing that varies in Bahia is rain-fall. Most of Bahia s rainfall occurs during the winter months of July and August. However it s rare that it would rain non-stop during these months. In fact, it s quite likely that you will experience a week of sun during this time, so don t let this affect your travel plans. Any time of year is a great time in Bahia.

For those who wish to see some South American wildlife and get close to nature, a trip to Brazil would not be complete without a stay in the Pantanal.

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For those who wish to see some South American wildlife and get close to nature, a trip to Brazil would not be complete without a stay in the Pantanal.  As the largest tropical wetland area in the world, the Pantanal is sprawled over an area of nearly 200,000 square kilometres, and extends into neighbouring Paraguay and Bolivia.  During the wet season, around 80% of the floodplains become submerged, attracting a biologically diverse range of plant and animal species.

The Pantanal is actually considered to be the world s densest flora and fauna ecosystem.  The delta s wide open wetland spaces make animal spotting a lot easier than in the neighbouring Amazon, offering great photographic opportunities.  Additionally, the Pantanal is thought to be home to up to 1000 bird species, creating a paradise for bird watchers.

When to Visit the Pantanal

The Pantanal can be visited year-round, however seasonal variations are extreme.  The wet season generally runs from November until March, with monsoonal rainfall causing extensive flooding. This can cause some roads to be impassable, however most Pantanal lodges stay option year-round despite this. These lodges provide suitable transfer vehicles that can deal with the terrain.

February is the height of the rainy season. The best time for spotting wildlife is during the dry season (Apr-Oct), with bird watching at its best between July and September, and chances of spotting a jaguar highest in September-October.

Approximately 60% of the Amazon rainforest is contained within Brazil, guaranteeing accessibility for even the least adventurous of travellers.

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The Amazon

Representing more than half of the world s remaining rainforest, the Amazon is home to the most species-rich wildlife tract of tropical rainforest on the planet, and at its heart is the Amazon River, extending over 6000km and carrying the greatest volume of water of any river on earth.

Approximately 60% of the Amazon rainforest is contained within Brazil, guaranteeing accessibility for even the least adventurous of travellers.  The capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, Manaus, offers the easiest gateway to the Amazon, with regular flights from major Brazilian cities.  A number of jungle lodges are located within close proximity to Manaus, and offer a range of activities such as spotting caimans and pink freshwater dolphins; piranha fishing, nature hikes and wildlife watching.

Manaus is also the starting point for the highly popular Amazon River cruises, giving passengers the opportunity to discover the Amazon rainforest in comfort and style.  The majority of cruises and jungle lodge packages also include a day trip to the Meeting of the Waters, a remarkable phenomenon where the dark, tea-coloured waters of the Rio Negro merge with the lighter, muddier waters of the Amazon mainstream.

When to Visit the Amazon

Like the Pantanal to the South, the Amazon can be visited all year round.  The tropical climate is consistently warm regardless of the time of year, with both the wet and dry seasons providing different options for travellers.  The dry season (June-November), with limited rainfall and low water levels, is generally better for land-based activities such as hiking and spotting wildlife by the river. The wet season (December-May) brings flooding to the areas around the rivers, making it possible to enter otherwise impenetrable jungle by boat in search of wildlife.

Igua u Falls, located in the southern State of Parana, is one of the most famous attractions in all of South America.

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Igua u Falls, located in the southern State of Parana, is one of the most famous attractions in all of South America.  Named as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature in 2007, the number of separate waterfalls range from 150 to 300 depending on the water level, with nearly half the Iguacu river s water falling from 82m high into a 150m wide chasm called the Devil s Throat.

The waterfalls are divided between Argentina and Brazil and provide vastly different views and experiences depending on which side they are viewed from.  80% of the falls are situated on the Argentinean side, so this is the side for getting right up close to them, where as Brazil is the side for getting that incredible overall view that will leave you awe-struck.

In addition to the falls, the surrounding city of Foz do Igua u makes a great base to discover the numerous other attractions in the region.  Visitors can revel in the splendour of the natural forests, rivers and lakes, as well as the world s largest hydroelectric power plant, the Itaipu Dam.  Travellers also have the opportunity to take advantage of the Tres Fronteras (three borders) and experience the attractions of Puerto Iguazu (on the Argentinean side) and Ciudad del Este (in Paraguay).

When to Visit Igua u Falls

Whilst accessible all year round, the best times for viewing the falls are generally spring and autumn.  Summer (December-March) tends to be very hot and humid, while the water level can drop significantly in the winter (June-August).





31/08/2017

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