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One of the most amazing things I have ever seen Susan and her family just returned from our Sacred Lands of the Incas Adventure and was amazed by Machu Picchu, Cusco and the people they met while in Peru. “I appreciated all the information that you sent and found it very helpful. We were able to get a good background from this information and the books you suggested. Machu Picchu was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. It was truly fascinating and I am inspired to research and read more about these people and their way of life. We also found the time in and around Cusco to be fascinating. Walking through some of the villages and seeing how the people live and go about their daily activities was eye-opening. I watched one woman trudge up a hill to a village outside Cusco. She was wearing typical garb with a hat and brightly colored skirt. Her...

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Such a great experience and wonderful people! This family for four just got back from our Best of Peru: Machu Picchu and the Amazon adventure and had a blast with their guides! “Hi-we had a great trip! Such a great experience and wonderful people! Yuri -our guide in Cusco and MP was just SO wonderful to us (and we did torture him a bit!). Max, our driver, was also a very sweet guy! Nick was funny and cool--also gave us a great business idea: b-day parties for dogs as his friend in Lima does. It was so nice to have someone guiding us through the transportation system there (often subject to change we learned!)... printing the boarding passes was priceless!! Jesus at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica was great-amazing English and such a nice guy! Besides brief altitude and stomach illness experienced- things were very good and I thank you! Thank you so much for everything! -Diane”   Your friendly Peru...
Important Inka Trail Information and Inka Trail Alternatives The Inka Trail Trek is one of our most popular trekking itineraries- for good reason! Not only is the landscape geographically stunning with snowcapped, jagged peaks and lush green valleys brimming with crimson and ivory orchids and hummingbirds of all sizes and colors, it is the road that connects the most Incan scared sites in the shortest distance with Machu Picchu as the ultimate finale! As the trekking season in Peru is ramping up, I would like to take the time to talk about some important information surrounding availability and additionally take a moment to present some alternative, and equally great hiking options to Machu Picchu. The hiking permits that the Peruvian government administers and regulates have been completely sold out for this year from April-August. There are still permits available for September-December but they are also going very quickly. For those wishing to procure permits to do the Inka...

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Peru Travel for 2015! Now that the new year is starting to pick up pace, I wanted to take the time to plant the seed of excitement for Peru travel in 2015 and share my experiences from my trip last year. In August, I set out to Peru for four weeks of exploring the contrasting, ancient-modern urban centers, traversing the Inca Trail, piranha fishing and swimming in the Amazon, boating on Lake Titicaca, and eating the best ceviche of my life in a quiet fishing village on the sea, all the while surrounded by warm, inviting and inspiring people. After having lived between Seattle and Argentina for almost nine years, Peru was an exciting window to another invigorating facet of Latin America’s rich diversity.   CUSCO My trip to Peru began in Cusco and it was largely a sensory experience. At 11,150 ft, I recall stepping out of the plane in Cusco and feeling...

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4-Time Alumni Do Peru! Melinda and John are 4 time Wildland Alumni and returned from a custom trip to Peru that included, focus on organic gardens and community in the Sacred Valley, a inspiring time in Machu Picchu, hiking in the Colca Canyon-deepest canyon in the world, exploration in the famous white-stone city of Arequipa and ended with a culinary and artistic bang in Lima!   “Gretchen, you helped us plan this trip, and we thank you so much! No complaints, it was a great trip. We just want to let the Wildland team know of a few exceptional experiences/places!   Our favorite hotel (and they were all good) was El Albergue. We loved the atmosphere in the cafe, where folks off the train and hotel guests mingled. The food was exceptional, and the Pachamanca a fun experience. The focus on organic gardens, the school for sustainability, the seed saving process were so gratifying...
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