So you’ve decided to hike the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The next step is to pick your dates and start the process of booking your Inca Trail permit. But before you do, there are a few important factors you need to consider, such as the best time to trek, weather conditions, and how far in advance to book.
Food tours are the best way to quickly tap into the best and most interesting food in a given destination. In Peru, a thriving gastronomic scene takes the culinary tour experience to another level. Whether you’re in the city or the countryside, visiting restaurants, fresh markets, farms, and more alongside an expert guide gives you privileged access to hidden foodie treasures you might otherwise miss.
Where to find the perfect meal in Arequipa? That’s the topic of this week’s post.
Keep in mind that as Peru’s second largest city, Arequipa has restaurants and cafes serving all sorts of cuisines. You can find good sushi, pasta, Indian curries, burgers and fries if that is what you are in the mood for.
Arequipa is a true traveler’s paradise. Cobblestoned streets, fairytale architecture, and the looming presence of Misti Volcano all make for fantastic photographs. But ask around our office and the one thing we unanimously look forward to when visiting Arequipa is the food.
Lima’s biggest food fair, Mistura gives you a chance to taste your way across Peru’s diverse geographic regions and vast culinary repertoire. If you plan your trips around eating and drinking, then this event deserves a place on your bucket list. And if you decide to make Mistura part of your trip to Peru, we at Incas Expert are here to help!
What’s the best time to visit Machu Picchu? For clear skies, sunny weather, and a chance to take photos of Machu Picchu like the ones you see in the travel magazines, the easy answer is June, July, or August. This is peak season for travel to Machu Picchu. Because of course, everyone has the same idea. But that’s not a drawback as long as you know what to expect.
On June 24, the city of Cusco celebrates Inti Raymi. In Inca times, this celebration in honor of the sun god, Inti, was the empire’s largest. Today, it coincides with Cusco’s peak tourist season. Thousands of travelers from near and far arrive to relive and experience the greatness of the Inca past.
In Cusco, the festival of Corpus Christi begins when the patron saints and virgins from all the city’s parish churches gather on the Plaza de Armas. Loaded with Andean symbolism and accompanied by brass bands and brilliantly costumed dancers, Corpus Christi in Cusco is truly a sight to behold.
From January to December each year, the historic city of Cusco observes a virtually year round calendar of remarkable festivals. Whether religious, folkloric, or civic in nature, each festival is accompanied by spectacular displays of folkloric music and dance that render homage to the city’s rich history and cultural traditions.
Here are the highlights of the Cusco cultural calendar, with dates for 2018.