The beige Maras salt ponds extend to the edge of the hill.

Salineras de Maras are an amazing patchwork of salt ponds that climb up the steep hillside. Since pre-Inca times, locals have been mining salt from the local, mineral-rich stream. Maras is a unique and picturesque addition to any trip to Peru. Learn more about the site’s history and how to visit below.

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Green and red tents are pitched on a rock clearing surrounded on one side by trees and the other by clouds.

Peru has so many incredible hiking trails that it’s difficult to narrow the best treks in Peru to just ten. No matter where you are hiking in the Andes Mountains, it is sure to be rewarding. From the deepest canyons to Inca trails and the Cordillera Blanca. Azure lakes, mountain vistas, Inca ruins and remote Andean villages are sure to amaze. Here are the top ten multi-day Peru hikes. 

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A blue-footed booby sits on a high-up rock over looking the ocean. It looks to the left with its peak slightly open. To its right in the foreground is a short, tubular cactus. In the right mid-ground is a taller, tubular cactus.

Scrolling through these Galapagos Islands pictures, it’s easy to see how the archipelago so greatly inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution. The Galapagos Islands are world-renowned for their biodiversity and unique endemic species. Set against the striking backdrop of the volcanic islands, you’ll be rushing to get there and see them for yourself.

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Qenqo poses more questions than it gives us answers. The mystery behind its natural and manmade caverns and the purpose behind its underground chambers attract visitors from around the world. Learn more about the history of these important Incan ruins and how to visit.

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Puno is considered the heart of Peruvian folklore, and no other place highlights that fact than the island of Taquile. Situated on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca, the island’s remote location has allowed locals to continue their traditions without too much Western influence. Stunning lake and mountain landscapes and spectacular weaving traditions await you on Taquile.

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A Galapagos cruise sits off the shores of a red sandy beach.

When planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands, there are two important decisions to make. The first is when to visit, while the second is whether you prefer a Galapagos cruise or land package. Cruises are perhaps the most popular among travelers wishing to explore this remote archipelago. However, you must consider the benefits and drawbacks of each in order to decide which is the best choice for you. Below we have broken down the pros and cons of cruises and land-based packages to help you make this important decision!

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Silhouette of a couple honeymooning in the Galapagos looking at at a sunset over the ocean.

A Galapagos honeymoon is a unique and adventurous way to start a life together with your beloved. The natural beauty and native animal species found nowhere else in the world make the archipelago a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. They are remote, and the exhilarating activities, such as hiking and snorkeling, are perfect for adventurous lovebirds. Yet, it is easy to combine the adventure with a high level of luxury. Bewitching scenery and lavish accommodations make this destination the perfect romantic getaway.

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An antique book sits open on a wooden table with more old books in the bookcase behind

Peru is an incredible country with a wondrous history and culture. However, few of us learned about this inspiring place in our grade school history classes. There is so much more than travel guides when it comes to books to read about Peru. For those who are planning their trip, or who are simply fascinated by it, we have compiled a list of must-reads. Below is a wide variety of books to suit all interests—and even ages! They are, without a doubt, the best books about Peru and are sure to inspire you to take your own journey. Moreover, they will give you a greater understanding and appreciation of the country.

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Sea lion poses in front of black lava rocks in a retreating wave with its head tilted.

The best time to visit the Galapagos Islands is from December to May if you want sunny weather and smooth sailing. However, June to November is the best time to see blue-footed booby mating displays and migrating whales. This can make deciding when to visit the Galapagos seem a bit challenging. The islands are without a doubt a year-round destination, but the draw to visit varies from month to month. This guide to the archipelago’s weather and animals will do the heavy lifting for you, no matter how you envision your dream Galapagos Islands vacation. 

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View of the historic center of Cusco with the Plaza de Armas and Cusco Cathedral. The Andes mountain loom in the background.

There is a fascinating array of things to do and see when you visit Cusco, Peru. It was once the capital of the Inca Empire and then an important city in the Spanish colony. Today, Cusco is a treasure trove of Incan and colonial architecture, as well as modern culture. With so much to see, it may be hard to decide what to do while in Cusco. To help you plan, we have put together a list of our top ten things to do in Cusco. You are sure to find them to be incredible additions to your journey before visiting Machu Picchu.

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