Fantastic food in Lima

There has been quite a lot of interest in food from Peru recently, with fancy Peruvian restaurants opening up in many places around the world, including London, and a restaurant from Lima (Gaston y Astrid) being selected in the ‘The Worlds 50 Best Restaurants’. Peruvians, and Limeños in particular, have become evangelical about the quality of the food in Peru.

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A Day on the Inca Trail – Climbing Dead Womans Pass

Early starts are customary on the Inca Trailand the guide woke us with the sunrise at around 6am. Luckily, the guides also provided a bowl of hot water to help us wake and freshen up. The hot water didn’t fully wake us but the crisp mountain air certainly did. After a healthy breakfast, the guide handed out snacks for the day ahead and it was time to start walking.

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An adventure in the Jungle

Really excited about the jungle trip I had planned. I had already done a lot of travelling to many countries in other parts of the world but even so, to be truthful, I was not really sure what exactly to expect. Having read a number of books and articles I was only able to imagine how this experience was going to play out . . .

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Hiking Huayna Picchu

At 3am I dragged myself out of bed and quickly walked to the bus stop in Aguas Calientes, joining the queue of around 60 sleepy tourists which had already formed. Despite the dark, the cold, and the Peruvian women waving coca leaf tea under my nose, I felt excited. Today I would be visiting the ruins ofMachu Picchu, one of the most awe-inspiring sights inSouth America. I was queuing so early because I also wanted to climb Huayna Picchu, the sugar loaf mountain which serves as a backdrop to the legendary ruins.

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Top 5: Lima

Peru’s capital is a complete contrast to the spectacular natural beauty that the country has to offer. Loud, chaotic and modern, many tourists only pass through Lima on their way to Peru’s more well-known highlights.

However, this rapidly developing, welcoming, and sometimes intimidating city has a lot to offer. Here are five suggestions for a day discovering cosmopolitan and ancient Peru in the capital…

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Weird and Wonderful Wildlife of South America

South America is a land of incredible vistas and astounding cities, but for me, the best thing about South America is the amazing animals that live there. From the long limbed Jabiru stork wading through the wetlands of the Pantanal, to the scuttling red Sally Lightfoot crabs that scamper the shores of the Galapagos Islands, and cheeky capuchin monkeys that swing through the treetops of Costa Rica, South America is a wildlife lover’s dream. The below list of my particular favourites only scratches the surface of the spectacular spectrum of wildlife that call the Americas home.

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Why spending a night at Machu Picchu is golden

Just about everyone who visits Peru goes to Machu Picchu and loves it. You can visit on a day trip from Cusco or the Sacred Valley, and this is fabulous. It’s a long day (the Llama Travel excursion starts before 6am and you get back to Cusco around 9pm), but very satisfying. This includes a beautiful train journey, an in-depth guided tour of Machu Picchu and a great lunch in the restaurant next to the ruins.

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Brightest lights of Darkest Peru

Next week sees the release of Paddington, a film adaptation of the classic children’s book series about a speckled bear who journeys from “darkest Peru” to England, and throws himself and everyone around him into a whirlwind of adventures.

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Sending my Dad to Peru

Earlier this year, former Llama Travel Consultant Suzi had to arrange a Llama Travel trip to Peru for a particularly special customer – her dad! Check out below for Suzi’s amazing blog about how she helped prepare her dad for the holiday of a lifetime, and to find out how he got on once be landed on Peruvian soil!

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