Alpaca Expeditions Blog


  June 14, 2024
By: Alpaca Expeditions
A Perfect Cusco and Machu Picchu Tour in Just 3 Days

Discover the wonders of Peru with Alpaca Expeditions, renowned as the top tour operator in the country. Our commitment to exceptional service and unfo ...

Why You Should Hike the Inca Trail in 2024

If you’re thinking about trekking to Machu Picchu via the iconic Inca Trail 2024, this year offers the ideal opportunity for an incredible adven ...

Beyond the Inca Trail: Discover Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, the iconic Lost City of the Incas, attracts adventurers worldwide to Peru’s rugged Andean mountains. While the classic Inca Trail ...

Days of Adventure: Exploring Amazon, Cusco, and Lake Titicaca

Welcome to the adventure of a lifetime! As the #1 tour operator in Peru, Alpaca Expeditions is excited to offer our Amazon – Cusco – Lake Titicaca ...

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Empowering Women: Exclusive Women Only Machu Picchu Tours

Welcome to Alpaca Expeditions, your gateway to unforgettable adventures in Peru! At Alpaca Expeditions, we’re passionate about crafting unique j ...

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Experience the 2-Day Short Inca Trail Trek with a Comfortable Hotel Stay and Camping

At Alpaca Expeditions, we take pride in offering superior service and creating unforgettable adventures across Peru. We customize each tour to meet yo ...

Lares Trek Route: A Unique Andean Adventure to Machu Picchu

Embark on a thrilling adventure into the heart of the Andes with the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days / 3 Nights. This journey promises stunning view ...

The Ultimate Guide to All-Inclusive Trips to Peru: What to Expect

All-Inclusive Trips to Peru Welcome to Alpaca Expeditions, your premier choice for trips to Peru all inclusive! As the #1 tour operator in Peru, we ta ...

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Exploring the Sacred Valley: Day Trips from Machu Picchu

Nestled within the rugged embrace of the Andes Mountains, Peru’s Sacred Valley beckons with a symphony of ancient wonders and natural splendor. ...

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How do I choose the best luxury machu picchu tours?

Step into the enchanting world of luxury Machu Picchu tours, where the echoes of ancient civilizations mingle with the whispers of majestic landscapes ...

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Colors of the Andes: A Visual Journey Through the Stunning Red Valley of Pitumarca

Welcome aboard to another thrilling journey with Alpaca Expeditions, your gateway to the wonders of the Luxury Peruvian Andes. Today, we’re sett ...

Sacsayhuaman Ruins on the Cusco City Tour

10 Must-See Destinations on a Peru Group Tour

Embarking on a group tour through Peru isn’t just about visiting famous landmarks; it’s a journey that immerses you in the vibrant tapestr ...

Adventurous Activities: Beyond Wildlife – Thrills in Paracas Tours

Nestled along the stunning coast of Peru lies Paracas, a place where the rugged beauty of nature meets the thrill of adventure. Here, the landscape is ...

Multicolor Charm: Vinicunca Mountain vs Palccoyo, Discover Their Features and What Makes Them So Special

Vinicunca Mountain, also known as Rainbow Mountain, and Palccoyo have emerged as must-visit destinations in Peru’s Andean region. Vinicunca capt ...

Birdwatching Wonders: Exploring the Avian Diversity on Paracas Peru Tours

Paracas Peru Tours offers a captivating journey through the vibrant landscapes and rich cultural tapestry of Peru’s coastal region. Nestled amid ...

Myths and Truths: What You Really Need to Know about the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu stand as iconic symbols of ancient civilization, nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Peru’s Andean mou ...

The Cultural Significance of Rainbow Mountain in Incan History

Embark on an unforgettable journey from the heart of Cusco to the awe-inspiring wonder of Rainbow Mountain Peru. As its fame spreads far and wide, the ...

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Responsible Tourism: Sustainability Practices of Peruvian Travel Services

Responsible tourism emphasizes the importance of traveling in a way that benefits local communities, preserves natural environments, and respects cult ...

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Trek to Choquequirao: Discover the Hidden City Amidst the Mountains

Alpaca Expeditions stands as a beacon of sustainable tourism, deeply rooted in the Peruvian landscape and culture. Founded by Raul Ccolque, a former p ...

Cusco’s Architectural Marvels: A Walking Tour Through Time

Nestled in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, Cusco stands as a testament to a glorious past, serving as the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. The cit ...

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Planning Your Perfect Peru Adventure: A Practical Guide to Choosing Guided Tours

With its rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural wonders, Peru offers a myriad of experiences waiting to be explored. From the majestic peaks o ...

Exploring Ancient Wonders: A Comprehensive Guide to Archaeological Sites on Guided Tours of Peru

Peru’s archaeological heritage is a testament to the rich tapestry of human history that has unfolded over millennia. Spanning thousands of year ...

The Salkantay Trek vs. the Classic Inca Trail: Choosing the Right Adventure for You

Salkantay Trek or Inca Trail: Peru is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and unparalleled trekking opportunities, with the Salkan ...

Preserving the Rainforest: Ecotourism Practices in Cusco Jungle Tours

Nestled within the breathtaking landscapes of the Cusco jungle region lies a unique and biodiverse ecosystem, teeming with lush rainforests, vibrant w ...

Lares Trail Peru & 2D Inca Trail with Camping 5 Days 4 Nights

Cultural Immersion: Connecting with Local Communities on Peru Tours from Lima

Welcome to Peru, where vibrant culture and rich traditions await your discovery, beginning right here in the bustling capital city of Lima. As the gat ...

Salkantay Trek the Inca Trail 7Days 6Nights

A Comprehensive Guide to Salkantay Trail: History, Geography, and Culture Altitude Sickness and Acclimatization Strategies on the Salkantay Trail

Nestled amidst the majestic Andes Mountains of Peru, the Salkantay Trail is a testament to nature’s grandeur and human ingenuity. This ancient p ...

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The Spiritual Journey: Exploring Inca Trail’s Sacred Sites

Nestled within the breathtaking landscapes of Peru, the Classic Inca Trail stands as a testament to the rich historical tapestry of the ancient Inca c ...

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Inca Trail in History: How the Ancient Road Shaped Incan Civilization

Nestled within the breathtaking landscapes of Peru, the Inca Trail stands as an ancient testament to the rich tapestry of history woven through the An ...

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Inca Trail Sustainability: Eco-Friendly Practices and Responsible Tourism

Sustainability and responsible tourism have become pivotal in the global travel industry. Emphasizing the need to minimize environmental impact and pr ...

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How to Travel to Peru, Cusco, and Choose the Right Tours: A Comprehensive Guide

Intrigued by its rich cultural tapestry, breathtaking landscapes, and the remnants of an ancient civilization, Peru stands as a beacon for adventurous ...

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Choosing the Best Trek and the Importance of Machu Picchu trek

Machu Picchu trek is a journey veiled in mystique, offering a blend of ancient history, breathtaking landscapes, and a sense of unparalleled adventure ...

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Exploring the Cultural Significance of the Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley stands as a living testament to Peru’s rich heritage and storied past. Once the heartland of the Incan Empire, its breathtakin ...

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Do you need a travel agent for Peru?

Peru, a country rich in history and breathtaking scenery that draws tourists from all over the world. It is a canvas of wonders just waiting to be dis ...

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What is the best month to visit Peru Machu Picchu?

Adventurers and history buffs alike are enthralled with Machu Picchu, the jewel in Peru’s cultural and historical landscape. Selecting the right ...

A Peru Tour Machu Picchu Experience

Situated a few of the majestic Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu stands as a timeless wonder, attracting adventurers from across the globe. This historica ...

An Unforgettable Tour to Machu Picchu with Alpaca Expeditions

Machu Picchu stands tall as one in all Earth’s most opulent wonders, nestled amidst Peru’s beautiful landscapes. Its ancient ruins whisper ...

Can I go to Machu Picchu without a tour?

Machu Picchu stands as a beacon of mystery and allure, captivating travelers worldwide with its ancient secrets and breathtaking vistas. It’s no ...

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Best company to travel to Peru With?

Embarking on an adventure to Peru is tempting, brimming with cultural richness, historical marvels, and natural wonders. However, the journey becomes ...

How do you get to Machu Picchu from the US?

Machu Picchu stands as an enigmatic wonder, drawing travelers from across the globe. Especially from the United States, to explore its ancient mystiqu ...

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Where can I book a tour to go to Machu Picchu?

The allure of Machu Picchu transcends mere travel; it embodies a dream, an expedition into history and nature that lingers in the imagination of many ...

Which is the Best Hiking Tour Company in Peru?

Peru, a land brimming with ancient mystique and natural grandeur, boasts a landscape that beckons adventurers from every corner of the globe. Its maje ...

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Why is Peru’s Machu Picchu the best tourist attraction in South America?

Peru, a tapestry woven with historical marvels, natural splendor, and cultural vibrancy, stands as an uncharted realm of awe-inspiring beauty. Nestled ...

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Huayna Picchu: The mountain that challenges your limits.

The mountain “Huayna Picchu” comes from the origin of the quechua language which means “Young Mountain”. It is located north of the Inca city ...

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Alpaca Expeditions Nominated for Prestigious Award 2023

Alpaca Expeditions is so honored to announce, we have been nominated in: Peru’s Leading Tour Operator in Peru by the World Travel Awards™ (WT ...

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Preparing for the Inca Trail

The Inca Trail provides incredible-looking views, from the titanic Andes mountains extending to the clouds, to tropical forests, to beautiful alpine c ...

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Salkantay Trek – What You Need To Know

Though somewhat lesser-known than the world-famous Inca Trail, the Salkantay Mountain trek is stunning and ranked by hikers and travel publications as ...

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The Inca Trail and the Dead Woman’s Pass

The Inca Trail 4 Days 3 Nights is a popular trekking route that leads to the ancient city of Machu Picchu in Peru. Located in the Andes Mountains, the ...

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Celebrating the Holidays with Alpaca Expeditions’ Gifts and Treats for Children in Need

As we do every year around the holiday season, we will be bringing gifts to the children who live in the high mountains. Alpaca Expeditions is a compa ...

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2022 New Peru Porters Law – What It Says

Porters are an essential part of the trekking team on the Inca Trail, carrying tourists’ belongings and camping equipment from one camp to another. ...

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Guide to Hiking to Machu Picchu

A hike to Peru’s ancient city of Machu Picchu is sure to be one of the most memorable adventure experiences in your lifetime. This handy guide answe ...

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The Alpaca Expeditions Difference: Sustainable Travel & the 4 Pillars

Make a Positive Travel Impact – Alpaca Expeditions Shows You How Alpaca Expeditions puts sustainability in travel & business at the heart of ...

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Does chewing on coca leaves or drinking coca tea help with altitude sickness?

The Peruvian city of Cusco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site perched at 3,400 metres over 11,000 feet in elevation. Visitors can feel the effects of the ...

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Salkantay Trek Features Exclusive Accommodations

Hiking and traveling enthusiasts often dream of completing the Salkantay Trek, following the steps of the explorer who rediscovered Machu Picchu, and ...

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Planning a Trip to Cusco

Many travelers to Macchu Pichu start their trip in Cusco, but there’s more to the ancient city than just a staging site for a hike up the Inca T ...

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Cusco City Tour Explores the Rich History of Incan Empire

A visit to Peru should include unique tours that cover major points of interest and landmarks.  If you’re traveling to Peru and want to experie ...

One of the World's Best Hikes Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

One of the World’s Best Hikes: Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Are you looking to explore Peru and Machu Picchu? There are many tours to choose from, therefore it is important to choose an experienced and enthusia ...

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Inca Trail porters visit historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu

Hiking the Inca Trail is, to many travelers, a must-do in their travel checklist. This hike enchants travelers from all over the world with its landsc ...

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Inca Trail Ruins: 7 Amazing Sites You’ll See Along the Way

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful hikes in the world. Spanning an approximate 63 KM in distance and crossing through the spl ...

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Which Trek to Machu Picchu is for Me? Inca Trail, Salkantay Trek, or Lares Trek?

As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Machu Picchu has been estimated to receive approximately 1 million visitors per year (pre-pandemic). For many, this w ...

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Inca Trail Permits – How Permits Work and Why You Need Them In Peru

The Inca Trail Permit System was created by the Peruvian government to help prevent serious overcrowding, overuse, and erosion on the historic Inca Tr ...

5 Reasons To Hike The Salkantay Trek with Alpaca Expeditions

Reasons To Hike The Salkantay Trek with Alpaca Expeditions

The Salkantay trail is one of the most beautiful alternative trails when hiking to Machu Picchu. This trail grants access to some of the most astonish ...

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The Flower and Plants of Machu Picchu

Trekkers want to know what flowers and plants they will see on their treks to Machu Picchu. Here is your insider guide to the gorgeous and abundant pl ...

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Orchids of Machu Picchu, Peru

Incan Myth about the Orchids of Machu Picchu “In the kingdom of the Andes there was a beautiful young princess. She fell in love with a brave an ...

The Birds of Machu Picchu

The Birds of Machu Picchu

Peru is a country and culture of many colors. As far as the eye can see, indigenous clothing, flavorful dishes, and lush vegetation adorn landscapes. ...

The Squares Of The City of Cusco

The Squares Of The City of Cusco

The plazas of ancient Cusco were epicenters of political activity, used mostly as a marketplace or area for people to gather for religious customs. Wh ...

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The Little Cusco Above the Mountains – Huchuy Qosqo

Inside the Sacred Valley we have this hidden gem, Huchuy Qosqo, as its name suggests ‘’Little Cusco’’, this beautiful archaeological center h ...

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High Qenqo: The ritual center

Moving forward from Sacsayhuaman, you can find this amazing site. Hidden inside the forest, Q’enqo Archaeological Complex rises to be part of your ...

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Puca Pucara – The first Inca Fortress

During a normal city tour, you will be able to visit the 4 ruins that are surrounding Cusco. The third of these archeological sites is Puca Pucara. ...

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Waqra Pucara

Waqrapukara originates from Quechua words: Waqra meaning “horn” and Pukara meaning “Fortification”. We would then be able to ...

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Why is Humantay Lake turquoise?

This beautiful lagoon often called ‘’Blue lagoon’’ awakens the senses of everybody who gets the chance to conquer its path and get to witness ...

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World Vegan Day

Alpaca Expeditions understands special dietary restrictions. We can accommodate your special needs and prepare appropriate meals by our Chefs. To cele ...

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Important Notice: Peruvian Airlines Suspends Flights and Ceases Operations

Travelers who had booked their flight between Lima and Cusco on Peruvian Airlines in the upcoming months are scrambling to find alternative flights af ...

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Inca Trail Myths and Misleading Information

The Inca Trail is certainly one of the most amazing and beautiful trails not only in the Americas, but the world at large, where travelers can enjoy u ...

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Notable Sites in Peru Every History Buff Must Visit

There are times when the hunt for adventure will bring us to a trail of new places that have yet to be appreciated by everyone. Most will go to big ci ...

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Machu Picchu Trek is a Paradise for Birdwatchers

Machu Picchu has long been a dream destination for explorers and adventurers. The trek can be challenging at times, yet priceless rewards await you al ...

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Before Visiting Machu Picchu: Check Inca Trail Availability!

Whether you’re seeking an active holiday, love ancient history or trekking out in the wildness, visiting Machu Picchu is an ideal trip for you. Even ...

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Introduction to Hiking: What to Have in Your Bag!

In order to prepare for any trek to Machu Picchu, you need to practice. While there may be workout programs and training schedules to prepare your bod ...

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Machu Picchu Guided Tours Highlight Inca History

Machu Picchu is one of the marvels of the world. Visiting this site is an amazing adventure, and Machu Picchu guided tours are essential to get the be ...

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Maras Moray Tour: Two Sites in One

Peru boasts many interesting sites to see, from the famous Machu Picchu to less celebrated sites. Two of the most intriguing are the mysterious Inca r ...

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Female Guides and Porters Lead Tours to Machu Picchu Peru

Historically, Peruvian tour guides have been predominantly male. Females are seldom asked to take leadership roles on the mountain. However, their pre ...

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Salkantay Mountain: The “Savage Mountain”

The massive Salkantay Mountain is the highest point of the Peruvian Andes Mountains. “Salkantay” is a Quechua word meaning “savage m ...

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Hiking the Inca Trail When Time is Tight

Spending a week or longer in Peru and enjoying majestic sites like Machu Picchu is ideal, but some travelers don’t have the time to devote to long-t ...

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Salkantay Hike Challenges and Delights Travelers

The Salkantay hike was once a “secret” way to Machu Picchu compared to the more widely known Inca Trail. However, now the hike is at the t ...

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Machu Picchu Hiking Tours Include Camping

Many people look forward to visiting the historic site of Machu Picchu. However, outdoor enthusiasts also strive to explore some of the regional lands ...

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Hike the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Hikers who love a challenge are heading to the Salkantay Pass for an unforgettable outdoor adventure. Machu Picchu is, of course, a renowned cultural ...

Why the Inca Trail Allows Only 500 People Per Day

Why the Inca Trail Allows Only 500 People Per Day

Machu Picchu is one of the most sought-after hikes in the entire world. People travel from all over the globe to see this national point of pride. So, ...

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Machu Picchu Tours from Lares Combine Beauty with Adventure

Travelers who plan Machu Picchu Peru tours are in for an amazing trip. Visitors experience starry nights, therapeutic hot springs, and soaring mountai ...

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The Best Machu Picchu Tours Provide Top Guides

There are numerous Peru Machu Picchu tours available. Therefore, it is essential to choose an experienced and passionate team of guides to lead your t ...

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Tours to Machu Picchu Peru Should Include These Stops

For many travelers, Machu Picchu is the reason to visit Peru. And while this wonderful country has many different sights and experiences to offer, t ...

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Climbing Machu Picchu — Hiking Huaynapicchu vs. Machu Picchu Mountain

If you’re planning a visit to Peru, a hike to the incredible, mythic city of Machu Picchu is a must. The entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain is a ...

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Available from Alpaca Expeditions: Your Lima to Machu Picchu Tour Package

Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca citadel situated in the Cusco region of Peru, right above the Sacred Valley. Some of the highlights of Machu Picch ...

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Hiking the Inca Trail Made Easy

Hiking the Inca Trail is not an easy feat.  The hike entails significant safety risks, where you will ascend over 13,000 feet in four days. Neverthel ...

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Machu Picchu Trail: Know Before You Go

The Machu Picchu trail is one of the most beautiful, breathtaking hiking tours you will ever experience. Get the most out of your adventure by going i ...

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Machu Picchu Trek: Options for How to Get There

Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most iconic sites, is always a dream destination for any person visiting Peru. The site is located deep in the ...

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Machu Picchu 4 Day Hike: What to Expect

Imagine: you’re awakened by the sounds of guides going through the camp, stirring the campers from their slumber and telling them to prepare  ...

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Machu Picchu Peru Tours are One of a Kind

Tours in any part of Peru will always be very interesting and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. No one knows for sure exactly what role the site of Mac ...

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Machu Picchu Tours in Peru Bring History to Life

Peru’s history spans about four millennia and is characterized by several stages of cultural development in the coastal desert and the mountain ...

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Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu: An Alternative

Machu Picchu is a dream destination for many. If you’re interested in visiting this historic sight, then you may already have done some research ...

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Tour to Machu Picchu a Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience

Your bucket list isn’t complete without a tour to Machu Picchu. When you’re ready to step off the beaten path and enjoy the lush rainfores ...

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Machu Picchu Tours Work for Everyone

Machu Picchu is one of the most popular places to visit in the world, with the site hosting up to 1000 people each day during the high season between ...

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Rainforest in Peru Is Like No Other

There are many different things that people look forward to when they are traveling. Some look for historical sites, and there are others that are int ...

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Machu Picchu Guided Tours Have Variety

Often known as the “the Inca’s Lost City,” Machu Picchu is situated in the Cusco area of Peru. One of the most remarkable prehistori ...

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Altitude Sickness Puts a Damper on Your Trip

Altitude sickness is an unpredictable condition. You might easily think it is just jet lag or feeling under the weather, but if you are in a mountaino ...

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Machu Picchu Day Trip Packing

Visiting Machu Picchu and hiking the famous Inca Trail is on many people’s bucket lists. This beautiful and historic citadel is located high in ...

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Peru Tours by Train Offer Incredible Views

Peru is home to some of the oldest, most historic cities and ruins in all of South America. Proclaimed as the “richest country in the world̶ ...

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Machu Picchu Weather Throughout the Year

The weather at Machu Picchu is very dependable, with almost steady temperatures all through the year, and the year can be separated into two seasons: ...

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Machu Picchu Trip Is an Experience to Remember

If visiting Machu Picchu is not on your bucket list, then it is time you add it. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. In the recent times, tho ...

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Machu Picchu Guided Tours Improve the Journey

Traveling to Machu Picchu is a trip that will take you back in time through nature, with sweeping panoramic views and breathtaking natural scenery. Wh ...

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Machu Picchu Trips Made Easier with Experienced Guides

Machu Picchu is the dream destination of many tourists. Getting around the area, however, and enjoying all the aspects of this great  destination can ...

The Lares Trek To Machu Picchu Using Eco Tourism To Make An Impact

achu Picchu Is a Sight Not to Be Missed

Machu Picchu is arguably the best attraction in all of Peru. A wonder of the ancient world, this mountaintop Incan ruin is a beautiful sight to behold ...

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Hiking the Inca Trail: An Experts’ Guide

If you’re up for a real adventure, then you should consider hiking the Inca Trail. The length of this hike is 42 km and takes about four days to ...

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Backpacking in Peru: A Guide

Without a doubt Peru is one of the world’s greatest backpacking destinations. The country is geographically diverse and rich in culture. It is t ...

Machu Picchu Should Be Your next Destination

Machu Picchu Should Be Your next Destination

Machu Picchu is arguably the best-known tourist destination in Peru. Ancient ruins sit atop a high peak in the Andes Mountains. Home to spectacular vi ...

Machu Picchu What Not to Miss

Machu Picchu: What Not to Miss

The ancient city of Machu Picchu is one of the wonders of the ancient world. Built high atop the Peruvian Andes Mountains, it was said to be the kingd ...

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Hike to Machu Picchu, or Take the Train?

One of the best-known destinations in Peru is Machu Picchu. The ruins and site can be reached either by a hike or taking the train. Unless you’v ...

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Learning About Peru

Peru is a multi-ethnic country with a population of roughly 30 million people. This South American country is located on the western side of the conti ...

Machu Picchu or There and Back Again

The Journey to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, for many visiting South America, is their number one sight-seeing spot, the highest point of their travel. Indeed, Machu Picchu is a sig ...

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Inca Trail Tips to Best Guide Travelers

There are very many beautiful types of places worldwide which are ideal for hiking. The Inca Trail has one of the best spot for hiking as well as sati ...

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Machu Picchu Offers So Many Things to See

Each year, millions of individuals visit the mysterious and imposing Incan citadel of Machu Picchu situated in Peru. However, getting to the intricate ...

Stunning mountain range views on the Inca Trail

Tips for Hiking the Inca Trail

Hiking the Inca Trail is often one of the things in many individuals’ bucket lists, and that is why it is wise to understand some of the best wa ...

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CLIENT BLOG: Machu Picchu, Peru: The 2D/1N Inca Trail (Full Review)

I must’ve seen at least a hundred photographs which look exactly like this one I took of Machu Picchu before I booked my flight from Hong Kong to Li ...

Frequently Asked Questions About the Inca Trail

How to Hike to Machu Picchu

A hike to Machu Picchu is sure to be one of the best outdoor adventures in your lifetime. Don’t let the experience be ruined by being under-prepared ...

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Trek Salkantay Trail: What You Need to Know OLD

The Trek Salkantay Trail connects Cusco to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Trek is approximately 55 miles long. Beginning at the village of ...

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Weather

Of course this is our most popular question – what will the weather be like on the trek? While we can’t answer this specifically, we can give you ...

The Secret of How to Tell a Real Alpaca Garment from a Synthetic Fake in Peru

The Secret of How to Tell a Real Alpaca Garment from a Synthetic Fake in Peru

Alpaca wool is a marvelous thing! It is super soft and warm and it “breathes,” making it wonderful to wear during cooler weather. Sweaters, gloves ...

Inca Trail Trekking Map

Inca Trail Trekking Map

In 2013 Alpaca Expeditions had a trekker on the Classic Inca Trail Trek named Rusty Rayner. Rusty has a website development and graphic design company ...

Introducing our new route to Rainbow Mountain

Introducing our new route to Rainbow Mountain

You may have recently noticed in popular social media and on the Internet the discovery of a fascinating new destination in the high Andes which is be ...

Navigate the Inca Trail sky with us

Navigate the Inca Trail sky with us!

The Inca Trail Sky | For those of you booked with us on one of our Alternative Treks, we have now added Telescopes to our campsites (one campsite on e ...

Inca Trail 2016 Update – Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail 2016 Update – Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

We are happy to report that Alpaca Expeditions has now passed all of the qualifications and documentation required to requalify us as a licensed 2016 ...

Cooking Class for the Alpaca Chefs – We are Always Looking to Improve!

Cooking Class for the Alpaca Chefs – We are Always Looking to Improve!

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday Alpaca Expeditions is sending our already well-known and much-loved chefs (including our Chef “Super”Mario) for a ...

Helping Our Community

Helping Our Community

Alpaca Expeditions was created with a focus on our community.  There are lots of companies that trek the Andes, but unfortunately many of the compani ...

Salkantay Trek the Inca Trail 7Days 6Nights

7 Day Salkantay and Inca Trail Trek

We have been so lucky to have so many of our clients post amazing reviews about their experiences with us on sites like TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet and ...

Celebrating Inti Raymi on June 24th

Celebrating Inti Raymi on June 24th

The Green Machine of Alpaca along with all our fellow Peruvians and foreigners visiting our beautiful country will celebrate Inti Raymi on June 24th. ...

With May Comes Huge Crowds to Cusco

With May Comes Huge Crowds to Cusco

Welcome to May everyone! We have officially entered the heart of the busiest time for tourism in this area. Many of you have treks coming up shortly a ...

Vaccinations and Travel Insurance

Vaccinations and Travel Insurance

Many of you have asked about what vaccinations are needed for traveling to Peru. We think that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention really o ...

First Aid Training for ALL Alpaca Expeditions Guides

First Aid Training for ALL Alpaca Expeditions Guides

The Inca Trail is closed for maintenance during the month of February which gives our busy guides the opportunity to do some additional training and c ...

Alpaca Expeditions Never Stops Learning

Alpaca Expeditions Never Stops Learning

At Alpaca Expeditions, we understand that there is always room to grow and learn – we really strive to be the best within our industry in order to b ...

Time to Celebrate

Time to Celebrate

Every year, on the first day of February where the whole team is back from trekking and touring, Alpaca has a party to say THANK YOU.  We know that w ...

Hiking Huaynapicchu Logistics

Huaynapicchu

First of all, Happy New Year to everyone.  Sorry we have been neglectful of our blog, but we were busy securing all our permits for 2014 and doing a ...

Are you from the Washington, DC Metro Area

Are you from the Washington, DC Metro Area

Fly.com is currently running a special for anyone traveling from the Washington DC area flying to Lima in February, March, and April for flights as lo ...

It’s Friday Pisco Sour Time

It’s Friday – Pisco Sour Time

First of all, we want to set everyone straight – the Pisco Sour was invented in Peru and will always be a national treasure. While some of our neigh ...

Alpaca Expeditions Thanks You

Alpaca Expeditions Thanks You!

So many of you have taken time out of your day to write amazing reviews about your experience with Alpaca Expeditions on websites like TripAdvisor and ...

Great Books About Machu Picchu

Great Books About Machu Picchu

National Georgraphic came out with another great list of suggested books to read before visiting or while visiting Machu Picchu.  Of course Turn Rig ...

Machu Picchu Discovered Today in History

Machu Picchu Discovered Today in History

On this date—July 24, 1911—American historian Hiram Bingham discovered Machu Picchu. He originally thought he had come across Vilcambra, another l ...

Trip Advisor review

Through the Eyes of an Alpaca Trekker

We don’t normally publish reviews written about us on TripAdvisor on this blog, but I thought our recent trekker’s review included so many good de ...

Alpaca Expeditions is Honored as a Top Performing Travel Agency on TripAdvisor

Alpaca Expeditions is Honored as a Top Performing Travel Agency on TripAdvisor

CUSCO, PERU – May 23, 2013 – Alpaca Expeditions is pleased to announce that we have received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award for ...

Hiking Huaynapicchu Logistics

Hiking Huaynapicchu: Logistics

As amazing as visiting Machu Picchu is, the beauty of the ruins is best appreciated from above.  While all you Inca Trail hikers will get to see this ...

Peru Attractions the Top 5

Peru Attractions: the Top 5

Sorry I haven’t updated the Alpaca blog in a while. I saw this article today in STUFF magaizine and thought it was a great start for people who were ...

Marriott Comes to Cusco

Marriott Comes to Cusco

New JW Marriott at Gateway of Machu Picchu is built on grounds of Colonial Monastery and features ancient Inca artefacts Marriott International contin ...

10 Things I Loved About Trekking to Machu Picchu with Alpaca Expeditions

“10 Things I Loved About Trekking to Machu Picchu with Alpaca Expeditions”

Reviewed September 10, 2012 by Renee Q. My boyfriend and I just returned from a 5 Day hike to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail with Alpaca. Here’s wha ...

New Trek 2 Day 1 Night Huchuy Qosqo

New Trek: 2 Day/1 Night Huchuy Qosqo

You asked, we listened… Recently travellers have been asking us about 2 day treks that aren’t the Inca Trail – since that trek is fully booked m ...

International Airport Coming to Cusco

International Airport Coming to Cusco

The current airport in Cusco makes getting to Cusco and visiting Machu Picchu very difficult for international tourists with limited time in Peru. Cur ...

Machu Picchu Trek for Katy Perry

Machu Picchu Trek for Katy Perry

Katy Perry is planning a holiday to South America – to Machu Picchu! The singer is reportedly taking a three-month holiday; her divorce from Russell ...

Chiriuchu or Cold food Famous dish of the region of Cusco

Guinea Pig Recipe

Once you arrive in Cusco, you quickly learn how important the guinea pig is – to our diet. It is such a popular dish in Peru, that the most famous c ...

A Tip for Tipping

A Tip for Tipping

Many hikers ask us about tipping at the end of their tour with Alpaca.  Tipping is of course 100% voluntary and should only be done if you feel like ...

Machu Picchu Interesting Facts

Machu Picchu Facts

Machu Picchu, a pre-Columbian Inca site, has acquired worldwide fame for its powerful vortex energy and sacredness that are of great appeal to the ded ...

Alpaca Expeditions Machu Picchu

Inca Trail – New Section Discovered in Peru

A section of the Peru’s Inca Trail was recently discovered in the Cusco region on the country’s southeast side after having been abandoned for abo ...

What makes Alpaca Expeditions different

What makes Alpaca Expeditions different?

Trekking to Machu Picchu has become more popular than ever. Peru has now become a hot spot for travellers, which has been amazing, but it has also cau ...

Commonly Asked Questions before Booking your Inca Trek

Commonly Asked Questions before Booking your Inca Trek

Do you need to book ahead ? YES! It is imperative to book your trek in advance. The classic Inca Trail is extremely regulated by the Peruvian governme ...

Interview with an AE Guide

Interview with an AE Guide

Raul, why did you start Alpaca Expeditions? Raul: I started with the purpose of helping porters and their families. What makes Alpaca Expeditions diff ...

Thank you Green Machine porters alpaca Expeditions

Thank you Green Machine

As those of you who have already trekked with us know, we lovingly call our hardest workers, OUR PORTERS, the Green Machine. These guys work endlessly ...

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