South America

Holidays in Peru…2019 Calendar

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Cusco loves a parade…check your travel dates against the 2019 holiday calendar and see if you will be around for a celebration. Date Holiday Name Brief Description January 1 New Years Day New Year’s Day January 6 Three Wise Men Day Known as Reyes Magos in Peru March 3 Carnavales A day celebrated with beautiful…

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Our Inca Trail Porters First Visit to Machu Picchu

Our Inca Trail Porters First Visit to Machu Picchu

Our Inca Trail Porters First Visit to Machupicchu The Inca Trail is closed in February due to heavy rains, government maintenance and the cleaning of the Trail. Alpaca Expeditions took the opportunity during this off month to create lots of activities such as, cleaning the trail for the Lares trek, the Huchuy Qosqo Trail, Inca…

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Celebrating Inti Raymi tomorrow, June 24th

Tomorrow, the Green Machine of Alpaca along with all our fellow Peruvians and foreigners visiting our beautiful country will celebrate Inti Raymi.  During the Inca Empire, the Inti Raymi was the most important of four ceremonies celebrated in Cusco, as related by Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. The celebration took place in the Haukaypata or…

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Peruvian Cuisine Showcased in New York City

For all of you New Yorkers, or those planning a trip to visit Manhattan next week, the 8th Annual StarChefs.com International Chefs Congress will take place from September 29 – October 1, 2013 at Pier 57. And what makes it more special this year, Peru’s Export and Tourism Promotion Board (PromPeru) will attend this year’s…

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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 our travel agency services. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only…

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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 just beginning their planning of their trip to Peru.  This list is originally from the newest Lonely Planet Peru book and I think it’s a pretty accurate…

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Cusco International Airport Still Planned for 2017

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Taken from today’s article in the Huffington Post. Construction of a new airport near the famed ruins of Machu Picchu is going ahead despite local concerns over corruption and the environmental impacts such a large project could have on the delicate mountaintop ecosystem of Peru’s Sacred Valley. Planned for Chinchero, between Machu Picchu and Cusco,…

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Stay Safe While Visiting Peru

While a lot of the details are still a little confused about the story of 3 American tourists getting attacked in a village outside of Cusco, it is an important reminder that we all need to be safe while we travel.  If you haven’t heard, last week on a TV program in the USA, 3…

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Green Destination Award Given to Machu Picchu

The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru was voted as the World’s Leading Green Destination for 2012 at the 19th World Travel Awards held in India. Elisabeth Hakim, Promperu tourism coordinator for North America and the UK said that besides Machu Picchu is known as an historic icon; it’s also a green destination as…

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Things to Do in Cusco (Other Than Machu Picchu)

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Mysterious and visually stunning, seeing the well-preserved Inca city of Machu Picchu is a trip of a lifetime.  But a trip to this beautiful part of Peru shouldn’t only be about seeing Machu Picchu. Here are five things to do in Cusco other than to visit the famous Machu Picchu. 1. Take A Train Ride…

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