Huayhuash Trek in Northern Peru: Touching the Void

Huayhuash trek in Northern Peru is considered one of the two most beautiful alpine-style treks in the world (the other one is the Annapurna Circuit, which I covered earlier). The trek has gained fame following the Movie “Touching the Void“, which describes the successful but disastrous and nearly fatal climb of the 6,344-metre (20,813 foot) Siula Grande in 1985 by Joe […]

Inca Trail and alternative treks to Machu Picchu

Hiking to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail or on one of the alternative trails is a memorable experience, not to be missed.  A typical trek (which includes a visit to Machu Picchu) starts and ends in Cusco and is 3 nights/4 days.  If you are in good physical shape, you will enjoy the treks: the […]

Casa Cartagena: historic luxury boutique hotel and spa in Cusco, Peru

If you are going to Cusco (hopefully to hike one of the many Inca Trails) and want to stay in a luxury boutique hotel that has history and charm, check out the 16-suite Casa Cartagena, located in a renovated mansion built over a former Inca temple, and once occupied by the regent, Don Fernando de […]

Peru travel update: good boutique hotels and restaurants in Cusco and Puno

It is that time of the year again when people plan trips to Peru, mostly to hike the Inca Trail (or any one of the alternative Inca Trails) and visit Macchu Picchu. I hiked the Salkantay Trail two years ago and posted my first restaurant and hotel recommendations in Cusco. This year, my partner went […]

Mapplr's favorite restaurants in Lima

If you are planning a trip to Macchu Picchu, you will have to stop over in Lima before going on to Cusco. Lima does not have the allure and beauty of Cusco, but it is Peru’s capital and its largest city (8 million people), and it has a lot of very good restaurants. The fish […]

Mapplr's favorite restaurants and cafes in Cusco

I have just returned from a trip to Peru, where I hiked with a group for several days to Macchu Picchu along the Salkantay trail (the longer, higher-altitude alternative to the traditional Inca Trail) and visited Lake Titicaca. Before going up the trail, I spent several days in Cusco, a beautiful town high in the […]