San Blas Neighborhood in Cusco

Cusco is a city of treasures.

In 1533, Francisco Pizarro was in the midst of the conquest of the Incas. After being captured by Pizarro, the Inca Emperar Atahualpa proposed to buy back his freedom by filling a room with gold. The room was 22 feet long and 17 feet wide. It is said that Atahualpa filled the room with gold up to a line 9 feet high. Although that gold was eventually lost, the cultural treasures of the Incas live on. Read more San Blas Neighborhood in Cusco

Peru’s El Beso or Why You Should Walk to the Park of Love

There’s always a breeze along the green coast of Miraflores in Lima, Peru. During the summer, the sun occasionally peeks through and makes it feel like 85 degrees, but most of the time it is Lima’s famous gray skyline.
From the boardwalk you are hundreds of feet above the Pacific ocean and can identify the sets of waves that make Lima a popular surfing spot. To the south you can see the Chorillos bay, usually spotted with fisherman trying to catch the perfect flounder for a ceviche. To the north, if it isn’t too foggy, you can see San Lorenzo island, just off the coast from the Lima National Airport.
These sweeping vistas are the perfect setting for a walk. You can start at Larcomar Mal then turn back around when you see El Beso.
El Beso – or “The Kiss” – is a sensual sculpture by Victor Delflin that serves as the centerpiece of the Parque del Amor – the “Park of Love.” A popular spot on Valentine’s Day, and for any newlywed couple in Peru, the Park of Love features all kinds of quotes and spots for romantic locals and tourists alike. In fact, there used to be an annual contest to see which couple could impersonate the kiss for the longest amount of time.
This is the perfect spot to enjoy Lima’s temperate climate and ocean breeze. Whether you’ve just returned from the Amazonian rain forest, or you’re on the verge of a great Andean adventure, take a moment at the Park of Love to rest and relax…
Happy Travels…

Top 3 Things to Do in Lima – Part 3

**This is Part 3 of a 3-Part series. To see Part 1, please click here. To see Part 2, please click here.

#3: Discover Colonial Downtown

From Miraflores, you’re about 20-30 minutes away from the main plaza in Lima. Gold buildings border two sides of the plaza, representing the Inca gold that was so coveted by the Spanish conquistadors (or so they say!). The two remaining sides of the plaza are home to the National Cathedral of Lima and the Governor’s Palace, which is Peru’s version of the White House. Read more Top 3 Things to Do in Lima – Part 3

The Riverwalk of Iquitos

The hub of activity in Iquitos is the main square (Plaza de Armas). Depending on the time of day you will find everything from artisan crafts to exotic fruit popsicles to artists painting a watercolor of Iquitos’ main cathedral. Most people spend a night in Iquitos before or after their jungle lodge experience and chances are that you’re hotel is nearby. Read more The Riverwalk of Iquitos