Unforgettable Adventure in Peru: Inca Trail & the Amazon

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Jeff

 
My wife and I spent 10 days in Peru, hiking the Inca Trail and exploring the Amazon Rainforest. Words can't describe how great this trip was!

Inca Trail with Alpaca Expeditions

Alpaca Expeditions, Cusco, Peru

Amazing tour operator, once in a lifetime experience. My wife and I hiked the classic 4D/3N Inca Trail. We are so glad we used Alpaca. From start to finish, they were outstanding. The team is extremely organized and answered any questions we had pre-booking through the end of the trip. On the trail, our guides and the "Green Machine" porter crew exceeded all expectations. Our guide, Yoel, was incredible. He was organized, funny, sociable, extremely knowledgeable, and always willing to help with anything during our trek. Special shout out to our chef, Hermang (sp?). I was absolutely blown away by the quality and variety of food we had for every meal along the trail. We ate restaurant quality meals everyday, which the team cooked on tiny gas burners with ingredients they carried on their backs - unreal. Also, it was my birthday on the second day and they managed to make me a birthday cake - so nice! Hiking the Inca Trail is a once in a lifetime experience and easily one of the best experiences I've ever had, and Alpaca was the perfect company to go with.

Hotel in Cusco: Tierra Viva Cusco Centro

Tierra Viva Cusco Centro, Cruz Verde, Cusco, Peru

Great, centrally located hotel with extremely reasonable rates. Short walk to all the sights, comfortable rooms, and a nice breakfast every morning. They held out luggage while we were on the Inca Trail and seamlessly checked us into another room the night we returned from the hike.

Dinner at Cicciolina

Cicciolina, Triunfo, Cusco, Peru

Amazing dinner our first night in Cusco. The restaurant is a little hard to find but when you get there it has a wonderful atmosphere. The menu is kind of a fusion between Italian and Peruvian cuisine. Everything we ate was delicious, as was my perfect pisco sour from the bar! This place was PACKED so definitely make a reservation.

Barrio Ceviche Seafood Kitchen

Barrio Ceviche, Portal de Panes, Cusco, Peru

Unreal ceviche off the main square. Has a cool nautical theme inside.

Brunch at Jack's Cafe

Jack's Café, Cusco, Peru

A favorite of local backpackers and the expat community in Cusco. This place had a line out the door around brunch time, but luckily we timed it just right. Had the best huevos rancheros! Lots of great vegetarian options too.

Lunch at Pachapapa

Pachapapa, Carmen Bajo, Cusco, Peru

Amazing local Peruvian cuisine served in a beautiful courtyard. Most of the food is made in a big wood-fired oven and super fresh. There was also a guy jamming on the harp, which made for some really nice background music (he even snuck in a great rendition of Despacito! lol).
Try the alpaca steak! So good!

Plaza de Armas

Plaza De Armas, Cusco, Peru

The central square of Cusco. Great place to start your day or stroll through at night.

San Blas District

Barrio de San Blas, Cusco, Peru

Cool artsy neighborhood north of the Plaza de Armas. Great restaurants, bars, and shops.

Sacsayhuaman

Sacsayhuamán, Cusco, Peru

Huge Incan ruins just outside of Cusco. A must-see while in Cusco! We walked from Plaza de Armas (which takes around 30-40 mins and mostly uphill, but it was such a nice day!), but you can also take a quick cab ride there.

Cristo Blanco

Cristo Blanco, Cusco, Peru

Huge statue of Christ up in the mountains above Cusco (you can see it lit up at night from anywhere in the city).

Hotel in Lima: Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco

Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco, Miraflores, Lima Region, Peru

Nice hotel located in the Miraflores neighborhood (definitely where you want to stay in Lima). We were only in Lima for a day in between Cusco and the Amazon, so we didn't spend much time in the hotel, but the rooms were nice and a good location.

Sushi lunch at Maido

Maido, Calle San Martin, Lima, Peru

Highly regarded sushi restaurant in Lima. After several days of hiking and meals on the Inca Trail, we splurged on some fantastic sushi once we arrived in Lima. Super trendy ambience and the quality of the fish here was unreal. Highly recommended

Amazon Rainforest Adventure at Muyuna Lodge

Amazon Muyuna Lodge, Jirón Putumayo, Iquitos, Peru

We flew from Lima to Iquitos, a small city on the edge of the Amazon rainforest. We then took a 3 hour boat ride into the jungle to Muyuna Lodge, where we spent 3 days. This place is in the heart of the rainforest and yet has everything you need. They arranged all our activities, including boat rides, walks to see animals, swimming, and kayaking. We even got to swim near dolphins (never knew there were dolphins in the Amazon until now lol). All the rooms have a balcony with hammocks overlooking the river/forest. All activities and meals were included. If you want to visit the Amazon, this is the place to do it.

 

Inca Trail with Alpaca Expeditions

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Alpaca Expeditions, Cusco
Amazing tour operator, once in a lifetime experience. My wife and I hiked the classic 4D/3N Inca Trail. We are so glad we used Alpaca. From start to finish, they were outstanding. The team is extremely organized and answered any questions we had pre-booking through the end of the trip. On the trail, our guides and the "Green Machine" porter crew exceeded all expectations. Our guide, Yoel, was incredible. He was organized, funny, sociable, extremely knowledgeable, and always willing to help with anything during our trek. Special shout out to our chef, Hermang (sp?). I was absolutely blown away by the quality and variety of food we had for every meal along the trail. We ate restaurant quality meals everyday, which the team cooked on tiny gas burners with ingredients they carried on their backs - unreal. Also, it was my birthday on the second day and they managed to make me a birthday cake - so nice! Hiking the Inca Trail is a once in a lifetime experience and easily one of the best experiences I've ever had, and Alpaca was the perfect company to go with.
 

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Hotel in Cusco: Tierra Viva Cusco Centro

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Tierra Viva Cusco Centro, Cruz Verde
Great, centrally located hotel with extremely reasonable rates. Short walk to all the sights, comfortable rooms, and a nice breakfast every morning. They held out luggage while we were on the Inca Trail and seamlessly checked us into another room the night we returned from the hike.
 

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Dinner at Cicciolina

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Cicciolina, Triunfo
Amazing dinner our first night in Cusco. The restaurant is a little hard to find but when you get there it has a wonderful atmosphere. The menu is kind of a fusion between Italian and Peruvian cuisine. Everything we ate was delicious, as was my perfect pisco sour from the bar! This place was PACKED so definitely make a reservation.
 

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Barrio Ceviche Seafood Kitchen

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Barrio Ceviche, Portal de Panes
Unreal ceviche off the main square. Has a cool nautical theme inside.
 

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Brunch at Jack's Cafe

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Jack's Café, Cusco
A favorite of local backpackers and the expat community in Cusco. This place had a line out the door around brunch time, but luckily we timed it just right. Had the best huevos rancheros! Lots of great vegetarian options too.
 

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Lunch at Pachapapa

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Pachapapa, Carmen Bajo
Amazing local Peruvian cuisine served in a beautiful courtyard. Most of the food is made in a big wood-fired oven and super fresh. There was also a guy jamming on the harp, which made for some really nice background music (he even snuck in a great rendition of Despacito! lol).
Try the alpaca steak! So good!
 

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Plaza de Armas

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Plaza De Armas, Cusco
The central square of Cusco. Great place to start your day or stroll through at night.
 

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San Blas District

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Barrio de San Blas, Cusco
Cool artsy neighborhood north of the Plaza de Armas. Great restaurants, bars, and shops.
 

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Sacsayhuaman

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Sacsayhuamán, Cusco
Huge Incan ruins just outside of Cusco. A must-see while in Cusco! We walked from Plaza de Armas (which takes around 30-40 mins and mostly uphill, but it was such a nice day!), but you can also take a quick cab ride there.
 

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Cristo Blanco

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Cristo Blanco, Cusco
Huge statue of Christ up in the mountains above Cusco (you can see it lit up at night from anywhere in the city).
 

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Hotel in Lima: Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco

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Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco, Miraflores
Nice hotel located in the Miraflores neighborhood (definitely where you want to stay in Lima). We were only in Lima for a day in between Cusco and the Amazon, so we didn't spend much time in the hotel, but the rooms were nice and a good location.
 

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Sushi lunch at Maido

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Maido, Calle San Martin
Highly regarded sushi restaurant in Lima. After several days of hiking and meals on the Inca Trail, we splurged on some fantastic sushi once we arrived in Lima. Super trendy ambience and the quality of the fish here was unreal. Highly recommended
 

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Amazon Rainforest Adventure at Muyuna Lodge

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Amazon Muyuna Lodge, Jirón Putumayo
We flew from Lima to Iquitos, a small city on the edge of the Amazon rainforest. We then took a 3 hour boat ride into the jungle to Muyuna Lodge, where we spent 3 days. This place is in the heart of the rainforest and yet has everything you need. They arranged all our activities, including boat rides, walks to see animals, swimming, and kayaking. We even got to swim near dolphins (never knew there were dolphins in the Amazon until now lol). All the rooms have a balcony with hammocks overlooking the river/forest. All activities and meals were included. If you want to visit the Amazon, this is the place to do it.
 

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