The only oasis in Latin America, the town is best known for its dune adventure activities.

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Planning a Peru Hop itinerary of your own? Here’s what you need to know.

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The highlight of any of my trips is ALWAYS an incredible animal experience. Peru was no exception.

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Welcome to my Machu Picchu Misadventure, where everything that COULD go wrong with my one day train trip to Machu Picchu, certainly DID.

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Machu Picchu, smachu picchu. An equally awe-inspiring wonder awaits adventurous travelers willing to get just a bit off the well worn Lima-Cusco-Machu Picchu track: Colca Canyon.

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I was psyched to visit small villages, to experience the majesty of the world’s second deepest canyon, and most importantly for me: to hopefully see some Andean condors!

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Very important side note: Every time I type Taquile Island, it autocorrects to Tequila Island. Who cares if it’s only Wednesday, it’s been a rough few days and the autocorrect powers-that-be are sending me a sign, so I’m seriously debating pulling out some Jose and downing a few shots.

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Do the indigenous Uros people actually live on the floating islands or not?

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I managed to make the most of my two weeks in Peru by using the Peru Hop bus from Lima to Cusco with the “Full South” hop-on hop-off experience.

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My time in Arequipa was fraught with bad choices, aside from one decision: to stay at Casa de Avila Arequipa. Bang for my buck and cozy as anything!

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