Medicinal Plants and Herbs of the Peruvian Amazon and How To Use Them

Medicinal Plants and Herbs of the Peruvian Amazon and How To Use Them

The use of plants and herbs to treat human maladies dates back thousands of years and yet the mystery remains as to how the ancients were able to discover the myriad of uses for plants to treat human maladies. However this knowledge was derived, there is a time-honored tradition for the use of herbal remedies

How to Mingle with the Locals in Cusco

How to Mingle with the Locals in Cusco

Most travelers come to Peru to visit Machu Picchu and perhaps hike the Inca Trail or they come to see some of the local landmarks, historic churches, museums, and the majestic Andes, its valleys, canyons, and breathtaking snow-capped peaks. What many travelers to Peru fail to do is engage and connect with the locals who

Pablo Amaringo: A True Visionary Artist of the Peruvian Amazon

Pablo Amaringo: A True Visionary Artist of the Peruvian Amazon

Pablo Amaringo was an acclaimed Peruvian artist who was the originator of a genre of colorful visionary art associated with Ayahuasca and the magical life of the Amazon Jungle. His paintings explored the relationships between man, dreams, and nature, and included fantastical representations of creatures, plants, and humans interacting with the natural world and the

Unique Stays in Peru: Where Luxury Meets Adventure Travel

Unique Stays in Peru: Where Luxury Meets Adventure Travel

 When visiting Peru, there are a number of choices for travelers looking for both luxury accommodations and exciting adventure, from luxury river cruises down the Amazon on fully equipped yachts to a cozy “skylodge” suite that literally hangs from the side of a mountain. Peru is the travel destination for travelers seeking the best of

5 Tips For How To Be Respectful of Peruvian Culture While Traveling in Peru

5 Tips For How To Be Respectful of Peruvian Culture While Traveling in Peru

Peru is considered a developing nation and as a result tourists visiting Peru from developed nations may find themselves shell-shocked and inadvertently offending Peru and Peruvian culture. Below, we share a few tips for navigating the cultural differences you’ll run into during your Peru vacation. Following these guidelines will help you to further connect and

3 Exotic Fruits in Peru You Have To Try When Visiting

3 Exotic Fruits in Peru You Have To Try When Visiting

Of the many pleasures that come with a visit to Peru, enjoying the abundance of fresh exotic fruit is definitely one of them. Peru’s variety of climatic zones, including tropical rain forests, high mountains, and coastal regions, contributes to an amazing diversity of fruit, many of which are high in vitamins and anti-oxidants while others

The Shining Path: A Tragic Period in Peru’s History

The Shining Path: A Tragic Period in Peru’s History

Before Peru popped on the radar as a popular travel destination, the country went through an extremely difficult period. The decade of the 1980’s was riddled with internal conflict between the Peruvian government and a terrorist organization known as Sendero Luminoso, or Shining Path. In fact, this was the bloodiest period of any historical time

A Background on Afro-Peruvian History and Its Influence on Peruvian Culture Today

A Background on Afro-Peruvian History and Its Influence on Peruvian Culture Today

Few travelers arrive to Peru arrive knowing about the heavy African influence on Peruvian culture. Just as the rest of the world capitalized on African slave labor in the 16th century, Peru did just the same. The first African slaves arrived on Peruvian soil around the same time the Inca Empire was crumbling due to

The Movement Against Peru’s “TV Basura” (Trash TV)

The Movement Against Peru’s “TV Basura” (Trash TV)

If you happen to flick on the television during your vacation in Peru, you may come across what is known in Peru as TV basura (trash TV). One of the best-known Peruvian examples of this type of programming is a show broadcast throughout Peru entitled “Esto Es Guerra,” in which teams of physically fit, scantily

The Scissors Dance: The Ceremonial Peruvian Dance of the Quechua People

The Scissors Dance: The Ceremonial Peruvian Dance of the Quechua People

The Danza de Tijeras, or the Scissors Dance, is a ceremonial dance of the Quechua people of the south-central highlands of the Peruvian Andes. It is performed in the Huancavelica, Apurimac, Arequipa and Ayacucho regions of Peru. Headed there on your Peru vacation? Here’s your guide to this unique Peruvian dance and tradition. A Peruvian