Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Best Way to Travel to Peru

Traveling to Peru 

What better way to experience Peru than with our 15 Day Tour in Peru. This journey that will take to explore Lima colonial, the fantastic and superb Sacred Valley, the amazing Machu Picchu.

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Lima Costa Verde
Our 15 days in Peru tour will begin in Lima centre and cover the most representative districts for your enjoyment. We will pass in a private transport and collect you from your hotel after breakfast time.  The city tour where you will show you key sites of Lima, including:

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Lima Cathedral

  • Huaca Pucllana (magnificent ceremonial and archaeological centre)
  • The historic centre of Lima
  • Colonial buildings (Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Cathedral, the City Hall)
  • The Central bank Museum
  • San Francisco
  • The modern Lima

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Cusco, Peru
Day 3 and Day 4 will land us in Cusco to spend time exploring the beautiful rich city. Options of exploring with our Sacred Valley Tour viewing Pisac, Sacsayhuama, Ollantaytambo and more.

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Ruins of
On beautiful Day 5 and 6 we will head to Agua Calientes to the great Machu Picchu. This day is absolutely amazing as you get to embark your eyes on the beautiful history of the Inca culture.

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Agua Calientes
Machu Picchu
You will also have option of exploring the amazing Huayna Picchu.

Huayna Picchu
After visiting the amazing Machu Picchu, we will spend the next couple days in Puno, Peru. This amazing lakefront city delivers a different atmosphere from Cusco.

Puno, Peru on looking Lake Titicaca.
Our journey will take us to Puno a southeastern town of Peru, located on the shore of Lake Titicaca.  The legend of Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo, who emerged from the waters of Lake Titicaca to found the Inca Empire.

On this day will be touring all the route to Puno and having stops at four interesting sites where you will be guided on site.

  • Andahuaylillas: Sistine chapel of South America: this church is one of the most beautiful examples of Andean popular religious art. (It leaves at 7.30am and arrives at about 5pm.)
  • Raqchi (Wiracocha God Temple): This was an Inca church of monumental dimensions; 100 meters long, 26 meters wide and 14 meters high. The temple is divided in two naves and each nave shows 11 giant columns - huge!.
  • La Raya: This is the halfway point between Cusco and Puno and also the highest point (4335 meters above sea level). The landscapes here are stunning and typical Andean animals like the llama, alpaca and vicuña are common. It is also the geographic border between the two cultures - Quechua and Aymara.
  • Pukara: This is the most important and oldest ceremonial center of the altiplano. There are interesting lite-sculptures and tombs.

On the next day of our great adventure we will visit the floating Islands Uros and Taquile.

The people from Karina community are very friendly and welcoming, for them showing their living style to you is a compliment on your visit.  We will have our food in this Karina community and to spend another night in their unique traditional homes.

Luquina Island
After spending our amazing time on these great islands getting to know the wonderful people of Karina, we will head back to Puno and spend our last day before flying to the amazing Peru Amazon.

Puerto Maldonado and
Tambopata River
This part of the trip we will spend it in the amazing
Posada Amazonas onlooking the peace of this beautiful reserve.

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Posada Amazonas
After relaxing in the amazing forest, we will head out
Oxbow Lake. We will paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for giant river otters and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers.

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Oxbow Lake
We will also offer a tour an Ethnobotanical tour, of the Centro Ñape. We will learn about some medicinal plants such as: Ajo-Sacha, Yuca de Venado, Uña de Gato, Charcot-Sacha, Para-Para, among several others. 

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Ethnobotanical tour
After spending a night at the best resorts in the Amazon we will begin our last day adventuring through Mammal Clay Lick.

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Parrot Clay Lick
Here we will get a chance to view all the amazing colorful birds, frogs, deer, guan and parakeets with option to hike at night. At this time you may see more animals appear from their habitat and hear unusual callings.

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Lima, Peru
After all the adventures seeing more in two weeks than what most see in a lifetime, we will fly back to Lima and you will finish your journey in the city where it all begin.
Don't miss a chance to experience all of Peru with us. Ask us for our low rates now here.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Why Traveling is more than healthy


 A healthy way to live

 Life today can become very stressful as we have more priorities, more things we are involved in and more aware of all the information out in the world that it´s sometimes hard to get away for a while. Whether we are too busy or believe traveling somewhere it´s worth the hassle.
It´s actually been scientific proven that traveling is healthy for us. 

Here´s 7 Scientific reasons traveling makes you healthier:

1. Traveling exposes your body to different environments to boost immune system and antibodies.

2. Travel lowers stress levels.

3. Travel improves your brain health.

4. Travel will lower your risk of heart disease.

5. Travel keeps you fit.

6. There are a lot of places on Earth that have healing properties.

7. Travelers have a longer lifespan than non-travelers.

Traveling can really make a difference in your life not just physically but mentally as well. To take a step towards bettering your mental and physical health plan your next vacation with us here

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Salkantay Trek

The Salkantay Trek

Machu Picchu`s Most Beautiful Trek

Rated #1 for the 25 Best Treks in the World by National Geographic Adventure Magazine, the Salkantay Trek is the most popular alternative hike to Machu Picchu as it gives adventurers an incredibly different experience than the famous Inca Trail. 

The trail travels through incredible landscapes where lowland jungle gives way to highland alpine settings and glaciated mountains. Just seeing the amazing mixture of both environments alone makes this trek worth it. This is where the famous name comes from. 
Nevada Salkantay is one of the most iconic mountains in the Cusco. For experienced mountaineers, trekkers and hikers Salkantay Mountain is sad to be challenging. In fact the Quechua name, Sallqantay, means ‘Savage’ or ‘Wild’ and it is rarely conquered.
As you hike up to the highest point 15200ft or 4650m halfway between two huge mountains, Salkantay and Tucarhuay.
 Another amazing feature of the Salkantay Trek is viewing the marvelous Humantay Lake  (Laguna Humantay) one of the most sought out sites in Cusco. The beautiful color disparity in the lake mixed with the beautiful Salkantay Mountain surrounding gives you an unbelievable sensation.

The Humantay Lake is said to be sacred to the Incas where people still to this day leave offerings known as Apachetas. Apachetas are said to be offerings to the deity named "Pachamama" and will find these offerings scattered around the lake shore. 

After all the breathtaking sites you will get a chance to catch your breath hiking through the peaceful Cloud Forest, this upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo River and a series of small brooks and creeks is absolutely refreshing. You will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants.
The climate is warm in La Playa which is at(2500m)/(8202ft). After a rest, we will go to the hot springs and enjoy a well-deserved soak in the soothing waters. A real treat after all you´ve seen so far.

The next hidden gem you will get to see on the Salkantay Trek is LLactapata, which in Quechua means place (village, town, city, country, nation) and elevated above a bank or river which is west of Machu Picchu.
This unique site is a perfect lead to Machu Picchu and it´s unbelievable buildings.

After being blown away by the Salkantay Mountains, amazed by the Humantay Lake, re-energized by the Cloud Forest and finally left wondering about the Llaqtapata, what better way to end your journey than with the amazing Machu Picchu?

You will have seen more in one trip than what people see in two or three. This is why the Salkantay Trek is by far the best option and most amazing experience you can buy. 
Click here to see availability for our 
5 Day Salkantay Trek 
8 Day Salkantay Trek  - including Full Day Sacred Village 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Planning a trip to Machu Picchu? Choosing Valencia is the Only Option

Planning a trip to Machu Picchu
You won´t regret our 5-Star Rated Travel Agency

    Heres 3 Reasons Why:

Reason #1 Save yourself TIME, HASSLE AND PEACE

I have traveled to Machu Picchu not using a travel agency thinking I could save money but I never counted the cost of what I would be spending. Realizing all the prices are already highly inflated for tourists, I found myself jumping from place to place looking for the best deal as many tours try to get you to spend top dollar for basic services. I spent more time hassling about price than touring Cusco. 

Valencia not only offers you amazing deals but their service is ONE OF A KIND. From their amazing Chefs to amazing tour guides and you save hours of hassling for the best service and food while touring the amazing country of Peru. 

Reason #2 The Unexpected 

Traveling to a different country, you become shocked to see the processes and customs. I didn´t expect it to be like America or other countries but I was shocked to see the complications and problems they have because of their processes. Without a travel agency, you are left to deal with all these problems and complications alone with no help or no information on how to bypass them. 

Valencia Travel is unbelievable locals and experienced tour company that 972 travelers rave about their process and step by step help on Tripadvisor. To have a company like this help you through your travels the entire time you are in their country is a blessing and you won´t regret it.

Reason #3  Their plans vs Yours won´t compare 

When traveling to a different country, we all sort of build a bucket-list of things we want to do and accomplish while we are there. Most of the times we do not get to accomplish everything because we find other things while visiting that we want to do as well. It sometimes becomes difficult to see everything. 

With Valencia Travel, they not only learn about all of the things you want to see but they add the local honey holes and gems that only the people from Peru know to exist. So you not only get to see everything you want to see but the things you are forever thankful you got a chance to witness. 

Traveling to a different country can be time-consuming, complicating and a big hassle planning step by step plans and avoiding all the complications but choosing Valencia Travel Cusco will be the smartest decision by far. They will amaze you not only with their professionalism but their service, amazing individuals and unbelievable attention. 

Choose the best when traveling to Peru.

Choose us as your next adventure. Visit our tours HERE.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Hiking to Machu Picchu

Hiking to Machu Picchu 
It´s 3 Most Famous Alternatives


Machu Picchu is the most popular place in South America peaking at 5,000 people traveling to see this amazing site daily. With all those people, it´s hard to make your trip as unique as possible. 

At Valencia Travel Cusco, we offer 6 treks that allow you a unique experience unlike the norm to the magnificent Machu Picchu but let´s talk about the 3 most popular Inca Trail, Lares and the Salkantay

Inca Trail

Inca Trail is so famous not only because it leads you to Machu Picchu but
  1. There is only a limited of individuals who can participate inside this trek daily. 
  2. It is protected so you can see all the natural wildlife, an array of wild orchids in full bloom and many more untouched gems.
  3. The Trail leads you directly to the Sun Gate which overlooks Machu Picchu. 
And last you get to see the ruins leading to Machu Picchu that travelers on different routes do not get to experience. This by far is one of the best hikes you will ever take.
4 Day Trek
5 Day Trek
Short 2 Day Trek

Lares Trek

Inca Trail is obviously talked about a lot but what deserves more recognition is the beautiful Lares Trek. This trek is not a "runner-up" or in any competition to be the best. This beautiful trek is surrounded
by stunning mountains, lakes, and valleys. And it starts in a small city inside the Sacred Valley.  Just by looking at the picture you can tell this trek is nothing like the Inca Trail and anyone who has experienced this hike loves that it´s not.
This is the trek I would recommend :)

4 Day Lares Trek

Salkantay Trek 

National Geographic Adventure Magazine rated the Salkantay Trek as one of the Best Treks in the World. The most impressive is the snow peak Salkantay.  If you have missed to sign up on time for the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek 5 days 4 nights, is your best option to get to Machu Picchu. There are also excellent hot springs at the end of your trek. Note: The Salkantay Trek in private service, is addressed to small groups since there is personalized attention so you can really get an insight into the local Andean communities and way of life.
This trek is perfect for slow, peace seeking individuals that loves mountains.

5 Day Salkantay Trek

As each trek will deliver its different essence of the Inca Culture, whichever trek you choose will deliver it`s amazing once in a lifetime experience. And if we were to recommend something, it would be to take the chance to plan out how you can witness not one but two of these unforgettable journeys.


Please tell us your experience below which trek did you choose and what was your favorite part?

Monday, January 25, 2016

Travel Inspiration, Words of Wisdom

There is something magical about words that are put in just the right order to inspire a kind of wonderment. A well written essay can inspire change, and a speech a riotous protest. However, one of my favorite set of words comes in the form of travel quotes. So for your travel inspiration I have compiled Valencia Travel Cusco’s top 10 favorite travel quotes! 

10.  “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

9. “Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, ‘I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.'” – Lisa St. Aubin de Teran 

8. As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.” – Margaret Mead 

7. “Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” – Kurt Vonnegut

6. “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine

5.  “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca 

4.  “Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley 

3. “Our Nature lies in movement; complete calm is death.” – Blaise Pascal

2. “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

1.“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

I hope you enjoyed these quotes. Life isn’t interesting living in only one place, so I hope 2016 is full of movement for our readers! If you have a favorite travel quote I hope you share it in the comments, or post in on our Facebook page. Wander on friends!