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See Cusco’s Rainbow Mountain in style

See Cusco’s Rainbow Mountain in style

​​​​​​​Most people who visit the breathtaking multi-colored mountain high in the Peruvian Andes do so on a grueling 16-hour round-trip. SA Expeditions clients, however, enjoy a leisurely two-day itinerary that avoids the crowds and includes a night spent in a gorgeous campsite. Jenny Byrne, our resident mountain goat, unpacks the experience.
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Join us on 'The Trek Less Traveled’

Join us on 'The Trek Less Traveled’

​​​​​​​Earlier this month SA Expeditions’ founder and Chief Explorer Nick Stanziano shared a real-time adventure through the highlights in Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Inca and Machu Picchu. Nick also embarked on the ‘Trek Less Traveled’ when he took a three-day trek to the oft-forgotten Inca citadel at Choquequirao – hidden among the cloud forests of southern Peru.
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Exploring South America with kids

Exploring South America with kids

With its gorgeous beaches, fascinating forests, vibrant cities and captivating cultures, South America is a real winner with the whole family. Whether you’re travelling with tricky toddlers or bored adolescents, Latin America will keep you coming back for more.
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The ins and outs of tipping in South America

The ins and outs of tipping in South America

We know first-hand how tricky it can be to judge what, when and whether to tip…So, we’ve put together some basic guidelines to help you avoid those awkward moments. Remember that our entire team is fairly compensated and tipping is a personal decision based on your comfort level and satisfaction.
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What sets our Peru treks apart

What sets our Peru treks apart

​​​​​​​SA Expeditions was born in the mountains around Cusco and our Peru trekking tours remain at the core of our DNA. Regardless of which trek you choose you’re guaranteed a standard of comfort, professionalism and cultural awareness that goes above and beyond.
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Make the most of your Cusco free time

Make the most of your Cusco free time

​​​​​​​You’ll go on a guided tour of Korikancha, Sacsayhuaman and the cathedral, but Cusco – jewel of the Andes and gateway to Machu Picchu– warrants further exploration on your own.
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4 Spectacular Treks near Machu Picchu

4 Spectacular Treks near Machu Picchu

​​​​​​​The Inca Trail is the most famous trek to Machu Picchu but the Lares, Salkantay and Choquechaca treks all have some unique selling points. Read on to find out which one will be best for you.
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The ultimate Inca Trail packing list (also works for other Andean treks)

The ultimate Inca Trail packing list (also works for other Andean treks)

As a wise man once said, there's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate gear. Cold nights and damp days can turn the trek of a lifetime into a miserable march if you’re not well equipped. To make sure you’re as comfortable as possible during your Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu, we've put together this handy list of everything you'll need to bring along. We won't go so far as to actually pack your bags, though!
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Dance the night away in Rio, Buenos Aires and Cusco

Dance the night away in Rio, Buenos Aires and Cusco

Everywhere you go in South America – from the steaming Andes to the towering Andes; bustling metropolises to tiny villages – you’ll hear music playing. And when there’s music, dancing is sure to follow. Read on to find out more about three of South America’s best dance destinations: Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Cusco.
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Cusco and Machu Picchu: Three hotels reviewed

Cusco and Machu Picchu: Three hotels reviewed

I just got back from a trip to three gorgeous – but very different – hotels in Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Here’s what I loved about each place…
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Climbing Huayna Picchu (the mountain in THAT photo)

Climbing Huayna Picchu (the mountain in THAT photo)

This short, sharp ascent on narrow paths and stairs is both hair-raising and exhausting. But this is all forgotten when you stand at the top and look down on the wonder that is Machu Picchu. What is Huayna Picchu? Day visitors to Machu Picchu can choose between a regular entry ticket or a ticket that includes hiking to either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Huayna Picchu is the dramatic cone-shaped peak which towers above Machu Picchu in all the photos…you know the one. Machu Picchu means ‘old mountain’ in Quechua and Huayna Picchu means ‘young mountain’. At 8,920ft, it’s the second highest point in the ruins precinct (Machu Picchu Mountain is higher) but it still enjoys great views. This could be you... (Photo credit: Jipe7 on Flickr) Huayna Picchu versus Machu Picchu Mountain If your legs allow it, hiking up one of these two peaks is highly recommended. But which one will it be? Huayna Picchu is much more popular among visitors, and despite the fact that only 400 visitors …
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The Two Day Inca Trail – The Best Kept Secret

The Two Day Inca Trail – The Best Kept Secret

Hiram Bingham’s discovery of Machu Picchu and the subsequent photos published in 1913, in the fledging National Geographic magazine, changed the course of Peru (and the magazine). Today the region of Cusco, which is the gateway to the most stunning of mountaintop Inca citadels, now sees over a million tourists a year. When Bingham first arrived to the site, he traversed the beautiful stone roads that the Inca’s built 500 years prior, a walking path that was bypassed in the subsequent decades by a rail line, built in the 1940’s to bring ever more visitors arriving to Peru, on modern jet airplanes. The Re-discovery of the Inca Trail By the early 1980’s some entrepreneurial explorers recognized the potential of these same paths that Bingham took in 1911 when he re-discovered Machu Picchu (Bingham’s route differed slightly from the current Inca Trail) and created a four day trekking circuit that again changed the course of tourism for the region. It established one of today’s most …
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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

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