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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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6 things that set the Qhapaq Ñan apart from other treks

6 things that set the Qhapaq Ñan apart from other treks

​​​​​​​The Great Inca Trail aka the Qhapaq Ñan spans 25,000 miles and seven countries, making it the largest UNESCO World Heritage site on the planet. Here are 6 great reasons why you simply have to follow in the Incas’ footsteps with us.
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4 Cusco festivals worth planning around

4 Cusco festivals worth planning around

​​​​​​​Cusco, the old Inca capital and one of the most important colonial centers in Latin America, is replete with history. When they want to have a party Cusqueños draw on centuries-old traditions – with spectacular results. We caught up with one of our longest serving Cusco guides and passionate festival-goer Allison Monge, to get the low-down on four of the most interesting festivals.
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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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Lodge versus cruise: Exploring the Peruvian Amazon

Lodge versus cruise: Exploring the Peruvian Amazon

You haven’t truly experienced the wonders of South America until you’ve immersed yourself in the canopy of the Amazon and explored its many waterways. Until you’ve got up close and personal with a macaw and heard a howler howl… Why go The numbers don’t lie. The Amazon Rainforest covers about 2,100,000 square miles, making it far and away the largest rain forest on the planet. The Amazon River, without which there would be no forest, is the world’s largest river by volume and – recent studies suggest – also the world’s longest.  The Amazon Rainforest is shared by eight different countries, with Brazil, Peru and Columbia boasting the largest swaths. Photo credit: R.Rodrich / Delfin Amazon Cruises By area 60% of Peru is rainforest, but only 5% of the population calls it home. What it lacks in humans it makes up for with a multitude of plants, insects, birds, animals and fish that is quite simply without compare. The Amazon is the most biodiverse place on the planet …
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The Great Inca Trail - Part III

The Great Inca Trail - Part III

Follow along as Chief Explorer of SA Expeditions hikes 4 months from Ecuador to Cusco, Peru along The Great Inca Trail, the central road of a 25,000 mile transportation network known as the Qhapaq Ñan which connected the the Inca Empire. His pursuit of this great adventure has several folds, but all share the ultimate goal of conserving this historic road system for generations to come.
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5 iconic Amazon animals

5 iconic Amazon animals

Your once in-a-lifetime adventure to the world’s largest and richest rainforest will be packed with wildlife highlights from start to finish. Here are a few of the most exciting species found near Puerto Maldonado... Giant river otter (Pteronura brasiliensis). These graceful river giants, which attain lengths of 8ft (if you include their long tails) and weights of 70lb, are the largest member of the Mustelid family. Only 5,000 remain in the wild (in an area the size of the Lower 48!) but the oxbow lakes of Tambopata in South-Eastern Peru are one of the best places in the world to see them. The sociable otters who live in groups of up to 20 individuals are expert fishermen who eat approximately 3 kilograms of fish every day. Each otter is born with a uniquely shaped patch of cream-colored fur on its throat – much like a human fingerprint this can be used by rangers and scientists to identify individuals. They’re also extremely vocal animals…as you will find out on your Amazon …
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Everything you need to know about Peru

Everything you need to know about Peru

From the vibrant colors of the Amazon to the wispy clouds of Machu Picchu, Peru has it all. We’ve sifted through our archives to compile one megablog that covers every corner of this magnificent country… Lima, the thriving capital With great beaches, the world’s best food (officially!) and a fascinating history Lima really does have it all. Where else can you see a pre-Incan adobe pyramid surrounded by skyscrapers and go on a tour of the oldest colonial house in all of the Americas? Adventure junkies can jog, surf, bike and paraglide to their hearts' content while kids and adults will love the water and lights show at the Parque de la Reserva. Making the most of your Lima layover Colonial Culture in Lima An introduction to Lima Lima through the lens Lima más arriba (amazing aerial photographs of the city) Water and lights shows at the Parque de la Reserva Photo credit: Kenneth Moore Lima, foodie heaven With five restaurants in the the world' …
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