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Peru Trip Report

Report with Photos of Our Trip to Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Amazon

small group tours to PeruWe recently got back from a small group tour to Peru.  The Traveling Professor has been bringing his small group tours to Peru for almost 8 years now and this was our 20th trip.  It included Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon jungle.  We made the tour with 15 travelers from all over the United States.  In this blog post, The Traveling Professor will tell you about our accommodations, the outstanding food, and what was on our very exciting itinerary. Check out the blog post for our small group tour to Peru trip review.

Thursday, April 26, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (45)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

What the Peruvian Jungle is Like

We're Going Back in March

small group tours to Peru and Machu PicchePeople have a lot of misconceptions about Peru.  I'm not sure exactly what they are but when they get to Peru, especially a place like the Peruvian jungle, they always say, "Wow!  I never thought it would be like this".  We've been running tours to Peru for about 5 years now, so, in this blog post The Traveling Professor will tell you a little bit more what it is like to visit the jungle in Peru.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (172)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

Nobody Goes There Anymore, It's Too Crowded

Applying Yogi Berra Logic to Travel

yogi berra travelYogi Berra famously said, "Nobody Goes There Anymore, It's Too Crowded".  We can apply the same statement to travel. There are some places we regularly travel to, but NEVER go during certain seasons.  In today's blog post, The Traveling Professor explains the places to stay away from at certain times and better alternatives for travelers who do want to go away and actually enjoy their vacation without the pressing crowds.

Friday, April 07, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (638)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Travel Tips

Which Country Has The Best Food?

France, Norway, Bavaria/Austria, Italy or Peru: See the Rankings

best food in europeOn our small group tours to Paris, Italy, Norway, Austria and Germany, and Peru, part of the travel experience is the food.  It is ALL good.  But what's the best?  Every country has wonderful food.  But which country has the best food?  Everyone is going to have their own opinions but in this blog post, The Traveling Professor gives his opinion on which country has the best food.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1377)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: General Travel

Iceland, Iceland and and a Bit of Italy and Peru

What We Learned from the NY Times Travel Show

national d day memorialThe Traveling Professor just completed three days in New York at the New York Times Travel Show.   It was great to meet all of our travelers who came out to see us.  It was just as great to make new friends too.    We got to talk and meet face-to-face on all aspect of travel.  We learned what our travelers want in 2016.  In this blog post we will share that with you as well what we learned about upcoming trends in travel.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1214)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4

Where is The Professor Going in 2016?

Our Tours for 2016

steve solosky traveling professorWe really do something special here at The Traveling Professor.

It is hard to believe that I have been taking people on small group tours since 2009.  We started running strictly "budget" trips but as time went by, we kept upgrading and upgrading to the point where we use nothing less than quality 3-star deluxe hotels on all our regular tours, we have professional guides, limo pickup at the airport regardless of time of arrival, VIP no-wait-in-line admission.  Our small group size lets us into places where no other tour goes and no guide book will tell you about.  For instance, the ancient ruins you can get up close to an personal with in Rome, the restaurants only known by locals, the artisans in Florence that only WE get into to see, in Iceland we go off the beaten path for lunch at a dairy farm, and in Peru we hike the REAL Inca trail, not the one you always see on TV.   To find out where The Professor is going in 2016 and to find out how you can come along, read today's blog post.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1908)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: General Travel

Seven Myths About Peru and Machu Picchu

Rethink those Ideas You May Have of Peru

The Traveling Professor has taken hundreds of travelers to Peru and Machu Picchu on his small group tours.  It is truly an amazing travel experience with tremendous natural beauty and cultural traditions.   However, when we talk to people about Peru, they have reservations about going there.  Most often they think it is a "third world" country, they will get sick, or it is crime-ridden.   I have been to Peru and Machu Picchu as many as 4 times a year in recent years.   In this blog post, I will try to dispel the most common myths about traveling to Peru and Machu Picchu.

Friday, June 05, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2584)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

Why Peru is Not What You Think it Is

Travelers Have Many Misconceptions About This Great Travel Opportunity

peru traveling professorWhen choosing to travel, I find people tend to go places they are familiar with,or have a good perception of what they can expect.  For instance, there is a never-ending supply of people who want to visit Italy or Paris because they have heard so much about these destinations and they know what to expect in terms of sites to see, language, hotels, and culture.    Whenever we take people to Peru, the most common comments we hear are, "I didn't expect the hotels to be so nice",  "I didn't think the food would be so good", or "It is much more modern than I thought it would be".   I understand people might think Peru is a "third-world country", but it is far, far from that.  So, when they travel to Peru, it becomes a great surprise when they find the hotels, service, and restaurants to be MUCH BETTER than what they can find in Europe in many cases, and an even greater value.    Read the blog post to find out more about our tour to Peru, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon.  

Sunday, April 05, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1856)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

An Itinerary for Peru and Machu Picchu

Planning, Planning and More Planning is the Key

machu picchu traveling professorFor me, I enjoy our small group tours to Machu Picchu in a different way than I enjoy our tours to Europe.   Peru and Machu Picchu are more about adventure, physical activity, and immersion into a culture that is so different from what we experience in North America and Europe.   A trip to Peru and Machu Picchu is logistically difficult to plan.   For instance, other than walking, there is only one way to Machu Picchu.   In today's blog post I give a sample itinerary for visiting the best of Peru and Machu Picchu.

Sunday, February 15, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1706)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0

Black Friday Travel Deals

Save Money on Trips and "The Traveling Professor's Guide to Paris"

traveling professors guide to parisThe Traveling Professor jumps on the bandwagon and is offering his special "Black Friday" travel deals to everyone on his mailing list.  This is your opportunity to get a discount on The Traveling Professor's already affordable small group tours.   Check out the blog post to see what the special deals are.

Thursday, November 27, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1904)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: General Travel
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5 Good Packing Tips for Air Travel

5 packing tipsFor his small group tours and personal trips, The Traveling Professor probably flies about 75,000 to 100,000 miles per year on multiple trips.  That's a lot of experience with packing. There are lots of ways to make the packing experience more streamlined and easier. Read about The Traveling Professor's top 5 packing tips and enjoy your next trip to Europe or South American with less hassle.

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4 Good Airline Tips No One Ever Told You Before

4 best airline tipsAir travel is a big hassle. Airline customer service is horrible at best, airlines treat their customers like cattle with long waits, no personal service, and charge ridiculous fees.  However, some travelers are treated like VIPs with large seats, preferred boarding, lounge access, reduced or eliminated baggage fees. Find out how to fly like a VIP without spending a lot of money.  Read all about it in today's The Traveling Professor blog post

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Top 5 Tips for Exchanging Money

Top Tips for Exchanging MoneyIn Europe, the only place I have ever seen U.S. dollars is the LHR airport.  I have never seen U.S. dollars accepted anywhere else in Europe. Since the introduction of the euro about 20 years ago, things have gotten simpler since a single currency is accepted in most European Union countries, there are still many countries (Iceland, Norway, Croatia, Denmark come to mind) who do not accept euros. In this blog post The Traveling Professor gives some simple and never published before ways to exchange currency to use in Europe.

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3 Good 2-Star Hotels in Paris

hotel chopin, best 2 star hotels in parisAnyone who travels to Paris knows that lodging can be very expensive. I have been traveling to Paris well over 20 years and probably have made nearly 100 trips to the City of Light.  Over the years I have uncovered some 2-star hotels that are well worth staying in.  These hotels listed below have charm and style, but best of all, the price is right.  They are well-located and offer a stay in Paris that will not soon be forgotten.  Try one of them on your next tour to Paris.

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How to Save on Airport Parking

save money on airport parkingThe Traveling Professor is surprised about how costs can vary on airport parking. For example, at New York's JFK airport parking can be about $25 if parking on-site, about $18 a day if parking off-site.  Westchester airport charges an amazing $30 a day. At Dallas DFW airport it is $31 per day.  So, if traveling on a 2-week trip, it would not be impossible to spend a whopping $350 just to park a car.  Considering airfares to Europe are only a few hundred dollars more, that's a lot of money.  Nice friends or relatives may offer to drive you to the airport, but if you are like me, I hate to impose upon them  An obvious alternative is to use a close by off-site facility which usually saves 30%-50% and sometimes that is a good choice.  In today's blog post, The Professor will give a few more good tips on how to save on airport parking.

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