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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 (102)/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 (207)/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 (688)/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 (1433)/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 (1277)/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 (1945)/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 (2634)/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 (1887)/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 (1740)/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 (1950)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: General Travel
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Denmark and Norway by Rail and Ferry

Norway by Train and FerryOne of the more popular Traveling Professor tours is his small group tour to Norway and Denmark.  No matter how one travels to these countries, they will see some of the best natural beauty to be found anywhere. But if traveling by train and ferry, it offers special sights that can be found no other way.  Read The Traveling Professor's blog post and find out why you need to travel to Denmark and Norway by ferry and rail.

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Best and Worst Ways to Change Money Overseas

how to exchange money overseasOne of the money matters we encounter when traveling is how to change money.  Most European countries NEVER accept US dollars.  Fortunately, most European countries accept the common Euro currency but a good amount don't.  In any case, there are situations where you will need to obtain currency.  Look at The Traveling Professor's travel tips on the best way to change your currency into local currency.  I'll also tell you about some of the worst ways to do it too!

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4 More Paris Restaurants

favorite paris restaurantsEveryone loves to eat in Paris. Today, more than ever, there are options for eating in Paris. In general, on our small group tours to Paris we eat at local spots at a moderate price.  I have picked out 4 of my favorite Paris restaurants, two of them are actually located on the same street, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.  The other two are on the other side of the river and I am very sure you will enjoy them. 

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Things The Professor Cannot Travel Without

small group tours packingWe do anywhere from 10-15 small group tours each year.  Sometimes I am away for 6-7 weeks at a time and I NEVER check a bag. So, what are the essential things I bring on every trip other than the obvious like a change of clothes? Take a look at The Traveling Professor's blog post to learn what he cannot travel without. 

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