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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

We're Off to Peru

Two Tours - One of them to an Exciting New Destination

small group tours to peruDestination:  Peru.  Tonight I fly out of Hartford to return to one of my favorite travel spots; Peru, Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle.  I've done this tour many times before and I enjoy it every time I go.  I am actually doing two trips in one.  The first is for a private group of 8 people and the second trip is a short 5 day trip to an exciting new area in Peru, dubbed as the "next Machu Picchu".  Read my blog post and keep up with me on Facebook while I am traveling to find out more about my small group tour to Peru.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (388)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

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

Best Tips for Visiting Machu Picchu

The Professor Gives His Top Ten Pointers for Visiting the Ancient Citadel of the Incas

best advice for visiting machu picchuA tour to Peru and Machu Picchu takes a lot of planning.  It is an adventure that travelers usually only do once in their lifetimes, so let's make sure a trip to Machu Picchu is done the right way. Go the right time of year, stay in the best hotels in Machu Picchu, make sure to see everything to be seen in Machu Picchu. In this blog post, The Traveling Professor, Steve Solosky gives his top ten pieces of advice for visiting Machu Picchu.

Saturday, February 07, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2223)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7

Peru Trip Report

Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon

smalll group tour to peruWe just got back from a Traveling Professor small group tour to Peru.   We took 10 travelers to South America on a tour to ancient Cusco, spectacular Machu Picchu and for the first time, The Traveling Professor went to the Amazon rain forest in what turned out to be a trip that exceeded all expectations.    To get a trip report, read The Traveling Professor's blog.   There is also a link to view all the photos from The Traveling Professor's small group tour to Peru.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2053)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.5

Why We Are Not Going To Peru In 2015

Maybe It Will Be On The Schedule in 2016

machu picchu traveling professorPeru is a wonderful journey.   Lima is like Southern California and old Europe mixed together.   Cuzco is a cultural experience that all travelers should experience.   The train ride from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu is one of the most dramatic in the world.   It is difficult to describe in words the beauty and thrill of Machu Picchu.    The Sacred Valley is a spiritual journey.   The Amazon Jungle is one of the great outdoor experiences in this world today, right up there with the Galapagos Islands.   Peru is safe.  The hotels we stay in are better than anything we stay in Europe.   The food is world-class.  So, why are we not going to Peru in 2015?

Monday, September 08, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1886)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0

Peru, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon Jungle

Join The Traveling Professor on a Trip of a Lifetime

#1 on just about everyone's bucket list is a trip to Peru, especially Machu Picchu.  We've done the trip many times and we think we have the best tour to Peru and Machu Picchu out there.  Our itinerary is terrific and includes many places no other tour company will take you in Peru and Machu Picchu.  We stay in some of the top hotels not only in Peru, some of them ranked in the Top 50 in the world by outfits like National Geographic.  We take all of the details to make sure your trip goes smoothly.  And, we only travel with small group of adult travelers.  Take a look at the details to the best trip to Peru and Machu Picchu in today's blog post.

Saturday, July 19, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2403)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
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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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