What's the Story with Peru and Machu Picchu?

Altitude Sickness, Safety, Quality of Hotels?

peru machu picchuEach year I take 2-5 small group tours to Peru and Machu Picchu.  The Traveling Professor has been doing that for about 3 years now.   I often speak at travel shows and with civic organization about traveling to Peru.  People call me with questions about Peru regarding altitude sickness, the safety of Peru, hotel quality, and well, they wonder if Peru is a "third-world" country.   In this blog post I will tell you more about Peru and what you can expect if you are traveling solo to Peru or on one of my small group tours to Peru and Machu Picchu.

Saturday, May 17, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2172)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4

Best Places to Eat in Lima, Peru

Don't Miss These Spots On Your Next Tour to Peru

la lucha lima peruTravelers on my small group tours to Peru and Machu Picchu are often surprised what a modern, progressive, and exciting city Lima, Peru is.  It is also a culinary destination that is getting more and more noticed.    I like it for the terrific food, great prices, and variety of selection.  Peruvian food is very dynamic but retains traditional tones and exciting new fusion concepts.   Contrary to what a lot of people anticipate on my small group tours to Peru and Machu Picchu, it is very unlike Mexican food.   Read my blog post to find out two of my favorite food spots in Lima, Peru.

Friday, May 9, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2493)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

Luxurious Peru

Let's Debunk Those Misconceptions You Might Have About Peru

luxury tour to peruWe take about 4 small group tours to Peru and Machu Picchu each year.   Every time our group is surprised how modern, up-to-date and in some ways, how favorable the services, hotels, transportation, and especially food is compared to other places they have traveled in Europe and other parts of the world, including the United States.   Peru has some terrific hotels, great restaurants, and other features that make it one of the most interesting and exciting places to visit in the world, while it still retains its cultural charm.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2489)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
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Why Peru is Such a Travel Bargain

Compared to Europe, Peru Gives Travelers More Bang for their Buck

traveling professor machu picchuWhen the euro hit a high of $1.50 against the dollar a few years ago, The Traveling Professor decided to develop small group tours to Peru and Machu Picchu.  Not only is Peru and Machu Picchu a spectacular place to visit, it offers travelers a fantastic value without sacrificing luxury or comfort.  In my opinion the overall quality of hotels and services exceeds those I experience in Italy, Paris or Spain.   I can also tell you that the culinary reputation of Peru is top-notch and I would rate Peruvian restaurants right up there with those in Europe.  Take a look at my blog post and see why you might want to consider holding off on a trip to Paris or Italy, and look at Peru now.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2038)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

Where to Eat in Peru

Peru Maintains an Exceptionally High Standard in Fine Dining

monasterioMost people don't think of Peru as being a culinary capital, but it is.  On our small group tours to Peru and Machu Picchu we make it a point to stop in some of the best (and most affordable) restaurants that can be found.   Primarily, the best dining can be found in Lima and in Cusco.   There are traditional dishes such as cuy and alpaca, but Peru chefs have strong skills in creating some of the best fusion dishes that can be found.  Read the blog post and find out where to dine before your next tour to Peru and Machu Picchu.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2334)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

A New Tour to Peru

Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle

traveling professorBy far, my most adventurous and exciting program is The Traveling Professor's small group tour to Peru, Machu Picchu and the Amazon rain forest.   It took over a year to plan the itinerary and now, I think I have made it even better by including the Amazon jungle with accommodations at the world-class Inkaterra Amazonica resort.   This trip combines three distinct and separate regions of Peru.  We arrive at the ancient rock city of Cusco and immerse ourselves into the culture and rich history.   We travel to Machu Picchu and spend 2 nights (most tours bring you in in the morning and you are out by the afternoon) properly exploring the mystical city.  Then, we go into the Amazon jungle at the best eco-lodge in Peru for a program of 12 exploration adventures.  Read more in the blog post.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2237)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

Altitude Sickness

Here is How to Deal with it On a Tour to Peru and Machu Picchu

altitude sickness, soroche, AMSI was exhibiting at the Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show this weekend and one of the most common concerns brought up by people interested in a tour to Peru and Machu Picchu was the issue of altitude sickness, also known as soroche or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).   No matter how you slice it, 10% of all travelers to Peru and Machu Picchu will get it, but in this blog post I will give my tips on how to avoid it and how to handle altitude sickness if you do indeed get it while on a tour to Peru.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (3023)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.6

Join Us on a Tour of Peru

Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley and the Amazon Jungle

Traveling Professor PeruWithout a doubt, one of the most dazzling and memorable trips one can go on is a tour to Peru including Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and the Amazon Jungle.   When I planned my small group tour to Peru, I did it the right way, spending ample time at Machu Picchu, with guided tours not only of the major sights, but a view of Machu Picchu few travelers see.  We stay in top-notch hotels, including the Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica, one of the top eco-resorts in the word.  To get the details on my small group tour to Peru, see the blog post.

Monday, January 20, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2528)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

Favorite Hotels in Machu Picchu and Peru

Hotels for Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Puno

Cusco Hotel RoomOn our small group tours to Peru and Machu Picchu, we stay in modern, full-service hotels that have all the amenities you would expect in a US-based hotel.  Many people I meet (incorrectly) perceive Peru as being a "third-world" country with sub-par accommodations.  However, those who have traveled on one of The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Peru and Machu Picchu wil tell you, the hotels we stay in are first-rate, and are still bargains and superior quality to those found in Europe.  

Monday, December 30, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (6156)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4

Two Hikes at Machu Picchu

Huaynu Picchu and The Sun Gate

huaynu picchu hikeWhen on a tour to Peru and Machu Picchu, the majority of travelers make the mistake of visiting Machu Picchu for only one day, arriving on the train in the morning and then departing later that day.   For me, this is the biggest mistake someone can make when taking a trip to Machu Picchu.   There is plenty to see and do at Machu Picchu and in this blog post I will talk about two spectacular hikes, one to Huaynu Picchu and the other to The Sun Gate.


Friday, December 13, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2178)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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6 Tips for Visiting Venice

tips for visiting VeniceTo me, Venice is the most unique city in the world. It floats in the sea. The canals weave in and out of the city full of gondoliers, water taxis, and vaporetto.  It's definitely not a Roman city, but a mix of East and West. The pedestrian streets (there are no cars on the island, except for one very limited place) wind through the city with no rhyme or reason. We often travel there on The Traveling Professor's small group tours and our travelers love it. But there are a few tips we have for you in today's blog post about the city of Venice, or as they say it in Italy, Venezia.
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3 Side Trips from Florence Italy

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5 Handy Websites and Apps Needed for Every Overseas Trip

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Tips on Flying Clean and Healthy

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5 Places to Visit that Don't Exist

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