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Peru had a rich cultural life thousands of years before Pizarro turned up in funny clothing. Wander around colonial cities that echo the legacy of Spanish conquistadors, explore the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco, visit the lost city of Machu Picchu and ponder the enigma of the Nazca Lines. Peru also boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in South America. The beautiful Peruvian Andes issue a siren's call to top-class trekkers. These mountains are also home to squillions of indigenous highlanders, who still speak the ancient tongue of Quechua and live a traditional way of life.

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Armadillo

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By wabisabi | Views [6] | Scholarship Entry

Clad in every item of clothing in my possession, I lay on my cot and shivered uncontrollably. Over the sound of my chattering teeth, I thought, “This is to be expected when you are in Antarctica.” But I wasn’t in Antarctica; I was in the Amazon. This ... Read more >

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Joining the Dance

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By allsystemsgo | Views [3] | Scholarship Entry

It had been a long, dusty ride out of the canyon and back up into to the highlands of Peru, an undulating, treeless land carpeted with grass that danced in the cold wind. I found the vapor coming off of my bowl of mutton soup to be having a deeply sedative ... Read more >

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A Forever Souvenir

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By maddybro | Views [4] | Scholarship Entry

I found myself here by accident. Rusty high school Spanish and youthful bravado is to blame for boarding the wrong rickety bus at the noisy depot two hours ago. Nestled in a valley cradling a murky brown river, somewhere between Cusco and Ollantaytambo, ... Read more >

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The Dunes of Colan

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By ametzger | Views [1] | Scholarship Entry

I work the latest fad, moon sand, through my tired fingers and allow myself to feel the advertised rejuvenating properties. I contemplate whether my feet would fit into the wooden box, gaze past the plaster partition ahead of me, and am reverted to the ... Read more >

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Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By travellingtanya | Views [2] | Scholarship Entry

We get off the train at our station. My husband/Sherpa and I are the only two passengers to get off the crowded train from Machu Picchu. The driver of the lone car parked outside gives us the once-over. Sherpa loads the car and we’re off. It’s been exhilarating ... Read more >

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The long horn

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By peruforyou | Views [0] | Scholarship Entry

Most of the people think immediately about Machu Picchu when They hear about Peru, however I link Peru with a “ wonderful country”. My friend borrowed to me a hiking backpack for my first travel of volunteer; I took with me all the necessary clothes and ... Read more >

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The Inca Trash

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By charlies | Views [1] | Scholarship Entry

I arrived at the location at about six in the evening. There was precisely enough time to scout the terrain and to determine the place of assault using all the volume of light provided by twilight. Soon the expected ford had been found. Awaiting for the ... Read more >

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Photos: Huancavelica Glacier

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By rachelgy | Photo Gallery


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Huancavelica Glacier

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By rachelgy | Views [2] | Scholarship Entry

The world was a mixture of bright shades of turquoise, a collection of browns and glistening white. The air was crisp and fresh. All was quiet, until exclamations were heard: ‘We’re so f****ng HIGH UP!’ That was in fact an understatement. We were not ... Read more >

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Sunset Reflections

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By thetravellingot | Views [4] | Scholarship Entry

My favourite part of a sunset is the reflection. Tonight I sit on the beach, watching the sun chase its reflection over the water. The soft orange and yellow hues dance in the waves. The warm breeze tousles my hair and I snap a picture of the horizon.... Read more >

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The best hike of my life: Laguna de los Condores

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By travelwedo | Views [1] | Scholarship Entry

The best hike of my life happened in 2013, when I saw Laguna de los Condores in Peru. On horseback or on foot, depending on terrain, it was kilometres of constant uphill and downhill through what seemed like beds of mountain springs and not paths, slippery ... Read more >

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Beyond the Inca Trail.

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By snidger | Views [4] | Scholarship Entry

Machu Picchu has a magnetic pull that entices people from all over the globe. The awesomeness of this majestic Inca temple is indisputable. Although this is where I begin my tale, up there, high in the sky, I would like you to follow me now, beneath the ... Read more >

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A Stranger's Smile

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By envy_fisher | Views [3] | Scholarship Entry

I was not exactly happy while walking the Inca Trail from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu in Peru. On the first day I'd contantly been awestruck by the Andean mountains and ancient Inca ruins. On the second day I came down with food poisoning. By the end ... Read more >

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Afternoon

Tue, 26 May 2015 | By gone | Views [4] | Scholarship Entry

I remember the afternoon so vividly, I’m not even sure why. I think for me it was the moment I felt I had truly become a local in this strange new city that I now called home. The plastic cup is passed to me again. The man to my left pours the beer. ... Read more >

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San Pedro Market

Tue, 26 May 2015 | By hewatson | Views [2] | Scholarship Entry

I discovered the market of San Pedro in Cusco. It had all of the usual llama merchendise, but there was something different about it. The jumpers, keyrings and hats sat next to food, flowers and coca leaves. These were things you could see the locals ... Read more >

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