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[4 May 2010 by Jessie Kwak | Comments Off on Cusco’s Boleta Turistica: Tipón and Pikillacta | ]
Cusco’s Boleta Turistica:  Tipón and Pikillacta

Some of the Cusco area’s most interesting sites lie east on the road to Puno, but Tipón, an experimental agricultural site, and Pikillacta, an extensive pre-Inca settlement of the Huari culture, are probably the least-visited sites on the Boleta Turistica circuit, due to their relative inaccessibility. They’re much more difficult to get to via public transportation, but so long as you don’t mind some waiting, some walking, and maybe a mad dash or two it’s entirely possible to visit these sites without booking a tour. Buses pass by frequently on their way to Urcos, and they’ll drop you off at either site for just a few soles. Be prepared to get a lot of looks from the locals.

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[21 Apr 2010 by Jessie Kwak | 8 Comments | ]
Cusco’s Boleta Turistica: Saqsayhuaymán, Tambomachay, Pukapukara, and Q’enqo

A hike through the lovely Cusco countryside.

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[1 Feb 2010 by Jessie Kwak | One Comment | ]
Be Your Own Tourguide:  Trujillo

Pyramids, an ancient metropolis, and colonial architecture in Peru’s 3rd largest city.
Trujillo is a city with a long and distinguished history. Peru’s third largest metropolitan area, Trujillo was founded in 1534 when the Spaniards arrived in the area. It was the first Peruvian city to declare independence from Spain in 1820, and became Simón Bolivar’s base of operations when he and his troops entered Peru a few years later.
Today, Trujillo is known as the City of Eternal Springtime, and every October it hosts the International Festival of Spring, complete with a grand parade. In January, the city throws the National Marinera Contest, attracting couples from all over Peru for a week-long celebration of this traditional dance. January 2010 marked 50 years of the contest.