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1. Pallcoyo

@devon_loerop

Pallcoyo is found in the Ausangate region, in the Red Valley. You can make a day trip from Cusco to this alternative rainbow mountain and there are a number of rainbow mountains to be found in the area. The main reasons why this is a better option than the Vinicunca rainbow mountain is that there are fewer visitors and there is a lot less hiking involved than the Vinicunca rainbow mountain. Still, whichever you choose, you can guarantee some incredible photos of these stunning mountains!


2. Sacsayhuaman

Sacsaywaman is the Inca fortress that protected the Inca capital of Cusco and is one of the best examples of the incredible Inca architecture, still visible to this day. The immense stones used to build this site were brought from miles away, which only adds to the mystery of this archaeological site, close to Cusco. This site is where the famous festival of the Sun or “Inti Raymi” takes place each June and you can include this site on a City tour of Cusco.


3. Waqra Pukara

@lasfotosdemarcio

Waqra Pukara is a pre-Inca archaeological site south of Cusco, consisting of both pre-Inca and Inca archaeological traits. It looks likely that the Incas invaded this ancient city of the Canchis as part of their domination of the South American Andean region as it was a strategic, geographical location protecting the gateway into Cusco. This stunning site, once more, is a mixture of incredible natural scenery and beautiful rock formations and the original purpose of Waqra Pukara remains a mystery to this day. This off the beaten path day trek is not for vertigo suffers, but the surrounding scenery is a remote, breathtaking experience and worth every second you spend there.


4.Queswachaka bridge

The Queswachaka bridge is one of the few remaining handwoven Inca bridges in existence to this day. The bridge spans the Apurimac river and is made from woven grass from the area. These handwoven bridges formed a major part of the Inca road-building system and they have to be rebuilt every year to maintain a decent level of preservation. There is a yearly ceremony and bridge rebuilding in June every year, however, you can visit this incredible feat of Inca architecture at any time of the year.


5. Ausangate

@jess.wandering

The Ausangate region is in a totally different direction from Machu Picchu and you can do a 5-day trek around the base of the Ausangate mountain, the highest peak in the Cusco region. If mountains, glaciers, turquoise lagoons and the starriest of skies sound like you “thing,” then this incredibly picturesque, dramatic, sacred mountain trek, may just well be one of the best treks you can do! Adequate acclimatization is a must of course, but the trek is not that technically difficult, just be prepared for the sub-zero temperatures!


Come and experience Peru with us!

Thank you!

Daniel

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Adventure tourism in Chile – Spectacular video wins international prize



Chile’s unique geography is not only an attraction in itself, it also offers the best opportunities for adventure sports worldwide. Since 2016, Chile has been ranked as the world’s best destination for adventure tourism at the World Travel Awards.

In September 2020, the land of contrasts captivated the audience with the impressive short video “Welcome to Adventure Tourism” and won first place in the category “Country Travel Destinations” at the Terres Travel Festival.

The festival, held in the Catalan city of Tortosa, awards prizes to video productions that show the magic of travel and especially the beauty of natural landscapes.

For more information about unforgettable, adventurous excursions in Chile, please contact your travelArt contact person or email info@travelart.com.



Santiago – The capital of mountain tourism

If you think of Santiago de Chile, you might first think of a typical cityscape of a metropolis. However, the special thing about this city is not only the modern high-rise buildings, the charm of the old town or the multi-faceted districts. Santiago is also surrounded by the impressive Andean mountains.





The surrounding mountains are not only enchanting with their natural beauty, but they also offer a variety of possible activities from skiing, mountaineering and trekking to mountain biking and observing flora and fauna. The mountainous surroundings of Santiago have a lot to offer all year round.

The infrastructure in the mountain region will be improved and additional services will be offered to make the best use of these opportunities. The national institution CORFO, therefore, launched a five-year project with the aim of promoting the development of the mountain area around Santiago into an international tourist destination.



The metropolitan region is to become an attractive destination for mountain sports, with or without snow, 365 days a year. The current offer includes five ski and mountain centres, seven nature parks and the natural monument El Morado, which is located about 2.5 hours by car from Santiago in Cajón del Maipo. The local geopark is also currently applying for inclusion in the UNESCO Geopark Network.



Vineyards in Casablanca Valley welcome visitors again

Since October, wine lovers can enjoy the reopening of wineries in the Casablanca Valley in the Valparaíso region.


The constantly decreasing number of infections in Chile is resulting in increased reactivations in the tourism sector, so that as soon as the national borders will be reopened, international tourism will be possible again. Before the pandemic, 70% of visitors to the vineyards were foreign tourists.

To ensure safe visits, protocols and hygiene measures have been developed together with the Ministry of Health, which will be adapted according to the winery. The offers have been changed accordingly and many activities now take place outside. It is also possible to book a visit online.

If you are interested in wine tourism in Chile, please email info@travelart.com.



Update on international flights to/from Santiago


Thank you and if we can be of any help in Chile, we would love to hear from you.

Best.

Daniel

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On the 1st of November 2020, Machu Picchu finally opened its doors to visitors! Here at Valencia Travel, we are delighted and relieved to see Machu Picchu open to the public once more, as it means that we can take you to visit this majestic citadel in the land of the Incas!

We are looking forward to seeing you here very soon!


NEW SECURITY PROTOCOLS:

- Trains to Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes) and the shuttle buses to the Inca citadel Will operate at 50 % capacity.

- Use of protective face masks and hand/foot sanitization, is obligatory at the moment you enter any vehicle that circulates to and from Machu Picchu.

- Once you are in the archaeological site, there is an enforced personal distancing of 1.5 metres between group members and a distance of 20 metres between separate tour groups.

- Those who do not follow the strict protocols in place, will be escorted from the archaeological site.

For more detailed information, you can visit the official Machu Picchu website:

www.machupicchu.gob.pe



Foto: ANDINA/Difusión


The city of Cusco received the Safe Travels seal, the world's first safety and hygiene seal in terms of tourism in the face of covid-19.


Peru has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with the assurance that we have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so you can experience ‘Safe Travels’.


FIND OUT OUR COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: https://www.valenciatravelcusco.com/covid-protocol-for-valencia-travel-2020.php


Thank you.

Daniel and Valencia Team

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