Arequipa’s Picanterías

It’s no longer a secret that Arequipa is one of the main cities to enjoy the best of the Peruvian cuisine. This is due to two reasons: the preservation of its traditional cuisine and, at the same time, the innovation in its gastronomy, developing creative and cosmopolitan dishes.

Let’s start with the famous “Picanterias” (restaurants specialized in spicy dishes). Best known as “chicherias” (establishments that used to sell “chicha”, an alcoholic drink made of fermented maize), picanterias were rustic bars where spicy dishes were served with chicha. Because of its relevance, picanterias have been recognized as Cultural Heritage of the Nation, being the most prominent in Arequipa the following: La Nueva Palomino, Los Guisos Arequipeños and Picantería La Lucila. They have kept Arequipa´s gastronomic traditions, where they serve generous dishes and different entrances so commensals can taste a bit of everything.

La Nueva Palomino

Located in the narrow ashlar-built streets of Yanahuara neighbourhood, La Nueva Palomino is still preparing delicious stews in the same way they did 100 years ago. At this restaurant, Monica Huertas carries on her grandmother´s culinary tradition. We recommend trying its famous wood-roasted rocoto relleno, creamy ocopa, which is prepared in a batan (a large stone used to grind ingredients) that is as old as its recipes. Add to this, the traditional chupe de camarones, which is prepared with shrimps of Majes Valley. Don’t leave La Nueva Palomino without trying it´s delicious queso helado. On the other hand, it´s better to arrive before 1pm because it is always crowded. After eating you should visit Yanahuara´s viewpoint, located a few blocks from the restaurant. And for those who love long walks, we recommend go waliking to Downtown; it only takes 40 minutes. In order to do so, you have to take the Bolognesi Avenue that is located in the Chili River breakwater.

La Nueva Palomino is on 122 Leoncio Prado Corridor in the Yanahuara neighbourhood.

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Los Guisos Arequipeños

Continuing its culinary tradition, Los Guisos Arequipeños offers a varied menu. Some of the most popular are crispy cracklings and the generous chaque, a stew made of potatoes, meat, vegetables and guts. The cauchi de queso is another dish that perfectly combines traditional Arequipa ingredients; it is made of Andean cheese, floury potatoes, herbs, and local seasonings. Sarita is the restaurant’s owner and usually visits its clients and invites them a cup of anisado (Aniseed flavoured liquor) at the end of the meal.

We suggest taking a taxi from our Tierra Viva Arequipa Plaza to arrive to Los Guisos Arequipeños. It’s is located on 111 Pizarro Avenue – Lambramani

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Picanteria La Lucila

At this restaurant have arrived some of the most illustrious Peruvian personages along its 70 years of history.  Located in Sachaca District, here you will find the best selection of Peruvian dishes. Furthermore, it was recognized with the award of “the best cook in Arequipa” thanks to its delicious flavour. You should try its legendary cuy chactado, and costillar a la piedra. After lunch, we recommend visiting the Saint Gertrudis Temple, a construction built at the end of XVIII century on pink and white ashlar. Another place to visit is the Sachaca Mirador where you can appreciate the beautiful countryside and the impressive views of Pichu Pichu, Chachani and Misti volcanoes.

The Picanteria La Lucila is on 147 Grau Street in the district of Sachanca.  If you go by taxi, it takes 25 minutes to arrive from the main square.

 

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If you are eager to visit Arequipa, we recommend staying at our  Tierra Viva Arequipa Plaza, which is strategically located in the historical center of the city and close to main tourist attractions.

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Mysteries and stories about the ancient Presbitero Maestro

Known as the Presbitero Matias Maestro, the General Cemetery of Lima is considered the first municipal cemetery of Latin America. It was built between 1805 and 1808 in the city’s boundaries and nowadays it’s a neoclassic architecture site where you can appreciate the largest collection of European XIX century marble sculptures of Latin America, which decorate luxurious mausoleums of important Peruvian personages. Here lies the mortal remains of Jose de la Riva Agüero, Ricardo Palma, Abraham Valdelomar, Jose Carlos Mariategui, Ramon Castilla and Francisco Bolognesi to name a few. You will get a better understanding of Lima idiosyncrasy walking through the wide avenues and streets of this cemetery.

 

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Built on the 17th Ancash Street in Barrios Altos (Cercado de Lima), an old street provided by Francisco Pizarro in Lima’s foundation in 1535. The person in charge of this necropolis was Matias Maestro, an architect, sculptor and painter. Viceroy Jose Fernando de Abascal inaugurated the Presbitero Maestro cemetery on May 31, 1808. However, there was a great opposition from the public; because people used to bury their dead into catacombs in churchyards.

 

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Visiting the Presbitero Maestro

This year the Presbitero Maestro Cemetery Museum celebrated its 206° anniversary, opening its doors to travelers interested in visiting its mausoleums and tombs as part of a tour. Lima Metropolitan Welfare Societyis the entity that organizes these tours, which were created to show the cemetery’s architectural jewels,  stories and mysteries located throughout its 20 hectares, and almost 800 tombs and 250 thousand nichos (deep recesses used as tombs).

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Night tours are from Thursday to Saturday and start at 7pm, and includes the transfer ride, guide service and the entry to the Heroes Crypt. The circuit considers sightseeing the tombs of presidents of Peru, writers, physicians of Peru, military heroes, important Peruvian personages and criollo music composers.

 

If you would like to visit the Presbitero Maestro Cemetery Museum, click here:or call at: 478-4299 or 328-0241. You can also buy tickets in 228 Puno Street from Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm – 2 pm to 4:30 pm. Tickets are priced at S/. 20 ($ 7.15) for adults and S/ 10 ($ 3.5) for children.

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We recommend attending “Don Juan Tenorio” play that will take place there from 29th October to 9th November.  This production, which has been performed for eleven consecutive years, is composed of three acts and three different stages such as beautiful marble tombs, solemn mausoleums and impressive sculptures from this cemetery.

Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco will be your best accommodation choice if you consider visiting Lima, book here and visit the Presbitero Maestro Cemetery Museum, a one of a kind cemetery in Latin America.

 

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Dreamlike Matucana

If it’s a matter of getting away from Lima, there are countless places to travel in the mountainous area. Matucana is the perfect spot scape from the city. Since it is a peaceful town with breathtaking landscapes and good weather, it’s the favorite destination for people who love nature and outdoor activities. Here you will find camping areas and zones for practicing hiking, mountain biking and trekking, etc.

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Walking through its narrow stone streets and traditional big houses with beautiful balconies, it’s like being in a place where time had stood still.  Another attraction is the San Juan Bautista church, which was built by jesuits Fathers at colonial times. You should also visit the old train station where Lima-Matucana trains arrived, and is the main via for trains that bring metals from la Oroya. Its construction dates from 1851, at the beginning of the Peru railway era.

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However it is its wonderful sceneries and the path to Antakallo (a two hour walk) the best of Matucana. Throughout your trip you will see a stunning countryside surrounded by apple trees, fig trees, mountains with fanciful shapes, caves where shepherds sleep and a hanging bridge that is the entrance to this place. Ticket prices are: Adults $ 0.71 (S/. 2) and children $0.36 (S/. 1). A natural pool that features a mini- waterfall is the perfect place for a dip, you can also walk until the Sauce waterfall that is only 10 minutes away from Antakallo.

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Maranchaca, a small town located one hour from Matucana, is another good place to visit; because here you will find the Enchanted lagoon, the Twins lagoon and the Ark lagoon. Moreover, you can also visit the Punsho Punkru arqueological site, which was an ancient Inca administrative center.
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How to arrive to Matucana

In order to get to Matucana you have to take the Central highway up to kilometre 74, where you will find a street sign with Matucana´s name.  If you go from our hotel,  the road trip can take three hours approximately. Since this town is located 2389 masl, temperature can vary from 8°C  and 26°C, therefore we recommend to bring some warm clothes. Restaurants in this area specialized at local cuisine and offer dishes such as patasca, cabrito al palo, guinea pig and trout.

If you are considering visiting Peru, you can book at our Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco hotel here. Embark on an amazing adventure!

 

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Proud of our new hotel in Machu Picchu

Surrounded by a forest of clouds in the most peaceful area of Aguas Calientes in front of Urubamba River, is Tierra Viva Machu Picchu, a strategic-located modern hotel, built to provide you with the best experience of the astonishing Inca citadel.

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Tierra Viva Machu Picchu

This is our fifth hotel in Cusco and eighth in Peru, it has 43 spacious rooms, a large room equipped with a wood-burning fireplace, a dining room where you can enjoy our daily buffet breakfast made out of Andean products, and a complete bar to celebrate at night the best moments of your trip.

Add to this, it has a panoramic lift that has been decorated with Andean graffiti designs by the artist Carolina Málaga. Our guests will also benefit from the exclusive bus stop where they can directly aboard the Machu Picchu Bus. For those who love adventure, can take a 60 minutes’ walk through the mountain and arrive to this archeological place.

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Tierra Viva Machu Picchu captures the sense of relaxation and rest that had Machu Picchu for the incas. Its spacious, warm and well-lighted rooms are equipped with air conditioner, comfortable beds and a bathtub to enjoy a relaxing time.

And if you visit store, you can buy handcrafted objects that Andean communities make for the Cusco’s Traditional Textile Center, the most important organization of popular art in the region.

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So there you go, if you are planning to visit the enigmatic Inca citadel, Tierra Viva Machu Picchu will impress you with the mystery and mysticism of this magical place. Book here and live this experience!

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Pachacamac Oracle

Just one hour from Lima you will find the most important monumental construction of the Peruvian coast: the Archaeological Sanctuary of Pachacamac.

It has been considered as the main sanctuary of that area for more than a millennium. When Spaniards arrived, this place was the Pachacamac god sanctuary where pilgrims came from different parts of the Andean world to ask for advice and learn their omens.

At this archeological complex, we can appreciate the presence of Lima, Wari, Inca and Ychma cultures, which developed there for 15 centuries.

 

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Photography by  Museo de Sitio de Pachacamac

 

The sanctuary has a museum where you can visit the collections that belong to different Pre-Hispanic occupations that settled in Pachacamac. Ceramics, fabrics, wooden clothes, metal objects, valves of Spondylus shell, among other items are part of these legacy. Furthermore, the museum exhibits a chronologically organized thematic exhibition from the beginning of the Early Intermediate Period that is composed of Villa El Salvador, Lima, the Panel, Wari, Inca and Ychma cultures’ ceramic styles. If you would like to visit this museum, here you can find the opening hours and ticket prices.

 

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Photography by Museo de Sitio de Pachacamac

After visiting the museum, we suggest going sightseeing the Sanctuary’s areas, such as the Temple of the Moon or Mamaconas, which was the house of the women chosen by the Inca; or the Sun Temple, the largest and best preserved building of Pachacamac. It was built around 1450 a.C. as a sanctuary for the Sun god, the deity of Tawantinsuyu.

 

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Finally, and to take full advantage of your trip to Lurin, we recommend you to visit the country restaurant El Alamo situated in the Old South Pan-AmericanHighway at Km. 32.5. This traditional restaurant cooks the most delicious cracklings of the area. We recommend ordering a ½ kg of cracklings for $ 18 (S/. 50), accompanied by sweet potatoes, onions and salsa criolla (portion for 3 persons).

 

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Photography by Sazón y Sabor

How to arrive to Pachacamac

The Archaeological Sanctuary of Pachacamac is located in the district of Lurin, in the Old South Pan-American Highway at km. 31.5. To get there, take the Old South Panamerican Highway until km. 25, turnoff to Pachacamac. The complex is located on the side of the road. If you choose to go by public transport, you can take one of the buses that goes to Lurin in the intersection of Av. Javier Prado with the South Pan-American Highway.

Don’t wait any longer, come to Perú and make your reservation at Tierra Viva Larco Miraflores here to live this awesome experience.

 

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Rupac, the citadel of Atavillos

This place was part of Atavillos kingdom, a culture that dates from 900 and 1400 AC and developed in the highest area of Huaral (150 km to the north of Lima). Rupac is the best model of Pre-Inca architecture wonders, moreoever, this style is very unique in Peru.Located in the highest part of a mountain, this archeological complex is a strategic viewpoint of the whole valley and the coast of Lima. That’s why it is known as the Machu Picchu of Lima.

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Photography by Wiki Sumaq

Going to Rupac

After a trip of 2 hours you will arrive to Huaral, there you have to take a colectivo (a car that transport up to 4 pasengers, it’s cheaper than taxi) to La Florida (2500 MASL). Here is the last place where you can buy provisions and water for your ascent to Rupac.This trip will take approximatelly 3 or 4 hours, depending on your walking pace, then we recommend ascending before midday to avoid strong sun’s rays. If you are going to Rupac by yourself, here you can contact a local guide to arrive to the this fort, which is located at 15 km.Another way to get to Rupac is going on a bus to Pampas (3100 MASL), a place know as the “ghost town” and here start the ascent.

If aren’t familiar with this kind of outdoor activities, don’t worry because there are some toruism agencies such as Peru Caral Tours that will arrange everithing to make your trip easier. If you look attentive to the landscape, you can see the majestic Andean condor soaring through the impressive mountains.

You can also arrive to Rupac by car through the Haral-Acos way, therefore for this kind of terrain we suggest hiring a 4×4.Find the ideal vehicle for your trip here:  AVISBudget, Peru Rent a Car or Autos Peru.

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Preparations for the trip

There isn’t any shops, running water nor electricity at Rupac, then you have to be prepared. Carry all necesary things in your backpack, such as no perishable food, enough water, warm clothes made of corduroy and sinthetic fabrics instead of jeans, trekking trainers, tent and a air bed; because at night the temperature can drop.Don’t forget to carry a flashlight, sun protection, medicine chest, a pair of sun glasses and a camera.

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If you are planing to do some tourism in Peru, Tierra Viva Hotels is your best option. Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco is located 5 hours from the enigmatic rupac citadel. There is no time to lose, live this adventure experience and book here.

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Tierra Viva Hotels invites you to Mistura 2014

During 7 years Peru has been consolidating its position as one of the best cuisine around the world; and Misture, a popular fair hosted every year in Lima, is the best proof of that success. The first edtion of this fair was in 2008 and only 15 thousand people attended, today it’s the Peruvian cuisine display, which attracted about 500 thousand people last year, 25 thousand of whom were tourists.

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Mistura this year will be carried out in La Costa Verde – Magdalena from 5 to 14 of September with a new proposal: “Eat Peruvian Food” that encourages a healthy eating lifestyle based on nutritious Peruvian food and pays tribute to the wide Peruvian biodiversity.

There will also be the tasting-menues section, another new proposal, where you can taste delicious Peruvian dishes from traditional restaurants such as Malabar, Lima 27, Costanera 700 and Señorío de Surco. Moreover, at La Cocina del Gran Mercado famous chefs, inter alia, Virgilio Martínez, Mitsuharu Tsumura, Flavio Solórzano and Adolfo Perre will prepare regional dishes made of native products.

If you are in Lima, you should go to Mistura and taste the most delicious Peruvian dishes; in particular these ones:

La Patarashca, a Tarapoto restaurant that sold about 13 thousand Amazonian dishes such as Juane con gallina, mixto de cecina and chorizo con tacacho.

Chifa San Joy Lao, a tradicional Chinese restaurant located in Cercado de Lima that specializes in “Chi Jau Cuy” and “Tipa Cuy”.

Los Anticuchos de Grimanesa, Mrs Grimanesa has been preparing the most delicious anticuchos since 1976. We strongly recommend trying this traditional dish.

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Photography by En Lima

Rumi Wasi, an Ica restaurant which specialty is chicharron de conejo (crispy fried pieces of rabbit) and chicharron de pato (crispy pieces of duck).

Chancho al Palo from Huaral – Lima to the Mistura’s grilled meat world. It’s absolutely scrumptious and this is why many people love it, so we we suggest going earlier to avoid long queues.

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Photography by Chancho al Palo de Carlos Ramirez

It’s very easy to arrive to Mistura, because you can use public transport services or go by car. The Metropolitano is a good and cheap option to get there. On the other hand, if you go by car, there will be a parking zone managed by Los Portales that will charge $ 1.4 (S/. 4) per hour untill 5 hours. After that, tthere will be a flat rate of  $ 7.1 (S/. 20) for the whole day.

Ticket prices are the following: Presale $ 5.35 (S/. 15) children $ 2.8 (S/.8); Regular Prices $ 8.9 (S/. 25) children $ 3.5 (S/. 10); Special prices (only Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) $ 5.35 (S/. 15) children $ 2.8 (S/.8). Buy your ticket in Teleticket or at the first Mistura’s entrance.

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You are invited to be part of this party, come and taste the most delicious Peruvian dishes. If you haven’t booked yet your hotel, make your reservation at Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco here, don’t miss this unique experience.

 

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A journey to the Sacred City of Caral

If you are visiting Lima, you can’t miss the ancient and mystical citadel of Caral. It is considered among the most amazing tourist places of Peru because its architectural complexity and settlements which date from 3000 and 2000 years BC. Due to its historical and cultural importance, UNESCO included Caral in the World Heritage List, moreover, it is also considered National Heritage since 2001.

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Photography by  RPP

Along its 65 hectares you will appreciate over 32 buildings of different sizes, 6 pyramidal buildings have been identified among other medium and small buildings such as temples, residential areas, public places, amphitheatres, circular coliseums, warehouse, altars and streets. It is said that Caral had approximately 3000 habitants.

We highly recommend visiting these places:

Amphitheater’s Pyramid: It is a complex building composed of a circular area, outdoor courtyard, a conduit made of rows of stones. Add to this, at this important religious center were found 32 lavishly-decorated flutes, which were used in their rituals.

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The Altar of Sacred Fire: Located inside the Amphitheater’s Pyramid, it has been the most investigated area of this tourist development. Here kurakas paid tribute to their God and forecasted future events observing the firmament.

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The Community Museum of Vegueta: This place exhibits around 270 objects that show several aspects of Vichama society and Caral civilization. That’s why you should visit this place and its current exhibition: “Vichama, farming and fishing city of Caral civilization: Almost 4200 years of farming and fishing Science and Technology.”

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Photography by The Community Museum of Vegueta

Caral city is located in the Supe Valley, Barranca 148 Km north of Lima. If you want to get there, the best way is to contact a travel agency such as Caral Tours. In case of doubt, feel free to make any question at our front desk.

Opening hours are from Monday to Sunday, from 9 am. to 4 pm; ticket prices are the following: Adults $ 4 (S /. 11), school students, children and senior: $ 0.4 (S /. 1.00), university students and teaching professionals: $ 1.5 (S /. 4), Guide Service: $ 7.20 (S /. 20.00) per 15 persons.

Whether you consider visiting Peru for business or tourism purposes, we invite you to stay at our hotel Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco and live this experience. Book your room here.

 

 

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One day of adventures in Lunahuana

Amazing landscapes, archaeological remains, friendly locals and an excellent cuisine… Without counting the fields, vineyards, pisco, wine and exciting adventure sports… This is what you’ll find in Lunahuana, the incredible place located at Km 37 of  Cañete  - Yauyos , in the south of Lima.

Just 2 hours from Lima by car – or 3 hours by bus, you can visit this sunny paradise all year long, specially if you are fond of adventure sports. And the best part is that if you leave Lima early in the morning you could visit Lunahuana in a round trip.

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Photograph by: Manuel Rentería

And the tips we recommend for you to spend a different day, full of adventures and excitement, are:

Rafting at the Cañete River: Lunahuana is a paradise for rafting.Thanks to the affluence of the Cañete River, it is the perfect place for beginners of this sport; if you have more experience, the guides will take you to the highest areas. Just two warnings: follow carefully the guide´s instructions (row when it is required and at the needed speed) and don’t  bring  anything that is not waterproof,  because it will get wet!. The cost of this adventure is S/. 35 ($12.58) per person.

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Photograph by: Alexander Congona

Canopy o Zip Line:  another activity that travelers love to do in Lunahuana is canopying. A new adventure sport where you will have the opportunity to fly through the treetops and cross the Cañete river while you are attached to a harness. The views are breathtaking, and you feel like a bird flying across the valley. There are different routes, some more exciting -and long- than others. It is all about being adventurous. The price of this amazing experience is S/.70 ($25.16) -per person-  and it´s worthwhile to live it.

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ATV Ride: a narrow trail through the Lunahuana valley -approved by the municipality- can be crossed for an exciting ride of ATV, where you can enjoy a drive along the river, in contact with nature.The cost of this activity is S/.35 ($12.58) per person, but if you go with a child the price is S/. 45 ($16.17).

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Photograph by: Manuel Rentería

How to get to Lunahuana

Getting to Lunahuaná from Lima it’s very easy. Even though there is no transportation that goes directly, there are companies that stop in Cañete, where you can take a “combi” to Lunahuana. We recommend you to travel with:

  • Bus Company “Soyuz”: the ticket from Lima to Cañete normally costs around S/.18 ($6.47), but the price can increase S/.10 ($3.59) more for the holidays. Take your precautions and buy your ticket in advanced. ¡Remember that the bus trip takes three hours!

  • Combis: when you’re in Imperial, Cañete, go to the “Lunahuana bus stop”. There you will find lots of “combis” that will take you to Lunahuana in approximately 45 minutes. The ticket is very cheap, just S/. 3.50 ($1.26).

  • If you want to enjoy an entire day in Lunahuana, you can go in a taxi or in a private car, you’ll be there in 2 hours.

If you would like to coordinate your activities with a tour operator, we recommend you these ones:

So If you are planning to visit Lima for business or pleasure, include in your schedule a day in Lunahuana and live this exciting experience. If you haven’t found an hotel in Lima, you can stay at Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco hotel. Book now here and seize your day!

 

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We open our 4th hotel in Cusco: Tierra Viva Cusco San Blas

An old colonial house located in one of the most traditional neighborhoods of Cusco gives life to our newly inaugurated Tierra Viva Cusco San Blas, our fourth hotel in the mythical Inca city, and the seventh overall in Peru.

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The hotel

Just 4 blocks from the Plaza de Armas and a few meters from the Plaza de San Blas and its church – one of the oldest in the city-, you will find the edification, that has 24 comfortable rooms around the traditional courtyard, with an unmistakable colonial architecture. And the best part is, that in spite of being in one of the most bohemian places of Cusco, it is situated just far enough to let you enjoy the peace that most travelers reach.

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Decorated with colonial paintings and designs made by local craftsmen, Tierra Viva Cusco San Blas also has a modern business center and a wonderful garden with flowers and trees native from the Andes.

History of the “Artisan´s Neighborhood”

According to the chroniclers of the conquest, the huallas, potters and sacrificers of llamas, were the first inhabitants of the Valley of Cusco. The ancient Inca neighborhood known as T’oqokachi -window of salt- (today San Blas), had been occupied during the empire by craftsmen brought from all over the Tawantinsuyo, to work at the service of the Inca, reason why this area is known today as the “Artisans Neighborhood”.

Now, in the colonial houses located in the narrow streets of San Blas, you can find beautiful cafes, bars, restaurants and shops from popular Cusco artists, sucha as the Mendivil, Olave and Merida. Also, every Saturday, in the Plaza de San Blas, is the Artisan Fair, where you can appreciate the work of different artists.

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If you are planning to discover Cusco, Tierra Viva Cusco San Blas waits for you to show you its magic streets surrounded by history. Book here now.

 

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