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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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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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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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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The treasures of the Museum of Viceroyal art of Santa Teresa

More than 300 works of art, including colonial paintings by artists of the Cusco School, sculptures, jewels of religious art and objects of daily use that at are dated from at least three centuries ago, are display in the twelve rooms of the Museum of Viceroyal art of Santa Teresa, in the Historic Center of Arequipa.

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The museum is located in the Monastery of the Discalced Carmelites of San Jose and Santa Teresa that, and since its foundation in 1710 has remained isolated from the outside world for 295 years, as a cloistered convent -until 2005-, when it was opened to the public to give everyone the opportunity to surprise themselves with spaces and objects that seem to be frozen in 18th century.

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Art in Barranco and Chorrillos

Barranco and Chorrillos are two of the most traditional districts of Lima. Inhabited since pre-hispanic times, these neighborhoods started to gain more notice during the republic, when the wealthiest families of Lima chose the area as their summer destination, settling in their houses or ranches.

In the streets of these two districts it’s possible to find the most bohemian neighborhoods of the city, where you can also visit great museums and galleries with the work of renowned peruvian and foreign artists.

Museums:

  • Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC): with a collection of modern and contemporary art dating from 1950, the MAC is the only museum of Lima specialized in the diffusion of art from that period. Its modern facilities have been specially designed and equipped for this purpose. Located on Av. Miguel Grau 1511, Barranco, its opening hours are from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The entrance has a cost of: General S/. 6 (US$ 2.16), Preferred: S/. 4 (US$ 1.44) and on sundays S/. 1 (US$ 0.36)

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Three Traveler’s Choice Awards for our hotels in Cusco and Arequipa for its “Exceptional Customer Service”

To receive three new Traveler’s Choice awards from the renowned travel website TripAdvisor reconfirms to us that we are on the right path. The deserving hotels of this award are chosen by tourists and travelers who use this web, at present the most important travel website in the world, as their reference. The quality and quantity of their comments choose the favorite.

“Exceptional Customer Service”

This time, three of our seven hotels were awarded in the category “Hotels with Exceptional Customer Service”, in which participated the best hotels of the country, making the recognition more valuable to us giving the fact that our main goal is to make the travelers who stay at Tierra Viva feel like home.

From a total of 25 winners, the order our hotels ranked was: Tierra Viva Arequipa Plaza Hotel at #8, Tierra Viva Cusco Saphi at #15 and, last but not least, Tierra Viva Cusco Plaza at #20.

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Without a doubt this recognition motivates us to continue working and giving the best of ourselves, making your trip to Peru an experience that you will never forget.

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If you are planning to come to Peru anytime soon, we invite you to book a room in Tierra Viva Hotels. For more information visit our website.

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A tour around the mansions and palaces of Lima

When it comes to the colonial and republican side of Lima, you can not miss the different houses and palaces located in the center of the city, also known as “Cercado de Lima”. For nearly 400 years, the main city of the Spanish Kingdom in Latin America, has left us a unique and valuable historical architectural legacy. So if you’re doing tourism in Lima, we invite you to visit the colonial and historic side of the Peruvian capital.

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Easter on the South beaches of Lima

Celebrating Easter in the Sur Chico (south beaches of Lima) is an excellent alternative if your idea is to travel nearby the city. Located between the Kilometers 40 and 50 of the South Panamerican highway, the end of summer results as a perfect season to visit them due to the smaller amount of people looking to enjoy the refreshing sea. While you are there you can’t help but relax, eat ceviche on the beach, learn to surf and enjoy the last nights of party.

Punta Hermosa. Beautiful beaches like Playa Blanca, located in Punta Hermosa, at Km. 46 of the Ancient South Panamerican- or El Silencio – at Km. 43- make of this place an ideal site for having fun on the sea, surfing, and enjoying the gastronomic delights offered by the variety of restaurants located in this beach. This particular area became known, internationally, about 10 years ago, for being the beach where our world champion surfboard Sofia Mulanovich learned to catch her waves.

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For lunch, we recommend to go to Sarita restaurant (at Km 43 of the Ancient South Panamerican) where you have to try their chicharron sandwich; indeed a delicious delight; If you prefer Italian food, Trattoria Don Angelo (Mz. J, Lot 15, La Planicie) is an excellent option (S/.45 [$16.23] approx. for dish; there are half portions for S/.15 [$5.41]).

When the sun goes down, you should go to the popular night club  “Dragon del Sur” (at Km. 44 of the Ancient South Panamerican), for its great atmosphere, complete bar and the most entertained music of Punta Hermosa. This April 18th is their closing party of the season. The entry for girls is free until midnight but the normal prices is S/.40 [$14.42] and includes a beer.Another good option to go dancing and enjoy some drinks is “Voce Sur” (at Km. 43,5 of the Ancient South Panamerican), that will also hay a closing season party on April 19th. The entry for girls is free until midnight and the price of the entry depends on the promotion that the local has.

San Bartolo. A calm sea bathes the coasts of San Bartolo, a beautiful and picturesque bay that has been inhabited by fishermen since ancient times. During the summer weekends, the North Beach is filled with people from all over  Lima, who goes there to take a dip in its refreshing waters and explore its islets, coves and cliffs in a kayak, observe various birds and occasionally dolphins and sea ​​lions.

In the north side of the beach, there are two good waves for surfing: Peñascal and the Huayco, while in the rocky area  we find the sea cave known as The Bufadero, where seawater enters strongly coming out the other extreme, rustling a particular whistle.

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There are many restaurants in San Bartolo, being the most popular Rocio restaurant on Av. Mar Pacífico Mz.- where they prepare seafood rice and fried seafood (the average price of consumption per person goes from S/.15 [$5.41] a S/.30 [$10.82] aprox.); There is also Restaurant Elida -on Mar Pacífico Mz. F Lt. 29- that offers fresh juices and a varied menu of seafood (the average price of consumption per person goes from S/.10 [$3.61] a S/30 [$10.82] aprox.).

If you are looking for a bit of fun, the disco Peñascal – in Las Garzas 101, urb. Miguel Grau – has concerts with the best Peruvian bands of rock and reggae. It is open only during the summer season and on April 18th  will be their closing party. The entry for girls is free until midnight and the price of the entry depends on the promotion that the local has.

How to get to the beaches

It’s not difficult to get to Punta Hermosa or San Bartolo. To get there you can take a bus from the Consortium Maleño located on the block 6 of Jiron Leticia, in the center of Lima. The trip costs between S/.5 y S/.10 (from $1.80 to $3.61)  and lasts about 1 hr. You can also ask for a taxi – in our front desk -, that takes you and brings you back the same day. If you are thinking of coming to Lima for business or pleasure, we invite you to make your reservation at our hotel, here.

 

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Port of Callao

Callao is the port of the city of Lima and the most important of Peru. Besides all of its commercial activity, the zone of Callao has different tourist attractions, ranging from a historical center of viceregal and republican architecture, a couple of museums to abundant wildlife and history of the islands of its coast. This historical port is located 1 hour -by taxi- from our Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco, and here you will find all the information you need to discover the best of Callao.

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Photograph by: Daniel Angello

  • Callao Islands

A good way to start your journey is to embark early in the morning in the tour to the Callao islands, a group of islands that comprehends the following: San Lorenzo Island – the largest of the Peruvian littoral – which would have been used by the inhabitants of the pre-Hispanic Peru as a cemetery and for fishing. Then you go to the Fronton Island, where you can still see the remains of the ancient prison; in the Palomino Island you can swim with the thousands of seals that inhabit there, and observe different kinds of birds. Finally, in the Cabinzas Island you can see the remains of an old wharf of guano and, hopefully, the elegant Humboldt penguins.

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The municipality of Callao recommends the tour operator Eco Cruceros.  This tour leaves from the wharf Dársena, in the Plaza Grau (Callao). The tour lasts 4 hours and the schedules are from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 am. The prices are: adults $45.97 (S/.129) and children $35.21 (S/.99)  approximately.

  • The Fortress of Real Felipe

One of the main attractions of the Callao is The Fortress of Real Felipe, scenery of attacks from corsairs, pirates and rebellions, both in times of the Viceroyalty as of the Republic. Built in the middle of the 18th century, currently it serves as headquarters of the Museum of the Army, where they are exhibiting objects, uniforms and weapons of the Peruvian militia.

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Photograph by: Daniel Angello

The fortress of Real Felipe is located on Independence Square, Callao (very near to the Av. Sáenz Peña). It’s open every day from 9:00 am to 16:00pm -we recommend to verify schedules, because they can change according to the month-.The prices are $1.78 (S/.5.00) for children up to 12 years, $3.56 (S/.10.00) for adults from 13 years and $5.35 (S/15.00) for foreigners; the tour lasts about 2 hours and a half.

  • The Site Museum of Naval Submarine Abtao

Continuing with the tour, we recommend you to visit the “Abtao” museum, named like that in honor of one of the most important combats in the history of Peru: the Spanish against the winning allies Peru-Chile in February 1866, in the coast of Abtao, Chile. Visiting this Museum will give you the opportunity to feel like a submariner for a day, as the tour begins in the torpedo compartment and continues through the bow, the central position, and the area of machines and engines.

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Photograph by: Daniel Angello

The Site museum of Naval Submarine Abtao is located on Jorge Chavez 120, Callao. Its opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 am to 16:30 pm hours and prices are: over 10 years old $3.56 (S/10.00); under 10 years: $1.78 (S/ 5.00). The tour lasts approximately 50 minutes.

  • Lunchtime

Since ancient times, the “chalacos” have been men of the sea, therefore there will be no lost when eating at the Callao. We recommend that you stop by  the restaurant “El Mirador”, the food is very good and has a spectacular view of the beach where you can walk after eating. Another option for seafood is “El Colorao” – in Chucuito-, where you have to taste their acclaimed “Peñón Chucuitano” or the original “Ceviche Sonvana”.

The restaurant El Mirador is located on the Malecon Figueredo, 110 in the district of La Punta and “El Colorao” is located on the Malecón Figueredo, 617 in the neighborhood of Chucuito. Their opening hours are from Monday to Sunday from 12:00 to 19:00.

The specialties of “El Mirador” are Rice with Seafood, Ceviche del Mirador and Parihuela… The average price of consumption per person goes from $10.69 (S/.30)  to $21.38 (S/.60) . On the other hand, “El Colorao” specialties are: Cebiche Son Vana, Veinte de Agosto, Peñón Chucuitano, Canto Rodado and Merlín el Colorao. The price range for person is $10.69 (S/30).

So If you are planning to visit Lima or you have a day off, Callao is an excellent alternative to discover a cultural and historical heritage of Peru, it will definitely be an enriching experience. If you haven’t found an hotel in Lima, you can stay at Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco hotel. Book now entering here and seize your day!

 

 

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The magic and mysticism of La Rosa Nautica

This emblematic Lima restaurant is located in an ancient wharf on the Costa Verde in Miraflores, in which cuisine, since its opening in 1983, have passed some of the most important chefs of the country.  With beautiful views in all of its rooms, where you can enjoy a spectacular sunset, La Rosa Nautica offers a varied menu of international dishes, – specializing in seafood -, and a bar that is considered one of the best of the capital.

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