Innovative Arequipa’s cuisine

Arequipa’s cuisine has not been outside of the latest culinary boom; on the contrary its flavors have inspired many different fusions. The result is a diverse cuisine that combines the traditional flavor of the Picanterías with modern and cosmopolitan proposals such as Zig Zag and Palate 1900. Restaurants we will introduce in this post.

The Swiss culinary art

Located in the heart of Arequipa, opposite the enchanting­­ San Francisco Plaza, is Zigzag restaurant. Michel Hediger found inspiration in Andean and Alps flavors to create the Alpa-Andean cuisine, a combination from both cultures. Even though this restaurant offers a varied menu, it specializes at meats such as beef, pig, alpaca, salmon, trout, lamb or ostrich served on a hot volcanic stone. Therefore it’s necessary to use an apron to avoid stains.


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If you go for the first time, try the Trilogy of Meats, which is composed of three different types of meats with two side dishes such as salad, native potatoes or ratatouille, a stew of eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes. Sauces are another excellent accompaniment for each dish, each one have a unique flavor depending on the order. You can also ask for the tasting menus offered at lunchtime, and taste the best dishes and drinks at affordable prices.

Zig Zag is a restaurant with a cozy, simple but elegant decoration. It is located in an old house on 210 Zela Street. Inside you can appreciate a spiral staircase, designed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel, which takes you to the perfect place to enjoy some refreshing drinks with a spectacular view of Arequipa and San Francisco Convent.


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From the East to the White City

Paladar 1900 is also situated in the center of Arequipa, in an old house that dates from 1600. This restaurant in charge of Ibrahim Veyssal chef combines both tradition and innovation to provide guests an interesting proposal that includes Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Asian, European and Peruvian flavors.

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Photography by Paladar 1900


It offers a varied menu, but we suggest trying the following dishes: Purunco of corvina or shrimps served on a home-made sauce baked in a mud-oven; the Tukuyrukuy, a quinoa risotto with alpaca in coconut milk sauce; the Shopska, a traditional Bulgarian dish similar to Arequipa cauche, baked with peppers, onions, tomatoes, eggs and sirloin; and last but not least, the Tacu Tacu with cauche of shrimps is also spectacular.


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Paladar 1900 is in an old ashlar house with several rooms. The Peruvian painter Hernan Sosa was the designer of the whole restaurant decoration, he combined colonial murals and modern furniture style to give this site a ludic air. If you have time, sit on the terrace, a space that will make you feel part of a painting.

Zig Zag and Paladar 1900 are only a few blocks of our Tierra Viva Arequipa Plaza.  Whether you are in the Arequipa for business or tourism purposes, don’t miss the opportunity to taste the best of the innovative Arequipa cuisine and live this culinary experience.


Community tourism at Coporaque

Coporaque is a little picturesque town located in Arequipa, the perfect spot for tourists who like community tourism. We highly recommend visiting Wasy Huerta, home of Mr. Faustina, there you can stay and live an unforgettable immersion travel experience. Activities such as milk cows, harvest broad beans for breakfast, take a long walk or go for a ride in the environs of the town will certainly make you forget about daily routine.


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Situated in the heart of Colca Valley, the millennial town of Coporaque is a great place to appreciate Collaguas etnia development. That is because there are many Pre-Inca terraces and irrigation systems efficiently operating on this site.

According to chroniclers, Inca Mayta Capac married with Mama Tancaray-Yacchi damsel, daughter of some of the most important Coporaque kurakas, in order to join Collagua town with the Tawantinsuyo. Years later, Gonzalo Pizarro chose this place as his main place of residence.

About 1540, Franciscans convert Coporaque into one of the main evangelist centers of Colca and constructed San Sebastian chapel in 1565. Next to this ancient building, in a Collagua’s huaca, they constructed Santiago Apostol temple; one of the most important and ancient temples of Peruvian viceroyalty.


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Adventure and Culture

You can arrive to Yanque, a neighbor town, riding a horse. There you will find Uyo Uyo ruins one of the major archaeological complexes of Colca Valley. On the way to Uyo Uyo ruins, you will pass the Yuraqaqa chullpas, the pre-Hispanic small village of Ayllu Qupe that date from 3000 B.C. and the Collagua-Inca ruins at San Antonio archeological complex that date from 1100 – 1300 A.D. , locals consider this place as the ancient town of Coporaque. Uyo Uyo is the largest pre-Hispanic village of Arequipa.

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How to arrive:

If you want to visit Coporaque, first go to Chivay, a small town located 4 hours from Arequipa. It is the first town on the way to Colca Valley. There you can take a van that will take you to Coporaque in 20 minutes. At Colca you will find many lodges but if you consider staying at Wasy Huerta Coporaque, call to Mr. Faustina at 959 645 849 / 959 003 759 or look for her lodge once you arrive to Coporaque.

If you decide to stay at Arequipa, well known as the White City, our Tierra Viva Arequipa Plaza is the best option. It is close to main tourist attractions and Colca Valley, book here and start living this immersion travel experience.



Ollantaytambo’s Delicacies

Walking along Ollantaytambo´s narrow streets will definitely feel like traveling back in time. And that is because this small town is home of one the latest living Inca communities of the Peruvian Andes, who still maintain their Inca ancestral traditions.


Ollantaytambo is located 80 km from Cusco, in a space with over 500 years of history. At its main square you can see the arrival of local peddlers who come from nearby communities to sell their wares wearing their traditional clothes. There you can also enjoy the delicious aroma of Andean soups and stews that impregnate the whole place. If you want to eat in this town founded by Pachacutec Inca, we recommend two spots: El Albergue Restaurant and La Esquina Cafe – Bakery.


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A cosy place

Whether you are on your way to Machu Picchu or spending some days at the Sacred Valley, you should visit this picturesque town and make a stop in El Albergue. It’s the best restaurant in Ollantaytambo thanks to its exquisite Mediterranean and Peruvian fusion cuisine and selected wines. You should try their home-made spaguettis, quinoa soup, pepper steak, alpaca, grilled trout, alpaca hamburgers and salads made of red quinoa with blue cheese and dried cape gooseberry. Add to this other salads made of organic crops from the restaurant´s garden.


We recommend making a prior reservation and having the time to enjoy the place, even seat by the large windows for the dessert or drinks after the meal. It’s like being in a XIX century novel.


Photography by El ALbergue Restaurant


The Main Square´s corner

La Esquina Bakery is the perfect place to enjoy the best cappuccinos and delicious desserts of Cusco with a beautiful view of the plaza and Ollantaytambo´s ruins. Cinnamon and strawberry rolls, brownies, banana and chocolate muffins, carrot cakes, and all delightful home-made desserts are some of its specialties. They also offer tasty pasties, huevos rancheros, a wide range of sandwiches, refreshing fruit juices, among other delectable salads.  Furthermore, there is a great ambiance, good service and its owner, Peter, is a very kind person. You have to visit this spot!


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If you are staying in any of our Tierra Viva hotels in Cusco and would like to visit Ollantaytambo, you can take any of the buses that leave every 10 minutes at the bus station on Grau Avenue. These vehicles go along Sacred Valley, Chinchero and Urubamba. Tickets are priced at $3.30 (S/.10). At our front desk you can also ask for further information. If you are about to come to Cusco, book here and start living the Ollantaytambo experience with Tierra Viva Hotels.



The enchantment of Lake Titicaca

The city of Puno and the Lake Titicaca are some of the most astonishing tourist attractions of Peru and South America. Since it is located in the Collao plateau on the banks of the world’s highest lake, this millennial city is considered a wonder of nature.


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Before the appearance of the Tiahuanaco culture in the second century AD, Puno city was already an inhabited place that merged Aymara, Quechua and Spanish cultures. It was founded in 1668 by the viceroy Fernandez de Castro. These facts turn Puno into a very unique place, where communities, such as Uros, keep alive their ancient traditions.

If you want to live a different experience, more than visiting Puno’s main square or Sillustani’s Chullpas, we recommend taking a tour through the Titicaca National Reserve. It is the best way to learn more about its high plateau culture.

Crossing Lake Titicaca

The “Titicaca Express” (a fully-equipped speedboat, on-board service included) will be waiting for you in the harbor at 7:15 am; and will take you to the quiet Taquile Island. In the meantime, you can enjoy the wonderful views of Lake Titicaca, then in the island, you will walk through an Inca trail until you get to Juan and Florentina’s house. After a warm welcome, they will tell you the secrets of their millennial knitting techniques, an art they have mastered.

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At midday they will take you to Santa Maria – Llachon community, which is located in Capachica peninsula. There you will be part of the ancestral Pachamama ceremony and then attend “pachamanca” preparation, an Andean cooking technique where food is cooked in earthen ovens.

At 2 pm you will set off to Uros Ccapi community (the Uros community is one of the most ancient ethnic groups living in South America). They live on one of the furthest floating islands located in the Titicaca National Reserve. After an explanation of how these islands were built, you will sail along the lake in a reed-made boat. A toast with Peru Libre (pisco and soda) will be the perfect ending for an adventurous day full of unforgettable experiences and the return to Puno.

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To enjoy a wonderful day like this, please contact Edgar Adventures, a specialized tour operator. At our Tierra Viva Puno Plaza´s front desk we can also give you more information about Puno’s tourist attractions. If you want to live this adventure, book here and experience the blue spell of Lake Titicaca.



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.


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.



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!



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.



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.


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!


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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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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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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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.



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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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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