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Moon Machu Picchu

This full-color guide to Machu Picchu includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps. Dawn reveals ancient stonework backed by the towering Andes—the fusion of natural and manmade beauty, built in perfect harmony with the earth and skies. This is Machu Picchu, center of the lost Inca empire. And it’s yours to explore. This is the […]

Macaws enjoying the clay lick at the Tambopata Research Center in Peru.

Volunteer with Tambopata Macaw Project in Peru

The Tambopata Macaw Project (TMP) is a long-term research project on the ecology and conservation of macaws and parrots in the lowlands of southeastern Peru. Short-term volunteers (12-30 days) are trained to identify all the local parrots by sight and become experts at clay lick monitoring and macaw nest observation with video camera systems.

The Urubamba river valley in Peru.

Volunteer with Kiya Survivors in Peru

Kiya Survivors, based in Urubamba (an indigenous village in the valley of the same name near Cusco, Peru) is dedicated to children and youth with special needs. Volunteers receive a two-day training session, might work with practical needs or if they’re interested and skilled, help Kiya’s therapy team.

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Moon Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands

This full-color guide to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps. Seasoned traveler and journalist Ben Westwood leads adventurers to off-the-beaten-path experiences in Ecuador, from riding a train up the steep switchbacks of the famous Nariz del Diablo (Devil’s Nose) to diving off of the Galápagos Islands, where the waters […]

Three travelers trekking in the Andes along the Salcantay route to Machu Pichhu.

A Beginners’ Guide to Trekking Peru

Peru is one of the world’s top trekking destinations, and the Inca Trail is Peru’s number one trek. Here’s how to get started planning, the best times to go, and other practicalities.

The terraced structure of Machu Picchu seems dwarfed by the mountains around it.

Trekking to Machu Picchu

Most travelers to Peru think there is just one option for trekking to Machu Picchu—the four-day Inca Trail hike. The truth is there are at least four ways to hike to the Inca citadel.