The Peru Channel is all about Peru from someone who actually lives here! Information about the country (including important current events that affect travelers) are mixed in with my own stories of adventure and exploration.
4 Questions I'm Often Asked About Peru
17:43When to visit? Is Peru safe? Is Machu Picchu really worth it? Why do I live here? These are some of the most common questions I get and in this episode I try to answer each. Also, I talk about a new announcement affecting last minute ticket purchases for Machu Picchu -- a major issue since online ticket sales are often sold out in weeks in advance and getting one of the 1000 tickets set aside at Aguas Calientes can be a challenge (if not impossible) if you don't know what to do. You can find more information here on the Show Notes page: Podcast Episode 25: 4 Questions I'm Often asked About Peru.
Traveling Peru by Road and River
20:52I'm lucky to have been able to travel many places in Peru by just about every means possible from airplanes to buses to cars and even to boats along the Amazon. In this episode I talk about how it's not as challenging or confusing as you might think and how it's possible to go anywhere you want easily and cheaply in Peru using public transportation. You can check out the Show Notes here - Podcast Episode 24: Traveling Peru by Road and River - where you can find all the links tralked about in the episode as well as leave a written and even a voice message! Please follow or subscribe to this podcast to be notified when the next episode is available. Thanks for listening.
The 7 Places You Have to Visit in Cusco
22:25In this episode I talk about 7 places that will give you a taste of what the city, it's history, and its culture are really like. As someone who lives here, these are among my favorites because they are most representative of what Cusco really has to offer from modern life going back through its centuries of history. You can always follow me on Instagram: (@ThePeruChannel) and YouTube (The Peru Channel) or join our Facebook group (Explore Cusco and Peru). I've added something different on the Show Notes Page (Podcast Episode 23: The Seven Places You Have to Visit in Cusco) -- the option to record any questions, suggestions, and/or comments that you would like to share with me. Please subscribe to this podcast and share it with others. Thanks again for listening!
Understanding the Current Social Protests in Peru
18:48Peru has been a political volatile country for a long time, but recently things have been even more uncertain and undercurrents of social unrest and disenfranchisement are rising again. As new and potentially even bigger protests are planned for this coming week during Peru's Fiestas Patrias celebrations of the country's independence, I thought it would important to discuss the underlying tensions behind these protests and explain a little of how they have actually been going on for centuries. Should things develop as I expect this week, besides News updates on the News page of ThePeruChannel.com, I'll also be doing regular updates on my long neglected Twiiter account, @ThePeruChannel. You can find more information here in the Show Notes: Podcast Episode 22 - Understanding the Current Social Protests in Peru.
How to Plan a Trip to Machu Picchu
22:03This episode covers all of that you need to know to plan a trip to Machu yourself to avoid paying a someone else to do the exact same thing for you. For many people, planning a bucket list trip like giong to Machu Picchu can be very intimidating, but fortunately it's really not hard at all thanks to the internet. The challenge is navigating through all of many the options such as choosing which Machu Picchu route to take or which train on which to travel. In this epsisode I discuss in detail all of the different options so you can make informed choices about your trip and avoid making choices that youll regret later. All of the links described in this episode can be found on the Show Notes page: Epsiode 21 - How to Plan a Trip to Machu Picchu.
My Three Favorite Cities in Peru
18:37My three favorite cities in Peru plus some important news about Machu Pichu and the serious health crisis that is affecting hundreds of thousands and will likely continue to do so well into next year. This episode could have been a LOT longer, but I had to keep telling myself to only summarize why I love these cities. (I guess I can talk about each in more detail in the future episodes, right?) You can check out the show notes here: Podcast Episode 20: My Three Favorite Cities in Peru.
The Story Behind the Modern Inti Raymi
10:08June in Cusco is a magical time and it all is centered around the Inti Raymi celebration, but the story behind the big event is one that is little known even aming locals. This epsiode talks about the reality of Inti Raymi today and how it is not what most people believe. In the Show Notes (Podcast Episode 19 – The Story Behind the Modern Inti Raymi) you can find links to a recent blog post detailing all the events surrounding the 2023 Inti Raymi as well as a link to the Teleticket site to buy tickets online.
Why You Should Spend More Time at Machu Picchu
19:46Everyone who knows me, knows that my passion in Peru is Machu Picchu. I have probably spent more time there over the past five years than anyone except those who work there. I am constanetly researching, exploring, and studying the site and the surrounding National Sanctuary of which it is only one very small part. In this podcast I try to explain why it would be a shame to go all the way to visit the site only to spend just a couple of hours walking through quickly because you'll miss so much! There's not much in the show notes this week, but at the bottom of the page there is a place to express your comments which are really appreciated. You can reach the Show Notes page here: Podcast Episode 17 - Why You Should Spend More Time at Machu Picchu.
Iquitos or Puerto Maldonado: Which Jungle in Peru?
18:28While Cusco ands Machu Picchu are the most popular places to visit in Peru, the Amazon Rainforest is easily the second most famous place. Many people are uncertain about choosing between the country's two most popular places -- Iquitos in the northern rainforest and Puerto Maldonado in the southeastern jungle. Because I know both of the regions extremely well, I thought it would be a good topic to discuss the difference between the two -- and there are some major difference -- that should be taken into consideration when deciding where to go. You can read a little more and get some more background information including some video links here in the Show Notes: Podcast Episode 16 - Iquitos or Puerto Maldonado: Which Jungle in Peru?