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Animals of Peru

Due to the presence of the Andes Mountains, the Amazon River and the Pacific Ocean, Peru has the one of the greatest selections of animal diversity in the world. This Andean country is one of the 17 countries on earth that is home to 80% of the total world biodiversity. Peru is host to 53 protected areas, which shelter an incredible range of animals including; over 1,800 species of birds of which 120 are endemic to Peru, hundreds of mammals including pumas and bears, vast varieties of marine life including sea lions, penguins and other seabirds.

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Northern Peru - The Secrets of Chachapoyas, Kuelap and Gotca Falls

If you are taking a Peru vacation, you should consider the less visited North of the country. Peru is not just about Machu Picchu; there is so much more!

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The Paucartambo Festival - Peru's Best Kept Secret

If you have booked, or are researching, a Peru tour to discover the delights of the country, be sure to try to include the Paucartambo Festival. This festival, held in July each year, is a celebration of worship of the Virgin of Carmen, the patron saint of the small town of Paucartambo.

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Knowing Quechua

It is common when discussing the civilization that built such sites as Sacsayhuaman in Cusco and Machu Picchu to refer to it as the Inca culture. However, this is not strictly correct. The Incas were the nobility. The Inca in particular refers to the ruler of the empire. The people as a whole spoke Quechua and this is now used to refer to the culture.

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Peruvian Amazon Jungle - Tambopata and Iquitos

The Andean country of Peru in South America has over fifty natural reserves, national parks, protected areas and sanctuaries meaning that about five percent of the surface area of the country is covered by such parks. The Tambopata - Candamo Reserve Zone and the Manu Biosphere Reserve are located in the south of the Peruvian Amazon Jungle while in the north the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is the largest protected area.

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7 Tips and Tricks to Make the Most of Your Money on a Latin America Vacation

The last thing you want after returning from a relaxing Latin American vacation is to feel the veins throbbing on your forehead when you see your bank statement.

Hidden travel costs and charges are around every corner waiting to slap you, but with a bit of preparation you can breathe a sigh of relief when you check your post-vacation account balance.

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How Your Latin American Vacation Could Change Your Life

With the global economy forcing us all to cut back on spending, it's often vacations that are the first thing on the chopping block. This is a huge shame - travel is a life changing experience, recognized as one of the best ways to spend your time. Especially if you are escaping from the doom and gloom of home!

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Peru Vacation Horror Stories and How to Avoid Them

To paraphrase, "It Happens". If you are traveling independently things won't always go according to plan on your Peru vacation and often the best you can hope for is that the disaster happens to someone else. However, you can always reduce your chances of being the unwilling star of an unfolding travel nightmare by learning from other people's experiences or by having a Tour Operator take the strain. If you decide to go DIY here are 4 classics horror stories and advice to help you avoid a similar fate.

Please remember that 99 percent of people never encounter problems but as with any foreign country, forewarned is forearmed!

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5 Quirky Traditions to Watch Out For On Your Peru Vacation

Random. Surprising. Frustrating. Strange.

If you've ever taken a Peru Vacation, one or all of these words will float into your mind sooner or later. If you were expecting to encounter life in the same form as back home, you'll be in for a shock. Why is Peru so different?

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4 Peru Souvenir Ideas to Delight Your Friends and Family

A Peru vacation may seem like a nice time, but really it's a high pressure situation. Waiting for you back at home are your loved ones; you know if you return empty-handed you'll be confronted by ill-concealed looks of disappointment. Friends and family need souvenirs. Fact. But they don't just want something to put down amongst all the other foreign trinkets that they've been given, they are after something special. Something that they proudly show every time they invite guests over.

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