By Ellen Lutwak   Ask 10 people to define “spiritual travel” and you will hear 100 responses.   That may sound like a Zen proverb – and enlightened adventurers will offer answers as simple as they are complex. In the context of travel, there are so many paths to take. At the core: transformation.   “Travel itself is always a […]

By Ellen Lutwak   Voluntourism is more than simply scheduling some volunteer time along with sightseeing. It is a purposeful activity – at its very best, enhanced by cultural sensitivity and responsible travel. For the traveler, such a journey can provide a deeply meaningful experience. Where do you begin when you want to venture out on a journey that includes […]

The Peruvian Ministry of Culture has made some changes to the regulations for entry times, hiking excursions & guide requirements in Machu Picchu. These new rules go into effect on July 1, 2017. Note that the Ministry is still finalizing the details so these are subject to change. Planning your visit to Machu Picchu through a tour operator will help […]

Peru will always be one of Yampu’s favorite destinations because that’s where we started! Founder Jose Irauzqui was born in Peru and he and his wife, Monica are passionate about sharing the truly mystical nature of this most incredible country. Learn more about some of Peru’s highlights below. Lima Culinary Lima could be considered the culinary capital of Peru, though […]

Peruvian Cuisine With the release of the World’s Top 50 Restaurants of 2017 has come more limelight for Yampu’s origin destination, Peru. Two Peruvian restaurants, Central and Maido, located a short distance from each other in Lima, graced the top 10 with another restaurant, Astrid, following behind at #33. Central was also awarded the Best Restaurant in Latin America award, […]

Bustling crowds, traditional Peruvian music and dancing throughout the streets, grandiose costumes and vibrant theatricality are hallmarks of one of South America’s biggest festivals, Inti Raymi, the Quechua name for the “sun festival.” This traditional Inca celebration, held on June 24 each year, is still commemorated today with modernized re-enactments that draw fascinated onlookers from all over the world. For […]

One of Yampu’s tour designers, Maggie, went to Peru, Chile and Argentina to get an eye-witness view of some of the best experiences these countries have to offer. She returned with great stories and expert knowledge that will be used to plan amazing custom itineraries for Yampu travelers in her new role as tour consultant. Read about her experiences in […]