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Best Gift ideas for the travelers you love in your life

There are so many occasions to show our love ones we care and think about them. Here is the list of my favorites thoughtful and unique gift ideas for the travelers in your life. Always my favorite presents are the eco friendly choices, but the unique ones too. There is always so much pleasure to see how our love ones see how much we think about them. I hope this guide is useful to show love.

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For the local or International travelers

Airplane Footrest:

Long travels can be so uncomfortable. This is a great idea to bring a little big of comfort during international business travel or a family vacation to Hawaii. Help with lower back support and stiffness, has a super soft memory foam. People swear it helps to prevent swelling and soreness. This is such a thoughtful idea! Get it here

YAMIU Travel Shoe Bags:

You may thing who needs this right? Believe me when I travel I always need this. This comes in a set of 4 Waterproof Nylon with Zipper for either men sport shoes and women high hills. It is a thoughtful present because after fun times exploring no ones wants to put your dirty shoes back to your luggage with the clean clothes! get it here.


Lightweight Carry-on Under Seat Tote Travel

This beautiful tote it is a must have to bring extra stuff on carrier or this could be your only luggage, because it is ultra lightweight and compact. I really like this color but there are other ones. Sometimes light colors can be inconvenient on trips. I usually get neutral color but the material is easy to clean and stain resistant. While top carry handle and removable padded shoulder strap offer carrying options. Check it in Here

Travelon Anti-theft Signature Slim Backpack

The worst thing that can happen when you travel is getting target by a theft. This backpack is perfect to avoid this. It has double locking zippered main compartment and a blocking card slot, a passport slot and 2 zippered wall pocket and drop pocket for glasses or quick grab items. It is large enough to carry an iPad. Also comes with Adjustable, slash and cut-resistant shoulder straps can be attached to a stationary object to prevent a grab-n-go. Get it here

Zero Grid Passport Wallet – Travel Document Holder w/RFID Blocking.

This is a great travel documents organizers super useful when you travel specially international and with family. it will help to keep everything in one place Holds 4-10 credit cards, tickets, your ID, money, and other essentials in a compact zipper passport wallet for men and women. Free micro travel pen for customs forms included inside the travel document holder. Winner! how else always need a pen in airplane? Find it Here

Twist Memory Foam Travel Pillow

Whether it is a short trip or a long one it is great to have the best pillow you can. Once we were on a short trip to Hawaii and was enough to have some long time nerve damage for having a bad position. thinking about the comfort during traveling for your love ones is the best. This pillow produce custom support for your neck or back. I like to give my back a break during long flights and convertible for this purpose. Not too big and can be attached to any carry on luggage or backpack. Get it here.

Travel Pillow with Contoured Design for Neck Support

This neck pillow wrap around neck like a scarf, 4 SIDES FULL SUPPORT, which keeps you away from neck pain when sleeping. LONGER SIDE VELCRO that can meet different neck size requirements from Child Size to Adult Size. and it comes with with Earplugs and 3D Sleep Mask for a competitive price. Check here

Travel kit for drinks on the go – Cocktail Moscow Mule

This is just a fun idea. And it is TSA approved. Why not! ?I recently gave this to my brother in law and he used it during his flight to India he thought it was so thoughtful and I agree! It is a must have specially for parents with little kids (just joking) get it here

Vacbird Vacuum Storage Bags with Electric Pump

Any traveler will be happy with this. It is one of the best on the market and Vacbird air pump is compatible with 12V DC power supply. It is always much easier and faster to suck the air out of the vacuum bags, more powerful than a hand pump. Easy to operate, one-button work/stop. It comes with 6 Pack (3 x Small, 4 x Medium) Space Saver Bags Travel and Home Use Vacuum Compression Storage Bags. Check here

Flight Flap Phone & Tablet Holder

Designed for air travel – Flying, Traveling, in-Flight Stand for iPhone, Android and Kindle Mobile Devices. It is perfect for those airplane rides that you don’t have a screen on the seat and you can be hand free during the ride. Get it from Here

Scentered Travel Essentials

This set is a great ideal for frequent travellers / flyers who want to sleep on the flight and feel more focused when they land. Also perfect for Shift Workers. Sleep Well & Focus -Aromatherapy Balm Gift Set – Supports Relaxation, Restful Sleep & Alertness, Wakefulness During Travel. It helps with jet lag, night anxiety, night restlessness. Find it here

Travel bottle Set

This TSA Travel Bottle Set (10pcs) – Luxury Leakproof Travel Size Toiletries & Labels with Clear TSA Approved Toiletry Bag. 3 & 1oz BPA Free, Refillable Travel Containers for Shampoo, Conditioner & Lotions.

Gonex Hanging Toiletry Bag

A great travel Organizer Bag for Makeup and Toiletries, is a must have. For men and women or children. This keep my kids organized. Come in different colors. Find it here

For the Tech Lover Traveler:

Wireless Portable Nano Travel Router – WiFi Bridge/Range Extender/Access Point/Client Modes, Mobile in Pocket

A must have device that quickly create a secure Wi Fi hotspot to share with family and friends; with External Power Supply 5V/1A. TP-Link N300. Will give you the connection you need far from home. Find it Here

External Batteries, Ultra-Compact Portable Charger

This Anker PowerCore 10000, One of The Smallest and Lightest 10000mAh external Batteries, Ultra-Compact Portable Charger, High-Speed Charging Technology Power Bank for Iphone, Samsung Galaxy and More. Get it here

Or this Portable Charger Anker PowerCore 20100mAh – Ultra High

Has a Capacity Power Bank with 4.8A Output and PowerIQ Technology, External Battery Pack for iPhone, iPad & Samsung Galaxy & More (Black) Here

Portable Charger Jackery Bolt 6000 mAh Power Outdoors

Power bank with built in Lightning Cable [Apple MFi certified] iPhone Battery Charger External Battery, TWICE as FAST as Original iPhone Charger. Jackery specializes in providing outdoor green power solutions for explorers. Jackery portable power station, power outdoors.fully charges an iPhone 6/7/8 up to two times within 1.5 hours or an iPhone 6 Plus/7 Plus/8 Plus up to one and half times within 2 hours or an iPhone X/Xs up to 1.4 times within 2.5 hours; travel around with Bolt in pocket. Click here to get it

Hard Pencil Holder Case Fit for Apple Pencil

This can be use also for Apple Pencil 2, Samsung Pen, Surface Pen,Stylus, Charging Line, Earphone, Apple Pen Accessories,Fountain Pen,Abstract Blue

The Whole Pencil Box Not Only hold apple pencils, also can hold More Pens, recording pens or pencils, as well as Headphones, SD CARDS or USB Cables and other Charging Cables,Apple Other original adapter and other accessories. here

For the Campers and adventure Seeker

LuminAID PackLite 2-in-1 Phone Charger Lanterns:

This lantern it is great for camping and outdoor adventures and great to have in case of emergency in kits. It is a phone charger. Lightweight, inflatable, and portable, Turbo mode and can recharge your smartphone or tablet with a 2.1 Amp output port and built in 2000 mAh lithium ion battery. Long battery life provides approximately 50 hours of light on Low mode when battery is fully charged, making this solar lantern awesome for camping, outdoor recreation, and emergencies. Choose from 5 brightness settings. Here

Devico Portable Utensils

For the campers that care about keeping our planet free of plastic. Great for Travel Camping, a cutlery Set of 8-Piece including Knife Fork Spoon Chopsticks Cleaning Brush Straws Portable Case, Stainless Steel Flatware. Health and environmental protection: DEVICO portable travel cutlery set is made of high quality food grade stainless steel. It has mirror finished surface and ergonomic shape, reusable and durable for daily use. Easy to clean, dishwasher safe. check here

YETI Rambler 14 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Mug with Lid

Double-wall vacuum insulation keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot until the last sip. The full-loop Triple Grip Handle is comfortable for wider hands, so you can fit your mitts fully around your morning Joe. Click here

Headlamp, High Lumens Ultra Bright

For those dark nights camping 7 LED Headlight Flashlight with White Red Lights, USB Rechargeable Waterproof Head Lamp, 8 Modes for Outdoor Camping Cycling Running Fishing.

The headlamp consists of 7 LED bulbs and a red safety taillight with high 2700 lumens and illumination range of 200 meters, which help you clearly see the surrounding and stay away from danger. It comes with a USB line and 2 * 3200mAh rechargeable batteries to provide a stronger bright and longer life.( Last for 7-9 hours when fully charged.) find it here

BEARZ Outdoor Beach Blanket, Waterproof Picnic Blanket 55″x60″

Lightweight Camping Tarp, Compact Pocket Blanket, Festival Gear, Sand Proof Mat for Travel, Hiking, Sports – Packable w/Bag

This multipurpose pocket blanket is perfect for your outdoor adventures! I really like this because you don’t use it just for camping also can be a Beach blanket, waterproof picnic blanket, camping tarp, festival gear, hiking blanket – just to name a few. You can use it as an improvised shelter from the rain or simply as an emergency pad & gear to have around.

LARQ Bottle – Self-Cleaning Water Bottle and Water Purification System

The LARQ Bottle is the World’s First Self-Cleaning Water Bottle–using innovative non-toxic mercury-free UV-C LED technology to purify water and clean the inner surfaces of the bottle by eliminating odor-causing bacteria and viruses. It is amazing because it pure water in 60 seconds – Works at the touch of a button and self-cleans by intelligently activating every 2 hours to keep your bottle fresh and stink-free.

Keeps water cold for 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours with double-wall insulated stainless steel construction. USB rechargeable Li-polymer battery gives you self-cleaning power for up to a month on a full charge. Recharge with waterproof IPX7-rated MicroUSB connector (MicroUSB to USB charging cable is included) Check here

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

Award-winning LifeStraw water filter is a must-carry tool for hiking, camping, travel, and emergencies; no disaster kit is complete without it. Filters up to 1000 liters of contaminated water without iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals; does not require batteries and has no moving parts

Removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites, and filters to 0.2 microns; surpasses EPA filter standards. An alternative to iodine tablets and bulky purifiers, it weighs 2oz for ultralight portability, and has a high flow rate for drinking from the source. Found it here

Bodum Travel Press, Stainless Steel Travel Coffee and Tea Press, 15 Ounce, .45 Liter, Black

This is a great brew Coffee or tea on the go and drink from same container when ready; enjoy your daily fix wherever you are. Quick and easy for a good Coffee, hot water and seal the lid for a delicious, freshly pressed cup in minutes. Find it here

Hiluckey Solar Charger 25000mAh Portable Solar Power Bank Waterproof Battery

This solar charger packs with Dual Ports Solar Phone Charger for iPhone, Samsung, iPad, etc. 25000mAh High Capacity: Built-in high-quality 25000mAh lithium polymer battery pack, With solar charging function, you don’t need to worry about running out of power, It can fully charge your iPhone, Samsung for 10+ times; iPad, Kindle for 4+ times. Click here

Solar Camp 5V 7.6W Portable USB Solar Charger Waterproof Foldable Camping Travel Charger

With 2 USB Compatible iPhone Xs XS Max XR X 8 7 Plus, iPad, Galaxy S9 S8 Edge Note 8, Nexus, GPS(Blue). LIGHTWEIGHT AND PORTABLE: Half the size of other solar chargers our portable solar panel folds to a minimal 8.9×5.8 inches, weighs only 10oz, and has thin film (CIGS) cells, that are 100% flexible. Making it super easy to fold up and carry for all your camping, backpacking, hiking, fishing, picnics, and any traveling needs. Find it here

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Large (US Version), 1 Count

With this people love to keep track of their heart rates while exploring adventures to understand their fitness level. Also can track how long and how well you sleep and wake with a silent vibrating alarm. Find it Here

For the Eco Friendly adventurer:

Eco Friendly Travel Set

Contain a bamboo Toothbrush and biodegradable, collapsible water bottle made of food grades silicone, plastic lid, BPA Free, and FDA Approved. A collapsible coffee cup and cutlery set. All come in a 100% tote bag cotton canvas. Find it here

Reusable Metal Straws Collapsible

. I love that now there are so many more choices to replace disposable straw and plastic straw to reduce environmental pollution and Marine pollution. This is Stainless Steel metals straw are Portable Telescopic and retractable, so won’t take much spaceStraw.

The pack includes Reusable straws, cleaning brush, Keychain, Case. It has a telescopic design: small and convenient to carry, and very portable for Travel and Household and it is easy to clean because every straw come with 1 stainless steel cleaning brush which is long enough to wash the whole straw. Find it Here

Teabloom All-Beverage Travel Tumbler

This 17 oz / 500 ml Insulated Thermos Mug is eco-Friendly made out of bamboo. It is perfect for Hot and Cold Tea Infuser, Cold-Brew Coffee. Materials, 100% BPA-free, non-toxic, and resistant to stains, odors, and corrosion. Slim-line design fits all car cup holders. You can get it here

Eco-Friendly Bamboo Toothbrush

This zero waste set comes with a Set of toothbrushes, travel case, and Charcoal Bamboo Dental Floss biodegradable! It is a complete oral hygiene kit that uses natural bamboo and is much better for the earth. Both are compostable and recyclable. Find it here

Ethique Eco-Friendly Hair Sampler

This is a set of 5 Bar (3 Shampoos + 2 Conditioners) Sustainable, Plastic Free, Soap Free, Vegan, the products are Plant Based. Ethique is the world’s first zero waste and most sustainable lifestyle beauty brand. They use biodegradable ingredients and compostable packaging so all solid bars leave no trace. Perfect size for travelers. Find it here

Lulux 2 Shampoo Plus 2 Conditioner Bar Set.

Another great option is this natural Organic Set. Normal, Dry and Damaged Hair. This is a set of 2 shampoo bar (CHAMOMILE and ROSE) and 2 conditioner bars (LAVENDER and TEA TREE). With no paraben, silicone or sulfate. Your eco friendly traveler friend will thank you. Find it here

I hope this ideas can help you to give a great gift for your love ones!

Best kept secret in Bay Area – Northern California: Bear Valley family-friendly Ski Resort

Precipitation in California is always very hit-or-miss, but the past several years have dumped some good snow up in the Sierras each winter. This has prompted us to take more trips to the mountains more and experience snow sports with the family.  One thing we like to do is stay in the little town of Murphys and make our way up to Bear Valley Ski Resort.

Location

While the weather is becoming unpredictable in California and the world, we have been  able to visit this great place and avoid the crazy traffic as well as crowds that you find in other ski resorts in Northern California.

Bear Valley is located in the beautiful Central Sierra Mountains. It’s snuggled on Scenic Highway 4, between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite around 7,000 feet of elevation.  

Besides, it’s a great area and I feel like many people don’t know much about it even though it is only about 140 miles from San Francisco (3-4 hours by car) and three hours southeast of Sacramento, and around one hour from Angels Camp, California. However, this could feel a  big “remote”  and it doesn’t get the traffic that huge ski resort in Lake Tahoe get. The result of less crowded means more time skiing for your dollar.

Sometimes part of the road has restriction to “4×4 with chains on” only so I can see why not many people can make it.

This was a very icy road in our way to the Resort

This resort is small and very family-friendly, because it is no commercial or sophisticated. It has a ski school with great friendly staff. It is perfect for beginners skiers to expert with very little lift lines. What that means is you can have an excellent day of skiing at any level. 

Base Village

Includes a hotel, spa, cabins, two restaurants, two full bars, and a pizza parlor. The Lodge at the base facility is known for its majestic granite fireplace and post and beam construction of the atrium style hotel. The hotel’s Cathedral Lounge is a desirable location for weddings and special events. The village also includes a US Post Office, museum, general store and snowmobile rental center.

Where to Stay

To visit this mountain you can stay at the base village hotel with easy access to the mountain.

Another option is Arnold, this town is located in the Calaveras County just 30 minutes from the mountain and at 4000 feet of elevation. It has different hotel accommodations.

As I told you we stayed in a cabin in Murphys, a little small town located fifty minutes from Bear Valley. The road is easy and beautiful, but we had a little challenge with putting on snow chains on top of an icy patch on the road.

 The experience:

I have to start saying that I’m new at skiing and I’m pretty bad at it. I always prefer a warm tropical beach over stormy snowy mountains. However, my husband loves snowboarding and it seems that my kids are getting the same bug. They took here their first snowboarding lesson and I had a skii lesson.

Kids first time snowboarding

The ski school has experience and friendly instructors and the class last couple of hours. We arrived late so we got for the kids the “late lesson” that starts at 10 a.m. and because it was a week-day there is an extra discount.  It totally worth to pay for this lesson because this place is not very crowded, so they get to practice a lot the basic skills. The lesson includes lift ticket, equipment rental, and lunch. Plus few hours free for you to get some good runs. Well, my husband did it.

READY!

My kids started the day off sliding backwards and falling all over themself by the end of the day he was riding the chair lift with their dad and cruising down the Bunny hill. I was very impressed.

He got so much confidence after his snowboarding class

The bunny hill is great because there is plenty of room for people to move around safely whether you choose to snowboard, ski or just play with snowballs.

Important tips: there is a special during snow season 5th graders ski free! check here

Adult first time skiing

I wanted to learn to ski for the first time after 40s. It was a good time to try and I had a great experience because I got a group lesson during week-day per $59 per an hour and 45 minutes, the lesson included your equipment (skis, boots, poles and helmets), lift ticket. I was the only one in the group lesson SCORE!

I got an experiment instructor very friendly and helpful, Richard LeBlanc. He made me feel comfortable and gave me lot of information to run down the Panda Carpet, and the bunny slope. He was very approachable and place small bungee cord device on the front of my skis to keep them closer together and allowed me to age the proper wedge snowplowing to slow down, and we practice how me how to rotate the Skis to make turns.

Although it was a great lesson it require more than it to learn to ski, now I know the basic and I will practice. I will definitely ask for him again.

Important tips: Important to know that your must book at least 24 hours in advance to get the special online price and you should arrive at least 1/2 hour early to get your equipment.

The staff attending the carpet lift,  were respectful and supportive.

A bit More:

Ever since then we have come back few more times and the boys still practicing what they learned, and it is really impressive how comfortable they are. It is specially  fun to see then snowboarding while I drank hot chocolate in the lodge.

The good thing about this resort it is less expensive than others around the area. I rather rent equipment than buying since I don’t come to often and they outgrown them so fast. So, if you want to buy keep an eye on second had stores sometimes they are great deals. Here are the prices for equipment rental on Bear Valley. There was a seating area outside and the rental process was straightforward enough without having to do a long wait each time you want to go down a mountain.

Other place to rent equipment close by are:

Sierra Nevada Rental

Bear Valley Sky and Board   

Also if you are a parent who loves the challenge of a good mountain. The Resort has  some good double black diamond runs. So after few rides with your kids you can you do you 😉 Here are the trail maps.

Although they don’t have daycare, there are sledding and tubing area close by. We spent time there after lessons and respective hot chocolate, and while dad was snowboarding. It is always a great time for everyone.

Highly recommended. 

Enjoy

I did took some skii lessons and then went back to my hot chocolate

We got good snow conditions

Tubbing was just perfect after ski lessons

tubing was definitely a super fun activity

Christmas Tree hunting – Our Northern California Family Tradition

Christmas Tree hunting

How can I say no to the beautiful smell of pine trees and seeing this kid running around on this beautiful 54-acre tree farm?

So we braved the rain and went to find our perfect Christmas tree. On the way up, we were welcomed by a beautiful double rainbow.

We visit the Crest Ranch Christmas tree farm every year right after Thanksgiving, but this year the rain held us back a few days. I realized there’s some controversy about using a real Christmas tree or not, but we choose to support local agriculture and not fill up the landfill with more plastic.

Crest Ranch was established 71 years ago, and it is actually the oldest “choose and cut Christmas tree farm” in the Western United States. It has an amazing view of the Santa Cruz Mountains and 15 varieties of trees!

When you arrive, they give you a long-handled wood saw and a steel cart and send you on your way, traipsing over dozens of acres of land, and looking for the just-right tree for you.

Our favorite variety is the Douglas Fir for its beautiful look with soft needles and it smells so good. Of course, it makes our house smell great as well!

I have some skills too. I love wearing my Uggs rain boots on this kind of day. I really didn’t need rain boots or RainCoat but it was raining when we left!


This is our favorite place not just because of the trees, but also because the setting is so great – from the viewpoint, you can see seven counties! Usually, after we get our tree the kids play on the see-saw, and we have a picnic or get hot chocolate. Plus there is an area for kids to play in tree houses.

This place has an amazing Ocean view and we love to sit and enjoy some snacks. It just lets us feel the joy of being together in such a gorgeous place. Yes, even dogs are welcome!

And look at the results. Happy holidays everyone!

If you need ideas of what to put under the Christmas Tree for 8 years old and 10 years old here are my favorites:

1.Calvin and Hobbes

2.STEM Solar Robot

3.STEM Explosive Science Lab

4.Bey Blade

5.Safe Video Games

6.Marble Maze

7.Invention Science Kits for kids

Family fun outing clothes:

Uggs Women Rainboot

Rain Coat

Golden Gate Bridge

Best 8 places to visit in San Francisco with family during the winter season


1. Walk the Golden Gate Bridge.

Walking on the Golden Gate Bridge didn’t hit me at first as a fun thing to do. However, you can’t see as much of the bridge or views when you drive through it. I can’t believe I haven’t done this before. I finally did it and it was awesome! We didn’t bring the kids as we wanted some alone time, just the two of us on our anniversary. It is very cold (remember it is pretty much always cold in San Francisco) and it can be foggy as well. We got lucky and got some open blue sky in our way across, but the weather grew colder on our way back.

Golden gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge

It is a fun walk and not too long – about 4 miles there and back.  The Golden Gate Bridge is a stunning piece of architecture that runs for almost two miles connecting the city Of san Francisco with Marin County. It took many years for this bridge to get built and after many years of struggle and opposition, it opened to the public in 1937 as the longest suspension bridge on the world. Of course, that was many years ago but It is amazing to walk on this piece of history.


2. Visit the cable car museum

This museum is free to access. What you find in this museum are the actual wheels that pull the cables which move the cars on the street. Consider it as a working museum. It contains lots of historical facts about cable cars and different little exhibits about the San Francisco cable car system, and of course a little souvenir shop. The kids were mesmerized.

Cable Car Museum

Location: 1201 Mason Street near the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco


3. Take a cable car

Of course after visiting the cable car museum you have to take the cable car. You can wait in line for around 45 minutes (cable cars leave every 10 minutes or so) to get good seats or try on the cable car. The other choice is to jump on a car on the street, but you may not find enough space for everyone or find seats, and it is a bit risky for kids. However, the pros are you don’t need to wait very long, and you can have the cable car experience of hanging off the side.


4. Check out Union Square 

Beautiful Union Square has a skating rink during the winter months besides so many great stores and decorations. A must-see for sure! There’s so much amazing shopping right there – an Apple Store, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Sak’s 5th Avenue, and so many more. It’s an incredible place just to gawk if nothing else.

Union Square Christmas tree
During Christmas season you can find the beautiful Christmas lights and ice skate ring


5. Explore Chinatown and visit the Golden Gate Cookie Factory 

Walking around Chinatown is fun. My little one told me “I feel like I am in China”. People speaking in Chinese and so many signs written in beautiful Chinese script.

Most people don’t know this but fortune cookies were invented in San Francisco. At the Golden Gate Fortune cookie company, you get to see how they make them. A taste of warm crispy and hot off the press fortune cookies are included. Turns out that fresh fortune cookies taste amazing! They also sell a variety of specialty fortune cookies you won’t find anywhere else, such a cool treat and fun gift.

The Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory is located on 56 Ross Alley in San Francisco.


6. Exploratorium 

Although this place is not cheap by any means, it is worth it for kids with so much to see and touch. This is not just a museum it is a unique place that is even fun for adults because it lets you explore how the world around you actually works.

The Exploratorium has science, technology, and art with lots of interactive exhibits with explanations alongside dealing with mathematics, physics, biology, and more. It is also a showcase of environmental sustainability efforts as part of its goal to become the largest net-zero museum in the country.

It is usually crowded during weekends but it is a great place for families. It is located on Green St, Pier 15, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

For more information visit https://www.exploratorium.edu


7. Climb Coit Tower  

This is a place that I just visited for the first time and I strongly recommend it to you. We choose to walk there from the Exploratorium and we took the stair from the bottom of the hill. It was a pretty insane climb. Of course, the kids were way ahead of us and climbed those stairs like monkeys in a tree. Not the same for us adults for sure but it was a great exercise after the Thanksgiving dinner food coma.

A view of the beautiful Coit Tower before we start our hike
These stairs!!

This is the stamp the kids got to take the elevator and they love it

Once we were on the top we got an amazing view of the Bay Bridge and pretty much all of San Francisco. To my surprise, the kids had a blast chasing a mouse that was running around the lobby!!! After the commotion that it caused we started the line for the elevator. You can’t take the stairs only the elevator, and it costs $9 per adult and $6 per kid. While you are waiting in the hall for the elevator, there are beautifully painted murals from the 1930s that tell San Francisco’s history.

The line for the elevator lasts about 10 minutes or so and admits 8 people per elevator. Once we got in the top the view was breathtaking as you can see.

Coy Tower is located 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94133 for more information go to https://sfrecpark.org/destination/telegraph-hill-pioneer-park/coit-tower/

8. Chill out in North Beach

The North Beach neighborhood is adjacent to Chinatown and it is known as San Francisco’s Little Italy.

Here you will find great Italian pastries, gelato, coffee shops, restaurants, and bars and it is close to the Financial District. In this neighborhood, you can also find the world-famous City Light BookStore. This iconic, must-visit bookstore is an independent bookstore that specializes in world literature, politics, and art. It was Founded in 1963. It is a cultural trip especially for those who have their world view shaped by Fox News. 🙂 Located at 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133.

I hope you find this helpful! Now go on and enjoy some good family-friendly places in San Francisco.

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travel with kids to Huacachina and Dunes

Family Travel with kids Huacachina and Sand Dunes


Family Travel to the South of Peru: Huacachina and Sand Dunes

One of the things in our bucket list was visiting with the family the south of Peru Huacachina Village and its famous sand Dunes located in Ica.

Huacahina is a Village build around a lagoon know as the desert oasis, Huacachina is a popular place to adventure on dune buggy and sandboarding. We stayed at the hotel  Las Dunas, a good fun family resort located 15 minutes from Huacachina in Ica. After we visit Paracas and fly the Nazca Lines with the kids we decided to take them to have fun at Huacachina Village and do some sanboarding and dune buggy.

First,  I have to tell you I have been to Huacachina before and now it is busier than ever. The sad part is that there is so much plastic on the sand Dunes.  There are lot of dune buggies and they transport you deep into the desert to see the huge sand dunes on the coast. These ancient mountains of sand are beautiful and surreal. And adventurous travelers are welcome to try sandboarding down the dunes!

For these reason, we hired a van from the hotel to transport the 8 of us, but only 6 of us went in the adventure. My parents wouldn’t go it was so much. We found Huacachina full of visitors, you can see the pictures. We stop at the entrance and got our tickets per 7 soles, after that our guide introduce us to our driver and we got in our dune buggy.

Huacahina
walking to the dune buggy

Our guide and driver greet us – Note there are so many companies and type of cars. Usually, people book in advance their drivers. Ours dune buggie and driver wasn’t like I expected. He seems that enjoy what he does but didn’t seem to worry about security. However, he was very lay back for this mama bear.

some of us excited other worrier, can you see?

Our car wasn’t as I expected. The seat belts were in bad shape and didn’t hold tight. However, no one seems to worry about it.  The kids were super excited d to be in a boogie car. The dunes were the beautiful infinite view of sand and we keep going in deeper dunes and I started to feel uncomfortable for the kids safety althioygh i knew they were doing this for long time. The first  one  deep drop, second deeper so fun and my  kid – the most reluctant to speak Spanish said  “Mami me gusta mucho” then I relaxed! After that, we stop and got ready to slide on the sand.

Tips: Things to not forget: Googles or glasses per sand. I brought googles because easy to carry and we used at the pool. Maskto don’t get sand in your mouth especially when you slide down. So much fun!

Look at the video the slide was easy for my 7-year-old and my 9-year-old. They really have a blast with their cousins in this unique place. So glad for this amazing experience.

After so much fun we stop to enjoy the view of Huacachina Village, some food, and festivities this little charming town has.

I hope you enjoy the pictures and videos we took of our adventure.

Rocio

Huacachina Peru

Huacachina Sand Dunes Peru
A must visit when in Peru. Fun for the whole family. Huacachina and San Dunes in Ica Peru
Huacachina and Ica Peru
How to visit Huacachina and Sand Dunes in Ica Peru
Ano Nuevo Giant Sea Lion

A must do in California – Watching the Giant Seal Elephants at Año Nuevo State Park

As my kid said watching the Giants Seals at Año Nuevo State Park is amazing, and a must-do in California Año Nuevo State Park is one of the best places in California. Not just because of its stunning views, vast dunes, coastal scrub hosting a high diversity of plants and animals beaches and more importantly, Elephant seals!

Giant Sea lion
looking at the Giant Sea Lion in Año Nuevo

I have been in Año Nuevo with the family before, but I didn’t get to see the giant Sea Lion until I chaperone at my kid’s school. Which nickname is “Sea Lion”. My son 4th grade class as a part of his curriculum got to visit Ano Nuevo State Park last January. It was the perfect time to visit. We were immediately captivated for the coastal terrace prairie view in contrast with the Ocean, Gosh it is really beautiful! However, the star of that day was the Giant Sea Lions. They were so close by that we could touch them, but we were advice to keep our distance and no try to touch them. Although these animals look big and heavy, don’t underestimate them, they can move fast because they weight tons, no one shoul be on its way!

Año Nuevo State Park is one of the largest mainland breeding colonies in the world for this Seal. The Giant Seals mating, giving birth and molting at this scenic beach. You can see all of this at this State Park!  I found out the is around up to 10,000 elephant seals that return to these beaches and this is a Natural Preserve established to protect the seals along with many other animals such as otters, elephants seals, coyotes, cormorants, terns and more. Not wonder why this place brings people from all over around the world.

Ano Nuevo Scenic View
Ano Nuevo Scenic View: ocean and Dunes
Ano Nuevo Sea lions during January
Ano Nuevo Sea lions during January

Before the Gate:

Our guided tour started walking from the parking lot to a historic nineteenth-century dairy ranch of the Dickerab/Steele family. In this building, you find a marine education center, also a bookstore and a viewpoint. Bring some money you can find cool souvenirs. The park features the Marine Education Center boasting a natural history exhibit, bookstore, and theater. The building has a nostalgic feeling of the American Settlers.

After I was able to pull the kids out of  the store (don’t make my mistake – don’t stop there first!) we did a mild hike of ten minutes to the gate, where a little exhibition shed is located. It didn’t feel to long because the view during our hike was great. We saw so many different birds because Ano Nuevo State Park is also a major bird migratory route and birding location. Also,  native plants and an untouched intertidal ecosystem also find shelter inside the Natural Preserve.

An example of the magical view during our hike to the main sight point at Ano Nuevo State Park
An example of the magical view during our hike to the main sight point at Ano Nuevo State Park

After we admired the birds and local plants on our hike, we arrived at the exhibition shed where the kids were able to see and touch different sea animals bones and birds. Volunteers guided them through a hand-on the activities of  guessing and proceeded to explain what animal every bone belong. Kids love to guess and be right! Volunteers, there are very knowledgeable people. Once we finished that activity, kids were allowed to pass the gate and hike on the dunes to see the Giant Seal.

 

After the Gate:

Before crossing the Gate, they explained that we need to keep our distance for safety reasons. Giant Seal was on the path and having a great time. I didn’t know we could get so close.  The experience was amazing to see this beautiful creatures so close. It was possible because we visit during the matting time. To view the elephant seals during this season, you must be on a guided walk only. Elephant seal viewing requires a 3-4 mile moderate hike over varied terrain, including sand dunes. The walks last about two and a half hours.

Ano Nuevo Giant Sea Lion
Ano Nuevo Giant Sea Lion battle

People can onserve the Giant Elephant Seal all year-round either on a docent lead tour or through a self-guided permit system within the Wildlife Viewing Area.

Another thing AMAZED me is how loud these creatures are, also how exhausted they are.

What to Expect From  The Elephant Seals Year Round

Once you book your visit it is important to learn the life cycle of Elephant Seal:

Elephant Seal Molting Season

April 1 to August 31 – During molting season seals come ashore to shed their outer layer of skin and fur. This happens during the spring and summer months. The Park is open during these months for self-guided hiking by Visitor Permit only. You don’t need reservations  but visitors must exit the Natural Preserve by 5 p.m.

Fall Juvenile Haul Out

September 1 to November 30 –  By the time summer ends only a few numbers of seals are around because most elephant seals have returned to sea to feed. Just the one to three-year-old juveniles hauls out on remote beaches as part of their early development. During this time the Wildlife Viewing Area of the Natural Preserve is open for self-guided hiking by Visitor permit.

Natural Preserve Closed

December 1 to 14 –   It is close to visitors during this period because pregnant females arrived at the beach. And adult males begin to arrive on the beaches and form harems.

Elephant Seal Breeding Season

December 15 to March 31 – This is the “magical time” when you can see them from close through a Guided Tour. this is the time when we visited. The Northern elephant seals come ashore to give birth and mate. Also, Bull seals battles for breeding access to the females. While pregnant females come ashore to the pup, and mothers nurse their pups for about a month. After that time mate and return to the sea. By the end of this period, Pups remain behind through March basking in the sun and learning to swim but most of the adults have returned to the sea. Crazy right!  To view the elephant seals during this season, you must be on a guided walk.

Park Information

Phone (650) 879-2025
 
Park Hours
 
  • 8:30 am to Sunset Permits to view seals issued 8:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • 3-4 mile moderate hike over varied terrain, including sand dunes
  • Visitor permits to see the seals inside the Natural Preserve are issued from  8:30 to 3:30.
  • Keep your distance from Seals Elephant seals are dangerous wild animals and are protected by the park. The majority of the time they are very much alive. Never get within 25 feet of an elephant seal.
  • No pets.
  • No bikes on trails.
  • No collecting Shells, rocks, wood, plants or animals. All features of this park are preserved and protected by law.
  • No smoking or fires
  • No drones

 

California Ano Nuevo State Park
A great place to visit in Northern California
Ano Nuevo State Park
California Elephant Sea Lion
Ano Nuevo State Park
Moray Inca ruins with kids

Cusco – Sacred Valley with kids and visiting Moray Inca Ruins

Sacred Valley with Kids: Moray Inca ruins

The Moray Inca ruins with kids was a great warm-up for our next day tour. After visiting Chincheros, we head to Moray Inca Ruins called Quantus Raquay, it was right before Salt Maras Moray Pond.

Also, Moray was a great warm-up for Ollantaytambo which we visited the following day.  Usually, you can get this tour together because their proximity is convenient. I strongly recommend you to do your research to customized your tour if possible.

Peru- Cusco our way to Moray Inca Ruins. Our kids were excited
Our view from the road
Adventure in Sacred Valley with our kids start
Great a view of the Sacred Valley. The view of the farmland that is planned to be the home of the new airport

Quantus Raquay

Basically, in Moray,  Quantus Raquayis is an Inca ruin that contains circular terrace used for an irrigation system. The Incas build this system to grow crops in different microclimates. Every level has different temperatures.  It was sort of Inca agriculture laboratory used to grow resistant plans high in the Andes.

Seems that they were build to use the different microclimates that the Peruvian Andean terrain provided and experiment growing of different types of plants. A true statement of the genius of human archeology and hydraulic.

To get in here you need to buy tickets on the entrance, get the partial tourist ticket III (Sacred Valley) for $25 or the full ticket for $47. Get your tourist ticket at the office or DICERTUR Main square at Calle Mantas from Monday to Sunday or on site.

Entrance of Moray Inca ruins with kids
The entrance of Quantus Raqay
Moray Inca ruins with kids
The amazing view

Once there we were lucky to witnesses a ceremony where they recreate the ceremonies that use to happen here.

Moray Inca ruins with kids
Hundreds of people carrying Incas flags and dancing
Going down all the different terrace levels
Moray Inca ruins with kids
They were coming to the center from every angle
Moray Inca ruins with kids
It was amazing to see them getting together and dancing

We climb up and down and admired and learn about this amazing place!

Moray Inca ruins with kids
A really impressive view for this little
Moray Inca ruins with kids
Can you see the people?
Moray Inca ruins with kids
This caught the people dressed on Inca Attired with the Inca flag

I hope you find this helpful t travel here with your kids. good luck!

Moray -Sacred Valley - Cusco - Peru

Family Trip to Peru: tips to do Maras Salt Ponds with kids

Maras Salt Ponds with kids

After visiting Moray we head with the kids to Maras Salt Ponds, a truly amazing place. Although I have visited Cusco several times, this was my first time visiting Maras Salt Pond. Sacred Valley manages to still show new amazing places used by the Incas.  I couldn’t be happier that kids got to see this amazing place. You won’t believe it!

Cusco with kids Maras Salt Pond
The view of Maras Salt and background the Sacred Valley

 

Getting There

Maras Salt Pond was a great place to take the kids. The pond is located on the mountain and surrounded by a gorgeous view. The bus drive by a cliff in a two ways road. It is scary!!! I’m not going to lie, my heart almost stopped when we turn a curve and another bus was going in the opposite direction. We were by the cliff side Oh! I could see the cliff so close…. fortunately, the driver was an expert and we made it. The good news is that the road will improve soon because an airport is projected to be built on Chicheros.

A dusty road
The road to there is very dusty
The view of Sacred Valley amazing places
Getting closer
Going down the road in Sacred Valley
The view gets better and better
A little garden in Maras Salt Pond
Our way to Maras Salt Pond
Maras Salt Pond
There is a little garden area maintained by locals. Not surprised since Sacred Valley has such a fertile land
Maras Salt Pond with kids
People can walk around the ponds carefully

WHAT IS IT?

Basically, this is a salt farm and it has been used by Incas at the time. This place is full of salt evaporations ponds. The salt comes from the salty water from the underground stream.

Almost every pond is four-meter square and no more than 30 centimeters depth. It is own by the community in a cooperative system. Every family owns a pond that takes cares of. Basically, a whole family and the size of the pond depends on the size of the family.

When the water evaporated from the ponds, water become oversaturated and salt in the form of crystal precipitated to the surface.  After closing the water feeder the water dries and the salt can be scrapped from the pond. Families are in charge of taking care of this process.

THE PONDS

After getting off the bus and walk in a very narrow parking lot, we walked down the dirt path. It is very dusty so I cover my kids’ faces with their t-shirts (I wasn’t ready for the mush dirt, I wish I brought sunglasses for them).

Once we pass all the stores there are at the entrance, we went down the stairs and the amazing view opened. The guide explained to us that this has been working since Inca’s time and is maintained by locals with a comunity system. It was pretty easy to see how the water run down and form this pond and touch the crystals that grow around there.

We were fascinating, we touched the water and the salt. We learned something new and I was so happy they learn this about the Incas. I found out they were super hydraulic engineers!

Sacred Valley world schooling
The boys dig their hand on the water. It was easy to see the crystal when they took their hands out
Cusco, Maras Salt Pond
This is the path of the water
Exploring Cusco with kids, Maras Salt Ponds
My boy was so surprised at the amount of Salt. A great summer lesson for him

 

Let me know if you have any question when planning your trip. I am happy to help!

Rocio

Salineras Maras Moray in Cusco
Maras Salt Pond in Cusco Peru
Maras Salt Ponds in Cusco Peru

Urubamba with kids

Peru with kids: What there is in Urubamba for kids – the little gem of Sacred Valley for kids

Exploring Urubamba with family

Our Cuzco adventure with kids couldn’t be complete without visiting Sacred Valley. On our visit, we stayed in Urubamba, the little gem of Sacred Valley.

Sacred Valley is fertile farmland on the heart of the Inca Empire located in Ollantaytambo and Urubamba Districts. It was Inca’s properties and Inca’s people settle up there because of their very important maze production.

We stayed in Urubamba for a day before taking our train to Machu Picchu.  This little town is less “touristy” than Ollantaytambo but still close by to the train station.

Our itinerary with kids in Urubamba:

a super cute hotel that inspires the boys to play with the little flutes that they got at Cuzco

We arrived in a small town in the evening. It was fascinating to me, the streets were so small for the cars that it made hard to manipulate to get in. The reason is that the size of the street reminded the same size since the Colonization. Our car was too big for them and it almost got stuck. Exciting!

Our little hotel was located on this little Urubamba streets
visiting Cusco - Urubamba
The little town surrounded by mountains

Next morning, after a good breakfast provided by the hotel, we have so much fun exploring Urubamba’s local market with the kids. During our visit to the market, they got to make new friends and played with local kids and dogs. At the market, boys found a toy store, and you know how boys are when they see a ball, right? They beg us for a ball and we got one with they played around until we left and donated it to the local kids.

I found good spices and local tea

At the market, we were able to find great tea and Maca. After a nice stroll back to the hotel we left to Ollantaytambo.  

I feel that visiting Urubamba was a real Andean’s experience for the kids, it was a  town very laid back. You don’t find a bunch of tourist walking around, just working on trading or selling agriculture products. We love this!

 

Peru - Cusco - Urubamba
Cusco Urubamba
Machu Picchu Peru

Peru with Kids

Peru with Kids

Machu Picchu Peru
Machu Picchu (Peru)

South America, Peru

If you are wondering if visiting Sudamerica, Peru with kids is the right idea. Here is the information you need to take this decision. South America is located mostly in the Southeast hemisphere and Is the Spanish and Portuguese speaking area of the Americas. I am going to focus mainly on Peru on this blog.

The Spanish invasion to Peru in latest 1500, brings a strong influence of Spanish culture in Peru and in most South  Americas countries. There is so much to see in South America and Peru is the gem of Southamerica.

South America geography helps to created amazing cities and places to visit. It is surrounded by Ocean Pacific and Atlantic, and on the Western are dominated by the Andes;  while in the eastern side present a tropical area with lowland surrounded by major rivers. Peru is one of the few countries that geographically posses part of the coast, Andean and tropical area. Peru is a must visit Country due to their diversity, there is more than just amazing Machu Picchu is a country that will awe you.

Does Peru Have One of The  New 7 Wonders of The World?

Machu Picchu in Peru is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, together with:

The Great Wall of China

Christ the Redeem statue in Brasil

Chichen Itza in Mexico

Roman Coliseum in Rome

Taj Mahal in India

Petra in Jordan

What Should I know before Traveling to Peru with kids?

  • Weather in Peru varies according to the City. This is happening due to its geography. Peru has a coastal city like Lima and Nazca. Andean Cities as Arequipa and Cusco, as well as tropical cities as Loreto and Madre de Dios, this last two located on the Peruvian Amazonian Jungle.
  • Cusco is in high altitude, you need to take actions to prevent it.
  • Cusco is located on the Andean while Machu Picchu is located in the tropical and warmer area.
  • You would need to drink water from a bottle.
  • Eat only cooked vegetables.
  • Spend time in Lima. Lima has so many great places to visit
  • If you take a picture you will be charged, especially in the tourist areas. don’t be surprised if you take a picture and then the peso ask you is “5 soles” please. Also, if you take pictures with them usually they charge you. Keep in mind is their main income and your sweet souvenir.
  • If you are doing the Inca hike book your slot as earliest is possible months in advance.
  • If you doing the Inca trail make sure you are in shape.
  • There are two shifts to enter to Machu Picchu and a limited of 200 people per day to enter Huayna Picchu
  • People start getting in Machu Picchu at 6:00 am you will need to be up sometimes from 4:00 am to get in there.
  • You don’t need a VISA if you coming from the USA.
  • Be ready for the unexpected

Is It  Safe to Travel To Peru with kids?

Thousands of people visit Peru each year and return home from a trouble-free trip. By taking the same basic precautions as you would traveling anywhere is safe for you and your family.

the official US Travel Advisory page says the following about Peru:

With my help, your Peruvian trip will be a safe and fun one 😉

  • Safety precautions :
    1. Take precautions when withdrawing money
    2. Use licensed taxis remember while is not an issue in Peru. Use reputable transport services.
    3. If you are going to bring cash along with you just do your homework before you get here. Research the best exchange rates before you leave to avoid being ripped off.
    4. Use common sense on street safety: as be aware of your surroundings (something that I always ask my kids to do) and keep your valuables out of sight.

    5. When using cash machines use cash machines located at the bank, supermarket, or in your hotel to be extra safe.

Essential Things to Travel to Peru

  1. Get a travel Credit Car.
  2. Inform your bank you will be traveling.
  3. Travel insurance is always a good idea.
  4. Bring the money exchange.
  5. Don’t forget your vaccination or medication for altitude sickness.
  6. Pack light and bring good shoes. If you need clothes ypoi have plenty of choices there.


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What is the Best Time of the Year to Visit Peru?

If you want to avoid the crowd you can travel from April to May or September to October that is considered the low season. Although there are chances for rain May and October are generally great months to see everything greener and less crowded. I have been there on those months and once in heal, so an umbrella or poncho will be great to add to your packing list.

LIMA WITH KIDS

Peru with kids
Lima – Larcomar

Is Visiting Lima a Good Idea?

Actually, there is so much to see for families in Lima, that is always a good idea to visit. Lima is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean is a Coastal City with good weather and many attractions.

Every time we visit Lima there is something new to see and I made a list of Everything You Need to Know about Lima.

Among Lima’s main attractions are: Plaza de Armas, Lima Catacombs, Paseo de Aguas, and explore the district of  Miraflores, Barranco, Ancon and Callao just to mention some. Also, here is the list of parks I recommend to visit if you travel with kids. Lima has a zoo and different theme parks for kids.

Lima Peru with kids
Plaza de Armas – Lima

CUSCO – MACHU PICCHU WITH KIDS

Is Cusco, Peru a Safe Place to Visit?

Cusco is a definitely safe place to travel if you want ideas of what to do in Cusco check this blogs

Why is Machu Picchu Considered one of the Wonders of the World?

Machu Picchu is a citadel build in the 15th century on the top of a mountain located 7 970 feet. Above the Sacred Valley through where the Urubamba rivers run. This was the citadel where the Incas and his royalty family lived. Its impressive location and construction in classic Inca style well preserved despite earthquakes and harsh climate made it famous around the world.

It was built with big boulders and there are many theories on how they did that. No one has a final answer. Machu Picchu was voted in 2007 as one of the new Wonder of the world. After getting international attention in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, in an effort to help its preservation the Citadel was declared a sanctuary in 1981. Later in 1983, it was declared a World Heritage by the UNESCO before becoming a World Wonder of the World

How Easy is it to Visit Machu Picchu with Young children?

Traveling with kids has their own challenges, like anything with family, so in order to make the trip a briss, plan in advance. the experience is priceless and to me definitely worth it.

if you are nursing a baby be sure of their routine and bring wherever is need to keep the routine going. I traveled while nursing my kids, not to Machu Picchu but to Lima. keep hydrated is the clue so you can keep baby happy, I nursed my kids during take off to easy their ear pressure, or gave them a pinkie to suck on.

To get to Machu Picchu you need to take an airplane or bus, a train, and another bus. My kids appreciate all the rides. To travel with kids you need to be ready for the unexpected and have the best attitude. Machu Picchu with older kids is easier, but you need to expect them to wake up earlier to go to the ruins. One of us went to nake the bus line earlier and the other one stays, but your kids have to be ready at the bus station by 5:30. There is the option of the second shift later during the day, which is good for kids. We just didn’t want to miss the amazing show of the fog breaking through the sun.  We had great time kids were faster than us and they love exploring the Inca ruins.

Machu Picchu with kids

High Altitude sickness?

Cusco is located at an Altitude of 3,400 meters (11,200ft) above sea level, everyone reacts to attitude different. I always get a slight headache, my older son got one too, on the other hand, my husband and the youngest kid didn’t feel discomfort. For attitude I always tend to have an easy first day in Cusco, arrive and don’t walk around too much. I take into consideration that some streets are on hills and it doesn’t help for your body to acclimate.

There is always mate de coca available in local restaurants and at hotels. Usually, hotels give you that as soon as you arrived. I recommend you to drink it. water is boiled so you won’t get sick for that. then, rest for a few hours before exploring the city, a good nap will help your body to the different amount of oxygen is getting.

What is The Weather Like in Machu Picchu and Cusco, Peru?

Peru weather varies according to the area.

Lima weather:

Lima weather is average during the year not too hot or too cold, with temperatures ranging from 12 C or 54 F to 18C or 64 F in Winter. On the hot season temperature range from 24C or 75F to 28C or 82 F.

Winter is during the month of July and September and Summer from January to March.

Cusco Weather:

Cusco weather is different than Lima due to its geography, the Andeans have a great influence on it. It has two very mark seasons from November to April is the wet season or winter and May to October the dry season or summer. February is wettest. The dry season is partly cloudy and is cold year around. Over the course of the year, the temperature varies from 32F to 66F. the temperature varies so little then we can’t cold or hot season. when sunny during the day is pretty warm. Cusco is usually warm and sunny during the day and very cold at night.

Machu Picchu Weather:

The rainy season is from November to March and April to November is dry season. weather is part of the jungle so it can feel very tropical. The hottest temperature in 26C (79 ) and reaching temperatures of -2C (-36) in the coldest months. it always warm during the day and cold evenings, so bring layers.

What is the nearest airport to Machu Picchu?

The closest airport to Machu Picchu is Alejandro Velasco Astete located on Cusco. It is an international airport that received domestic flights as well as some international flights. Is located close to City Center. Machu Picchu is located 3 hours on the train from Cusco. You may want to know how we made it to Machu Picchu, route and costs.

Named after the first airplane Pilot that cross the Andean. Taxis are located just outside the landing area. Plan in advance your pick up. Although Cusco is pretty safe if not plan in advance taxis can be pretty expensive.

What Should I Prepare for a Trip to Machu Picchu?

Peru is one of the best places in the world to travel make the most of it planning it correctly.

  • Make arrangements for you pick up from airport to hotel in Lima or Cusco
  • Get your train to Machu Picchu ahead of time
  • Stay in Cusco and acclimate

PERU WIH KIDS – NAZCA LINES

What Are the Nazca Lines?

The Nazca lines are amazing geoglyphs draw in a huge scaled by the Nazca people. A civilization which began around 100 B.C. and flourished from A.D. 1 to 70. These geoglyphs are drawn on the desert dirt and can be seen from high. They were drawn along 30 miles or 48 kilometers ( and around 170 Miles Square and 450 Kilometers Square) and represent animals and plants. The Nasca Lines were created between 500 BCE and 500 CE. You can see pictures of them here.

There are many theories but they still a mystery. In 1994 the Nazca lines were declared  UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What are the Nazca Lines Drawn?