How to Have a Perfect Visa Run to Chile

Cusco to Chile and Back

When you first come over the hill into Tacna from Arequipa, you’ll think you’re arriving at Black Rock City, the temporary home of Nevada’s annual Burning Man festival. But don’t be misled by Tacna sprawling mass across an otherwise lifeless desert. Peru’s southernmost city lies just a stone’s throw from the Pacific, and just a few more minutes south in the backseat of a 2007 Chevy Impala lies an almost perfect stretch of sandy surf beach perfect for a weekend getaway (or a quick border hop).

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When Love Crosses Continents: How two volunteers met and fell in love in Cusco

Dear friends at Proyecto Peru,

We’d like to share our story with you, to spread a little of our happiness.

Three years ago, back when we didn’t know each other yet, we – Daniel from the USA and me from Belgium – read about the medical package at Proyecto Peru and decided to jump into the adventure.

In the summer of 2015, we arrived in Cusco. The first day of medical Spanish classes, I thought I was all alone with my teacher, Paula. Intense! But the next day, Daniel was there.

It didn’t take long for us to realize we’d gotten lucky.

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Lazy Peruvian Causa Recipe

Causa is typically a favorite Peruvian dish among tourists and locals alike. With a golden yellow potato base, what’s not to love? Most restaurants in and around Cusco serve up their own version of causa, and all focus intensely on presentation. The causa is always served up in careful layers, as a sushi style, and extremely photo-worthy.

This recipe is for all you lazy chefs, those who want all of the flavor and deliciousness of a traditional Peruvian causa at about 50% the effort! 

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Travel Tips

If you’re planning a trip to Cusco in the near future, you won’t want to miss these tips and facts about life in Cusco! Let Proyecto Peru guide you through your trip! We offer Spanish classes, local trusted and affordable tours, and homestay accommodations to help provide the experience of a lifetime. Register with us and receive even more tips and information about Cusco before you arrive.

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Cusco Packing List


  • Sweaters
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • Jeans
  • Flannel/button down shirt
  • Warm and comfy pants
  • Shirts for layering              Cusco weather can vary!
  • 1 outfit you don’t mind getting dirty
  • 1 nicer outfit
  • Pajamas
  • Warm socks                      No central heating – nights can be cold!
  • Undergarments
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Cusco Bucket List

  1. Shop and haggle in San Pedro Market
  2. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Chocomuseo
  3. Take an alpaca selfie 
  4. Live with a host family! 
  5. Try Pisco and see a local band at Republica de Pisco
  6. See the city from Cristo Blanco’s point of view 
  7. Tour the cathedrals in Plaza de Armas 
  8. Make new friends over waffles at The Meeting Place 
  9. Take a photo of the 12 Angled Stone
  10. Play jenga and drink chilcanos at Indigo 
  11. Read the stars at Planetarium Cusco
  12. Catch the sunset at Limbus
  13. Tour Qorikancha
  14. See traditional dances at Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo
  15. Try cuy (guinea pig) 
  16. Take free salsa lessons at Inca Team
  17. Have a Cafe Day at La Valeriana or Monkey Cafe
  18. Experience the art at Museo de Arte Precolombino
  19. Do Sunday yoga and brunch at The Healing House
  20. Visit the Sacred Valley
  21. Learn something new at Museo Inka
  22. Eat a sanguche (Peruvian sandwich) at Pankracio
  23. Have a fancy night out with opera music at Belmond Hotel
  24. Have a picnic in your favorite plaza
  25. Study Spanish!