Technologies that will boost tourism 2021

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One of the things that the pandemic accelerated globally was the use and development of technologies that allow travelers to make travel processes more efficient and less touching.

For this reason, tourism will be boosted by technological advances that allow from checking in without physical contact to finding new ways to interact with other people and request, for example, services in hotels, airplanes, or restaurants.

Voice command

The use of intelligent assistants that work through voice commands, such as Google Home or Alexa from Amazon, is becoming more and more widespread. This technology is being used in the accommodation spaces to control different devices, such as the television, the coffee machine, or the curtains, and thus make the stay more pleasant.

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Contactless technology

Contactless systems range from faster payment methods, booking services, scanning restaurant menus, and even checking in or opening rooms without the need for physical keys.

Natural Language Processing

To ensure an unparalleled guest experience, companies will increasingly turn to technologies such as artificial intelligence and Natural Language Processing, which analyze conversations and interactions with users to identify areas of opportunity that allow them to devise better services or operational processes.

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Facial recognition

One of the technologies that are booming is facial recognition. Several airports in the world have chosen to use facial recognition at the boarding gates of planes so that people’s passports and boarding documents do not have to be checked by humans.

Together, these technologies could become an important catalyst to boost tourism and travel this 2021 and offer travelers greater security during their travels.

The UNWTO is promoting a new code of legal protection for tourists

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The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has presented the International Code for the Protection of Tourists. The plan seeks to raise the legal backing of travelers as consumers and will provide tourists affected by emergency situations with clearer and more consistent assistance conditions worldwide.

The Committee for the Development of an International Code for the Protection of Tourists was attended by 92 UNWTO Member States. Together, they adopted a specific action plan aimed at restoring tourists’ confidence, thanks common and harmonized framework.

In the coming next weeks, International Organizations, the European Commission and the Private Stakeholders will be invited to join this initiative to achieve a more fair and balanced share of responsibilities among all tourism stakeholders in the post-COVID-19 world.

Recommendations for the Assistance to International Tourists in Emergency Situations:

  • Preventing potential problems by developing, implementing coordination protocols, and training tourism stakeholders.
  • Providing real-time information for tourists.
  • Addressing cross-border cooperation between governments and tourism service providers.
  • Fostering close collaboration between governments and travel and accommodation providers.
  • Addressing the effective repatriation of tourists.

The next UNWTO General Assembly is expected to be held at the end of 2021 in Morocco, where a report will be presented on the progress made with the development of the international code.

The best places for Glamping in Mexico

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Glamping is an ideal option for those people who love to spend time in contact with nature but without sacrificing the convenience and comfort of a hotel.

Mexico is a country with multiple landscapes and natural wonders, which is why several of its destinations for this activity. Below we tell you five places where you can take a well-deserved rest in a natural environment and without losing style.

Matices Hotel de Barricas, Tequila

Located in one of the most popular Magical Towns in Mexico, Matices Hotel de Barricas is a unique place in the country, because it allows you to enjoy nature and stay in tequila barrels. The rooms are distributed in a beautiful agave field within the La Cofradía Tequila factory, where tours and Tequila tastings are also offered.

Matices Hotel de Barricas
Picture: Matices Hotel de Barricas

Campera Hotel Burbuja, Ensenada

This innovative concept consists of a unique and ecological resort that offers a luxurious experience, having rooms with a dome that will allow you to sleep under a beautiful starry sky and wake up surrounded by immense fields of vineyards. The hotel has gastronomic and wine tours to enjoy the best of this region.

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Picture: Campera Hotel Brubuja

Harmony Glamping, Tulum

Harmony Glamping Tulum features luxuriously furnished tents with all the amenities of a traditional hotel room. In addition, the rooms are surrounded by beautiful gardens and in contact with nature. Each part of the hotel was built with environmentally friendly materials and techniques, offering a pleasant, natural, and memorable experience.

Picture: Harmony Clamping Tulum

Playa Viva, Zihuatanejo

This beautiful hotel is also friendly to the environment and allows you to enjoy a complete vacation in contact with nature. Playa Viva has 12 eco-friendly rooms, each with a view of the beach. Among them, stands out its tree house, located between palm trees.

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Picture: Playa Viva

Tendo Glamping, Tepoztlán

If you are looking for a break near Mexico City, Tendo Glamping is the ideal place for you. Disconnect from the world and escape to Tepoztlán to camp in style and enjoy endless activities. In addition to the latest trend in luxurious cabins and being 100% sustainable, Tendo Glamping has a miniature golf course, zip line, climbing wall, pool and a spa.

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Picture: Tendo Glamping

 

5 tips to be a responsible tourist

When you choose a destination, you usually take into account certain factors such as the weather, the accommodation, the nightlife, the museums, and interesting places. But do you also find out about the type of impact that your vacation will have on the local community, if there is endangered fauna or any issue related to environmental pollution?

It is important to have a positive impact on the place you visit, that is why we share 5 tips that will help you become a responsable traveler concerned about the environment.

1. Local consumption

Local consumption fosters an equitable economy in which small businesses in the community will have the same opportunities as large companies, and this also promotes energy savings and the reduction of CO2 emissions.

2. Responsible use of water and energy

Other small actions, but with great long-term impact, are those that are taken on a daily basis, such as the conscious use of water for bathing and electricity to charge electronic devices.

3. Don’t contribute to animal exploitation and abuse

It is great to be able to travel and discover new species, but whenever you encounter animals, ask and investigate; Are the animals in the wild? Does your visit affect the care and improvement of the animals’ habitat?

Avoid places and shows where they are exploited and report any signs of exotic or wild species traffic.

4. Respect the local culture

Establish correct and cordial relationships with local populations, without prejudice. When you arrive at the destination, always try to adapt to local customs and uses, without imposing your habits and lifestyle.

5. Use sustainable transport

If the destination you are visiting allows it and it’s safe, it is recommended to use transport alternatives such as trains or buses to travel relatively close distances. The trip, in addition to contributing to the environment and reducing the personal carbon footprint, allows you to experience the destination in a closer way.

If public transport is not your thing, you can choose to travel the destination on foot or by bicycle, this form of transport is not only better for the environment, but it will also help you to get active and feel energized during the trip.

5 advantages of virtual events

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If there is one positive trend that the covid-19 pandemic has brought to the events industry, it is the adoption of virtual event platforms as a viable alternative to face-to-face events.

Virtual events have proven to be a great ally for companies that intend to continue generating leads thanks to the benefits it offers to keep them connected.

In this note we are going to share 5 advantages of virtual events.

1. Lower cost

One of the main advantages of virtual events is a significant reduction in the cost and logistics of the event. Just imagine all the production expenses that a face-to-face event has: venue rental, catering, staff, screens, sound equipment, and much more. When the event is virtual all these costs disappear.

2. Real time interaction

Another advantage of organizing a virtual event is the wide and varied spectrum of opportunities to interact with your attendees. You have their full attention, so you can ask them questions and give them a chance to pose their response.

3. Accessibility

Attendees will be able to access an event online, regardless of their location, just have a device or computer equipment and a good internet connection. It’s a good opportunity to connect with a wider audience, even internationally, who might not have had the opportunity to meet your brand at a physical event.

4. Accurate audience analysis

Once the event is over, the data can be analyzed to better reach your audience. Thanks to technology, metrics are clearer and it is possible to have more controlled participation data. If your company wants to be part of an online event, using this technology can provide you with a great competitive advantage.

5. Immersive learning

Incorporating a digital learning experience into your event can provide attendees with greater value and a stronger learning experience.

5 destinations to travel in Mexico after Covid-19

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Are you looking for places to enjoy your first vacation after the pandemic? We have a few recommendations for you!

1. Puerto Vallarta

The romantic and tropical town of Puerto Vallarta is situated on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Puerto Vallarta is located along the beautiful Banderas Bay, boasting numerous idyllic beaches with soft sand and azure waters. The stunning and nostalgic downtown bursts with culture and history and has an undeniable charm.

The city enjoys a vibrant nightlife, with plenty of bars and clubs as well as stage performances from local renowned singers.

2. Cancun

The stunning city of Cancun is located on the Northeast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in the area of Quintana Roo, where the rich Mayan culture and history shines through on every corner. Cancun is surrounded by white sand beaches, the paradisiac Caribbean Sea, and blue skies stretching afar, creating a dream-like oasis.

The clear waters of Cancun are perfect for water sports, such as snorkeling, paddle boarding, and jet skiing. It’s also a great spot for fishing and getting a delightful sight of the colorful marine life.

3. Cabo San Lucas

Cabo is located at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, which makes for ideal weather. The sun is gloriously warm during the day and then temperatures comfortably drop during the evening, as the cool wind from California blows through the city. Cabo is home to numerous blissful beaches that are perfect for sunbathing and swimming and offer unspoiled views of the enchanting Sea of Cortez.

As well as adventuring into the ocean and engaging with marine life, you can also adventure into the desert and discover all of its wonders.

4. Huatulco

Bahías de Huatulco is one of the beach destinations that still preserves its natural wealth, that is why if you are a nature lover, visiting this destination is a must. You can also find beautiful flawless beaches to visit.

A difference from other touristic destinations in Mexico is that they are always full of people, in Huatulco you can live the calm and tranquility of its environment where you live a rhythm of life that makes relaxing and enjoying the beach really possible.

5. Mazatlan

Mazatlan is located on the Sea of ​​Cortez and is one of the preferred vacation destinations.

It has a 21 km boardwalk with a fascinating environment, considered one of the longest in the world. Turquoise blue waters that are home to several beautiful beaches; where you can rest on their white and smooth sand.

You can also practice surfing, windsurfing, diving and kayaking in some of them.

What sanitary protocol will be taken after Covid-19?

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Airlines, travel companies and the tourism industry as a whole face an unprecedented challenge from the coronavirus pandemic. For it to recover, travelers will need to feel confident that their health is protected, therefore there will be a shift to contactless travel and a new security regime.

In this note we tell you about the hygiene measures that the different providers within the tourism industry will be taking once the countries begin to open borders and people begin to travel again.

1. Flights

IATA specified that they are in favor of implementing security measures such as the mandatory use of masks during the trip (both by passengers and crew), temperature check-ups before and after the flight, a new method of boarding and deboarding from the aircraft to avoid agglomerations and to limit cabin movements.

IATA also advocates for the increase in the frequency of cabin cleaning and simplifying meal service to limit interaction between crew and passengers.

2. Hotels

The hotels will include a 360 quality, safety and hygiene program that addresses all aspects of operation and guest experience, from check in to check out, some of them are:

  • Health procedure upon arrival at a hotel, including body temperature control at a hygiene check station; cleaning the lobby with high-level disinfectant every hour and cleaning of luggage and personal electronic devices.
  • Increased sanitation in all hotel areas, including high human contact areas, such as stairs, elevators, public areas and bathrooms.
  • Express check-out service to minimize contact.

3. Restaurants

Restaurants will include a food and drink protocol where social distancing measures will be implemented, while staff will wear masks and use reinforced hygiene techniques.

4. Meetings and events

Business meeting tourism has been one of the tourist segments most affected by the pandemic caused by Covid-19 and will probably be one of the last to recover.

Some event organizers are already working on conducting online events, while others outline new health protocols for their postponed events, some of the measures to be implemented are:

  • Temperature check-ups.
  • Health kit for participants.
  • Personnel and attendants with face masks.
  • Set-ups at 50% capacity.
  • Microphone and equipment sanitation.
  • Use of digital devices for internal communication of the event.

5. Transportation

Sanitized units, drivers wearing face masks and gloves, who take care of handling doors and luggage. The units will limit their capacity to 50%.

Everything you need to know about the Covid-19

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads around the world, there are hundreds of questions about COVID-19, which is why we have put together the top 10 most recurring questions on this topic in order to be more informed and take action necessary protection.

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are an extensive family of viruses that can cause disease in both animals and humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections that can range from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the most recently discovered infectious disease caused by the coronavirus. Both the new virus and the disease were unknown before the outbreak in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may experience pain, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and appear gradually. Some people become infected but do not develop any symptoms and are not ill.

How does it spread?

A person can get COVID-19 from contact with someone who is infected with the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through droplets from the nose or mouth that are thrown out when an infected person coughs or exhales. These droplets fall on objects and surfaces around the person, so other people can get COVID-19 if they touch these objects or surfaces and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth.

How long is the COVID-19 incubation period?

The “incubation period” is the time between infection with the virus and the onset of symptoms of the disease. Most estimates for the COVID-19 incubation period range from 1 to 14 days, and are generally around five days. These estimates will be updated as more data becomes available.

How likely are you to die from the virus?

Of the more than 852,276  people who have been infected worldwide, more than 42,000 have died. That’s a death rate of about 4.6%. The WHO has previously estimated the rate at about 3.4%.

The death rate, however, varies widely based on age, health and geographic location. People who are older or who have preexisting conditions are at higher risk of severe illness.

Can someone get the coronavirus more than once?

Scientists aren’t sure yet. For many viruses, including the MERS virus, patients are unlikely to be re-infected shortly after they recover because a protective antibody is generated in those who are infected. But scientists still need to do more research to determine if this is also the case with COVID-19 and how long those antibodies may last.

Is there a vaccine, medicine, or treatment for COVID-19?

To date, there is no specific vaccine or antiviral medication to prevent or treat COVID-19. However, those affected must receive health care to relieve symptoms. People with severe cases of the disease should be hospitalized. Most patients recover with the help of support measures.

Possible vaccines and different specific pharmacological treatments are being investigated. There are ongoing clinical trials to test them. WHO is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and drugs to prevent and treat COVID-19.

Should I wear a mask to protect myself?

If the characteristic respiratory symptoms of COVID-19 do not appear (especially cough) or if you do not take care of a person who may have contracted this disease, it is not necessary to wear a clinical mask. Remember that disposable masks can only be used once and also keep in mind that if you are not ill or do not take care of someone who is, you are wasting a mask. The world’s stock of face masks is depleting, and WHO urges that they be used sensibly.

Should I be concerned about COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 are generally mild, especially in children and young adults. However, they can also be serious and force about one in five infected to hospitalize. Therefore, it is quite normal to worry about the effects that the COVID-19 outbreak can have on us and our loved ones.

This concern should help us adopt protective measures for ourselves, our loved ones and the communities where we live. The main and most important measure is regular and complete hygiene of the hands and respiratory tract. Second, it is important to stay informed and follow the advice of local health authorities, such as those related to travel, commuting and events where large numbers of people may be concentrated.

The Best Places to visit in New Zealand

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New Zealand is an island nation made up of the North and the South Islands. Travelers can ski on snow-capped mountains and bask on subtropical beaches, learn about Maori culture and discover its British heritage, sip on some of the world’s finest wines and hike through uninhabited wilderness. Whatever kind of travel experiences you enjoy, you can probably find it in New Zealand.

Here are the 10 best places to visit in New Zealand.

1. Rotorua

In the central North Island, Rotorua is famous for its geothermal features and Maori culture. Travelers short on time can visit on a day trip from Auckland, but it’s a convenient stop when traveling through the North Island. Hell’s Gate, Wai-O-Tapu, or Orakei Korako (on the way to Taupo) are good options for bubbling mud pools, boiling geysers, and colorful rock formations, and many resorts and holiday parks in the area have hot spring bathing facilities. You can also learn more about Maori culture at tourist villages like Mitai, Whakarewarewa, and Tamaki with their cultural shows of traditional music and dancing, and a hangi meal cooked in an underground pit.

2. Waitangi

Waitangi is one of the most significant places in New Zealand’s modern history. In 1840, Maori chiefs signed a treaty with representatives of the British Crown, the Treaty of Waitangi, which was a founding document that gave the sovereignty of New Zealand to British rule. Visit for a crash course in the country’s history in this beautiful coastal location. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds include an indoor museum, the Treaty House, an ornately carved marae (Maori meeting house), and a ceremonial waka (canoe), spread over a large area. There are beautiful views of the Bay of Islands.

3. Coromandel Peninsula

The Coromandel Peninsula reaches 50 miles into the Hauraki Gulf, across the Firth of Thames from Auckland. It’s a microcosm of all that’s good in northern New Zealand—stunning beaches, hiking trails, and arty, laid-back towns. During low tide at Hot Water Beach, dig a few inches beneath the sand to create your own natural hot spring bath, spend the day at Cathedral Cove, one of New Zealand’s most beautiful beaches (which is saying something), and hike the Pinnacles Walk or Coromandel Coastal Walkway.

4. Tongariro National Park

On the high central plateau of central North Island, Tongariro National Park is a dual UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed both for its natural and cultural significance. Most sights and activities revolve around three volcanic peaks: Mounts Tongariro, Ruapehu, and Ngauruhoe. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a moderately challenging day hike that is a spectacular day hike. In winter, ski at the Whakapapa or Turoa ski fields.

5. Hawke’s Bay

The Hawke’s Bay is one of New Zealand’s premier wine-producing regions, and the oldest—there are more than 200 vineyards in the region. The area is popular for its sunny climate, Art Deco allure, and the world’s largest gannet colony. The city of Napier, in particular, is famous for its Art Deco architecture, because after a huge earthquake in 1931, much of the city was rebuilt in this style. Keen bird watchers should visit the gannet colony at the Cape Kidnappers Reserve.

6. Akaroa

Jutting southeast from Christchurch, the Banks Peninsula is a volcanic land mass comprised of several volcanos. There are many harbors and bays, wildlife-spotting opportunities, and the French settlement of Akaroa, the oldest town in the Canterbury province. There are many 19th-century buildings there and cute French cafes. The Hector’s dolphin—the world’s smallest and rarest—live in the waters off the Banks Peninsula. (Sea kayaking is a good way to see them.) There are also many biking and hiking trails on the peninsula.

7. Aoraki Mackenzie 

The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is one of the largest dark sky reserves in the world. In the central South Island, far from any major settlements, it’s almost completely free of light pollution, making it an incredible destination for stargazing. Stargazing tours are informative, or you can just find a quiet, dark spot on your own. If you’re lucky, you might also see the Aurora Australis (the Southern Lights, similar to the Northern Lights). Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain (12,220 feet), is also in this area.

8. Queenstown

Queenstown is not a typical Kiwi town—its real estate is among the most expensive in the country, and the style is more designer than farmer. But there’s no denying that Queenstown is blessed with beautiful geography as it’s set on Lake Wakatipu with views of the Remarkables mountain range. Take the cable car to the top of the hill behind the city for spectacular views. Popular activities in the area include mountain biking, bungee jumping, speedboat rides, whitewater rafting, kayaking, canyoning, skiing in winter, or hiking the many trails.

9. Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula

Dunedin is a university town on the South Island’s east coast. Dunedin is the Scots Gaelic name for Edinburgh, and the Scottish influence is strong. The neo-gothic architecture of the University of Otago, the Dunedin Railway Station, and some churches lend an Old World aesthetic to Dunedin. The world’s second steepest street (as of August 2019), Baldwin Street, is also a quirky sight to see. (The first is in Harlech, Wales.)

A short drive from Dunedin is the hilly, windswept Otago Peninsula, one of New Zealand’s finest eco-tourism and bird-watching destinations. Drive (or take a tour) out to see the penguin, albatross, and seal colonies of the Otago Peninsula, making a stop at Larnach’s Castle en route.

10. Fiordland National Park

In the south-west of the South Island, the Fiordland National Park is New Zealand’s largest, and it’s part of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. A vast area of forests, mountains, and glacial fiords, visitors can be as active or relaxed as they like here, on sightseeing cruises, scenic flights, or multi-day treks. The small town of Te Anau is a good base, and has caves with glow worms.

Milford Sound is perhaps the most famous sight, with pointy Mitre Peak rising from the water offering perfect reflections on a clear day. Lake Te Anau and Lake Manapouri are beautiful places to cruise or kayak.

The top 10 things to do in Peru

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Along South America’s western coast sits one of the most indelible countries on the planet. Thanks to its rich history, natural wonders and landscapes, and local dishes, Peru has transfixed visitors from near and far.

The country isn’t just rife with biodiversity, curious history, and adventurous things to experience it also has a rich, living culture that seamlessly weaves the past into the present and future.

From surfing sand dunes and trekking Machu Picchu to feeding llamas and alpacas, here are the top 10 things to do in Peru.

1. Explore Lima’s Cultural Center

In the capital city of Lima, you will be rewarded with well-preserved colonial architecture and a fascinating look at the country’s past in the Historic Centre. Be sure to meander around The Plaza de Armas (a UNESCO World Heritage site), marvel at the Baroque-style San Francisco Monastery, and stroll through the courtyard of the Santo Domingo convent.

2. Surf on Sand Dunes in Paracas

Less than four hours south of Lima sits Paracas, a desert oasis that is unlike any other destination. Love wildlife? You can kayak with flamingoes or take a boat tour of the Ballestas Islands, which are home to thousands of birds and mammals like penguins, sea lions, and pelicans. Don’t miss a tour of the sand dunes in an off-road jeep. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can even fly down the desert’s peaks on a sand board.

3. Visit an Urban Park

Located in Miraflores, The Love Park is as the name suggests, arguably the most romantic place in the city. Surrounded by colorful mosaic walls reminiscent of Barcelona’s Parc Guëll, locals and tourists flock here to kiss under the famous “The Kiss”statue and watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

4. Hike to the Top of Rainbow Mountain

The hike to and from Rainbow Mountain is a day-long  trek at over 14,000 feet, tracing a dirt path between looming peaks of green and startling red rock. It’s a gorgeous route, passing local villages built from stone and glittering mountain streams.

5. Visit Machu Picchu

Of course, no visit to Peru is complete without a trip to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly hike, take the trail to Inti Punku (The “Sun Gate”). This archaeological site is located at the final section of the Incan Trail at what was once the main entrance into Machu Picchu. The sun passes through the gate each year on the summer solstice.

6. Hike Through an Archaeological Site

A trip to Moray, just northwest of Cusco, is a real treat. Located on a high plateau at about 11,500 feet, the site is home to interesting Incan ruins. While you’re here, you’ll see several terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is nearly 100 feet deep and has stone steps that take you to the bottom.

7. Visit Huacachina

Huacachina, Peru is a village built around a natural lake in the middle of the desert called the Oasis of America. It is an incredibly beautiful location and a must add to your list of things to do in Peru.

Hotels, restaurants and guesthouses line the lake that is surrounded by the massive dunes.

They tower over the entire Oasis and you can climb up and do some sand boarding directly from your hotel’s backyard.

8. Taste Salt at Maras

Maras Salt Mines are home to thousands of individual handmade salt pools that date back to Incan times. To this day, people in the community harvest the salt from them. The color varies from pond to pond, depending on where the salt is in the production process.

Bear in mind that tourists are no longer allowed to walk directly by the salt mines due to contamination, so you can only view the plots from above. Afterwards, you can peruse the shops for wooden pan flutes, tchotchkes, or salt harvested directly from the mines.

9. Discover the Differences Between Llamas and Alpacas

Visit Awana Kancha, a living museum in the Sacred Valley, to get an in-depth understanding of the differences between llamas, alpacas, guanacos, and vicuñas. You can even feed these adorable creatures stalks of long grass by hand.

The cultural project also has a number of workshops, including weaving demonstrations (where you watch women weave wool on wooden looms) and an introduction to the Quechua language.

10. Picnic at an Alpine Lake

Bordered on one side by the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, and lush, rolling fields of corn and crimson-coloured quinoa on the other, the Piuray Lagoon is postcard-perfect. The mile-long lake an hour outside of Cusco is popular amongst tour operators for its recreational opportunities, including kayaking, fishing and stand-up paddle-boarding, while landlubbers will appreciate its potential for scenic picnics.