Muramatsu Flute For Sale

Professional, 9K Muramatsu Flute For Sale! French keys (in-line), drawn tone holes, B-foot flute from  the 1980’s in excellent condition. Asking $8,500 USD.  Email: info@viviana.org

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The FREE Viviana Guzman Mobile App

The official FREE Viviana Guzman Mobile App is available for download on iTunes and Android.  Listen to tracks, see pictures, check out bio, follow my schedule, etc.  Download NOW!

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Recital in Tokyo, Japan


Viviana Guzman and Mahani Teave in JapanTokyo, Japan
Immediately after landing in Tokyo, pianist Mahani Teave and I were met by the Chilean Embassy in Japan, Patricio Becker at the airport. He hospitably greeted us and took us to our hotel, The Tokyo Prince Hotel. Even though we had traveled many time zones, time traveled days ahead, spent hours on planes, we immediately went to rehearse in a nearby rehearsal studio near the hotel for hours until closing time. We found that The Tokyo Prince Hotel was very strict about (not) practicing in the hotel. And this rehearsal space cost $25 the hour!  I have never had to PAY to practice. That was a first indeed. Since Mahani and I had not seen each other since our last concert tour a year before, we had a lot of work to put together our recital which was to take place in 5 days time.

We practiced diligently hours every day, rehearsing separately and then together. And so our days were filled with this one goal in mind. The concert took place at the Sogetsu Hall and was attended by many Ambassadors and Japanese businessmen, as well as the head of Mitsui, our concert sponsor. Our heartfelt thanks go out to these corporate sponsors as well as to the Embassy of Chile in Japan without whose help, our tour would not have been possible. Many thanks also go out to the Tokyo College of Music who allowed us to practice an entire day in their facility free of charge.

While otherwise a nice place to stay, I would not recommend the Tokyo Prince Hotel for a musician.  The management did not support any sort of practice.  Period.  I managed to sneak in 10 minutes here and there before someone would come tell me to stop playing.  The most ironic thing ever was after I had found a lounge to practice in, and the “security” came to tell me to stop practicing, I noticed that as I walked out of the lounge and into the lobby, I could hear flute music being piped in blasting through all the speakers!

The only thing I did like about the Tokyo Prince Hotel was it’s location. We were able to visit the Tokyo Tower which was 2 blocks away as well as a beautiful Buddhist Temple which was right next door. I participated in my first ever Buddhist Mass which became the highlight of my stay in Tokyo this time.  This was an unexpected treat, as I had just gone exploring on my final day in Tokyo.  As I sat down to admire the temple, the ceremony started.  I enjoyed every minute of it, from the incense, to the drumming, chanting and meditating.  I was in bliss!

It was a since pleasure to see again the Ambassador of Chile to Japan, Patricio Torres and his lovely wife, Cecilia. They invited us to their Residence for a wonderful meal where we met the Ambassador of Japan to Chile, Naoto Nikai and his lovely wife.

In addition, elegant Keiko-san was our thoughtful guide for several of our events during our stay in Tokyo. It was a pleasure to visit with her again.

Tokyo is always a pleasure to visit with it’s gracious, hardworking and respectful people, beautiful temples, and hospitable friends.  What I love most about traveling is the exchanges with people.  In this case, since it had been our second tour of Japan, it was amazing to see everybody from the Embassy of Chile in Japan again.  They had once again provided us with utmost hospitality, gracious kindness.  Arigato!!  Gracias!!

Viviana Guzman, Mahani Teave

Viviana Guzman & Mahani Teave Recital Poster in Tokyo 2014

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Viviana Guzman & Mahani Teave in Tokyo, Japan

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Visiting the Tokyo Tower

Temple in Tokyo

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Byzantium On The GRAMMY Ballot

ByzantiumI am happy to announce (as I only just found out) that my World Music Album BYZANTIUM is on the ballot list for the 57th GRAMMY Awards.

This album was started in Budapest, compiled in Istanbul and finished on Easter Island. This album fuses classical, world music and electronic beats to create a sound that is cinematic and soundtrack quality. The album is Down Tempo Techno Tribal, where Dead Can Dance & Enigma meets R. Carlos Nakai & Enya.

Genre: Electronic: Down Tempo/World Music
Release Date: 2014

Download:  iTunes
Purchase:  CD Baby
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For voting members:

Field 15 – World Music –
Category 53 – Best World Music Album
Byzantium – Viviana
107

Field 21 – Composing/Arranging –
Category 61 – Best Instrumental Composition
Ladino Express – Viviana Guzman, composer
159

Last year my Classical album, Traveling Sonata, received a Grammy Nomination. Voting members, please help me to bring my latest album, BYZANTIUM to the next step by voting on my World Music and original composition ventures!

(Listen to the entire album via the Soundcloud Playlist below)

 

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10 Travel Tips for the Internationally Touring Musician

Manaus1)  First, purchase luggage that has a lifetime warranty.  It might be pricey initially, but being able to fix luggage pieces that get badly beaten during travel will prove highly effective in the long run.  Another sound investment would be purchasing locks for every luggage you travel with.

 

2)  Adopt a “zen” attitude during travel.  You have to go with the flow no matter what happens, because everything WILL happen.

 

3)  Bring projects to complete during plane rides.  For example, this article is being written while flying from San Francisco to St. Louis.  Makes the time go faster and yes, it’s a form of multi-tasking.  Be sure to have an extra phone battery charged and ready to go.  National USA airlines don’t usually have ports to be able to charge up equipment like the (awesome) Asian airlines do.

 

4)  Invest in noise cancellation earphones.  Yes, they’re not cheap, but they are totally worth it.  the last thing you want is to be in a crowded plane with babies screaming all around you or being forced to listen to an annoying loud conversation next to you.

 

5)  Try to pack as light as possible.  You can always wash clothes in the sink overnight.  I have lost my patience traveling with too much gear.  It’s very liberating to travel slim.  Keep in mind that you can always purchase whatever you might find missing.

 

6)  When changing time zones, like going from USA to Asia, use caffeine and Advil-pm’s to help adjust to the time zone quicker.  There’s nothing more frustrating than jet-lag.  It’s ok to use caffeine to stay awake when your body time clock is still at home where everyone is sleeping.  And vice versa, when you need to get some sleep and it’s the middle of the day back at home, take an Advil-pm to ensure a restful sleep.

 

7)  Booking multi-destination flights is usually cheaper than booking a simple round trip.  Add a city and perform an extra concert AND the flight will be cheaper.  It’s a win win situation no matter how you look at it.

 

8)  Pack everything in ziplock bags.  This is the best way to keep like-items together and organized in your suitcase.  Only pack clothes that are wrinkle and iron free.  Develop a system for where each item has a special place in my suitcase this way you can ensure “easy” access.  This makes packing and unpacking easier, too.  Always pack 2 to 3 days prior to leaving just to make sure you haven’t left anything behind.  Keep a general list of Things To Take On Tour in you computer and read every time while packing to make sure you don’t leave anything behind.

 

9)  Airplane food and airport food are the worst as there are no healthy vegan restaurants and rarely anything vegetarian, so pack plenty of healthy bars.  After going through TSA, stock up on plenty of water in order to stay well hydrated.  Get to the airport with plenty of time, two hours minimum.  Research ahead of time if any countries you will be touring in require a VISA.

 

10)  Always have the name of the hotel you are staying or take a hotel business card from the front desk.  If you are jet lagged in a foreign city, you want to be able to have something to show the taxi driver in his language.  Most taxi drivers in foreign countries do not speak English.

 

 

TRAVEL WARNINGS

Beware of packing heavy hand luggage.  Some airlines will demand to weigh your carry-on bag and if it exceeds the allotted weight amount, they will force you to check your luggage (Lufthansa, LAN Chile, Air Tahiti Nui, Air Malaysia).  I often carry my most fragile equipment with me and these airlines have given me a lot of grief over my “over weight” carry-on luggage.  It makes no sense to me as the luggage fits under the seat and I don’t understand what difference the piece makes whether it’s loaded with baggage or in the cabin, the weight is the same.  But alas.

Children’s scissors are considered a deadly weapon in the airport in Thailand.  They’ve taken these from me on two separate occasions.  The airport in Sydney confiscated my precious gold hairpin given to me by my best friend on my birthday.

 

TRAVEL BONUS

I love to add a mission to every trip.  This how I started my flute collection.  Everywhere I would find myself, I made a point of finding The Flute of The Area I was in.  I have over 100 flutes now in my collection.  Going on these personal treasure hunts were fun and made each trip that much more special.  Currently, my mission is providing a Community Service element to my foreign tours.  I have been offering performances at orphanages which most recently included Bali and Philippines.  I get great satisfaction out of seeing the beautiful smiles on these children.

 

Viviana in Santiago de Compostela, Spain:

 

 

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Viviana in Antarctica:

 

 

Viviana at the Acropolis:

 


Feel free to add more travel tips of yours in the comments below!

(Re-published with permission from  The Flute View Magazine, 2/2014)

Calaveras County, Mexico & TEDxTalk

10252006_10152388416749578_2358884766754473129_nTours to the Gold Country and Mexico

 

It is always with great pleasure that I accept performance opportunities in California’s Gold Country.  For me, it is like stepping back in time.  I enjoy staying at the Historic Hotels like the National Hotel in Jackson, CA and the Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill, CA.  This area is peaceful and makes for a wonderful get-a-way.  I feel at home when I pass through Chili Gulch which is the plaque that honors all the Chileans that came to this country during the Gold Rush.  I love the fact that Mark Twain wrote about the Frog Race that still takes place in Murphys, CA.  There are antique stores everywhere that reminisce about days gone by.

 

I started off the intensive weekend by giving a talk at the TEDxConstitution Drive (Menlo Park) posted below “From Body Casts to the Stages of the World”, after which I performed for the German American School Fundraiser in Los Altos Hills.  Then I was off to the Gold Country where I performed at the Petroglyphe Art Gallery in Mokelumne Hill, CA.  My hosts, Denise Ebbett and her grandchildren Daniel 6, McKenna 12 and Dylan 9, made me feel right at home.  The audience was super warm and appreciative.  After the concert I had a fantastic meal at the Hotel Leger and slept beautifully in my candlelit room with balcony and fireplace.  The following day I taught a Masterclass at the Bret Hart High School which was sponsored by Altus Flutes.  I get a kick out of teaching and the kids always love experiencing my “Intro to Beatboxing” instruction.  We all had a great time.  I drove home only to re-pack my bags the following morning at 4am…. for Mexico!

 

I flew to Puerto Vallarta and immediately, THE SAME DAY, I had to perform.  That was really “cutting it close”.  But it’s all worth it when I get a standing ovation from 2,000 cheering people.  I collapsed to sleep that night from exhaustion.  I had a great day in Cabo San Lucas where it was a cloudless, spectacularly brilliant day.  I chose to go snorkeling.  What a treat!  Although, it was not Tahiti where I was Scuba Certified, it was refreshingly amazing.  The tip of Cabo San Lucas is always a breathtaking sight.  From the teal colored waters, to the natural arch and caves, Cabo is always an enchanting panorama.  I had a lot fun creating the James Bond Spoof that you can view on my Facebook page.

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Flutes by the Sea Masterclass & Concerts

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I was born on the ocean.  I live on the ocean.  I work on the ocean.  It’s no surprise that The Flutes by the Sea Masterclass would take place near the ocean as well.  The ocean provides an inspiring backdrop for music making.  Creative people need the soothing, refreshing and rejuvenating aspects of the sea.

 

Flutes by the Sea Masterclass is designed to energize and inspire the young adult, high school student, college student, semi-professional, professional, recreational and retired flutist.  Last year we had Juilliard professor, International Soloist, Carol Wincenc.   This year we have Barbara Siesel and Fluterscooter also teaching the Masterclass.

 

Attending the event who will be showcasing their merchandise as well as performing and leading workshops.  They include the following (in alpha order):

 

Janelle Barrera, President of the LA Flute Guild, will be conducting the Flutes by the Sea Flute Choir which will rehearse everyday at noon.  Janelle will also be performing on the Thursday night concert, June 12

 

Fluterscooter, Co-Founder/Editor of The Flute View Magazine, will be showcasing her elegant Fluterscooter Flute Bags.  She will be performing on Wednesday and Thursday nights during The Flute View Trio Debut Concert.  Fluterscooter will also be teaching and giving the lecture she presented at The Juilliard School, Building Your Brand Business of Music Lecture.

 

Viviana Guzman, Founder of the San Francisco Flute Society, Co-Founder/Editor of The Flute View Magazine, will perform as a soloist with the Magic Flutes Orchestra at the opening concert on Sunday night at 7pm as well as for The Flute View Trio Debut Concert on Wednesday and Thursday nights June 11 and 12 at 7pm.

 

Tracy Harris, Founder of the Wynfall Flute Choir and Wynfall Music Studios will perform on our final Gala Concert on Thursday, June 12

 

Jane Lenoir, Berkeley Choro Enemble, will conduct an Intro to Improvisation for Classical Musicians.

 

Teresa Orozco & Orlando Castro will present their Latin Music on Wednesday night.

 

Barbara Siesel & Keith Torgan, The Green Golly Project, will be teaching an Acting for Musicians Workshop and Barbara Siesel, Co-Founder/Editor of The Flute View Magazine, will be teaching and she will be performing Wednesday and Thursday nights during The Flute View Trio Debut Concert.

 

Joanna Tse, of Just Another Flutist, a popular YouTube Channel, will  be giving a lecture/demonstration on How To Start Your YouTube Channel.

 

Other guest performers include Audrey Boyle, Anita Chandavarkar, Ai Goldsmith, and Abigail Sten who will perform on Wednesday June 11 at 7pm.

 

Among our Distinguished Flute Choir Directors, we will be hearing each of the following SF Bay Area Flute Choirs at the commencement of every 7pm concert:

 

Flutes by the Sea Flute Choir, Janelle Barrera, Director (with the Auditor Participants)

Magic Flutes Flute Orchestra, Pamela Ravenelle, Director

Xtreme Flute Choir, Pamela Ravenelle, Director

Bel Canto Flutes, Gail Edwards, Director

Oriole Flute Choir, Gala Yaroshevsky, Director

Avant Flute Choir, Gala Yaroshevsky, Director

The Class Pianists are Dmitriy Cogan and Svetlana Harris.

 

Every morning I will conduct a Meditation for Performers Workshop where I will cover basic techniques for overcoming performance anxiety.  After this, we will begin with the Flutes by the Sea Flute Choir rehearsal with Janelle Barrera followed by the Masterclass from 2pm to 3pm where I will listen to classical flute repertoire and also conduct the following Workshops: “Just Intonation”, Intro to Improvisation for Performers, Intro to Beatbox Flute.  From 3pm to 4pm Barbara Siesel and Fluterscooter will guide the students with their unique teaching and guidance.  The 4pm to 5pm hour each day will feature a different workshop / lecture with various topics from Acting for Musicians with Keith Torgan, Improvising for Classical Musicians with Jane Lenoir, How to Start Your YouTube Channel with Joanne Tse.

 

We will have the following Flute Exhibits:  Altus Flutes, Brannen Handmade Flutes, Green Golly Flutes, The Flute View Magazine, Fluterscooter Flute Bags, Gary Lewis Flutes, Straubinger Flutes, and West Valley Music.

 

Every night there will be a Concert 7pm which is offered for FREE to San Francisco Flute Society Members.

 

We look forward to seeing you at this years Flutes by the Sea Masterclass.

 

Flutes by the Sea by Lars Howlett

 

Flute Moments in Taiwan and Philippines

Teaching BeatboxBullet train from Taichung to Taipei
I played my concert last night at the Tunghai University in Taichung. I had a marvelous time listening to all the students, sharing with them and exchanging smiles, bows and salutations. The Taiwanese people have been so generous, warm and kind with me. They are such hard working and talented people. Above all Evelyn Chien blew me away with her numerous creative talents.  She accompanied me on piano.  In addition, she is a flutist, composer, and artist extraodinaire.  Her latest album Andante Orange is beautiful! And Amber touched me with her sweet warmth and beautiful soul. I feel so thankful that so many wonderful students showed up for the Masterclass in Taipei hosted by the KHS ProShop and Altus Flutes and expertly translated by the wonderful Taiwanese flutist Yi Hui Lin. Many thanks to Mark Dannenbring who hosted my stay at the Tunghai University.  Thanks to Nancy Huang who made it to both of my events:  the Masterclass in Taiepei and the Recital in Taichung.  And thank you to Auriana Shih playing so beautifully during the masterclass at the Tunghai University as well as for driving me to the station on my last day in Taiwan.   It’s been such a terrific week of learning, sharing and music making…. I am so grateful to be sharing my music with the world.

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After Flutopia Flute Festival in Manila
I’m writing now from the plane from Manila to San Francisco. What an amazing tour this has been. First, I was blown over by Taiwan, it’s people, it’s great talents. Now I’m left speechless over by Manila! First and foremost, I have to thank Marie Poblete for her tireless dedication to producing and promoting the Flutopia Festival. She has worked countless hours planning every detail making sure that the event went smoothly. I enjoyed seeing old friends like Lyndie & David Leviston from Australia of (Flutes and Flutists and the Australian Flute Festival) and Kalaya Phongsathorn from Thailand (Baanflute and Thailand Flute Masterclasses) and meeting new ones like Nikki Dionisio and Leonila Bondoy. I arrived in Manila and was introduced to my magnificent hotel, the Diamond Hotel which over looked the ocean. I felt like I was on Miami Beach as the color of the water is the same! The morning breakfast buffets were spectacular.   Since breakfast time in Manila was dinner San Francisco time, my stomach really appreciated being able to choose from tasty Indian, Chinese, Filipino and American menus in the morning.

FlutopiaOn my first day, I had an all day rehearsal first with Marie Poblete (Founder and Director of Flutopia and Principal 2nd Flute in the Philippines Symphony Orchestra)  & pianist, Ruth Livioco, as we were playing Gary Schocker”s Three Dances for 2 flutes and piano. Then I had a rehearsal with the fantastic pianist Dr. Raul Sunico and the wonderful guitarist, Ruben Reyes followed by a rehearsal with the Flutopia Orchestra. I love days when I can spend the day rehearsing. I was in heaven.

The next day was the first of 3 days of the FLUTOPIA Flute Festival. I kicked off the event with a morning Meditation for Performers where I offer tips and tools for overcoming stage fright. This was the same morning that I heard John Brian Feliciano during the Rising Stars Morning Concert. He is a phenomenal talent and he’s only 11 years old! If you haven’t already heard him through my Facebook page, I encourage you to do so. He is quite remarkable!! There were several very talented young Filipino flutists including the Gary & April Silangcruz Family and their musical children: Jean Galway, James Pierre, Josh Rampal, Juliana Paula, all named after the famous flutists, Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Galway and Paula Robison! I was also impressed by Franz Feliciano who performed his Bach A minor Partita…. memorized.

BrianOn Day 2 & 3 of FLUTOPIA “Flute Revelries” Festival 2014 I heard some of the wonderful young adults during my masterclass. In particular, John Tanjusay Armenta blew me away with his Chant de Linos by Jolivet, with his complete technical mastery, beautiful sound and musicality. The Gala concert is where I performed with Dr. Raul Sunico, Ruben Reyes, Hercules Santiago, and the Flutopia Flute Orchestra. It was a tremendous success. Thank you Manila for giving me some Rock Star moments as the Recital Hall lobby was filled with fans seeking autographs and photos of me. Thank you everyone from the CCP who helped bring me as your Guest Artist.  Thank you for Ching Danseco for taking such good care of me backstage and with running the stage crew during the events, rehearsals and the concerts.   I partied with some of the girls after the concert at my hotel. We barely slept, but we had a great time. Thank you to all who contributed to the magic that is FLUTOPIA Flute Revelries 2014.

 

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Jet Lag Tips

TaipeiWe are creatures of habit.  We are used to sleeping at certain times and eating at  other  times.  When we change time zones, our bodies resist our “normal” routines.  In order to successfully overcome jetlag, we must consciously resist our body’s regular schedule.

It is important to start thinking in the new time zone prior to take off.  Sometimes, I even start my re-programming a few days before leaving by going to bed earlier and earlier  (or later and later depending on which way I’m traveling) prior to the date of travel.  Since often I have huge amounts of items to complete before leaving, I have been known to pull an all night-er before the day of travel.  My goal is to be completely exhausted before boarding the plane.  I wear loose fitting clothes, eat a nice meal before leaving, drink loads of water and I set all watches to the new time zone.  The important thing is to start thinking in the new time zone even before arriving to it.  While I’m waiting to get on the plane, I take an Advil PM (or Melatonin or Ambien) and I request a window seat knowing in advance that I’m planning to sleep the entire trip.  Once I board, I put on my noise cancelation headphones, and tell the stewardess that I will not be eating any meals (they are tasteless anyway and full of fattening pasta and bread).  I put my carry on bag under my feet to use as a foot rest which keeps my feet elevated.  By now, I am completely exhausted and ready to sleep.

When I land, the most important thing is not to give in to the desire to sleep.  I use caffeine to assist with this as well as exercise and other outdoor activities.  Another important item is to continue to drink liquids as flying completely dehydrates the body.

The first day in the new time zone is always the challenge.  I suggest doing something fun.  Explore a place you’ve never been to before.  And try to go to bed as late as possible without taking a nap (this is very important!).  Before going to sleep at night, take two Advil PM’s to ensure you sleep well and through the night.

Without taking these steps, it used to take me 5 to 7 days to adjust to a new time zone.  I remember once while touring Norway, I never even switched time zones as it just felt like my body refused to co-operate.  Ultimately, it’s a decision that you make.  If you decide you want to adjust quickly, you will.  On this last trip to Asia, I landed and immediately had rehearsals, Masterclasses and concerts.  I HAD to adjust.  And guess what…. I did!

8 Travel Tips for Machu Picchu

Semanas V & MahaniI was excited to perform again at El Teatro Del Lago for Semanas Musicales in Frutillar, Chile.  It was Semanas Musicales 46th season.  The festival spans 16 days and my recital was set for the last day.  This is probably the most beautiful theater in the world as it sits at the foot of a lake that overlooks a snow capped volcano.  It is simply breathtaking.  Now combine this with Bach, Piazzolla and Faure, and yes, I was in heaven.  My performance was filmed to be broadcast on Chilean TV in April.  So all in all, the packed theater, warm reception, standing ovation, sold out CD sales, it was a huge success and I was thrilled with the outcome.

Because my husband had never been to Machu Picchu, I decided to escort him on an unforgettable excursion to the ancient mythical city of the Inca.  We spent the night in a gorgeous 1800 style hotel in Lima, the Hotel Antigua Miraflores.  We visited the Cathedral with it’s captivating cavernous archways and musty, sinister crypt, complete with uncovered bones.

PeruAfter Lima, we took the one hour flight to Cuzco, the ancient capitol of the Incas, which is located at 11,000 feet above sea level in the heart of the Andes.  The whole area which spans 200km  is enchanting.  We stayed at the Hotel Arqueologo which was conveniently located close to the Plaza de Armas on the main square next to the Cathedral.  We visited the Cuzco area highlights including, Pisa , Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuaman, Chinchero, Urubamba, Aguas Calientes, and the various Cuzco artisan markets.

Machu Picchu is not easy to get to.  There is no road to get there.  Everyone is forced to take the train from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes on PeruRail and from there take the bus up to Machu Picchu.  My dream was to film a music video in Machu Picchu.  But the “authorities” would not allow it!  I was taken in like a criminal, finger printed and forced to turn over any footage.  They even erased photos of me and my flute!  Schmucks!  I’m sure they were after money, but I refused to pay them anything for taking video of myself playing my flute.  The nerve!

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8 Travel Tips for Machu Picchu

1. Best time to visit Machu Picchu is from June to September.  Rainy season is December thru April and the road often washes out.  My tour guide said that in 2010, tourists were unable to visit Machu Picchu at all for 4 months due to the over flowing river wash out.  Be sure to pack an umbrella if visiting November thru March.

2. The two major airlines that fly to Cuzco are Lan.com and Taca.com.  At the airport in Callao (next to Lima), you can also book flights via StarPeru.com and Peruvian.pe

3. To avoid the crowds, April, May (avoiding Peruvian rainy season) and September, October, November at the best times to visit (avoiding North American summertime).  Hotel prices are much lower.

4. If price is of no concern, I suggest staying at the Tambo del Inka Resort & Spa.  It offers a train ticket directly from the hotel to Machu Picchu.

5. You can book various tours from any of the tour centers that circle the Plaza de Armas.
To book day trips, out of Cuzco I recommend Peru Treks.

6. Stay away from food that is not cooked and drink only bottled water.

7. Ask before taking a picture of the locals.  If they are dressed in their traditional dress, they will most likely ask (and expect) a tip for it.

8. Travel with clean, crisp bills as they reject foreign money with the slightest rips and tears.  Good news is that there are ATM machines everywhere.

Lastly, learn from me, don’t try to make a music video in Machu Picchu!

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